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 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, and board chair for the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill.
David Wizansky (Chair) 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.
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.
Jennifer Nadelson has more twenty-five years of experience in mission-driven, fast-paced organizations, where she has served in leadership roles in the education and healthcare sectors. Currently she is leading a start-up and providing independent consulting services to various companies. Formerly as the executive director of Primary Care Progress (PCP), a national social healthcare enterprise, where she led its transition from start-up to next generation. Prior, she was the director of operations at the renowned Ariadne Labs, where she shepherded the organization through a challenging joint venture structure while quadrupling in size and capacity. She assumed these roles after almost nine years in various senior levels of hospital administration at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Jennifer holds an M.B.A. from Northeastern University, a Master’s in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Barnard College. She has been on boards and in strategic planning for various educational and arts foundations.
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.
Clifford Smith has been a professional in the investment management industry since 1998. He acted formerly as the assistant director of international value equities with The Boston Company Asset Management, as senior managing director. Prior, Cliff worked in project finance, and earlier as an engineer focused on power generating systems with GE and the U.S. Department of Energy. Cliff holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in aerospace engineering, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration.
Karen Smith is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and partner with CohnReznick in Boston, a national firm offering accounting, tax and advisory services. She has more than 25 years of experience providing audit, tax and management advisory services to not-for-profit organizations. Karen is a board member for the Children’s Center of Lexington. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Akron.