Health Leadership Program


In 2011 the Meyer Foundation and CompassPoint released their third "Daring to Lead" study, which showed that 67% of the 3,000 nonprofit CEOs surveyed plan on leaving their job within five years.

While this figure is slightly lower than was reported in the previous 2006 study, it still represents a significant projected leadership transition.

While one could debate whether leaders are born or made, what is clear to the MetroWest Health Foundation is that leadership matters. The foundation believes that organizations in MetroWest that are run by strong leaders are better able to demonstrate positive health outcomes, utilize evidence-based best practice models and work collaboratively with other community agencies to achieve their missions.

Program Design

To address the impending leadership void and provide current and emerging leaders with the requisite leadership skills, the foundation created the MetroWest Health Leadership Program in 2005. The six-month knowledge and skill-building program is designed to change the way local health executives, managers and officials think and act as leaders.

Through a curriculum that includes presentations, discussion and practicum work, participants gain a better understanding of their own leadership styles and how they can use their leadership skills to improve health and health care in their communities. Classes are taught by leading experts in their respective fields of knowledge, capitalizing on the rich talents the region has to offer.

Ten individuals comprise each class, which runs from January through June. Topic areas include personal leadership, communication, strategic thinking, negotiation and coalition building. In addition, students participate in a project that seeks to build on classroom work through the creation of a strategic and creative solution to a local health issue.

For more information, contact Rebecca Donham at (508) 879-7625.

How to Apply

Course Outline

Class of 2019

Yemi Ajao
Resident Services Coordinator
Corcoran Management/Pelham Apartments

Theresa Brasier, PsyD
Director of the Forensic Program at Worcester County Jail
Advocates, Inc.

Katy Colthart, MSW
Social Worker/Clinical Coordinator for Health and Human Services
Needham Youth & Family Services

Natalia Dimitrova-Topaloff, MA
District Wide Social Worker
Natick Public Schools

Thiago Godoi, MSN
Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

Tiffany Lillie, MA
Director of Community Resource Development
Framingham Public Schools

Amanda Mattingly
Domestic Violence Shelter Manager
Voices Against Violence

Rachel Mazzola
Nursing Supervisor
Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

Stephanie Rohr, MSW
Family Assistance Case Manager
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest

Nicole Scarmeas
Recovery Coach Supervisor
South Middlesex Opportunity Council

2019 Faculty

Shaun Adamec
Adamec Communications

Candice Belanoff, ScD
Boston University School of Public Health

Shani Dowd
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation

Brian Mandell, Ph.D.
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Jack McCarthy, DBA
Boston University School of Management

Tom Wolff, Ph.D.
Tom Wolff Associates


2019 Class Projects

2017 Class Projects

2016 Class Projects

2015 Class Projects

2014 Class Projects


161 Worcester Rd, Ste. 202
Framingham, MA 01701


Phone: (508) 879-7625
Fax: (508) 879-7628

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