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Board of Directors

Joe Knowles, President Family Health Project

John H. Knowles, Jr., President

CEO, Institute for Health Metrics

Joe Knowles is CEO of the Institute for Health Metrics (, a nonprofit incubator of evidence-based solutions to improve quality and outcomes in healthcare. He is a Trustee of the MGH Institute of Health Professions; Member of CRICO (Harvard hospital medical malpractice insurance firm) Strategies Committee; Director of Police Addiction Assistance Recovery Initiative (PAARI), Gloucester; and Treasurer of the Evelyn Lily Lutz Foundation, Beverly. He holds an AB (Government, 1979) from Harvard College, an MBA (Marketing, 1983) from Columbia University, and an MPH (Family and Community Health, 2002) from Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health from 2002 to 2010.

Rick Crowley

J. Richard Crowley, Treasurer

Financial and Operational Management Consultant

Rick Crowley has over 40 years of financial and management experience. Rick earned a BA in Economics from Providence College and received training in accounting at Cornell Business School. He earned his CPA while at Price Waterhouse and is a certified Cultural Transformation consultant. He has served as a management and financial consultant for over 60 companies since 1995. Industries include biotechnology, high technology, health information systems, medical device, publishing, manufacturing and not for profit organizations. Rick is currently the Treasurer of Lazarus House Ministries and serves on the finance committee at St. Augustine’s parish in Andover. He is a past Vice Chairman of the Board of Education in Massachusetts and finance committee member of the New England Baptist hospital.

Gene Lindsey

Gene Lindsey, MD, Secretary

Gene Lindsey, MD, has been an internist and cardiologist for over 40 years, practicing at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and its predecessors since 1975. In 1997, when Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates was created, Dr. Lindsey became its first Chairman of the Board. In 2004-2005, Dr. Lindsey joined the Atrius Health Board, and later became its Chairman, a position which he held until he was appointed as CEO. He has served on several healthcare boards and advisory groups including Guthrie Health and the Boston University Medical Group. Dr. Lindsey graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1971 and completed an internship, residency, and clinical fellow in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In retirement, Dr. Lindsey has been active in nonprofit organizations in the Kearsarge Region of New Hampshire that work with families in need.

Edith Dabney

Edith LaC. Dabney, Director

Chair Emerita: Museum of Science;
Chair Emerita: WGBH Educational Foundation;
Chair Emerita: McLean Hospital;
Trustee Emerita: Boston Symphony Orchestra

Edith LaC. Dabney, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, is a retired volunteer fundraiser, or as she terms it, a “pick pocket” for several Boston non-profit institutions. Over the last few decades, Dabney has been Board Chair of the WGBH Educational Foundation, Chair of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Trustee Emirata of Boston Museum of Science, and is a Life Trustee of each of McLean Hospital and the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She graduated from Smith College in 1952. She has been deeply involved in a number of Boston area schools and colleges and is well known in the hospital and health care communities.

F, Brad Neuehaus

F. Bradley Neuenhaus, Director

Chief Business Officer, MindEdge, Inc.

After an extensive career in marketing technology, Brad Neuenhaus became involved in education. He was a founding partner of Keys to Literacy and since 2017 has served as a senior executive at MindEdge Learning, an online learning provider. Brad’s interest in literacy started in 1971 when he volunteered to tutor struggling readers in Paterson, New Jersey. After a long career as a Fortune 1000 executive and entrepreneur, he returned to his passion for literacy and in 2007 founded Keys to Literacy. Brad has served on the HILL for Literacy board since 2016. He is committed to the HILL mission and its ability to help districts, schools, teachers, and students build lifelong literacy skills. Brad has a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Advisory Board

Kate Barrand

Kate Barrand

President & CEO, Horizons for Homeless Children

Kate Barrand began her tenure as President and CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children in November, 2015, but has been supporting Horizons for more than 25 years. She has served as both a volunteer going into shelters to play with children and as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to her role with Horizons, Kate Barrand worked as a strategy consultant and operating manager in the finance and technology sectors, working with C-suite and executive teams of financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit organizations. She was also the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Clareon Corporation, the first online business-to-business payment engine sanctioned by the US Treasury following her time at BankBoston leading Strategic Planning and Global Strategic Marketing. Kate holds a BA in Early Childhood Development from the Eliot-Pearson Department at Tufts University and an MBA from Boston University.

Anthony Bashir, PhD

Anthony S. Bashir, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College,
Consultant, Architects For Learning

Anthony S. Bashir has spent a lifetime dedicated to children and adolescents with communication disorders and served for 25 years as the coordinator of speech-language pathology services in the Department of Otolaryngology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He spent twenty years at Emerson College where across his tenure there he served as the director of the Freshman Academic Studies Program, Coordinator for Academic Access, and director of the Writing and Academic Resource Centre. Currently, he continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member in Teacher Education at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College. Anthony is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a recipient of its Honors. His years in clinical practice and teaching have led to research interests in the natural history of developmental language disorders as well as the literacy and self-advocacy needs of students who struggle with language development and learning.

Lisa Gennetian

Lisa A Gennetian

Pritzker Associate Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies,
Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Lisa A. Gennetian is an applied economist whose research straddles a variety of areas concerning child poverty from income security and stability to early care and education with a particular lens toward identifying causal mechanisms underlying how child poverty shapes children’s development. She is a co-PI on the first multi-site multi-year randomized control study of a monthly unconditional cash transfer to low-income mothers called Baby’s First Years. Her recent work bridges poverty scholarship with a behavioral economic framework. “The Persistence of Poverty in the Context of Economic Instability: A Behavioral Perspective,” describes such a framework for poverty programs and policy, co-authored with Dr. Eldar Shafir and her co-authored publication “Behavioral Economics and Developmental Science,” further advances the application of behavioral economic insights to the arena of children’s development. Lisa has since launched the beELL initiative; applying insights from behavioral economics to design strategies to support parent and family engagement in, and enhance the impacts of, existing childhood interventions.

Jeff Madrick

Jeffrey G. Madrick

Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Jeff Madrick is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and a former economics columnist for The New York Times. He is director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation, where he is a Senior Fellow; editor of Challenge Magazine; and visiting professor of humanities at The Cooper Union. His most recent book, Invisible Americans, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in January, 2020. His 2009 book, The Case for Big Government (Princeton), received a 2009 PEN Galbraith Non-Fiction Award. He is also the author of Taking America (Bantam, 1987), and The End of Affluence (Random House, 1995), both of which were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Taking America was chosen by Business Week as one of the ten best books of the year. Madrick is a fellow of the World Policy Institute and is a member of the board of The Center for Economic and Policy Research.