Barbara is a PHA parent and has over 25 years of strong administrative and management experience, including project management, volunteer management, and financial management. She has lived in Somerville for over 25 years and has developed extensive relationships through the city with a variety of organizations.
Aswita is a Prospect Hill Academy parent whose interests are in providing equitable care to underserved populations. She has over 19 years of professional experience in the areas of disparities, maternal/child health, elder homelessness, and HIV testing and counseling. Currently Aswita is the Deputy Director at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital where she is a key member of the senior management team and supervises the broad portfolio of projects and administration of the Center. Aswita is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she spent 2 years in rural Nigeria, West Africa, on water sanitation and Guinea Worm Eradication projects. She received her Master of Business Administration from Babson College and her Master of Science in Public Health, with a concentration in tropical medicine and parasitology, from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and art history from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Maureen is a Prospect Hill Academy school nurse. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1981, working in varied fields of nursing including Medical/Surgical, Cardiac and ICU, Visiting Nurse, Medicare Utilization Review for BCBS, private duty nursing, home care, and finally School Nursing at PHA since 1998. She has owned a Family Day Care Business for 10 years which included many children with medical special needs, single mother to 3 children now adults (two of whom had Individual Education Plans, one attended specialty school for grades 8-12). She often speaks to parents who are beginning the Special Education Process (as parent and Nurse) to help them feel more comfortable with their choices. She is also grandmother of 1 child with Medical Special Needs (Cleft Lip and Palate). She worked in Medical Nursing Unit in Bermuda for 1 year, and traveled with Pediatric ICU Nurses from MGH and two PHA high school students on a Medical Mission trip in the Dominican Republic.
Jason is a PHA THRIVE friend and Webmaster. He has a strong interest in social justice and health disparities – and has worked on health equity initiatives for Anthem, Inc. and conducted health disparities research at MGH. He received his Master of Public Health from Yale University, with a concentration in Health Care Management.