Jody is a professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and director of the Relational Coordination Research Center. Her research focuses on how coordination by frontline workers contributes to quality and efficiency in service settings, with a particular focus on airlines and health care. Jody earned a BA in political science from Reed in 1985, an MA in political economy from the New School for Social Research in 1991, and a PhD in human resource management from MIT in 1995. She serves on the advisory board for Families First and the board of directors for the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Her most recent book is Sociology of Organizations: Structures and Relationships. Jody’s husband, Ross Gittell, is a professor of management at UNH. Jody and Ross live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and they have two children.
Dennis is a managing director of Clarus Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the health care sector. He was a general partner in the health care venture capital firm MPM Capital and an executive at Genentech, where he served on the executive, product review, and research review committees. Dennis represents Clarus on the boards of CoMentis, FerroKin BioSciences, Pelikan Technologies, Proacta, SARcode, and Aerie Pharmaceuticals. He also serves on the boards of Ceregene and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals. He previously served on the boards of Cellerant Therapeutics, Rinat, Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Synergia, and Tercica. Dennis earned a BA in life sciences and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Virginia, and he did his postgraduate training at the Scripps Clinic. Dennis and his wife, Jane, live in Pacifica, California. They have two children, Randall Henner ’08 and Kevin Henner ’10. Dennis and Jane served on Reed’s Parent Council from 2006 to 2009.