Executive Team

Brecken Chinn, Ph.D.

Brecken Chinn, Ph.D. is the Founder of HandReach. With an academic and professional career in communication, international affairs, and educational development, her dream is to bring the best hands in the world together to address the devastating loss of human capital caused by untreated trauma injuries. Dr. Chinn finds her greatest inspiration in her adopted daughter Zhou Lin ("Jolene"), who at age 11 survived an explosion that nearly cost her legs and hands. Jolene, now an honors graduate of Dean College, has fully recovered and assists with HandReach's outreach, event planning, and international work, as well as serving on the Board.


Stephen McIntosh, MA, MBA
President and Treasurer

Stephen has spent his career in marketing management, business development, technical communications, and finance at leading high tech companies such as Leidos and HP (DEC), and at several start-ups. He holds an MBA from Boston University, an MA in Physiological Psychology from Bucknell, and a BA with Honors from Williams College. Steve also holds a professional certification in computer security (CISSP).

Qi McIntosh
Secretary and China Program Director

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Qi McIntosh has called Massachusetts home for over 25 years now. She has built a successful career as a software developer with Oracle and HP (Digital Equipment Corporation). Qi graduated from Nankai University with honors in math. Through her deep dedication to HandReach, she strives to pass on her good fortune by enriching the lives of wounded children.


Jolene "Zhou Lin" Chinn Swartz
Board Member

Jolene graduated summa cum laude in Arts and Entertainment Management from Dean College. She served as the original inspiration for HandReach to launch its Children's Healing Initiative and focus its mission on burn and trauma care through her inspiring journey of recovery from her own burn injury, which she sustained in a kerosene explosion at age 11, affecting the lower 55% of her body. A gifted graphic designer and master of bookkeeping, Jolene has chosen to dedicate her volunteer efforts to HandReach through accounting and donor relations, hoping to enhance her ability to further nonprofit efforts benefitting other young burn survivors worldwide.


Otha Day
BeatBrigade Director

Otha Day, a gifted drum instructor, facilitates fun and lively drum/rhythm circles with the deep belief that rhythm has the power to build community, create joy, and promote healing and well-being. Working with groups of 2 to 2000, he promotes awareness of rhythm in every act of living starting with your HeartBeat, the Rhythm of your soul. Besides his HandReach work, Otha leads drum and rhythm circles for corporate and business events, sports teams, colleges, libraries, schools, wellness environments, summer camps, community celebrations and religious groups through his a private practice, Drum to the Beat. Otha also teaches at several schools in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont including Williams College. He is also an accomplished pianist.



Outreach Team

Julian Thake

Julian is a retired schools administrator and who spent the greater part of his career arranging education for kids with all kinds of special needs. He believes very strongly that we are all part of one another, and helping HandReach is a great way of putting that belief into practice


George Goodwin
Research Coordinator

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science, George went to Japan for work as an English teacher, during which time he was hit by a drunk driver and his car engulfed in flames, resulting in months of burn treatment and reconstruction in Japan. George returned to the United States in 2006, and since 2007 has been a graduate student in Public Health at the University of Nevada. George says, "Having been through the process of surviving burns over 60 percent of my body, I can say that I am intimately familiar with the process of burn recovery, and that it is anything but easy. I'm happy to offer support, information, or help as I can to anyone who has been though a similar situation." George volunteers as HandReach's Research Coordinator, linking the organization with burn prevention and treatment efforts across the globe.


Board of Directors

Dr. Brecken Chinn

Stephen McIntosh

Jolene Chinn Swartz

Qi McIntosh





President, Treasurer

Board Vice President

Secretary, China Program Director



Board of Advisors

C. Scott Hultman, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.

J. Alan Chambers, M.D.

Robert Sheridan, M.D.

Stephen Gardner, M.D.

Robert Schneider, O.T.R./L, C.H.T.

Suzanne Curley, O.T.R./L, C.H.T.

Gleeson Rebello, M.D.

Li Li, C.P.T.

Lorna Hayward, EdD., MPH, C.P.T.

Ann Charrette, PT, DPT, MS, PCS

Monica Pessina, Ph.D., MEd., OTR

Brock McConkey, C.P.O.

UNC Chapel Hill

Mass General Hospital

Shriners Hospital for Children

Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital

Bethesda Hand Rehabilitation

Mass General Hospital

Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital

Northeastern University

Northeastern University


Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital

Shriners Orthopedic Hospital