PLAN of MARI Haber, Seth

Our Board

Seth Haber (President) is an attorney with extensive experience in health law, Medicaid law, and health care compliance.  As managing senior associate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Seth was responsible for compliance with legal, regulatory and institutional requirements. He served formerly as managing attorney for the MassHealth Long-Term Care legal unit, supervising attorneys who handled legal issues related to the Senior Care Options program, PACE plans, long term services and supports, nursing facilities and non-acute hospitals. Seth has also served as counsel for the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance and for the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission. He has been a hearing officer/counsel for the Cambridge Rent Control Board, has co-authored publications on rent control and education of children with special needs and received the Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, and a law degree from Fordham Law School.

Charles Silsby (Vice President) is director of Specialized Housing Inc., and serves on the board of the Massachusetts Association of Community Residences for Independent Living. His extensive experience includes work with Maine’s disabled and at-risk youth populations, where he supervised and trained staff, performed clinical assessments, developed treatment plans, and facilitated individual, group and family counseling sessions. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree, both from the University of Maine.

Harold (‘Hal’) Fortna (Treasurer) is an electrical engineer with significant management experience, as well as expertise in developing funding and business development proposals. A graduate of Auburn University, Hal is the treasurer of the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Larry Heimlich (Clerk) has been a business growth and development catalyst for more than 25 years, helping companies advance their software, hardware and business services. His product experiences range from artificial hearts and medical devices to HR software and employee insurance and benefits. An invited speaker at industry meetings, and author of numerous articles and white papers, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Bioengineering, and a Master of Business Administration. Larry is also a board member of the Carroll Center for the Blind, and a trustee at Temple Emanuel, both in Newton, MA. 

Carol Covell has been a senior healthcare executive for more than 20 years, serving as executive vice president for patient care and chief nursing officer at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. Carol has extensive leadership experience in various nursing leadership roles. Most recently, she was a small business owner of a medical device company, MicroEndo Technologies Ltd.  She currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the Carroll Center for the Blind, where she has been a Board member for 9 years. She holds an RN license, a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and counseling from Emmanuel College and a Master of Science degree in Management from Lesley University.

Patricia Freedman served as the Executive Director of PLAN of MA and RI from 2002-2015.  Before that she was the director of Boston University’s Pike Institute on Law and Disability and the Deputy Director of Disability Law Center.  She served as the President of the Board of Directors of the National PLAN Alliance and was on the Board of Directors for the ARC of Massachusetts.  She written articles on Disability issues, served as a Trainer on various disability topics and was a part time faculty member at the Northeastern University School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  Pat has served as a Guardian for clients of the Department of Developmental Disabilities and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the North Shore ARC.  Pat holds a Law Degree from the Northeastern University School of Law and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan.  She is currently enjoying her retirement from full-time work but she still keeps active as a Hearing Officer for a local Housing Authority.

 

Bob Loeb has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, and currently is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst MA. Bob formerly served for 20 years variously as Controller, CFO and Treasurer at the Baim Institute for Clinical Research, a non-profit academic research entity conducting clinical trials. Baim has been associated with Harvard Medical School, MassGeneral Brigham, and Beth Israel Leahy. Prior experience includes Business Manager for a practice at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Manager of Finance and Billing at Partners Community Healthcare, and was the Fiscal Director for the Geiger-Gibson Community Health Center. Bob earned his MBA from Bentley University and BS from Syracuse University.

David Rozenson is a securities lawyer with extensive experience serving investment management firms, private investment companies, mutual funds, commodity trading advisors, and other financial service providers. He is counsel and compliance consultant with Boston Compliance Associates, and formerly associate general counsel at Columbia Management and Bank of America. David serves on the boards of the Greater Boston Legal Services and Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA, and as a volunteer instructor in a financial literacy program for high school students. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from Boston College Law School. He served as clerk with The Honorable Joseph Warner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Court of Appeals.

Todd Spencer is an operations-focused healthcare finance executive. He is currently Director of Finance for Mass General Brigham Home Care, a not-for-profit home healthcare agency providing visiting nursing and therapy services to patients in their homes. Past roles have included finance executive roles in public, private, and not-for-profit healthcare organizations including The Providence Center (behavioral health), Apria Healthcare (home healthcare products), AmerisourceBergen Corp. (pharmaceutical distribution), UnitedHealth Group (consumer health plan), as well as project consulting roles including Boston Medical Center. Todd earned his M.B.A from the University of California, Irvine and his B.A. in Business-Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

David Wizansky is the co-founder and president of Specialized Housing, Inc., which organizes and maintains numerous community-based supportive living arrangements for people with special needs. Founder of the first self-advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities in the United States, he created residential programs, and community diversion and treatment programs for youth-at-risk and disabled adults. He and his wife, Margot, also helped develop one of the first home ownership opportunities for disabled individuals in the nation. A graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Social Work, David holds a Master’s degree in Social Service, and is licensed as an independent clinical social worker in Massachusetts.