The 2016 Kraft Center Leadership Breakfast



Thomas G. Ambrosino
Chief Executive Officer
City of Chelsea

THOMAS G. AMBROSINO was hired as City Manager by the Chelsea City Council in July 2015. As the city's Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for a $160 million budget and almost 1,000 employees. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Ambrosino served as Mayor of Revere, MA. During that tenure, he was Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors' Coalition from 2004 to 2011. Tom is an honors graduate of Boston University and Harvard Law School.  


Bill Carpenter
Mayor of Brockton

Bill Carpenter  has been active in the community since coming to Brockton 27 years ago and has served as Mayor of Brockton since January 2014. As the Ward 5 representative to the Brockton School Committee, Bill was chairman of the Facilities Usage Committee, which oversaw a $36 million renovation project for several Brockton schools at a cost of only $7 million to taxpayers. He is also the co-founder of Independence Academy, the fourth high school in the state and the 43rd school in the country established to educate students who are in drug recovery programs.




Benjamin Forman
Research Director, MassINC

BENJAMIN FORMAN has served as MassINC's research director since 2010. Prior to joining MassINC, he oversaw strategic planning for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. He also has experience as a researcher at the Brookings Institution and as a research assistant at Nathan Associates, a global economic development consulting firm.

Benjamin sits on the boards of Urban Edge Community Development Corporation and Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc. He also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's New England Public Policy Center Advisory Board and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston's Advisory Board. He graduated from Trinity College, Hartford with a bachelor's degree in economics and completed his master's degree in city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



James W. Hunt, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

JAMES W. HUNT, Jr.,   president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the League) was born, raised, and still lives in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. As both a state and national community health leader, Jim has worked to promote the value of health centers in improving access to quality health care and in reducing costs across the health system. Since 2006, Jim has helped steer the health center network through the uncharted waters of state health reform where health centers remain at the forefront of the Commonwealth's efforts to ensure near-universal health coverage for its residents. More recently, Jim has been working to strengthen the role of health centers under newly emerging health care payment and delivery models, and to meet federal reform goals tied to increasing the numbers of patients served by the nation's community health centers.

Jim is an adjunct professor at the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. In 2002, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry. He was also the first Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor in Community Health Policy at the George Washington Unviersity's School of Public Health and Health Services. The award is given to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary and sustained leadership in community health policy. Most recently, Jim was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University in Ohio.



Sue Joss
Chief Executive Officer, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

SUE JOSS  has been the CEO of Brockton Neighborhood Health Center since its inception in 1994. To meet increasing need and demand, Sue's leadership ultimately resulted in constructing a five-story building located at 63 Main Street. Sue has led BNHC toward innovation in the healthcare field including healthcare reform, implementing electronic medical records, and BNHC being selected as a pilot for the state's Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative. BNHC is now a model for other health centers and has contributed to the economic growth in Brockton as one of the largest employers in the city. Most recently, Sue led the development of a primary care site attached to a family-owned Cape Verdean grocery store in a federally-designated food desert. The new site features a teaching kitchen with classes to teach patients and community members to cook in a healthier way without losing cultural flavors. BNHC's nutrition staff at the new site is working with the market to develop collaborative nutritional programming with a goal of improving the nutritional habits of the community.

Sue is active in both community and professional organizations including as Chair of MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and serves on the boards of Brockton 21st Century Corporation and Mutual Bank. Sue holds a Master's Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, both from Michigan State University.  



Tamar Kotelchuck
Director of the Working Cities Initiatives, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

TAMAR KOTELCHUCK  is the Director of the Working Cities Initiatives for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The goal of Working Cities Initiative is to support economic growth, collaborative leadership and opportunity for low-income people in New England's smaller industrial cities. The initiative includes our flagship competition, the Working Cities Challenge, which was piloted in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank in 2012, Tamar has more than 15 years of experience as a community development practitioner. Tamar helped to found one of Massachusetts' leading community development corporations and served as its first Director of Operations. During her time there, she also led the redevelopment of a number of historic buildings, for residential, community and commercial purposes, and a neighborhood park, representing more than $40 million in investment. She also served as Director of Policy and Neighborhood Planning. While there, Tamar also co-chaired the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations Public Policy Committee, and leadership posts in other statewide efforts. Tamar graduated with a Master's degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to receiving her degree, Tamar worked for four years with the nation's largest community development intermediary, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Tamar is bilingual in English and Spanish and is chair of her local planning board.


Josh Kraft
Nicholas President and Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

JOSH KRAFT,  Nicholas President and CEO, is in his 25th year of serving youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Prior to accepting his current role in 2008, he was the Founding Executive Director of BGCB's Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea. For 15 years, he led the after-school program from the basement of a public housing development, until the current state-of-the-art building could be built. Josh serves on the boards of Beaver Country Day School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, is an Overseer for the Museum of Science and Lasell College, and is also a volunteer soccer coach in Newton. He received his Bachelor's from Williams College, and his Master's in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



J. Keith Motley, PhD
Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Boston

J. KEITH MOTLEY, PhD,  is the eigth chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a research university with 11 colleges and graduate schools and 17,000 students. Chancellor Motley oversees an ambitious strategic planning initiative to enhance the university's academic offerings and research enterprise, grow enrollment to meet the increasing demand for a well-educated workforce, and similarly build the university as a resource of knowledge and public service.


Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Kraft Center for Community Health Leadership

DERRI SHTASEL, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health, serves as the Michele and Howard J. Kessler Chair and Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Public and Community Psychiatry, and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In her dual leadership roles Dr. Shtasel focuses on strengthening relationships among community health centers, community mental health centers and academic medical centers, enhancing fellowship and residency education in community sites, increasing access to care for underserved and marginalized populations and narrowing the gap between community health and academic medicine. Her work is informed by a public health perspective and commitment to social justice. Her clinical work has centered on persons with severe mental illness and homelessness. Dr. Shtasel is a recipient of an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Jim O'Connell Award from the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless as well as the 2014 MGH Department of Psychiatry Clinical Mentorship Award. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Temple University School of Medicine, NYU/Bellevue Psychiatry Residency Training, and the Harvard School of Public Health.




Dean Xerras, MD  
Medical Director
MGH Chelsea

DEAN XERRAS, MD, is from the greater Boston area and attended Tufts University. He then received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his medical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he also served as Primary Care Chief Resident. He currently practices General Internal Medicine at MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center, where he serves as the Medical Director. As an associate physician at MGH, he is an active member of several committees, including the Executive Committee on Community Health, Primary Care Team Leaders and the Primary Care Executive Committee. In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, he is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and enjoys teaching and mentoring MGH residents and Kraft Fellows/Practitioners during their clinical experiences at the health center. Awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship while in medical school, Dr. Xerras has continued his career dedicated to community medicine, with the hope of reducing disparities in health care delivery among underserved patient populations, achievable in part by his public service on teh Board of Health in Chelsea since 2006.