Board of Directors

Robert Gignac

Chairman of the Board

Born and raised in the city of Lowell, Robert has been active in fighting the Opiate Epidemic in the Lowell area for a number of years.

In 2011, Robert was elected as a member of the Lowell School Committee. At 21 years old, Robert was one of the youngest elected officials in the city’s history. Soon after being sworn into office, Robert worked with local and state leaders to kickoff Opiate Abuse Prevention & Awareness Programs throughout the Lowell Public Schools. Robert has served on the Lowell Taxi & Livery Commission, Immigration Assistance Commission, Lowell Youth Development Collaborative, Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Board of Directors.

Robert was educated in the Lowell Public Schools and University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Robert was previously employed by the Career Center of Lowell/City of Lowell for a number of years and is currently employed as a School Business Administrator in Cambridge, MA.

Why Robert supports Megan’s House:

“I’ve lost friends, family members, neighbors and colleagues to this epidemic. It’s my turn to step forward and do whatever I can to help fight this battle.”

Donna Christopulos

Vice Chair of the Board

Words to live by; “Each day is a new Life, Seize it, Live it!” ( David Guy Powers)
 
Donna is a Director and co-manager of her family’s business Design Lighting in North Andover, MA. Her responsibilities include servicing high end builders, designers and residential/commercial clients with lighting design. She is also a partner in Spin City Laundromat, Lowell, MA; the city’s 1st state of the art card operated laundromat.
 
Donna is a graduate of Lowell High School and attended Bentley University; where she studied Accounting. Since the year 2000, Donna has been a Trustee of the Hellenic American Academy Endowment Trust; where she has assisted the board with raising over $1.5 Million dollars. Helping her community thrive is important to Donna; as she is a current member of the Krit Classic Memorial Scholarship Road Race in Andover, a member of the Holy Trinity Ladies Philoptochos, The American Lighting Association and Coin Laundry Association. Donna is a past member of the Saints Medical Center Board of Governors and The Andover High School Swim and Dive Boosters. 
 
Donna was born and raised in Lowell and now lives in Andover, MA with her husband George Christopulos and their three daughters; Maria, Kanella and Georgina. In her “spare” time, Donna loves to travel with her family and relax at the beach.
 
Why Donna supports Megan’s House:
“As the opioid abuse epidemic has reached dangerous heights, I realized our community needed assistance in steering the fundraising arm of Megan’s House, The Megan House Foundation, in a positive and upward direction; as it is an integral part of keeping the doors at Megan’s House open, welcoming and fully staffed to support its mission.”

Jessica Cabinta

Raised in Manchester, NH, Jessica is well known and highly regarded in the Lowell business community, having spent the last 10 years working in the area.

She is currently employed as a Business Lender in Eastern Bank’s Business Banking Group. Prior to that, she was a Branch Manager & Assistant Vice President at Santander Bank, District Manager for ADP Payroll and Senior Account Executive for HSBC.

Jessica has served on numerous local boards, including the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Merrimack Valley Small Business Micro Loan Committee. She enjoys volunteering and getting involved with the communities she serves through Eastern Bank.

Jessica and her husband Russell live in Salem, NH and are the proud parents of two children, Tristen and Alexsa.

Why Jessica supports Megan’s House:

“This epidemic has taken the lives of friends and family over the years. Seeing what Tim Grover, the Board and the talented staff of Megan’s House have accomplished is inspiring. I am so grateful for the opportunity to help these young women get a second chance at life.”

Edward Bud Caulfield

Edward Bud Caulfield served on the Lowell City Council for 24 years and was honored to serve two terms as Mayor, in 1996-1997 and 2008-2009. He is married to his best friend, his wife Diana. Bud and Diana  have four children and two wonderful grandchildren.

Bud has been a tireless advocate for many great causes. His great joy was the Highland Players, a musical organization that raised over $500,000 for churches, schools, youth organizations and non-profits over a 23 year period. He also formed a committee that raised $140,000 for the people of Lowell’s Pawtucketville neighborhood affected by the flood of 2006. His Mayor’s Harvest Ball raised thousands of dollars for neighborhood organizations and the Merrimack Valley Food Bank

Why Bud supports Megan’s House:

I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Megan’s House. Working together, we can help the people affected by this opioid crisis in our community.

Denise Gilbride

Born and raised in Lowell, MA and now currently residing in Dunstable MA,  Denise is married with two children, Cassidy and Jonathan.

Denise and her husband Don, work and own Gilbride Electric, Inc., located in Chelmsford MA. Being heavily involved in Real Estate, they own and operate Gilbride Properties, LLC.

Denise also owns and manages properties throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida and Costa Rica. She has and is currently serving on Home Owner Associations for local properties. Denise is a Cosmetologist, who attended Lowell Academy and worked as a Cosmetologist in the City of  Lowell for numerous years.  She is Certified Interior Designer as well as a Certified Spinning Instructor, with a passion for health and wellness.

As well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Megan House, Denise is actively involved in numerous charitable organizations, including a strong involvement for Animal Wellness.

Why Denise Supports the Megan House:

“This Epidemic has been familiar to me for the past 25 years. Not exactly understanding that this was an Opioid Epidemic, I became ignorant to the help my family and friends needed and the understanding of the pain that they were going through. Educating myself about what I thought was a choice vs addiction, my understanding about this epidemic became very clear. I am now driven to make a difference and also help others understand the Opioid Epidemic. The Megan’s House is a crucial part to the recovery for these women and I am excited and honored to be involved with spreading the word.

Pamela Huntley

Pamela Huntley works at Lowell General Hospital as the Director of Community Relations, and the Center for Community Health & Wellness.  Pamela’s role is to build relationships with corporate and community partners to generate a climate of understanding and support for the health system, its mission, accomplishments and challenges. The center of Community Health & Wellness provides over 400 programs annually to non-profit organizations and corporate clients.

Pamela began her healthcare career at Saints Medical Center in 2008. Over four years Pamela worked with employers and municipalities  throughout the Merrimack Valley educating them on the Occupational Health services, including preventative health, injury treatment and management for work related injuries, on-site health screenings, and created a program for travel medicine.  Beginning in 2012 Pamela transitioned to the External Affairs division to work collaboratively with the VP of External Affairs, Philanthropy and Marketing.

Prior to healthcare Pamela worked in the insurance industry as a licensed broker for Colonial Life and Accident. From there, she transitioned into Managed Care, joining a privately owned company as the Director of Business Development. Pamela also held a management position at CorVel Corporation a national managed care company responsible for managing the New England Medical Bill review division and overseeing the growth of the workers compensation PPO network in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Pamela is involved in several community organizations, boards and committees. As a corporator for the Lowell Boys & Girls Club she has co-chaired their Holiday Auction for the past two years, has served on the golf committee for three years. Pamela is a Board member of the Westford Business Association, and Past Chair Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce. She served three years as co-chair of SEGL which raises money for local non-profit organizations so that children of Greater Lowell can enjoy a safe summer of fun, learning, and employment.

Pamela lives in Hampton, New Hampshire with her husband Dana, they have two grown children, Michaela who lives in London and Brett who lives in Boston. Away from work Pamela enjoys the ocean, traveling, golf and time with family and friends.

Why Pamela supports Megan’s House:

“I am honored to be able to serve on the board for Megan’s House Foundation. After attending the First fundraising Gala for Megan’s House, listening to the speakers, especially the young lady who was in recovery, hearing Tim Grover speak so passionately to help young women, I felt compelled to get involved and do my part to help fight against the opioid epidemic, and support these young women in recovery.”

Shaun McCarthy

Shaun grew up in Dracut, MA and has lived in Lowell for the last 10 years. He studied Sociology and Regional Economics & Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Shaun is currently the Senior Program Manager at the Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board. In this role, he focuses on operations, business and community partnerships, industry sector based job training programs. He also oversees federally funded youth programming of which several Megan’s House residents are enrolled and seeing great success.

Prior to this position, Shaun held the Grant Specialist role for the Workforce Board. As the Grant Specialist, he secured funding from both federal and state funding sources to develop and implement occupational job training programs connecting Greater Lowell residents to critical industry sectors in the region. He developed internal procedures for the organizational grant writing process which remain in place currently.

Shaun is also active in the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) and is the Grant Writer for the Angkor Dance Troupe

Erin Daly McMahon

Erin Daly McMahon is a lifelong Lowell resident as well as a public school teacher and small business owner.

After graduating from UMass Lowell and Lesley University with her Master’s degree in Education, Erin began teaching 6th grade at the Dr. An Wang Middle School where she has taught English for the past 17 years. Erin has also worked in the food and service industry for over 20 years. Her experience working at local restaurants and catering companies inspired her to start her own business.  In 2009, Erin took her passion for food and entertaining and opened her own business; Catering by Erin McMahon.

In addition to her involvement and support of Megan’s House, Erin has donated her time, energy and services to many local non-profit organizations and charitable events.  Erin has supported The Boys & Girls Club of Lowell, the March of Dimes, Lowell General Hospital, Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, The House of Hope, The Women Working Wonders Fund, St. Jude Hospital, The PAN Mass Challenge and Children’s Hospital Boston to name a few.

Erin is married to Brian McMahon and they have two daughters, Kaleigh and Lyndsey.

Why Erin supports Megan’s House:

My family has always instilled in me to take an active role in the community.  I firmly believe we all should help those in need, and the opioid addiction crisis is one of the most frightening and critical issues facing our society today.  As a proud woman, mother, and teacher, I can not think of a better opportunity to do my part than by getting involved with Megan’s House.

Lucas Noble

Born and raised on the North Shore, Lucas has always had a passion for community involvement and activism.

Lucas Noble is the Managing Partner of Lucas Noble Financial, an office of Baystate Financial, an Investment and Financial Planning firm. His practice is located in Danvers and Boston where he has run his small business for the last 10 years.

Lucas is currently residing with his significant-other Amanda and their four children, Ariana, Trey, Olivia & Emily in North Andover.

Lucas remains active in many Leadership roles. He is elected to the Massachusetts Republican State Committee, Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Candidates Committee, on the Board of the local chapter BNI group, A member of the Essex County Estate Planning Council and involved in his local City and Town committees as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

Why Lucas Supports Megan’s House:

We are all impacted by those around us dealing with addiction. Tim’s vison to give people a chance to restart inspires hope and optimism when seemingly non-existent. I am proud to be part of making this second chance a reality for more people.

Steve Normandin

Steven has over 30 years of management experience in various entrepreneurial ventures, with a primary focus on growing technology and service related businesses.  Most recently Steve was President of AMD Global Telemedicine in Chelmsford, a pioneer in the remote healthcare market.  Steve founded AMD in 1991.  At that time, he saw the enormous potential benefits telemedicine could serve for the healthcare industry such as providing greater access to healthcare in rural areas, schools, prisons and the military.

Steve is an active member in telemedicine associations and organizations around the globe and has presented at numerous telemedicine forums throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  Steve has authored many articles on telemedicine technology and the growth and acceptance of the remote healthcare industry.

He has served as: VP and member of the Board of Directors at the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health based out of Switzerland, Board of Directors at Canadian Society of Telehealth, and the American Telemedicine Association.  In 2006 Steve was the first recipient of the annual “Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Telemedicine” by the American Telemedicine Association. In 2011, Steve was elected into the American Telemedicine Association College of Fellows.

Locally, Steve serves on the Board of Governors of Lowell General Hospital where he was chairperson of the LGH TeamWalk for Cancer Care for several years.  Steve is Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence MA and member of the boards of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Megan’s House and a Trustee of the Merrimack Repertory Theater.

Steve and his wife, Sue live in Chelmsford and have 3 children.

Why Steve supports Megan’s House:

“We have lost too many good people to this terrible addiction.  Working in the healthcare industry as I travel the country I see firsthand the devastation the opioid epidemic has caused.  In both big cities, small towns, urban and rural settings its effects are felt everywhere.  Megan’s House provides a safe place that gives its residents time to recover.”

Jeanne Osborn

Born and raised in Lowell, Jeanne has spent most of her career  advocating for what she believes in. A voice for small business for over 15 years in the City of Lowell and surrounding communities, she continues to advocate at LifeLinks, Inc. where she is the Marketing and Public Relations Director.

Jeanne received her B.S. in Marketing and her MBA from Rivier College. She has two sons, Christopher, a Lowell Police Officer and Brent, a Seargeant in the Marine Corp currently stationed in Australia.

In addition to serving on the Board at Megan’s House, Jeanne is the founder of W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Success and Empowerment), 2009 recipient of the SBA Women in Business Champion. She is also an Advisory Board member for Middlesex Community College, an Incorporator at Lowell General Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club, past President of Lowell Rotary and currently a Chelmsford Rotary member.

Why Jeanne Supports Megan’s House:

Megan’s House is an amazing organization and it is an honor to help with a cause that has had a profound effect on the community. If by being a board member I can help just a little bit to eliminate the stigma of addiction, then we have done our job. I believe in what Booker T. Washington said: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome trying to succeed.”

Lisa Provost

Lisa was born in Boston and raised in Lowell, MA and Southern, NH. She currently lives in Hudson, NH with her husband and youngest son. She is the mother of four; two daughters, Heather and Olivia, and two sons, James and Michael.

Lisa previously served on the Board of Directors at the Rape Crisis Center of Greater Lowell, another cause that is very important to her. She is currently and advocate and support for her son, James, who has been battling addiction for 10 years. As the daughter of a recovered addict and mother of an addict, Lisa is extremely passionate about helping others understand this disease, while helping those affected find support in the community.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, Joseph and Josephine, going to the beach and traveling with her husband.

Robert Skirvin-Orr

Robert Skirvin-Orr grew up in Lowell, with deep family roots in the local area.  He has been engaged in his community as an entrepreneur, creating jobs while providing exceptional services for clients.  Robert is married. He and his husband, Dr. Skirvin, have one daughter.

Robert has worked locally in the self-care industry for 30 years, owning his own business. Robert also owns a boutique that services cancer patients at Lowell General Hospital main campus. He is a volunteer for the Look Good Feel Better organization, a program to help women with cancer feel better about themselves while undergoing treatment, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  As the Director of Education for SoCAP New England, Robert was in charge of redesigning and revamping the education program in the New England District.  He has been a regional and national educator for several companies in the Hair Care Industry. Robert is also a professional photographer who completed coursework at the International Center for Photography in New York and the Art Institute of New England and a Master Mason,  at William Sewall Gardner-Kilwinning lodge.

Robert has been involved in philanthropy work for over twenty-five years, organizing fundraising events for multiple charities including CODA, Breast Cancer Awareness and Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center etc.  He proudly serves as an Incorporator for Lowell General Hospital Circle Health.

Robert attended Lowell High School and completed his cosmetology training at Lowell Academy. He is a member of the National Cosmetology Association, where he served as director for the Massachusetts Design team.

Why Robert Supports Meghan’s House:

“I feel a personal connection to the people and families struggling to overcome addiction.  Each day is a new chance, another opportunity for a person struggling with addiction to make a change and be successful.   The program offers such a supportive environment  for young women to have resources they need for success in their recovery. Together we make a difference.”