Head of Enterprise Learning Optimization, Biogen
Liz McLean is an organizational effectiveness professional who is currently the Head of Enterprise Learning Optimization at Biogen. Her team is focused on ensuring high-quality and consistent training experiences for Biogen’s global talent. She has been working with Biogen since 2015. Prior to working with Biogen, Liz was an independent consultant and taught a Leadership course as an Adjunct Professor in the Simmons MBA program. Her first career was in international development and public health. She worked for Management Sciences for health, focused on building leadership and management capabilities of Ministries of Health and NGOs primarily in Africa for over 10 years.
Liz received an MBA from Simmons School of Management and a BA in Art History from Boston University. She holds several other certifications, including a coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Liz is passionate about her family and getting outside. In an earlier life, she was a chef and restaurant manager and still loves to cook and boss people around in the kitchen.
Business Management Consultant, MSC-Consultancy
Michael Cohen has over 30 years of experience in the areas of Product Development, Global Sourcing, Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, and General Business Practices.
He has successfully launched several consumer products companies. His wooden kitchenware company, Snow River Wood Products, grew to be the largest domestic producer before it was sold to another housewares company. He has traveled extensively around the world sourcing products that are on-trend and offer exceptional value to the importer and consumer.
Michael is an avid outdoor enthusiast. On the weekends, he enjoys bicycling, tennis, golf, hiking, and skiing. His rich travel experiences have allowed him to meet an unbelievable network of people from around the world. He thrives on maintaining friendships from those different aspects of his life.
Kayla Moore, MPH
Research Supervisor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Kayla Moore has been a passionate contributor to public health initiatives in domestic and developing country settings for more than 15 years. In her current role at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Ms. Moore oversees research operations for various population health studies focused on surgical outcomes, disparities, and practice trends across the United States. In addition, she leads the Surgical Trainee Research Initiative and Evaluation (STRIVE) program, fostering mentorship and professional development opportunities for surgical research residents, a program that she designed.
Before this, Ms. Moore held key positions at global health organizations, including Vermont-based Grounds for Health, where she directed community-based cervical cancer prevention programs in Central America and East Africa, and Management Sciences for Health, where she managed in-country and e-learning programs focused on leadership and management capacity building for local ministries of health. While at MSH, Ms. Moore also co-facilitated workshops on organizational assessment and leadership development. She is an avid gardener, hiker, and mother of two young children. Ms. Moore earned her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.
Jason began adulthood in his hometown of Rochester, NY working with youth in the Human Services field and eventually studying psychology at Goddard College in the beautiful hills of Central Vermont. Working at various child care, respite care, and youth services agencies, he developed a deep understanding of the issues that face families and their children when mental health issues and/or economic disadvantage are at play.
While psychology and human services have remained a passion and field of study of his to this day, his post-college career took the direction of software engineering when he returned to Rochester, NY over 20 years ago. There he developed a skill and reputation for taking on the difficult projects in the Fortune 500 corporate space; where demanding requirements, complex needs, and regulatory constraints are not for the faint of heart! After spending a few years working for a dot-com startup (and helping it grow from a 5 person company to a 60 person company), he became an in-demand freelance software engineer while also writing articles for tech magazines and giving talks at tech conferences. Eventually deciding to live a more relaxed lifestyle, he returned to Vermont where he ended up running Ronin Tech Collective as the founding member, President, and Chief Software Engineer for nearly 10 years.
After returning to freelance engineering for a few years, he joined Hitpoint Studios in Greenfield, MA where he is an Engineering Manager. He joined the CHL Board of Directors when presented with the opportunity because he felt it was time to give back some of the good fortunes his career has brought.
Hyam Siegel, MBA
Retired Financial Consultant
Hyam is a retiree with a varied background in investing, nonprofit, business consulting, commercial photography, and advertising.
Hyam brings to the board experience in nonprofit oversight and management. After serving on the board for several years, he became Interim Executive Director of Morningside Homeless shelter. He describes this period as the most intense and difficult job experience of his life. Hyam says he is grateful for all he learned and to have had the opportunity to help others in this way. From this experience, he understands the perspectives from both the board view and the day-to-day operational view. He has also participated on several other nonprofit boards.
He has had direct experience supporting and advocating for people with substance use disorders. This is an area very close to his heart. He hopes to be able to help CHL guide others toward best practices, as well as how to guard against, and change, outdated and misdirected programs and approaches to treatment.
In the 90s, Hyam developed a unique investment strategy of some acclaim that he put into practice successfully. He also worked for a period as a consultant to Country Inns. For 15 years, he owned and operated a combined commercial photography studio and advertising agency.
Hyam has an MBA from Northeastern University. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, walking, swimming, reading, and visiting with his kids and 7 grandchildren.
Julia Jackson, MBA
Member of the Digital Advisory Board team at Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Julia has spent her career committed to building programs, partnerships, software, and experiences that improve human health. She works in the life sciences industry and is currently a member of the Digital Advisory Board team at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, matching promising new technologies to support the organization’s therapeutic areas. Julia has held roles in multiple parts of the healthcare system, including managing the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she deployed consumer-focused technology to improve the patient and provider experience, and previously in public health consulting on programs in Malawi, Cote d’Ivoire, and Haiti.
Supporting mental health programs and, specifically, the intersection of medicine and technology to expand mental health access for all is a mission she is passionate about. During her time at Sage Therapeutics, she worked on digital health programs to support moms with postpartum depression. She has previously served on the board of advisors for the MassChallenge HealthTech program in Boston, supporting digital health startups worldwide to accelerate innovation and transform healthcare.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Julia earned her BA from Washington University in St Louis and her MBA from the Simmons School of Management in Boston. She lives just outside of Boston with her husband and two children where she can frequently be found out in her garden.
Vice President, Small Business for Selective Insurance Company of America
Mike currently serves as Vice President, Small Business for Selective Insurance Company of America (“Selective”), a Fortune 1000 super-regional US property & casualty company. As an executive with more than 25 years in the insurance industry, he has extensive experience taking complicated projects from inception to cross the finish line with large, cross-functional teams. At the same time, he has a career-long passion for mentoring new colleagues with their professional development.
At Selective, Mike is responsible for leading the strategic and technological initiatives for the company’s growing small business operations. He has a wide range of experiences, including the development and implementation of predictive models and advanced analytical solutions for claims and underwriting. Mike joined the board with a particular interest in suicide prevention and helping to grow the Umatter® Suicide Prevention program.
Mike lives in Ogdensburg, NJ, with his wife, Megan, and 3 teenage children, where he enjoys outdoor activities, music, grilling with friends and family and spending time cheering for his kids’ soccer, baseball, robotics, and other activities. He attended St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT, where he majored in Journalism with a secondary concentration in Fine Arts and Drama.