Danna Mauch, Treasurer and Chair —is president and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, a public policy and legislative advocacy organization dedicated to promoting mental health and well being across the lifespan and disseminating knowledge about evidence based practices and emerging science in prevention, treatment and recovery from behavioral health conditions. She prior served as a senior fellow and principal scientist with Abt Associates, conducting health services and economics research for governments and foundations on the organization and financing of care delivered to vulnerable populations. She was the founding CEO of Magellan Public Solutions Group, the largest specialty managed healthcare company, and president of Integrated Health Strategies. Dr. Mauch earlier led state mental heath, substance abuse and forensic services system transformations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She served federal courts in several jurisdictions in overseeing and monitoring implementation of court ordered system reforms on behalf of individuals with complex health and disability conditions. Dr. Mauch holds a Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University.
Mark Churchill — is Director of El Sistema USA as well as Dean Emeritus, Senior Advisor and Cello Instructor at New England Conservatory. He is also active in a number of other roles as educator, conductor, and cellist. As a founding board member of Conservatory Lab Charter School, he helped oversee the relationship between NEC and CLCS until last year. El Sistema USA is a national support center for the quickly expanding El Sistema movement in the US.
Robert J. Vinci, M.D. — is the Joel and Barbara Alpert Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) as well as the Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Prior to assuming this role Dr. Vinci was the Vice Chair and Clinical Chief of the Department, providing leadership for the significant expansion of BMC pediatric clinical services. His commitment to community and to our patients is highlighted by his leadership role in a number of initiatives. He co-founded the Kids Fund at BMC, which provides assistance for children’s most basic needs including medical care and equipment, camp scholarships and home based pediatric services. Thousands of children have benefited from the support of the Kids Fund. While directing the Pediatric Emergency Department at BMC, Dr. Vinci led the campaign to establish a window fall prevention program for children in Boston, entitled Kids Can't Fly, which has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of window fall-related injuries. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Dr. Vinci provided leadership to establish the Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Program for Children, which created training protocols and guidelines for children in the statewide EMS system.
An innovative leader in medical residency education, Dr. Vinci established the BMC Division of Emergency Pediatrics in 1984 and founded the BMC fellowship program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 1988. Since 1989, he has directed Pediatric residency training at BMC. In 1996, Dr. Vinci, along with Frederick H. Lovejoy, M.D., established the Boston Combined Pediatric Residency Program, a partnership between Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and BMC, creating one of the nation’s leading pediatric residency programs. He has also championed research, global health training and flexible training opportunities for pediatric residents.
Dr. Vinci has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the topics of pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric education. He has received numerous awards for teaching and mentoring, among them BUSM’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2010 and the 2015 Robert S Holm Leadership Award from the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. He is a member of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association and the American Pediatric Society.
Dr. Vinci received his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry-Rutgers Medical School, now known as the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency at the former Boston City Hospital (now BMC) from 1980 – 1983 and was chief resident in 1983. He joined the pediatric department faculty at Boston University School of Medicine in 1984 and over the past 30 years has been an outstanding clinician and educator. Dr. Vinci has been married to his wife Debra for 36 years, who is a former nurse in the Boston School System. Their wonderful family includes, Allyson Vinci, an educator who has worked in Guatemala for the past six years; Laura Vinci de Vanegas, a professional dancer in Chicago and her husband Manuel; and their son Sam, a recent graduate of Boston University and now a research assistant in Boston.
Anne Snyder, Clerk — is an educational consultant, advising public, charter and independent schools as they establish and refine teacher training programs. She directed the Shady Hill Teacher Training Program for 17 years, and taught elementary school prior to that. She currently is a trustee on the Mass Audubon Board and Conservatory Lab Charter School Board, and has served on the Boards of the Cambridge Council for Children, Cambridge-Ellis School, and Shady Hill School. She holds a Master’s degree from Lesley University and a BA from Earlham College.
Jane Feinberg — is Founder and Principal of Full Frame Communications, a Boston-based consulting practice that helps mission driven organizations develop effective communications and change strategies. Her domain specialties are education, child and youth development, adult development, disability rights, and aging. Currently, Feinberg is a Strategic Advisor to Reimagine Learning, a focus fund of New Profit, a venture philanthropy firm that seeks to improve access to opportunity for those who are often underserved or marginalized. She is also the District Engagement Lead for the fund, helping to spread innovation in school districts that are aspiring to become student-centered and grounded in science and best practice.
A former Director of Communications for the Boston Public Schools, Feinberg has consulted to many school districts and non-profit organizations in New England and across the country. Her work focuses on building public understanding and support for systemic change, utilizing a variety of evidence-based strategies. As part of this work, she developed, wrote, and produced a comprehensive toolkit for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
For 25 years, Feinberg was an award-winning television producer and documentary filmmaker. At PBS, she co-produced a documentary about famed aviator Amelia Earhart for The American Experience, where she was also Senior Researcher. In addition, she produced for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and Frontline and developed several college telecourses. At WCVB-TV, Feinberg was primarily a writer and producer for “Chronicle,” a nightly newsmagazine. Feinberg has also directed and/or participated in a variety of public issue campaigns, including “Keeping Kids on Track” in Massachusetts; “Watch Your Mouth,” a national campaign on oral health; and “Shaping Our Future Together” in Vermont. For five years, Feinberg was a Senior Associate at FrameWorks Institute in Washington DC, a communications think tank that conducts research on how Americans think about social issues. While there, she taught issue advocates how to use research-based “framing” strategies and developed a variety of tools and templates to help experts advance progressive policies and programs. Feinberg was also part of an interdisciplinary team at FrameWorks that investigated American attitudes toward education and learning.
Feinberg is currently a third-year doctoral student in Antioch University’s Graduate School for Leadership and Change. She is especially interested in change and communications strategies that might help shift and deepen the public conversation about learning and human development.