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Leadership Team

Kevin J. Leahy

Executive Director 

Kevin J. Leahy, Executive Director holds a Master’s in Education from Antioch College and has over 30 years of clinical, management and leadership experience in the field of disabilities, human services and higher education.  He has held the position of Executive Director at the Cooperative for Human Services since 2000.  His past experiences include serving as President of the Kent County Rhode Island Arc, Chief Executive Officer of FOR Community Services in Chicopee, MA and Principal of Acclaim Management & Training Solutions.  Kevin is also a past president of the MA Council of Human Service Providers and the MA Association of Rehabilitation Providers.

Glen Charney

Chief Financial Officer

Glen Charney, Director of Administration and Finance is an accountant with nearly 25 years of experience working as a chief financial officer for non profit organizations in Massachusetts.  Glen is a general accountant who is highly experienced with non profit budgeting and government reporting.  He oversees all contracts and billing with government funders, private vendors and consultants, as well as, all risk management, payroll and financial systems for the organization.

Rebecca Sarvela

Human Resources / Quality Assurance

Rebecca Sarvela, Director of Human Resources has over 20 years of clinical, programmatic and administrative experience in the non-profit sector.  She oversees the Human Resources Department at CHS, including the developmental and implementation of personnel policies, data management, disciplinary procedures, human rights and staff training.  She also oversees Quality Assurance for the organization and assists the Executive Director with strategic planning and outcome measure reporting.

Edward Napier

Facilities / IT

Ed Napier, Director of IT and Physical Plant Services has nearly 20 years of experience at CHS overseeing maintenance and repairs to all residences and program sites.  His expertise includes a comprehensive knowledge of all State and Federal health, accessibility and safety requirements; he oversees capital building projects and subcontracts for landscaping and other maintenance and construction work.  Ed also directs all IT operations, including computer hardware and software operations, computer networking, data backup and storage operations.

Janice Ellis-Ballerini, LMHC

Clinical Supports

Janice Ellis, Director of Clinical Support Services, is a MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a M.S. in Counseling and Psychological Services. She has over 20 years of experience providing therapeutic, counseling and clinical services to individuals with special needs. Janice manages the following services for CHS individuals: Intake, Assessment and Placement; Counseling and Mental Health; and Behavior Management (Applied Behavioral Analysis). She also oversees the training of all staff in implementing CHS Positive Behavioral Supports Systems; develops partnerships with local, community mental health providers for individuals served; and develops new clinical and educational supports needed.

Michelle E. MacEachern

Support Services

Michelle E. MacEachern, Director of Support Services, has a BA in Sociology and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Non-Profit Management from Clark University, where she is studying for a Master’s in Public Administration. Michelle has over 15 years of management experience in human services, specialized supports and shared living; she works with the CHS Leadership Team to enhance and expand support services for all individuals served and their family members. Her extensive background in quality service delivery, shared living supports and family support services provide greater depth to our already strong management team.

In addition, most of our managers have been with CHS an average of 8 to 10 years.  Many of our managers worked their way up to managerial positions by virtue of their exemplary work, dedication and commitment to the individuals we serve.