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AHP Management Team

Rebecca is a Senior Program Director at AHP. Her career has spanned work in behavioral and medical health care, elder care, nonprofit management, and higher education. The common link among them is her passion to support people and organizations in their desire to improve and reach their highest potential. She has special skills in leading and developing teams, building partnerships, building organizational capacity, developing innovative programs, marketing, operations improvement, management, and strategy. Rebecca has managed the ATR program since its inception in 2010, when she was the only staff person on the ATR team. She has built a wonderfully talented team filled with great people who provide our participants and providers with excellent customer service. Rebecca runs a tight ship with many complex moving parts that has literally changed the lives of thousands of people in Massachusetts.

When not working, Rebecca is spending time with her two grown children, furiously trying to finish the latest book for her upcoming book club meeting, or practicing Mah Jongg so she doesn’t embarrass herself playing games in her community.

(978) 261-1424
rstarr@ahpnet.com

Erin joined the ATR team in March 2021 as a Fidelity Manager for Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). She collaborates with ATR leadership to provide ongoing quality assurance and improvement of the Paths to Empowerment (P2E) curriculum and facilitation as well as support for ATR coordinators. 

Prior to joining the ATR team, Erin worked in the criminal justice field as a trainer and technical assistance provider working with jails, prisons, and residential reentry centers on solutions-focused evidence-based practices. She developed and led trainings on best practices for working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, including motivational interviewing, effective case management, trauma-responsive and gender-informed care, and the Risk-Need-Responsivity model.

When she’s not working on ATR, Erin is working on completing her PhD in Sociology at UMass Boston. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

(978) 793-5674
eallain@ahpnet.com

Katherine Conforti is the Operations Specialist for the Access to Recovery program.  She works behind the scenes to support the data and operations of the program that serves people with substance use disorders throughout Massachusetts.

Prior to joining ATR, Katherine worked in program coordination for a Chicago-based human rights organization, supporting programs with services for immigrants, refugees, and survivors of human trafficking.  With five years of experience in social services and program administration, she enjoys deep diving into program data and finding new ways to streamline services and improve participant outcomes.  Originally from New York, New York, Katherine has a B.S. in secondary education and Spanish from the University of Vermont and is working remotely from Portland, Maine.

Outside of the office, Katherine can be found making homemade candles and crafts, veganizing old family recipes, and scoping out local secondhand stores for vintage furniture to restore.

(978) 261-1421

kconforti@ahpnet.com

Carole Goldberg

Carole Goldberg has served as the MA-ATR Program Audit Manager since the program’s inception in 2010. In this capacity, she conducts an annual Quality Assurance (QA) Audit to ensure that ATR funds are managed, distributed and documented appropriately. In addition to site visits to review provider records for accuracy and compliance, the QA Review includes desk audits, training (technical assistance), interviews, and class visits to ensure and promote fiscal, administrative and confidentiality safeguards. Expertise includes risk assessment and management; data collection and analysis; financial investigation; and development of reports and instruments to support programmatic administration. Carole also has experience in grant management, curriculum design and evaluation, and diversity and cultural competency initiatives for health care and policy institutions. 

Carole is ATR’s “eyes and ears on the ground” and keeps us all on our toes making sure we adhere to strict standards of confidentiality and responsible fiscal management.

Carole loves to spend her spare time with her husband and visiting with family across the country. Carole also competes in tournament-level bridge, and has achieved the rank of Ruby Life Master.

(413) 298-3912
cgoldberg@ahpnet.com

James is a former Paths to Empowerment (P2E) Instructor that worked at MassHire in Worcester for over two years. Born and raised in Springfield Massachusetts, he moved to Central Massachusetts five years ago where he continued his work as a case manager for youth and families before joining the MassHire team. James also pastors a church in Roxbury, MA where he has been serving for the past 7 years. 

Fun fact, James was recently on the hit television show “Married at first Sight” as an officiant. He has been married to his beautiful wife since 2020 and currently resides in Shrewsbury. His hobbies include all things Tech, and playing the drums, bass guitar, and keyboards.

Kelly is the Career Services Director for the Access to Recovery Program. In this role, Kelly is responsible for overseeing all of ATR’s Career Services, managing quality and operational improvements, leading strategic expansion of ATR’s network of providers, and building capacity and collaboration between substance use recovery and workforce development systems.

Prior to joining ATR, Kelly worked in local public health managing teams, contracts, and grants for a variety of community health projects including substance use prevention and recovery, healthy aging, food security and health equity. With a background working with justice-involved populations she has a particular interest in advancing public health and public safety collaborations to improve behavioral health and criminal justice outcomes. Kelly has led cross-municipal, multi-sector coalitions and has experience with the public health approach and Strategic Prevention Framework – assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating policy, systems, and environmental change strategies. Kelly is skilled in program design, project management, partnership development, training, facilitation, and grant writing.

While not working, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and children, cooking, and watching documentaries.

Brita Loftus

A Program Director for Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), Brita has a deep knowledge of and experience with the challenges facing people who are struggling with or are in recovery from substance use disorders, including opioid use and overdose prevention strategies, and is a champion of recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSCs). She possesses strong skills in policy and practice design, program coordination, strategic planning, community outreach and cultivation, and verbal and written communication.

Brita joined the ATR team in 2017. She oversees the entire ATR Coordination process, working closely with the ATR Coordinators to provide comprehensive support, training and leadership for the ATR Program. Brita also manages the Recovery Coaching initiatives and does community outreach within the four cities where ATR operates (Boston, Springfield/Holyoke, New Bedford and Worcester), creating standardized and rigorous protocols so that all participants have access to a confidential and client-centered system of care. 

Prior to joining the ATR team, Brita managed a Syringe Access Program in Holyoke, MA, which provided harm reduction and overdose prevention services to active drug users. She is passionate about helping individuals access services that help them live healthy, meaningful lives.

When not working, Brita enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, and trying new restaurants (especially when traveling!).

(978) 261-1431
bloftus@ahpnet.com

Liesl Martin is the Operations Director for the Access to Recovery program, joining the ATR team in September of 2019.  Liesl is responsible for directing, leading, and managing the operations of the ATR grant that provides services to people with substance use disorders throughout the Commonwealth of MA, evaluating current processes and procedures and introducing new concepts and innovations to create the best working environment for the ATR team and the most effective functioning. 

Prior to joining ATR, Liesl spent over 12 years in postsecondary education, most recently as the Director of Regulatory Operations and Clinical Experiences for K-12 teacher preparation programs.  In this role she provided institutional leadership in regulatory operations and educator certification through the assessment, development, and refinement of organizational processes and systems.

When the warm weather arrives, you’ll find Liesl outside as much as possible enjoying anything and everything having to do with the outdoors.  When the colder weather hits, she’s tinkering in woodworking and light carpentry around the house with her two young daughters right alongside her sporting their Fisher-Price toolbelts.

(978) 261-1475
lmartin@ahpnet.com

LeAnne Rowley is the Communications Manager for the Access to Recovery program. She focuses on ATR’s messaging across communication channels and shares the impact ATR makes in the lives of its participants with external and internal partners. With over 4 years of marketing and communications experience, she looks forward to supporting the team’s efforts and sharing the diverse stories of those working through recovery. She has had a primary focus on storytelling, content development, social media marketing, and website management, while having also designed and executed several digital and print campaigns during her years in the non-profit sector. LeAnne has content expertise in education, mental health, trauma-informed practices, poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, and the ways in which those subjects intersect.

LeAnne brings a fresh perspective to the team, contributing to breaking the stigma of substance use disorders and mental health challenges. Originally from Louisiana, LeAnne has a B.A. in professional writing from Baylor University and is now working remotely from Little Rock, Arkansas.

In her spare time, you can find LeAnne cooking vegan recipes, searching for vintage pieces at any antique store, hiking with her husband, or curled up with a good book.

(501) 508-2415 x505
lrowley@ahpnet.com

ATR Coordinators

For the Downtown Boston Office, contact:

ATR Coordinator – Patricia Exilus (617) 645-7668

ATR Coordinator – Mikaela Hartman (617) 849-6994

ATR Services Coordinator – Eric Lozada (617) 849-6994

IHR (Institute for Health & Recovery)
105 Chauncy Street, Suite 602
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 849-6994

For the South Boston Office, contact:

ATR Coordinator – Stephen Steele (857) 496-7339

ATR Coordinator – Nicole Gallagher (857) 496-7343

Gavin Foundation
70 Devine Way
Boston, MA 02127
(857) 496-1384

ATR Coordinator – Ashley Richards  (781) 801-8135
ATR Coordinator – Karen Downs  (617) 945-6126

IHR (Institute of Health and Recovery)
97 Central Street, Unit 207
Lowell, MA 01852

ATR Coordinator – Jenny Baker (508) 742-6640

Gavin Foundation
13 North 6th Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 742-6640

ATR Coordinator – Lizbeth Martinez (413) 237-0049

IHR (Institute for Health & Recovery)
155 Maple Street, Suite 407
Springfield, MA 01105

ATR Coordinator – Meghan McDonough (508) 762-9223

Gavin Foundation
101 Pleasant Street, Suite 202
Worcester, MA 01609

ATR Sober Housing Contacts

Boston:

Datsy Aponte, (617) 386-6269
datsyaponte@healthrecovery.org

Lowell, New Bedford, Worcester &Springfield/Holyoke:

Ruth Jerez, (617) 780-0007
ruthjerez@healthrecovery.org

 

Boston

Larry Bogarty (617) 820-0072
larrybogarty@gavinfoundation.org

Shawn Feeley (617) 369-2468
shawnfeeley@gavinfoundation.org

Gail Poirier (857) 207-9409
gailpoirier@gavinfoundation.org

Ryan Whitcomb (857) 347-1446
ryanwhitcomb@gavinfoundation.org

For Lowell
TBD

New Bedford 
Dianne Correia (857) 260-9220
diannecorreia@gavinfoundation.org

For Springfield/Holyoke & Worcester
Lindsay Cherney (857) 334-8325
lindsaycherney@gavinfoundation.org