SPHHS Dean’s Advisory Board Members
CEO of ActiGraph
Mr. Jeff Arnett currently serves as CEO of ActiGraph, a Pensacola, Florida based company that designs, manufactures and sells accelerometry-based physical activity and sleep measurement hardware and software products to researchers, clinicians, and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Mr. Arnett has held this position since 2004, when ActiGraph was spun out of its parent company, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI). Under the leadership of Mr. Arnett, ActiGraph has witnessed dramatic growth and is currently regarded as the industry’s leading provider of accelerometry devices with over 20,000 units sold annually to customers in more than 60 countries.
Mr. Arnett has over twenty years of technical sales, marketing and business development experience. Prior to the founding of ActiGraph, he held the position of President of Total Parts Plus, Inc. (TPP), another division of MTI that was spun out as a separate company in 2000. Mr. Arnett had previously served as Vice President of Business Development for MTI, where his primary responsibilities included sales and developing commercial markets for MTI military technology products and services. Before joining MTI, he was employed by Oracle Corporation as a Territory Sales Manager responsible for all federal government sales in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Prior to that Mr. Arnett worked as a software consultant for Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC).
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Mr. Arnett graduated from the University of South Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems and Operations Management with a minor in Computer Science. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ActiGraph and Total Parts Plus, and he is a member of the Corporate Advisory Council for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC).
Mr. Arnett resides in Pensacola with his wife, Maria.
John L. Brooks III
President and CEO of the Joslin Diabetes Center, former CEO of Reflectance Medical Inc.
John L. Brooks, III is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Joslin Diabetes Center. A well-known life sciences executive, Brooks assumed the President and CEO responsibilities in March 2011. Mr. Brooks has co-founded three life sciences companies including Insulet, which offers an insulin-pump system for people with type 1 diabetes; Healthcare Capital Consulting LLC; and Prism VentureWorks, which raised more than $1.25 billion in capital. Mr. Brooks also was CEO of Reflectance Medical, which offers technology for non-invasive monitoring of critically ill patients.
A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Brooks holds an M.S. in Business and a B.B.A. cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner.
Robert Littleton, Jr., Ed.D.
Founder of the Evergreen Center, Beacon ABA Services, and Criterion Child Enrichment
Robert F. Littleton Jr. is the founder of several human service agencies including Criterion Child Enrichment, the Evergreen Center and BEACON ABA Services of Massachusetts and Connecticut and Human Services Management Corporation. Dr. Littleton is a past President of the Massachusetts Association for Approved Private Schools and is a former Chair of the Council of Affiliated State Associations, a subcommittee of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers. He was the catalyst and has been a key contributor to the development of graduate training programs for behavior analysts at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Cambridge College. Dr. Littleton has taught elementary and special education in the Barnstable Public Schools. He has served co-chair of the Fiscal Issues for the Study Group of the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium and as a trustee for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Dr. Littleton holds certifications as an Administrator of Special Education and as an Early Intervention Program Director. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his Master’s in Education in Severe Special Needs from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Littleton completed his doctoral research in Special Education at Boston University on the treatment of toddlers with expressive language delay.
Former Vice President and Principal of STANPAK Systems, Inc.
Charlene Mazer served as Vice President and Principal of STANPAK Systems, Inc. in Suffield, Connecticut. STANPAK Systems, Inc. is a software firm with specialized systems designed for the wholesale distribution industry. With national presence, STANPAK customers are located from Guam to London. Ms. Mazer served as Chair of the Board of Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts from October 2001 to 2004. She is currently a Trustee of the College and a Corporator of Springfield Museum and Library. Ms. Mazer is a former Trustee of The MacDuffie School and STAGE West Theatre in Springfield. Ms. Mazer received her AA in 1967 from Bay Path Junior College, her BA in 1969 from American International College, her MA in 1973 from Springfield College in Guidance & Psychological Services and her MA in 1979 from the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Ms. Mazer enjoys her family, community service, travel, sailing, tennis, golf and fishing.
STANPAK Systems was sold in 2005, at which time Charlene “retired.” She has focused her efforts on community organizations and is still a board member at Bay Path College, as well as Vice President of Mental Health Association in Springfield, Mass. In early 2011, she lived and worked in Vientiane, Laos volunteering for an NGO training college students with computer and English skills.
Margaret McDonald, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research Group, Primary Care Business Unit, Pfizer, Inc.
Dr. Margaret McDonald joined Pfizer Inc. in 2001. She is a senior director in the Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research group within Pfizer’s Primary Care Business Unit. Dr.McDonald is an epidemiologist. Her research focus at Pfizer is population studies and includes research on the burden of illness among specific population groups, gaps in healthcare services, and healthcare disparities. A series of reports on these topics, under the Population Studies banner, are widely distributed to external organizations including professional medical societies, large employers and managed care organizations, in order to heighten awareness on the magnitude of health issues affecting their populations.
Dr. McDonald received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and completed an internship during this time at the National Center for Health Statistics, a division within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has a Master’s degree in biology from the University of Hartford. She is also an American Society of Clinical Pathology registered Medical Technologist. Prior to her employment at Pfizer, Dr. McDonald was an assistant professor at the Center for Community Health at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She also worked in an occupational epidemiology firm. Her background also includes 15 years in the hospital laboratory setting.
Founder of Plus One Health Management
Mike Motta has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the health, fitness, and wellness industry, focusing his efforts in staff leadership, personnel coaching/development, technology innovation, facility design, personal training, corporate wellness, and physical therapy.
In 1986, Mike founded Plus One Health Management, an organization dedicated to seeing healthy results through customized on-site solutions for the individuals and organizations they serve. Plus One designs, programs, staffs, and manages on-site wellness centers, fitness centers, and urban spas, and provides physical therapists, registered dieticians and professional wellness specialists for Fortune 100 clients in 166 locations across 26 states, D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico.
In 2010, Mike received the Dale S. Dibble Distinguished Service Award from the International Health and Racquet Sports Association (IHRSA), upon whose board of directors he served from 2004-2008. In addition, Mike currently serves as a member of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) Business and Industry Sector Planning Committee, which is working on the 2010-11 National Implementation of the U.S. Physical Activity Plan. He is also a member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Advisory Board for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and a member of the Board of Directors for www.healthpromotionadvocates.org.
Prior to founding Plus One, Mike served as a professor of Physical Education and coach of football and lacrosse at the State University of New York at Albany. He received a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College while serving a Graduate Assistantship coaching football and lacrosse. He also completed three years of post-graduate studies in Applied Physiology at Columbia University in New York City.
Mike is an active volunteer firefighter in Briarcliff Manor, as well as an active volunteer at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. He was also a Disaster Relief volunteer for The American Red Cross with experience at Ground Zero on 9/11.
Kenneth A. Mundt, Ph.D.
Partner and Director of Epidemiology at ENVIRON International Corporation
Ken Mundt is a Partner and Director of Epidemiology at the ENVIRON International Corporation. After receiving an MS in Epidemiology from UMass-Amherst, he was awarded the PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Returning to Massachusetts, Ken joined the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences, where he served on the faculty for 11 years, teaching at both the Medical School and Amherst campuses, and co-Directing the Occupational Epidemiology Unit. Ken later started Applied Epidemiology, Inc., which merged in 2003with ENVIRON, an international health and environmental consulting firm currently with over 1000 consultants based in 80 offices in 18 countries.
Over the years, ENVIRON’s Amherst office has employed 20 SPHHS grads (8 currently), and dozens of graduate students. Ken remains active as a member of the adjunct faculty, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and an advocate of the School.
James Stewart, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist and Director of Advanced Analytics and Building Science at Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc.
Dr. Stewart has worked in the government, academia and industry. He worked as an OSHA Compliance Officer for the United States Department of Labor, and in academia as Director of EH&S for Harvard University and also an Instructor in Industrial Hygiene at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), as a plant, division and corporate director in a Fortune a 44 and a Fortune 200 company. In addition to these work experiences Dr. Stewart was the founder of Datachem Software, Inc. Dr. Stewart is a Principal Scientist and Director of Advanced Analytics and Building Science at Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc (EH&E). At EH&E Dr. Stewart's division conducts a wide range of engineering and exposure assessments for clients including government, industry, health care and higher education. At HSPH Dr. Stewart teaches in various graduate courses on the topics of industrial hygiene, industrial hygiene management and resource allocation, mathematical exposure modeling and respiratory protection. Dr. Stewart also is co-Principal Investigator of a multi-year project to conduct an exposure assessment for a nested case control study of CNS cancer.
Dr. Stewart has published many peer reviewed scientific articles, two books on the mathematical aspects of industrial hygiene and book chapters on industrial hygiene management, intervention strategies and a range of other topics. Dr. Stewart has served on two National Academies/National Research Council Committees and is currently an active member and officer of the Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee of the AIHA.
Dr. Stewart served in the Army in Vietnam in the enlisted ranks where he received the Purple Heart. After finishing his service he went to college under the GI Bill and ultimately received a Ph.D. in environmental health and toxicology, a master's degree in chemistry and a bachelor's degree in public health, all from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene since 1979 and a certified safety professional since 2005.