Iris Carroll,OTR/L,MPH - Director
Iris is the Director and Founder of Programs For People, and is responsible for the clinical and administrative operation of the agency. She has a Master's Degree in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, is a licensed Occupational Therapist, and has had extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, both in the private and public sectors. Prior to founding Programs For People she worked in New York state hospitals, Langley Porter Institute in California, and McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. She developed an interest in community mental health while working as Coordinator of the partial hospitalization program at Tufts New England Medical Center. Iris has had a long-standing concern for the issues of stigma and consumer rights, and was a recipient of the "Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Human Rights of Individuals with Mental Disabilities." She initiated and implemented a community-wide public forum on "Dispelling the Myths of Mental Illness" for the Town of Framingham.
Jeffrey Goldbarg, M.D. - Consulting Psychiatrist
Dr. Goldbarg graduated from Harvard College and Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in adult psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is certified in the specialty of Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. In addition to his consulting responsibilities, he is involved in Program For People's Inservice Training Program for interns and staff members.
Linda Chiofar, RN, MSN, HN-BC - Certified Holistic Nurse
Linda received her Master's Degree in Holistic Health Education from JFK University and a Master's in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. As a certified holistic nurse, Linda has devoted her 30-year nursing career to exploring the interrelationship between mind and body and has lectured nationally on topics such as health, wellness, stress management, and complementary therapies. As an educator, Linda has served on the faculty of numerous California colleges, including California State University and the University of Phoenix in Sacramento. Linda's passion is supporting individuals in their personal growth by developing their unique skills and abilities. At Programs For People, Linda provides individual counseling; facilitates groups in the areas of health and wellness, substance abuse, and movement therapies; and offers consultation in regard to medication and health-related issues.
Ethan Harris,LICSW - Clinical Social Work Supervisor/Family Therapist
Ethan received his Master's Degree in Social Work from Simmons College in 1969 and joined Programs For People as a founding member in 1973. Mr. Harris completed the family training program at Cambridge Family Institute from 1977-78 and studied at the Centro Milanese Di Terapia Della Famiglia in Milan in 1984. He served as editor of Family Issues from 1987-1994 and the Newsletter of the American Family Therapy Academy from 1994-1998. His publications include, "Crying, Sleeping, and the Post Modern Marriage" in the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy (1999) and "My Brother's Keeper: Siblings of Chronic Patients as Allies in Treatment" in Siblings in Therapy. He has served as visiting professor at Boston University and Simmons College Schools of Social Work and has been a field instructor for Simmons School of Social Work for over 30 years.
Dan Cicconi, LMHC - Counselor
Dan received both his B..A and M.A. in Psychology from Framingham State College, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As part of his training he did his counseling internship at Programs For People, and upon completion of his internship was hired as a full-time member of the staff. Dan served as a counselor at Programs For People for 10 years, and then for the next 9 years was employed by the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership and Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan as an access line clinician and a team leader. In those roles he was involved with treatment planning and authorization of care for MassHealth recipients. Dan recently returned to Programs For People as after being away from direct client care for a period of time he was eager to return to the program where he had learned many of his clinical skills to resume a role where he could have greater impact upon improving the lives of others. At Programs For People Dan provides individual counseling, facilitates groups, and supervises clinical interns from master's level counseling programs.
Jessica Johnston, M.S., OTR/L - Occupational Therapist
Jess received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University/Sargent College for Allied Health Professionals and has had 15 years of experience in mental health settings, including serving as occupational therapist for the inpatient unit at Bournewood Hospital and as Community Residence Director at Wild Acre Inn in Lexington. She also has experience working in rehabilitation at Community Rehab Care in Newton, treating cognitive and physical impairments resulting from neurological injuries. Jess brings a focus on the use of functional and cognitive based strategies to assist clients in managing day to day activities.
Anthony Sirignano, MPA- Employment Services Manager
Tony earned a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Boston College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration/Disability Policy from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. He has over 30 years of experience supporting people of all abilities in achieving their goals of working in the community. He has worked in both public and private sectors to develop successful employment opportunities by matching the skills and interests of the individual together with the needs of the employer. He is a strong advocate for community participation, believing in the dignity of work that fosters a person's self-esteem and value as a contributing member of society. Tony has extensive experience working with state agencies, advocacy organizations, businesses, and chambers of commerce.
Sarah Foster, B.A. - Employment Counselor
Sarah holds a B.A. in Psychology from Lake Forest College and has 10 years of experience working vocationally with individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Past positions have included serving as a Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and Employment Counselor for Project Advance at Programs For People. She recently returned to Programs For People to resume a counseling career. Her responsibilities include providing vocational counseling and job placement for Project Advance, as well as serving as liaison between Project Advance and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
Kevin Fandel, B.A. - Employment Specialist
Kevin holds a B.A. in Education/Human Services from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He brings over 25 years of experience in Corporate Human Resources, including senior positions at GE/RCA, Digital, and Boston Scientific. Throughout his career, Kevin has balanced being both a "Business Partner" to management and an "Advocate" for employees. He utilizes these skills in Project Advance (Programs For People's employment placement program) where he helps clients and employers to develop successful job matches.
Susan Porter, M.A. - Volunteer Psychotherapist
Susan received a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and has over 20 years of experience as a therapist, specializing in the treatment of adult survivors of trauma in childhood. She was a founding member of the New England Society for the Study of Multiple Personality Disorder and Dissociation. She has also had extensive administrative experience including serving as executive director of a major mental health agency, consulting to the Department of Corrections, and serving as legal aide to former State Representative Barbara Gray. Her duties include providing vocational counseling and placement for Project Advance clients and group therapy for the Day Hospital program.
Brandon Bruinsma - Food Service Manager, The Lunch Box
Brandon's experience in the culinary field actually began at the age of 4 as he stood by the side of his father, an Executive Chef. He quickly adopted his father's passion for cooking, eventually studying culinary arts at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School. After working in his father's restaurant, he learned more about restaurant management while training under renowned Chef Tomasso Garguilio, and later held a position as Executive Chef for a large assisted living establishment in Montana. Prior to joining the staff here, he was Sous Chef at an award winning restaurant in Boston. Brandon loves being able to take the knowledge that he has gained from his experience and pass it on. Although managing The Lunch Box is a different venture in his career path, the ability to work with people to help them achieve their own personal goals drew him to Programs For People.
Beverly Folkes, AS - Administrative Assistant
Beverly received her Associate in Science degree from Lasell College. She has served as Administrative Assistant/Executive Secretary at Programs For People since 1990.
Stephanie Calcagni, BS - Financial Data Manager
Stephanie received her degree in Business Management from Providence College and is the agency's Financial Data Manager, responsible for the billing, accounts receivable, and coordination of payroll and benefits. She has had over 25 years experience in both private and public sectors. She has been employed by Programs For People since 1983.