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General Membership list


Co-chair: Hilary Lovell

Community Relations Coordinator for Signature Healthcare

Hilary Lovell is the Community Relations Coordinator for Signature Healthcare, which includes Brockton Hospital and Signature Medical Group. Hilary has worked in this role since 2010 and acts as a liaison between the community and Signature Healthcare. She is also the Community Benefits Officer for the organization and works at implementing programs to assist in dealing with health disparities. She is a member of many coalitions in the area such as Brockton’s Promise Healthy Start Team, Brockton Knocks Down Diabetes and the Greater Taunton Health and Human Services Coalition.

Co-chair: Lauren Bartell
Lauren Bartell joined the Greater Brockton Health Alliance in 2013 as a general member and has since joined the Steering Committee serving since 2017 as the co-Chair. Lauren is the Executive Director of Healthy Living for Old Colony YMCA. Lauren has been in this role since 2013 working on community health initiatives across the Y’s service area focused on increasing access to healthy foods, physical activity, chronic disease prevention and management, and healthcare services.
Treasurer: Jack Ryan

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Jack Ryan is Director of Volunteer Services at Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Brockton Multi-Service Center a provider of emergency and outpatient care to the indigent who suffer from mental illness in the Greater Brockton Community Health Network Area (CHNA 22).

He is a founding member of CHNA 22 and has served as Chairman for three terms and is currently the Treasurer. He is a Rotarian, a Director of the Plymouth Taskforce for the Homeless and the Plymouth Area Taskforce and President of the Friends of BMSC and Friends of the Braintree Department of Elder Affairs. He is the founder and Director of the Braintree Community Youth Center.

Other Steering Committee Members

Almba Bocaletti

What an amazing opportunity it would be to join the Steering Committee— given I have some first hand experience with the members, I do live in the community and want to continue to contribute in its betterment, I am hoping you would consider the same. As I close in on this chapter in my academic career, from matriculated to graduate student, I understand that my chosen path in Public Health is a lifelong commitment to not only further (continued) education but more importantly the marginalized communities that surround me.

With my lived experience and now, BA in Human Services, Creative Writing and Anthropology, I am certain I have a strong foundation to continue to build on whilst collaborating in the continued efforts the Steering Committee along with the Greater Brockton Health Alliance strive for day to day.

My goal is to not only bridge but assist in closing the gaps that exist in our communities. I have faith that if I am able to join the committee I am one step closer to securing the human right to mental health, where my passion lies.

Lynn Cornelius

Lynn Cornelius is Director of Marketing, Public Affairs and Community Health at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Lynn leads the Community Benefits program at Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Prior to joining Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lynn was the Director of Marketing and Media Relations for South Shore Health System. Lynn has over 20 years of experience working in community health care.

Alison Gillis

Alison represents the Community Benefits department of South Shore Health, where she helps to facilitate clinical and community linkages. She has a Master of Public Health from Northeastern University and serves as part-time lecturer for the same program. Previously, she worked in higher education, providing academic advising, administrative, and admissions support at the graduate level.

Joanne Hoops

Youth Development professional for 35 years. Camp and Community Services Director at Goodwill Industries in Boston; Founding Director of the Boys & Girls Club in Brockton; E.D. of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County; Regional Service Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I have been the Director of Development and Communications at FCR for the past 5 ½ years.

Melinda Kneeland

Cindy McDonagh

Brockton Housing Authority Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator

FSS helps residents in public housing seek and maintain employment, become financially literate, and move from public assistance to independence of government support.

Kathryne Mcnichols
I currently work as the Community Development Manager for the south shore area for Vitra Health. We provide homecare services for the area communities. We are a Mass Health funded program and work closely with community partners. I also have 13 years of experience including my most recent role at Signature Healthcare.
Stephanie Patton
Claudia Sousa

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

Claudia Sousa, MSW, LICSW is currently the Program Manager for outpatient behavioral health services at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Ms. Sousa’s academic degrees include a Master’s degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Salem State University.  She has over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations in a federally qualified health center serving Brockton MA and the greater southeast regions of Massachusetts. Ms. Sousa’s passion lies in providing education and access to mental health services to individuals and families for marginalized populations. Ms. Sousa works endlessly to end stigma, educate, and support culturally equitable approach to providing mental health treatment to her team of providers at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Ms. Sousa is a first generation Cape Verdean American who is fluent is Cape Verdean Creole and has been committed to assisting newly arriving immigrants in the acculturation process as they learn to navigate the medical and mental health delivery systems. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience working with diverse populations as well as with the promotion of cultural diversity in staffing providing direct care to patients. Ms. Sousa’s drives lies in her desire to assist clients in reaching their highest potential, and lead rich and meaningful lives.

Rev. Albert Whitaker III

Rev. Whitaker is a bi-vocational pastor. He serves as Senior Pastor of St. Mark Congregational Church, UCC in Dorchester. He is also Director Community Impact with the American Heart Association.

Rev. Whitaker works diligently with various stakeholders to address issues of health equity and access to quality healthcare for marginalized and underserved communities. A resident of Brockton since 2016, Rev. Whitaker is fluent in Spanish and served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Paraguay in South America.

Rev. Whitaker holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Urban Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently a candidate for the Master of Public Health program through Liberty University in Virginia.

Additionally, he is a member of the voting board of the Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council, a program of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, board member of Brockton Area Multi Services INC. (BAMSI), board member of the National Peace Corp Association, former member of Brockton Knocks Down Diabetes and a host of other coalitions and committees.