Our Team


Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Medicine

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of CME and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). He is on staff in the Section of General Internal Medicine and director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is also Medical Director of the Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program, the Boston University Evidence-based SBIRT Training Project and the Massachusetts SBIRT Training and Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) program. He is immediate past-president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). He was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and in 2014 received the national AMA “Award for Health Education”. His clinical, educational and research interests focus on opioid use disorders and safe and competent opioid prescribing for chronic pain.

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Barry M. Manuel, MD

Associate Dean, Emeritus

Barry Manuel, M.D., Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Associate Dean Emeritus, Dr. Manuel reports directly to Karen Antman, M.D., Dean, Boston University School of Medicine and Provost, Boston Medical Center. Dr. Manuel has served as the faculty advisor to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society for many years. Dr. Manuel is the former Chair of ProMutual Insurance Company, one of the largest medical malpractice carriers in the United States. He is also the former President of Massachusetts Medical Society and the former Chair of the Massachusetts Division of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Manuel and the CME staff work with all departments, divisions, and clinical facilities throughout Boston University School of Medicine.

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Michael Burk

Senior Program Manager

Michael Burk, B.S., Psychology, is one of our Senior Program Managers and has been with the department since 2012. Mike has over 8 years of CME experience. He manages enduring materials, internet based CME activities, and various live meetings conducted independently by BUSM or jointly with our educational partners. Mike also leads the department’s international programs, collaborating with various partners to deliver enduring activities and live meetings in the US and abroad.

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Ryan Burke

Systems Coordinator

Ryan Burke, B.A., Psychology, joined BUSM in 2011 as Administrative Assistant and has worked in a Higher Education conference and events environment for 9 years now. Ryan’s current role is Systems Coordinator at BU CME. He is responsible for the maintenance of our database systems, registration management, and tuition reconciliation. Ryan also leads our Student Worker staff in the technical support of our online programs, and designs many of our survey and evaluations tools. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Administrative Studies, with a concentration in Electronic Commerce, Systems & Technology.

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Patti-Ann Collins, MSN/MBA, RN

Lead Nurse Planner

Patti-Ann Collins, D.N.P., B.S.N., M.S.N./ M.B.A., R.N., is the Lead Nurse Planner for the Continuing Education Provider Unit. Dr. Collins is the Director of Nursing at Mass Bay Community College. Prior to this position, she was Interim Dean at Bunker Hill Community College with responsibilities for Nursing, Medical Imaging, Sonography, and Respiratory Therapy programs. Dr. Collins has many years of experience in nursing, education & quality in acute care hospitals; including our affiliated hospital, Boston Medical Center. Most recently she is part of the Massachusetts Action Coalition developing a state wide Nursing Education Transfer Compact which aligns ADN to BSN curricular between two and four year state schools. Her most recent publications include articles on best practices for transitioning registered nursing graduates into their first professional role and one, coauthored with this office, on best practices for Quality Improvement CNE.

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Elizabeth Drury

Senior Operations Manager

Elizabeth Drury, B.A. began working for BUSM CME in 2007, as a program manager, working with our partners on jointly provided programs. She moved to Charleston, SC in 2010, where she managed the CME Department for four years. She comes back to BUSM CME as a Program Operations Manager, working with our outside Medical Education Partners. She is also responsible for accreditation compliance for the department. Elizabeth has over 10 years of CME experience working on jointly provided and independently provided programs, enduring materials, internet activities, performance improvement programs, and regularly scheduled series.

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Dana Frazier, CHCP

Grant Developer

Dana Frazier, CHCP is a Grant Developer for The Barry M. Manuel Office of Continuing Medical Education at Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to this role, she was Director of Accreditation at a privately-owned, accredited medical education company in Lexington, Kentucky. She has spent a combined 15 years in the continuing medical education (CME) arena and has delivered various medical education presentations/trainings regarding CME guidelines, regulatory issues, and best practices. Her knowledge of CME/CE issues and organizations comes from several years of CME project direction with pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical education and communications companies, and accredited providers. She is an active member and award recipient of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp).

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Jennifer Kellerman

Administrative Coordinator

Jen Kellerman, B.S., Environmental Studies, joined BUSM in 2011 as a program assistant for the journal programs. She now manages the office’s marketing needs including search engine optimization campaigns, institutional marketing, and management of their social media platforms. Jen also assists in the management of the SCOPE of Pain program, assists with outcome reporting and reaccreditation processes, and manages multiple jointly-provided programs.

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Joanna Krause, MPH

Grants Manager

Joanna Krause, MPH, B.A., Anthropology, joined BUSM CME as the Grants Manager in 2011. She has a background in human services, refugee resettlement and public health. Joanna tracks all grant activities and manages contracts for the department. Joanna earned her Master’s degree in Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health.

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Claire Grimble, CMP

Conference Operations Manager

Claire P. Grimble, CMP, is our Conference Operations Manager and has been with the CME Office for 15 years. She oversees all aspects of our directly sponsored live conferences and directly manages a number of live meetings ranging in size and scope. She has 20 years’ experience in meeting planning and has held her Certified Meeting Professional designation since 2002. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Ilana Hardesty

Program Operations Manager

Ilana Hardesty, B.A., Psychology and Social Relations, joined BUSM CME as a program manager in 2007. Ilana has a background working as a project manager in several science and arts based organizations. Ilana is in charge of affiliate programs, Internet-based CME activities, and several of our enduring material activities. Ilana leads the Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit within the CME office; the Unit received re-accreditation with distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation in 2012. She is also Program Operations Manager for SCOPE of Pain, a multi-year project funded by the first grant awarded to address the FDA-mandated Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy for ER/LA Opioid Analgesics.

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Emily Jansen, MPH

Administrative Coordinator

Emily Jansen, MPH joined BUSM CME in 2014 and is an Administrative Coordinator. Emily supports multiple operations in the BUSM CME office including grants administration, managing jointly provided programs, and most recently, the management of quality improvement projects as a part the BMC Portfolio Program. Emily earned her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health in 2013.

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Naomi Moeller

Program Manager

Naomi Moeller, B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, joined BUSM CME as a Program Manager in 2011 with over ten years’ experience working in Continuing Medical Education. Currently Naomi manages the Journals Program, multiple direct and jointly provided activities, live conferences and outcomes for various programs.

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Grace Morakinyo

Program Manager

Oluwatomisin (Grace) Morakinyo, B.S., Health Science, is a new member of the BUSM CME team. Grace is the Regularly Scheduled Series program manager, and also assists in managing performance improvement projects for the department. Grace has over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, and brings strong program planning, implementation and evaluation experience to the team with recent success in managing Health and Human Services & SAMHSA funded programs. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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Andy Paraskevas

Creative Coordinator

Andy Paraskevas, BFA, Graphic Design, joined the BUSM CME team in 2012 as the Creative Coordinator. He offers us over 19 years of creative experience to handle all of the design and management needs for our website, promotional materials, email campaigns, and general marketing. Andy provides us with design clarity and consistency across all media for all of our programs.

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Joanna Y. Park

Financial Analyst

Joanna Park, B.A. joined the BUSM CME team in 2015 as the Financial Analyst. She manages all financial transactions within the department. Joanna is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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Emma Trucks, MPH

Program Manager

Emma Trucks, MPH, B.A., History, joined BUSM CME/CNE in 2010 as an administrative assistant. Currently serving as a Senior Program Manager, Emma focuses on the Performance Improvement/QI CME initiatives. She recently helped launch and currently manages the BMC Portfolio Program, of which the BUSM CME office is a partner. She is overseeing the BUSM CME’s transition to a new learning management system and other technological platforms to address the evolving needs of the office.

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Jody Walker, MS

Project Manager

Jody Walker, M.S., Library and Information Science, joined BUSM CME in 2009 as a program manager. After eleven years as Program Manager of Continuing Education for Librarians and Information Professionals, Jody’s skills include document and database design, process documentation, online instruction, copyright and editorial review. Currently Jody manages live conferences, enduring materials, and internet-based CME activities. She also handles copyright review and document integrity.

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Julie L. White, MS, CHCP


Julie White, MS, CHCP, Organization and Management, is the Director for Continuing Medical Education. Julie has been with BUSM CME since 1995, directing the day-to-day operations of the office. Julie joined BUSM CME with over 10 years of experience managing continuing education programs for adult students at undergraduate institutions. She is responsible for overseeing all accreditation, financial, personnel, and legal aspects of our operations. Julie has considerable knowledge and experience in the area of adult learning, educational design, and program development. Julie has given numerous presentations at the Alliance and other venues including talks on performance improvement, re-accreditation, small group learning, and the interface of quality improvement and continuing medical education. Julie currently serves on the Alliance’s Almanac Editorial Board.

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Lara Zisblatt, EdD, MA, PMME

Senior Educational Consultant

Lara Zisblatt, EdD, MA, PMME, Senior Educational Consultant. Dr. Lara Zisblatt joined BUSM CME/CNE in 2003. She led and now consults on BUSM CME’s performance improvement, quality initiatives, and overall program evaluation. Dr. Zisblatt works with BUSM CME on our scholarly publications.

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