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Our Staff

Catherine (Katie) Sugarman, MA, CPS

Catherine (Katie) Sugarman, MA, CPS

Prevention & Outreach Program Manager

Katie has been the Prevention and Outreach Program Manager for the Town of Natick Health Department since November 2016, coordinating the Natick Opioid Task Force’s response to the opioid crisis. This work drew upon her previous roles as the Director of the Natick Together for Youth Coalition, and as the Assistant Director of the Revere CARES Coalition at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds her M.A. in counseling psychology and a B.A. in Elementary Education and Human Development, both from Boston College. In her free time, Katie enjoys baking, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Chalfin, MSW, MPH

Associate Project Coordinator

Lizzy graduated from both the Boston University School of Social Work and School of Public Health, where she focused her studies on topics relating to community level organization, program management, and health policy. Lizzy has experience working in hospitals, government organizations, and non-profits addressing social determinants of health and developing community-based interventions. She is also a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW). As a native Natick resident herself, Lizzy enjoys giving back to her hometown and helping keep Natick healthy and thriving. In her free time, Lizzy likes to run, knit, spend time outdoors, and travel. She has been a vegetarian for over 10 years.


Astrid Dretler, MPH

Astrid Dretler, MPH

Administrative Project Coordinator

Astrid has worked as both a volunteer as well as Project Coordinator for the coalition (formerly known as Natick Together for Youth) since 2005, focusing on research and evaluation. Formerly, she was a Research Coordinator for Join Together, a national resource for coalitions working to end substance abuse. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Political Science, and holds a Masters of Public Health from Emory University, where her studies centered on tobacco control and prevention education. Astrid’s hope, through this work, is to bring about change on a community level and end the stigma of addiction. Astrid is an avid equestrian, and also enjoys walking her dog and raising her family.