Meet our Staff

Name Position Location Contact Information
Julie Alperen Project Director, PHACS Kresge 817E 617-432-6762
Alan Berkeley Grants Manager Kresge 901 617-432-1233
Jessica Bugg Senior Administrative Coordinator Kresge 904
Front Desk
Randall Chaput Staff Assistant for Causal Inference Kresge 820 617-432-1539
Bizu Gelaye Program Director, MIRT Kresge 501 617-432-1071
David Havelick Program Manager 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 Assistant to Dr. Kraft, Dr. Price, and Dr. Liang Building 2
Room 249
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
Room 249
Rosa Veras Senior Grants Manager Kresge 906 617-432-6215



berkeleyAlan Berkeley
Grants Manager, Dept. of Epidemiology.  Alan is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and brings 17 years of experience in accounting and commercial loan operations to the Harvard School of Public Health.


buggJessica Bugg
Senior Administrative Coordinator
Jessica is currently the Senior 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 September 2013. 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 Chaput
Staff Assistant

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.

Bizu Gelaye
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.

havelickDavid Havelick
Program Manager

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!”

Molly Lyons
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.

mcdonaldJill McDonald
Staff Assistant
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.

John Paulson
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.

scharfAlissa Scharf
Project Director
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.

NamashaNamasha Schelling
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.

Rosa Veras
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.