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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, Select Board
  • Bob LeLacheur, Town Manager
  • Kevin Sexton, 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
    • Acting Chief David Clark
    • Brian Lewis, School Resource Officer
    • Matt Vatcher, 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:
    • Linda Snow Dockser, School Committee Liasion to RCASA
    • Dr. John Doherty, Superintendent, RCASA Board Officer
    • Kate Boynton, Principal of Reading Memorial High School
    • Tom Zaya, Assistant Principal of Athletics/Extracurriculars, RCASA Board Officer
  • Collaborative projects with RCASA include: Youth Risk Behavior Survey Process, Health Education, Policy Development, SBIRT, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Professional Development.

Healthcare Sector

- vacant position

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.

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, Kelly Sober Home
Alcohol & Drug Counselor

Board supporter:

  • Julianne DeAngelis, Retired from RCASA

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 Liaison
  • Patrick Shannon, Board President
  • Sherri VandenAkker, Parent Liaison
  • Abby Goodemote, Parent Liaison
Youth Liasions- recruiting!

We are currently recruiting for student leaders.  If interested, please talk with Principal Boynton at RMHS or Headmaster Hickey at Austin Prep.

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


Federal: US SAMHSA/White House Office of Drug Policy 

State: MA Department of Public Health

First Congregational Church of Reading

Reading Police Superior Officers Union

Reading Rotary Organization

Young Women's League of Reading

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