Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Staff Directory

MMS Staff Directory

Welcome to the Massachusetts Medical Society. Below, please find a description of and contact information for the various departments within the organization.

For more assistance, please call 781-893-4610 or -3800 (M-F, 8 AM - 4 PM EST) or email info@massmed.org.


Executive Vice President

Lois Dehls Cornell, Executive Vice President



Senior Leadership Team

  • Vice President/General Counsel
    Charles Alagero - 781-434-7001
  • Chief Operating Officer/Chief Human Resources Officer
    Theresa Sciarappa - 781-434-7235
  • Vice President, Finance
    Paul Shannon - 781-434-7266
  • Vice President, Publishing
    Chris Lynch - 781-434-7328
  • Vice President/Chief Information Officer
    Jay Pasteris - 781-434-7003


Executive Office And Governance

The MMS Executive Office and Governance Department oversees the administration and management of the Massachusetts Medical Society and supports the organization’s leadership, including presidential officers and executive vice president. The department also oversees the Medical Society’s governance structure, organizing House of Delegates Annual and Interim Meetings and managing MMS committees, task forces and sections. To learn more about MMS governance, please click here.

  • Executive Assistant to EVP
    Sandra Manchester - 781-434-7012
  • Director, Executive Office & Governance
    Linda Healy - 781-434-7008
  • Manager, Executive Office and Governance
    Karen Harrison - 781-434-7463
  • Manager Governance Policy Administration
    Annemarie Tucker - 781-434-7332
  • Governance Meetings & Services Project Manager
    Lacy Heffel - 781-434-7573
  • Executive Office Administrative Assistant
    Laura Bombrun - 781-434-7007
  • Governance Administrative Assistant
    Amy McInerney - 781-434-7208

Advocacy, Government, and Community Relations

The Department of Advocacy, Government, and Community Relations advocates on behalf of patients and physicians at the local, state, and federal levels. Department staff assist with the development of MMS policies and respond to legislation and regulations that impact MMS member physicians and affect their ability to provide care to their patients. Department staff, as well as MMS physician advocates, are trusted sources for decision-makers in both Massachusetts and Washington.  In addition, the department engages the MMS in patient-centered community relations programs. The department also conducts health care research and analytics used to formulate the Society’s positions on health care policy and practice issues, to inform member engagement and development efforts, and to direct the Society’s health care research strategies and activities. Learn more about MMS advocacy and key issues here.

  • Director, Advocacy Government & Community Relations
    Alex B. Calcagno - 781-434-7214
  • Government Relations Coordinator
    Lori DiChiara - 781-434-7215
  • Director of State Legislation
    Brendan Abel - 781-434-7682
  • Government Relations Advisor
    Casey Rojas - 781-434-7082
  • Legislative Counsel
    Leda Anderson - 781-434-7668

Communications

The Department of Communications manages the Medical Society’s primary communications to members, as well as to the public. The Department produces the monthly membership magazine, Vital Signs, the free weekly e-newsletter, Vital Signs This Week, and distributes the Monday through Friday morning news alert, MMS MediaWatch. The Communications team also oversees all media relations, social media, and medical library services for members.

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  • Director of Communications
    Katherine Udden - 781-434-7097
  • Media Relations Manager
    Thomas Flanagan - 781-434-7107
  • Digital Media Manager & Director of Health Information Technology
    Leon Barzin - 781-434-7048
  • Digital Engagement Specialist & Webmaster
    Kelsey Mariani - 781-434-7102
  • Communications Assistant
    Josh Rosenfeld - 781-434-7635

Health Policy and Public Health

The Department of Health Policy and Public Health oversees efforts in advocacy and education on a range of topics impacting patients in the Commonwealth and across the country, including opioid use and misuse, immunization, infectious disease, tobacco, disaster preparedness, obesity, health disparities, violence intervention and prevention, and medical and recreational cannabis. The department also organizes the Medical Society’s Public Health Leadership Forum, which highlights a different emerging issue impacting public health each year. To learn more about public health topics and clinical resources, click here.

  • Director Health Policy & Public Health
    Susan Webb - 781-434-7374
  • Manager, Health Policy & Public Health 
    Robyn Alie - 781-434-7371
  • Manager, Health Policy & Public Health Outreach
    Candace Savage - 781-434-7017
  • Coordinator, Health Policy & Public Health
    Jill Cricones - 781-434-7372
  • Director, MMS and Alliance Charitable Foundation
    Jennifer Day - 781-434-7044

Member Engagement and Development

Membership

The MMS is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; it is the oldest continually operating state medical society in the United States. The Department of Member Engagement and Development oversees the processing and benefits of membership for our more than 25,000 members. Learn more about joining the MMS by clicking here.

To call the MMS to begin the membership application process, please dial 800-322-2303, x7311.

To join the MMS online, click here to create an account or apply for membership.

To join the MMS by fax or by mail, click here to download an application.

  • Director of Communications, Marketing and Member Engagement
    Bill Howland - 781-434-7877
  • Membership Development & Marketing Manager
    Laurel Doggett - 781-434-7308
  • Manager, Member Relations
    Colleen A. Hennessey - 781-434-7315
  • Senior Member Relations Administrator
    Erin Tally - 781-434-7413
  • Member Benefits and Marketing Coordinator
    Chew-Hoong Koh - 781-434-7312
  • Membership Services Specialist
    Lisa Smith - 781-434-7759

Specialty Management Services (SMS)

Under the auspices of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), SMS provides cost-effective management and administrative assistance to specialty societies and other medical organizations. SMS consists of a dedicated team of association management professionals who are committed to each client organization’s goals, values, and success. Click herefor more information and a list of current clients. 

  • Manager of Association Services
    Lynda D . Layer - 781-434-7317
  • Manager, Specialty Management Services
    Miguel Ocque - 781-434-7314
  • Specialty Management Services Administrator
    Nathan Strunk - 781-434-7329
  • Specialty Management Services Coordinator
    Mayuri Patel - 781-434-7519
  • Specialty Management Services Coordinator
    Deborah J. Brennan - 781-434-7518
  • Specialty Management Services Coordinator
    Gayle Sommer - 800-322-2303
  • Specialty Management Services Coordinator
    Lina Szymkowski - 781-434-7313
  • Specialty Management Services Specialist
    Lisa Centola Bayless - 781-434-7316


Regional Outreach and AMA Activities

The Department of Regional Outreach and AMA Activities ensures that MMS members have a voice at the local level as well as at national level through its affiliation with the American Medical Association. MMS regional office staff work with area district medical societies to help identify them as resources within their communities, improve relations among the district members, assist district society leadership, and help coordinate MMS activities on the regional and district level. Learn more about MMS districts and regional offices by clicking here.

  • Director, Regional Outreach & AMA Activities
    Michele Jussaume - 781-434-7205

  • Regional Office Assistant
    Susan Frazier - 781-434-7211

Northeast Regional Office

860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA  02451
(800) 944-5562
Fax: (781) 464-4823        

  • Manager, Regional Outreach
    Linda Howard - 781-434-7539 or 800-944-5562

Southeast Regional Office

10 Riverside Drive
Lakeville, MA 02347
(800) 322- 3301/ (508) 946-0120
Fax: (508) 946-0220 

  • Manager, Regional Outreach
    Sheila E. Kozlowski - 800-322-3301
  • Regional Office Assistant
    Patricia Newton - 800-322-3301

West Central Regional Office

85 Post Office Park, Suite 8518
Wilbraham, MA 01095
(800) 522-3112 or (413) 596-9231
Fax: (413) 596-9901 

  • Manager, Regional Outreach
    Catherine Salas – 800-522-3112
  • Regional Office Assistant
    Jennifer Diamond – 800-522-3112

MMS Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation & Recognition

The MMS is a national provider of continuing medical education and has been awarded the status of Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). This department develops, accredits, delivers, and reports annually on more than 1,500 CME and MOC activities in conjunction with MMS Committees and in joint providerships with other organizations. In addition, the MMS recognizes more than 41 hospitals and other healthcare organizations so that they may accredit their own individual CME activities through our Recognized Accreditor Program.

  • Product Manager, MMS Education Programs
    Jessica Vautour - 781-434-7903
  • Operations Specialist, NEJM Group Education
    Barbara Cacciagrani - 781-434-7331
  • Web Content Production Specialist, NEJM Group Education
    Thelma Tatten - 781-434-7305
  • Director, Accreditation & Recognition
    Danna Muir - 781-434-7302
  • Manager, Joint Providership Program
    Liza Martin - 781-434-7301
  • Manager, Recognized Accreditor Program
    Nancy Marotta - 781-434-7906
  • Project Manager, Accreditation & Education Compliance
    Bob Harless - 781-434-7117

Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal support for all MMS departments, as well as its affiliates and subsidiaries. While the MMS does not provide legal advice to its members, the department does provide general resources on common legal and regulatory questions; to access those resources, please click here.

  • General Counsel/VP Advocacy & Member Relations
    Charles Alagero - 781-434-7001
  • Assistant General Counsel
    Bobbie Coen - 781-434-7068
  • Senior Legal Counsel
    Joseph Appel - 781-434-7604
  • Legal Counsel
    Liz Rover Bailey - 781-434-7243
  • Legal Counsel
    William Frank - 781-434-7239
  • Legal Assistant
    Brett Bauer - 781-434-7242

Practice Solutions and Medical Economics

The Department of Practice Solutions and Medical Economics oversees efforts in advocacy and education on a range of topics impacting physicians including physician wellness, physician compensation, administrative simplification, patient safety and quality improvement. Department staff provide practice related insight to assist in the direction of MMS legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts and works with state agencies and member physicians on issues related to patient safety, quality measurement, cost transparency, health plan regulation and administrative simplification. The department works with health plans and state payers and advocates on behalf of physicians with regard to medical policy, reimbursement, audits, prior authorization and other claims issues. The department also runs the Physician Practice Resource Center (PPRC), which advises members on practice related issues whether for employed or private practice physicians. You can learn more about the valuable services offered by the PPRC and the department by clicking here.

To contact the Physician Practice Resource Center, call 800-322-2302 ext. 7702 or email pprc@mms.org

  • Director, Practice Solutions & Medical Economics
    Yael Miller - 781-434-7161
  • Senior Practice Solutions Specialist
    Bissan Biary - 781-434-7392

Contact information for the Boston Medical Library – MMS Branch can be found here.

Information about MMS Affiliates and Subsidiaries can be found here.

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