SBHF has a new name!

SBHF is now Health Equity International! Read the full announcement here

Board of Directors

The Health Equity International Board of Directors guides the organization’s strategic direction and works closely with the leadership teams in Haiti and Boston. Members hail from a wide range of professions, including medicine, global health, philanthropy, and business.

Diane Currier


Diane Currier, Chair is Principal at Currier Law Offices, a “boutique” trusts and estates law firm. Ms. Currier counsels high net worth individuals and families on all aspects of estate planning. She also represents charitable organizations and foundations, providing them with tax advice on activities and investments and helping them develop and implement planned giving programs. Before forming Currier Law Offices LLC, Diane spent over thirty years at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was a partner in the firm’s Tax, Trusts & Estate Planning and Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations groups. Diane serves on the Boards of The Maranyundo Initiative, a nonprofit which funds the operation of a girls’ school in Rwanda, and of the Friends of Imbuto Foundation USA, Inc. which supports women and families in Rwanda.   

Dave Melville

Vice Chair/Secretary

Dave Melville, Vice Chair/Secretary is Founder and CEO of The Bowdoin Group, an executive search firm that offers customized recruitment solutions to companies in the Biopharma, Technology, and Financial Services industries. In addition to Health Equity International, Dave sits on the board at Life Science Cares and acts as a Big Brother in the Big Brother Big Sister Program. Dave resides in Dover, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.

Alan Greene


Alan Greene has over 40 years of broad business experience including as EVP and Division Head responsible for the US Investment Services and Institutional Investment Services businesses at State Street Corporation where he managed over 7,500 employees. Previously he was a partner and CPA with Coopers and Lybrand. He has finance, operations, marketing and mergers and acquisitions experience. He currently works with MIT's DLab mentoring social entrepreneurs in developing countries and also with Northeastern University's Social Entrepreneurship Institute. He works with the Merrimack Valley Chapter of Habitat constructing low cost housing and serves on their audit committee. He also works with the HVTO school in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Alan serves on the executive and finance committees for Health Equity International. He has a BA in economics from Amherst College, an MS/MBA from Northeastern and has completed executive education programs at Yale and Wharton.

Conor Shapiro

President & CEO

Conor Shapiro, MPH, assumed the position of President and CEO at Health Equity International in 2011, leading the organization’s operations in Haiti and the United States. Under his tenure, St. Boniface Hospital has emerged as the leading referral hospital in southern Haiti. Mr. Shapiro has overseen the expansion of St. Boniface Hospital to include new buildings dedicated to spinal cord injury, maternal and neonatal health, surgery, an expanded laboratory, and a soon to be constructed infectious disease center. During this time, Health Equity International transformed into a leading NGO in Haiti and has partnered with USAID, the CDC, the GE Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among others. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Boston University and over 13 years of experience with Health Equity International. During his first seven years with the organization, Mr. Shapiro worked from Fond des Blancs in various capacities, including as Director General of the St. Boniface Hospital. In 2013, Mr. Shapiro was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award by the Boston University School of Public Health in recognition of his commitment to advancing development in Haiti. 

Jim Ansara

Jim Ansara founded Shawmut Construction in 1982 with just a handful of employees and a unique vision for a construction company. Jim specialized in building projects with complex and difficult conditions (the types of projects other construction managers didn’t want), completing them on fast-track schedules, and providing exceptional customer service. The market responded positively to Jim’s refreshing approach to the construction process as Shawmut quickly set itself apart as one of New England’s most successful start-up companies. Jim served as Shawmut’s President/Chief Executive Officer for 18 years before assuming the position of Chairman. In 2010, Dr. David Walton of Partners In Health brought Jim to Haiti. Right after the earthquake, Jim worked to get the power back on in Haiti’s decimated hospitals. Seeing the ruins of the former teaching hospital, Dr. Walton, Jim and PIH conceived of building a new teaching hospital for Haiti. With Jim coordinating every step of the process, remarkably three years later they opened the doors to Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais. Jim now spearheads a remarkable team at Build Health International applying the lessons that they learned and the innovations they used in the construction of that hospital to health infrastructure projects designed to serve the poorest of the poor, including the new Maternal & Neonatal Health and Surgical Centers at St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs.

Lynn Black, MD, MPH

Lynn Black, MD, MPH is on the clinical staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. At MGH, she is a Physician Director for Network Development and Integration. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the International Medical and Surgical Response Team for the National Disaster Medical System. While Chair of the Board of Directors for Last Mile Health in Liberia, she helped lead the organization’s Ebola response while working with the Liberian government to bring healthcare to those in the most remote areas. Her international work has included projects involving disaster response, refugee health, access to care, maternal-child health, and gender-based violence in Africa, Haiti and Micronesia. She also serves on the Massachusetts General Hospital Ethics Committee and as an evaluator for asylum seekers with Physicians for Human Rights.

Jim Down

Prior to his retirement, Jim was Vice Chairman of Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), responsible for the overall direction and management of the firm. Over the course of his career he has been a senior advisor on strategic issues to a multitude of organizations including UPS, CSX/Sea-Land, AT&T, Agility, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Merck. He is the Chairman of the Board of Shawmut Construction and The Chairman of the Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood Global. He is also a member of the board of directors of CDM Smith, Health Equity International, and Simplified Logistics and a member of the corporation of The Perkins School for the Blind. He is also a past director of ProBuild, Care Group, Horizon Lines, Transplace, MTG, Oxfam, The Centers For Disease Control Foundation, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science and Outward Bound. He holds a Masters Director Certification from the Corporate Directors Group, a national board director education organization. Jim received a B.S. in Engineering from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michele David, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP

Michele David, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, currently serves as the Chief of Clinical Quality and Safety at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, Michele was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine until 2011, Co-Director of the Haitian Health Institute at Boston Medical Center and Director of Community Health Programs at Boston University, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She has focused her career on addressing issues of health disparities and cross-cultural medicine. She has conducted educational campaigns on diverse health topics. Michele has participated in the development on a cultural competence curriculum. She also had throughout her career taught medical students, residents in training, graduate students and mentored junior faculty. Michelehas been the recipient of several awards including the Massachusetts Health and Human Services William A. Hinton Award in recognition of her commitment to public health, especially the improvement of health care for communities of color in 2010 and a leadership Award in 2012 from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 2014, Dr. David won a “Patient Safety Award” from Atrius Health. She was named "Boston Super Doctor" thrice. Michele has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. Dr. David had partnered with Health Care For All to work on Legislative measures to reduce racial and ethnic health care disparities in MA as a Columbia University advocacy Fellow. Michele is a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council, the policy arm of the Massachusetts DPH appointed by Governor of the Commonwealth in 2007. In addition to her work as a physician, Michele is a creator of fine art quilts for which she has won many awards.

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and co-founder of Partners In Health. He also serves as UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality, and he is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Beth Floor

Beth Floor is a leader in the Boston-area philanthropic community, supporting a number of international and domestic causes. She served as the Chair of the Board of the Maranyundo Initiative, which funds and operates the Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata, Rwanda. The school graduated its first high school class in November 2017, and its students rank in the top 2% in the country. Beth is the former Chair of the Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center, and served on the board of Project Healthy Children. She was a part of LeadBoston, and currently serves on the New England Regional Board for UNICEF and the New England International Donors (NEID) Steering Committee. She is extremely dedicated to her role on the board of Health Equity International, and is the chair of the board's Development Committee.

Louise Ivers, MD

Dr. Louise Ivers is the Executive Director for MGH Global Health. Most recently, Dr. Ivers has been an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her work has been on working to improve the delivery of healthcare in resource-poor settings, providing care to the rural and urban poor, as well as patient-oriented investigation that offers solutions to barriers to healthcare. Dr. Ivers has worked on healthcare delivery in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. She was based in Haiti and served as Clinical Director and then Chief of Mission for Partners In Health, Haiti from 2003 until 2012 while a faculty member at BWH, and led responses to the major earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and subsequent cholera epidemic.

Diane Kaneb

Diane Kaneb has enjoyed a lifetime full of community service, supporting many hospitals and social service agencies both domestic and international. Her most notable venture, with Massachusetts Eye and Ear, started over 25 years ago. She is an active member of the Board of Directors and served as Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2009. Diane has experience leading fundraising efforts within this capacity and lead the team through their largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s history. In 2011, Diane’s long-term commitment to Massachusetts Eye and Ear was commemorated when she received the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award. Diane and her husband Al are both long-term supporters of healthcare in Haiti. Their active support of Partners in Health began in 2001, as part of a self-defined shift in their philanthropic focus. Their interest in supporting humanitarian work in a global context was motivated by a desire to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Both Diane and Al hold lengthy and active positions on PIH’s Board of Trustees and have seen healthcare delivery in Haiti first-hand through their visits to PIH’s University Hospital in Mirebalais. Diane and Al currently reside in Weston, MA and have 4 children and 18 grandchildren

G. Barrie Landry

Barrie Landry graduated from the LEAD BOSTON class of 1988. She was a former board member and development chair of Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center and presently sits on their Board of Overseers. She was  one of the original eight women who helped to build the Maranyundo Initiative School in Nyamata, Rwanda. Barrie currently serves as Vice-Chair of the US Fund for UNICEF's  New England Regional Board, is co-chair of the Children First Speaker Series and is on the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's National Board. Barrie also serves on the board of Refuge Point and is on the American Repertory's Theater's Board of Advisors. Barrie has 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Jeffrey R. Lynch

Jeffrey R. Lynch owns Enterprise Equipment Co., Inc. based in Weymouth, MA.  He has served on Health Equity International's Board of Directors for over 10 years and has made several trips to St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs, primarily to upgrade and work on various mechanical and electrical systems. He has been married to Gerry Lynch for 40 years, with whom he has four grown children.

Rev. John Unni

Rev. John Unni was born in Maine, grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts and attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. After graduating in 1983, he taught English at Christopher Columbus High School in Boston’s North End. Fr. Unni attended Brighton’s St. John Seminary and was later ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1992. As a priest, he served at St. William Parish in Dorchester, St. Richard Parish in Danvers, and was Catholic chaplain at Northeastern University while serving as pastor at St. Ann University Parish in Boston.  He has served as pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Boston for the past ten years.  Fr. Unni serves on the Board of Directors at the Pine Street Inn as well as the Board of Advisors at Build Health International. Following a transformative experience with the poor in Haiti almost thirty years ago, and inspired by wonderful parish experiences over the last twenty-five years, Fr. Unni’s parish ministry embraces a commitment to gospel values and spiritual growth in the community, especially with those who are marginalized or impoverished in any way.

David Walton, MD, MPH

David Walton, MD, MPH holds a BA from Augustana College, and MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and now serves as Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Walton spent 15 years living and working in rural Haiti as a physician. Based on his work with Partners In Health in Haiti over the last 20 years, Dr. Walton has emerged as a leading expert in the community-based care of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases, health systems strengthening, and medical infrastructure in resource poor settings. Dr. Walton currently serves as the Director of Global Health at ThoughtWorks. He joined the Health Equity International Board in 2013, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge about implementing health care systems in rural Haiti.

Nannette Canniff - Emeritus

Co-Founder, President Emeritus and Board Member Emeritus

Nannette Canniff, President Emeritus and Board Member Emeritus co-founded St. Boniface Haiti Foundation with Rev. Jerry Osterman. She has been traveling to and working in Haiti for nearly 30 years. For the first 24 years of the organization’s history, Nannette ran the operations out of her home. In July 2011, Nannette retired as president and CEO. She continues to work in a development capacity for the organization. She is a native of Quincy, Mass. and a mother of ten.

Rev. Gerald Osterman - Emeritus

Co-Founder and Board Member Emeritus

Rev. Gerald Osterman, Board Member Emeritus, is an ordained priest currently serving two parishes, St. Katharine Drexel in Roxbury/Dorchester and Immaculate Conception in Everett.  He first travelled to Haiti in 1982, a trip that resulted in the co-founding of St. Boniface Haiti Foundation with Nannette Canniff a year later.  He entered the seminary directly out of high school, and has devoted his life to serving parishes in the Boston area.

Thomas Conway - In Memoriam

Thomas Conway was an integral part of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation Board of Director’s for nearly a decade, offering his wisdom, leadership, and unwavering generosity to the organization. His involvement within our community will be sorely missed, but his legacy will continue. The St. Boniface Hospital Pediatric Malnutrition Ward has been named in honor of Tom and his wife Nancy for their generous commitment to high quality healthcare, especially for southern Haiti’s youngest citizens.

Thomas was the Founder and President of Commonwealth Venture Funding Group and spent his career working in corporate finance.  He received an AB in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance.  In addition to the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, he served on the board of directors at the Concord Housing Foundation, the Antaya Technologies Corporation, the Carroll Technologies Corporation, and Creative Gifts International, Inc.