The Institute for Pediatric Innovation is led by a team of experts with broad experience in research, development, marketing and licensing of medical devices and pharmaceutical products for pediatric healthcare. The staff are supported by graduate student interns. Learn more about our Internship Program.

Stephen Evangelista, CEO

Steve has spent his entire adult life working in the non-profit arena, which began in 1970, when he helped to start the Rhode Island Special Olympics at the request of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  In the span of those 46 years, Steve worked to promote people with disabilities when he was asked to join the Dole Foundation for the Employment of People with Disabilities, was Vice Chair for Boys Town New England, where he raised close to $15 million to build a campus in Portsmouth, RI.  In 1994 he became the CEO of the National Kidney Foundation, New England and in 2001 was appointed as CEO for the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region. 

Steve has served as Chair of the Rhode Island Health Advocacy Forum since 2002 and continues to serve on several boards and committees.  He received his BA from Roger Williams University and his MA from Rhode Island College.

Steve and his wife, Arlene, live in Warwick, RI. They have four children and 8 grandchildren.

Celine Sanborn.jpg

Celine Sanborn, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Celine Sanborn joined the IPI team in April 2017. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications and Media Arts from Simmons College. Celine has interned at WGBH Boston, the Boston Jewish Film Festival, and This Star Won’t Go Out, an organization dedicated to supporting kids with cancer. In each of these positions she used her love of media to help these nonprofits succeed online, and she looks forward to doing the same for IPI.

Jeff Hovis.png

Jeff Hovis, Innovation Strategy Consultant

Jeff Hovis is Managing Principal at Product Genesis, an MIT spinout strategic innovation consulting firm. Jeff is responsible for executive-level interface for global innovation strategy client programs on six continents. He serves as a senior advisor to Global 2000 CMOs and CTOs on strategic innovation and new business creation activities. Before moving into strategic consulting more than 15 years ago, Jeff served as Senior Vice President at Thermo Electron (now Thermo Fisher Scientific), where he managed multi-continent business units, and created strategic, technical and marketing partnerships in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Jeff has extensive experience in strategic marketing and technology landscape projections for advanced materials, industrial, commercial, medical, life sciences, and consumer products.