Board of 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.
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+ children 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.
Karm-Syndia Augustin is a filmmaker, owner and Creative Director of KS Dance Studio, CEO of KS Entertainment and a Video Producer at a major teaching hospital in Boston, MA. Karm-Syndia recently graduated from the Harvard Extension School with an ALM in Digital Media Design. Karm-Syndia uses her filmmaking talent to showcase Haitian culture under positive lights. Her latest film, Steps to Your Heart, won her the Honorable Mention award at the One Reeler short film competition.
Karm-Syndia has long been involved in the Haitian community of Boston. She has used her artistic talents to support the community in any possible way; whether having her dance students perform at a fundraiser, volunteering at a Haitian adult daycare or simply mentoring the youth of Echo des Jeunes.
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.
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.
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.