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Our Leadership

Board of Overseers

Jack Connors, Jr., Chairman Partners HealthCare
David Ginsberg, Vice Chairman, Fenway Sports Group
Peter Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital
Tom Werner, Chairman, Boston Red Sox and Boston Red Sox Foundation

Honorary Directors

Former President George H.W. Bush
General (Ret) Frederick M. Franks, Jr.
Caroline Kennedy
Victoria Reggie Kennedy
First Lady Michelle Obama
Lt. General (Ret) James Peake, MD
Lee Woodruff

Special Advisors

Maj. General (Ret) Elder Granger, MD
John Parrish, MD (Founding Director)
Col. (Ret) Elspeth "Cam" Ritchie, MD
Larry Ronan, MD

Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, Executive Director

hammond 150x200During his distinguished, 30-year military career in the United States Army, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond has commanded troops at the Platoon, Troop, Battalion and Brigade level both at home and abroad, including Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003, and Afghanistan 2011-2012. In July 2011, Hammond became the first Massachusetts officer to achieve the rank of General in a combat theater since World War II.

After a brief deployment to Afghanistan in 2002, General Hammond deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the invasion force and simultaneously commanded two Battalions: Task Force Patriot in Balad performing stability and security operations, and Task Force Enforcer, in Fallujah conducting counter-insurgent operations. In Kabul Afghanistan 2011-2012, General Hammond commanded Task Force Yankee as the senior U.S. Commander for Kabul Province, and was responsible for a multi-national security force of 3,000 personnel, providing security and support for 11 U.S. installations, and 10,000 coalition members conducting counterinsurgency operations, humanitarian assistance and area support missions.

General Hammond is the recipient of numerous military awards including: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster, French Medal of National Defense, and Bulgarian Medal of Mission Support.

A native of Reading, MA, General Hammond holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, a Master's Degree in Healthcare Marketing from Boston University, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University.

Michael Allard, Chief Operating Officer

Michael AllardMichael D. Allard is the Chief Operating Officer for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program – a partnership between one of Major League Baseball’s premier team charities and one of the best academic medical centers in the country. The Home Base Program is a public private partnership that works closely with the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense to improve the lives of veterans and families who have been impacted by the invisible wounds of war through clinical care, support, research, education, and peer-to-peer outreach.

Michael’s experience in building not-for profit programs has demonstrated meaningful results for underserved populations that span the veteran and family, homeless and patient communities throughout New England and beyond. Highlights of Michael’s career include over a decade of raising significant support for the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and senior management as Chief of Staff for the Partners HealthCare Development Office.

Michael also has extensive advocacy and legislative experience serving as Chief of Operations and Government Liaison for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA), a state-wide homeless advocacy organization; and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as legislative aide to State Senator David Magnani. Early in his career Michael served as reengineering coordinator for Prudential Insurance’s corporate headquarters helping to redesign marketing and field structures for the company.

Michael is a graduate of Northeastern University’s political science program under the School of Liberal Arts.

Naomi Michele Simon, MD, MSc, Chief Medical Officer

Naomi Simon, MD, MSc, Chief Medical OfficerDr. Naomi Simon was appointed Chief Medical Officer of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program in 2011. She also serves as Director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School, with a Masters in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, she completed psychiatric residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital/ New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Her major clinical and research interests include improving our understanding of the phenomenology and advancing initial and next step treatments for anxiety and traumatic stress related disorders, complicated grief, anxiety co-morbid with mood disorders, and the biological impact of chronic stress due to these disorders.

Dr. Simon is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Paula K. Rauch, MD, Program Director, Family Program

Paula RauchDr. Paula K. Rauch is the Family Team Program Director for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She serves as director of the Marjorie E. Korff PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time) Program, and is well known for her outreach to families, hospitals, schools, communities, and her work with the media to support the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents. Dr. Rauch has been a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 25 years, is an associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is board-certified in both adult and child psychiatry.

Dr. Rauch has been awarded the 2011 Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award. The award acknowledges outstanding leadership and continuous contributions in the field of liaison child and adolescent psychiatry. She is an author of many publications including the book Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick. Dr. Rauch is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Rauch is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Military Child Education Coalition, and helps to advise MCEC and its Living in the New Normal committee on the full spectrum of effects - including resilience, growth, and achievement, multiple deployments, trauma, and loss - living a military lifestyle has upon military children.

Ross D. Zafonte, DO, Traumatic Brain Injury Program Leader

Ross Zafonte, DO, Clinical and Research Leader for TBIDr. Ross Zafonte is the Clinical and Research Leader for Traumatic Brain Injury at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. He is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, vice president of Medical Affairs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MGH.

He has published extensively on traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders, as well as presented on these topics at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care.

Dr. Zafonte is currently the national lead investigator on an eight-center National Institutes of Health multisite clinical trial for the treatment of traumatic brain injury – the largest clinical treatment trial in the history of North America. He is also a principal investigator on a Department of Defense clinical trials center evaluating novel treatments for TBI and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).