Our History

Frederick H. Chicos founded the Christie Foundation in 2003 as a philanthropic family foundation that would allow him to support organizations and institutions in health care and higher education.  For the past thirty years, Mr. Chicos has funded professorships, scholarships, centers of excellence and special projects at a range of colleges, universities and research centers including: Boston University, Georgetown University, New York University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He has also supported a number of innovative health care organizations including the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, and the Kraft Center for Community Health Leadership.

The Foundation was recreated in 2015 as the Mary Christie Foundation, named after Mr. Chicos’ mother, as a thought leadership and philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of young adults.  MCF is the embodiment of Mr. Chicos’ dedication to the field of student health and wellness by providing a platform for further examination of the physical, emotional and behavioral issues facing college students as well as other issues regarding access to and completion of higher education.  Mr. Chicos is the Founder and CEO of Christie Student Health, and Founder and former CEO of the Chickering Group which he sold to Aetna in 2003.

The Mary Christie Foundation has been advised by a founding Council of Experts who provided expert commentary and information in the form of speaking, publishing, networking, and small-group strategizing on the issues that impact the health and education of young adults. Our Council contributes to the quarterly and have provided the connections to other experts to share best practices.

Susan Windham-Bannister, President and CEP, Biomedical Growth Strategies

Larry Bacow, Incoming President, Harvard University

Lynne Bannister, Systems Coordinator, Supportive Housing WORKS

Grace Fey, President, UMass Foundation

Terry Fulmer, President, The Hartford Foundation

Paula Johnson, President, Wellesley University

Derry Shtasel, Practicing Psychiatrist

Ellen Zane, CEO, Tufts Medical CEnter

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The Mary Christie Quarterly provides news, information and commentary on the policy issues that impact the health and wellness of young adults.   You can access past issues of the Mary Christie Quarterly here .