Chapter Contacts

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization focused on both research and patient support for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life for adults and children living with IBD.


We lead groundbreaking research into new treatments and cures for IBD and provide you with information, guidance, and support every step of the way – no matter where you are in your IBD journey. The Foundation is your voice on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures to improve your access to care and raise awareness of IBD and its impact on patients and caregivers. Read our latest Impact Report to learn more about how we’re changing lives.

The New England Chapter serves Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. We provide educational and support programs to people living with IBD and those who care for them. We connect you to local resources and offer you opportunities to become involved with the IBD community through events, volunteering, our summer camps, and more.


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Chapter Staff

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Catherine Pavlick

Take Steps Director

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Leigh Reynolds

Leigh Reynolds

Sr. Manager of Events

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Bele Wariboko

Sr Field Operations Coordinator

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Vanessa DeMichele

Executive Director

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Chapter Board of Directors

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Ellen Calmas

Executive Vice President and Co-Founder

NPS Rent Assurance

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Shaun Campos

Group Director // Social Strategy, Content, and Communities

Real Chemistry

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Adam S. Cheifetz, MD

Director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Beth Israel Deaconess

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Ashley Chipman


Community Day Charter Public School

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Jonathan Epstein

Founder and CEO


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Leslie S. Feinberg

Chief of Staff

Spaulding Rehabilitation

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Peter Gaines

Financial Planner

Integrated Financial Partners

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Jerry Kadish


Beacon Payments

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Jody Kipnis

Co-Founder and President

Holocaust Legacy Foundation

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Joshua R. Korzenik, MD

Director of Crohn's and Colitis Center

Brigham and Women's Hosptial

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Alexander Modell

Co-Founder & COO 


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Randall S. Pellish, MD

Director of Lahey Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

Lahey Hospital and Medical

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Robert Pierce

Chairman and CEO

Pierce Aluminum

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James Polk

Head of Equity Investments

Homestead Funds

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Shiella Dowlatshahi Radel


PYHP, LLC Biopharmaceutical and Life Science Consulting Service

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Eleni Simmoneau

Group Vice President of Public Relations


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Judi Walk

Retired nonprofit executive

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Jane Wolfman

Senior Executive Partner

J. Hilburn Men's Clothier

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Jill Zimmerman Holub

Member of the Firm

Outside GC Services

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