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  • Katherine Ribeiro

    Katherine Ribeiro

    Manager-Ambulatory and Procedural Services-Ophthalmology

    Katherine Ribeiro, MBA has a background in health care, financial analysis and academic administration.   She worked for almost ten years for a multi-site neuropsychology practice and previously worked for Fidelity Investments, Fleet Bank and Bain and Company. Her educational background includes an MBA from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Most recently Katherine was an academic administrator at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She lives in Central Massachusetts where she enjoys the abundance of delightful hiking trails and nature walks.

  • Sharon Furbish

    Sharon Furbish

    Executive Administrative Assistant

    Sharon Furbish is a graduate of Becker College and has worked for the UMass Memorial, Medical Center since 1991 in various positions. She has been in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences for two and a half years, where she provides administrative support to the Chair and Administrator. Her interests include spending time with family, baking, music, and watching sports.

  • Jackie Volke

    Jackie Volke

    Executive Secretary

    Jackie Volke is a graduate of Salter Secretarial School and has been working in the field of Ophthalmology for over forty-five years. Jackie is a member of Corvettes United of Central Massachusetts and a patron of Boston Ballet for over twenty years. In her free time, Jackie enjoys reading.

  • Anita Amin

    Anita Amin

    Residency Coordinator

    Anita Amin is a graduate of Worcester State University with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Management. She is pleased to be a part of the inaugural academic year of the Residency Program for the Ophthalmology. “While graduate education is something that is outside of my comfort zone, this opportunity was too hard to pass up. I am excited to see this program develop and flourish into a comprehensive and competitive educational experience.” When Anita is not working, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and is currently getting her three legged dog, Ilean, certified as a therapy and support animal.

  • Diamond Parrilla

    Diamond Parrilla

    Team Lead, Sr. Admin. Secretary

    "If you find something you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. Helping patients is something that I enjoy. One of the ways I enjoy helping is with language, I am Bilingual and speak fluent Spanish as well as English. It was important for me to fully develop my career so I earned a certificate in Medical Office Administration. When I am not at work, I enjoy traveling, summer, and eating different types of food.

  • Lori Murnane

    Lori Murnane

    Sr. Admin. Secretary

    I have been working in the ophthalmology for over 5 years and I enjoy learning everything about the eyes. I love the interaction with the patients and doctors. The things I enjoy outside from work are the outdoors, hiking, camp fires and being with friends and family.

  • Sherri Granger

    Sherri Granger

    Team Lead, Technician

    I have been working at UMass Memorial, Medical Center since 2009 and have been working as a technician for over 25 years. On the weekends I enjoy attending youth sporting events, painting and running with my dog.

  • Jason Mctigue

    Jason Mctigue


    “I have always been fascinated with vision.” Jason Mctigue decided to pursue his career in the field of Ophthalmology after completing his degree (Bachelor in Psychology).  Jason currently works as a Technician for the UMass Memorial, Medical Center, and Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. Some of his interests include spending time outdoors and riding motorcycles.

  • David Rivera

    David Rivera


    “Once I started working in the clinic, I was interested to further pursue a career in ophthalmology." David Rivera has been working as a Technician for more than eleven years. At present David works for the UMass Memorial, Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and watching sports in his free time.

  • Jessica Peterson

    Jessica Peterson

    Ophthalmic Photographer/Technician

    Jess has been working in Ophthalmology since 2014, after earning her degree from Fitchburg State University (Bachelors of Science in Photography/Communications Media). She has experience as a technician and is also a Certified Retinal Angiographer. Jess currently works for the UMass Memorial, Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences as both a technician and a photographer. In her free time Jess enjoys yoga, reading and spending time with friends, family and her cat, Sesame.

  • Manisha Anand

    Manisha Anand


    Manisha obtained her undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Delhi, India. She has extensive background in basic ophthalmology research and has been part of UMass Medical School since 2010. To peruse her carrier in clinical care, Manisha obtained her certifications as a Nursing Assistant and then as Ophthalmic Assistant (COA). With her passion to improve patient care experience, she joined the UMass Eye Center in 2017 and is excited and pleased to be a part of the team in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. She says, “The vision of the department aligns with my goals to provide the best care to our patients and improve their quality of life.” She also loves to spend time with her family, write, play music and challenge culinary bounds.

  • Brittany Hynes

    Brittany Hynes


    I began my journey with UMass Eye Center in 2019. I am new to the field of Ophthalmology, but I have enjoyed working with patients for years. Being a mom to two young girls, I really enjoy working with children and doctors that specialize in pediatrics. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, hiking and being with family and friends.

  • Sarah Hill

    Sarah Hill


    Sarah has been working in Ophthalmology since 2010. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Sciences from Salter College in 2009 and has since gotten her Certification in Ophthalmic Assisting. She presently works as a technician for the UMass Memorial, Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. When not at work she enjoys playing and collecting video games, reading, going on walks, and spending time with friends, family and her cat, Izzy.

  • Adam Champagne

    Adam Champagne

    Ambulatory Services Representative (ASR)

    Adam Champagne joined our team in the fall of 2018 as an Ambulatory Services Representative. With a background in retail management, Adam has a keen sense of organization and loves to work with patients of all ages and backgrounds. He says that his favorite thing about Ophthalmology is helping patients improve their vision, however that looks for them. “Vision is so integral in most peoples’ lives- when someone has an eye problem, it impacts everything that they do. I love working in ophthalmology because I get to witness the joy in patients when they leave our facility with improved sight. It’s very gratifying to get to be a part of that experience and patient care.” Outside of work Adam enjoys writing and composing music, indulging in his favorite hobby of board games and RPGS, and spending time with his wife and son.

  • Alena Allen

    Alena Allen

    Ambulatory Services Representative (ASR)

    “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford
    I have worked in the customer service field in several industries for over eighteen years. At present I work for the UMass Memorial, Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. In my free time I enjoy meditation, music and spending time with my children and friends.