Board of Directors
Lauren Schadt Baker became the first lady of Massachusetts when her husband, Gov. Charlie Baker, was sworn in as Governor in January, 2015.
As First Lady, Lauren works to improve the lives of the children of Massachusetts, focusing in particular on the children served by their Department of Children and Families, through her work with the Wonderfund, a private, nonprofit she helped launch.
Mrs. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Northwestern
University. She is a veteran of the advertising world where she managed many brand campaigns and she spent several years working in higher education at Marian Court College where she served as Board Chair and Director of Institutional Advancement. Currently, Mrs. Baker works as a marketing communications consultant for The Baker Group serving independent schools across the country.
She also serves on the boards of the American Red Cross New England Region, Phoenix Academy Charter School Foundation, the Wonderfund, and the Care Institute.
The Bakers currently reside in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Their proudest accomplishments are their three grown children.
Richard Berman is the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Innovation and Research at the University of South Florida, visiting social entrepreneurship professor in the Muma College of Business, and a professor in the institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation. Previously, he was the interim Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability at USF. A recognized global leader in health care education and management, he has consulted for the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, McKinsey & Company, and the government of Rwanda. He has served as New York State Commissioner of Housing and Economic Development and trustee of the State University of New York, as well as on the Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equality of the American Council on Education, the Division III President's Council of NCAA, ProPAC, and the New York State's Commissioner's Advisory Council on Higher Education.
He was advisor to the Joint Special Representative of the African Union—United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)—the then-largest peacekeeping operation in the world. He was Manhattanville College's tenth President and is credited with turning the struggling college into a high-ranking liberal arts college. Previously, he was the executive vice president of NYU Medical Center and professor of health care management at the NYU School of Medicine. He is a member of the NAM and on the boards of EmblemHealth, Seeds of Peace, and the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development in Abuja, Nigeria. He received his BBA, MBA, and MPH from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattanville College and New York Medical College.
Sherri is the Founder/CEO of Nurse Providers Inc., a venture that evolved into a multi-million dollar home health service company - Professional Healthcare at Home (PHH). One of the
leading home care agencies in the western United States, the company provides a full line of home health services, including in-home skilled nursing, rehabilitation and hospice care.
Sherri organically expanded PHH by recapitalizing in 2006 through a private equity firm & continued to serve on the board until it was acquired in 2011 by a publicly-traded company, Kindred Healthcare(NYSE:KND). Based on over two decades of leadership in business development, health care, and numerous nonprofit organizations, Sherri was featured on ABC/KGO-TV "Profiles of Excellence" as an Asian-American leader who has provided significant community contributions in Northern and Southern California. She has chaired and supported successful fund-raising events for Seton Medical Foundation and Peninsula Volunteers Inc.(as a Board Member of PVI). Currently, Sherri is an Honorary Board Member of Meals on Wheels, San Francisco (www.mowsf). As a Board Member of Phildev Foundation (www.phildev.org), she co-chairs Phildev's Fundraising Committee.
In addition to health care, one of Sherri’s passion is ballroom dancing. Competitive in nature, she trains with world/US pro-champions, and competes in the Open Pro-Am division of American Style Ballroom dance, senior category. In an effort to promote fitness (physical, social and psychological) and help provide innovation in the Dance industry, Sherri is currently developing a dance startup company.
JOANNE COX, MD
Dr. Joanne Cox, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, has spent her career providing medical care for children in urban Boston while looking for ways to improve that care. She is currently the Acting Chief for the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cox earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. There, she saw countless children suffering from preventable medical conditions caused by poor living conditions.
This experience—along with her fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital—affirmed her passion: caring for high risk children. Dr. Cox also heads the hospital’s Primary Care Center and the Martha Eliot Health Center, and leads the teams for Complex Care Services, Environmental Health, and Child Protection. She understands the importance of care teams, physicians, nurses, social works and community workers, who work together supporting struggling families. Early in her career, she developed a multidisciplinary team for that focused on caring teen mothers and their children.
Her experiences with the Young Parents Program helped her generate new ideas about how to redesign of primary care to better address social determinants of health. Throughout the years, she has learned that medical care is not enough: families living in poverty need social supports, parenting education, mental health treatment and more.
Ms. Fischer is a seasoned business development executive with tenure at leading media and entertainment companies including Paramount Pictures and Netflix, Inc. Her passion for taking innovative ideas from concept to launch and beyond is what fuels her current business development projects for early stage companies in the media and technology sectors. In her prior role at Netflix, she spearheaded the Original Film initiative focused on producing and acquiring feature films for exclusive distribution on Netflix. In this role, she executive produced award winning films and film festival favorites including Beasts of No Nation, A Very Murray Christmas, Okja, First They Killed My Father, and Our Souls at Night and secured various ground-breaking deals such as those for Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and a four-picture deal with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. Also during her time at Netflix, Ms. Fischer and her team secured the game-changing Pay TV deal between Disney and Netflix, in addition to groundbreaking deals with DreamWorks Animation and other major and independent film studios. Prior to joining Netflix in 2008, Ms. Fischer was vice president of acquisitions for Paramount Pictures International and Worldwide DVD where, in addition to her responsibilities acquiring film and television content globally, she helped launch the company’s DVD Premiere Group.
Her career has also included strategic planning and finance with both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Fischer was awarded a High Tech Fellowship from Harvard Business School and authored several published case studies including BET.com, CNET.com, and RadioOne. She serves on the board of The Blackhouse Foundation, a non-profit created to help increase the diversity of filmmakers in the industry. Ms. Fischer received her B.A. in Economics-Business from UCLA and is an alumna of the JD/MBA program at Harvard.
SHEILA LIRIO MARCELO
Sheila founded Care.com in 2006 after her personal challenges as a young working mother finding care for two small children and ailing parents shed a spotlight on the massive care needs of families everywhere. Today, the company is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, serving more than 26 million people across 20 countries.
Committed to building a company that can be both profitable and mission-based, Sheila continues to drive innovation across Care.com’s platforms and services to enable families to find care and caregivers to find meaningful work, while also leveraging the company’s data and reach to drive systemic change across the care economy as a whole.
Prior to founding Care.com, Sheila was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners and held executive positions at Upromise, helping families save for college and at executive search engine TheLadders.com. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston Children’s Hospital, sits on the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, and is a member of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. Sheila graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.
Bob Stephen is Vice President, Caregiving and Health Programs at AARP. He has been with AARP for over five years holding strategy and matrix management roles involving caregiving and livable communities. He worked with AARP leadership to craft the organization’s caregiving strategy in 2014 and is the enterprise lead for caregiving.
Prior to joining AARP, Bob spent over two decades in strategy development and management consulting with a focus on healthcare. He worked primarily with rural communities, healthcare organizations, and insurers to develop and implement business strategies. He has a BA from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Strategy, Finance and Health Administration from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.