Cambridge Health Alliance logo

Affiliated with

Click here to leave the CHA website and visit the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center website Click here to leave the CHA website and visit the MassGeneral Hospital for Children website
Cambridge Health Alliance Board of Trustees attracts distinguished and diverse appointees.
Posted Date: 8/15/2005


For Immediate Release                                                                             August 15, 2005

CONTACT: Alison Harris, 617-499-8323  or Allison Crombie, 617-503-8410




Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop, MA….Francis H. Duehay, Chair of the Trustees of Cambridge Health Alliance (the Alliance) announced today  exciting new appointments to the Alliance’s Board of Trustees.


“The Alliance covers a broad spectrum – helping communities become and stay healthy, caring for people when they are ill, and teaching health professionals to work in diverse communities.  As a nationally recognized model of an academic, integrated public health care system, we have attracted six new Trustees who complement and add to the diversity and skills of our

Board,” said Duehay, Chair of the Trustees.


Robert W. Healy, City Manager for Cambridge, appoints the Trustees and was pleased to name them all recently. The new appointees are -- Richard Cornell, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs of the Genzyme Corporation, Cambridge; Helaine Daniels, EdD, Director of the Master in Public Policy Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge; Ruth Faris, MSW, Human Resource Manager for the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University, Cambridge; Isaac M. Machado, JD, Deputy Chief Counsel for the Massachusetts Highway Department, Boston; Maxwell D. Solet, JD, Member of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, PC, Boston; and Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, Principal Associate, Health Services Research and Evaluation, Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge. 


The new appointees will replace Trustees who are stepping down after many years of service but who will continue to be engaged in Alliance activities: David Osler, MD, Estelle Paris, RNC, Richard de Filippi, PhD, and Eugene Brune.  Dr. de Filippi is serving on the Philanthropy Board, Finance Committee, and Joint Hospital Board.  Mrs. Paris continues on the Joint Hospital Board and Quality Improvement Risk Management, and she oversees an annual scholarship program in her name.  Mr. Brune remains involved with Alliance programs in Somerville and will be recognized in the late fall for his contributions to the health of  the Somerville community, and Dr. Osler continues as a key leader within the Alliance as the Medical Director for Ambulatory Services.



Ms. Faris and Mr. Machado are residents of Somerville, and the rest of the new appointees all reside in Cambridge. Dennis D. Keefe, CEO of the Alliance is very pleased with the mix: “It is always a challenge to fill the shoes of Trustees such as those we have enjoyed over some years time. The new Trustees offer the alliance a myriad of professional skills, diversity, and new perspectives that we look forward to engaging,” said Keefe.


Mary Cassesso, Board Vice Chair and Dean for Administration & Finance at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Somerville Resident, explained:  “When appointing Trustees, the Nominating Committee of the Alliance takes into account numerous criteria including the potential appointees’ competencies in financial planning, strategic thinking, community needs, medical and information technology, and leadership capacity,” said Cassesso.


In conclusion, Duehay stated: “This fine selection of area leaders represent relevant areas of expertise, the business and academic communities of our vibrant region, and most importantly they reflect the values of the Alliance and will strive to uphold the Alliance’s standards, and enhance programs and services across the organization.”



Dr. Richard Cornell is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Genzyme Corporation, Cambridge. Prior to holding this position Dr. Cornell served as Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. In addition he has worked for U.S. Healthcare, New England, Montachusett Health Plan, and has been in private practice. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, worked as a Fellow in Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he was a Research Associate at the National Cancer Institute. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Cornell graduated from Bowdoin College.


Helaine L. Daniels, EdD is director of the Master in Public Policy program at the Kennedy School.  She previously served as the Director of the Office of International Student Programs where she developed the strategic plan for international recruitment and fundraising for use by the Kennedy School through 2005.  Dr. Daniels brings an outstanding and exciting international professional background and depth of contacts spanning forty-three countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.  These engagements have been with government ministries, bilateral and multilateral agencies, local and international non-governmental organizations, professional associations, multinational corporations and private businesses.  She earned her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, specializing in administration, planning, and social policy.


Maxwell D. Solet is a member of the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC,  in Boston.  He joined the firm in 1979.  Mr. Solet has served as chairman of the Tax Section of the Boston Bar Association and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Bond Attorneys Workshop of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School.  He has served as a board member, secretary, and currently vice-president of the Cambridge Historical Society.  His hobbies include photography, bicycling, and historic preservation.





Ruth Rashed Faris,  LICSW , is the Human Resource Manager for the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University. She also has a private psychotherapy practice in Somerville, where her specialty areas include GLBT and addictions counseling, and she is a member of the Trauma Response Network in Somerville.  Ms. Faris has consulted to Respond, Inc. and to Casa Myrna Vasquez, and has worked at local mental health centers and hospitals. She earned her BA at Clark University and her MSW at Boston College. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI).


Isaac M. Machado, JD is the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Massachusetts Highway Department, Boston. He was an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology for several years and he is fluent in Portuguese.  He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and went on to earn his JD at Seton Hall University of Law. He is the President of the Board for the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers. Mr. Machado successfully drafted proposals and negotiated with cable companies in Somerville and Cambridge to successfully add Radio Television Portugal International/RTPI to the service menus.



Cambridge Health Alliance is a regional healthcare system with three hospitals and more than twenty primary care practices in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-North communities. As a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance offers medical residency/training programs and undergraduate learning experiences in hospital and community settings. Cambridge Health Alliance also includes the Cambridge Public Health Department, CHA Physicians Organization (CHAPO), and Network Health, a managed Medicaid plan.




Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health system committed to providing high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.