Staff and Consultants
Barbra is a member of the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services Quality Measure Alignment Task Force and Quality Subcommittee. She is also a founding member and past Board Chair of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national network of regional health improvement collaboratives.
Barbra received her Masters in Public Health from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She enjoys sculling on the Charles River and playing her cello in her free time.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in healthcare analytics in both provider and insurance settings. Most recently, Jim held analytic leadership positions at the Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization and Steward Health Care Network, directing teams that analyzed and reported cost and utilization performance metrics. During Jim’s sixteen years at Tufts Health Plan, he supported Senior Product enrollment and payment, Medicare risk adjustment programs, Medicare Part D implementation and analytics and provider risk contract financial reconciliation.
Outside of MHQP, Jim regularly performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Jim received an A.B in Biology from Harvard College and an S.M in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Janet has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining MHQP, Janet spent 10 years as a Financial Analyst for Millipore Corporation responsible for financial analysis for a worldwide sales division. Prior to Millipore Corporation, Janet worked at Ernst & Young in public accounting, performing audits for industries such as manufacturing, real estate, and healthcare, and becoming certified as a C.P.A.
Janet received a Master’s in Business Administration from Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Boston College. In her free time she enjoys spending time walking with her family.
Karen brings over 20 years of administrative assistant experience to MHQP. Before becoming part of the MHQP team, she worked for 8 years on surgical, medical and psychiatric units at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center gaining first-hand experience in patient care. Prior to St. Elizabeth’s, Karen was the assistant to 5 partners within the Life Sciences team of a venture capital firm investing in new pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Karen received her B.A. in Business Administration and B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. During her time away from MHQP, she can be found spending time with her husband, Jon and her 5 year old daughter, Gemma. Their weekends are filled with playgrounds, bike trails, snowboarding in the winter and splash parks in the summer!
Prior to joining MHQP, Shalisha worked as a Quality Improvement Program Assistant at the Boston University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education on a large-scale HPV research project where she assisted in project management activities for the DOSE HPV Performance Improvement project conducted at BMC and its neighboring community health centers. She also worked as an Associate Business Analyst for the Legal Department at Liberty Mutual where she provided assistance to end users with legal systems and applications as well as a Member Service Representative of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA providing benefit and claims information for members needing assistance with their health insurance.
Shalisha received her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and her undergraduate degree from Howard University.
Jason brings over 20 years of experience in data analytics and design. Prior to joining MHQP, Jason was an Applications Developer for the State Street Corporation in Boston. At this organization, he was responsible for creating and maintaining systems used to improve operating efficiencies within the organization. Previously, Jason was a Programmer/Analyst for the Picker Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that reported on the quality of patient-centered care in Massachusetts.
Jason received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In his free time he enjoys photography, spending time with his wife and two kids, and as a native of Wisconsin, he is an avid cheese enthusiast.
Prior to joining MHQP, Natalya conducted research for the Department of Exercise Science at Skidmore College and interned for the Legal Department at Liberty Mutual where she transposed and organized Electronic Stored Information (ESI) for the company’s electronic discovery requests.
Natalya received a B.Sc. in Health & Exercise Science from Skidmore College in May 2016 and is currently an MPH candidate at Simmons University. In her free time she enjoys running along the Charles River and drawing.
Prior to joining MHQP, Nathalie was a Senior Project Manager at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at VA Boston Healthcare System, where she managed research projects focused on understanding and improving healthcare delivery, and patient outcomes and experiences.
Nathalie received a Ph.D. in Public Health (Health Policy and Management) from Boston University, and an M.Sc. in Genetic Counseling, an M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, and a B.Sc. in Biology (Human Genetics) from McGill University. In her free time she enjoys hiking in the White Mountains.
Raji received a Master’s in Business Administration from Clark University, a Master’s in Applied Statistics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a bachelor’s in economics from Stella Maris College, India. She enjoys cooking a range of international cuisines with her husband and watching movies with her family.
Prior to joining MHQP, Amy served as Research Manager at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR) at Tufts Medical Center where she played an integral role in its growth and development since its inception in 2006. She was responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of the Center’s infrastructure, including both administrative operations and senior management components. Amy has over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing, directing and managing health service research projects related to access to health care; consumer perceptions of acute, ambulatory and long-term care settings; and consumer satisfaction and quality assessment of adult day care.
Amy received a PhD in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a MA in Gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania and her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. She enjoys cycling, cooking, and loves the beach.