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. He was previously employed by the Career Center of Lowell/City of Lowell for a number of years and later as a Director of Finance & Operations at an independent school in Cambridge, MA. Robert is currently employed as the Chief Operating Officer of a large urban K-8 Public Charter School in Lowell.

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.”

Shaun McCarthy

Vice-Chair of the Board

Shaun grew up in Dracut, MA and has lived in Lowell since 2005. He completed the Lowell higher education circuit; beginning at Middlesex Community College and transferring to UMass Lowell where he studied Sociology and Regional Economics and Social Development.

Shaun is currently the Director of the Working Cities Lowell Initiative which is funded through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge grant program. Working Cities Lowell is a cross-sector coalition of 13 core institutions working with residents and business owners in the Acre neighborhood of Lowell to develop and implement inclusive community engagement strategies and create equitable access to economic opportunities.

Before joining Working Cities Lowell, Shaun worked for several years as the Grant Writer and eventually the Senior Program Manager for the MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board. He also served as Grant Writer for the Angkor Dance Troupe.

Why Shaun supports Megan’s House”

“The opioid addiction crisis is the issue of our times. After losing friends and family, and watching others fight through the battle of addiction, I wanted to be part of the solution. Megan House gives these young woman a chance to change the narrative. I am grateful for the opportunity to play a role in that, even if it’s a small one.”

Paul Belley

Paul Belley joined the Megan House Foundation Board of Directors in January of 2017, but has been involved with the organization since its grand opening. As is the case with many families, Paul has witnessed the devastating effects of the opioid crisis within his own family.

While he is very busy professionally working as a truck driver, professional musician and fishing boat captain, Paul stills find time to give back to his community. A tireless community advocate, Paul has served as the past President and Vice President of the Pawtucketville Citizen Council and is the Founder of the Rosemont Terrace neighborhood group.

Paul is also a strong supporter of many non-profits throughout the Merrimack Valley, serving as the Entertainment Director for the Salvation Army radiothon, which helps so many families in need in the region.

Why Paul supports Megan’s House:

“I am extremely proud to be part of this organization’s Board of Directors, having seen first-hand the growth and tremendous success of The Megan House Foundation and the dedication of staff and fellow board members.”

Martha Crowe Hyslip

Martha Crowe Hyslip was born and raised in Lowell, where she currently resides. She has a passion for volunteering and has donated endless hours to non-profit organizations, as she enjoys helping others.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Salem State College with her Master’s degree in Education, Martha began her teaching career in the Lowell Public Schools, as a K-5 grade art specialist. After starting her family, she took time of to raise her 3 children, Suzanne, John and Mariah. During this time Martha devoted herself to volunteering in the Andover School System as the PTO President, where she raised awareness for cultural diversity in the classroom. In addition, Martha was a member of the Andona Society and is an advocate for the Monastery of Poor Claire. For the past 14 years, she has worked in the field of Special Education at Wood Hill Middle School.

In her spare time, Martha is a talented interior designer and loves helping family and friends create spaces that reflect their personal needs and budgets. Martha enjoys her daily runs, knitting and traveling. She and her husband, Rick, own Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc. in Tewksbury, where she is a Special Events Coordinator, responsible for the successful implementation of domestic trade shows.

Why Martha supports Megan’s House:

“I’m looking forward to spending time thinking about the needs of our community. I’m excited to be an integral part of solving a problem that is too wide spread in Lowell and other cities and towns. I hope to contribute to the improvement of the social culture in our city.”

David Keene

A 22-year veteran of the Lowell Fire Department, Lieutenant David Keene currently serves on Branch Street Engine 2. He is a past President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) Local 853 and currently serves as Vice President of PFFM for District 4.

In 2014, David was instrumental in the effort to have fire fighters carry Narcan in Lowell, which has helped save countless lives and slow down the death rate from opiate overdose. In 2015, he helped identify a federal grant opportunity that helped Lowell land nearly $2-million, money that was used to hire 12 new fire fighters and avoid fire station shutdowns that had plagued the city.

A graduate of Lowell High School, David began serving on the Megan House Foundation Board of Directors since its early days in 2015. He also serves on the Retirement Boards for the City of Lowell and Marlbrorough, Massachusetts.

Why David supports Megan’s House:

“Serving as a firefighter, I work on the front lines of this opiate crisis and see up close and personal the toll it exacts on those addicted and their loved ones. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of young women in treatment and in their journey to recovery from this deadly disease.”

Dan McCafferty

The common theme throughout Dan’s 33-year year business career has been one of driving growth for technology based, telecommunications related companies with high value product propositions.

He is currently a retained consultant as Vice President of Business Development for Visual Clinic. Visual Clinic is a Massachusetts based Company specializing in LEAN methodologies and products for Hospitals, Surgical Centers and Physician practices. Previous to Visual Clinic Dan was Vice President of Global Sales and Corporate Development at
AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (AMD). Dan’s vision, creativity and leadership inspired the development of the industry leading, browser based clinical telemedicine platform with true, real time communications and medical device aggregation; AGNES Interactive®. Additionally, he has conceptualized and has the lead the rollout of the first product to combine Lean, Six Sigma methodologies, patient/doctor workflows and clinical telemedicine; ExamFlow.

In his nine years at AMD Dan managed AMD’s worldwide sales efforts which included a direct sales force and a global network of over 40 resale partners. Since joining AMD the company’s footprint expanded into 98 countries including several nationwide deployments. Under Dan’s guidance AMD saw increased penetration into the traditional clinical telemedicine markets as well as significant entry points into the emerging retail pharmacy,
concierge, medical tourism, EMS, and skilled nursing markets.

Dan also sits as an Incorporator for the Lowell MA Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors. His alma mater is the University of Massachusetts at Lowell – Business Administration.

Why Dan supports Megan’s House:

“Everyone knows what addiction does to the individual, their families and to our society in general.  What sets the Megan House Foundation apart and makes them an organization worthy of all the support we can muster is the ‘whole person’ approach to their programs and the talented, dedicated staff who who execute it.”

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.

Dennis Mercier

Dennis Mercier is a lifelong Lowell resident and is currently a Property Manager for the Lowell Housing Authority.

Dennis is also a supporter of many non-profits throughout the Lowell area, volunteering for the Kazanjian Foundation. He is also a former Board Member for Community Teamwork Inc (CTI) and is currently on the City of Lowell Cemetery Commission, as well as being a member of the Lowell Opioid Task Force.

Dennis has worked 22 years for the Lowell Housing Authority in various positions.  He is currently the Property Manager for the North Common Village housing.  Dennis knows first hand the devastation substance abuse and addiction causes the individual, family and friends and is looking forward to helping people overcome substance abuse and addiction in the Lowell community.

Dennis is married to Brenda Mercier and they have one daughter.

Why Dennis supports Megan’s House:

“I have  always tried to take an active role in the community. I currently have the time and energy and am looking forward to helping the Megan House treat substance abuse and treatment in the Lowell community.”

Dr. Wendy Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with her Bachelor of Science, and earned her M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  She completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Mitchell was a primary care physician for 6 years, before narrowing her focus to inpatient medicine.  She worked as a hospitalist for a decade, both at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital.  She held leadership positions as Medical Director of Lowell General Hospital’s Center for Weight Management and as Vice Chair of the Department of Hospital Medicine at Lahey Clinic, and also worked as an Executive Health physician at Lahey.

Currently, she is a medical director for the Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization.  She led Lowell General Hospital’s two CHART grants, which aimed to reduce hospital readmissions and ED revisits by focusing on social determinants of health in inpatient and ED high-utilizing patient populations.  She has also developed a chronic disease program and subacute rehab program for the PHO’s Medicare Shared Savings population.

Dr. Mitchell became medical director for Wellforce’s Medicaid ACO, Wellforce Care Plan, in October of 2017.  She is currently serving as President of the Lowell General Hospital Medical Staff.

Wendy is married to Steven Mitchell and they have four children.

Why Dr. Mitchell Supports Megan’s House:

“Through my recent work experience with several grant-funded initiatives, I have spent some time near the front lines fighting the opioid epidemic.  Substance use disorder is a complex disease and treatment is most successful with a comprehensive approach.  Megan’s House provides invaluable wrap-around services with a stable environment and peer support, along with addiction and mental health counseling and evidence-based treatment.  The step-wise approach with the development of Erin’s House provides a glide path to the life these women were meant to have.  It is a privilege to support this residential treatment program and the lives they serve.”

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.”

Christina O’Brien

Christina is a native of Lowell, MA and a graduate of Lowell High School. She attended Rivier University, where she focused on Early Childhood Education/Child Psychology.  Christina woks in Retail Banking for Lowell Five, as an Assistant Branch Manager. The proud mother of two amazing daughters, she currently resides in Dracut, MA with her husband Kevin and is passionate about improving the quality of life in the community in which she works and considers her home.

Christina believes there is strength in numbers and that when we all come together as neighbors and friends, we can make a positive difference in our community. While living in NH, she enjoyed many great opportunities to make an impact in the community, including serving on the School Budget Committee and getting involved in the town through the local Police Department. She also chaired a Non-profit organization providing substance free communities. Through this organization, Christina had the opportunity to attend training events with CADCA and volunteered with the NH Drug Task Force. She believes our voice can be a powerful tool, reaching out to our local legislation on behalf of important laws and matters that affect our towns and cities.

Why Christina supports Megan’s House:

“It is an honor and privilege to become a member of The Megan House Organization. Many of us have experienced great loss due to this terrible addiction, and I am no stranger to it. After watching my close friends lose their children, my beloved Goddaughter lose her sister, and myself, lose many dear friends. I am very blessed to say I have been in recovery for 27 years and am thankful for my Grandfather and to people who believed in me. This is why I am excited to be a part of an organization that offers the support and encouragement to young woman to continue with their recovery and to live a more fulfilling life.”