Anna Leslie, MPH
Coordinator, Allston Brighton Health Collaborative
Anna joined the ABHC in June, 2014. In this work, she coordinates efforts with multiple community organizations, initiates partnerships, and advocates for the health and wellness interests of Allston/Brighton residents. Anna also works as Development Director for Union Capital Boston, a start-up community loyalty program. Born and raised in Cambridge, Anna earned her BA at the University of Montana, Missoula. She earned her Masters of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health, and previously taught middle-school science in New Orleans.
Treasurer, Allston Brighton Health Collaborative
Charles River Community Health
Katy Kehoe has been the Deputy Director of Charles River Community Health, a federally qualified community health center with locations in Brighton and Waltham, since 2015. In this role, she provides strategic direction, support, and oversight of operations at both sites. Katy has twenty years of health care and public health experience. She was the Practice Manager for Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties at Harvard University Health Services, served as the Associate Manager of Community Health Center Affiliations at Partners HealthCare’s Community Benefit Programs, and was a member of Neighborhood Health Plan’s Health Center Technical Assistance Team where she worked with community health centers across Massachusetts on a variety of operations management and quality improvement projects. Katy also served as a Management Fellow at Hebrew Senior Life and as a Program Assistant for the Asia/Near East Division of Pathfinder International. Born and raised in the Boston area, Katy holds a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Executive Director, Charlesview, Inc.
Ms. Barbour is a Licensed, Independent, Clinical, Social Worker (LICSW) with over 30 years of casework, supervisory, administrative, and program development experience in the field of human services. She has worked in a number of community-based nonprofit and public sector organizations specializing in community-based services for diverse populations.
For the last 25 years, Ms. Barbour has worked in the field of affordable/mixed income housing, as both a staff member of national nonprofits and a consultant/trainer to regional and national real estate management firms and service providers interested in developing and implementing resident service programs. Her experience includes multifamily, senior, special needs, affordable, HOPE VI, and mixed income housing. She has extensive experience as a senior level resident service director overseeing the development, financing and implementation of integrated resident service, self-sufficiency and supported housing programs.
Ms. Barbour earned a Master’s degree in Social work at Boston University School of Social Work and has a B.S. degree from Utica College of Syracuse University, Utica, New York.
Executive Director, Presentation School Foundation Community Center
Ms. Reid oversees and manages the daily operations and functions of the organization. She holds dual Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from Suffolk University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northeastern University.
Bernadette has worked in the field of Health and Human Services and Social Justice for over 20 years with children, youth and families in many communities both in throughout Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts. She is actively involved with many groups and organizations in areas of social justice, organizational and community development, child protection, adoption, and foster care. Bernadette is the Vice President of the Norfolk-Plymouth County Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation, the Board of Directors for New England Community Services, and The Girls’ Initiative Steering Committee.
For many years, Bernadette has worked to create a safe environment for youth, particularly teen girls, to have a voice and develop invaluable skills that will increase the likelihood of positive outcomes. As a result of her work in empowering young women, she was one of the 2013 NAACP Boston Branch Image Award recipients.
Helen Connolly, RN, BSN
Clerk, Allston Brighton Health Collaborative
Director, Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force
Helen joined the ABSATF in 2006 as the Project Coordinator on a Federal, SAMHSA Drug Free Communities Support Grant based out of SEMC/SECAP. The goals of the grant were two-fold : Reducing Substance Abuse Among Youth and Adults in the Allston Brighton Community and building capacity for a community coalition which includes rep from multiple sectors. From 2006 – present the ABSATF has established a Youth Coalition, Conducted multiple evidenced based community and city wide prevention strategies and recovery resources including the AB Annual Walk for Recovery. With additional grant funding from the MA DPH, BSAS , strategies aimed specifically at underage drinking and Marijuana prevention have been implemented. The ABSATF has worked with City, State and Federal partners to change community norms around substance abuse, to reduce underage drinking and to prevent Rx Drug Abuse among youth in the Allston Brighton Community.
Helen has a ten year history of working as a nurse at SEMC/ Emergency Department. She was the first Nurse, then Director of Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice (1983-1993) , The Hospice is currently part of Steward Home Care.
Certificate in Chemical Dependency – UMASS Boston
Certified Prevention Specialist MA – pending
Graduate of St.Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, Boston College Connell School of Nursing
Recipient of multiple Community Awards including Ten Outstanding Leader Award.
Assistant Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Nelson Portillo is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Counseling, Educational, and Developmental Psychology Department in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Nelson received his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in public health in the Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHR) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Nelson specializes in youth violence and his current research focuses on exposure to community violence and resilience. He has also conducted research on undocumented migration among adolescents and health disparities. Originally from El Salvador, Nelson has worked as a researcher there and in the U.S. and has served as a consultant for organizations like the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). He has worked in community settings for more than 15 years on issues related to program development and evaluation.