The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
Mission and Objectives
Massachusetts Boards of Health MAHB’s mission is to assist and support boards of health in meeting their statutory and service responsibilities, through programs of education, technical assistance, and resource development. 20 Walnut Street, Suite 110, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. All currently serving BOH members who are members of an MAHB Member Board in good standing (dues paid) are eligible for Regular Membership. Regular members may vote and may serve on the Executive Committee and as Officers. Individuals who are not current members of a Board of Health may join individually as Associate Members, but are not eligible to vote or serve on the Executive Committee or as Officers.
Cheryl Sbarra JD
Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Policy and Law
Elaine La Coursiere
REGION 5 HMCC COORDINATOR
Officers and Executive Committee Members
Marcia Testa MPH, PhD.
Member Board: Chair, Wellesley Board of Health; Executive Committee Member since 2006
Current Positions: Senior Lecturer on Biostatistics, Co-Director MPH Program on Quantitative Methods, Co-Director Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice *EPREP) Program, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; Chairman, Phase V Technologies, Inc.
Past Positions: Governing Councilor and Past Chair, Statistics Section, American Public Health Association
Christopher Quinn M.D.
Past President MAHB, 2011 – 2017, Past Member Sherborn Board of Health
Current Positions: Sturdy Memorial Hospital Occupational Services, Attleboro Health Officer
Joan M. Jacobs
Executive Committee Member since 1997
Norwood Board of Health
Member Board: Stow Board of Health; Executive Committee Member since 1987
Executive Committee Members
Executive Committee Member since 2012
Edward Cosgrove PhD
Executive Committee Member since 2016
MAHB Associate Members and Former Executive Committee Members (Past 20 Years)
Peter Connolly M.D.
MAHB Associate Member, Former MAHB Executive Committee Member (2003 - December, April, 2012)
Former Needham Board of Health Member
Current Position: Internal Medicine Physician, Needham, MA
MAHB Associate Member, Former MAHB Executive Committee Member (2007 - May, 2015)
Past Member, Hanson MA Board of Health and Past Secretary/Clerk MAHB;; Executive Committee Member 2007 – 2015
Mike Hugo J.D.
Former MAHB Executive Committee Member (2013 - November, 2017)
Past Member, Framingham MA Board of Health; Executive Committee Member 2013 – 2018; Past Vice President MAHB
Current Position: MAHB Staff for Mass DPH Statewide Capacity Building Contract
David Alper D.P.M.
MAHB Associate Member, Former MAHB Executive Committee Member (2017 - April, 2018)
Past Member, Belmont Board of Health
Current Position: Podiatric Medicine Physician;
MAHB Associate Member, Former MAHB Executive Director (1987 - December 2019)
Former Board of Health Member
Current Position: Retired (We are saddened to report that Marcia Benes passed away on February 24, 2023) – Obituary can be accessed here.
Laura Housman MPH
MAHB Associate Member, Former MAHB Executive Committee Member (2016 - December, 2021)
Former Framingham Board of Health, Founder, Access Solutions Consulting. Ms Housman holds a Master of Business Administration with honors from Boston University Graduate School of Management, a Master of Public Health with specialization in Health Services from Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences.
MAHB Associate Member, Former MAHB Executive Committee Member (2018 - May 2022)
Concord Board of Health
1989 – 2016: President and CEO, Health Resources in Action: 2017 – present: Managing Co-Trustee at Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Foundation; Adjunct Faculty, Regis College, Graduate Program in Health Administration-School of Health Sciences
Masters of Social Work and Bachelors of Political Science and Education.