Board of Directors & Advisors

Meet our dedicated and experienced board of advisors who’ve helped direct 15-40 Connection efforts.

Our Board of Directors

Karen Albritton, MD

Cook Children's Medical Center—Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Albritton was educated at Yale University and received her medical degree from the University of Texas. After completing two fellowships at the University of North Carolina, she is board certified in both pediatric and adult oncology.

Her main research focus is in health services for adolescents and young adults with cancer, including access to age-appropriate, disease-based care. She is particularly interested in understanding variables affecting differential survival outcomes of patients across an age spectrum with the same disease, especially sarcoma. Dr. Albritton is past Chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult Committee within the Children’s Oncology Group and was co-chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Progress Review Group on Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

After serving as the director of the AYA oncology program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Albritton has recently moved back home to Texas to start a community based AYA Oncology Program at Cook Children’s Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.

Jim Coghlin, Sr.

Chairman of Coghlin Cos., Inc

Jim is chairman of Coghlin Cos., Inc.,-- a 4th generation business -- that, today, is an accelerated time-to-market product engineering and contract manufacturing company, providing concept-to-commercialization services to a diversified group of capital equipment innovators, device manufacturers and venture-backed technology companies throughout the U.S.

In addition to his business interests and as a result of many years of fundraising and advocating for cancer causes, Jim became aware of a shocking statistic – cancer survival rates for people aged 15 to 40 had barely improved since 1975. A prime culprit in this statistic is late detection, so Jim looked for an organization to support that was empowering teens and young adults with knowledge that could help them detect cancer at earlier stages. He found none. Jim talked to his family and explained that he thought they had a calling to do something about this problem, and together, in 2008, they founded 15-40 Connection.

Today, Jim’s passion, through 15-40 Connection, is teaching people of all ages how to detect cancer early, and they will share this life-saving education with us tonight.

In recognition of his business success and community service work, Jim has received many honors, including recognition by Massachusetts General Hospital as part of their “The One Hundred” Program in 2014 for his “commitment to the fight against cancer that inspires us all to take action.” Most recently, Jim and 15-40 Connection were honored by the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists with the 2018 Audesse Award for their “outstanding efforts to educate the public about cancer care, prevention, and to enhance the quality of cancer care in Massachusetts.”

Jim and his wife, Nancy, are residents of Shrewsbury, MA, and parents to 4 children and Nanny and Papa to 12 grandchildren.

Chris Coghlin

President/CEO of Coghlin Cos., Inc

Chris is the President and CEO of the Coghlin Companies and its wholly owned subsidiaries: Columbia Tech, a product development, manufacturing and global fulfillment services company, and Cogmedix, an FDA compliant medical device manufacturing and engineering services firm.

The Coghlin Companies were founded in 1885 and are privately held with global headquarters located in Westborough, Massachusetts. Columbia Tech and Cogmedix provide services to a diversified group of global capital equipment innovators in a broad range of industries including medical, life sciences, energy, homeland security, robotics, communications, semiconductor, LED, water treatment, and food and beverage. The companies have achieved multiple ISO registrations, adhere to IPC and J-STD-001 standards and have achieved ITAR and FDA registrations.

Chris has been with the Coghlin Companies for over 25 years and has been President and CEO of both its subsidiaries for more than a decade. He is a 1988 graduate of Saint John’s High School and a 1993 graduate of Northeastern University's D’Amore-McKim School of Business. In addition to his business responsibilities, Chris is a member of YBA's Central Mass Chapter, The Young Presidents Organization (YPO) New England Chapter, Mass MEDIC (Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council), and MDG (Medical Development Group). Chris is also actively involved in Northeastern University’s Co-op Education Program, a United Way Community Trustee, Worcester Country Club Member, accomplished musician, and a youth sports coach. Chris serves as a Strategic Advisor or Board Member to other private businesses and charitable organizations including the Worcester Clean-Tech Incubator (WCTI), 15-40 Connection, Hemedex, and Fuel for Fire. He is an active supporter and Gala Committee Member for the Andruzzi Foundation and is the proud husband of Kimberly and father of 3 children; (Haley (16), Brady (16) and Colby (13))

Eric Coghlin

Director in Equity Capital Markets—Bank of America

Eric is a Director in Equity Capital Markets for Bank of America in New York City. He specializes in equity-linked products and corporate equity derivatives across a variety of industries including the healthcare sector. He works with clients all over the country as well as abroad. Prior to joining Bank of America, Eric spent over 14 years at UBS Investment Bank as an Executive Director, working both in their New York City office as well as their Sydney, Australia office.

Eric began his investment banking career directly out of college. He received his BS in Finance from Boston College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and in the top 2% of his class from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management. During his time at Boston College, Eric spent a semester at the University of New South Wales, School of Banking and Finance in Sydney, Australia. Eric attended the Bancroft School in Worcester, MA for high school and is a native of Shrewsbury, MA.

Eric resides in Darien, CT with his wife Vickie and 3 children.

Michael Davin

Entrepreneur

Michael Davin has had a long and accomplished career in the medical device and aesthetics industry. He served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cynosure from 2003 to 2017. Cynosure is engaged in the development and manufacture of light-based aesthetic and medical treatment systems. During this time, sales growth went from $20 million to $430 million including significant international expansion. Michael led the company's initial public offering and listing on the NASDAQ and executed key acquisitions. Under his leadership, Cynosure became one of the largest and most profitable companies in the aesthetic industry. Cynosure was sold to Hologic for $1.65 billion in March, 2017.

Prior to joining Cynosure, Michael co-founded Cutera, a global medical device company, based in California, engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and servicing of laser and other energy-based aesthetics systems for practitioners.

He was the 2008 recipient of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Medical Devices category in New England.

Michael received his BSBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Michael and his wife, Ellen, live in Boston, MA.

Peter Deckers, MD

Dean Emeritus of the University of Connecticut's School of Medicine

Peter Deckers, MD, is a highly respected surgeon with a focus on breast and gastrointestinal tumor surgery. He is dean emeritus of the University of Connecticut's School of Medicine and former executive vice president of the university's Health Center. During his 15-year tenure as dean, he was responsible for a major transformation at the medical school by supporting the development of a new educational curriculum. He oversaw a dramatic increase in patient care provided by John Dempsey Hospital and the UConn Medical Group; and spearheaded strong growth in public and private research awards to biomedical scientists and clinicians.

Joining the University's Health Center in 1987, Peter assumed the top administrative position on an interim basis in 1999 and, then, permanently in 2000. He helped engineer a turnaround that achieved $74 million in cost reductions and revenue enhancements; focused resources on areas of excellence; stepped up recruitment of nationally prominent physicians and researchers; and brought more patients to the Health Center.

Peter has published more than 150 scholarly contributions and served as president of the New England Cancer and New England Surgical societies. A Boston University School of Medicine graduate, he received top awards as a student and resident, and completed his fellowship training in the surgical branch of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He continues to be involved with the University's Health Center, sees patients, teaches and assists with philanthropic and outreach efforts.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Peter has garnered many awards and honors. Peter and his wife, Barbara, live in Avon, CT.

William “Bill” Durgin

Management and Investment Consultant

Following a very dedicated and successful 26-year career at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, Bill Durgin retired in 2010 and is currently a self-employed management and investment consultant. He works with senior management teams and boards on strategic and tactical financial, general management and investment management strategies and operational improvements.

While at Holy Cross, he held the positions of VP, Business Affairs/Treasurer and then Chief Investment Officer. Under his stewardship, the College's endowment grew from a few million dollars to more than $550 million. He also oversaw the day-to-day management of financial assets and worked with the Board of Trustees to make long-term investment decisions for the College. During his tenure, he oversaw 19 campus construction and renovation projects-including six new buildings. Prior to Holy Cross, he was with Tufts University.

In 1978, Bill received his MBA from Babson College. He and his wife, Linda, live in Whitinsville, MA.

Chris Palermo

CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Coghlin Companies and General Manager Columbia Tech

Chris is the Chief Financial Officer of the Coghlin Companies and its wholly owned subsidiaries: Columbia Tech, a product development, manufacturing and global fulfillment services company, and Cogmedix, an FDA compliant medical device contract manufacturing and engineering services firm.

Chris also serves as the General manager for Columbia Tech. Chris has been with the Coghlin Companies for 25 years. He is a 1983 graduate of Saint John?s High School and a 1987 graduate of Assumption College. Prior to joining the Coghlin Companies Chris began his career with KPMG and Bollus Lynch where he achieved his Certified Public Accountant certification. Chris has served in several capacities for local non-profit organizations and is currently a Board Member and active participant in the 15-40 Connection.

Chris is married with three children.

15-40 Connection Board of Advisors:

Nancy M. Coghlin

John M. Heald

Jill C. Conant

Justin A. Maykel, MD

Matthew Cote

Matthew O’Connor

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