Staff Assistant


Mackenzie Clift is a Staff Assistant 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.

Research Assistant


Surie Johnson is a Research 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.

Administrative Coordinator


Alice Oh is the Administrative Coordinator at the Mongan Institute. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Neuroscience track) from Yale University. Alice worked at the Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain Lab at Yale, where she contributed to the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. She investigated the relationships between resource insecurity (i.e., lack of access to food, housing, medical care), mental health, and functional brain connectivity of children, which revealed significant mental health disparities and differences in developing brain patterns in children as young as 9 years old. In addition to research, Alice has experience in communications, community outreach, and nonprofit administration, particularly in underserved communities. She supports an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach to advancing health equity. As a Yale President’s Public Service Fellow, she coordinated an educational program for low-income students of color at the Connecticut Center of Arts and Technology, and as an undergraduate, she was active in community organizing on issues ranging from immigration to environmental justice.

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.