ALETA WILEY, MPH
Director of Research Program Management
Aleta is the Senior Project Manager for the Connors Center. She has also been the Project Manager for the Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program (WHARP) since 2015. She completed her MPH in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health, her MS in Conservation Biology & Sustainability from the University of Maryland-College Park, and her BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago. Before joining WHARP, Aleta worked for the Nurses’ Health Study at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and for the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. She also completed a practicum at Slone Epidemiology Center for PRESTO, an Internet-based fertility cohort study. She is interested in studying women’s mental and reproductive health and investigating quality-of-life outcomes for women across the lifespan.
NATASHA MINOR, MPH
Assistant Director of Operations and Programming
Natasha is a Project Manager for the Connors Center. Before joining the Connors Center in Summer 2018, she was the Center Administrator for the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at HSPH. Natasha earned a BS in Public Health Sciences and an MPH in Community Health Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her Connors Center work includes management of Connors Center communications, events, funding opportunities, and fellowship programs.
TIFFANY TRAN, BA
Assistant Director of Finance
As part of her role as the Assistant Director of Finance and Administration of the Office of Academic Research, Tiffany manages financial and administrative responsibilities for multiple grant- and donor-funded initiatives within the Connors Center. Tiffany previously worked as a Finance Manager for Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Most recently she served as the Director of Finance and Administration at the BU School of Social Work.
LISSA OLBETER, BS, MPA
Advisor and Interim Financial Monitor
Lissa serves as the fiscal administrator of the Connors Center. She joined the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in 1998 as the founding administrator in the Division of Women’s Health and has held subsequent administrative leadership positions in the Harvard Medical School Center of Excellence In Women’s Health, BWH Research Council, now known as the Brigham Research Institute, and the BWH Department of Pathology. In addition to financial management responsibilities, she leverages her considerable experience in sponsored research management to work with investigative groups on proposal development strategies to enhance the fundability of grant applications, with an emphasis on advising individual fellows and early stage faculty investigators in the development of a research program that is in alignment with their career goals and academic development plans.
WINNIE NG, MA, MPH
Winnie joined the Connors Center in September 2019 in the role of Project Manager. Winnie was most recently a Project Manager in Breast Oncology and the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Winnie earned a BA and an MA in Geography from SUNY Binghampton and an MPH in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health.
KATHLEEN MOLONEY, MPH
Kathleen Moloney joined the Connors Center in January 2020 as a Program Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 2016 with a BS in Public Health and went on to receive her MPH in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University in 2019. Before joining the Connors Center, Kathleen worked on several research projects at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies in NYC where she helped investigate the inequities and other challenges that vulnerable populations and people living with HIV/AIDS face when it comes to improving their health status.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Julianna Coraccio joined the Connors Center in May 2019 as Senior Administrative Assistant to Connors Center Executive Director Hadine Joffe. Previously, she worked in an administrative capacity at both Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
ANNA MICHELSEN, BA
Anna joined the Connors Center in January 2020 as a Project Assistant. She majored in Communication Studies at Northeastern University, and graduated in 2020. Anna was previously at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, working to program their annual festival and raise money for hunger-relief charities. At the Connors Center, Anna supports website, communications, and event planning.
MATHENA ABRAMSON, BA
Mathena joined the Connors Center and the Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program in June 2019 as a Research Coordinator. She graduated from Smith College in May 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology with a Statistical and Data Sciences minor. While at Smith, she completed an Honors thesis on the effects of homesickness and autobiographical memory on first-generation college students and worked on a research project investigating changes in alcohol and drug behavior among college students. Mathena also spent a summer working at the NASA Ames Research Center in California in the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory, assisting on clinical sleep research.
ATHENA ERICKSON, BA
Athena joined the Connors Center and the Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program in June 2019 as a Research Coordinator. She graduated from Amherst College in May 2019 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Athena completed an Honors thesis looking at sex differences in color preference in relation to prenatal androgen exposure. She has spent the past 2 summers working in the Longwood Medical Area – in 2017, as an intern with the LGBT & Allies Employee Resource Group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and, in 2018, as a Research Assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital with the Disorders of Sex Development and Gender Management Services.
Health Communications Intern
Anna joined the Connors Center in November 2020 as our Health Communications Intern. Anna is a Pre-Med and History Major at Tufts University, graduating in May 2021. She was an Intern in the Brigham Office of Strategic Communications in 2020. She is a Member of Tufts Pre-Med Club and Alpha Phi and previously served as the Chief Editor of the Breakthrough Undergraduate Research Journal at Tufts. In addition to her coursework and internship with us, Anna also works as a Research Assistant in the McVey Lab at Tufts.