LEAH Advisory Board Members 2018-2019
Chair, LEAH Advisory Board
Dr. Ann Miller is an experienced biopharma executive with over 30 years experience at Sanofi, Eisai, Amgen and Merck. Primarily focused on Marketing, she has worked in Global and US roles across many therapeutic areas. She spent 10 years on the National Osteoporosis Foundation Board, including seven years on the Executive Committee. Dr. Miller is a member of the Boston Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Mentoring Program and an informal mentor to many. She has a Chemistry undergraduate and Medical degree from Duke University and trained in Internal Medicine at UPenn. Her interest in healthcare/STEM and long-time commitment to mentoring led her to the LEAH Project.
Vice Chair, LEAH Advisory Board
Erik Sebesta is the former co-founder, board member and chief architect of Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), the leading cloud strategy, consulting, software engineering, software and application migration company. CTP launched in 2011, grew to over 200 people and $30MM in revenue and was acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprises in September 2017. Erik was responsible for multi-million dollar sales and delivery engagements to Fortune 1000 clients as well as building out CTP's reusable IP portfolio. Prior to CTP, Erik was a national principal architect for Novell and Cambridge Technology Partners (the original CTP). He graduated with a computer science degree from Williams College. Currently, Erik is launching a new startup called Keep.Health, focused on keeping healthy people healthy. When not focused on corporate endeavors, Erik organizes the Ultimate Showcase Series Massachusetts Youth All-Star games and coaches his daughter's soccer teams. Erik was a friend and ultimate frisbee teammate of Leah Deni.
Kris Deni is a life long special educator, beginning a career in public education in 1973. She has been a teacher, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Student Services working in MA, TN and NJ. After retiring from working in public schools for 37 years, Kris worked for the NJ Department of Education and The Danielson Group. Kris has served on several boards including the NJ Special Olympics. Current board memberships include the LEAH Advisory Board and the Lawrenceville Job Training Partnership, a new initiative working with former convicts.
Kris earned a BS in elementary and special education from Westfield State College in MA, and a Masters in Special Education from George Peabody College in Nashville, TN. She holds NJ certifications in early childhood education, special education and administration. Kris is the mother of Leah and Michael Deni.
Osagie Ebekozien is the Director, Office of Accreditation and Quality Improvement at Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in this role he works with a team of dedicated professionals to advance an organization-wide culture of quality improvement, performance management and other strategic initiatives. He led BPHC to achieve first national Public Health Accreditation and has been using findings from the process to drive system changes further in the organization.
He received his Medical Degree from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Master of Public Health (M.P.H) degree from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Boston. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM).
He is excited about being an advisor for LEAH and hopes to inspire more students of color to pursue careers in the STEM field.
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.
Vice President, Group Manager in Markets, BNY Mellon
Murthy Kuchibhotla is a technology leader with over 23 years of experience in Enterprise software development. He has designed and created technology solutions in various industries – Financial Services, Telecom and Technology. He is currently working as Vice President, Group Manager in Markets technology division of BNY Mellon. At BNY Mellon, he focuses on implementing technology solutions for trading and regulatory compliance. Outside his work, he enjoys following sports with Boston teams and coaching a First Lego League (FLL) team to foster interest in science and technology for young kids.
Murthy has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He also has a Certificate in Management from Harvard University.
Technology Relationships Manager, BNY Mellon
Timothy has been the technology field for 30+ years working in many disciplines. Starting off doing component level electronic engineering and troubleshooting, quickly moving to Personal Computing and Computer Networking as the “Tech Boom” accelerated. Timothy has held over 2 dozen professional certifications throughout his career related to computer hardware, network hardware and operating system engineering and support. He currently holds professional certifications related to ITIL, Kepner Trego and Business Relationship Management Professional. He previously served on an advisory board for the Greater Lawrence Regional Technical High School. Timothy graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and previously graduated from Hesser College, Manchester with an Associates Degree in Digital and Microprocessor technology.
Manager of Development and Operations, Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer
Janeisa Lashley is an experienced fundraising professional and LEAH Alumni. Originally from the Boston area, she has worked for various education nonprofits in both Boston and New York, raising money to ensure students have the opportunity to earn a college degree. As a former LEAH mentor, her interest in STEM has led to her recent move to Baltimore where she serves as the Manager of Development and Operations at the Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer. Janeisa received her undergraduate degree from Boston College in English and communications.
Managing Principal, Renew Energy Partners
Charlie Lord is a Principal of Renew Energy Partners, LLC (“RENEW”), an energy efficiency/clean on-site energy generation finance and development firm. Prior to RENEW, Charlie was at C-Quest Capital and at SCRC, an investment manager focusing on sustainable infrastructure. Charlie also founded and scaled two social ventures, including Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) and the Urban Ecology Institute. Charlie taught in the Environmental Studies Program at Boston College. Charlie has a BA from Yale University and a JD from the University of Virginia. Charlie is a recipient of the Echoing Green Fellowship, the Barr Foundation Fellowship and was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review.
Senior Pastor of Grace Christian Church
Dishon Mills is a social entrepreneur who uses his talents in various sectors in order to positively impact his community. Currently, he serves as the senior pastor of Grace Christian Church in Waltham, MA. In June 2018, he created STEAMworks, an educational program for middle and high school students that builds their self-efficacy by exposing them to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM). In addition, Dishon is the Chair of the Community Board of Trustees for Jeremiah Program Boston, an organization that partners with low-income single women with children to break the cycle of poverty. Dishon was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Accelerate Program. He is also a co-founder of LEAH. He lives in Randolph, MA with his wife, two children, and dog.
Senior Manager, Business Transformation Office, Boston Scientific
Tammie grew up in Boston and is an alumna of Boston Latin School and Boston College (BA, Economics and MBA). Her experience as a project and program manager spans different industries, including Telecommunication, Healthcare and Medical Devices, and has taken her across the globe to locations such as India, China and Japan. Her current role at Boston Scientific involves leading strategic enterprise-wide initiatives that transform business processes to increase shareholder value and employee engagement. Tammie believes in the power of education and effective mentorship and she is excited to serve on the LEAH Advisory Board starting in 2018.
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