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Rebecca Boulos

Rebecca Boulos, MPH, PhD

Executive Director

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 16 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. 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, Karla, and exploring all the beautiful places of Maine.

Heather Drake, MPH (she/her/hers)

Membership and Engagement Director

Heather is MPHA’s Membership and Engagement Director, having taken on the role in January 2022 (previously serving as MPHA’s Membership Manager since 2019). Heather comes to this position with a breadth of member engagement, database management, and coalition building experience, working most recently for Maine Cancer Foundation and leading Maine’s statewide cancer coalition.

Prior to her work in cancer prevention, Heather worked for The Opportunity Alliance in youth substance use prevention, working with local schools, police departments, and community partners to reduce youth substance use. She also led intervention programs for youth and their parents and worked with medical providers on substance use screening implementation. With more than ten years of experience in public health, Heather has also worked in the areas of physical activity and active living, and health care payment and system reform. Heather earned her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Policy Studies from Syracuse University. She is currently a member of the NRCM Rising Leadership Team, NRCM’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee and the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 7 Executive Advisory Board.

At MPHA, Heather leads membership management, engagement and recruitment efforts. She serves as primary staff for MPHA’s Membership Committee. When not working, you can find Heather outside, most often with her son, Elliot, dog, Gunther, and husband, Andrew, or trying to hone her bread baking skills.