Center for Community Wellness Team Bios

Paul Ridker, MD, MPH

Executive Director

Paul Ridker, MD, MPH, serves as the Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is a preventive cardiologist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where he directs the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. Dr. Ridker has served on the Board of Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center for 9 years including two terms as Board Chair and was instrumental in the creation of the BWH Center for Community Wellness. With research interests ranging from inflammation biology to the social determinants of disease, Dr. Ridker has served on multiple panels for the US National Institutes of Health addressing inequality and access to health care. Formally trained in cardiovascular medicine, epidemiology, and public health, Dr. Ridker was designated in 2018 as a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association.

Mandy Bass, RN, MS

Director, CCW

Mandy Bass, RN, MS, has been at Sportsmen’s since 2016 as the Summer Camp Nurse, a Health and Wellness Advisor, and volunteer in the School to Sportsmen’s
program during the school year. Mandy has been a nurse for many years, in roles of nurse manager, clinical specialist and school nurse before joining Sportsmen’s.

The positive energy, curiosity and incredible potential of the students in this community are what draw Mandy to Sportsmen’s. She works to assist others in their own journey to healthy eating, wellness, understanding how opportunities and obstacles in their home community affect their health, and empowering the young people to better understand all these factors in order to reach their potential.

Beret Amundson, MD

Chief Medical Resident, BWH

Beret is this years primary care chief resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has a longstanding interest in community engagement developed during her medical school years, and has loved continuing this practice with the Sportsmen’s community through the the health e chat series. She plans to practice urban primary care in the Boston area next year and is passionate about reducing health inequities in underserved communities, particularly through community engagement efforts. She continues to feel humbled and inspired by all that her patients have to teach her.

Annel Maria Fernandez, MD

Medical Resident, BWH

A Dominican-American, born and raised in the South Bronx, Annel is passionate about community engagement in underserved urban populations. She hopes to serve as a bridge between academic medical centers and community organization, promoting research that actively engages community members and advances evidence-based health interventions in real-world settings.

Suhas Gondi, MD

Medical Resident, BWH

Ever since I learned about Sportsmen’s, I’ve been inspired by its mission and its long history of using tennis as a vehicle to promote community health and tackle injustice.

Hema Pingali, MD

Medical Resident, BWH

Hema Pingali is so excited to have the opportunity to share healthy tips and work on community health improvement and wellness with the CCW community. As a future primary care physician, she cares deeply about the health of the community, most importantly the health of the most vulnerable members of the community. This is why she is so appreciative of the work that the CCW does!

Kristene Tadese, MD

Medical Resident, BWH

Kristene Tadese is a resident physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with a passion for community partnership and promoting the health of historically marginalized communities. She hopes to use her career to amplify community voices and empower communities to pursue health and wellness.

Blossom Tewelde, MD

Medical Resident, BWH

I am interested in learning what we need to do better to serve our patients of color, as individual providers and institutions. I want to empower community members to get the most out of their primary care, which everyone needs, and palliative care, for people dealing with serious illness and end of life care.

Athene Wilson-Glover


Athene Wilson-Glover is a dedicated professional whose passion is improving the health and wellbeing of the individual and community that she lives in and serves.

Toni Wiley

Chief Executive Officer of Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center

Toni Wiley has served as Executive Director and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center since 2008. Her previous experience includes over two decades of corporate and non-profit leadership experience. Ms. Wiley currently serves on a national USTA committee working to build the capacity of inner city tennis and education organizations like Sportsmen’s, on the USTA New England Board of Directors, as president of the New England Tennis Association, and as a board member of the American Tennis Association. She grew up in Dorchester, just minutes from Sportsmen’s, and continues to reside in the area.

Jackie Wiley

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jackie Wiley (she/her) is STEC’s Community Engagement Coordinator and has been with Sportsmen’s intermittently since before her 2012 graduation from Wellesley High School via the METCO program. She has held roles in summer camp, School-to-Sportsmen’s, development, and behind the front desk.

Jackie attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She continues to study computer science and data management. Jackie enjoys art, music, performance, and her cat named Ginger.