Board of Directors
RIZE Massachusetts is led by some of the most highly respected leaders in health care, addiction treatment, business, labor, and those with lived experience.
The Connors Family Office
Jack Connors, Jr. is a founding partner and former CEO of Hill Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc., a full-service marketing communications company. Under his leadership, Hill Holliday evolved from a one-room shop to one of the top 20 advertising firms in the United States. Mr. Connors also served as chairman of the board of directors of Partners HealthCare System for 16 years, becoming chairman emeritus in July 2012. He is a member of the board of directors of Partners In Health, the board of fellows at Harvard Medical School and serves as a trustee of Boston College. Active in leading philanthropic efforts and civic campaigns in Boston, Mr. Connors has championed initiatives such as Camp Harbor View, the Campaign for Catholic Schools, and The Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Michael Curry is chief executive officer of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, representing 52 health centers serving over one million patients. Prior to joining the League, Mr. Curry worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, primarily as senior policy advisor in the corporate affairs division.
Mr. Curry is the past president of the Boston Branch of the NAACP (2011-2016) and has been a member of the national NAACP board of directors since 2014. He has served on the transition teams for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and was involved in the passage of Massachusetts Health Reform and the Affordable Care Act.
In addition to NAACP and RIZE, Mr. Curry serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Andrew Dreyfus is president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Serving nearly 3 million members, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is one of the largest independent, not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country. Prior to being named CEO in September 2010, Mr. Dreyfus served as executive vice president of health care services at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Mr. Dreyfus previously served as the first president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, that works to expand access to health care for Massachusetts residents. Mr. Dreyfus is chairman of the board of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and also serves on the boards of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM), Jobs for Massachusetts, the Boston University School of Public Health Dean’s Advisory Board, and the Ariadne Labs Advisory Board.
Tim Foley is executive vice president at 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. Working in a union-wide capacity while based in Massachusetts, Mr. Foley is a veteran political leader and operative. Prior to being elected executive vice president, he was vice president at-large of 1199SEIU and also served as the union’s political director for Massachusetts. He is vice president of the MA AFL-CIO and serves on the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce health care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Masters’ degree in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Christie L. Hager
Former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Chris Hager was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the regional director of region I of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in New England from 2010-2014. Prior to her service in the Obama Administration, she was chief health counsel to the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives during the development and implementation of the Massachusetts health reform law enacted in 2006.
Ms. Hager has also served in senior executive roles at Beacon Health Options, a national behavioral health organization. From 2019-2021 she led a full-time consulting engagement at MassHealth as director of behavioral health, focusing on the COVID-19 public health emergency response and community-based system reform.
State Street Global Advisors
Steve Lipiner is executive vice president and chief operating officer of State Street Global Advisors, the fourth largest global asset manager with $4.1 trillion in assets. Mr. Lipiner is a board director for the State Street Global Advisors Trust Company, a limited purpose trust company with $1.2 billion in annual revenues. He is a member of the State Street Global Advisors executive management group, senior risk committee, human capital working group and the finance executive leadership team.
Mr. Lipiner holds a B.A. in political science from State University of New York (Buffalo) and an M.B.A. in finance from City University of New York at Baruch College. He serves on the board of directors of Victory Programs, is a director at the Dimock Center Community Foundation Board and a member of the Baruch College Fund Board of Trustees.
CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
Patty Ma is executive vice president & chief legal officer at CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. Ms. Ma has more than 25 years of experience in navigating health care legal, regulatory and compliance matters. She has served in executive leadership roles and as general counsel for both private and publicly traded health care companies.
Before joining CareQuest Institute, Ms. Ma was general counsel and chief compliance officer for Active Day, the country’s largest operator of adult day health centers. Prior to that, Ms. Ma held leadership roles at Zelis Healthcare, DentaQuest, an affiliate of CareQuest Institute, and Gentiva Health Services.
Learn to Cope
Joanne Peterson is the founder and executive director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network which began in 2004. Her journey started as a young girl with siblings experiencing issues with mental illness and addiction. Years later when Ms. Peterson discovered that her own son’s experimentation with prescription drugs led to an opioid addiction, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change. Today her son is in long term recovery. She designed LTC to offer families the support, education, resources and hope that her family would have benefitted from. Ms. Peterson sits on the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Emergency Department Board working group and is on the special committee to study licensed addiction treatment centers.
As the president of DentaQuest, Steve Pollock leads the nation’s largest provider of Medicaid dental benefits and spearheads the team’s mission to improve the oral health of all. Mr. Pollock has successfully built an organization that drives market growth and opportunity for clients while also advancing the oral health industry to achieve better outcomes and equitable access for every American. Under Mr. Pollock’s stewardship, DentaQuest developed Preventistry®, an inclusive approach to quality care and expanded access that prioritizes prevention-focused oral health.
During his 20-year tenure at DentaQuest, he has held several other senior leadership positions, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer, executive vice president, and general counsel.
Mr. Pollock is a member of CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the state bar of Wisconsin.
Frank Robinson, Ph.D., is vice president of public health at Baystate Health responsible for integrating clinical and community care to better serve vulnerable populations. Dr. Robinson joined Baystate in 1995 and for 20 years served as the executive director of Partners for a Healthier Community and the director of community health planning.
Dr. Robinson has won several awards including: 2008 Luminary Award from the City of Springfield; 2009 Rebecca Lee Award from Harvard School of Public Health; and the 2010 Lemuel Shattuck Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association.
He earned his Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst); Master of Arts in Community Psychology from Mansfield University; and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York (Oswego).
Massachusetts General Hospital
Joy Rosen serves as the vice president for behavioral health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In this capacity, she oversees program development, business planning, administrative and clinical operations, research management, and finance for four departments/institutes at MGH — the Department of Psychiatry, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, the Home Base Program, and provides executive oversight for the Center for Community Health Improvement. She also serves as a liaison for the MGH and Mass General Brigham on various government relations matters. Previously, Ms. Rosen served as the director of government relations for Partners HealthCare, overseeing advocacy efforts with the state and federal governments on healthcare reform legislation and the Massachusetts Stem Cell Bill. She served for 12 years as the Department of Public Health’s assistant commissioner for management, seven years overseeing residential programs at the Department of Mental Health, and worked as a senior policy analyst on health care issues for the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Ms. Rosen has a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and a MS from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Michael Tang, MD, MBA, is head of behavioral health at Cityblock Health, and a pediatrician, child psychiatrist, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Tang completed his residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and residency and fellowship in adult and child psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. He also served two years as the Boston site director of Health Leads, a nonprofit addressing social determinants of health, and is currently the co-chair of the Child Mental Health Taskforce at the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Tang is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and the Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Program Strategy Committee
Joanne Peterson, Chair
Founder and Executive Director, Learn to Cope
Christie L. Hager
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Obama Administration
Frank Robinson, PhD
Vice President of Public Health, Baystate Health
Mike Tang, MD
Head of Behavioral Health, Cityblock Health
Steve Pollock, ex officio
President and CEO, DentaQuest
Julie Burns, ex officio
President and CEO, RIZE Massachusetts Foundation
Mass General Brigham/MA League of Community Health Centers
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
James Jones, MD
Miriam Komaromy, MD
Boston Medical Center
Sarah Wakeman, MD
Mass General Brigham