Profiles


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Megan Miraglia, MS, RD

Instructor, Boston University Prison Education Program
MS, RD, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition
BS, State University of New York, College at Oneonta

Megan Miraglia, a Registered Dietitian, completed her Dietetic Internship and Master’s Degree at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition in 2009. She began her career in research with a focus on childhood school nutrition policy and then transitioned into the field of corporate wellness and counseling while remaining connected to the research field. Recently, she helped develop, secure and manage a new distance dietetic internship that hosts 20 students annually. Megan works to inspire and motivate clients to solve their own nutrition, fitness and health dilemmas by finding simple solutions that naturally become part of their lifestyle. In addition, Megan is a professor at MCI-Norfolk with Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She co-designed and now co-instructs a Nutrition 101 course with Jessica Jones-Hughes. Megan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Dietetics Association (MDA) as Director Member Communications and volunteers on the Tufts Alumni Executive Council. In 2014, she was named MDA’s Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. Megan has contributed articles to the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Performance Training Journal, the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and co-authored a chapter in the newest edition of the American Council On Exercise Health Coach Manual.


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Dr. Gary Donato

Instructor, Boston University Prison Education Program
MS, Syracuse University 
MS Equivalent, Navar War College

Dr. Gary Donato earned his PhD in Political Science and Diplomatic History from the University of Connecticut in 2005. He also has a Master’s degree in Social Science from Syracuse University and a Master’s equivalent in Strategy and Policy from the Naval War College. His professional interests are national and homeland security policy, the presidency, the relationship between the presidency and congress; and American diplomatic history, specifically during the Cold War. Dr. Donato is a retired naval officer with numerous awards and commendations, who served on submarines from 1972-1994, graduated from several in-service intelligence programs, and served as Intelligence Officer on his last three submarine assignments and as the Force Strategic Navigator and assistant Intelligence Officer for Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet. He is a graduate of the Command Intelligence Officer Program of the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Donato was a member of the Presidential Task force on National Security Professional Development and a member of the Homeland Security Strategic Studies working group. Frequently called upon to give talks in his areas of expertise he also has worked on several political campaigns at the local, state, and national level. For the last 20 years he has been an adjunct professor of history and government on the faculty list of several colleges in eastern Connecticut, western Rhode Island and south eastern Massachusetts. For relaxation Gary reads medieval romance literature and biographies, gardens – he skis, hikes, enjoys yoga, and scuba dives. He is a firm believer in recording the voices of those who made history, in elevating the standards of excellence in today’s students, and in the ideals of mentorship.


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Jessica Jones-Hughes, MS, RD

Vice President, Oke USA Fairtrade Fruit Company
Instructor, Boston University Prison Education Program
MS, RD, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition
BS, Miami University of Ohio

Jessica Jones‐Hughes, a Registered Dietitian, completed her Dietetic Internship and Master’s at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition in 2009. For the past 5 years, Jessica has worked with Oke USA Fairtrade Fruit Company, a subsidiary of Equal Exchange, where she is currently the Vice President. At Oke, Jessica works daily to shift the food system away from multinationals and back to small-scale farmers by providing US consumers with Fairtrade, Organic bananas, banana puree and avocados grown by small-scale farmers (http://beyondthepeel.com/). In addition, Jessica works part time as an instructor at MCI-Norfolk with Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She co-instructs a Nutrition 101 course with Megan Miraglia. She also serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Plenitud Eco-Educational Initiatives, a non-profit and educational farm based in Puerto Rico. Jessica is passionate about the unique role food can play in creating social justice and connecting individuals around the world.


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Nora Wright

MRP Cornell University
BA Scripps College

Nora Wright received her Masters of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College. She is a member of the Institute of Coaching Professionals Association and holds a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from John F. Kennedy University. Ms. Wright is a coach, mediator and group facilitator. As a trained mediator through Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI), she has mediated for private clients and within the court system. Ms. Wright offers workshops in negotiation, communication and mindfulness at universities, with environmental activists and in prisons. She has taught for organizations including the Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Tufts University, Cornell University, and Project Common Bond, a program for teenagers affected by terrorism. Her academic research focuses on the effects of prison design and placement on the mental health and well-being of prisoners, their family members and guards. Ms. Wright has been engaged in planning processes locally and overseas. After working at Madison Park Development Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts, she founded and directed Sustainable Neighborhoods Nicaragua, an international design-build organization. Her planning work includes the facilitation of community visioning processes for a housing cooperative in Nicaragua. Her planning experience encompasses program design, supervision of field research and participatory planning activities.


Joshua Block, JD

JD, Syracuse University College of Law
BA, Hobart College

Joshua Block earned his Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College, where he graduated with honors in psychology and double majors in psychology and history. Mr. Block received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was a student attorney in the Community Development Law Clinic, an editor on the Syracuse Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and served on the Academic Standards Committee. After graduation, he completed a two-year clerkship as an assistant appellate court attorney for the Fourth Department of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court. Mr. Block then returned to Massachusetts where he entered private practice. In addition to teaching in the Boston University Prison Education Program, he represents clients in both civil and criminal matters.

Joshua Block is currently admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New York.


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Dr. Jamie Hillman

DMA, Boston University
MM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BMus, University of Western Ontario
ARCT, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

Dr. Jamie Hillman is a multi-faceted musician who is active as a singer, pianist, conductor, music educator, and composer. He is an assistant professor of music at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he teaches voice, undergraduate and graduate music education, and directs the Gordon College Choir and Men’s Choir.

His recent engagements as tenor soloist include Messiah with Laudate Dominum Choir & Orchestra, Dett’s The Chariot Jubilee with Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio with Rosebud Masterworks Choir, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Studio Cantorum Choir & Orchestra (Indonesia). As a pianist, Dr. Hillman has shared the stage with numerous choirs including Boston Children’s Chorus and Rhode Island Children’s Chorus. His choral compositions have been performed in Asia, Europe, and North America by ensembles including Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, Boston Children’s Chorus, Calgary Girls Choir, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Oakville Children’s Choir, and Worcester Children’s Chorus. His popular Christmas carol, Who Would Have Thought, is published by Cypress Choral Music.

Dr. Hillman is an examiner for Conservatory Canada, and has adjudicated at festivals and presented at conferences in Canada, the United States, and Southeast Asia. His co-editorial work includes numerous editions of Arabic, Asian, Latin American, and Western choral pieces published by Earthsongs and Hinshaw Music. Dr. Hillman is the 2012 laureate of the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Arts Council.