General Membership list
Co-chair: Hilary Lovell
Community Relations Coordinator for Signature Healthcare
Hilary Lovell is the Community Relations Coordinator for Signature Healthcare, which includes Brockton Hospital and Signature Medical Group. Hilary has worked in this role since 2010 and acts as a liaison between the community and Signature Healthcare. She is also the Community Benefits Officer for the organization and works at implementing programs to assist in dealing with health disparities. She is a member of many coalitions in the area such as Brockton’s Promise Healthy Start Team, Brockton Knocks Down Diabetes and the Greater Taunton Health and Human Services Coalition.
Co-chair: Lauren Bartell
Treasurer: Jack Ryan
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Jack Ryan is Director of Volunteer Services at Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Brockton Multi-Service Center a provider of emergency and outpatient care to the indigent who suffer from mental illness in the Greater Brockton Community Health Network Area (CHNA 22).
He is a founding member of CHNA 22 and has served as Chairman for three terms and is currently the Treasurer. He is a Rotarian, a Director of the Plymouth Taskforce for the Homeless and the Plymouth Area Taskforce and President of the Friends of BMSC and Friends of the Braintree Department of Elder Affairs. He is the founder and Director of the Braintree Community Youth Center.
Other Steering Committee Members
Lynn Cornelius is Director of Marketing, Public Affairs and Community Health at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Lynn leads the Community Benefits program at Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Prior to joining Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lynn was the Director of Marketing and Media Relations for South Shore Health System. Lynn has over 20 years of experience working in community health care.
A.C.E.S. of Avon
Amanda Decker has been involved in coalition building for the last 14 years. She has worked with substance use prevention coalitions and also helped to found a coalition in Middleboro to reduce homelessness. Amanda served as vice chair of the CHNA #24 over in the greater Taunton area. She is currently the coordinator for a coalition to reduce and prevent youth substance use in Avon MA.
Amanda volunteers with her local church youth program, and has traveled overseas numerous times to countries such as Ukraine, Haiti, Venezuela and Mexico on humanitarian aid projects.
She loves being a wife and is also a mom to two little boys, a little girl and three step daughters. Also, she has had the privilege of being a foster parent as well. Amanda sings, plays the keyboard and guitar and enjoys reading in her free time.”
Alison represents the Community Benefits department of South Shore Health, where she helps to facilitate clinical and community linkages. She has a Master of Public Health from Northeastern University and serves as part-time lecturer for the same program. Previously, she worked in higher education, providing academic advising, administrative, and admissions support at the graduate level.
Brockton Housing Authority Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
FSS helps residents in public housing seek and maintain employment, become financially literate, and move from public assistance to independence of government support.
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
Claudia Sousa, MSW, LICSW is currently the Program Manager for outpatient behavioral health services at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Ms. Sousa’s academic degrees include a Master’s degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Salem State University. She has over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations in a federally qualified health center serving Brockton MA and the greater southeast regions of Massachusetts. Ms. Sousa’s passion lies in providing education and access to mental health services to individuals and families for marginalized populations. Ms. Sousa works endlessly to end stigma, educate, and support culturally equitable approach to providing mental health treatment to her team of providers at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Ms. Sousa is a first generation Cape Verdean American who is fluent is Cape Verdean Creole and has been committed to assisting newly arriving immigrants in the acculturation process as they learn to navigate the medical and mental health delivery systems. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience working with diverse populations as well as with the promotion of cultural diversity in staffing providing direct care to patients. Ms. Sousa’s drives lies in her desire to assist clients in reaching their highest potential, and lead rich and meaningful lives.