Our Leadership

BAMSI’s Executive Management Team and Board of Directors come from a variety of backgrounds but we all are dedicated to the thousands of individuals and families that we serve each year.

We are relentless advocates dedicated to improving individuals’ lives while changing perceptions about people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health disabilities. Our leadership team works collectively to develop and implement the agency’s strategic growth plan through yearly goals and objectives that keep our staff grounded and focused on the work we do each day at BAMSI. Our team is committed to leading our expanding organization throughout the Commonwealth as we work to improve the quality of people’s lives and their sense of self-worth.

Our Board of Directors consists of a dynamic team of diverse individuals with a variety of professional and personal assets. From attorneys to civic-minded volunteers, BAMSI Directors work tirelessly to guide and direct the organization, serving as the fiscal and legal conscience for the 50,000 persons served each year by BAMSI.  BAMSI, a certified minority non-profit organization depends upon the unique talents of its’ Board of Directors.

If you would like more information about joining our Board of Directors, please contact the Board Liaison, Ulea Lago at ulealago@bamsi.org


  • Yumiko Bonnardeaux

    Yumiko Bonnardeaux

    Yumiko Bonnardeaux is a communications and marketing strategist with more than 13 years of experience in government, industry, corporate and non-profit settings and wide-ranging sectors. Before moving to Boston from Australia in 2020, she provided brand strategy development, marketing and corporate communications execution, stakeholder engagement, project management and change communications counsel to diverse organizations in Victoria, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, as well as in New York. She has served non-profits at a Board and Executive level in education and mental health and volunteered with several community service organizations.

    Yumiko joined BAMSI’s Board of Directors in September, 2020. She is a passionate advocate for health and social services being accessible to all those who require them and the co-design of those services with whom they are intended for.

  • Dr. Ed Cabellon Chair

    Dr. Ed Cabellon

    Dr. Ed Cabellon was voted in as Chair of the Board Directors in June of 2021 after joining the Board in the Fall of 2018 and serving on the Executive Committee as the Board’s Clerk in the Fall of 2019. He appreciates the opportunity to deepen his service to the Brockton community through this important leadership role.

    Professionally, Dr. Cabellon is an experienced, innovative, and accomplished higher education executive in enrollment management and student services. Currently, he serves as vice president of Enrollment Management at Curry College. Additionally, Ed is an entrepreneur and is co-founder and co-owner of Brockton Beer Company, an emerging brewpub in downtown Brockton.

    Ed and his family have lived in Brockton since 2004, with his wife teaching in Brockton Public Schools since 1996 and his two daughters attending Brockton Public Schools. He also has served as a girls Brockton Youth travel soccer coach. An avid runner, Ed has run the Marine Corps Marathon, and the Boston Marathon twice to raise money for important charities. In 2021, he will run his seventh Falmouth Road Race and the second time in a row representing BAMSI.

  • Babacar Diop

    Babacar Diop

    As a Senior Director at Hebrew SeniorLife for the past six years, Babacar has participated in the development of its economic strategy, ensured its budget monitoring and anticipated events to achieve and maintain its competitiveness. His comprehensive knowledge and “hands-on” experience included leading strategic growth, enhancing organizational performance, achieving development goals in challenging environments and building strong teams while maintaining high client satisfaction and adhering to regulatory conditions. He is insightful in his approach and also has the sensitivity and influencing skills to gain buy-in from different stakeholders. His portfolio includes acute care, public health, and geriatric management; he is well versed in the clinical, fiscal and regulatory arenas with a background in Clinical Science and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Babacar is committed to building sustainable communities and environments where patients and residents’ experience and clinical outcomes are enriched.


  • David Ebenezer

    David Ebenezer

    David is currently the CEO of New England Revenue Cycle Solutions Inc., an innovative provider of facility coding and revenue cycle solutions to academic, acute care, and community hospitals. He has over 35 years of management experience with global companies, the public sector, listed corporations, and startups in the USA, Europe, and Asia. His area of expertise is strategy, supply chain management, marketing, finance, and technology.  He holds a Bachelor’s in Metallurgical Engineering, a Postgraduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management, and an MBA in Management of Technology and International Business. He is a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager and SAP MM Functional consultant. He is a passionate advocate for children with special needs and believes in the benefits of early intervention to help children grow to their full potential and lead productive lives.

  • Sam Foster

    Sam Foster

    A transformational CEO, organizational leader, and investment partner, Sam has 25+ years of experience managing, advising, and investing in medical, technology, and manufacturing companies through strategic change, accelerated growth, and management transformation. He is currently the Managing Director of Pennant Partners and is also a founding partner at Healthcare Innovation Partners a healthcare & medical products accelerator. Prior to founding Pennant & HIP, Sam was a Managing Director at Velocity Equity Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm, and Corning Technology Ventures. In addition to maintaining active leadership and investment involvement in a number of companies in the manufacturing, healthcare, energy, and technology industries, Sam has served as CXO / GM of 5 companies, Board Member of 12 and 3 non-profits, co-founded 3 PE/VC partnerships, involved in the founding and advising of multiple businesses including navigating 8+ businesses to exit both as CXO and/or as an investor/Board member.

  • Jeanne Fuller-Jones

    Jeanne Fuller-Jones

    Jeanne Fuller-Jones is currently a Partner/Realtor with Keller Williams Realty based in Easton.  She is certified as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and works with buyers and sellers of all ages, with particular emphasis on seniors and their families.  Jeanne was involved with multi-family housing for the previous 20 years, managing large complexes throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.  Jeanne established youth and adult programs in conjunction with local resources such as the YMCA and BAMSI.  She served as Founding Director and Officer of various non-profits doing housing (Brockton Community Corporation), food distribution (Serve New England), and elder service work (Plymouth Networking Group).  Jeanne served on the Board of Governors for Central and Youth Branches of the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, and is a Member and Group Exercise Instructor at the Old Colony YMCA Central Branch for 20+ years.

  • Andre Jasse

    Andre Jasse

    Andre served for 20 years as Chairman and CEO of Brown Rudnick, an international law firm based in Boston with offices in London, New York, Paris, and Washington D.C. He served for 20 years on the Board of Directors of Eastern Bank, based in Boston, including serving as Lead Director for 5 years. He also served on the Board of a major division of Mass General Brigham for 7 years, including several years as Chair of the Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee of the holding company. Andre is retired but has volunteered as a consultant for numerous nonprofit clients of Empower Success Corps over the last 7 years, principally in the areas of strategic planning and governance. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, with a BS in Management, and holds a JD from Boston College Law School.


  • Jessica Nisenbaum Vice Chair

    Jessica Nisenbaum
    Vice Chair

    Jessica is currently the Chief People Officer at Rhapsody, a leading healthcare data interoperability company, responsible for the company’s people strategy and HR operations globally.  She brings more than 20 years of experience in HR and business, bringing organizations through various stages of growth and transformation, predominantly in the healthcare industry.  She is an experienced business partner to executives in navigating change and driving business outcomes.  Jessica holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, a graduate certificate in Executive Leadership and has completed coursework toward a Masters Degree in Education.  She is also an experienced and trained Mediator.  She has served on the Board of a small educational non-profit agency, is spirited about volunteering her time and talent, and regularly seeks opportunities to help individuals reach personal and professional goals.

  • David Offutt

    David Offutt

    David Offutt joined BAMSI’s Board of Directors in 2016.  He is a real estate developer working with Century 21 Real Estate serving interested buyers and sellers across the Commonwealth.  Mr. Offutt has worked in the real estate business for more than two decades. Much of David’s focuses is in the Plymouth County, he enjoys the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the areas that Brockton serves. Additionally, David serves on the Board of Trustees at Signature Health Care and The Old Colony YMCA.

  • Ann Schuler

    Ann Schuler

    Ann Schuler is the Director of Special Projects at Justice Resource Institute (JRI). Ann has served in this role for 10 years and has worked on various initiatives, efforts, and projects to help support operations, staff development, and recruitment at JRI. Ann began her career at JRI in 1997 at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons. In 2002, Ann received her Master’s degree in criminal justice and mental health counseling from Suffolk University. From 2001-2008 she was the project manager for JRI’s first Research Department and managed several research projects from both state and federal funding sources as well as provided trainings on various assessment instruments. Prior to taking on the larger agency-wide role, Ann worked as a clinician/administrator in JRI’s Southeast Behavioral Health Center for 2 years. She recommended and implemented various system changes to help streamline procedures at the program. In her current position as Director of Special Projects, Ann utilizes her analytical and organizational skills along with her passion for the pursuit of social justice to improve systems across the agency. More recently, Ann is a 2020 Leadership Southcoast graduate and newly appointed to the BAMSI Board of Directors.

  • Joanne Thomas Clerk

    Joanne Thomas

    Joanne Thomas joined the BAMSI Board of Directors in 2010. She is the former Director of Nursing at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. Ms. Thomas has a master’s degree in nursing administration and comes to BAMSI with many years of nursing administration and emergency nursing experience. Ms. Thomas is Clerk of the Board of Directors, serves on the Medical Risk Advisory Committee and is a member of the Board Executive Committee.

  • Reverend Albert Whitaker Treasurer

    Reverend Albert Whitaker

    Rev. Albert Whitaker currently serves as a voting member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (NECEPAC) of the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) He has worked diligently with various local and national stakeholders in addressing social determinants of health, utilizing data to improve health outcomes, and promoting a national culture of health.  Rev. Whitaker is fluent in Spanish and served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in South America. He holds a master’s in urban ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently working on his second master’s degree in public health. Rev. Whitaker also serves on the Ministerial Team at St. Mark Congregational Church in Roxbury, MA.

Our Executive Management Team includes professionals from a variety of disciplines who share a common vision. We’re determined advocates in continuing to change perceptions about children, adults and families impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health disabilities. We believe that effective leadership provides a unique opportunity to change old patterns and make them new.

BAMSI takes pride in its commitment to management excellence. It takes a well-run organization to deliver and sustain high-quality services. Our management team is highly disciplined, highly focused, and highly regarded, earning widespread respect and the trust of our funders.

BAMSI is also proud of its reputation among industry leaders. Our senior managers are valued contributors to policy-making on critical issues that providers, persons served, and their families face. We bring a consistent focus on evidence-based practices, and we are dedicated to practicing innovation to help the Commonwealth solve social problems while delivering the best economic value for the services we provide.

BAMSI is relentless in its dedication to changing society’s traditional views of its citizens with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health disabilities.

  • Peter Evers President and CEO

    Peter Evers
    President and CEO
  • Kathleen Anderson Vice President of Child Services at Behavior Health and Community Services

    Kathleen Anderson
    Vice President of Child Services at Behavior Health and Community Services

    Kathleen Anderson joined BAMSI in 2008 as the Program Director of the CFFC Wraparound pilot program and in 2009 helped roll out CBHI services at BAMSI as the Program Director of the CSA. She became a nationally certified Wraparound Facilitator Coach in 2013 and a Wraparound Process Mentor in 2017. From 2013-2018 she also worked through the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) to provide Statewide Wraparound Coaching to CSAs in Massachusetts. In 2018 she became Director of Operations, CBHI. She received her BA in Russian Language from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and her MSW from the University of New England, School of Social Work in 1996. She has been independently licensed since 1998. She has practiced social work in a variety of settings, including Emergency Services, Residential Services and Community Mental Health within Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. She was a Brockton Girl Scout Leader from 2009-2014. Kathy served on the DCF Area Board in Brockton from 2009-2018. She was a member of the Silver Lake Regional High School School Council from 2018-2019. Kathy is currently a member of the Plymouth County Bee Keeper’s Association.

  • Aisha Barlatier-Bonny Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health and Community Services

    Aisha Barlatier-Bonny
    Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health and Community Services

    Aisha Bonny joined BAMSI in 2004 as a Program Manager of Family Based Services a Department of Children and Families. Aisha has 18 years of leadership experience, 14 in a clinical setting. She has worked in the private non-profit sector since 1996, when she began her career as a Case Manager in a women’s shelter located in Stamford, Connecticut. Over the course of her career, Aisha has worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and the elderly to address a variety of mental health and community health challenges.

    As a member of the Brockton community, Aisha has served on the boards of the South Shore Haitians United for Progress (SHUP), the Haitian Organization for the Advancement of Petit-Guoave (HOAP), Bridgewater State University’s Social Work Advisory Board, and was Chair of the Board of Directors at St. Joseph Manor until June 2017. Currently, Aisha is a Board of Directors member for Covenant Health Systems located in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

    Aisha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and her Master’s degree at Bridgewater State University. In 2011, Aisha was named a “Brockton Woman of the Year” for her work at BAMSI and in Haitian communities in Massachusetts and abroad.

  • Teresa Belsan Vice President of Adult Services at Behavioral Health and Community Services

    Teresa Belsan
    Vice President of Adult Services at Behavioral Health and Community Services

    Teresa Belsan is the Vice President of Operations within the Adult Services Division of BAMSI. In this role, she oversees Adult Community Clinical Services, Adult Day Treatment Center, Respite Services, the Coordinated Care Network, the Massachusetts Care Coordination Network, HIV Services and C.O.P.E. (Community Outreach, Prevention and Education Center) Center, Clubhouse, Elder Services and the Recovery Learning Community.

    As a member of the Executive and Strategic Planning Team, Teresa is an integral part of the clinical and administrative programs for individuals with mental and behavioral health issues..

    Prior to joining BAMSI in 2008, Teresa was the Program Director for the Program Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) Team where she was responsible for overseeing 80 high risk individuals living in the community and supervised a 12-member team of peer specialists, nurses, psychiatrists, vocational specialists, housing specialists, clinicians and social workers.

    As Clinical Coordinator for Sweetser in Brunswick, ME, Teresa was part of the Community Support Program and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team as well as a program director.

    Teresa holds a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from the University of Southern Maine where she also worked for a decade as an Admissions and Advising Counselor.

  • Lucas Carvalho Executive Vice President

    Lucas Carvalho
    Executive Vice President

    Lucas Carvalho joined BAMSI in 2004 and is the Vice President of Corporate Resources.  In his current position, Lucas oversees housing development, property acquisition, and facilities asset management of new and existing properties, including lease administration, construction, facilities maintenance and safety. During his tenure at BAMSI, Mr. Carvalho has spearheaded the physical plant growth from 50 to more than 120 residential and commercial properties.

    Prior to joining BAMSI, Mr. Carvalho held management positions in the telecommunications where he assisted the establishment of business locations and property/office acquisition throughout the United States. Lucas also supported a women’s shelter in safe and secure property acquisition.

    Mr. Carvalho earned his Bachelor of Science degree in operations management from Boston College.

  • Jill Conlon Executive Vice President

    Jill Conlon
    Executive Vice President

    Jill Conlon, Vice President of Adult Services, has been a leader within BAMSI’s Adult Services Division since 2010, where she focused on improving systems and the sustainability of program operations for 85 day and residential programs throughout Massachusetts.

    Beginning as Director of Day and Residential Programs, Jill manages a large team of individuals who support people with brain injury and/or developmental disabilities. With increasing levels of responsibility, Jill assumed the role of Senior Director of Adult Services where she created an onboarding program for leaders and direct care employees as well as several other strategic initiatives to improve the quality of life and work for persons served and employees.

    Prior to joining BAMSI, Jill was Vice President of Programs for MYTURN, a non-profit dedicated to assisting at risk and underprivileged youth in achieving their educational and personal goals. Working in conjunction with Brockton High School where she also served as Coordinator of Collegiate Services and provided career services, Jill held various roles working on curriculums and career paths for students from under-served neighborhoods. She was also the Employment Consultant/Case Manager for Columbia Metrowest Human Services in Ashland, MA, where she conducted direct care services for mentally challenged adults.

    Jill is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a Masters in Human Services and a concentration in policy and administration. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from St. Anselm College with a concentration in human relations and work.

  • Walter Curnow Vice President of Community Living & Day Services

    Walter Curnow
    Vice President of Community Living & Day Services

    Walter Curnow joined BAMSI in 2015 as a Director of Operations, overseeing residential programs within the Adult Services division. Today, he serves as the Vice President of Day Services and Community Living and, together with his team, focuses on supporting individuals and promoting positive community based experiences in both day and residential programs.

    Prior to joining BAMSI, Walter worked in youth programming for more than twenty years, holding senior supervisory positions with both State and vendor programs. His roles included Clinical Coordinator, Program Director and Program Monitor for the Department of Youth Services, the Commonwealth’s juvenile justice agency, and Service Director for the juvenile division of Eliot Community Human Services. In his earlier days, Walter provided direct care to persons with developmental disabilities in residential programs on the South Shore.  It was there that he first experienced the reward of working on behalf of individuals in need of support and where he made the decision to dedicate his professional life to human services.

    Walter received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

  • Sonia D’Alarcao Vice President of Learning and Development

    Sonia D’Alarcao
    Vice President of Learning and Development

    Sonia D’Alarcao joined BAMSI in 2013 and is the Vice President of Learning & Development.  In this role, she oversees the design and execution of the agency’s professional development plan and directs employee learning and development programs, conferences, forums and seminars.  She also coordinates professional offerings to organizations outside of BAMSI and the greater community.  Sonia has a passion for racial and social justice and strives to educate and provide resources that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Prior to joining BAMSI, Sonia spent over 10 years in positions directing training for non-profit organizations.  She also spent part of her career as an early childhood educator, and served on the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children.

    Sonia is active in several long-term volunteer programs, including co-facilitating the Read to Me Father Program at the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA.

    Sonia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Cultural Anthropology from Bridgewater State University.

  • Barbara Gordon Vice President of Healthcare Services

    Barbara Gordon
    Vice President of Healthcare Services
  • Sesay Johnson Vice President of Information Technology Services

    Sesay Johnson
    Vice President of Information Technology Services
  • Ulea Grace Lago Executive Administration Officer

    Ulea Grace Lago
    Executive Administration Officer

    Ulea Grace Lago has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits, religious organizations, and community groups. An adept nonprofit leader, Ulea is skilled at cultivating relationships with a wide variety of constituents, managing large teams, developing and operating complex programs, and creating a positive and collegial environment. Prior to joining BAMSI, Ulea served as Director of Consulting at Empower Success Corps where she oversaw a consulting practice of 175 senior professionals delivering approximately $2.5M in pro bono services annually. A veteran community organizer, Ulea is the former director of the Truth and Reconciliation Project in Nashville, Tennessee, and previously served as Associate Director of Community Partnership and Service Learning at Sarah Lawrence College and Chair of the Political Action Network at Vanderbilt University. Ulea has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and a M.Div. and J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

  • Chris Lopez Vice President of Community Living & Day Services

    Chris Lopez
    Vice President of Community Living & Day Services
  • Dennis Orsinger Vice President of Financial Operations

    Dennis Orsinger
    Vice President of Financial Operations
  • Richard Raphael Vice President of Quality and Improvement

    Richard Raphael
    Vice President of Quality and Improvement

    Richard oversees the quality and improvement activities at BAMSI, which includes compliance and ethics. As the Vice President of Quality and Improvement, he partners with BAMSI leadership and an ever-growing workforce to ensure persons-served realize the best experience. Before BAMSI, Richard served in leadership roles, including chief compliance officer, in companies spanning multiple industries (academia, public health, biotech, financial services, and healthcare).


    In 2003, Richard earned an MBA from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. In 2008, Richard graduated from Textron, Inc.’s Six Sigma Training Program with greenbelt certification in Lean DMAIC. After earning his MBA and greenbelt, he studied health informatics and entrepreneurship at Babson College, Harvard University, and Boston University.  Richard enjoys his family, close friends, and taking his Jeep off-road with his South African Boerboel, “Nietzsche.”

  • David Simmons Chief Financial Officer

    David Simmons
    Chief Financial Officer

    David is a Bentley educated, seasoned and proven financial leader who is both a CPA and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.  David joins BAMSI after having worked in Public Accounting, Long Term Care, Acute Hospital, Specialty Hospital, Healthcare Systems and Health & Human Service organizations.  David has extensive experience in Administration, Management, Payroll, Systems Implementation, Regulatory Compliance, Income Tax, Budget Development, Pension Administration, Financial Planning, Accounting Analysis and a successful track record of sound service to Governance Boards and Executive Leadership.  David’s most recent experience was in service of a sizeable Health & Human Service Agency where he was an 1924integral part of a leadership team that guided the agency to doubling in size and clients served over his eleven year tenure.

  • Dan Sprout Vice President of Community Living

    Dan Sprout
    Vice President of Community Living
    Dan joined BAMSI in 2017 with 18 years of experience in the human service field. Dan began his career as a Program Director with the Department of Child & Family Services where he spent 8 years before moving to the Kennedy Donovan Center in Foxboro.
    In addition to his clinical work, Dan served as training consultant in the areas of systems of care & wraparound services as well as teambuilding.
    Dan attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he earned his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.
  • Pamela Verklan Vice President of Marketing, Philanthropy and Communications

    Pamela Verklan
    Vice President of Marketing, Philanthropy and Communications

    Pamela (Pam) Verklan joined BAMSI in February of 2021 as the Vice President of Marketing, Philanthropy, and Communications. Pam joins BAMSI with over ten years of nonprofit fundraising and marketing and communications experience. Prior to joining BAMSI, Pam worked for both Bryant and Brown Universities. In her most recent role, Pam served as the Sr. Assistant Director for Annual Giving at Bryant University. During her tenure at Bryant, Pam oversaw several record-breaking giving days, enhanced philanthropic support from a wide range of constituents, and managed comprehensive marketing and communication strategies geared at donor acquisition and retention. During her time at Brown University, Pam served as a Direct Marketing Coordinator, Brown Family Fellows Giving Society Manager, and Parent Giving and Recognition Officer.

    Pam holds a BS in Marketing from Johson and Wales University and is currently pursuing an MS in Nonprofit Management. Pam enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing in Vermont, riding ATVs or snowmobiling.

  • Beverly Williams Executive Vice President

    Beverly Williams
    Executive Vice President

    Beverly Williams joined BAMSI in 1999 and has more than 20 years of clinical and leadership experience. She has served in clinical leadership positions at New England Home for Little Wanderers and Dimock Community Health Center. Ms. Williams has provided clinical and managerial consultations to several agencies including; the Boston Public Health Commission, the Center for Health and Development, Hildebrand Services, Inc., Massachusetts Association for Family Based Service Providers, the Children’s AIDS Program, and Head Start, Inc.

    Ms. Williams is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Massachusetts Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is a trainer of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Score. Ms. Williams is a certified Trauma First Responder. Ms. Williams has extensive experience developing collaborative relationships and contracts with various community providers and state departments.

    Beverly earned her Master’s Degree in Education, Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s of Management from Cambridge College.

The BAMSI Advisory Board is comprised of a cross-representation of persons served throughout the agency. Advisory Board members provide communication, feedback, and advocacy to the agency. Messages from the Advisory Board:

It’s a great thing.
We try to help.
We take action.
We advocate for people with disabilities.
We spread awareness.
I know how others feel because I’m in their shoes.

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