OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
J. Scott Atkins is a Unit Manager for the Hampden County Sheriff's Department. He is assigned to the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center located in Springfield, Ma. He has a Masters Degree is Social Work from Springfield College and has been working in the field of addictions since 1994. Other employers include Addiction Services of Western Massachusetts, The Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, Friends of the Homeless and the Gandara Center. Mr. Atkins carries certifications and licenses in alcoholism, addictions, domestic violence, and social work. Mr. Atkins has been serving on the Mass Sober Housing Board since 2006 and also acts as the liaison for the Springfield Oxford House located on Bay Street.
Samuel B. Bartlett is an attorney who served for 21 years in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service. Positions have included: Consul General, Northern Ireland (1983-1986); State Department Legislative Management Officer on Capitol Hill for Latin American Affairs (1982-1983); Chief of Consular and Political sections, US Embassy, El Salvador (1979-1980). From 1994 to 2002 he was a consultant at the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees with interests in the substance abuse and human service fields. [Back to the top]
Robert W. Carlson is a Weston attorney and a partner in the Worcester law firm of Schyberg, Casey & Carlson, a general practice law firm. Before re-entering private practice in 2007, for six years he was a Vice President in Philanthropic Management at Bank of America, Boston, acting as a trustee responsible for the management of 120 charitable trusts and private foundations. Attorney Carlson is a member of the Florida and Massachusetts bars. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Suffolk University Law School and received his LL.M. in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Carlson is President of the $18MM Massachusetts Congregational Fund, established in 1947 as an umbrella investment vehicle for the endowments and other funds held by Congregational Churches in Massachusetts. Since 2001, Mr. Carlson has been a Board member of Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers, the only Board of Bar Overseers-funded support group for lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students and others in the legal community struggling with depression, stress, alcohol and drug addiction or personal issues affecting their practice. Mr. Carlson is treasurer of the Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism. He is a member of the board of directors of Massachusetts Sober Housing, a non-profit organization of volunteers which provides sober housing and peer support for individuals in recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. Each house is run on a democratic basis, is financially self-sufficient, and has a zero tolerance with immediate eviction for any resident who uses drugs or alcohol.
Frank Collins has 45 years of business experience. He founded and operated several seafood fishing and wholesale companies. He was Treasurer of Public Resource Development Corporation from 1984 to 1989, CFO of a small investment firm from 1994 through 2001 and a state registered Investment Advisor 2002 through 2005. [Back to the top]
Winthrop (Joe) Dow, Jr. is currently on sabbatical, but had been active in the Insurance business for over 40 years as a broker and agent in the Property and Casualty field. He has served on the Board of Granada House, Allston, MA, since 1987, and as President from 1997 to 2000. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Community Work Services, Boston, MA, since 1972, serving as President from 1978 to 1980. CWS is the oldest sheltered workshop in the United States, and dedicates a large part of its commitment to helping the recovering substance abuse population find employment in today's marketplace. [Back to the top]
Kattie Portis was named Boston Mayor Thomas M. Meninoís Policy Advisor on Substance Abuse Prevention in April, 1997. From 1992-1997 she served as the Community Coordinator for New England Medical Center. She is the founder of Women, Inc. in Boston, a multi-service agency for women and children. The agency was one of the first residential programs in the country to provide services to substance abusing women and their children. Before founding Women, Inc. Ms. Portis held several positions as counselor in drug treatment programs and in 1987 she founded the National Women AIDS Risk Network (WARN) Project. Her work in the community has earned her numerous awards. [Back to the top]
John R. White has 45 years of business experience a great majority on the corporate level. Prior to his recent retirement he was the Chief Operating Officer of a large Navigational Equipment Manufacturing and Marketing Corporation. In addition, he spent 6 years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
In his retirement, he is the Career Counselor at High Point Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Brockton, MA. He serves on a number of committees in his local community.