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.
Prior to MHQP, Emily attended Wheaton College, where she received her B.A. in Sociology and Public Health. After graduating, Emily spent time at the Department of Population Medicine, where she was part of the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology team. Her focus was on developing multi-institutional research in pharmacoepidemiology and implementing approaches that facilitate population-based surveillance, reporting, and control of both hospital and community acquired infections. She also spent time at Dartmouth Medical School, conducting research on the influence of electronics, the home environment, and genetic factors in relation to the development of health behaviors in children and adolescents, with a focus on obesity.
Emily is currently an MPH candidate at Dartmouth College. Emily is a Vermont-native and in her free-time enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her Goldendoodle, Piper, and eating delicious foods.
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.
Outside of work Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and children, primarily shuttling between their myriad sporting events. He also writes music and plays with a small collective of musicians. Andrew received a BA in History at Connecticut College.
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.
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 the “dairy state” of Wisconsin, he is an avid cheese enthusiast.
Natalya is dedicated to promoting and researching evidence-based improvements in the quality of healthcare through an equity lens. Prior to joining MHQP, Natalya conducted research for the Department of Exercise Science at Skidmore College. As of recent, Natalya partnered with Shape Up Somerville, an organization that strives to build healthy and equitable communities, to implement a population-based project aimed at collecting baseline health-related data. Natalya also volunteers with the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots coalition that works to center the patient’s voice in healthcare.
Natalya received an MPH from Simmons University and a B.Sc. in Health & Exercise Science from Skidmore College. In her free time, she enjoys running 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 coming to MHQP, Jonathan served for five years as the Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Technology for the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and ten years as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Prior to that, he was Director of Communications for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) and Harvard Community Health Plan (HCHP). He received an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Oberlin College.
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.
To her work, Ola brings a commitment to health equity and addressing unjust disparities in access to health and healthcare. With this lens, Ola strives consistently to listen to and lift up the expertise of people with lived experience. This commitment has enabled her to engage in domestic and international qualitative research, including projects on problem gambling prevention in Massachusetts, accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities in Ghana, and the narratives of parents of youth with disabilities living in the United States. Most recently, Ola worked at EDC (Education Development Center) on substance use prevention initiatives.
Having completed her higher education at Boston College, Ola received a master’s degree in applied developmental and educational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Outside of MHQP, Ola enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors.
Sue has substantial experience working for senior leadership and top-level executives, communicating with Boards of Directors and their Executive Assistants, particularly in coordinating multiple complex schedules for time-sensitive meetings. Prior to joining MHQP, Sue was an Executive Assistant at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company-Global Risk Solutions/Commercial Insurance Department where she oversaw all executive administration for the Executive and Leadership Team and their respective teams. She also provided support to Liberty Mutual – Regional Companies Group where she supported the Product Management/Workers Comp Group as well as Agency Corporation/Controller Departments – Finance Department.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, crafts and relaxing at the beach.