Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham Names New Trustees and Advisors

Date: October 05, 2018

NEEDHAM, Mass. — At the recent Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) Annual Meeting of the Boards of Trustees and Advisors, the hospital announced that Denise DeAmore and Leslie Medalie have joined the Board of Trustees. Nine additional individuals have joined the Board of Advisors, including Janet Barrett, Marianne Brons Cooley, Bodo Liesenfeld, Stacy Madison, Jeffrey Magram, Eric Morse, Lawrence P. Ward, ED.D, and Meghan York, MD.

The Annual Meeting featured keynote speaker Kevin Tabb, MD, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who spoke about the state of health care in the commonwealth.

“We have an outstanding group of trustees and advisors that are joining the board this year,” said John Fogarty, president and CEO, BID–Needham. “These professionals are leaders in their fields and in the community, and will bring innovative ideas and a wealth of knowledge to help the hospital with its strategic vision and continue its commitment to deliver top-quality care.”

“It is an honor to welcome Denise DeAmore and Leslie Medalie to the Board of Trustees,” said Stephen Vanourny, Jr., Chair of the Board of Trustees at BID–Needham. “Denise and Leslie have been long-time supporters of the hospital in various capacities, and each brings a wealth of professional expertise, excellent judgment, and strong leadership skills that will help ensure the organization’s growth and success. As stewards of the institution, our Trustees shape and guide the hospital’s strategy to ensure that we deliver on our mission of providing the best possible care to the communities we serve.”

“I am excited to welcome this new class of advisors to lend their expertise and support,” said Seana Gaherin, Chair of the Board of Advisors. “We have a very talented group of individuals who provide a wide-range of talent and advocacy for the hospital. Our advisors do a tremendous job of connecting the hospital to the community and responding to the growing needs of the community.”

New Board Members  

Denise DeAmore Denise DeAmore is a retired executive vice president of State Street Corporation. During her tenure with State Street, Ms. DeAmore was the chief operating officer for the Corporate Audit division, responsible for managing Professional Services and the overall coordination and implementation of the Corporate Audit strategic plan. She managed State Street's technology operations centers, established an IT relationship management and service delivery program, and developed the corporate business and IT continuity programs. She was also responsible for the design and development of State Street's global information security program. Prior to joining State Street, Ms. DeAmore held technology and operations management positions for Shawmut National Corporation, Orion Group, Inc. and Allstate Insurance Company.

Ms. DeAmore serves as Vice President of the Board of the South Boston Neighborhood House. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.

Leslie Medalie Leslie Medalie is the president and founder of Leary & Co., Inc. Public Relations. Ms. Medalie has traveled throughout the US on behalf of such clients as the TJX Companies, New England Development, The Orvis Company, and Fidelity Investments. Prior to founding Leary & Co., Inc., she managed consumer accounts for Ingalls Public Relations and began her career at Sandy Hamer Associates.

Ms. Medalie is an E3 tutor at Emerson College in Boston, founding board member of Boston Women in Media and Entertainment, and president of The Bulfinch Group Charitable Foundation. She also is a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona and serves on the University's Marketing Communications Department Board of Advisors. Ms. Medalie received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications from The University of Connecticut.

New Advisors

Janet Barrett
Janet Barrett worked for and advised some of the largest retail and wholesale brands on category management, product and consumer segmentation, and merchandising strategy. Ms. Barrett began her career with The Sara Lee Corporation in North Carolina. She later took a management consulting role with the firm Kurt Salmon Associates, now part of Accenture, where she led large scale projects for multi-national companies in the US and abroad.

Ms. Barrett is on the Board of Directors of the Needham Education Foundation, the Board of Directors for Needham Junior Football and Cheer, and holds multiple positions on the PTC’s at her children’s schools. Ms. Barrett has her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in Textiles from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Marianne Brons Cooley
Marianne Brons Cooley is the Board Secretary and Assistant Vice President at Wellesley College. She manages the relationship between the College and the Board of Trustees as well as the strategic planning for all board meetings and events. Additionally, she oversees a variety of institutional priorities ranging from the sale of the College's North 40 to the launch of its comprehensive campaign to the College's re-accreditation process.

Ms. Cooley has been active in Needham organizations and at St. Joseph’s Parish for many years. After more than nine years on the School Committee, she was elected to the Needham Select Board in 2013. Ms. Cooley received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and received her MBA from Simmons College.

Bodo Liesenfeld
Bodo Liesenfeld is Managing Partner of Liesenfeld International GmbH, a private investment enterprise. Prior to his current role, he was CEO and Chairman of German-based Rohde & Liesenfeld, an international air and sea freight forwarding group with global presence. He is the Honorary Representative of the City of Hamburg to the Northeast of the US and serves as Chairman of the German Latin America Business Association.

Mr. Liesenfeld is a Fellow at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He is also the President and Member of the Board of the German-American Business Council in Boston, a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Business School IAE in Buenos Aires, a Founding and Presidium Member of the Council of the German American Conference at Harvard e.V. and Member of the Curatorship of the Protestant Entrepreneur Association in Germany. Mr. Liesenfeld earned his undergraduate degree from Hamburg University.

Stacy Madison Stacy Madison is the founder of Stacy’s Pita Chips and Stacy’s Juicebar in Needham. She has board roles at The Chia Company, Peeled Snacks and Evolution Juice (prior to the sale to Starbucks). In 1999, Stacy was honored with an invitation to The White House as an example of a small business success story. She is a healthy lifestyle enthusiast, an avid consumer of juices and fresh, nourishing food and simply wants to make healthy snack and beverage options accessible to the community.

Ms. Madison received her undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst.

Jeffrey Magram
Jeff Magram is a seasoned business executive with more than 30 years of diverse experience in operations, financial management, mergers and acquisitions, labor relations and risk management. Mr. Magram has held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer with Herald Media, an integrated multi-media brand anchored by the Boston Herald, where he oversaw the digital transformation of the company with the launch and growth of, Boston Herald Radio and multiple mobile apps.

Mr. Magram served on the Board of Directors of the Bay State Branch of JDRF. He is also a past Board member and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation. Mr. Magram obtained his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Michigan State University.

Eric Morse
Eric Morse is an Executive Vice President at Needham Bank where his responsibilities include retail distribution, private banking, marketing, community affairs/donations, and the bank’s Advisory Council. Prior to joining Needham Bank, Mr. Morse was Managing Partner of Caber Partners and served as Senior Vice President at The Boston Company (BNY Mellon), Global Chief Marketing Officer for CIBC World Markets, Corporate Head of Marketing for Fleet Financial Group (Bank of America), and as an equity partner at Arnold Worldwide.

Mr. Morse is the past President and current Treasurer of the A. C. Ratshesky Foundation, former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Hebron Academy (Maine), and former Governor of Wellesley Country Club. Mr. Morse earned his undergraduate degree at Skidmore College.

Lawrence P. Ward, ED.D.
Lawrence P. Ward is Vice President for Student Affairs at Babson College where he provides strategic direction and executive leadership for a comprehensive educational experience that supports students. As the Dean of Students, he also serves as the focal point for students in crisis and other student-related emergencies. Prior to joining Babson, Mr. Ward served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs at American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, DC. He previously served as managing director at PRS, Inc. and as a healthcare account executive for Aetna, Inc.

Mr. Ward holds degrees from the University of Connecticut and the University of Michigan, and earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Meghan York, MD
Meghan York is a cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham, and she sees patients at the Cardiovascular Institute as well as in the inpatient units. Dr. York is the current chair of the Utilization Review Committee and instructor of residents and fellows at Harvard Medical School. She is a current appointee of the BIDMC Department of Medicine’s Committee on the Advancement of Women and was selected to represent BID–Needham in the 2018-2019 BIDMC Physician Leadership Program.

She graduated from Harvard College and is a member of the Harvard College Fund 1636 Society. She worked in health insurance regulation at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office before attending Drexel University College of Medicine for her medical degree. She completed her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at BIDMC where she served as chief cardiology fellow in her final year of training. She is Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.