Our Team 

"The death of a child is a profound tragedy for families. At The Center, we are available to provide compassionate care to those in need – parents, grandparents, siblings, care providers, as well as professionals who are in contact with families at the time of a child’s death.”


Shari King, MA, MPH

Program Director

Shari King, MA, MPH is the Program Director for the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death and Boston Medical Center Autism Program in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Boston University/Boston Medical Center. She provides clinical oversight of both programs, personnel management, public relations, program implementation and strategic planning, coordination and delivery of training and clinical consultation, and advocacy and community networking. Ms. King has an extensive background working in the fields of education and health care by providing direct service to children and families and managing programs that serve to promote their resiliency through psychosocial support, enhanced provider education and community collaborations. Her team of resource specialists has curated a wealth of dynamic resource information on autism services, including a Parent Information Packet (translated into multiple languages), an online Resource Directory, a Transition to Adulthood Manual and an E Newsletter. Ms. King served as Co-Chair of the CDC's MA Act Early State Team Outreach Task Force and sits on the Steering Committee for the Butler/Shapiro Task Force.  At BMC, where she has been for the past thirteen years, Ms. King has worked intensely with community partners such as the Boston Public Schools, DPH-funded Autism Support Centers, Boston Police Department and Boys & Girls Clubs to strengthen and empower the city's most marginalized families, most especially those representing cultural, religious and ethnic minorities.  


Maxine L. Weinreb, Ed.D.

Bereavement, Trauma and Mental Health Clinician

Maxine L. Weinreb, Ed.D is the Grief, Trauma and Bereavement Specialist for the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death. Ms. Weinreb is a licensed educational psychologist with degrees in counseling and human development. She is also licensed as a marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor. She is a faculty member in The Counseling and School Psychology Department at The University of Massachusetts and taught for ten years in the Social Work Department at Wheelock College in Boston. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Weinreb has provided consultation and assistance to early childhood programs, Head Start programs, public and private schools, the courts, law enforcement, and mental health and health professionals. She provided assistance and training to early childhood professionals and mental health clinicians in Oklahoma City following the bombing in April, 1995 and in New York after the terrorist attacks of September 11. She has published in Young Children and is the co-author of a curriculum for child care professionals serving children in court-based child care centers. She and her colleagues have published Shelter from the Storm, a manual for mental health providers on the assessment and treatment of children who have witnessed violence. She has presented locally, regionally, and nationally about issues of childhood stressors, especially those related to exposure to violence.


Alexander Friedman, MPH

Trainings & Operations Specialist

Alexander J. Friedman, MPH is the Trainings & Operations Specialist for the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death. He helps to advance the Center's mission by organizing and delivering training support to key community stakeholders, such as the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, the Boston Public Health Commission, and visiting nurse agencies across the Commonwealth. On a national level, Alexander has also helped to equip childcare professionals with the tools to better understand the complexity of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. Alexander’s background includes an emphasis on Child Protection, Project Management, and Population Health Systems Management.

Internship Placement

The internship program at the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death at Boston Medical Center provides undergraduate and graduate level students the opportunity to participate in supporting families and Center activities. Each academic year, several interns and volunteers come on board to assist the Center by taking on special projects and supporting the day-to-day operations of the program. If you would like to learn more about the internship program and ongoing intern and volunteer projects, please contact us at magriefcenter@bmc.org. 

Current Interns

Summer 2019
Ana Martinez – Graduate student, Tufts University

Past Interns

Fall 2018
Kristen Caporelli – Undergraduate student, Tufts University

Spring 2018
Bridgete Liebau – Graduate student, Tufts University

Fall 2017
Coralys de Jesus – Undergraduate student, Tufts University

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Sarah Coburn – Graduate student, Tufts University
Kate Fosbenner – Undergraduate student, Tufts University
Nikki Kelly- Graduate student, Tufts University
Grace Tunning – Graduate student, Tufts University
Emily Zhang – Graduate student, Tufts University

Fall 2016
Weyu Hodge – Graduate student, Boston University
Pooja Patel – Graduate student, Boston University

Summer 2016
Qiaoxi Chen – Graduate student, Boston University

Spring 2016
Carey Finchem – Graduate student, Boston University
Grace Thole – Graduate student, Boston University


Advisory Board Members

Nicole Barsalona – Founder, Mommy Interrupted
Shelly Bathe Lenn – Coordinator, The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens
Gert Condon — Area Director, Dimock Area Office, Department of Children and Families
Eileen Costello – Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Justine Egan – Injury Epidemiologist, Department of Public Health
Eric and Holly High – Parents
Seth and Melissa Isaacs – Parents
Susan Horrigan – Case Investigation Supervisor, Department of Children and Families
Kathleen McAleer – Bereavement Specialist, Cranberry Hospice
Ryan O’Hanlon – Owner, McHoul Family Funeral Home Maggie and Michael Mancuso – Parents; Founders, Ambrose’s Angels
Joseph Reardon – VP for Community Development and Advance Planning, Keohane Funeral Home
Deborah Rivlin – Education Director, The Children’s Room: Caring Support for Grieving Children, Teens and Families
Jonathan and Wendy Shaw  Parents
Marianne Toole — Continous Quality Improvement Specialist, Department of Children and Families
Lynn Turner – Nursing Supervisor, Healthy Baby Healthy Child, Boston Public Health Commission

Past Advisory Board Members

Lisa Allee – Injury Prevention Coordinator, Boston Medical Center
Elizabeth Armstrong — Deputy Director and Counsel, Office of the Child Advocate
Joseph Cahill – Director of Medico-Legal Investigations, MA Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 
Deborah Clapp — Director, Emergency Medical Services for Children, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Christian Kiriakos  Mortuary Supervisor, Boston Medical Center
Nate Lamkin — Care Dimensions
Collette Peterson —Circle Home, Inc.
Scott Scholefield  Director of Special Investigations, Department of Children and Families
Pam and Howard Teibel — Parents
Patricia Whitworth — Healthy Baby Healthy Child, Boston Public Health Commission
Melissa Deane — Social Work Supervisor, Child Protection Team, Boston Medical Center