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Mackenzie Clift

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Administrative Coordinator

Mackenzie Clift is an Administrative Coordinator at the Mongan Institute and brings a wealth of experience in management, marketing, customer service, and administration to this role. Before joining the Mongan Institute in 2019, she provided administrative support in the Sacred Heart University Admissions Department, where she organized and executed prospective student events. As an undergraduate, Mackenzie volunteered at the Bridgeport Food Pantry and at local elementary schools. Mackenzie is involved in many aspects of administrative support for the Mongan Institute, including managing front desk operations and welcoming visitors to the office. Mackenzie earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Sociology from Sacred Heart University.

Surie Johnson

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Staff Assistant

Surie Johnson is a Staff Assistant at The Mongan Institute. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Ms. Johnson has experience in management, social services, and community outreach, which covers over 10 years of advocacy for underserved children and parents. Prior to joining The Mongan Institute, Ms. Johnson worked as a Research Assistant at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has worked at Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc. as an Office Administrator who specialized in voucher and contract management as well as connecting families with home daycare educators. She has also worked at Whittier Street Health Center, ABCD Head Start and Children’s Services, and The Women’s Lunch Place helping low-income families gain access to supplemental food, sustenance education, health services, and other resources. As an undergrad, Ms. Johnson worked at Youth Opportunity Boston where she was responsible for overseeing the development of a resource manual that at-risk youth could fit in their pocket. She also volunteered in Honduras with Partners in Education Roatan in their e-learning center reading to English and Spanish language learners, supporting them with computer-based games, and encouraging basic math and writing skills.

Lisa Purter

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Grant Administrator

Lisa Purter is a Grant Administrator at the Mongan Institute. Her main responsibility is facilitating all aspects of the grant application process, including budget development, and assisting investigators throughout the award life-cycle providing post award support, budget, and subcontract monitoring. Purter received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Salem State University. Purter currently sits on the Diversity Board of Big Sister’s. She enjoys learning sign language, traveling, and spending time with her family.

William Cody Reynolds 

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Clinical Research Assistant

Cody Reynolds is a Clinical Research Assistant at the Mongan Institute. Cody just moved to Boston from Knoxville, TN, but was born and raised in northeast Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Cellular Biology with a minor in Spanish. At Georgia, Cody was involved with many undergraduate research opportunities related to neuroscience and COVID-19 where he found his passion for health policy and disparity research. Outside of class he was a member of the Men’s Club Volleyball Team, a Peer Learning Assistant for many science classes, a student volunteer at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital, and an assistant volleyball coach at a local volleyball club. His long-term goals are to become a Clinical Research Physician and to continue to support and perform disparities research.