Meet our Staff
|Julie Alperen||Project Director, PHACS||Kresge 817E||617-432-6762
|Alan Berkeley||Program Coordinator and Staff Assistant to Dr. Spiegelman||Kresge 828||617-432-7973
|Jessica Bugg||Administrative Coordinator||Kresge 904
|Randall Chaput||Staff Assistant for Causal Inference||Kresge 820||617-432-1539
|Jackie Craigue||Director of Administration||Kresge 914||617-432-1301
|Bizu Gelaye||Program Director, MIRT||Kresge 501||617-432-1071
|David Havelick||Program Coordinator for Dr. Mucci||Kresge 920A
|Tyson Heilhecker||Associate Director of Finance||Kresge 904A||617-432-4699
|Coppelia Liebenthal||Assistant to Chair Michelle Williams||Kresge 905||617-432-6477
|Molly Lyons||Contracts Specialist, PHACS||Kresge 817D
|Sean Mayne||Grants Manager||Kresge 906||617-432-4239
|Jill McDonald||Staff Assistantto Dr. Kraft, Dr. Price, and Dr. Liang||Building 2
|Felisa Nobles||Outreach Manager, CCDD||Kresge 506A||617-432-1498
|John Paulson||Associate Director of Graduate Studies||Kresge 912||617-432-1055
|Alissa Scharf||Project Director, CCDD||Kresge 506B||617-432-7914
|Namasha Schelling||Project Coordinator and Staff Assistant,Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian||Building 2
|Rosa Veras||Senior Grants Manager||Kresge 906||617-432-6215
|Kar Li Wong||Financial Associate||Kresge 906||617-432-7291
Program Coordinator and Staff Assistant
Alan is the Program Coordinator for the Nutritional/Epidemiological Transition studies, and the Staff Assistant for Dr. Donna Spiegelman and her research team in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics departments. Alan is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and brings 17 years of experience in finance and information technology to the Harvard School of Public Health.
Jessica is currently the Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Epidemiology. She joined the department in September 2008 as a Staff Assistant and was promoted to her current role in August 2010. She is responsible for managing the department’s operations which includes, but is not limited to, reception, managing mail, ordering, distributing and maintaining inventory of supplies, managing departmental calendars, serving as the liaison with Operations/IT/Telecom, and other duties as needed. She also works closely with the Department’s Director of Administration processing new hire paperwork, working with Harvard’s International Office, and various other projects. Jessica has over 15 years of experience providing administrative support. She received her Associate’s Degree in Business Management at North Shore Community College.
Randall is currently a Staff Assistant in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He joined the department in April 2001. Randall is currently providing administrative support for the Causal Inference group (Drs. Miguel Hernan, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Jamie Robins, Eric Tchetgen, and Tyler VanderWeele). He also assists with various departmental projects, such as weekly seminars, web.
Prior to working at HSPH, Randall had 20 years of experience assisting at banking and mortgage companies.
Director of Administration
Jackie received a BS degree in Education from Kent State University and has spent her career in the academic arena of the Longwood Medical Area. She began at Children’s Hospital in the Genetics Division of the Department of Medicine, moving up to the departmental ranks there to oversee the research/administrative functions of the Blood Bank, Blood Donor Center, Transfusion/GCRC treatment center and thirteen of their academic divisions. Her next stop was the Beth Israel Deaaconess Medical Center working for the DF/HCC Renal Cancer/ SPORE Program, and advanced to become a Director of Research Administration, serving multiple large academic departments.After a brief tenure as Director of Operations for the Osher Research Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School, she arrived in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH. She has a wide breadth of experience in academic department management, with an emphasis on pre-and post- award management, facilities/space allocation/renovation and human resource management.
Program Director, MIRTBizu directs the Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program. The HSPH MIRT Program is a global public health research and training program that provides life-enriching experience to undergraduate and graduate students while working on major health problems with host researchers in developing countries.Bizu joined the department in November, 2011. He brings 8 years of experience as a program manager of multiple research and training grants at the University of Washington. He earned his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington and is currently finishing his PhD in Epidemiology.
David was the Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Epidemiology from 2006-2010. This was his first full-time job after getting his undergraduate degree in political science at the Commonwealth College at UMass Amherst in 2005. From 2006-2007, he assisted Dr. Meir Stampfer; and starting in 2007, he assisted the new Chair, Dr. Hans-Olov Adami.
Starting in January 2011, David moved over to be the Program Coordinator for Dr. Lorelei Mucci’s Prostate Cancer Research Group in the Department. Dr. Mucci is an Associate Professor in the Epi Department, and the group resides on the 9th Floor in the Kresge Building.
David continues to be intimately involved with the Africa/HSPH Partnership for Cohort research and Training (PaCT), led by Dr. Hans-Olov Adami and Michelle Holmes. He is responsible for organizing trips to Africa (and has had the opportunity to travel to Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa), as well as maintaining the communications among collaborators and with the public.One of David’s biggest passions is environmentalism. Currently enrolled in the graduate program at the Harvard Extension School in Sustainability and Environmental Management, he plans to start his thesis this year.
He represents the Epidemiology Department in the School-wide Green Team (EcoOpportunity), and he recently started a Department-wide Green Team that brings together faculty, staff, students, and researchers. They recently helped the Department to achieve Leaf One Green Office Certification, and hope to go for Leaf 2 by the end of this school year. In 2011, David’s environmental efforts won him an award at the University-wide Green Carpet Awards.Through his work with the Boston Vegetarian Society, David also spends much of his free time spreading the word about the environmental and health impacts of the livestock industry. So don’t be surprised if you go to a lunch organized by David and find no meat or dairy products. As he would say, “it’s good for you and the planet!”
Contract Specialist, PHACS
Molly is the Contract Specialist for the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). She has served in this role since August 2007. She manages the 5 core and 37 clinical site subcontracts generated by PHACS. She communicates with all subcontractors throughout the year, particularly during the budget and contract negotiation phase. Molly also closely manages the flow of subcontract invoices related to PHACS, totaling 42 awards and over $15 million in obligations in the current year. She reviews invoices and communicates with sites regarding missing or incomplete invoices.
As the financial administrator of the account, Molly oversees the funding and monitors expenses to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and award terms and conditions. She compares budgeted to actual expenditures and provides the PI with expenditure projections and assists the PI in the submission of timely, accurate, and complete technical and financial reports. Molly has 15 years experience in grants and contract management. She previously managed a portfolio of 17 programs totaling $20 million dollars at MIT-Lincoln Laboratory. Prior to that, she served as the Grant Manager for the Program on Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology at HSPH.
Jill is the Staff Assistant for Peter L. Kraft, PhD, Alkes L. Price, PhD, and Liming Liang, PhD in the Epidemiology Department’s Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology (PMAGE). She is also responsible for organizing PMAGE’s weekly Journal Club, maintaining its website, and organizing events.Jill joined the department in November 2010. She holds a BA in History from Smith College.
Felisa received her BA from the home of the terrapins, University of Maryland at College Park. After graduating, Felisa worked at the National Institute of Mental Health, and later the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which sparked her interest in public health. She later realized her passion for outreach after working for a superintendents’ association on school health and wellness policies. She co-created the first interactive health pavilion for thousands of superintendents, and enjoys thinking of ways to generate interest of public health issues using her creativity. She has been at HSPH since January 2008 and joined the Center in January 2010. She is currently pursuing a MS in business management and is excited to finish her degree next year.
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
John is the Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the Epidemiology Department at the Harvard School of Public Health. He began in his current position in October of 2009. In partnership with numerous individuals and departments he serves both prospective and current students as well as faculty and administrators within the Epidemiology Department and throughout the school.Among John’s primary responsibilities are the development and implementation of recruitment strategies, the management and facilitation of the admission process within the Epidemiology Department, and the management and allocation of departmental financial aid. As a strategic partner with the Department Chair, Deputy Chair and Student Activities Committee he works to develop and implement departmental policies on program requirements for both doctoral and masters students. He also serves as an advisor to faculty and students on the processes for all academic issues.John’s previous administrative experience includes time as both an Assistant Registrar and Assistant Director of Admissions. He was previously on the faculty at Lesley University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. John did his graduate work in Choral Conducting at Boston University. He remains active as a musician through his work as the Music Director at University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square and as coach/conductor of a small ensemble of student musicians at Boston College.
Alissa came to Harvard in the fall of 2009 to become Project Director for the newly formed Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. She received her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to attending graduate school, Alissa worked for several years as a Bacteriologist at the Massachusetts State Laboratory, focusing on diagnostic and susceptibility testing of MDR-TB patients in Peru, Haiti and Russia. In addition, Alissa was part of a team that tested for the presence of anthrax after the attacks in 2001 and assisted in writing and implementing the first “white powder” protocols for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).Most recently, Alissa was appointed by the Governor to be the Deputy Director for Emergency Preparedness at the Massachusetts DPH and was heavily involved with pandemic flu planning and the response to the H1N1 outbreak in 2009.
Project Coordinator and Staff Assistant
Namasha was hired in February 2011 as the Project Coordinator and Staff Assistant to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Program. Before coming to Harvard, Namasha was an Environmental Health Organizer at Clean Water Action. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor in Science and recently received a Masters from Harvard Extension in Environmental Management. After an internship at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, she knew her passion lay in Global Health and Sustainability, especially women’s health and its links to poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. She looks forward to pursuing this passion at HSPH.
Senior Grants Manager
Rosa is currently a Senior Grants Manager in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She joined the department in May 2001. Rosa currently handles a diverse portfolio in the department, assisting PIs in preparing applications, submitting and managing funds received. She recently participated in one of two Pilots (K pilot) for the Research Transformation Project for the School. This project was created after reviewing the School’s existing research management process and seeing that it can be improved. Participants in both pilots’ comments and suggestions are being taken well into consideration by officials in order to implement a new model of research administration school-wide.Rosa had worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and a CPA firm prior to working at HSPH.
Kar Li Wong
Kar Li is the Financial Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and has been with the department since 2008. Kar Li provides accounting support in the department. She generates financial reports, reconciles accounts, and monitors training grants to ensure proper stipend charges. She retrieves and reviews financial data on a monthly basis and resolves errors or discrepancies. She assists with completing sponsors’ yearly and final financial reports, including review of final invoices and closeout procedures prepared by Office of Sponsored Programs.Kar Li has more than six years of experience in financial management. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Massachusetts in Management Information Systems.