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Samantha Masterson
Executive Director

American Liver Foundation
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About Our Division

>Local divisions are the cornerstones of the American Liver Foundation’s success. Since its inception in 1985, the New England Division has served patients and families with liver disease and worked with some of the most world-reknowned hepatologists and liver specialists.

>The American Liver Foundation New England Staff poses for a photo at the Flavors of Boston 2012 event (9/28/2012) at the State Street Pavilion in Fenway Park. (L-R) Hùng Pham, Samantha Masterson, Diana Kinch, Elizabeth Stemporzewski, Lauren Gainor, Helen Garity.


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Samantha Masterson, Executive Director
Helen Garity, Director of Division Campaigns
Hùng Pham, Campaign Manager: Liver Life Walks and Flavors of Boston
Lauren Gainor, Campaign Manager: Run For Resarch and Challenege Events
Elizabeth Stemporzewski, Program Manager
Diana Kinch
, Administrative Assistant


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Staff Bios

Samantha Masterson, Executive Director

I joined the American Liver Foundation in November 2010 as the executive director for the New England Division. As the executive director I work with the local Board of Directors to set the strategic direction for the Division and work with the staff to execute set initiatives. Although we strive to accomplish many initiatives as a Division, our primary areas of focus are raising awareness through our programs and events, cultivating corporate partners (and partners in general who can assist us with growing our network), and expanding our “reach” so that we are truly represented throughout New England.

Personally, I have spent the majority of my career in the non-profit sector, with a strong skillset around identification and cultivation of corporate partners, board development, and year over year growth on the fundraising side of the calendar. I love the work that we do and, more importantly, I believe in the mission. It’s a very gratifying line of work, and it is truly an honor and privilege to meet and work with the countless people who cross our paths on a daily basis.

The internal team here is incredible – very strong, passionate and smart. We all work very well together and it truly is a pleasure working with each other. The external team – all of our supporters– are phenomenal, a true joy with which to be associated, and the dedication and loyalty that we receive from them is second to none.

When I’m not in the office, I am spending time with my husband, Bill, and our son, Will. I love to spend time with my “boys”! We love to travel as a family so we make that a priority. We are also very active…love boating, exercising and attending as many New England “events” as we can in the warmer months and in the winter you would find us on the mountains skiing each and every weekend!

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Helen Garity, Director of Division Campaigns

I joined the American Liver Foundation in March 2012. As Director of Division Campaigns, I oversee the running campaigns for the New England division including the Run for Research program at the Boston Marathon, the Falmouth Road Race and the Chilly Half Marathon. In addition to these responsibilities, I will be working closely with our Executive Director to develop and grow our partnerships and identify new areas of opportunity.

It’s an exciting time to join the team as we gear up for the 25th year anniversary of Run for Research in 2013!

I am thankful to be part of an organization that has a strong mission and touches so many lives. Being part of a small office, I am able to think and act outside my given role to support the overall direction of the American Liver Foundation helping those affected by liver disease.

I have worked in and around the healthcare and medical education fields since 1993. My work has been focused on delivering continuing medical education initiatives to primary care clinicians, overseeing relationships with pharmaceutical and educational partners to producing and delivering leading edge educational curriculum for participants.

When I am not in the office, I am spending time with my husband, Mike and our two children, Sydney and Marco. I enjoy running, traveling, cooking and hanging out with family and friends.

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Hùng Pham, Campaign Manager: Liver Life Walks and Flavors of Boston

I joined the American Liver Foundation New England Division team in April 2011. As a Campaign Manager, I oversee the planning, development, and execution of two signature fundraising events: the Liver Life Walk - our fundraising walk, and Flavors of Boston - a culinary experience. Both events are great ways to bring attention and raise funds for our cause. I enjoy how diverse each event is and am looking forward to growing and expanding each, as well as working to add other events to our Division's calendar in the coming years.

I have been in the non-profit field for the last 7 years, and although I have appreciated all the experiences I've had with various organizations, working for the ALF means the most to me. My family has been directly affected by liver disease. As I work each day for the cause, I remember that it's not only the 30 million Americans affected by liver disease -- it's personal.

When I'm not working on our events, you're likely to find me spending time with friends, working on my car or motorcycle, enjoying the outdoors or playing the guitar or piano. I graduated Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Music -- I still teach music lessons and occasionally perform, and my career path led me to obtain my MBA from Assumption College.

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Lauren Gainor, Campaign Manager: Run for Research and Challenge Events

I joined the American Liver Foundation New England Division in November 2010 as the Administrative Assistant and Campaign Coordinator. Since then I have grown to be the Campaign Manager for the division’s Liver Life Challenge and Run for Research Events. Working closely with Helen Garity, Director of Division Campaigns, I connect with over 215 runners to manage their fundraising and overall race experience, as well as organize the logistics for the training runs, group meetings, team celebrations, and race weekend events. In addition to my role as a Campaign Manager, I organize and oversee the volunteers for all of our campaign events and third party volunteer opportunities.

As a Girl Scout for over 10 years, charity work has always been a big part of my life. Working at ALF not only allows me to give back to those struggling with the over 100 types of liver disease, but it also allows me to work with an incredible team of experienced non-profit professionals. With an office of six, I feel that I have a true impact on the American Liver Foundation’s efforts and success.

Although I have recently found a love of running (very slow might I add), I always enjoy a good project; anything from scrapbooking to painting wine glasses. My family is one of the most important things in my life, so on Friday nights you’ll always find me in my town’s favorite pizza place with my sisters, parents, and the rest of Cumberland, RI.

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Elizabeth Stemporzewski, Program Manager

After over a decade as a patient match in the Patient-Runner Partner Program, I came to join the American Liver Foundation New England Division in March 2012 as the division’s Program Manager. In my role here, I seek to educate individuals of all ages in regards to liver health and wellness, disease prevention and treatment. From programs such a Love Your Liver, Treatment Choices Initiative (TCI) and the Fatty Liver Information Program (FLIP) my goal is to promote awareness about the importance of the liver to people of all backgrounds. In addition, I also help to facilitate division specific programs, promote liver advocacy initiatives and work closely with our Medical Advisory Committee (MAC).

Diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis at age 11, I feel especially grateful for my job here at the American Liver Foundation. After 3 years of working at Children’s Hospital Boston, where I was initially diagnosed, I feel that my life has come full circle in my mission to give back for all that I have received in my own life. I can’t express how wonderful it is to work with such a talented, supportive and dedicated staff on a daily basis; especially for a cause that means so much to me! I can only hope that my role here helps to touch those affected by liver disease, as much as the people that I meet through the American Liver Foundation touch me.

When I’m not working, or buried under articles and projects for my Master’s in Health Informatics, I try to spend as much time as possible with my family and friends. With an Art and Art History degree from Amherst College, I still take any opportunity that I can to get my hands into any type of creative project. I also love nothing more than taking advantage of all that New England has to offer with a weekend road trip to the beaches of Maine, mountains of Vermont or anywhere in between.

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Diana Kinch, Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant mine may be the first voice you hear when you call our Newton office. I process the donations, deposits, mail, acknowledgements and see to the general running of the office. I also assist the campaign managers with pre-event preparations as well as the event itself.

I work at the American Liver Foundation’s New England Division, because it has always been my intent to find a mission-based organization where my work could make a difference and contribute to something in which I believe. In April 2011 that became a reality, as I came onboard as the Administrative Assistant. Not only is it my good fortune to work with a team of such knowledgeable, talented and fun people, but also to meet the countless people committed to supporting and actively helping with liver disease awareness, advocacy and research. It truly is a family.

When I’m not behind spreadsheets, I am spending time with my family, working on my latest work of fiction, cooking or listening to jazz or any music really.

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