Leadership Team

Melmark's executive staff comprises multi-disciplined leaders, each with extensive experience in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities and human services.

Melmark's leadership team consistently focuses on providing a range of innovative program opportunities for those we serve. This is accomplished through a commitment to service excellence; a dynamic strategic planning process; and an operating environment that promotes stewardship and fiscal responsibility. 

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Joanne Gillis-Donovan, Ph.D.
Joanne Gillis-Donovan, Ph.D.

President and CEO
George Linke
George P. Linke, Jr., Psy.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Joseph M. Zakrzewski
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Rita Gardner, M.P.H., BCBA
Rita Gardner, M.P.H.

Executive Director,
Melmark New England
  Frank L. Bird, M.Ed., BCBA
Frank L. Bird, M.Ed., BCBA

Chief Clinical Officer of Melmark, Inc.
Melmark New England
  Peter J. Troy, MBA
Peter J. Troy, MBA

Vice President
Melmark New England
Colette C. Brown, MSHR, SPHR
Colette C. Brown,

Vice President of Human Resources and Adult Services
  Mercy Multindwa
Mercy Mutindwa, M.A., PHR

Human Resources Manager
Melmark New England
  William Ahearn
William Ahearn, MBA

Director of Business Operations
Melmark New England
Ellen M. Donohoe
Ellen M. Donohoe

Vice President for Advancement
  Jessica E. Woods, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Pyschologist
Jessica E. Woods, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist

Executive Director of Children's Services
  Helena Maguire
Helena Maguire, M.S., BCBA
Senior Director of School Services
Melmark New England
Barbara Cannon, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Barbara Cannon, Ph.D.,

Senior Director of Consultation Services
Melmark New England
  Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Executive Director of Research
  James M. Powers
James M. Powers, M.S.P.S.

Executive Director of Marketing and Admissions
Anna Marie DiPietro
Ann Marie T. DiPietro,
Executive Director of Healthcare