Category Archives: IT Staff News

New Staff Additions: Don Tracia and Sejal Vashi

Don Tracia and Sejal Vashi recently joined the Digital Learning Team, part of the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team, as learning designers. Don and Sejal will be working closely with faculty and other METS team members in the development of the courses in the online and on-campus MPH in Epidemiology program, as well as supporting faculty through the Chan School in using technology in pedagogically effective ways.

Don Tracia, M.Ed.

Don brings 20 years of experience in instructional design, instructional technology, and faculty development. He was most recently at Boston University supporting their online programs and spent 7 years at Bunker Hill Community College overseeing their instructional technology and faculty development center.  He also spent time at Blackboard as a trainer.

Don Tracia, Learning Designer

Don Tracia, Learning Designer

Don has extensive experience in collaborating with faculty in the design of online and blended courses, in online teaching, and in coaching faculty for video recordings. He has a background in video production as well.

Interesting fact: Don traveled to New Zealand with a team of multi-national researchers to search for Giant Squid on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution and the Discovery Channel.

Sejal Vashi, MS, MPH

Sejal joins us from her most recent stint at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, where she was an e-Learning Specialist and Global Health Corps Fellow, designing and delivering training on HIV and TB, among other topics. Before that, Sejal was with the Devalle Institute for Emergency Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission, training health professionals on emergency preparedness.

Sejal Vashi, Learning Designer

Sejal Vashi, Learning Designer

Sejal brings a great combination of an educational and experiential background in public health, teaching, and mathematics, along with her expertise in the design and production of online courses.

Interesting fact: Sejal staffed the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center to assist in coordinating public health and health care organizations during the Boston Bombings.

Don and Sejal are in the Kresge LL-19 suite, so please stop and say hello.

Thank You for Attending Our Third Annual Tech Day!

Thank you for attending our third annual Tech Day!

Raffle winners:

  • Claudette Thompson, Apple Watch
  • Mary Jane Curran, ChromeCast
  • Deborah Atobrah, Kindle
  • Colin Fleming, Apple TV
Tech Day 2015

Tech Day 2015


The Department of Information Technology hosted a Fall Tech Day on: Thursday, October 22, 12:00 – 2:00 pm Kresge Atrium.


  • Dell — Representatives from Dell showcased the latest laptop, tablets and other machines available through the Harvard contract.
  • AppleRepresentatives from Apple showcased the latest Apple products on display.
  • HarvardKey — The Identity & Access Management program at Harvard University Information Technology introduced Harvard Key.
  • Office 365 —Our Office 365 gurus offered overviews of new features and answer questions.
  • WordPress — The web team showcased the recently launched Admissions web site and answer questions about WordPress.
  • Canvas — Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) demoed new features and answer questions about Canvas.
  • BlueJeans – BlueJeans video conferencing accounts were created on the fly.
  • Virtual Desktops – The server team demonstrated our new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).  VDI allows students to access instructional computing lab software from their own computers.
  • Student Information Systems (SIS) — The SIS team provided a sneak peak of the new platform that is coming in the Fall 2016.

Thank you for attending!

RCC Intern Update: Nick Kashner

Nick KashnerUPDATE:
Nick has moved on to Florida State University and is studying for his bachelors degree in information technology!

He recently accepted a summer internship at JP Morgan as a tech analyst.

We wish him continued success.


Nick Kashner began working as a co-op on February, 2014 as part of his program at Roxbury Community College (RCC).  He is a candidate for an associate degree in web technologies with an anticipated graduation date of June 2015.

Nick is a Pawlet Scholarship Award winner and a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Literacy Society at Northeastern University. He has an impressive 3.75 GPA.

Nick is our seventh co-op in the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Please join us in welcoming Nick to the Harvard School of Public Health!

New Staff Additions: Chi Mo and TJ Porter

We are pleased to welcome two new additions to the Department of Information Technology, Chi Mo and TJ Porter.  Both Chi Mo and TJ are Northeastern University students and will be working for 6 months full-time as co-ops at HSPH as part of their degree program.  This is TJ’s second co-op assignment at Harvard Chan.

They replace Chris Doherty and Deion Barawid, who completed their assignments with great success.

Chi Mo

Chi Mo, Northeastern co-op

Chi Mo is a candidate for a bachelor of science in information science and will graduate from Northeastern in May 2017.  This is Chi’s first internship as part of  the co-op program.  Before starting at Northeastern, Chi taught English in her native China at various schools and institutions.

Chi enjoys traveling and plays the piano.

She will be working the 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM shift.

TJ Porter is a candidate for a bachelor of science in business administration and will graduate from Northeastern in May 2016.  In addition to his Harvard Chan co-op assignments, TJ was previously a co-op at New England Baptist Hospital.

TJ Porter, Northeastern Co-op

TJ Porter, Northeastern co-op

For you gamers, he is a published contributor to Alienware as an arena writer! He is also a referee and scorekeeper for the Hudson Youth DekHockey League.

He will be working the 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM shift.

Please join us in welcoming Chi and welcoming TJ back to the Harvard School of Public Health!

Welcome Back: Kevin Wnek

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Wnek has returned to the department of information technology as our manager of web and application development. Kevin will oversee the web team and student information systems (SIS) team which has been merged into one larger group.

Kevin Wnek

Kevin Wnek returns to HSPH as manager of web and application development. His team can be found at Landmark Center.

Kevin previously worked at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for seven years as a web and application developer, earning several promotions along the way.  In 2012, he left for a position at Thomson Reuters/NASDAQ as a web and streaming developer.

Kevin is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.  While at Harvard, Kevin took advantage of the tuition assistance program, and earned a masters degree in management from Harvard Extension School in 2014.

Please join us in welcoming Kevin back to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health!

New Staff Addition: Shawn DeAntonio

Shawn DeAntonio joined the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team in late 2014 as our senior audio-visual systems engineer.  Shawn replaces Sarah Bearse, who left the METS team in late January for a position at Google.

Shawn DeAntonio

Shawn DeAntonio, our new senior audio-visual engineer

Shawn will be working on designing, building and supporting audio/video technology for the School.  He comes to us after more then a decade with Rule Broadcast Systems, a local AV design/build company, where he was director of integration services.

While Shawn is new to this role at Harvard Chan School of Public Health, he has worked on projects at the school for years, including the Leadership Studio and the Distance Teaching and Learning Room in the lower level of the Kresge Building.

Shawn’s first project was updating the audio-visual in our largest computer laboratory, Kresge LL6.  Kresge LL6 reopened on January 26th.

Please join us in welcoming Shawn to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

New Staff Addition: Lucy Killewo

Lucy Killewo, Instructional Technologist

Lucy Killewo, Instructional Technologist

Lucy Killewo has joined the Department of Information Technology as a contract instructional technologist for the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team.

Lucy comes to us from the Judge Group and has hit the ground running supporting our students and professors in their use of iSites and Canvas.

Lucy has been using various learning management systems over the past few years both as a student and a technician at KCMC College in Tanzania, and recently at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she earned a master’s degree in information sciences and technology with a focus on human computer interaction (HCI) and eLearning.  Lucy has also presented and been published describing her experience introducing an LMS at medical schools.

Lucy is expected to be with METS through early 2015.

Please join us in welcoming Lucy to the Harvard School of Public Health!

New Staff Addition: Ritam Chowdhury

Dr. Ritam Chowdhury has joined the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team as a statistical consultant for SAS and STATA.  This is a role that has been evolving as we try our best to respond to the needs of our students.  Ritam is a SM1 student in the Department of Biostatistics, and he already holds multiple degrees including a M.B.B.S. (MD), MPH and PhD.

Ritam is also working on the HSPH Student Government as the representative from the Department of Biostatistics.

Ritam Chowdhury

Dr. Ritam Chowdhury, statistical consultant and student in the Department of Biostatistics

Ritam holds office hours on most Friday’s outside the METS dugout in Kresge LL15, and also works with students by appointment.

If students would like help with SAS or STATA, they can contact Ritam at, or

Please join us in welcoming Ritam to the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Information Technology.

HSPH IT Department Relocation

Due to construction that will begin in mid-July on Landmark Center 3rd Floor East, staff members currently at Landmark Center will be relocated to 33 Wigglesworth Street from July 10 through December.

Staff members relocating to Wigglesworth include:

  • Taso Markatos
  • Caryn D’Agostino
  • Deane Eastwood
  • Alex Garcia
  • David Marshall
  • Guillaume Molter
  • Brian Pedranti
  • Andy Ross
  • Anne Marie Stathis
  • Laurie Sutherland
  • Christopher Ternan
  • Nate Varney
  • Kevin Wnek

There is no change to Helpdesk or Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) teams.  The Helpdesk and these staff members remain in Kresge LL.  The Helpdesk may also be reached via phone at 617-432-HELP or via email at

New Staff Addition: Shinaider Zizi

Shinaider Zizi began his internship on October, 21, 2014. He will be working 10 hours each week. Shinaider Zizi is part of a program at Roxbury Community College (RCC). Zizi is a candidate for an associate degree in Information System Tech (IST) with an anticipated graduation date of May 2015.

Shinaider Zizi

Shinaider Zizi outside of Harvard University School of Public Health

Zizi will be working

  • Tuesday, Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Friday From 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Please join us in welcoming Zizi to the Harvard School of Public Health!