The CAFEH project team includes staff (oversight, management, field, clinic, research, graduate students and student interns), our steering committee and advisory board, and additional research collaborators.

Steering Committee


Doug Brugge, Co-chair (University Connecticut School of Medicine)

Doug Brugge is currently the chair for the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His research has largely employed the model of community-based participatory research and methodologically has involved focus groups, oral histories, surveys, environmental sampling and clinical assessment. He serves as the Principal Investigator for the original CAFEH study, Project 4 of the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, and for the Kresge-funded work.


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Ellin Reisner, Co-chair (Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership)

Ellin Reisner is the President of the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (, an organization of community residents working to improve transportation and air quality for residents and workers in Somerville. Ellin worked at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in a variety of training, workforce planning and community relations positions. She is a sociologist who consults and conducts research on Human Resources, transportation, organizational, and work and family issues.


John Durant (Tufts Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)

John Durant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Dr. Durant received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been teaching at Tufts University since 2001. His research interest areas include air pollution monitoring and modeling, effect-directed analysis of environmental samples, and chemical exchange between surface waters and aquatic sediments.



Lydia Lowe (Chinatown Progressive Association)


For over 20 years Lydia Lowe has been part of building the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) and is currently its Executive Director. CPA is a grass-roots organization that works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in Boston and beyond to raise the living and working standards of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in decision-making.


Wig Zamore (Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership)


Wig Zamore is a 1986 graduate of MIT’s DUSP who focuses much of his personal time on the continuum of issues that revolve around urban economic development, regional transportation, environmental quality, and local public health. In Somerville MA, he has been an advocate for dense transit-oriented development and a leader in successful campaigns for a new Orange Line subway stop and dense mixed use development at Assembly Square as well as two new Green Line light rail branches.  Wig is currently Chair of Somerville’s Union Square Civic Advisory Committee.  Regionally, Wig has been a longtime member of the MBTA Rider Oversight Committee and the Logan Airport Citizens Advisory Committee.


Barry Keppard (Metropolitan Area Planning Council)

Barry Keppard is currently the Manager of the Public Health Division at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Barry supervises and provides technical assistance on MAPC’s chronic disease prevention and community wellness projects, including the Community Transformation Grant for Middlesex County. Previously, he was a Senior Regional Planner with MAPC and lead work for the implementation of the MetroFuture Plan through a combination of public health, land use, environmental, and transportation planning projects.




Sharon Ron (Metropolitan Area Planning Council)

Sharon Ron is currently a Public Health Research Analyst in the Public Health Division at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Sharon assists MAPC with health and transportation projects, health impact assessments, and efforts to integrate health into traditional planning processes, among other projects. Sharon received her Master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and holds a duel B.A. in Art and Comparative Literature from Williams College.



Linda Martinez (Boston University)

Linda Sprague Martinez, PhD is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Macro Social Work at the Boston University School of Social Work. Her work examines how assets can be recognized and leveraged by communities to improve living environments and health. She is specifically interested in examining asset-based strategies to tackle health inequities; as such community engaged research (CEnR) approaches like community based participatory research (CBPR) and youth led participatory action research (YPAR) are central to her work. Having formerly worked across municipal and state governmental divisions implementing disparities related policies and programs, and as an adolescent mental health provider, she brings practical expertise in community collaborations designed to engage diverse communities of color and low-income residents in community planning and intervention development. Dr. Sprague Martinez is an effective participatory principal investigator who has received both federal and foundation funding to support her work. In 2017 she was a Boston Housing Authority, Center for Community Engagement and Civil Rights, Resident Empowerment Coalition, Resident Empowerment Honoree. Dr. Sprague Martinez has expertise in qualitative research methods, CBPR, YPAR, photovoice, youth engagement and community assessment and planning.




Former Steering Committee Members and Staff

  • Edna Carrasco (Committee for Boston Public Housing)
  • Baolian Kuang (Chinese Progressive Association)
  • Yuping Zeng (Chinatown Resident Association)
  • Michelle Liang (Chinatown Resident Association)
  • Emmanuel Owusu (City of Somerville)
  • Kevin Lane, PhD (Boston University School of Public Health)
  • Willie Mae Bennett-Fripp (Committee for Boston Public Housing)
  • Matt Simon, PhD Candidate (Tufts University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Alex Bob (City of Somerville)


  • Daniel Hauk
  • Dana LeWinter (City of Somerville)
  • Don Meglio (Project Manager)
  • Deena Wang (Data Analyst)
  • Aaron Mardon (Data Analyst)
  • Oliver-John Bright (Research Assistant)
  • Fengqing (Tina) Wang (CAFEH Field Staff)
  • Terry Yin (Chinatown Resident Association)
  • Noemie Sportiche (Metropolitan Area Planning Council)
  • Paul Shoemaker (Boston Public Health Commission)

Research Collaborators and Consultants

  • David Arond, MD (Tufts)
  • Steve Cohen (Tufts)
  • Madeleine Kangsen Scammell (Boston University)
  • Chuck Kolb (Aerodyne)
  • Bart Laws (Brown)
  • Jonathan Levy (Boston University)
  • Cheri Lieberman (Cornerstone Consulting Group)
  • Mkaya Mwamburi, MD, MPH, MA (Tufts)
  • Jim Newman
  • Linda Sprague Martinez, PhD (Boston University)
  • Mei Chung, PhD, MPH (Tufts)
  • Misha Eliasziw (Tufts)


  • Ron Parambi (Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Paul Ridker (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
  • Christine Rioux (Tufts)
  • Jack Spengler (Harvard)
  • Mark Woodin (Tufts)
  • Rex Britter (MIT)
  • Elena Naumova (Tufts)
  • Tim McAuley
  • Peter James (MAPC)
  • Carolyn Wong
  • Pilar Botana (Stantec)

Field Staff

  • Vladimir Albin Jr.
  • Marjorie Alexandre
  • Robert Baptiste
  • Jozy Cantave
  • Maria Crespo
  • Quynh Dam
  • Mario Davila
  • Nancy Figueroa
  • Christus Georges
  • Doreen Jenkins
  • Kim-Lien Le
  • Reva Levin
  • Michele Liang


  • Marie Manis
  • Lisa Ng
  • Joseph Penella
  • Consuelo J. Perez
  • Maximo Quevas
  • Carmen Rodriguez
  • Stephanie Saintil
  • Alexis Soto
  • Helene Sroat
  • Kevin E. Stone
  • Migdalia Tracy
  • Janet Vo
  • Tina Wang


Clinic Staff

  • Barbara Anderson
  • Beverly Ashcroft
  • Paula Dabenigno
  • Marie Echevarria
  • Catherine Murphy


  • Betsey Rodman
  • Nida Tam
  • Maria Tamagna
  • Diana Cortes
  • VNA of Eastern, MA


Graduate Students/Post Doc

  • Christine Ash (Tufts)
  • Elizabeth Baker (Harvard)
  • Christina H. Fuller (Harvard/Georgia State)
  • Nira Hadar (Tufts)
  • Kyle Hoesterey (Tufts)
  • Allison Patton (Tufts)
  • Luz Padro-Martinez (Tufts)
  • Jess Perkins (Tufts)


  • Matt Simon (Tufts)
  • Jeff Trull (Tufts)
  • Erica Walker (Harvard/Tufts)
  • David Weiss (Tufts)
  • John Wu (Harvard)
  • Shengwei Zhu (Harvard)
  • Laura Corlin (Tufts)


Student Interns

  • Sunetra Bane
  • Melissa Baptista
  • Jessica Bocca
  • Erika Brown
  • Sophia Burks
  • Heejin Choi
  • Brianna Cilley
  • Caitlin Collins
  • Jozy Contave
  • Brianna Dayer
  • Patricia Dao-Tran
  • Marie Delnord
  • Darrel Gachette
  • Corey Burns


    • Rachel Ganz
    • Nina Grossman
    • Anil Gurcan
    • Dana Harada
    • Sherry Hou
    • Lindsay Kephart
    • Yu Li
    • Eda Lu
    • Piers MacNaughton
    • Maris Mann-Stadt
    • Andrea Steward
    • Aaron Marden
    • Chad Milando
    • Jose Mira


  • Reed Morgan
  • Sarah Moy
  • Christine Papastamelos
  • Jessica Pogachar
  • Amanda Rizzo
  • Haley Schwartz
  • Asi Somburu
  • Katherine Thayer
  • Ashley Tran
  • Yuki Ueda
  • Sara Val Diez
  • Aliza Wasserman
  • Samantha Weaver
  • Eric Wilburn