Dr. Rohit Chandra, Chair is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at MGH Chelsea, where he works closely with immigrant populations, co-chairs a Research Roundtable, and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches 3rd-year medical students. He is president of the New England chapter of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association (psychiatrists of Indian origin), and co-chairs the Early Career Psychiatrist committee of AACAP, the largest organization for child and adolescent psychiatrists nationally. He has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MD from Boston University School of Medicine, and trained at Boston Medical Center and MGH for psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship, respectively. During fellowship at MGH, he served on the Psychiatry Department’s Diversity Committee, won a Child PRITE fellowship from the American College of Psychiatrists, and spoke at Harvard College about Asian-American student mental health. He is interested in the cultural identity development of Asian-Americans, values differences and intergenerational conflict within Asian-American families, and the impact of academic pressure on student mental health. He has published on the influence of values and culture on the mental health of Asian Indians in America. He is so pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the CCSEW.
Rick Winterson, Secretary/Clerk -Rick Winterson came to South Boston 16 years ago. He was interested in pursuing careers in acting and writing. He is now the Senior Editor at South Boston Online, theweekly newspaper, has completed seven years in TV news broadcasting, and has had articles and poems published in media from the South Boston Literary Gazette to Yankee Magazine. Rick’s acting career continues apace, with recent roles in “Apron Full of Beans” and “The Good Woman of Setzuan”. His experience includes historic interpretations and an original one-man play, “Paul Revere”, as well as indie films, dinner theater, and performances in many local theater venues. He has covered numerous Medicine Wheel events over the years and is continually amazed at how much they accomplish. Rick became a member of the Medicine Wheel Productions’ Board of Directors in 2012, and currently serves as its Recording Secretary
Keith Marion is the Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and is a seasoned a seasoned executive with expertise in leading enterprise-wide DE&I initiatives. He leads corporate strategic initiatives through a DE&I lens that contribute measurable business impacts in revenue growth, costs management, product/service innovation, brand awareness, employee and customer engagement, and community advocacy. His approach values difference and seeks to create business value through those differences. For Keith, DE&I work is organic in nature and unique, as every organization is different and has its own “state of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.” He is a practitioner that is well versed in best practices and find them important and helpful; but often moves towards disruption and innovation to uncover next generation and customized solutions. Keith graduated from Newton South High School, holds a BA in Business Admin and a BS in Finance from Lincoln University (PA), a recipient of the BBJ Diversity Champion Award, has completed The Next Generation Leader Programs at The Partnership Inc., and is also a graduate of the Bentley University Diversity Champion Executive Leadership Program. He is a proud resident of Dorchester MA, where he lives with his lovely wife Robin and fantastic son Mason.
Donna Brown Executive Director of South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, a non profit developer and manager of affordable housing. SBNDC has created over 200 units of affordable housing in South Boston, including housing for the elderly, families and Veterans. Donna has more than 25 years of experience in the community development field, serving as a project manager at the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development and President of the board of SBNDC. In addition to her work at South Boston NDC, Donna has volunteered at a variety of non-profits. She served as the Clerk of the South Boston Community Development Foundation, managing the distribution of $400,000 in grants to South Boston charities. She is Treasurer of the South Boston Association of Non Profits and a member of the board of Medicine Wheel Productions. Donna is an avid gardener and became a Certified Master Gardener through the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
Marc LaCasse, Treasurer has been practicing law in Massachusetts since 1988. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, and continued at Northeastern University School of Law to obtain his JD. Shortly after graduating, Marc served as a Law Clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court and as a Staff Attorney for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Marc is also a licensed real estate broker. Marc has advised commmercial and residential real estate developers concerning issues such as zoning, development approval under Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code, transactions, licensing, and all other aspects of permitting. He has also acted as counsel to various Boards of Trustees regarding condominium laws, procedures, and disputes. On the unit owner side, Marc has represented clients concerning neighborhood associations, noise, and conducts residential purchase and sale transactions. Marc advises small business and non-profit organizations in matters related to entity formation, governance, contract and related business disputes. Marc’s appellate practice has included over 45 appeals to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court. The appellate cases have covered a wide variety of civil matters. As a responsible citizen, Marc has served on many boards and associations throughout the course of his career. Since 1990, he has served as Chairman or President and Board Member of several organizations, including the Town of Harvard Zoning Board of Appeals, Washington Gateway Main Street in the South End, and the Rollins Square Condominium Association. He is also a current Board Member of the Boston Center for Adult Education [BCAE], Central Reform Temple of Boston, the Cape School of Art, and Mass Equality PAC. In addition, Marc donated his time as pro bono attorney for the GMDVP Domestic Violence Program and the Boston Main Streets Program.
Joseph Rull is a seasoned political and operations advisor with nearly two decades of experience at all levels of government. He began his career as a liaison with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, advancing to become a Special Assistant to the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Rull also worked for the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, before serving as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance for Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. Rull has advised on a number of political campaigns, ranging from municipal to federal government positions, including: Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, Congressman Stephen Lynch, and City Councilor Bill Linehan, among others. Rull served as the Field and Political Director for Martin J. Walsh’s successful run for Mayor of Boston. He was a key advisor guiding the transition from the departing Menino Administration, and joined the Walsh Administration in January 2014, when Mayor Walsh appointed him Chief of Operations for the City of Boston. In this role, Rull was responsible for the development and maintenance of relationships, procedures and strategic operations necessary to implement the Mayor’s goals for his administration. He also supervised the Property and Construction Management Department, the Mayor’s Offices of Neighborhood Services, Intergovernmental Relations, Human Resources and Health Benefits, and the Retirement Board. In January 2015, Joseph Rull was named the Chief Administrative Officer for the Boston 2024 Partnership, the organization seeking to bring the Olympics and Paralympic Summer Games to Boston. Following the closure of the Boston 2024 Olympic bid, Rull founded MJR Consulting in August of 2015, a full-service general consulting firm specializing in government relations, permitting and licensing, and political strategy Rull is a native of South Boston. He and his wife, Caroline, live in Norwell with their three children
In Memoriam Jack Casey On December 1, 2020 we lost one of the best, Jack Casey. I met Jack in February of 1992 almost 29 years ago. Jack had a way of seeing people for who they truly are. His capacity to listen deeply endeared him to the many communities he dedicated his life to serving. His work spanned and touched many communities including; Student, LGBTQ , HIV/AIDS and, Recovery.
He is one of the men who taught me to be who I say I am and has held me up during my own 29 years of work in the LGBTQ community, HIV/AIDS and with the young men and women we are privileged to serve at Medicine Wheel/SPOKE
What a gift it has been to have him by my side all these years, most recently as a board member of Medicine Wheel. I spoke with him last night, November 30, as we were preparing for the 29th annual World AIDS Day Vigil. In his usual manner he said: “What can I do to help?, how can I be of service. “ That was Jack, that was my friend. Michael Dowling