Board & Committee

Board of Directors

Every baby deserves the chance to thrive. Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast and its board of directors support family and community health by providing equitable access to pasteurized donor human milk.

Board of Directors 2024

Mark I. Rosen, PhD, Board Chair, Author, Researcher, and Educator Mark is the author of two books and the lead author or co-author of more than 50 research/consulting reports, case studies, and publications, including more than 20 that focus on families with young children. He spent over three decades in higher education as a faculty member and researcher, most recently at Brandeis University, where he taught nonprofit management.

Robert M. Insoft, MD, Vice Chair, Chief Operating Officer at Franciscan Children’s Hospital A neonatologist, Robert currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston, one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, and as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University Alpert Medical School.

Nathalie Apchin, MBA, CMA, Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee, Chief Financial Officer, Peabody Essex Museum Nathalie leads financial, strategy, management and planning for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. She also oversees IT, food services and the museum store. Nathalie previously served as interim chief financial officer at Harvard Medical School. She is a board member of the Boston Nonprofit chapter of Financial Executive’s Alliance.

David Small, JD, Secretary, Vice President of Human Resources, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center David provides overall strategic HR leadership in his role as the Vice President of Human Resources at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center. He has 25 years of human resources experience working in a broad range of companies, including health care and other nonprofit organizations. 

Gina Trachimowicz, MD, Medical Director, Vice-President, Maine Neonatology Associates Gina is a board-certified neonatologist affiliated with Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. She is also an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, with responsibility for overseeing Neonatal-Perinatal rotations for medical students and residents. Her professional interests in NICU settings include quality improvement and antibiotic stewardship.

Sandy F. Ross, CFE, CPA, MSNM, Chair, Governance Committee, Partner, KLR Sandy has spent over 20 years providing advisory, financial and consulting services to nonprofit organizations. She is also responsible for audit, tax, consulting, and compliance services in the nonprofit services group at her accounting firm. Sandy is a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA), the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

David M. Jellinek, Esq., Chair, Development Committee, Owner of the Law Office of David Jellinek (Newton) and Of Counsel to Saponaro Law, PLCC (Wellesley). David is an experienced trial attorney in private practice who specializes in criminal defense and family law. He has worked as a public defender, as an attorney for the Boston Police Department, and has also worked on voter protection issues for a political campaign. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.  

Jessica Mutch, CPA, MBA, Principal, Gryphon Consulting, LLC Jessica brings 30 years of experience in finance, management, and operations for start-up, corporate, and non-profit organizations. She is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Society for Human Resource Management and The Boston Club.  

Ralph Lieberman, AB, AM, Senior Advisor, OC&C Strategy Consultants Ralph is a Principal with OC&C Strategy Consultants, a global consulting firm helping top management develop effective business strategies. A consultant for over 25 years, with a focus on technology and business services in B2B markets, he has led projects and published numerous reports on global markets such as IT, infrastructure, professional services, and manufacturing. 

Paula Oliveira, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Chair, Workplace Breastfeeding Support, New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force Paula has been an obstetrical nurse for 49 years, with clinical experience in all of the specialties of obstetrics, and has been a lactation consultant for the past 33 years. She founded the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force and has served on the board of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. 

Brenda Anders Pring, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Atrius Health, Lecturer Harvard Medical School Brenda serves as Chief of Pediatrics at the Copley Practice of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health. She is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and holds leadership roles at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Earlier in her career, she served in the White House during the Clinton administration. 

Renee Gomis Ferraro, MS, IBCLC, Boston Medical Center Renee is both a pediatric Occupational Therapist and a Lactation Consultant. She has worked in many family-focused nonprofit settings with an emphasis on providing care for underserved families. Most recently she has been an IBCLC in Boston Medical Center’s NICU, where she has championed the use of donor milk. Currently, she is a member of BMC’s innovative Curbside Care Mobile Unit, which provides maternal and child health services to families right outside their home.

Deborah Youngblood, PhD, Ex Officio, Executive Director, Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast Deborah has over 20 years of leadership and service in nonprofit and government sectors in the fields of public health and family services. Prior to joining Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast in 2022, she was the Commissioner of Health and Human Services for the City of Newton, Massachusetts.

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Medical Advisory Committee 2024

Gina Trachimowicz, MD, Medical Director and Medical Advisory Committee Chair, Vice-President, Maine Neonatology Associates

Mehran Nesari Asdiga, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Mandy Brown Belfort, MD, MPH, Attending Neonatologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Elizabeth Brownell, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Nursing

Jane Crotteau, BSN, RNC, IBCLC

Emily Hashim, MS, RD, LDN, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Matt Hohenboken, MD, PhD, Therapeutic Area Head for Clinical Development of Pandemic and Other Vaccines, Seqirus

Susanna Huh, MD, MPH, Director, Growth and Nutrition Program, Boston Children’s Hospital

Robert M. Insoft, MD, Chief Operating Officer at Franciscan Children’s Hospital.

Robin Koskinen, M.Ed., MSN, PNP-BC, IBCLC

Susan B. Laster, MD. Primary care pediatrician in Brookline, MA, Member of the PPOC of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Karen Sussman-Karten, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Specialist, Boston Children’s Hospital

David Newburg, PhD, Ex Officio, adjunct professor, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati.

Lawrence Noble, MD, FABM, FAAP, IBCLC, Elmhurst Hospital

Jennifer Riley, RN, IBCLC, Ex Officio, Lactation Consultant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Richard Schanler, MD, Co-Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Research Laboratory, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York; Investigator, Center for Immunology and Inflammation, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; Professor, Pediatrics, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Sarah N. Taylor, MD, MSCR, Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Director of Clinical Research, Neonatology, Yale School of Medicine

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