Our Team

Founder & President

Haiti Country Director & Vice-President

Board Directors

Matthew Kirwin serves as the Chief Training Instructor (CTI) for EPECARE. He started his security/law enforcement career in 1997 and he has held positions in management and investigations. Matt became a CPR instructor in 1995 and an EMT in 1996. He was also a co-instructor for several EMT classes. He currently works at Massachusetts General Hospital as a Special State Police Officer where he has been teaching First Responder and Basic Life Support since 2003. He also has completed Firefighter I training. Matt graduated from Westfield State College with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Jacquelyn Nally has tremendous experience as a nurse in emergency medicine, international and domestic disaster response, and healthcare emergency management. She serves as the Chief Nurse for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ms. Nally is a key member of the multidisciplinary Biothreats program leadership team tasked with planning, coordinating, maintaining and updating the Biothreats Care Unit (BCU) Response Protocol and providing oversight for the Biothreats response team.

Anisha Borthakur is currently a Board Member, Program Manager, and Trainer for EPECARE. She graduated from Boston University School of Public Health with her MPH in Health Policy, Law, and Human Rights. Coming from Houston, Texas, she has seen how hurricanes and other natural disasters can impact communities firsthand which motivated her to serve in disaster relief and recovery through AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Anisha, a first generation Indian-American, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Public Health in 2016.

Timothy is currently a Board Member for EPECARE. He has a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University whose academic interests include using metrics and data to serve in need populations. Timothy's extensive data analysis skills, grant writing, and strong communication and scientific writing skills have already shown a great impact in EPECARE's operations. Timothy has six years of direct patient care experience in a healthcare environment as well as interpersonal, fundraising, and leadership skills acquired through founding two organizations.

Nancy is the Program Manager for Community Engagement and Outreach at the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission. Nancy is responsible for developing community relationships in support of emergency preparedness and community resilience in close coordination with other Public Health Departments and Boston Emergency Management Services. Nancy 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. Nancy has also held positions in the Substance Abuse Bureau, Homeless Commission, and the Child, Adolescence, and Family Health Bureau and co-Developed the “Healthy Relationships” curriculum.

911 Intercommunicator, EMS First Responder, Educator| Joelle has been in the emergency medical field for 27 years, and an Emergency Medical Technician for 18 years after graduating from Northeastern University with her EMT certification. Joelle branched out and started teaching safety awareness to school aged children, reaching an astounding 10,000+ kids in over 40 schools with a program that she created and implemented. Joelle now is a 911 telecommunicator with multiple communities, dispatching law enforcement, fire services, and EMS. Her strong EMS background has shown her to be a valuable asset to the community, being tasked to write policies and procedures for Active shooter and Lost or Missing Children to name but a few.


Advisory Board

David J. Reisman MHA, FACHE

David Reisman is the Associate Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and the Senior Administrative Director of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a master’s degree in health care administration from Ohio State University.

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH

Dr. Betancourt is the founder and director of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He is also the founder and leader of Quality Interactions, an industry-leading company that focuses on training in cross-cultural communication for health care professionals.

Loune Viaud

Born in the coastal town of Port-Salut in the south of Haiti, Loune Viaud is a feminist determined to help women in poverty. She pioneered central Haiti’s first women’s health centre –she helped inaugurate Project Sante Fanm in December 1990 –and has since helped train scores of women’s health agents and traditional birth attendants. In addition, she has implemented several women’s literacy projects, a scholarship program for girls, and a gender-awareness curriculum for training health care personnel.

Today, Viaud is the director of strategic planning and operations at Zanmi Lasante, a huge socio-medical complex in Change, Haiti, which offers free health care to hundreds of thousands of people.

Volunteers & Interns

Josephine Pokua is a Master's of Public Health (MPH) candidate pursuing an Environmental Health certificate at Boston University's School of Public Health. As a nationally certified, registered, and licensed Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), she possesses a particular interest in climate change’s role in emergency management and disaster response. She holds a B.S. in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh, a degree with a foundation in the bio-psycho-social approach to addressing the health needs of vulnerable populations, especially persons with disabilities and people of racial/ethnic minority groups.

Currently, Anthony DePinto is a graduate student at Boston University School of Public Health studying community development, disaster relief, and global health advocacy. He has experience in team leadership, community outreach and health promotion stemming from my involvement at BU and volunteer efforts through various hospitals in Boston and New York, as well as a mobile medical clinic in Tanzania. He is particularly interested in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector and its intersection with health, poverty, social justice and the environment