Leadership Team

Kelly J. Martin, MBA, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Kelly J. Martin is the President and Interim CEO of Bridgewell, Inc. whose continuum of care includes autism services, residential services, day habilitation, behavioral health services, employment training, transitional homeless services, affordable housing, and substance use disorder recovery and prevention services.  Ms. Martin has worked to protect the rights of people with disabilities as a member of the Bridgewell team for more than 30 years where she started as a direct support professional. As Chief Operations Officer from 2004-2016, she reshaped programing to expand services in both autism support and substance use disorder treatments in response to families’ needs.

Ms. Martin has extensive experience in executive level leadership, strategic planning and implementation, innovative expansion of services and quality improvement and outcomes management systems. As President/Interim CEO, she provides leadership to a talented team of senior managers who offer quality support to those with life challenges. 

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), a member of the ADDP Board of Directors and a former board member for Children’s Friend and Family Services, Inc.

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 McGill University 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 over twenty-five 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 20 years of experience designing and implementing strategic technology solutions in a variety of academic, corporate and municipal settings. His current position as Director of Information Technology for Bridgewell since February 2013 has brought his strategic technology vision to life with a variety of different agency-wide enterprise projects including stabilizing the technology services offered to all 100 Bridgewell locations, Office 365 to centralizing the agency phone system. His previous 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 Infrastructure, 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 & Ehana Systems.

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

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.

Rita McAteer, Director of Development and Marketing

Ms. McAteer is responsible for expanding Bridgewell’s successful effort to increase donor support and fundraising, as well as further elevate awareness around Bridgewell’s services and important role in the community.

Ms. McAteer is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of marketing, communications and fundraising experience. Most recently at Harvard University, Ms. McAteer’s experience also includes leadership positions at Emerson College, Boston Lyric Opera and Huntington Theatre Company. She has led strategies around major donor programs and institutional giving portfolios, advertising and community engagement initiatives, as well as the strategic business partnerships.

Laura K. McNamara, LICSW, ACSW, Director of Program Operations

Ms. McNamara is responsible for the overall operations of Bridgewell’s developmental disabilities day and residential services as well as the Health Care Department.

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. Before that, she worked for the Department of Developmental Services 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

Inge Peters joined Bridgewell in 2008 as Director of Human Resources.   She is responsible for the overall direction and supervision of the Bridgewell Human Resources function including recruitment, compensation, HRIS systems management, benefits administration, payroll, performance management, and workers compensation, as well as employee and union relations.  In addition, Inge also oversees safety, training and development, and the Center for Professional Innovation.   

Ms. Peters has worked in the human resources field for more than 25 years, including work with both for-profit and non-profit agencies.  She was Director of Human Resources at CLASS, Inc. for 9 years, and Human Resources Manager at Morton International/Dow Chemical for more than 15 years.   Ms. Peters received her Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts and completed graduate work at Emerson College in Boston. 

Elaine White, Director of Housing

As Director of Housing, Ms. White manages Bridgewell’s Real estate, Facilities, Affordable Housing Division and Bridgewell’s Homeless and Recovery Services . 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 35 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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