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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
  • Wed July 29, 2020
  • Wed Aug 26, 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




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 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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