Life-Skills, Inc.’s current Board of Directors as of 2020

Bob Miller

Bob Miller is a life-long resident of Webster, MA.  He graduated from the former New England Institute of Funeral Service, Embalming, and Sanitary Sciences.  He owns and operates funeral homes (Robert J. Miller, Funeral Services) in Webster, Oxford, and Charlton, Massachusetts. Bob has been a member of the Life-Skills, Inc. … Continue reading Bob Miller

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Michael Toomey

President

Michael J. Toomey joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Michael has been in the Commercial Automotive Fleet Leasing business for 25 years. Since 2003, he has held the position of Director of Sales for Act Leasing, Inc. in Woburn, Massachusetts. Michael earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with … Continue reading Michael Toomey

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Janice Smith

Secretary

Janice Smith has served on the Board of Directors since 2006. She is a mother of two, and lives with her husband, Marc Martin, in Rindge, New Hampshire. Janice’s adult son has Autism, and this has formed the focus of her life for the past 33 years. She is still … Continue reading Janice Smith

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Shannon Burns

Shannon Burns has nearly 20 years of experience working in public sector programs. Shannon is the Associate Director of Program Implementation & Provider Network at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine, in the department of Disability Community Services. Currently, Shannon oversees community-based and long-term care services for complex … Continue reading Shannon Burns

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Nicole Longton

Nicole Longton has served on the Life-Skills, Inc. Board of Directors since 2019.  Nicole grew up in Worcester, MA and graduated from Holy Cross in 2000, and Harvard Law School in 2003.  After approximately six years as a trial associate at an international law firm in Boston, Nicole opened the … Continue reading Nicole Longton

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Sandi Durand

Sandi Durand is currently the Director of Operations for the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center.  She has worked with the Health Center for over 16 years, serving a diverse patient population.  She is responsible for organization-wide operational support services.  Sandi is committed to the Health Center mission, which believes … Continue reading Sandi Durand

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Marc Martin

Treasurer

Marc got his undergraduate degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU) in 1979, and worked for Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto during the early boom times in Silicon Valley.  He moved back east to Rhode Island, got his graduate degree in Ocean Engineering/Acoustics at URI and spent 2 years doing research … Continue reading Marc Martin

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Kara Westerman

Kara Westerman has over ten years’ experience working in public education, specifically in the area of Special Education. Currently, Kara is the Director of Student Services for the Spencer East-Brookfield Regional School District.  She directs and supervises all of the special education programs, services, and personnel in the district.  Before … Continue reading Kara Westerman

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Paul Haughey

Dr. Haughey is new to the Board of Directors for Life-Skills, Inc., joining Life Skills, Inc. in 2015 for a three year term. Currently, he also serves on the Board of Selectmen in the Town of Blackstone, MA, and has been an active member of the Blackstone Finance Committee in … Continue reading Paul Haughey

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Nancy Noonan

Vice President

Nancy Noonan is a registered nurse, and has worked for Visiting Nurses of Southern Worcester County for 26 years. They have branch offices in Quinebaug, CT and Auburn, MA. Nancy holds advanced certifications in oncology, palliative, and hospice care. She is currently the Palliative Care Manager, and most recently Director … Continue reading Nancy Noonan

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Board Members are selected from a wide spectrum of community interests which include family businesses and service agency professionals. It is important for us to have the benefit of a wide variety of opinions and expertise regarding the many and varied issues and decisions that must be discussed.

Responsibilities of the board include:

  • Participation in an orientation to the corporation (new board members)
  • Attendance at monthly board meetings
  • Participation on one of the Board Committees:
    • Finance
    • Long Range Planning
    • Human Rights
  • Participation in fundraising activities.
  • Participation in discussion of finances, programming, etc.
  • Approval of annual budget.
  • Assistance in evaluating the type and quality of services being provided to the individuals we serve.
  • Awareness of potential issues and trends in rehabilitation.