Fellows Program

Fellows of the Local Public Health Institute of MA are selected for their demonstrated mastery of public health practice concepts, commitment to professional development, and willingness to act as stewards for public health practice in MA. They have shown immense commitment and dedication to their own professional development as well as to the public health of the Commonwealth.

LPHI Fellows Program is on hiatus in 2019 while we revise the program to recognize Leadership competencies and work to meet the needs of Public Health 3.0.  Please check back at the end of the calendar year for more information on the 2020 program.


In order to successfully apply for the program, Fellows must have worked for at least five years for a state or local public health agency in MA as staff or governing body member.
Fellows must also demonstrate the following:

Foundational Knowledge (Awareness or Entry Level)
Successful completion of ONE of the following:

  • Foundation for Local Public Health Practice
  • Local Public Health Core Training Certificate
  • Combination of education, credential, and experience1 AND successful completion of any five LPHI courses or modules

Advanced Knowledge (Performance or Mid-Level)
Successful completion of three performance, position-specific or mid-level public health courses. Criteria include:

  • Successful completion of three performance, position-specific or mid-level public health courses within the past 5 years of application.
  • Total course time must be at least 15 hours
  • Teaching of the course or substantial involvement in course creation will also fulfill the requirement.

Successful completion of TWO of the following:

  • Act as Content Expert for, or significant contributor to, LPHI courses or modules
  • Instruct (or co-instruct) at least one educational program in the past 2 years
  • Participate significantly in LPHI or CLPH activities
  • Act as a mentor or coach to another, less experienced public health professional
  • Host an undergraduate or graduate student for a practicum, internship or field placement

FELLOWS of 2018

  • Ruth L. Clay, MS, MPH
    Health Director
    City of Melrose and Town of Wakefield
  • Gail F. Johnson, B.S.N., RN
    Public Health Nurse
    Westford Health Department
  • And Honorary Fellow
    Dr. Alfred DeMaria, Jr., M.D.
    Medical Director, State Epidemiologist
    Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health

FELLOWS of 2017

  • Rae Dick, BS
    Health Agent
    Westford Health Department
  • Sue Rosa, RN, BSN
    Deputy Director/Manager of Healthcare Services
    Chelmsford Board of Health
  • Sam Wong, PhD, REHS/RS
    Director of Public and Community Health Services
    Hudson Health Department

FELLOW of 2016

  • Ruth Mori RN, BSN
    Public Health Nurse/School Nurse Leader
    Wayland Health Department

FELLOWS of 2015

  • Sharon Cameron, MPA, RS
    Director of Health and Human Services,
    City of Peabody
  • Bettye Anderson Frederic, MSN, RN, CHO, CSN
    Deputy Commissioner,
    Springfield Department of Public Health
  • Derek Fullerton, RS/REHS, CHO, CEHT
    Director of Public Health,
    Town of Middleton
  • Sheryl Knutsen, MSN, RN, PHCNS-BC
    Emergency Preparedness Planner, Region 3A-Northeast Public Health Coalition
  • Leila Mercer, MSN, RN
    Public Health Nurse,
    Natick Board of Health

FELLOWS of 2014

  • Heather Gallant, MPH, RS, CHO
    Executive Director
    Taunton Board of Health
  • Larry A. Ramdin, REHS, CHO, CP-FS
    Health Agent,
    Salem Board of Health
  • Paul Halfmann, MPH
    Assistant Director,
    Community Sanitation Program,
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Sigalle Reiss, MPH, RS/REHS
    Norwood Health Department
  • Mary McKenzie, EdM, MS, RN
    Public Health Nurse,
    City of Chelsea Health Department
  • Dawn Sibor, MEd
    Emergency Preparedness Coordinator,
    Brookline Department of Public Health

FELLOWS of 2013

  • Michael Blanchard, MS, REHS/RS
    Health Director,
    Milton Board of Health
  • Cathleen Liberty, BS
    Health Agent,
    Town of Webster
  • John Coulon, RS
    Health Agent,
    Nahant and Topsfield Boards of Health
  • Charlotte Stepanian, BS, MSN, RN-BC
    Public Health Nurse,
    Town of Merrimac
  • Kevin Duquette, RS, CP-FS
    Environmental Compliance Officer/Sanitarian,
    Taunton Board of Health
  • James White, RS/REHS
    Director of Public Health,
    Natick Board of Health
  • Charles J. Kaniecki
    District Health Officer,
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Felix Zemel, MCP, MPH, REHS/RS
    Health Administrator/Inspector,
    Cohasset Board of Health

FELLOWS of 2012

  • Philip Leger, RS
    Health Director,
    Town of Templeton
  • Sandra Martin, MPH
    Health Agent,
    Town of Egremont
  • Kitty Mahoney, RN, BSN, MS
    Chief Public Health Nurse,
    Town of Framingham
  • J. David Naparstek, Sc.M.
    Public Health Consultant,
    City of Newton
  • Patrick Maloney, MPAH, RS, CHO
    Assistant Director of Public Health
    Chief of Environmental Health,
    Town of Brookline
  • Kevin Sweet, MS, RS, CHO
    Town Administrator,
    Town of Maynard