Meet the Team

Mary Beth Murphy

Megan’s House Program Director

Over and eighteen year career in the field, MaryBeth has worked in clinical settings supporting and guiding individuals who present with various inner challenges. Her passion and mission is to promote independence while addressing and processing underlying sensitive issues such as trauma, life changes, and stressors.

She is a graduate of St. Columbkille’s High School and earned Master’s Degrees from both UMASS Lowell and Cambridge College, where her studies concentrated in human services and counseling. MaryBeth recently received her LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) and is also an Adjunct Professor at Middlesex Community College teaching in the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor curriculum.

MaryBeth was born and raised in Boston and now lives in Haverhill, MA with her many pets. In her “spare” time, MaryBeth loves to relax at the beach and watch the Patriots.

 

Why Mary Beth supports Megan’s House:

It is my life’s dream to work with young ladies to promote independence and wellness; therefore it is an honor to work at Megan’s House and be part of such amazing achievements.

 

 

Kim Spencer

Clinical Director

As much as Kim enjoyed being a stay at home mother to my three sons, she had a calling to help others in need.

She began her career sixteen years ago working with homeless families. During that time, it became abundantly clear there was a tremendous need for treatment for women who suffer from addiction, which led to a decision in 2009 to pursue a career in the  substance abuse treatment field and help women recover.

Kim received her Masters of Ed. from Cambridge College in 2010, and became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in 2013.  At that time, she made the transition from family work to individual therapy.  Although benefiting tremendously for her work in an outpatient setting, Kim’s passion lies with residential treatment.

Kylee Farnkoff

Director of Erin’s House

A former Success Coach at Megan’s House, Kylee is now the House Director of Erin’s Success Home.  She loves her job and could not be happier to work with such incredible young women as they continue their journey through recovery.

It took Kylee a while to embark on this career path. After years of working in various jobs, Kylee decided to attend Middlesex Community College to better her life.  In 2008, she graduated with an Associate’s Degree and full scholarship to the state school of her choosing.  Kylee chose UMASS Boston where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Earth and Ocean Sciences.

After some personal hardships, Kylee became passionate about something different; addiction and recovery.  In 2012 while working at a residential treatment program for young women she enrolled in Middlesex Community College’s Drug and Alcohol Counseling Program.  From this point forward she knew what she wanted to do with her life.  In 2014, Kylee completed school and a year later became a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC II).

Since then, she has realized her passion by working with individuals who suffer from substance abuse disorders by offering hope and helping break the stigma of addiction.

Tanya Carlyle

Executive Assistant

Tanya is the proud mother of three children, Meghan, Ryan and Justin and has devoted her life to self-improvement and helping others along the way.

 Several years ago, Tanya heard former NBA player, Chris Herren, speak at her local high school.  Chris recovered from a heroin addiction and his story inspired her to get involved.  Her desire to help would lead her to run her first ever 5k for The Herren Project (THP) and raise funds for treatment navigation.  Since then she has run two half marathons and plans to challenge herself once again by running a full marathon. 

 Running for THP provided Tanya the opportunity to meet many beautiful people, including those in recovery, people who have lost loved ones to addiction, mental health counselors, and spouses of people in recovery and active addiction to name a few.  She now serves on the Board of Westford Against Substance Abuse.

 When the opportunity came to work for The Megan House Foundation, Tanya knew immediately that this was the job for her.  Her background in business, combined with her interest in all things recovery and care for others, made it the perfect fit. 

 Why Tanya supports Megan’s House:

 “I feel honored and privileged to help support an organization that brings hope and healing to young women.”

Teddy Panos

Director of Development & Communications

Teddy Panos is a Morning Talk Show host for Lowell, MA radio station 980 WCAP-AM. He’s been with the station since November 2007, focusing his program on local news, politics, sports and entertainment.

Previously, Teddy was a Sports Reporter and Anchor for WNDS-TV Channel 50 in Derry, NH, covering everything from Patriots Super Bowl victories and the Red Sox first World Series win in 86-years, to the legendary Ward-Gatti boxing matches and high school sports. He won the 2003 and 2005 “Golden Mike Award” for Best Sports Feature, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters and was also awarded the 2009 Peter Gammons Award by the Lowell Spinners.

Teddy began his broadcasting career as a Sports Producer at WDH-TV Channel 7 in Boston and also wrote for the Lowell Sun. When not working at the radio station, Teddy helps run his family restaurant in Lowell. He is a graduate of Dracut High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication/Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College.

Why Teddy Supports Megan’s House:
“The opioid epidemic is the most important issue facing our communities today and anything than can be done to alleviate the problem or save even a single life is worth the effort.”