Meet the Team

Dr. Laura Gibson

Dr. Gibson is an Adult and Pediatric Infectious Disease physician at UMassMemorial Health and an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Pediatrics at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, MA. As a clinician, she serves a variety of patient populations, including people with a low immune system, pregnant women, and children. As a physician-scientist over more than 20 years, she also combines patient care with translational research. Her work focuses on CMV and other viruses in people who can develop severe illness, particularly infants with cCMV. She is leading the CMV Transmission and Immune Tracking (TransmIT) Study, a community-based collaboration with Moderna, Inc. to understand CMV transmission among young children in group care settings and the factors that might lower the risk of spread to pregnant caretakers. Dr. Gibson founded the Massachusetts Congenital CMV Coalition (MCC) and is currently serving as its President.

Vanessa Colleran

Vanessa Colleran is an educator, licensed in the areas of reading, special education, (mild to moderate disabilities), and elementary education. She currently works as an elementary reading specialist in Shrewsbury, MA. Previously, Vanessa worked as a special education teacher in Worcester, MA and a special education teacher and reading specialist in Boston, MA. Vanessa is the mother to three beautiful boys, her oldest son Sam, her son youngest Julian, and her son in heaven, Logan. Logan was born with cCMV and passed away from the disease at 4 months old. Since then, she has become an advocate for cCMV prevention and awareness. Vanessa serves on the Community Advisory Board for the CMV Transmission and Immune Tracking (TransmIT) Study, a research collaboration between UMASS Chan Medical School and Moderna Inc. Vanessa also serves as the MCC's Vice President.

Dr. Cheryl Glovsky

Dr. Cheryl Glovsky is an audiologist with more than 25 years of experience. Prior to her experience in Boston, she worked at the Lewis-Gale Ear, Nose, and Throat Group in Roanoke, Virginia. She earned her master’s degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and her doctorate from A.T. Still University. Dr. Glovsky is a nationally certified and state-licensed audiologist with professional associations including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Glovsky’s clinical interests include providing patient care to all populations, ranging from pediatric to elderly. She is proficient in a wide variety of services including hearing aids and assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, and specialized diagnostic evaluations. She is currently the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) program coordinator for Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Glovsky also acts as the liaison to the Department of Public Health. Dr. Glovsky is currently serving as the MCC's Treasurer.

Tracy Evans Luiselli

Tracy Evans Luiselli, Ed.D., is Director of the New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC), a federally funded grant supported by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). She has developed numerous consultation and training models to support families and their service providers working with children with combined vision and hearing loss (deafblindness). Her professional interests include multi-tiered systems of support, cortical and cerebral vision impairment, teacher education, and family support. In those areas, she has authored/co-authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She presents frequently at local, state and national levels regarding sensory loss and additional disabilities. She is currently serving as the MCC's Clerk.

Rebecca Sandvos

Rebecca is a second-year medical student at UMass Chan, where she is working on a longitudinal project to design a cCMV curriculum for clinicians. There she is also a leader of the pediatric interest group and is involved with the tri-school student government alliance and the UMass asylum clinic. Rebecca attended Colorado College for her undergraduate degree in Organismal Biology and Ecology. Between college and medical school, she lived in Denver where she worked as a pediatric medical assistant and later in Cambridge where she volunteered at the BMC Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. She loves studying at UMass and is grateful to be a part of this incredible coalition. Rebecca is currently serving as the MCC's Assistant Clerk.

Shayne Gaffney

Shayne Gaffney holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care, is a licensed physical therapy assistant in Massachusetts, an associate board member, and the Community Alliance Chair of NH for the National CMV Foundation, and a proud parent of a cCMV affected child. Shayne currently serves on the Board of Directors for MCC.

Dr. Michael Cohen

Dr. Michael Cohen is a fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist who has a special interest in caring for children with hearing loss and other ear conditions. He serves as director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship and director of the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Hearing Loss Clinic at Mass Eye and Ear. Dr. Cohen’s clinical interests are centered around ear problems such as cholesteatoma, eardrum perforations, infections, fluid and retraction, sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss. The surgeries he performs include cochlear implantation, bone conduction implants and repair of aural atresia. He performs non-invasive ear molding for newborns with ear anomalies. He also cares for children with a wide range of ear, nose and throat problems. Dr. Cohen currently serves on the MCC's Board of Directors.

Dr. Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris, Au.D., PASC has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a Master’s Degree in Audiology, both from UMASS Amherst and a Doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. She is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA) and holds Specialty Certification in Pediatric Audiology from the ABA. She served on the committee which developed the legislation mandating Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) in Massachusetts and recently retired as the Coordinator of Newborn Hearing Screening for Baystate Health. She is a Past President of the Massachusetts Speech-Language & Hearing Association and Past Chair of the Massachusetts Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Board of Registration. Dr. Morris currently serves on the MCC's Board of Directors.

Dr. Meredith Braza

Meredith Braza, AuD, CCC-A is a nationally certified and state-licensed audiologist with expertise in the early identification and management of hearing differences in infants and children, particularly those with medical and developmental complexities. She completed her graduate training at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, in addition to receiving her Doctorate in Audiology, she earned a Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Fellowship. She currently provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient hearing assessments at Boston Children’s Hospital and is involved in several local and statewide projects centered around hearing healthcare education. Dr. Braza currently serves on the MCC's Board of Directors.

Dr. Margaret Kenna

Dr. Kenna is an Associate at Boston Children's Hospital in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement and a Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement. She is also a Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Evelyn Rankin

Evelyn Rankin has been the Program Director of the READS Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program since 1998. She is a Speech & Language Pathologist, Special Education Administrator, a Teacher of the Deaf-ASL, and a Teacher of the Deaf- Auditory/Oral. She also teaches part time at Bridgewater State University in the Communication Disorders Dept.

Peter Colleran

Peter Colleran is a Physician Assistant in Hospital Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Bay Path University in East Longmeadow, MA. His clinical interests are in Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders. Peter is the father of 3 sons, and his second son, Logan, was born with cCMV in 2017 and succumbed to a 4-month battle with the disease.