Instructors

Sonia Alleyne

Since 2002, Sonia Alleyne has been vice president, CRA/regional manager in New England for Santander Bank. She also oversees numerous volunteer programs at Santander, including United Way Community Care Day, the Greater Boston Food Bank, National Braille Press, and the American Red Cross Food Pantry. From 1995 to 2002, Alleyne was the director of community investment at the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, where she worked with the state and congressional delegation to draft legislation in the areas of Affordable Housing and Insurance. Alleyne is also an active member of the Boston community, serving on numerous boards and commissions like the Roxbury Community College Foundation and the New England Aquarium. She was also appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and to the board of the Massachusetts Fair Plan by Governor Bill Weld.

MPA, Suffolk University
BS, Northeastern University

David Becker

David Becker is the CEO at Penacook Place, a nonprofit nursing home and rehabilitation services provider. He is an accomplished senior executive with a successful track record in operations, quality, strategic planning, and finance in multiple levels of acute and post-acute care. Becker possesses an in-depth knowledge in the operations of long-term, acute-care hospitals; hospital-based transitional care units; acute rehabilitation hospitals; and long-term care facilities. Regarded as a skilled relationship builder internally and externally, he has successfully managed major changes, including network development, management team transitions, financial turnaround, and quality of care improvement.

MPA, Suffolk University
BA, Bradford College

Denise Casey

Since 2007, Denise Casey has served as the human resources director for the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts. She was previously the human resources administrator for the Town of Concord from 2003 to 2007. Casey is also the co-chair for Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association. Her skills in labor relations, program development, and policy analysis have helped the Association assist Massachusetts municipalities in establishing and maintaining a standard of excellence in the field of personnel administration.

MPA, Suffolk University

Stephen Cirillo

Stephen Cirillo has significant experience working in municipal government. Since 2003, he has served as director of finance for the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts where he is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Assessing, Comptroller, Purchasing, and Treasury Divisions. From 2000 to 2003, he was the deputy town administrator of Brookline where he helped to develop the Town’s Debt Management Plan and the Mayor’s Annual Operating Budget. Previously, Cirillo worked within the City of Newton’s government for 15 years. As Newton’s chief budget officer, he prepared the city’s six-year Capital Improvement Program and acted as a liaison to the School Committee, Finance Committee, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Mass Municipal Fiscal Policy Committee, and Middlesex County Advisory Budget Committee. In addition to his role in local governments, Cirillo is a long-time adjunct professor at Suffolk University and Northeastern University, where he specializes in teaching public budgeting, forecasting, capital planning, and accounting.

MPA, Syracuse University
BS, Northeastern University

Les Civicchi

Les Cavicchi has extensive experience as a healthcare clinician and executive. Early in his career, he provided services to patients as an emergency medical technician and respiratory therapist. As time progressed, he became interested in the healthcare management responsibilities. He advanced through the ranks of hospital administration, ultimately becoming chief executive officer of Lakeville Hospital in Massachusetts. Cavicchi recently joined the Greater Boston Urology from Genesis HealthCare, LLC, where he was the vice president of managed care services for more than 14 years. In his role, he traveled throughout the United States cultivating relationships with third-party payors, hospitals, physician groups, and accountable care organizations.

MPA, Suffolk University
BA, Stonehill College

John Clifford

John Clifford is a partner at Clifford and Kenny, LLP, a firm that focuses on the representation of municipal and public school clients in the area of labor and personnel. Clifford and Kenny currently represents 13 municipalities and school districts. Previously, Clifford was a town administrator for Marshfield, Mass., from 1999 to 2007.

JD, New England School of Law
BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Clarence Cooper

Clarence Cooper is a professor emeritus at Suffolk and a senior fellow at the Moakley Center for Public Management. His experience includes senior management positions in both the private and public sectors. From 1984 to 1989, he served as the assistant secretary for management in the Executive Office of the Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2009, he served on numerous nonprofit boards, including as the chairman of Associated Early Care and Education of Massachusetts.

MPA, Harvard University

Susan Crossley

Susan Crossley has many years of experience providing services for disadvantaged populations. She is currently the executive director at Family Promise Metrowest, a cooperative, interfaith partnership that offers hope to homeless families with children. Prior to this, she was director of Day Services at Minuteman Arc for Human Services and senior programs officer at Liberty Community Services. In 1998, Ms. Crossley founded Residential Living Options, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities by creating housing of their choice. She recruited a Board of Directors, developed strategic plan, and was responsible for all administrative functions of the organization.

MPA, Suffolk University
BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Carol Curtin

Carol Curtin serves as the associate director of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, as well as the director of the Shriver Center’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs. She is co-director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded Healthy Weight Research Network and also holds faculty appointments in the UMass Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the Medical School, the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Sawyer Business School.

PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
MSW, University School of Social Work
BA, Trinity College

Elaine Gabovitch

Elaine Gabovitch serves as state team leader for the Massachusetts Act Early program and as one of 25 national ambassadors appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote the “Learn the Signs. Act Early” public health program in Massachusetts. She has extensive experience with family-centered care and autism spectrum disorders, as well as leadership and advocacy research. Gabovitch is also the director of family and community partnerships for the UMass Medical School-Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, family faculty in the Shriver Center’s LEND program, and an instructor in the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.

MPA, Suffolk University
BA, Regis College

Candice Gartley

Candice Gartley is the executive director for the All Dorchester Sports League, where she works to provide high-quality programming to youth participants with the goal of fostering self-esteem and leadership skills through athletic and academic achievement. Before joining the ADSL, she worked for the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester for 20 years. There, she held many positions, including executive assistant, arts and culture programming coordinator, chief of staff, special events director, and most recently, director of public relations. She serves on several boards in the Dorchester area, which benefit from her expertise in program development, community outreach, fundraising, and organizational development.

MPA, Suffolk University
BA, Loyola University

Jennifer Gilbert

Jennifer Gilbert is currently a partner at the Law Office of Robert L. Allen, Jr., LLP where she represents clients in all aspects of civil litigation including: land use development, zoning, construction disputes, licensing, permitting, regulatory matters, and employment and general municipal law. Prior to this position Ms. Gilbert was the Town Counsel for the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts from July 2005 to July 2013. There, she managed and oversaw the law department for the Town of Brookline and provided expert representation to town agencies and departments in both the state and federal courts. Additionally, Ms. Gilbert was responsible for drafting and negotiating numerous leases for the town and also offered recommendations for the implementation of policies and procedures on a variety of matters.

JD, Suffolk University
BA, Boston College

Ellen Hafer

Ellen Hafer has served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers since 2003. She oversees operations and implementation of strategic initiatives. Prior to her current role, Hafer served as the chief operating officer at Neighborhood Health Plan, a health-center-based HMO. She also served as executive director of Manet Community Health Center in Quincy for 17 years and helped grow the organization from two sites to five. She has extensive experience as a board member of several organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Coalition of School Based Health Centers and a community-based counseling agency for the uninsured in Quincy. She has received multiple leadership awards, including the Pat Miller Leadership Award from Simmons Graduate School of Management, the Kathleen Crampton Award from the League, and the John Gilbert Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

MBA, Simmons Graduate School of Management
MTS, Harvard University Divinity School
BA, Pennsylvania State University

Lauren Hajjar

Lauren Hajjar is a public health and safety researcher and consultant and has worked with the Brandeis University Institute for Behavior Health, Lowell Police Department, Suffolk University, and Johns Hopkins University. In 2010, she received the National Institute’s Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. This award has allowed her to investigate of the impact of the organization, financing, and management of alcohol abuse prevention and treatment services, as well as their quality, cost, accessibility, and outcomes. Currently, Hajjar is a PhD Candidate for Social Policy at Brandeis University and is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.

MPA, Suffolk University
MS, MGH Institute of Health Professionals
BA, Saint Anselm College

Barry Haskell

Barry Haskell has extensive experience in the education field, both as an instructor and administrator. After starting out as a middle and high school social studies teacher, Haskell held numerous education administration posts, including assistant principal of Tiverton High School in Rhode Island and social studies curriculum coordinator, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools in the Plymouth Public School system. At the collegiate level, he has taught Political Tactics and American Public Policy courses in Criminal Justice and Business Programs as an adjunct professor at Curry College. Haskell also served as the director of recreation for the Town of Mattapoisett. Mr. Haskell also holds several professional certifications for teaching and educational administration in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

MEd, Providence College
BA, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

James Hunt

James Hunt, Jr., has been the president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers since 1979. During his tenure, he has focused on stabilizing health center financing; expanding health center services to the homeless, seasonal farm workers, persons with disabilities and the elderly; developing the health center workforce; and replicating best practices across the health center network. Hunt's passion for addressing the needs of the community-based healthcare workforce led him to collaborate with a local university to develop a first-in-the-nation community health certificate program for health center middle managers. In 2002, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry. In 2005, he was chosen as the first Geiger Gibson distinguished visitor in community health policy at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services for extraordinary and sustained leadership in community health policy.

PhD, Union Institute and University
MUA, Boston University
BS, Boston State College

Richard Kelliher

In 2010 Richard Kelliher concluded a four-decade career in Massachusetts local government, having served 15 years as Brookline town administrator, 10 years as chief administrative officer for the City of Newton, five years on the staff of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and nearly 10 years in the administration of Boston Mayor Kevin White. His leadership was recognized statewide in 2005 when he was elected president of the MMA. Kelliher has chaired numerous study and action committees on various issues, including labor relations, revenue sharing, and group health. He was the first municipal designee ever appointed to the state Group Insurance Commission. In 2007 he was appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to a three-year term on the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, which reviews cases conducted by the Internal Affairs Division of the Boston Police Department.

JD, Suffolk University
BA, Harvard College

Elizabeth Kilcoyne

Since 2003, Elizabeth Kilcoyne has been the CEO of Workable Procedures, Inc., in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Prior to this, she worked in public policy, management, and leadership development as the Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts’ deputy controller board and chair of the Selectmen. Kilcoyle is also an active member of the Ipswich community and is the vice resident of the Orchestra on the Hill, which is dedicated to building a strong local community.

MPA, Suffolk University
BS, Worcester State College

Michael Lavin

From September 1978 to June 2013, Michael Lavin was a member of the full-time faculty at Sawyer Business School's Institute for Public Service. Lavin served three terms as department chair and the Sawyer Business assistant dean responsible for the former Cape Cod campus. Lavin’s teaching, research, and service interests are in the fields of local government administration, labor and workplace law, nonprofit management, grant-writing, and strategic planning. Following retirement from full-time academic duties, he has continued program development and teaching as a senior fellow in the Moakley Center. Lavin also provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies in the areas of strategic planning and program evaluation.

PhD, Tufts University
BA, Saint Anselm College

Jim Luisi

Jim Luisi is the CEO of North End Waterfront Health, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital. North End Waterfront Health extends MGH’s world-renowned healthcare services to people who live and work in and around Boston's North End. By working closely with schools, senior centers, and many other organizations, North End Waterfront Health has helped shaped services to truly benefit the community's diverse population. In addition to his work at North End Waterfront Health, Luisi is on the Board of Directors of the Capital Link. This national, nonprofit organization has worked with hundreds of health centers and primary care associations over the past 15 years to plan capital projects, finance growth, and improve performance.

Bernard Lynch

Bernie Lynch has extensive experience working for and with municipalities on various projects, including the efficiency and responsiveness of operations and transformational initiatives to improve the well-being of a community. His passion and commitment to confront difficult tasks has helped him implement alternative and innovative methods of problem solving. His effectiveness in this area is largely due to his ability to collaborate and build consensus in finding optimal long-term outcomes to problems.

MPA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BS, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Michael Maguire

Since 2008, Michael Maguire has been the Environmental Specialist for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in Barnstable County. In this role, he manages five regional programs, providing groundwater protection and safe and efficient disposal options for hazardous waste. This includes the administration of 22 Household Hazardous Waste collections in 15 Cape Cod towns and the largest regional collection system for mercury-containing items in Massachusetts. He is also credited with creating the first-of-its-kind regional model for unwanted medication disposal in Massachusetts. From 2004 until 2008, Maguire was the Barnstable county resource development officer, during which he authored and co-authored more than 80 grants with awards totaling more than $9 million for Barnstable County. As a member and eventually the program supervisor of Barnstable County AmeriCorps, he worked with every town on Cape Cod on natural resources management. This included work with invasive plant removal; habitat restoration; herring run maintenance; shellfish propagation; wildlife management; trail maintenance; and bridge, boardwalk, and bench construction.

MPA, Suffolk University
BA, Bates College

Scott McCue

Scott McCue is the chief operating officer of the Match Teacher Residency/Sposato Graduate School of Education. MTR and Sposato aim to train highly effective teachers for low-income schools and to disseminate practices in teacher training. Prior to working at Match, McCue was the founding head at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School from 2002-2012. In that period, BPCPS students consistently led the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on 10th grade MCAS exams. In 2009, BPCPS was ranked one of the top-performing schools in the nation, in the Charter EPIC study. Before founding BPCPS, McCue taught History at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School and in the New York City Public Schools.

MA, Columbia University
BA, Harvard University

Mark Milne

Mark Milne has extensive experience working in local government finance. He is currently the finance director for the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts. He is responsible not only for town finances, but also for the Barnstable Public Schools. Previously, Milne served as comptroller for the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts, for three years.

MPA, Suffolk University
BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Maria Mossaides

Maria Mossaides serves the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with distinction as both an attorney and public administrator and was recently appointed the Massachusetts Child Advocate by Governor Charlie Baker. Currently, she is the executive director for Cambridge Family & Children's Service. She has also worked as the general counsel and acting commissioner for the Office for Children, deputy general counsel to the Department of Social Services, general counsel to the Office of the Comptroller, and as the first agency head for the Division of Purchased Services. For nine years Mossaides worked for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and was the first woman to serve as administrative assistant to the justices. Mossaides is on the board of directors of the International Orthodox Christian Charities and is chair of the Mount Holyoke College Annual Funds Committee. She is the former president of Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, where she has twice-chaired the Public Law Section.

MPA, Harvard University
JD, State University of New York, Buffalo

Alisha Perdue

Alisha Perdue joined Iron Mountain in 2013 and manages community engagement efforts for the corporate responsibility program known as Taking CARE. In this role, she manages two key platforms: the corporate grants program, led by the Living Legacy Initiative and the Moving Mountains employee volunteer program. Perdue joined Iron Mountain from EMC Corporation, where she served as associate program manager for EMC’s multiple community involvement partnerships. Prior to that, she held a development and external relations role with Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. In this position, she created Youthworks' first-ever strategic fundraising plan, managed outreach anniversary events, and excelled in nonprofit event management at the Rodman Ride for Kids.

MPA, Suffolk University
BA, University of Dayton

Nicole Rivers

After earning her MPA degree, Nicole Rivers worked for the City of Quincy’s Planning Department. She later returned to Suffolk as an instructor at the Institute for Public Service and senior evaluator for the Moakley Center for Public Management. In 2008, she became the associate director of the Moakley Center. In 2010, Rivers began to lead groups of graduate-level travel seminars to Puerto Rico, as part of the Comparative Public Policy Travel Course. Currently, Rivers’ projects include work with the Fidelity House, Higher Ground, Nurtury, the Cape Cod AmeriCorps Alumni Association, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

MPA, Suffolk University

Joan Shea

Joan Shea has been the deputy comptroller for the State of Massachusetts since 2003 and an adjunct professor at Suffolk since 1993. Before her current role in state government, she was the chief investment officer and acting director of research & evaluation for the Greater Boston area’s City Year program. Her extensive of knowledge of finance, management, and human resources systems helped her open Shea Solutions, Inc., a management consulting firm focused on healthcare and public sector systems, in 2001.

MBA, University of Chicago
BA, Newton College of the Sacred Heart

Lee Vorderer

Lee Vorderer is an instructor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also a a faculty member at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. LEND provides graduate-level interdisciplinary training to improve the health of children and adolescents with disabilities. In these roles she supports, promotes, and monitors system changes; instructs at the graduate and undergraduate level; and provides governmental consultation regarding Medicaid waiver options and service administration options for people with disabilities.

MA, Vanderbilt University
BA, Wellesley College

Roger Wellington

Originally from Trinidad, Roger Wellington graduated from the Trinidad and Tobago Hotel School and, in 1991, came to Boston to study Hospitality Administration at Boston University. Soon after, he secured a position with the Pine Street Inn, an organization that provides a range of services, including permanent supportive housing, job training, emergency shelter, and street outreach to more than 1,600 homeless men and women each day. After 10 years in Boston, Wellington enrolled in Suffolk's Master of Public Administration program while continuing his full-time work at Pine Street. Currently, he's the director of the Inn’s Food Services Training Programs and the director of iCater Enterprises. iCater, originally founded in 2000 as Abundant Table, provides critical job training and employment skills that clients need to successfully reenter the workforce, while offering quality catering options to the Boston area.

MPA, Suffolk University
BS, Boston University