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Mass Opioid Epidemic

Civic/Community Sector


Board member

  • Laura Gemme, a resident of Reading and longtime supporter of RCASA.


Government Sector

Town of Reading
Town of Reading

The Town of Reading helped create RCASA and serves as the fiscal agent.

Board members from the Town include:

  • John Halsey, Board of Selectman
  • Bob LeLacheur, Town Manager
  • John Costigan, Board of Health Liaison
  • Rich Hand, Reading Recreation Committee

Law Enforcement Sector

Reading Police Department
Reading Police Department

Founding member of RCASA

  • Board Members from the Department
    • Chief Mark Segalla
    • Brian Lewis, School Resource Officer
  • Reading Police Department houses the RCASA office
  • Collaborative projects include Reading Rx Round Up, Text a Tip, Data Analysis, and Reading Pre-Trial Diversion Program.

School Sector

Reading Public Schools
Reading Public Schools
  • Founding member of RCASA
  • RCASA Members from the district:
    • Dr. John Doherty, Superintendent, RCASA Board Officer
    • Adam Bakr, Principal of Reading Memorial High School
    • Lynn Dunn, RN, Director of School Nurses
    • Tom Zaya, Assistant Principal of Athletics/Extracurriculars, RCASA Board Officer
  • Collaborative projects with RCASA include: Youth Risk Behavior Survey Process, Health Education, Policy Development, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Professional Development.

Healthcare Sector

Hallmark Health
Hallmark Health

Board Members from Hallmark:

  • Beth Lucey, CHARRT Program
Riverside Community Care
Riverside Community Care

Board members from Riverside include:

  • To be posted.

Business Sector

Law Office of Brian Snell
Law Office of Brian Snell

Board member:

  • Brian Snell

Brian also serves as a liaison between RCASA and the Reading Rotary Club as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

Barile Funeral Home
Barile Funeral Home

Board member:

  • Kevin Barile

Kevin also serves as a liaison between RCASA and the Reading Rotary Club as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

Faith Sector

Reading Clergy Council
Reading Clergy Council

Board member:

  • Pete Jeffries from the Church of the Good Shepherd is currently the clergy liasion selected by the Reading Clergy Council.


Substance Abuse Expertise Sector

Sober Living
Sober Living

Board member:

  • Rich Winant

Rich is also the President of the Massachusetts Association of Sober Housing.

Recovery Community

Board member:

  • Garret Colllins, long time resident of Reading and supportive of recovery community building.

Garret works at Banyan Mass.

Women in Recovery

Board member:

  • Elin Antonucci, enjoys sharing her story and encouraging others to support  women dealing with addiction. 

Elin lives in Reading.

Youth-serving Organization Sector

Burbank YMCA
Burbank YMCA

Board member

  • Nina Conway, is the liaison for the Burbank YMCA Board of Directors.

Nina is a Nurse Practitioner and also lives in Reading. 

Youth & Parents Sector

Parent Liasions

Board members include:

  • Richard Abate, Parent Liasion
  • Patrick Shannon, Board President
  • Sherri VandenAkker, Board Co-Secretary
  • Elaine Webb, Board Vice-President
  • Jennifer Hillery, Parent Liasion
  • Kate Grant Parent Liasion
Youth Liasions- recruiting!

We are currently recruiting for 2 new student leaders.  If interested, please talk with Principal Bakr at RMHS.

Media Sector

Media Liasion

Board members include:

  • Joanne Senders, Freelance Reporter

Coalition Partners on Regional Opioid Prevention

Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition
Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition

Coalitions/communities include:








Reading - North Reading Chamber of Commerce
Reading - North Reading Chamber of Commerce

RCASA is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

CADCA- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
CADCA- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

RCASA is a member of CADCA.

CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America), is the national membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and affiliates including RCASA, working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

Middlesex District Attorney's Office
Middlesex District Attorney's Office

Reading Public Schools is a member of the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth. MPY provides a range of resources and training opportunities for districts within Middlesex County.

Coalition Funders




We have also received generous donations from community groups organizations:

First Congregational Church of Reading- $800

Young Women's League of Reading- $2000

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