Chief Program Officer

John has an extensive background in leadership and operations for community-based residential programs and a passion for helping our communities’ most vulnerable members.

He is responsible for the overall leadership and development of a multi-faceted delivery system with CHD’s contract-based social welfare programs in mental health, youth mentoring, family stabilization, foster care, elder care, intellectual and physical disabilities, homelessness prevention, cancer support, substance use, and juvenile justice.

John was most recently Executive Director/CEO of Pathlight, an organization serving people in western Massachusetts with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Prior to that, for 15 years he was Vice President of Children and Families for CHD, a division that provides housing, stabilization, child development, behavioral health, and court-guided support services.

Before becoming a vice president at CHD, he served in a variety of capacities here, including managing two large residential facilities as Director of Juvenile Justice Programs. Previously, he was a lead treatment supervisor for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, where he supervised treatment staff and developed treatment programs for inmates housed in the pre-release center.

John earned a master’s degree in Business Management/Organizational Leadership from Cambridge College in Springfield.