Leadership Team

Robert S. Stearns, M Ed

President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Stearns has been leading the Bridgewell team since January 2004. He was formerly President and CEO of St. Coletta in Wisconsin, an organization similar to Bridgewell, which provides services to individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Mr. Stearns has more than 30 years of experience in rehabilitation and health care management, and more than 25 years providing consultation services throughout the United States to organizations serving individuals with disabilities.

Mr. Stearns grew up in central Massachusetts and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Bridgewater State College and an advanced degree in human services from Antioch College in Ohio.

Kimberley J. Haley, LMHC

Director of Clinical Services and Director of The Sovner Center

Employee_Spotlight_Kim_HaleyMs. Haley is responsible for the oversight of Bridgewell’s outpatient mental health clinics in Chelmsford, Danvers and Lowell as well as Lowell Adult Day Treatment, and START Clinical Support Services in Danvers.

Ms. Haley began her work with Bridgewell in 1999 as a member of the START Clinical team. Since then, she has transitioned into other roles including that of Clinic Director at Sovner Center. Prior to working for Bridgewell, Ms. Haley worked as a manager for The May Institute in residential and vocational day services, with her focus being working with individuals with autism.

Ms. Haley earned her B.A. in Psychology from McGillUniversity in Montreal, Canada and her Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from UMASS Boston. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and has twenty years of experience working with individuals dually diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

John Hyland

Director of Information Technology

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Mr. Hyland has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing strategic technology solutions in a variety of academic, corporate and municipal settings. His most recent position was with the City of Chelsea as Director of Information Technology. There he oversaw IT for thousands of users across City Government, the Chelsea School System, the Police Department, Fire Department and Emergency 911 Services.

His job responsibilities include oversight of all technology-related issues including maintaining and maximizing current applications, providing the strategic vision for the design and implementation of new computer systems, applications and software, ensuring the highest level of data security, and the optimization of the TIER system.

Mr. Hyland earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati.

Kelly J. Martin, MBA

Chief Operations Officer

Ms. Martin is the Chief Operations Officer for Bridgewell.  Ms. Johnson is responsible for the administration of all residential, day habilitation, employment and education and homeless programs and services. Ms. Martin also provides leadership to quality assurance, the vehicle fleet management, transportation services and adult education and recreational services departments.  She provides leadership to a highly skilled management team who carry out day to day services.

Ms. Martin has been a member of the Bridgewell team for more than 25 years beginning as a direct support professional and moving on to a variety of managerial positions.  She has extensive experience in program operations and quality improvement systems.

Ms. Martin earned an MBA from Salem State College and a BA in social work from Suffolk University in Boston. She is a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) traveling internationally to human service organizations to provide accreditation and consultation services.

Mark S. Kennard

Executive Director of Project COPE, Inc., a Bridgewell affiliate

Mark-KennardAs the newest member of Bridgewell’s Leadership Team, Mr. Kennard is the Executive Director for Project COPE, a community-based human services organization that provides a continuum of substance abuse treatment and prevention services.  Mr. Kennard oversees Project COPE programming, integrating addictive and prevention supports into Bridgewell services and identifying innovative opportunities in the communities served.

Mr. Kennard has held a variety of clinical, educational and executive roles in the substance abuse arenas since 1981.  In addition, he has served as an Adjunct Faculty member of the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program at North Shore Community College and at the Salem State University Department of Social Work.

Mr. Kennard has a BA in Child Study from Tufts University and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. He is currently a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of MA and a nationally certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).

James F. Low, MBA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

As Bridgewell’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Low oversees the financial operations of the entire organization, as well as the operations of the Financial Services and Purchasing Departments.

Mr. Low joined the Bridgewell team in 2005 after a 25-year career in health care financial management and consulting.

Mr. Low holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College, a MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and he is a certified public accountant.

Laura K. McNamara, LICSW, ACSW

Director of Program Operations

Ms. McNamara is responsible for the overall operations of Bridgewell’s mental health, homeless and developmental disabilities day and residential services.

Ms. McNamara came to Bridgewell in 2004 with more than 30 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Prior to coming to Bridgewell, she was the Vice President of Program Operations at the Barry L. Price Rehabilitation Center in West Newton for seven years. Prior to that, she worked for the Department of Mental Retardation in a number of executive management positions.

Ms. McNamara received her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston and her BA in Psychology from Boston University. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

Inge Peters, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

Ms. Peters joined Bridgewell as Director of Human Resources in 2008.   Ms. Peters came to Bridgewell from CLASS, Inc., a non-profit in Lawrence, MA, supporting people with disabilities as Director of Human Resources for nine years.  Before entering the non-profit field, she began her career in human resources at a Fortune 200 manufacturing company, where she held a number of human resource roles for 15 years, her last role managing and supporting the Human Resources needs of facilities throughout the United States.

Ms. Peters brings an abundance of experience to the agency as she manages Bridgewell’s human resources, payroll and training departments.  She earned her BA at Eastern Nazarene College and completed graduate work in Communication at Emerson College in Boston.

Elaine White

Director of Housing

As Director of Housing, Ms. White manages Bridgewell’s Facilities and Housing Departments and chairs the Safety Committee. Ms. White also oversees the administration of Bridgewell’s Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program and other subsidy programs for the homeless that are funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Ms. White has been with Bridgewell for more than 25 years. She began her career as a Direct Support Professional, and she has held various management positions within the company related to operations and housing.

Ms. White earned her bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State College, and holds Housing Specialist Certifications for HUD funded programs in Section 8 Rent Calculation and Eligibility.

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