Meet the Faculty

Current Faculty

Claudine Guild, M.H.A.

MHA Program Coordinator and Advisor & Visiting Instructor


Claudine Guild has held directorial positions in the field of healthcare administration at Advanced Patient Advocacy and The CCS Companies. She has also taught medical assistant programs and started her career in healthcare as a medical assistant. Most recently, Claudine has led educational programs at the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, and is currently working on global clinical training initiatives at Boston Scientific. Claudine helps spearhead numerous initiatives with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

Expertise: Risk management foundation, global clinical training initiatives, patient outcome improvement, and patient advocacy.

Education: B.A. Loyola University, M.H.A Framingham State University

Jordan Bruso, M.H.A

Visiting Instructor


Ms. Bruso has experience working within many public health divisions and currently works for the Town of Auburn, located in Central Massachusetts, in the Public Health Division within the Department of Development and Inspectional Services (DDIS). In this role Ms. Bruso enthusiastically executes efforts to prevent, promote, and protect public health on a local level, and she upholds federal, state and local public health regulatory standards within her community. Ms. Bruso also has experience in course design, creating HCAD 976 Public Health which was added to FSU’s MHA program.

Expertise: Public health, environmental health, and pandemic response.

Education: B.S., University of Massachusetts-Lowell; M.H.A., Framingham State University

Maureen Curran, B.S.N., M.M., CHI

Visiting Instructor


Experience: 35+ years of hospital experience working as Director of Clinical Information Systems and Informatics, Manager of Clinical Nurse Informaticist and Clinical Analysts with prior experience working as a staff nurse, Nursing Supervisor, Risk Manager, Nurse Manager of Staff Nurses, and Senior Director of Clinical Informatics and Biomedical Engineering.

Expertise: Health informatics, Electronic Medical Record Implementation, Health care.

Ivan Fernandez, M.A.

Visiting Instructor


Experience: 20 years of experience teaching Economics and Finance at Framingham State University as a visiting lecturer and macroeconomics and microeconomics at other institutions. Fernandez currently teaches multiple other finance courses at Hult International Business School in Cambridge in addition to his role at FSU. 

Expertise: Financial management, Managerial Science, Quantitative Analysis for Administrators, Economics, Finance.

Education: B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Framingham State University, International Economics and Finance degree from Brandeis University

Stephen J. Lemire, M.S.

Senior Visiting Instructor


Experience: 20+ years of experience as an executive director of national, state, and community based professional associations (National Professional Science Masters Association, the Massachusetts Health Officers Associations, and the Massachusetts Business Group on Health). 30+ years of teaching experience serving as adjunct faculty in graduate and undergraduate programs focused on Health Care Administration and Business Management.

Expertise: Health policy, leadership & ethics, public health, interdisciplinary education

Education: B.S. and M.S. in Health Services Administration from the University of Lowell (MA).

Anu Puri, M.D., M.P.H

Visiting Professor


Experience: Dr. Puri has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare finance, data analysis and policy arena. She serves as the Chief Data Officer of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, overseeing data and analytics projects in a range of financial, operational, clinical, policy, and advocacy issues in support of hospital leadership priorities. She also serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium.

Expertise: Working with a wide range of healthcare stakeholders on health policy issues, including payment and delivery system reform; healthcare cost and performance trends; impact modeling of reimbursement policy, legislative proposals, and Medicare quality-based payment reform initiatives.

Education: M.D. from King George’s Medical College in Lucknow, India, and her MPH from Harvard University.

Keith R. Slater, M.S.

Visiting Professor


Expertise: Healthcare Administration, Leadership, Marketing, and Information Technology.

Experience: 30+ years in healthcare administration and information technology designing software solutions or optimizing staffing models for patient experience, clinical decision support and revenue cycle. More recently teaching healthcare informatics for graduate programs in Healthcare Administration.

Education: A.S. Computer Information Technology from Youngstown State University (OH), B.S. in Healthcare Administration from Purdue Global University (IN), and MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baldwin Wallace University (OH).

Nicole Thyne, MHA

Visiting Instructor


Experience: Current Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) who oversees a division of 570 employees including Information Technology, Diagnostic Imaging, Facilities, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, School Based Health Clinics, Occupational Medicine, Laboratory, Food and Nutrition, and Emergency Management. 

Expertise: Launching new Electronic Medical Records (MEDITECH Expanse), Pandemic Response, Healthcare Leadership

Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst & Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Framingham State University

Reserve Faculty

Edward Burke, M.P.A, J.D.

Visiting Professor


Experience: 20+ years of service as a member of the Massachusetts Senate (1971-1993) serving as Chair of the Legislature’s Health Care Committee for much of that time. Experience practicing law in small and large firms, working as a lobbyist for a regional health insurance company. 50+ years of experience teaching graduate courses at Framingham State University with a focus on health care policy, law, and regulation.

Expertise: Elective politics, law practice, lobbying, and teaching.

Education: B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, M.P.A. from Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and J.D. from Suffolk University.Edward Burke’s education consists of a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a J.D. from Suffolk University.

Benjamin Bielak, Jr., CHCIO, CPHIMS, M.B.A., M.S.

Visiting Instructor


Experience: 20 + years of experience working in technology innovation in many contexts including an academic medical center, and an innovative high-growth healthcare organization. Mr. Bielak also has been recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives as one of the first Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer and Mr. Bielak has also received recognition from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society as a Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems.

Expertise: Technology strategy, design, and implementation.

Palok Das, M.H.A., M.S., M.A., M.M.S., B.S. (Pharmacy)

Visiting Senior Instructor


Experience: 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry with experience in many national level leadership roles in addition to many managerial assignments, as well as international teaching positions. Mr. Das is also the founder-director of his India-based healthcare consulting firm and was recently recognized amongst “Top Healthcare Leaders” by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare (IFAH), USA for 2020-21, in recognition of his contribution to healthcare.

Expertise: post-graduate education, healthcare consulting, healthcare leadership, entrepreneurship.

Education: Masters in Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Decision Analysis, International Management, and Management Science from the U.S., United Kingdom, and India.

Paula Kaminow, J.D.

Visiting Professor


Experience: Paula Kaminow is the Vice President, Operations- Framingham at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center. She joined the Health Care staff at it’s Worcester site in 2004 where she served as a Compliance Officer. Paula Kaminow represents the Health Center in many community networks and collaborations. Paula Kaminow previously worked for the Boston Health Department for 13 years in both legal and public health departments.

Expertise: Healthcare delivery, public health, law, healthcare operations.

Education: Degree in psychology and a certificate in education from Brandeis University and J.D. from Boston College Law School. In addition, she graduated from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation Leadership Program.