Board of Directors

Board of Directors

219 East Main St.
Suite 100B
Milford, MA 01757
Phone 888-479-1900
Fax 508-482-5301

Briggs_200x200Ginny Briggs,

Virginia (“Ginny”) Briggs, Ph.D. is an epidemiologist and professor at MCPHS University in Boston. She is the mother of a 17 year-old girl with spina bifida, and served on the SBAGNE Board from 2002-2008, joining again in 2014. She has contributed to several research projects associated with spina bifida, and has presented her work at national conferences including the Third World Congress on Spina Bifida Research in 2017.





Amy Bois, Vice Chair:

Amy Bois is a professional Wellness Coach, Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor & enjoys helping others to achieve their goals. She has a background in Marketing, Public Relations, Recruitment & Public Speaking & look forward to working with many of you. Her son Tyler is thriving with Spina Bifida & her main objective while serving on the Board is to increase awareness and to foster inclusion in our communities.





Brendan Sullivan, Treasurer:

Brendan Sullivan is the Senior Associate Director of Athletics/COO at College of the Holy Cross, which sponsors 27 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Brendan is an adult living with Spina Bifida, who previously served an eight year term on the Board of Directors from 2001-2009; including two years as Chair. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and also possesses an MBA from Boston College. Brendan lives in Charlestown with his wife Sara and their daughter Emma.





John Wendell, Clerk:

John was born and raised in Detroit and attended Michigan State University. Upon graduating John moved to Chicago where he worked a variety of service jobs while getting his M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. John and his wife Amy moved to Franklin, Massachusetts in 1988. John spent the next 17 years in sales and business development, first in consumer products for the Hoover Company and R.G. Shakour, then moving to the high tech industry in the mid-90’s to work for Cabletron, Silknet and finally Kana. John retired in 2005 to become a full time stay-at-home dad to his two children Madison and Evan. John has always, and will continue to, serve as a volunteer for a variety of activities in the community.



Bauer_200x200Dr. Stuart Bauer, M.D., Emeritus Board Member

Dr. Stuart Bauer is a senior associate in Urology at Boston Children’s Hospital and has devoted his entire career to understanding lower urinary tract function in children with spina bifida. A number of years ago he instituted the use of clean intermittent catheterization in these children early in life in those who it was determined would benefit from this regular emptying of the bladder. This revolutionized how many of the children with myelodysplasia have been managed nationally and internationally since that time. He has served on the SBAGNE Board for the past 8 years and continues to care for children with bladder dysfunction secondary to this neurological condition.




Dr. Robert Burke:

Dr. Robert Burke, MD, MPH is a primary care pediatrician whose practice for 40 years has been on the care of children with physical and developmental disabilities. He headed the Primary Care Program for Children with Special Needs and the Spina Bifida Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been associated with SBAGNE and the national Spina Bifida Association for over 10 years. He recently completed an 8-year membership on the executive council of American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Children with Disabilities, He co-authored the Academy’s guidelines on Providing a Primary Care Medical Home for Children and Youth with Spina Bifida with Dr. Greg Liptak. DR Burke continues his practice at Women & Infants Hospital and the Tavares Pediatric Center in Providence, Rhode Island.


Cooke_200x200Emily Cooke:

Emily Cooke is a partner in the law firm of Pierce Atwood LLP, where her practice focuses on commercial transactions, compliance, and corporate governance.  Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Emily was an associate with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington, D.C.  Before beginning her legal career, Emily worked at The Synergos Institute in New York, where she designed and implemented capacity-building events for grantmaking institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Emily holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College.




Dan Holleran:

Dan is a father of two, and his eldest son was born with Spina Bifida. Dan saw first hand very early on after his son’s diagnosis the positive impact that SBAGNE can have on families and children living with SB. 

In a professional capacity Dan currently serves as Vice President of Sales for a Boston area based IT Consulting firm. Leveraging his experience, professional network & industry knowledge he has partnered and worked with a wide ranging set of clients in all industries and sizes; from early stage start-ups to Fortune 1000 Firms.

Dan is active in numerous local non-profits and is a current Board Member of the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England. In his free time Dan enjoys traveling, cooking and outdoor activities with his wife and family.



Fiona Paul:

Fiona Paul is a nurse practitioner and the clinical coordinator for the Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also the gastroenterology provider who staffs the Children’s Hospital Center for Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Conditions. Fiona started her career in nursing at Boston Children’s in 1990 where she worked on an infant and toddler medical unit. In 1995 she graduated from Boston College with her masters in nursing and became a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. In 2007 she returned to Boston Children’s Hospital to her current role. She received her Doctorate in nursing from Columbia University in 2009. Fiona’s primary clinical and research focus is on the treatment of children with organic defecatory disorders.



Paynich_200x200Jason Paynich:

Professor Jason Paynich is currently the senior faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at Quincy College in Quincy, MA. After working as a municipal police officer in Montana, Jason earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Minot State University where he focused on police research and Methamphetamine prevention. Jason moved to Massachusetts in 2004 with his wife and 3 kids, the youngest having spina bifida. He is an active member of the SBAGNE Board of Directors, as well as the International Association of Crime Analysts, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and several other professional associations. His hobbies include flying drones, outdoor activities, motorcycles and woodworking.



Williamson_200x200Aimee Williamson:

Aimee Williamson is a mother of two and a public administration professor at Suffolk University.  Her teenage daughter, Lena, has spina bifida occulta, so she knows just what a difference SBAGNE makes in the lives of families living with the condition.  Aimee joined the SBAGNE Board in 2015 and also serves on the Family Advisory Council at Boston Children’s Hospital.