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The Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support Advisory Board, made up of stakeholders from our community and region, will serve in an advisory capacity to:

  • Exchange and share information that will enhance our community approach to substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.
  • Supply Reading Coalition staff with feedback on activities, projects and emerging initiatives.
  • Spread the word about coalition resources and events

2020 Reading Coalition Advisory Board Meeting Schedule

 

Meeting Details:

5:30-6:30 pm

Reading Police Department

15 Union St. Reading

1st floor community room

 

During COVID-19, meetings will be held virtually by Zoom invitation. 

 

Meeting Dates

  • Wed February 26, 2020
  • Wed March 25, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed April 29, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed May 27, 2020- TBD
  • Wed June 24, 2020

The following key stakeholders have been appointed to the Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support Advisory Board:

  1. Mark Dockser, Select Board, Reading resident
  2. Town Manager, Bob LeLacheur, Reading Police Department
  3. Deputy Chief David Clark, Reading Police Department
  4. Lt. Richard Abate, Reading Police Department
  5. SRO Matthew Vatcher, Reading Police Department
  6. SRO Brian Lewis, Reading Police Department
  7. OC Samantha Salkin, Reading Coalition, Reading Police Department
  8. Linda Snow-Dockser, Reading resident
  9. Supt. John Doherty, Reading Police Department
  10. Principal Kate Boynton, Reading Memorial High School
  11. Asst. Principal Thomas Zaya, Reading Memorial High School
  12. Kevin Sexton, Reading Board of Health, Reading resident
  13. Laura Gemme, Reading resident
  14. Eleana Conway, Parent, Reading resident
  15. Julianne DeAngelis, Substance Abuse Content Expert, Woburn
  16. James Hickey, Austin Prep, Reading
  17. Rev. Pete Jeffrey, Reading Clergy Council Liaison, Reading
  18. Joanne Senders, Reading resident, Freelance Reporter
  19. Abby Goodemote, Reading resident, Parent, Reading
  20. Patrick Shannon, Woburn
  21. Brian Snell, Parent, Reading resident, Rotary, Business
  22. John Halsey, Reading resident
  23. Sherri VandenAkker, Parent, Reading resident
  24. Richard Winant, Kelly Sober House, Wakefield
  25. Kate Grant, Parent, Reading resident

Board Packets

Board Meeting Packets- 2019

Jan. 2019

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.1.31.19.pdf

 Vaping_Handout_Jan_20191.pdf

Parent-Alert-CBD-version-6.pdf

Feb. 2019

1.RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.2.28.19.pdf

2.A_Nation_At_Hope_exemplar_release_FINAL.pdf

March 2019

 1.RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.3.28.19.pdf

CBD_Overview_for_RCASA_Board_Members_March_2019.pdf

April 2019

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.4.25.19.pdf

TDV_Reading_Flyer_May_8_2019.pdf

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

BOD_January_25_2018_Packet.pdf

Feb. 2018

Feb_2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

March 2018

March__2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

April 2018

April_2018.RCASA_BOD_packet.pdf

May 2018

May_2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

June 2018

June_2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

July 2018

No board meeting

August 2018 meeting rescheduled to September 13, 2018

AugSept_2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

September 2018- Annual Coalition meeting

9.27.18_Flyer_for_RCASA_12th_Annual_Meeting.png

To view the entire event

https://youtu.be/EEGgq6qoJiU

Overview

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'.

2018_Annual_Presidents_Welcome_and_Directors_Report.pdf

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

Keynote_Speech_at_RCASA_Annual_Meeting.9.27.18.Sherri_VandenAkker.pdf

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

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.10.25.18.pdf

November 2018

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.11.29.18.pdf

December 2018

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.12.13.18.pdf

 

  • 2018 Reading Coalition Honored at National Recovery Month Award Ceremony
  • Sherri VandenAkker accepts Reading Coalition Award
  • SRO Vatcher and SRO Lewis

    Reading Coalition Annual Meeting

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