Our Team

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Stacey Kokaram, MPH | Director

Stacey Kokaram is the Director, and in this role she sets the strategic direction of OPHP, which includes the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC), the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, and the Boston Medical Reserve Corps. She has spent the entirety of her professional career advancing public health and healthcare system preparedness in the City of Boston. She has extensive experience supporting preparedness, response, and recovery activities for incidents such as 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and the 2015 Boston blizzards.

Ms. Kokaram has led the development of policies and procedures that have strengthened public health and healthcare system coordination in Boston through the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (HPC). She served as the Boston HPC co-chair and chair from July 2013 through December 2015. In addition, Ms. Kokaram has had the opportunity to share experiences from Boston at several national conferences on topics such as family reunification and the public health response to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Ms. Kokaram has a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University.

Mea E. Allen, M.Ed. | Associate Director, Education and Training

Mea Allen is the Associate Director of Education and Training. This role focuses on the Delvalle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, where she has been working as an educator since 2008. She developed and promoted a long-term strategic vision for the DelValle Institute Learning Center, and currently manages the development and implementation of quality classroom, online, and blended trainings as well as other innovative uses of educational technologies to support emergency preparedness and response.

Her time with OPHP has included providing innovative educational programs to build the resilience of the Boston community during H1N1, designing workshops and other training for Ebola, and supporting the Boston Public Health Commission’s Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center operations during numerous emergencies, such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the blizzards of 2013 and 2015.

Ms. Allen received her M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston, with her capstone research focusing on performance support for public health response operations. She also has a BSEE in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Tufts University and a master's degree in Intercultural Communications from the School for International Training. Former positions include six years working as a software engineer and interface designer, and four years as a non-profit program manager managing technology education programs in Cameroon and conducting interactive training programs in the US and El Salvador.

Adanarys Barragán Solorio | Administrative Analyst, Administration and Finance

Adanarys Barragán Solorio is the Administrative Analyst and is responsible for providing administrative support to the Office of Public Health Preparedness and the DelValle Institute. This includes answering general information inquiries, assisting in the management of online systems, creating promotional materials as well as representing the Office of Public Health Preparedness at meetings, conferences and events as needed.

Adanarys was born and raised in Boston, and has been involved in many community efforts relating to education, transportation, immigration, and youth employment. She served as the Executive Director of Beantown Society prior to joining the Office of Public Health Preparedness. Adanarys is passionate about bridging emergency preparedness with community organizing to have stronger, more resilient communities.

Courtney Mark Grey | Director, Disaster Behavioral Health

Courtney Grey is the Director of Disaster Behavioral Health (DBH) in the Office of Public Health Preparedness, and is responsible for designing trainings, workshops, seminars, tabletops and live exercises that instill the field-tested skills necessary to address the biological, psychological, and social impacts of large-scale, potentially traumatic events. This includes workforce protection and self-care measures for deployed resources.

Mr. Grey has coordinated countless local and national DBH deployments for singleton incidents of homicide, suicide, fires, etc., as well as natural and man-made disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. His training content includes best practices and lessons learned from deployments in school, community, and institutional settings. He has been with BPHC for over 10 years.

Mr. Grey is a Trainer of Trainers for Psychological First Aid (PFA), developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).

Nancy Smith | Program Manager, Community Engagement

Nancy Smith is the Program Manager for Community Engagement. She is responsible for developing community relationships in support of emergency preparedness and community resilience in close coordination with other PHP sections. Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northeastern University and has a Certificate in Maternal Child Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. Ms. Smith joined BPHC in 2002 as a member of the Father Friendly Initiative, Substance Abuse Bureau. In 2008 she transitioned to Boston Healthy Start Initiative and the Child Adolescence Health Bureau. In 2011, Ms. Smith worked with the Emergency Shelter Commission in the position as the Constituent Liaison for the Healthy Start in Housing Initiative. In 2016, Ms. Smith graduated from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Leaders in Health program. Ms. Smith has also completed a leadership training with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). 

Ms. Smith is an active neighborhood champion and has an unwavering commitment to the neighborhood residents in the City of Boston. Ms. Smith has strengthened and expanded community relationships for emergency preparedness, and community outreach and engagement; and provides direct access for the community to the programming being delivered from the Office of Public Health Preparedness.

Amanda Wolfe, MPH | Emergency Preparedness Educator

Amanda Wolfe is the Emergency Preparedness Educator. In this role, Amanda supports the education and training programs offered by the Office of Public Health Preparedness including the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness.  Ms. Wolfe contributes to the research, implementation and delivery of classroom and online trainings for public health and healthcare audiences in Boston and statewide. 

Ms. Wolfe received a BA in English and Psychology from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health from Boston University with a concentration in health law and human rights.  She has previously worked as a public health trainer in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and domestic violence prevention education.   As a trainer and a public health advocate, she has collaborated with many nonprofit organizations in Boston as well as Boston Public Schools. 

Kathleen Carroll, MA | Coordinator, Media and Technology 

Kathleen Carroll is the Media and Technology Coordinator, and is responsible for managing, maintaining and monitoring content on online portals and social media for the Office of Public Health Preparedness including the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. She produces and maintains online educational content and digital media and researches emerging technologies used for educational programming, emergency response, and community engagement. As a lifelong Bostonian, her interests lie in engaging her community through media and promoting public health preparedness for the benefit of the city. 

Kathleen holds a Master of Arts in Media Design from Emerson College. For her thesis project, she worked with the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services to design a youth substance misuse prevention tool that facilitates goal setting, positive future orientation, and connects young people to community resources. She is also a member of SPARK Boston, the city’s civic engagement council for millennials and generation Z. Formerly, she worked as a Sponsorship Account Manager at Spartan Race and a Gallery Learning Educator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 


Allyssa Caron, MPA | Emergency Preparedness Planner

Allyssa Caron is the Emergency Preparedness Planner. In this role, Allyssa assists in the development of emergency plans and procedures.  Ms. Caron supports emergency management planning for non-COVID emergencies while the COVID pandemic continues. Ms. Caron further supports after-action planning and process from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Caron received a BS in Fire Science Technology from Anna Maria College and a Master of Public Administration from Anna Maria College with a concentration in emergency management.  She has previously worked as a Healthcare Coalition Coordinator in the State of Maine, where she collaborated and supported multiple healthcare facilities and other partner organizations in public health emergency preparedness and response. 

Mark Pusung, BSN, RN, ALM, MPH | Associate Director, Emergency Operations

Mark Pusung is the Associate Director for Emergency Operations. In this role, he engages in comprehensive strategy and planning efforts with OPHP leadership, BPHC executive leadership, and numerous internal and external stakeholders within the City of Boston who would be providing support to meet our resident needs during and after emergencies. More specifically, he oversees the operations of the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center, which is a crucial resource during event mitigation, preparation, emergency response and recovery planning.

Mr. Pusung has responded in various natural disasters and public health crises, including the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, 2010 Haiti Earthquake and the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to emergency management experience from his clinical work, he is also trained in disaster response as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist for the United States Army. He received his BSN from Far Eastern University and his graduate degrees in biology and public health, from Harvard University and Dartmouth College, respectively.

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