Meet Our Board of Trustees

Rosemarie Day, Board Chair

Rosemarie DayRosemarie Day is a health reform pioneer who has worked through the value chain of the health care industry, from start-ups to major corporations to government. Her goals include improving access to health care in the United States and making health care more consumer-focused and patient-centered. As a founding leader of the Health Connector in Massachusetts, Rosemarie played a significant role in launching the award-winning organization that established the first state-run health insurance exchange in the U.S. and brought the uninsured rate down to 2%, the lowest in the country.

As the founder & CEO of Day Health Strategies, she initially focused on implementing national health reform. She built on her company’s early success and is now serving organizations that want to transform their approach to offering or delivering health care.

She is the author of "Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare" (Beacon Press, 2020). Rosemarie holds an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an AB from Stanford University. She has served as a member of the Lawrence General Board of Trustees since 2020.

Dan Rivera, Vice Chair

Dan RiveraDan Rivera is the president and CEO of MassDevelopment, a role he took on after serving seven years as mayor of the City of Lawrence. During his time as mayor, the city saw significant commercial development, record new units of housing, and tens of millions of dollars invested in economic development planning and projects. Dan’s focus on economic and community development as mayor included investments in housing, job creation, downtown redevelopment, transit-oriented development and equity, infrastructure, brownfields redevelopment, placemaking, and quality-of-life improvements, and establishing professional, transparent, modern, and streamlined permitting and licensing processes. 

Dan was an invaluable member of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board, bringing the municipal viewpoint to the group tasked with developing the Commonwealth’s strategy to reopen the economy during COVID-19, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group. In 2017, Governor Baker tapped Rivera to serve on the newly established Latino Advisory Commission charged with addressing concerns of the Massachusetts Latino community and promoting economic prosperity and well-being.

Prior to his two terms as mayor of Lawrence, Dan held various positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Dan is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in the first Gulf War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and a graduate of the UMass Amherst and Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management, where he earned his MBA. Dan lives in Lawrence with his wife, Paula, and their children, Daniel and Charlotte.

Laurel Sweeney, Treasurer

Laurel SweeneyLaurel Sweeney is an independent consultant with extensive experience in health policy, reimbursement, and health economics. Until March 2018, she served as the global lead for health economics and market access at Philips Healthcare, where she built and led a global team of market access professionals. In 2018, she launched Access Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm that advises medical technology and digital health companies on their market access strategies, including value proposition design, evidence requirements, and payment pathways. Laurel also serves as an advisor on the American Medical Association’s Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group (DMPAG).

Carol L. Powers, JD, Secretary

Carol L. Powers, JDCarol L. Powers is a retired “country lawyer,” having practiced law for several decades on Boston’s North Shore focused on real estate and estate planning. She now devotes her professional time to an area of inquiry she is passionate about – medical ethics. Carol served as a community member on the Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee for over 20 years. She is currently the chairperson for the Ethics Committee of the regional office of the Department of Developmental Services (formerly the Department of Mental Retardation).

In addition, as a fellow with the Center for Bioethics at Harvard’s Medical School, Carol co-founded and chairs the Community Ethics Committee. The committee is a group of volunteers from the greater Boston area with diverse ages and backgrounds that has been providing consulting services to the Harvard teaching hospitals since 2007. The group has provided review of policies on such diverse topics as pediatric organ donation on cardiac death and access to medical care for undocumented individuals. In addition, it has provided community responses to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in their review of the Guatemalan syphilis study and Ebola pandemic policies. Group members also aided the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in its review of implementing regulations governing "crisis standards of care" in the context of the COVID pandemic. Carol has also contributed to academic journals with articles in the American Journal of Bioethics, the Annals of Surgery, and Dignitas.

She lives in Rowley and has three adult children and a son-in-law.

Jose Cruz

Jose CruzA trusted commercial banker with more than 20 years of experience in the Merrimack Valley, Jose Cruz assumed his role as a member of the Lawrence General Board of Trustees in January 2024. Holding the role of Reading Cooperative Bank’s senior vice president and commercial lending officer since 2019, Cruz has a degree in business studies and management from Southern New Hampshire University, along with a master’s degree in finance from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management.

Cruz maintains professional memberships in organizations including the Massachusetts Bankers Association and American Bankers Association, among others. He also serves on various local boards and committees and coaches youth sports in the local community.  

Dr. Lane A. Glenn

Rosemarie DayDr. Lane A. Glenn is president of Northern Essex Community College (NECC), with campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Massachusetts. Dr. Glenn is focused on student success and passionate about finding ways to help students achieve their educational goals, especially students who are underprepared for college. In addition, he is a strong advocate for colleges and universities as engines of economic and workforce development — particularly in Massachusetts gateway cities.

Dr. Glenn has been responsible for significant expansion of NECC’s Lawrence campus, including the opening of the college’s $27 million El Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center and the renovated Dimitry building. He has led expansion efforts of partnerships with area high schools and four-year colleges and universities to expand educational opportunities in downtown Lawrence.

He was the visionary and founding board chair for the “Lawrence Partnership,” a coalition of businesses and organizations committed to economic development in the city of Lawrence.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in theater from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in speech from Oklahoma State University, and a bachelor’s in English and speech/theater from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. He is proud to say he started his education at Rose State College, a community college in Midwest City, Oklahoma.  

Eduardo Haddad

Eduardo HaddadDr. Eduardo Haddad is president of the Lawrence General Medical Staff, chair of the board of the Lawrence Integrated Health Provider Network (LIHPN), and serves as the physicians’ representative on the Board of Trustees. A resident of North Andover, Dr. Haddad has been seeing patients in Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley for three decades. He is a practicing nephrologist who trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and strongly advocates for the value of locally delivered health care. Dr. Haddad serves as medical director for DaVita dialysis in North Andover, and for the acute dialysis unit at Whittier Rehabilitation hospital in Bradford, MA.

Mark Johnson, Esq.

Mark B. JohnsonMark Johnson is founder of Johnson & Borenstein, LLC, a mid-size real estate and civil litigation law firm located in Andover. He has been practicing law in Andover since 1986 and focuses on real estate development, land use planning and permitting, resolution of real property disputes and representing clients in residential, commercial and construction financing transactions as well in corporate and civil litigation matters. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Johnson attended The American University in Washington, D.C., and the Boston University School of Law (JD, LLM). He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia. Mark currently serves on the Town of Andover Permanent Town Building Advisory Committee, the West Elementary School Building Committee, and the Andover High School Facilities Study Committee. He chairs the Facilities and Grounds Committee of the Lawrence General Board of Trustees.

Marianne Paley Nadel

Marianne Paley NadelMarianne Paley Nadel is a longtime community leader in the City of Lawrence. For over a decade, she managed her family real estate holdings, the Everett and Stone Mills, bringing professional, educational, nonprofit and manufacturing space to the downtown. Her vision created a networked tenancy that supports youth engagement, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and urban manufacturing. In 1998, she became the founding executive director of Groundwork Lawrence, leading the organization’s growth from a small nonprofit start-up into a dynamic statewide and national model for sustainable community development and public-private partnership focused on environmental improvements, fresh food programs, youth education, employment initiatives, and community engagement.

Marianne joined the Lawrence General’s Board of Trustees in 2020. She also serves as vice chair of the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees, is a past board chair of the Lawrence Partnership, and a longtime board member of Groundwork Lawrence. Marianne holds a master's degree in urban planning from MIT and a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University.


Glenn S. Newsome

Glenn NewsomeGlenn S. Newsome, M.D., MPH, FCCP, is a board-certified pulmonologist and internist with senior staff privileges at Lawrence General and Holy Family Hospital. His roots in the Merrimack Valley roots run deep, having practiced at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center from 1989-1996 and privately at Merrimack Valley Pulmonary Associates from 1992-2022. He consults for both Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital and Cedarview Rehabilitation Center.

Newsome, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, previously held leadership positions at Lawrence General as the chief of medicine, director of respiratory therapy and director of critical care. He has also worked in patient care at the Georgetown AIDS Clinic in Washington, D.C., and as the chief extern at Richmond Ear & Eye Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Newsome received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College before going on to Yale University for a Master of Public Health degree. He earned his medical degree in 1984 from the Medical College of Virginia, VCU. Dr. Newsome later completed an internship, internal medicine residency and fellowship at Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown University Hospital.

He is a fellow within the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of both the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Newsome has been recognized with a Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Resident Teaching Award and an Andover Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award (2021), among many medical and community service accolades.

Shalimar Quiles

Shalimar QuilesShalimar Quiles was born and raised in Lawrence and is a proud graduate of Lawrence High School. With over a decade of leadership experience in Boston and Lawrence, Shalimar brings a wealth of turnaround knowledge to her role as principal of the Oliver School. Prior to serving as principal, Shalimar was the chief of staff to the state-appointed receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools. In this role, she supported multiple projects across critical central office teams and helped drive the district’s reform agenda forward. Most notably, Shalimar is credited with leading the district’s efforts to reenroll nearly 200 high school students – decreasing the dropout rate by seven percentage points and increasing the graduation rate by nine percentage points in just one year. Shalimar’s education experience began with UP Education Network, where she supported the launch of the state’s first Horace Mann Charter School in Dorchester, MA. Shalimar proudly serves as Board trustee at Northern Essex Community College and chairs the Nominating Committee. She earned an associate degree from Northern Essex Community College, a bachelor’s degree in communications from Simmons University and a master’s degree in education from Merrimack College.


Richard J. Santagati, Chair Emeritus

Richard J. SantagatiRichard Santagati has served on the Lawrence General Board of Trustees since 1988. In that time, he has been a member and chair of every board committee and was the board chair from 2006 until 2013. As the result of his length of service, he now serves in the role of chairman emeritus. He was president of Merrimack College from 1994 to 2008 and has served on the boards of several national corporations, including Revlon.

Mr. Santagati is a strong supporter of local health care and Lawrence General in particular. He was the lead donor in the campaign to build the new surgery center at Lawrence General, which bears his family’s name in honor of his years of service and generosity. In 2015, Mr. Santagati was recognized for his philanthropic leadership by the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, receiving its Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award. In addition, in 2014 Lawrence General instituted an annual award for civic leadership in Mr. Santagati’s name.


Joyce Shannon

Joyce ShannonJoyce Shannon currently serves as president and CEO of Nevins Family of Services, a Methuen-based nonprofit serving elders and those living with disabilities. The organization includes a skilled nursing facility, subsidized elderly housing and a PACE adult day health program.

She previously served as a senior vice president for the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, overseeing inpatient, outpatient, and hospital infrastructure. Joyce was also the vice president of managed care and sub-acute services for The A-D-S Group, where she worked for 12 years in a variety of roles at the health care management and consulting company. During her time there, she liaised with more than 25 hospital clients and 50 skilled nursing and rehab facilities, advising them on continuum of care issues related to post-acute services.

Her nursing career includes stints as the director of nursing at Nevins Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre in Methuen, and staff/charge nurse positions at Hampstead Psychiatric Hospital in Hampstead, New Hampshire, and here at our very own Lawrence General from 1974-1976.

Joyce graduated from the Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing in 1974 before receiving her bachelor's degree in administration from Merrimack College in 1978. She holds a master's degree in management from Lesley College.

Michael Sklar

Michael SklarA 40-year CEO of health care staffing agency AP Healthcare (Cross Country Staffing), Michael Sklar founded his own Andover-based business, Black Diamond Networks, in 1999 to provide high-level contracting services to companies in the life sciences, hardware/software, mechanical engineering, and IT fields. He joined the Lawrence General Board of Trustees in January 2024.
When he’s not working, Sklar volunteers his time and talents at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Lazarus House Ministries and CLASS (Community Living and Support Services), among others.