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 (Tufts University School of Medicine)

Doug Brugge is currently a Professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University 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.

Ellin Reisner, Co-chair (Somerville EPSON scanner imageTransportation 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.

maeWillie Mae Bennett-Fripp (Committee for Boston Public Housing)

Willie Mae Bennett-Fripp is the Executive Director of the Committee for Boston Public Housing, Inc. (CBPH), a non-profit organization she has been working with for 16 years. CBPH is a multicultural resident led organization established to improve the quality of life for Boston’s public housing residents through organizing, advocacy, and service to achieve social, racial, environmental and economic justice. CBPH has participated in community-based participatory research bringing together public housing residents and their leaders with researchers in Boston’s major universities.

John Durant (Tufts Department of Civil and Environmental facultyDurantEngineering)

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.

lydiaLydia 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.

Matt Simon (PhD Candidate, Tufts University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Matt Simon is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He is currently working to build exposure models of ultrafine particles for Boston and Chelsea based on data collected at stationary sites, by mobile monitoring, and from inside and outside of homes. He has also been involved with a home-based HEPA filtration intervention study in both cities. Matt received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2007.

Fengqing (Tina) Wang (CAFEH Field Staff)

Tina has been working on the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health Study (CAFEH) since 2010. As a field staff member, she knocked on about 400 doors and completed 250 home visits; overall, she presented health information to 400 families in these communities. She feels the community was very supportive of this study and enthusiastic about participating.


Wig Zamore (Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership)DSC_0019

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.

terryTerry Yin (Chinatown Resident Association)

Terry currently directs the Chinatown Resident Association, which played a central role in recruitment in the Chinatown and Malden neighborhoods for this study.  Their network of block captains and large base of supporters among the residents played a critical role in assuring that recruitment was successful and met CAFEH target goals.  His role with CAFEH is to build strong relationships between community and academic research institutions, develop cultural awareness, and organize environmental education meetings for Chinatown residents.

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.

noemieNoemie Sportiche (Metropolitan Area Planning Council)

Noemie Sportiche is a Public Health Planner and Research Analyst at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) where she manages and works on some of the key health initatives, with a particular focus on the division’s Health Impact Assessment projects. Prior to MAPC, Noemie worked in science policy for Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducted public health research in Mexico, and spent several years conducting neuroscience research from UCLA and the Veterans Administration after working in private sector health care for two years in Los Angeles. Noemie has an M.S. from the Harvard School of Public Health and a B.S. from UCLA.

shoemaker profilePaul Shoemaker (Boston Public Health Commission)

Paul Shoemaker received an MPH from George Washington University, an MBA from Boston University, and is the Associate Director of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Environmental Health Division; in his 16 years with the Commission his work across multiple projects has focused on preventing environmental hazards and addressing environmental justice issues.  Projects he’s had the privilege to be involved with include the Safe Shops and Green & Clean Programs which focus on pollution prevention and worker protection in nail salons and auto shops and the Clean Air Cabs initiative which has resulted in replacing many Boston cabs with hybrids that produce fewer tailpipe emissions.  Paul is a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and a board member of the Boston community organization ESAC (

Alex Bob (City of Somerville)alex

Alex Bob is a program coordinator with the City of Somerville’s Housing Division and works on the Improving the Health of Near Highway Communities project. Alex also works on Somerville’s Lead Hazard Abatement Program. Previously, he was a research assistant on the Boston Puerto Rican Health study. Alex graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies in 2012.


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)


  • Daniel Hauk
  • Dana LeWinter (City of Somerville)
  • Don Meglio (Project Manager)
  • Deena Wang (Data Analyst)
  • Aaron Mardon (Data Analyst)
  • Oliver-John Bright (Research Assistant)

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

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
  • 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
  • Dana Harada
  • Sherry Hou
  • Lindsay Kephart
  • Yu Li
  • YiQi Lu
  • Piers MacNaughton
  • Maris Mann-Stadt
  • Andrea Steward
  • Aaron Marden
  • Chad Milando
  • Jose Mira
  • Reed Morgan
  • Melissa Baptista


  • 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