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 2018

Amanda Coughlin, MSW
Director, Program Operations
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest

Melicia DaCosta, MS
Community Health Worker Supervisor
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Catherine Delano, MPH
Senior Substance Use Prevention Coordinator
Needham Division of Public Health

Christine Fortune Guthery, JD
Founder and Executive Director
SPARK Kindness

Jacob Hanson, M.Ed.
McKinney-Vento Clinical Care Coordinator
Framingham Public Schools

Kelly Joseph, MS
Program Coordinator
Framingham Health Department

Margaretta Kroeger, Esq.
Staff Attorney
MetroWest Legal Services

Adriane Queiroz, MPH
Program Manager
Latino Health Insurance Program

Hope Rochefort, MPH
Program Manager
Screening for Mental Health

Catherine Sugarman, MA
Prevention and Outreach Program Manager
Town of Natick

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


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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