Vicky Butler, a person in long term recovery, began her mission to fight Substance Use Disorder as a volunteer Recovery Coach conducting follow up home visits in June of 2017. In February of 2018 she transitioned into an AmeriCorps position with the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI) working directly with Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) as a Program Coordinator.
In her current role as Project Coordinator, Vicky oversees the Plymouth County Outreach Program in it’s entirety and liaisons with PCO’s 27 municipal police departments and Chiefs, one state university, and all of its medical and other community partners. Vicky sits on the Drug Endangered Children Sub-Committee through the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and is also a part of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Opioid Initiative Advisory Group.
Vicky is a certified trainer for the Recovery Coach Academy through the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) as well as a Recovery Coach Supervisor trained through The Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
Kathleen Considine, M.S.W., is a family member. Kathleen serves on the Executive Committee of NAMI Mass, where she chairs its Support & Education Committee, as well as on various mental health advisories, including the Plymouth Mental Health Court, the Plymouth County Jail, the Plymouth School District and the Plymouth Coalition for Suicide Prevention. She is a long-time teacher of the NAMI Family-to-Family Course and a trained NAMI “Basics” Educator. Kathleen facilitates a semi-monthly support group for family caregivers for NAMI Plymouth.
Nancy DeLuca joined Health Imperatives in March 2015 as the manager of the Plymouth and Weymouth Family Planning sites. Health Imperatives’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of low-income or vulnerable families and individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts. Health Imperatives provides public health and human services to more than 30,000 families and individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape, and Islands each year. Programs are based on five fundamental health imperatives: health access, health literacy, cultural competency, advocacy, and prevention. Programs include reproductive health services, family supports, nutrition assistance, a domestic violence shelter, sexual assault counseling and services for lesbian/gay individuals.
Nancy’s diverse healthcare experience includes medical practice management and laboratory accreditation. Nancy was the program manager of the DPH funded Women’s Health Network/Men’ s Health Partnership Programs at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital for ten years. During this time, she was an active member of the Greater Brockton CHNA 22 and served on the steering committee and as vice chair.
Maureen Doherty has worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth for the past 14 years. For 12 years she worked as a Financial Counselor, assisting individual with health insurance and billing related issues. With the creation of the Affordable Care Act, she became a Certified Application Counselor and acted as a hospital liaison to Masshealth by assisting patients with obtaining Masshealth and other government funded medical coverage. In 2015, she changed roles and became a Resource Specialist in the Community Case Management Office. Maureen worked under the Community Hospital Acceleration Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) Grant funded by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Her department was tasked with reducing 30 day hospital readmissions for individuals with dual insurance eligibility. She currently works supporting the resource needs of both the Inpatient and Outpatient Case Management teams.
Prior to becoming an employee at BID-Plymouth, Maureen worked as a Service Coordinator for the Department of Mental Retardation (now known as DDS) for 16 years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for REACH, INC., an agency that supports individuals with Developmental Disabilities in the
Tina Dwyer spent over 15 years working as a Registered Nurse in upstate New York, Long Island Connecticut, Texas and Western Massachusetts. During this period of time she had the opportunity to work in various and different health care settings. In 1993 she returned to the South Shore with her family and quickly became entrenched in the community, recognizing the value of community based nursing, health promotion and prevention and working in an ever changing health care environment. Tina joined South Shore Health System over ten years ago with the role of engaging the community, working together as patients transition from inpatient to homecare and helping to prevent need for acute hospitalizations. Working with South Shore Community Partners in Prevention (CHNA 23) allows her to not only fulfill her professional role but her personal commitment of community engagement at the heart of all efforts to impact positive change.Tina earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing, Emerging Leaders Graduate Certificate in Community Health Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration.
George Gorgizian is the Infectious Disease Coordinator at the Plymouth County House of Correction. He has been CHNA 23 member since 2003 and served as a steering Committee member throughout his time with the CHNA.
George believes that all should have a voice in the decisions that are being made in the community that affect how one or many people will live or thrive. He will bring to this CHNA a vast amount of thought, knowledge, caring and experience that will hopefully help extend all of our abilities to do great things for our community.
Elizabeth Haughn is currently a graduate student in the School of Social Work at Boston University. She is currently interning at Cape Behavioral Health. Liz is an active member of the Plymouth DMH Board and is a strong advocate for individuals and family members with a mental health diagnosis. Liz believes that access to programs should be simpler and dedicates time towards this goal.
Elizabeth’s background is in child development, she enjoys collaborating to help programs work together and create and support what all families and children need.
Michael Jackman is the District Director for Congressman Bill Keating (MA-09). He has served in this position since January 2011.
Prior to his federal service, Mike was the Director of School Programs for the Norfolk District Attorney’s office (2002-2010). In that capacity, he worked with school personnel and community groups to develop substance abuse prevention, domestic violence awareness, and bullying prevention programs. He also served as Chair of the Blue Hills CHNA (CHNA 20) and Vice Chair of the Greater Brockton CHNA (CHNA 22).
Tyra currently serves as a Case Manager for the Department of Mental Health. She has worked for the past 15 years serving the mental health community. Her work has included partnering with Mclean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. Joining CHNA 23 aligns with her goals of identifying and eliminating barriers to ensure the opportunity for all to “live their best life”.
Siobhan McKay is a Registered Nurse for the Department of Developmental Services in the Plymouth Area Office. She started her nursing career in 2008 working on a 32 bed cardiac medical unit. Wanting more of a care continuum role with patients she started providing health care coordination at a residential agency for individuals with developmental disabilities. For the last seven years she has worked for the Department providing consultation, education, safeguarding and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Siobhan has been a member of the CHNA since 2011 and a member of the Health Literacy subcommittee for the past several years.
Jim O’Neil is a pharmacist by training and has held a variety of positions throughout his career. After graduating from Northeastern University with a B.S. in 1978 he worked in Hospital Pharmacy practice for approximately 20 years with the bulk of that time spent in Clinical Pharmacy practice both supervising the clinical responsibilities of the Pharmacy Team as well as developing clinical care programs involving pharmacy practice. In 1996 he obtained his Doctorate in Pharmacy through Idaho State University. For a dozen years thereafter he worked in Clinical Drug Development and Medical Information Services for two major Pharmaceutical firms. Jim is presently putting his efforts into establishing a non-profit clinical practice which will provide Community Outreach programs on Health Literacy and Disease Awareness as well as Medication Therapy Management and Patient Advocacy services.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) is one of the leading community hospitals south of Boston and provides high-quality, patient-focused care to more than 250,000 residents on the South Shore and Cape Cod. CHNA 23 receives funding from BID-Plymouth, as part of the community health investment that is made when hospitals expand their services and invest in clinical technologies.
In her role as Manager of Marketing and Communications and Chief Community Benefits Officer, Deborah Schopperle represents BID-Plymouth in the community and internally within the hospital. Throughout her career as a senior manager in marketing communications, Deb has been consistently recognized as a results-driven, savvy professional who is committed to high standards and excellence. She brings her experience to CHNA 23 to assist its efforts in meeting the needs of our vulnerable population.
“I am interested in continuing to be on the Steering Committee because I believe in reaching out to the community and helping to identify the needs and work that needs to be accomplished. I feel privileged to be working with outstanding and committed professionals on the committee. They share the same passion.
I believe that working with families in the community for over 30 years in Family Education, I can contribute my experiences. I love learning from all our knowledgeable members. I have witnessed the work of the committee and seen how it makes a difference in our community.”