Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM
Associate Dean and Professor of Medicine
Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM, is a Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean of the Barry M. Manuel Center for Continuing Education (CCE) and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. He is on staff in the Section of General Internal Medicine and director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is also Medical Director of the Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program, the Boston University Evidence-based SBIRT Training Project and the Massachusetts SBIRT Training and Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) program. He is immediate past-president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). He was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and in 2014 received the national AMA “Award for Health Education”. His clinical, educational and research interests focus on opioid use disorders and safe and competent opioid prescribing for chronic pain.
Linda G. Baer, MSPH, CHCP
Grant and Diabetes Education Manager
Linda G. Baer, MSPH, CHCP, joined the CCE in June 2021. She researches and develops grant proposals primary focused on quality improvement initiatives and Project ECHO programs, collaborating with faculty, staff, medical writers, and external partners. Additionally, she develops and advises on the implementation of diabetes focused programming. She is also the Co-Founder & COO of ECHO Diabetes Action Network. Trained in public health policy and management, she has been in the field of continuing healthcare education since 2000 and has led continuing medical education departments at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School and Stanford University. Her expertise in creating education based on adult learning principles has led to the development of thousands of continuing education programs. While the Director of CME for Stanford, she built online programs that are nationally recognized for their innovation.
Michael Burk, BS
Senior Program Operations Manager - Projects
Michael Burk, BS, Program Operations Manager- Projects, has been with the CCE since 2012. Mr. Burk has over fifteen years of CE project management experience. He manages enduring materials, internet-based CE activities, international programming, and various live meetings conducted independently by the (CCE) or jointly with our educational partners.
Elizabeth Drury, BA
Senior Program Operations Manager, Compliance, RSS and LMS
Elizabeth Drury, B.A. began working for the CCE in 2007, as a program manager, working with our partners on jointly provided programs. She moved to Charleston, SC in 2010, where she managed the CME Department for four years. She comes back to the (CCE) as a Program Operations Manager, working with our outside Medical Education Partners. She is also responsible for accreditation compliance for the department. Elizabeth has almost 20 years of CE experience working on jointly provided and independently provided programs, enduring materials, internet activities, performance improvement programs, and regularly scheduled series.
Sophia Finfer, BA
Grant Manager and Developer
Sophia Finfer, BA, RYT-200, joined the CCE team in October 2021 as the Senior Program Manager for Grant Funding. She researches and develops grant proposals, collaborating with faculty, staff, medical writers, and external partners. While new to continuing education, Sophia has 10 years of experience in grant writing, public health, and higher education development. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
Sakina Flint, MS
With some dancing across the country as a professional performer, Sakina Flint, B.A., Performing Arts, practically waltzed her way to arrive at the CCE as RSS Program Manager in November 2016. [Along with her dance training] She has over 6 years of experience working in healthcare and over 8 years of experience in administration. Before joining Boston University, she worked as executive assistant to the CEO, contracts manager, and project manager at a local hospital. Sakina feels that this experience prepared her to excel in the program management area. With her passion for the performing arts, Sakina believes that education, specifically health care education, is key in promoting overall wellness. She is grateful to be in this new role, and excited to work with each client to help provide successful CE for their programs.
Emmett Grealish, BA
Emmett Grealish, BA Boston University Class of 2018, is an Administrative Coordinator who joined the CCE in September 2021. He supports the Grants and Contracts Manager and the Senior Program Manager, Accreditation and Outcomes.
Claire Grimble, CMP
Conference Operations Manager
Claire P. Grimble, CMP, is our Conference Operations Manager and has been with the CCE since 2001. She plans and manages all aspects of our directly sponsored and jointly accredited live conferences (in-person, virtual and hybrid). She has over 25 years’ experience in meeting planning and has held her Certified Meeting Professional designation since 2002. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Ilana Hardesty, MLA
Assistant Director, Operations
Ilana Hardesty, BA, Psychology and Social Relations, MA, Gastronomy, joined the CCE as a program manager in 2007. Ilana has a background working as a project manager in several science and arts based organizations. Ilana is in charge of affiliate programs, Internet-based CE activities, and several of our enduring material activities. She is also Program Operations Manager for SCOPE of Pain, a multi-year project funded by the first grant awarded to address the FDA-mandated Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy for ER/LA Opioid Analgesics.
Naomi Moeller, BA, CHCP
Senior Operations Manager - Accreditation and Outcomes
Naomi Moeller, BA, Sociology and Anthropology, joined the CCE as a Program Manager in 2011 with over ten years’ experience working in Continuing Medical Education. Currently Naomi manages the Journals Program, multiple direct and jointly provided activities, live conferences and outcomes for various programs.
Catherine Pagliaro, BS
Catherine Pagliaro, BS, is the Administrative Coordinator who joined the CCE in November 2019. She currently supports the office administratively and provides direct support to multiple CE programs, including SCOPE of Pain, SHIELD, the Journals Program and some conferences.
Andy Paraskevas, BFA
Senior Designer & Marketing Manager
Andy Paraskevas, BFA, joined the CCE team in 2012. He is our Senior Designer & Marketing Manager who handles all of the design needs for our website, promotional materials, email campaigns, and the general marketing of CE programs. In addition, Andy is responsible for ensuring BU marketing/design compliance throughout the office.
Director of Budget & Reporting
Rosie Rith, B.S., Accounting, joined the CCE in 2017 as the Financial Analyst and is responsible for the management of day to day financial operations. She works with the director and program managers on overall budgeting and fiscal year tracking of projects to ensure accurate financial accounting and reconciliation. She brings financial management acumen to the office from prior years of experience in corporate finance. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Health Informatics.
Natalie Sanfratello, MPH, CHCP
Senior Program Manager – Quality Improvement, Educational Programs, and Contracts
Natalie Sanfratello, MPH, is the Senior Program Manager- Quality Improvement, Educational Programs, and Contracts in the CCE. She began her tenure in 2015 as an Office Administrator and after several years of growth she now manages quality improvement initiatives and other large scale national continuing education programs. Natalie co-manages the QI Hub, the central QI educational resource for the Boston Medical Center (BMC) Health System, which is jointly provided by the (CCE) and the BMC Department of Quality and Patient Safety. Natalie serves as a manager and faculty member for our two flagship quality improvement capacity-building programs: the Leading Change Collaborative and the Improvement Leadership Academy. She provides consultative and technical assistance to members of the BMC community on their quality improvement projects. She completed quality improvement training through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Model for Improvement. Additionally, she helps to prepare and submit grant proposals and drafts and executes business contracts and letters of agreement. Natalie earned her master of public health degree from Boston University School of Public Health in 2016.
Shield Administrative Coordinator
Ernestina Sena joined the CCE in April 2022. As the School Health Institute Administrative Coordinator, she works with the program manager and director of SHIELD to offer customer service to our learners, to create activities in our learning management system, and to track registrations and financial transactions for the program.
Julie L. White, MS, CHCP
Julie White, MS, CHCP, is the Director of the Barry M. Manuel Center Center for Continuing Education (CCE). Julie has been with the Center since 1995, directing the day-to-day operations of the office. She is responsible for overseeing all accreditation, financial, and personnel areas of our operations. Julie has considerable experience in the area of adult learning, educational design, and program development. Julie has given numerous presentations at the Alliance and other venues including talks on performance improvement, re-accreditation, small group learning, and the interface of quality improvement and continuing medical education. Julie serves on the Board of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME).
Lesly Zapata, BA
SHIELD Program Manager
Lesly Zapata, BA in Neuroscience, is a program manager who joined the CCE in October 2020. She currently supports SHIELD (School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development). She works with the Boston University School of Public Health Activist Lab to provide accredited educational programs.