Board of Directors

Officers:
Co-Chair, Secretary Jay Ash
Co-Chair, Secretary Michael J. Heffernan

Jay Ash
Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

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Jay Ash serves as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. He previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. In Chelsea, Secretary Ash’s leadership produced both economic expansion and fiscal stability. He grew the city’s housing stock by over ten percent, expanded its commercial base with two dozen major projects, led all Gateway Cities with a 15% increase in new employment, developed 10 new parks, secured five credit rating increases, and won two All-America City designations for Chelsea. Secretary Ash has led statewide initiatives on health insurance, youth violence, transportation infrastructure and expanded gaming in Massachusetts.  He previously served as co-founder and vice-chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, as past president of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, as a board member of the public policy think tank MassINC, the staff director to the Massachusetts House Majority Leader, and as an elected trustee of his alma mater, Clark University.

Michael J. Heffernan
Secretary of Administration and Finance

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Michael J. Heffernan joined Governor Charlie Baker’s cabinet as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance in August 2017. In his role, Secretary Heffernan is in charge of formulating the governor’s budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, and implementing the state government’s $40 billion operating and $2 billion capital budgets. Secretary Heffernan also manages numerous state administrative agencies including the Department of Revenue (tax administration and economic forecasting), the Human Resources Division (talent recruitment and management), the Group Insurance Commission (employee and retiree health insurance), the Operational Services Division (procurement), and the Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (state facilities).

Mike previously served as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he was responsible for administrating tax, revenue collection, child support, and municipal finance laws.

Following his campaign for Massachusetts state treasurer in 2014, Mike served on Governor Charlie Baker’s transition team and was appointed to the boards of Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM) and the MBTA Retirement Fund in early 2015.

In the private sector, Mike spent nearly two decades in increasingly senior roles at Citigroup and its predecessor firm, Salomon Brothers, as a managing director in its markets and banking division. He previously served as a Vice President in capital markets at NatWest Markets and EF Hutton & Co. Most recently, he co-founded the Massachusetts tech startup Mobiquity in 2011.

Mike has been involved with a number of non-profits focused primarily on education and healthcare. He holds an MBA in finance from New York University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University where he sits on the Georgetown College Board of Advisors and chairs the Georgetown Library Board.

 

Gary Paul Kearney, M.D.
President, Longwood Urological Associates

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Gary Kearney is a native of Piedmont, California.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Northwestern University in 1961 and his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1965 at the University of California, San Francisco. On completion of active duty in the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict he trained as a Urological Surgeon at the Harvard Program of Urology, Longwood area. Since 1973 he has been on the staff of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical, and New England Baptist Hospital where he was President of the Medical Staff, Chief of Urology, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Kearney currently serves as President of Longwood Urological Associates in Boston.

In 1999 Dr Kearney retired as a Captain of the United States Naval Reserve, having served since 1961.

He served as Treasurer of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and currently serves on the Executive Committee.  Gary Kearney is also a Trustee of Rogerson Communities, Past Chairman of the Development Committee, a nonprofit organization devoted to affordable housing and services for elders. He is also Vice Chairman and Trustee of the USS Constitution Museum.

Dr. Kearney is an avid aviation enthusiast with an airline pilot rating who enjoys swimming, photography and traveling. His wife, Susan can be found lovingly restoring our “final resting place “to its original historic appearance when she is not out in the garden pulling weeds. They currently reside on weekends in Duxbury and have four adult children, Michael, Alison, Shanon and Christian and six grand children, Anders, Niall, Owen, Laurel, Thea and Sam

Marty Meehan
President, University of Massachusetts

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Marty Meehan, the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts, is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the system. He was named to the presidency after eight successful years as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he propelled that institution forward by every important measure of higher education. During his tenure, UMass Lowell achieved record growth in enrollment, student retention and funding for research and scholarships. The campus underwent a stunning physical transformation with new academic buildings and residence halls, upgraded academic and research facilities, and enhanced student activity spaces.

While chancellor, he was honored by the Lura Smith Fund with the Living the Dream Award in 2015 for embracing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through his faith and commitment to social justice. In 2014, he received the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) President of the Year Award at the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration and the Robert H. (Tex) McClain, Jr. Distinguished Public Administrator Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration. He received the Chief Executive Leadership award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the annual District I program in 2012.

A former congressman, President Meehan represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007, where he served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Widely respected as a reformer, he established a national reputation for his legislative leadership in transforming campaign finance laws and protecting the public from the health risks of tobacco use. Previously, he served as Massachusetts’ deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations and he was the first assistant district attorney of Middlesex County.

President Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986. He holds honorary degrees from Suffolk University, Green Mountain College in Vermont and Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Israel.

Peter Parker
Founder, BioInnovation Capital and Lab Central

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Peter is currently President, BioInnovation, LLC, a Cambridge, MA based provider of start-up capital and services to life sciences companies. For the past three decades, Peter has devoted his life to the amazing world of early stage company formation, funding and growth as an equity investor in over 30 companies.  For the past 8 years, Peter has played a major role in the greater Boston/Cambridge healthcare start-up community.  At MassChallenge, he has been the healthcare/life sciences ‘Champion’ from the outset, managing that vertical for the Boston accelerator. He is also one of three co-founders of LabCentral, Inc, a new not-for-profit for companies who need lab space in Kendall Sq.  He is the founder of several start-ups, is a member of MassMedicalAngels, and is a reviewer for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Accelerator Loan program and for several other business plan competitions. Peter was a General Partner at Ampersand Ventures from 1988-2006 (now Sr. Advisor) and co-led the establishment of their life sciences franchise.  The sectors where he has invested extensively include tools, devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

At Ampersand, Peter provided the first institutional capital and was a Director in two dozen companies including;  ACLARA Biosciences (IPO),  Cyclis Pharmaceuticals (Chairman, sold to Arqule), Huntington Laboratories (Chairman, sold to EcoLab), NOVEX (Chairman, sold to Invitrogen), Panacos Pharmaceuticals (Chairman, public/reverse merger and PIPE with Vitex), Protein Ingredient Technologies (Chairman, sold to Associated British Foods).  In 2006,  Peter co-founded and was President and CEO of Cequent Pharmaceuticals, Inc  (Cambridge, MA) which was sold to Marina Biotech (NSDQ: MRNA) in July, 2010.  He has since invested in 12 local start-ups including Boston Heart Dx (Chairman) Klio Health, Veritas Genetics, 5G Bio, Deltix, Nova Molecular, Hope Dx, BioEssences, and AbVitro.

Prior to Ampersand, Peter was head of worldwide R&D for AMAX Inc, a Fortune 50 industrial company.

Peter holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree from Columbia University.

Pam Randhawa
CEO and Founder, Empiriko

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Pam Randhawa is Founder and CEO of Empiriko, an integrated precision medicine company focused on early disease detection, prognosis, prediction and ongoing therapeutic monitoring.

Pam has 20 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries with expertise ranging from policy, corporate strategy, product development, analytics and marketing for Fortune 500 companies, startups and government. Prior to founding Empiriko, Pam co-founded AgroGreen Biofuels, an alternative biofuels technology company from plant waste.The company’s patented synthetic liver technology (Biomimiks™) provides a platform for analyzing the liver’s metabolic reactions to drugs, food and other chemical compounds – serving as a foundation for the company’s diagnostic device, Personalized Metabolic Fingerprint™ (PMF).

Previously, Pam served as VP of Strategic Development at Sermo, the largest Physician Online Community in the US, where she was responsible for identifying and developing new markets in the areas of clinical development, analytics and international expansion. Before joining Sermo, she served as VP of Global Marketing at Phase Forward (acquired by Oracle), a leader in Electronic Data Capture (EDC), management and drug safety for clinical trials, where she was responsible for the planning and execution of the company’s global marketing and product strategy. Previously, Pam was Director of Analytical Development at McKesson Corporation, where she effectively developed healthcare products that leveraged healthcare longitudinal data to assess the effectiveness of various therapies, disease severity, healthcare costs, and quality of care provided to healthcare plan members. She also served as an independent consultant to the State of Ohio, Department of Health, where she led a statewide taskforce focusing on the Health Status of Ohioans for the State Health Plan, and developed a 5-point plan to improve public health in Ohio.

Ms. Randhawa holds a Bachelors Degree in economics from the University of Rajasthan, India, and received a Masters Degree from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie-Mellon University.

 

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