Rebecca Boulos, MPH, PhD Interim Executive Director

Rebecca Boulos, MPH, PhD
Executive Director
executivedirector@mainepublichealth.org

Dr. Boulos is MPHA’s Executive Director, having taken on the role in August 2016. Becca comes to this position having served on the MPHA Board from 2014-2016, including as vice-president of the Board. Her career in public health spans 13 years, having worked for research institutions and non-profit organizations. Prior to working for MPHA, Becca was assistant professor at the University of New England’s School of Community and Population Health, where she developed and directed a new undergraduate program in nutrition, and directed UNE’s undergraduate public health program. During her time at UNE, she served as either principal or co-principal investigator on several research grants, receiving funding from organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S.  Department of Agriculture. Her areas of specialization are community-based participatory research, nutrition, physical activity, and childhood obesity prevention.

At MPHA, Becca has played a key role in growing the organization’s membership, engaging public health stakeholders and policymakers, and sustaining the organization financially. She serves as primary staff for MPHA’s Board of Directors. Becca comes from a long line of Mainers, and was raised in Southern Maine. Currently, Becca also serves as Senior Research Associate at the University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy. She received her Ph.D. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, specializing in Nutrition Interventions and Obesity Prevention, from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where she earned a USDA Doctoral Fellowship in Obesity. She received her M.P.H. with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Yale School of Public Health and her B.A. in Communications from The George Washington University. Becca enjoys spending time outside with her family and friends, her family’s dog, Sarge, and exploring all the beautiful places of Maine.


 

Joe Boucher, MS
Policy Associate
joe.boucher@mainepublichealth.org

Joe Boucher is MPHA’s new Policy Associate. In this newly created position, he is responsible for advocacy efforts related to tobacco use prevention, environmental health and other public health priorities.

Joe comes to MPHA with a breadth and depth of knowledge surrounding of Maine’s political and public health landscape, gained during years working in the office of the former Governor, time in the Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health Program, and a local public health agency. 

He is a double graduate of the University of Maine with Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees in Kinesiology and Physical Education.

He lives in Waterville with his young son.