Core Staff

Rosemary EllisRosemary Ellis joined The Doula Program in June 2021 as its Interim Executive Director. A management consultant who specializes in helping nonprofits bridge management gaps, Ellis also guides organizations through strategic planning and change management processes, core operations evaluation and management, key personnel hiring, brand building, and partnership building. She has worked with both nonprofit and private-sector organizations, and has advised multiple start-up companies.

After serving as Interim CEO of a global health nonprofit in 2017, Ellis led other organizations focusing on social justice, health, and reproductive rights. Previously, she was Editor-In-Chief of Good Housekeeping, where she oversaw both traditional and emerging media products, The Good Housekeeping Research Institute, and all business extensions. She was SVP and Editorial Director of Prevention, and was CMO at Human Condition, an early-stage technology B-corporation.

Ellis has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN and other television venues, and has written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Health, Departures, and American Health, among others.

She is inspired by and committed to the work The Doula Program does, and first experienced the privilege of doing that work when, as a teen, she volunteered to regularly babysit a little girl with an inoperable brain tumor for the last 3 months of her life.


Aimee PhilpottAimee Philpott, LCSW, is the Clinical Supervisor of the Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort. With an extensive background both in the field of aging and hospice/palliative care, she has served as an administrator, supervisor, mentor, community liaison, and field instructor for various schools of social work as well as working as a clinician. Posts she has held include Assistant Director at Jarvie Commonweal Service, Hospice/Palliative Care Liaison with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and Social Work Supervisor at Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children.

Previous to earning her MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Aimee graduated with a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from NYU. As a Certified Music Therapist, she created the music therapy service with the Jacob Perlow Hospice program.

Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer with Columbia University School of Social Work.


Laurie MassryLaurie Massry, MPH is the Program Manager at the Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort. She earned her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and completed her undergraduate degree in Human Development at Cornell University. Upon graduation from Cornell, Laurie taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee with Teach for America.

Laurie strives to improve the health and wellbeing of all individuals and is particularly passionate about helping those who are most vulnerable. As Program Manager, she manages the operational and administrative aspects of the Doula Program and brings her dedicated spirit to ensure the organization continues to grow and meet its mission.


Amy LevineAmy Levine, LCSW, Founder Emeritus, has been a leader committed to the work of the Doula Program since first becoming a Doula Volunteer in 2003. She joined the professional staff in 2004, when the Doula Program was under the auspices of a New York City social service agency.

Amy is an internationally recognized educator, author, and consultant in the field of aging, serious illness and end-of-life care. In 2012, she established The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort, Inc. as an independent nonprofit organization. During her years as Executive Director and Clinical Director, she created the experiential Doula Volunteer training model, forged new healthcare and community partnerships, and developed the Palliative Care Doula Volunteer Program utilized by major hospitals. She has taught post-graduate seminars and presented at conferences sponsored by the Hospice and Palliative Care Association and the American Hospital Association.

Amy has been interviewed by publications including The New York Times and the Financial Times. She has written for the HuffPost and her book, “Final Wishes, a Journal for Reflections on Life and Guidance for Settling Your Affairs,” was published in 2021.

Amy received her MSW and a Certificate in Worksite Wellness from New York University, and is a graduate of the End-of-Life Practitioners Program of the Metta Institute.


Program Associates support the work of Doula Volunteers.