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The RCASA Board of Directors is comprised of 26 members representing 12-plus community sectors including: school, health, law enforcement, youth, parents, business, behavioral health, and pharmacy. The board serves as the core leadership group for the coalition. The Reading Police Department, Town Manager, and School Department, serve as organizational leaders for the coalition.  The Reading Recreation Committee, Clergy Council, Board of Selectman, School Committee, Burbank YMCA, Austin Prep, and Board of Health provide liaisons to the RCASA Board. In addition to these positions, we benefit from the leadership involvement of youth, parents, health professionals, and business leaders. 
As general evidence of their commitment, board members carry out the following duties:
  • Complete an updated contact form on an annual basis
  • Appoint a representative(s) to participate in coalition meetings/activities
  • Read minutes, reports and newsletters to keep abreast of coalition decisions/activities
  • Disseminate relevant information to organizational members or employees

Members provides overall governance, financial oversight, planning, fundraising, education, public relations and communications, membership management, review and ongoing assessment of all programs at regular intervals, and guides implementation of strategic plan. The board typically meets monthly at the Reading Police Department. 

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2019-2020 RCASA Board of Directors Meeting Schedule


Meeting Details:

5:30-6:30 pm

Reading Police Department

15 Union St. Reading

1st floor community room


Meeting Dates:

  • Wed August 28, 2019
  • Wed September 25, 2019 (Film Screening & Annual Meeting, 7-9pm, More info at )
  • Wed October 30, 2019
  • Wed November 20, 2019 (1 week early due to Thanksgiving)
  • Wed December 18, 2019 (1 week early due to Christmas)
  • Wed January 29, 2020
  • Wed February 26, 2020
  • Wed March 25, 2019
  • Wed April 29, 2020
  • Wed May 27, 2020
  • Wed June 24, 2020

Board Business

Board Meeting Packets- 2019

Jan. 2019




Feb. 2019



March 2019



April 2019



May 2019

Board Report To Be Posted

June 2019

Board Report To Be Posted

July 2019

Board Report To Be Posted

August 2019 


September 2019- Annual Coalition meeting


October 2019


November 2019


December 2019



Board Meeting Packets- 2018

Jan. 2018


Feb. 2018


March 2018


April 2018


May 2018


June 2018


July 2018

No board meeting

August 2018 meeting rescheduled to September 13, 2018


September 2018- Annual Coalition meeting


To view the entire event


Pat Shannon, the RCASA Board President welcomed the audience and acknowledged the Board. Pat reminded the audience that RCASA was in their 10th and final year of federal grant funding. He encouraged the community to support RCASA's efforts to continue their work. 

Erica McNamara, Director, presented the highlights from the last year including the national award that RCASA received for the 2017 educational series called 'Reading Unites for Recovery'.


Sherri VandenAkker, Board Member, provided a thought provoking and inspired speech with guidance on facing a family member's addiction. 


Rich Abate, Board Member, presented an award from the RCASA Board of Directors to Erica McNamara, for her 10 years of service to the people of Reading. On Behalf of the Board, Joanne Senders presented Erica with a framed photo and quote from the board. 

Bob LeLacheur, Town Manager and Board Member, emphasized the unique role that public service employees play in our community.  He announced that Erica McNamara was resuming her role as the Director of RCASA on Monday October 1, 2018.  

The meeting concluded with a short business agenda item to review and accept the Treasurer's Report. 

October 2018


November 2018


December 2018



  • 2018 Annual Meeting
  • 2018 RCASA Honored at National Recovery Month Award Ceremony
  • Sherri VandenAkker accepts RCASA Award
  • Board of Directors- 2017 Annual Meeting
  • Homemade Blankets @ 2017 Annual Meeting from Old South & First Congregational Church Support Children Impacted by Opioid-Related Trauma
  • Board Leaders Launch Rx Round Up, 2009
  • 2011 Annual Meeting Youth Leaders
  • Board Leaders Honored- Elaine Webb, Richard Abate, and Pastor Pam Paquette, 2011
  • Board Alumni- Sgt. Corey Santasky
  • Youth Leaders- 2013 Annual Meeting
  • Board Member-Bob LeLacheur, Town Manager, Gov't Liasion
  • Board Members- Tom Zaya and Dr. Doherty, Reading Public Schools
  • RCASA Board of Directors- 2016 Annual Meeting


Congrats to RCASA on their national award!
RCASA's Reading Unites for Recovery, a project to celebrate National Recovery Month in 2017 was chosen as 1 of 3 projects in the United States for recognition by the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Sherri VandenAkker, RCASA Board Member, accepted the… Continue
RCASA's Reading Unites for Recovery, a project to celebrate National Recovery Month in 2017 was chosen as 1 of 3 projects in the United States for recognition by the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Sherri VandenAkker, RCASA Board Member, accepted the award on RCASA's behalf at the national luncheon in Washington D.C. on September 6, 2018.
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