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LEAH Advisory Board Members 2016-2017

Mike Barnett, Professor, Boston College 

Ph.D. Instructional Systems Technology with emphasis in Science Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2003; M.S. Physics, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1997.

Mike Barnett is an associate professor of science education and technology in the Lynch School of Education. Barnett's area of interest is developing programs that (1) get students excited about science, and (2) helping students, particularly, first-generation, students get into college and be successful. Barnett’s focus is on urban science education, promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields to undergraduate education majors, and the youngsters they student-teach, through projects that utilize technology and link to real-world issues. Barnett was the CASE/Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2012 Professor of the Year for Massachusetts. 

Ashley Conners, Director of Development, Family Independence Intiative

Ashley Conners has 12+ years of experience in Non-Profit Management with a passion for social justice issues. Prior to joining FII as Director of Development she was the the Chief Advancement Officer at the Italian Home for Children where she was charged to raise $2.5M annually, manage communication and public relations and help lead the mental health and behavioral health organization into its 100th year. Ashley received her B.A. in Secondary Education with a Minor in Substance Abuse Prevention Services from the University of Nevada, Reno and her M.B.A. in Non-Profit Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. While obtaining her M.B.A., she focused her studies and consulting projects on strategic positioning for non-profits specifically in regards to fundraising and development. Ashley is the chair of the Leaders through Education Action and Hope (LEAH) Program Advisory Board and also remains an active advisor to SADD serving on their Alumni Council.

Kristine Deni, Administration, The Danielson Group in Princeton, NJ

Kris Deni has worked in the area of special education in public schools since 1973 as a teacher, assistant superintendent, and director of student services.  She retired from public school work in 2007 and has since worked for the Danielson Group which provides training and consultation around teacher effectiveness.  Kris’ most important role, however is as the mother of Mike and Leah Deni.  Leah was working for the Urban Ecology Institute at the time of her death in 2004.  The LEAH Project was developed in an effort to honor and continue the work she loved.

Osagie Ebekozien, Director of Quality Improvement and Accreditation, Boston Public Health Commission

Dr. Ebekozien is the Director of Accreditation and Quality Improvement at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in this role he works with a team of dedicated professionals to implement an organization wide quality improvement program, coordinate improvement initiatives and the organization’s local public health department accreditation. He is also an Expert Faculty on Data and Quality Improvement to the Morehouse School of Medicine National Collaborative on Diabetes Equity. Prior to joining BPHC, he managed the Accreditation, Performance Improvement and Patient Safety programs of a Federally Qualified Community Health Center which serves over 25,000 patients in Boston. Dr. Ebekozien is a foreign trained primary care physician with years of clinical practice, earned his Masters of Public Health degree from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Certified Professional in both Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) with over 10 years experience. He has strong ties to the Boston community and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Families First (a Massachusetts based nonprofit that teaches parenting and coping skills to vulnerable parents), member of the Advisory Board of LEAH Project (an after-school STEM mentoring and training program) and a consultant to African Community Health Initiatives (a Boston based nonprofit that provides health navigation services to African immigrants).

Rachel Green, Counselor/Social Worker, Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Medical Center

Rachel Green was born and raised in Massachusetts, right outside of Boston. She began her work with non-profits and working with young people over 15 years ago and has worked for agencies such as City Year, Citizen Schools and the City of Boston. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University in St.Louis and is passionate about helping individuals, families and communities reach their full potential and thrive.

Jesse Leavitt, Training, Reflection and Evaluation Coordinator, Phillips Brooks House Association

Jesse Leavitt - B.A. Wesleyan University; M.Ed. Lesley University. Jesse currently holds the position of Training, Reflection & Evaluation Coordinator at Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) at Harvard College. PBHA is a student-run, community-based, nonprofit umbrella organization for 86 programs that strive for change on multiple levels in the Boston and Cambridge communities. PBHA’s dual focused mission is to provide vital resources to local communities and grow public service leaders. Prior to working PBHA, Jesse coordinated a LEAH Project at Boston Public Schools and worked extensively on out-of-school time program training, curricula, coaching and quality. Jesse co-founded the LEAH Project Advisory Board in 2011, transitioned the program to it’s new home at Health Resources in Action, and has served as co-chair throughout his tenure. After graduating from Wesleyan University, Jesse facilitated writing, math and apprenticeship-based curricula with students from around Boston at Citizen Schools' 8th Grade Academy. He has led numerous workshops for out-of-school time program development and evaluation at the local, state and national level. Jesse loves to travel, bike, ski, volunteer, and play baseball – all, ideally, with youth!

Yvette Leung, Associate, L.E.K. Consulting

Yvette is currently an Associate Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, where she works with clients across the life sciences industry to assess commercial opportunities and develop corporate growth strategies. She has a passion for improving K-12 STEM education, having worked previously with other STEM education non-profits including Science Buddies and Science Club for Girls. She is very excited to be a part of the LEAH family as an advisory board member, and looks forward to working with the advisory team to continue growing and expanding LEAH over the next few years!

Charlie Lord, Managing Principal, Renew Energy Partners

Charlie is a Principal of Renew Energy Partners, LLC (“RENEW”), an energy efficiency/clean on-site energy generation finance and development firm serving the retrofit market for commercial and industrial (“C&I”) buildings.  RENEW finances and develops the renovation of existing C&I buildings to improve their energy performance, provide a market-rate return to investors, reduce climate emissions from the building sector and create jobs in cities.  Prior to RENEW, Charlie was at C-Quest Capital, LLC (CQC). Charlie helped launch CQC’s Global Cook Stoves Program. CQC is a carbon finance business dedicated to originating and developing high-quality emission reduction projects that provide superior returns for investors and energy services to low-income communities in Africa, India and Latin America. Prior to C-Quest, Charlie was a principal at SCRC, an investment manager focusing on sustainable infrastructure (energy, waste and water), with an emphasis on emerging markets. Charlie also founded and scaled two social ventures, including Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), the largest environmental justice center in the Northeast, based in Roxbury, MA where he served as Co-Director until 1998 and on the Board until 2004.  In 1998, Charlie founded the Urban Ecology Institute at Boston College, and he served as UEI’s Executive Director until 2008. Charlie taught in the Environmental Studies Program at Boston College until 2010.  He has published numerous articles on environmental law, environmental justice and environmental policy. After law school Charlie clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Charlie is a recipient of the Echoing Green Fellowship and of the Barr Foundation Fellowship and was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review.

Ann Miller, VP, Marketing at Sanofi

Ann Miller, MD, joined the LEAH Project Advisory Board in September 2016.  She is a Biopharma business executive with clinical training and extensive commercial, cross-functional and not-for-profit leadership experience, interested in contributing to improving patient outcomes.  Trained as a physician, she has spent her professional career in the Biopharma industry working in Commercial and Marketing roles.  Currently a VP, Marketing at Sanofi, she advanced through roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing, Business Planning & Development, and Business Unit leadership at Merck, Amgen, and Eisai.  She has worked at the global and US level, across a wide range of therapeutic areas, and with biopharma products in development and on the market.  She has led teams of 5 to over 500 people and is committed to building teams, developing people, and improving capabilities.  She has been a formal and informal mentor for people in the healthcare space for many years and has a deep commitment to the value of on-the-job training and mentoring, which led her to the LEAH Project.  

Steve Schiveley, Director of Operations Strategy Global Operations team, Boston Scientific

Steve Schiveley grew up in southern Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1994 with a B.S. in Political Science.  He worked 12 years at Intel Corporation in a variety of Supplier Management, Program Management, Engineering, Market Analytics and Supply Chain Strategy roles.  During his time at Intel, he received three Masters degrees (M.S. Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, M.S. Material Science & Engineering from MIT, and M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management), and was co-inventor for 10 patents related to capacitors.  In 2007, Steve and his family moved to Minnesota where he was a Group Manager for a software development team at the retailer for 2 years.  Steve then transitioned to an Engineering Director role at Boston Scientific in 2009, and to a Director of Operations role in 2014 where he led Operations for a small acquisition site in Massachusetts.  He is now the Director of Operations Strategy for Boston Scientific’s global Operations team and joined the LEAH Advisory Board in 2016.