Advisory Board

In September 2017, multi-level stakedholders from across the state of Massachusetts responded unamimously to an invitation to become part of the PNQIN Advisory Board, which held its inaugural meeting on September 12th 2017.


This group of dynamic leaders advises PNQIN on the organization structure, sustainable funding, robust data systems, and strategic partnerships that make PNQIN's work successful and sustainable. The PNQIN leadership is deeply appreciative of the dedicated commitment from these leaders.


Leslie Darcy comes to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services after nearly three years as Assistant Counsel in the Massachusetts State Senate. There, Ms. Darcy provided research and advice on health care policy issues to the Office of the Senate President.

As part of the senior leadership team at HHS, Ms. Darcy serves as a senior advisor to Secretary Sudders and is integral to developing and implementing strategic agendas for the administration’s initiatives. She oversees policy research and writing, working closely with the legal and communications teams. Most recently, Ms. Darcy played a key role in shaping the Secretary’s initiative related to com- batting opioid addiction. Ms. Darcy received her law degree from Boston Univer- sity School of Law in 2006. She received a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Illinois in 2003. She lives in Winthrop with her husband. 

Eugene Declercq

Professor of Community Health Sciences and Assistant Dean for DrPH Education at the Boston University School of Public Health and professor on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He has served as lead author of national reports on women’s experiences in childbirth and in the postpartum period entitled Listening to Mothers I, II & III and New Mothers Speak Out and is the founder of the website www.birthbythenumbers.org. He was awarded the 2013 Martha May Eliot award from the American Public Health Association for service to maternal and child health in the U.S. 

Hafsatou Diop is the Office of Data Translation Director at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She serves as the State Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist and the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) project Director. Dr. Diop is also the Director for the Massachusetts Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) project. Hafsatou or “Fifi” received her medical de- gree from the University of Conakry School of Medicine and Pharmacy (Guinea) in 1990. She completed her residency in OB/GYN in Guinea in 1992. She served as the Director of Primary Health Care in Guinea from 1995 to 1997. She com- pleted the 21st International Course of Epidemiology held at the Center for Re- search (INSERM) in Paris and did her field practicum at the Head Quarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in 1996. She received her Mas- ters of Public Health degree with concentration in MCH in 2000 from the Univer- sity of Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to joining the Mass Department of Public Health, she also worked for Hyde Park Women’s Health in Boston, a private OB/GYN Office caring for women of all ages 2002 to 2004. 

Ed Doherty has been an executive with the March of Dimes for 11 years and prior to that was a volunteer leader for the foundation in Ohio, Tennessee and California. He participated in the formative meetings of the Massachusetts Peri- natal Quality Collaborative and chaired the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative for several years. He has also served as a member of the Commissioner of Public Health’s Newborn Screening Advisory and Birth Defects Surveillance Com- mittees. He has successfully lobbied at the State House on behalf of the health of women and children for a number of years. In his role as State Director for the March of Dimes, he helped develop statewide conferences to share best practic- es on prematurity prevention, local infant mortality reduction strategies, and ne- onatal quality. Ed is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Business at the Universi- ty of Massachusetts in Amherst with a degree in marketing. 

Maura Collins Feldman is the Director, Hospital Performance Measurement & Improvement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). In this role, she oversees the Hospital Performance Incentive Program, a quality incentive program with over 50 BCBSMA-network hospitals, through which she works with hospital executives to improve quality in Massachusetts hospitals. In addition, she manages the Behavioral Health Hospital Performance Incentive Program aimed at rewarding freestanding behavioral health and substance use disorder hospitals for quality improvement. Maura is currently serving as the program and business lead for the BCBSMA PPO Payment Reform initiative. Throughout her nearly 15 year tenure at BCBSMA, she has worked in a variety of roles including work in Health Care Services, focusing on Health Care Quality, and Member Ser- vice. Maura has her Masters in Social Work from Boston College and her BA from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. 

Shannon Frick has been a registered nurse (RN, BSN) for twelve years. For the first year and a half of her career, she worked with adults and soon realized that she truly wanted to work with children. She has been a nurse at Boston Chil- dren’s Hospital since February 2007. She has worked on the cardiac step down unit for eight years, taking care of children with cardiac defects; a large portion of her patients were infants born with congenital heart defects.

Shannon is married with three boys and live in Holden, MA. Her husband, Mi- chael, is a police officer. Her son Owen is 7 years old and was born nine days late, happy and healthy. Her twins, Liam and Edmund, were born at 30 weeks. Ed- mund’s heart stopped beating at 18 weeks from complications with twin to twin transfusion syndrome. Liam was in the NICU for 10 weeks and then the PICU for four weeks. Overall, he is growing and doing well but his health still has “speed bumps.” Shannon is involved in the March of Dimes in hopes that someday fami- lies will not have to go through what hers had to endure and every child makes it home to grow and flourish with his/her family. 

Christina Gebel started at the March of Dimes Massachusetts in June of 2016. She received her Masters in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2012. Upon graduation, Christina spent two years in public health research, where she primarily analyzed qualitative data. Christina’s deep passion for moms and babies comes from her work as a birth doula (DONA) and a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator (LCCE). She is involved in the birth commu- nity in Boston as well as with the work of Gene Declercq on the Birth by the Numbers website (birthbythenumbers.org), Facebook, and Twitter (@BirthNumbers) accounts. She has a unique interest in combining faith with maternal and child health, as well. Christina has authored and co-authored nu- merous peer-reviewed journal manuscripts, conference presentations, as well as a book chapter currently underway (Springer) on religion and public health edu- cation. 

Bonnie Glass is a perinatal nurse with forty years of experience including direct patient care, leadership in hospital and ambulatory settings, professional practice development, maternal-newborn program innovations and growth, resolution of serious adverse events and support for perinatal practice through professional organizations, quality initiatives, community initiatives, teaching and research. Ms. Glass is currently faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dart- mouth, College of Nursing with responsibilities for classroom and clinical activi- ties for Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing for undergraduate stu- dents. She works as Principal/Consultant for the Center for Perinatal Practice whose mission is to provide clinical, administrative and educational support for public and private organizations who provide services for women, children and families. Ms. Glass’ work is focused on identifying the discreet contribution nurs- es make to the health of individuals, families and communities: measuring the outcomes of nursing interventions, designing systems for accountability and re- source allocation. 

Judith Gooding brings nearly 30 years of nonprofit management and marketing experience to the Chief Operating Officer role, where she drives the vitality of NICHQ through her expert leadership of strategic planning, financial manage- ment, operations, people management and marketing solutions. Focused on providing the support NICHQ teams need to achieve a high level of performance and consistent delivery of NICHQ programs, Gooding brings knowledge, experi- ence and passion to matching and nurturing people and projects so NICHQ deliv- ers its best in meeting its mission.

Gooding is passionate about helping NICHQ’s team excel as individuals and in teams; engaging families in improving their child’s health and the health of their community; and addressing social determinants of health to achieve health equi- ty for all children. Gooding’s experience in the spread and sustainability national- ly of proven maternal and child health programs amplifies NICHQ’s capabilities to build relationships that ensure success in proving program value and spreading what works best in improving children’s lives. 

Sue Gullo brings thirty-six years of health care experience to IHI, focusing for the past eleven years on leading and directing organizations across mul- tiple improvement work streams, including women’s and children’s health. Working at the country level with Senior Leaders in NGO's and Hospital Sys- tems, Ms. Gullo has been the Sr. Director in the field to execute projects, provide translational leadership, and coach and support frontline teams and consumers of healthcare. Her quality improvement career started in 1995 as a member of the IHI Breakthrough Series on Improving Maternal and Ne- onatal Outcomes by Reducing Cesarean Sections and she has since led many initiatives on improving birth outcomes both nationally and internationally. Ms. Gullo led the IHI Perinatal Community since its inception in 2004 until 2016, and is the co-lead for IHI's Maternal and Child Health priority group. She was elected to the 2014 AWHONN Board of Directors and is currently a member of multiple national Maternal-Child Health Advisory Committees. 

Munish Gupta, MD MMSc

Munish Gupta is a staff neonatologist and the Director of Quality Improve- ment for the Department of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His academic interests focus on innovative approaches to quality improvement and patient safety. He is chair of the Neonatal Quality Improvement Collab- orative of Massachusetts (NeoQIC), and has worked extensively with state and national efforts to foster the development of state-based perinatal quality collaboratives. 

Andrew J Healy is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Di- vision of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medi- cal School - Baystate. He completed his residency at Albany Medical Center and fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He currently serves as the Medical Director of Obstetrics, Chair of the Peri- natal Committee, and Co-Chair of the Obstetric Leadership Committee at Baystate Medical Center. He is also the co-chair of the Outcomes Project- Western Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collabora- tive. 

Sunah Susan Hwang is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  She is an attending neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University Hospital in Aurora, CO.  Dr. Hwang is also currently in her 3rf year of the Health Services Research PhD program at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Hwang’s research focus is on the transition of care of high risk infants from NICU to home. She has published several studies on the prevalence and predictors of parental adherence to health promoting care practices for preterm and term infants, such as safe sleep practices, breastfeeding, and reducing second-hand smoke exposure. At the state level, she is serving as a co-principal investigator for a HRSA-funded project that assesses the outcomes of Massachusetts-born infants exposed to maternal substance use, utilizing data from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal Data System (PELL). 

Ronald Iverson is the Clinical Lead for Quality in the Department of Ob- stetrics and Gynecology at Boston Medical Center. He has completed train- ing as an Improvement Advisor at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and has led numerous large scale QI projects at BMC. He continues to ex- plore the uses of the EMR for improving care and for communication within a service and with outside systems. He has a strong interest in safety bundle initiation, and has led department projects on the institution of care bun- dles addressing venous thrombosis prophylaxis, OB hemorrhage care and obstetric hypertension. He is the co-vice chair of the Massachusetts Perina- tal Quality Collaborative within the Massachusetts Perinatal-Neonatal Quali- ty Improvement Network (PNQIN), working to improve maternity care throughout Massachusetts through QI method. With PNQIN he is working to improve the care of women with opioid use disorder in pregnancy in Massa- chusetts. 

Carol Keohane is the Assistant Vice President of Patient Safety for the Con- trolled Risk Insurance Company/Risk Management Foundation of the Har- vard Medical Institutions (CRICO/RMF). In this role, Ms. Keohane is respon- sible for CRICO’s patient safety operations and programmatic initiatives aimed at mitigating risk and vulnerabilities leading to patient harm. Prior to joining CRICO/RMF, Ms. Keohane served for 10 years as Program Director for the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she had oversight of a large patient safety re- search portfolio and was responsible for directing all research efforts con- ducted through the Center. Ms. Keohane has broad clinical experience in high- risk obstetrics as well as general OB/GYN and Neonatal Nursing. Ms. Keohane serves on the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecol- ogists (ACOG) Committee for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. She has published extensively on various patient safety issues including the eval- uation of various health information technologies and their impact on pa- tient care and clinician workflow. In 2012, she was invited to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Patient Safety. 

Mark J Manning is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps and served in various leadership positions during his military service.

He currently serves as Chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Depart- ment Quality and Patient Safety Officer and Ambulatory Physician Leader for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also serves as the Chair for the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative. 

Glenn Markenson is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University and the Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. In addition, he is the Chair of one of the combined Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine, Institutional Review Boards which oversees human subject research at the institutions. He is ac- tively involved in the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and served as the organization’s first Director. He is active in the American Col- lege of Obstetricians and Gynecologist currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Section and serves on the Committee for Health Care for Underserved Women. His research interest include methods to predict pre- term birth and gestational diabetes prevention. 

Audra R. Meadows is a clinical faculty member of The Brigham and Wom- en’s Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed a chief residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to joining the faculty in 2008, Audra received the Commonwealth Fund Har- vard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School and obtained a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Audra actively engages in clinical, public health and policy ini- tiatives to prevent preterm birth and infant mortality. In addition to full time clinical practice, Audra works to (1) establish clinical and community based, quality improvement intervention programs to improve birth out- comes and eliminate health disparities and (2) sustain a high performing system of perinatal care delivery across clinical practices in Boston. She has demonstrated this work in her roles as Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Col- laborative (MPQC) Preterm Birth Prevention Committee Chair, Medical Di- rector of the BWH Birth Equity Initiative at the Center for Community Health and Health Equity, Medical Director for the Boston Public Health Commission’s Healthy Start Initiative and Director of the BWH Group Prena- tal Care Practice. Audra has received the BWH Obstetrics/Gynecology Foun- dation Fellowship, the BWH Minority Faculty Development Award and the BWH Nesson Fellowship for her work. 

James Moses serves as the Chief Quality Officer and Vice President of Quality and Safety at the Boston Medical Center. James received his medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his clinical training at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at both Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Following his residency training, Dr. Moses completed the Pediatric Harvard Health Services Research Fellowship and received a Masters of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Moses also received formal training in Quality Improvement (QI) through the Improvement Advisor program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). In addition to his leadership role at the Boston Medical Center, he also currently serves as the academic advisor to IHI’s Open School, an online worldwide forum that provides interdisciplinary health professional trainees and professionals the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and patient safety.


Patricia Noga is the Vice President, Clinical Affairs of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA). She provides strategic direction and leadership to MHA, its hospitals and health systems and key stakeholders for a variety of programs and activities related to clinical issues, quality of healthcare, patient safety, the healthcare workforce and emergency prepar- edness. Patricia leads the evolution of the acclaimed quality and safety initia- tive, PatientCareLink (PCL), transforming the site into a dynamic and transpar- ent resource tool for consumers, providers and others. Currently, she leads the state in the continued implementation of the national quality improve- ment collaborative in Massachusetts hospitals, Hospital Improvement Innova- tion Network; in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust. Patricia also chairs MHA’s Substance Use Dis- order Prevention and Treatment Task Force, which issued Guidelines for Opi- oid Management in the Emergency Department and within a Hospital Setting. 

Margaret Parker is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center (BMC), Boston University School of Medicine. Margaret currently leads the Massachusetts Human Milk QI Collaborative among level 3 NICUs caring for preterm infants and is the education chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding Executive Committee. Margaret has authored several publications and holds grants in the area of preterm feeding practices and she is especially interested in reducing disparities in breastfeeding for preterm infants using quality improvement processes. Margaret earned her M.D. at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland and fellowships in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Pediatric Health Services Research at Harvard Medical School. Margaret is a graduate of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, Improvement Advisor Program.

Michelle Shafer is passionate and dedicated March of Dimes leader. Michelle combines strong maternal and child health knowledge with revenue generation and volunteer development. As of 2016, Michelle is the Northeast Regional Ma- ternal and Child Health Director providing leadership on the Prematurity Cam- paign to nine states. Michelle joined the March of Dimes in 1996 and has held positions at the national, regional and chapter levels including Director of Strate- gic Partnerships (National), State Director (Massachusetts) regional program di- rector (Northern Region), worksite and community program specialist (National), and community director (New York). Before coming to the March of Dimes, she was a health information specialist at the National Institutes of Health. She also taught health education for Baltimore City School District. Michelle received her Masters in Public Health with a focus in maternal and child health from Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health. She lives in Rochester, NY with her husband Ryan, son Jack, and daughter Savannah. 

Neel Shah is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Neel cares for patients during critical life moments that range from surgery to primary care to childbirth. As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognized expert in designing, testing, and spreading solutions that improve healthcare. Neel is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets. He is senior author of the book Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill). Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Neel founded Costs of Care, a global NGO that curates insights from clinicians to help delivery systems provide better care. In 2017, Neel co-founded the March for Moms Association, a coalition of 20 leading organizations, to increase public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers.

Keri Walko-Henry is the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program Coordi- nator at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s NICU. In her role, Keri collaborates with NICU staff to promote family-centered care in the NICU, providing infor- mation and comfort to families and coordinating classes and events that encour- age peer support and parent involvement in their infant’s care. Keri’s back- ground is in art therapy and mental health counseling. Prior to coming to the March of Dimes, Keri provided art therapy and child life services to children and families in both pediatric palliative care and hospice settings. She is also a gradu- ate NICU parent and member of the Preemie Parent Alliance Speaker’s Bureau. 

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