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New Appointments at The Bridge, January 2016

February 2016

New Appointments at The Bridge of Central Mass.

Jill Macarelli, Adult Mental Health Services Director

Jill Macarelli was recently promoted to Adult Mental Health Services Director at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts.  Jill has over 20 years of experience in human services/non-profit management.  In 2009, she brought her professional expertise to programs at The Bridge, working primarily in the North County area of Massachusetts.  Prior, she was the Associate Director of North Central Human Services.  In addition to her experience working with adults, she has vast experience in child and adolescent programming, having worked at the Dr. Franklin Perkins School in Lancaster, the Worcester Area Mental Health Center and the Stetson School earlier in her career. 

From the beginning Jill felt The Bridge was an excellent fit.  “I have a strong commitment and belief that we should always look at the jobs we do, services we provide and ask ourselves, ‘would this be okay for my loved one?’” says Jill.  “The Bridge is in line with the way I believe we should deliver quality care and treatment.” 

Along with her enthusiasm for her new position, Jill is excited about The Bridge’s future.  “With new leadership comes new and exciting opportunities,” says Jill.  “I am very happy to be a part of that!”

Melissa Richardson, MA, LMHC, Division Director of Developmental Disabilities

Melissa Richardson joined The Bridge of Central Massachusetts as the Division Director of Developmental Disabilities.  She’s enthusiastic about the opportunity, saying, “I look forward to   overseeing the programs in North Brookfield and Gardner, as well as offering ideas to assist the agency increase its revenue.” 

Most recently, Richardson came to The Bridge from Seven Hills Foundation, where she was a Behavioral
Health Clinical Supervisor.  Before that, she brought her eye for detail and excellence to positions with the Devereau Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Eliot Community Human Services, and Harvard House. 

She identifies a quote by author Jack Dixon as reflective of her work philosophy:  “If you focus on results, you will never change; if you focus on change, you will get results.”

Richardson holds a MA in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Anna Maria College.

Kathryn “Kat” E. Stevens, MA, Director of Health Information Management


Kat Stevens recently joined the Bridge of Central Massachusetts as the Director of Health Information Management. In this position, Stevens will develop efficient data collection systems to ensure compliance with required accreditation/licensing standards, and provide outcome data that can be utilized as a tool to help both improve and showcase services.  “My goal,” says Stevens, “is to be able to create systems that will collect data for the purpose of meeting data collection requirements.  I also want to provide information that will help staff identify target areas of improvement, as well as highlight the strengths we have at The Bridge. Any data collected should be used in a meaningful way to help position us for better outcomes in the future.”

Prior to joining The Bridge, Stevens worked in inpatient and residential substance abuse treatment services at Spectrum Health Systems, most recently as the Program Director of a 48 bed Acute Treatment Service program providing medical detoxification and a mobile Community Support Professionals program.Stevens holds a Masters of Counseling Psychology from Assumption College and is LMHC Eligible.