Staff

 

Gould Farm volunteers, staff members, and their families live on the property, sharing meals and celebrations, hosting dinners and special events, and building authentic relationships with our guests. We welcome people into this kind, healthy community to heal and share their unique talents and strengths as partners in recovery.

Our on-site clinical staff provides psychiatric evaluations, individual and group counseling, medication monitoring, and coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Each guest works with a clinician who will walk beside them through their stay at the Farm. Our Clinical Team provides one-on-one therapy, case management, and coaching, from orientation to discharge planning.

Clinicians are in constant collaboration with the Residential advisors and Work team leaders and provide guidance to all staff to support each individual’s recovery. The integration of meaningful work, community life, and clinical care ensures a comprehensive treatment process and therapeutic experience.

We are licensed and certified by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH).

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Lisanne Finston – Executive Director
Lisanne values the pioneering model practiced at Gould Farm that blends old fashioned, life enhancing work, with the best in clinical practices to support healing and recovery. From the FarmRead More....
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Stephanie Branca, LiCSW – Clinical/Program Director Boston Area Programs
Stef joined as Clinical/Program Director of the Boston Area Programs in 2006 and has worked supporting diverse populations healing from mental health and addiction challenges for 15+ years. She earnedRead More....
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Jane Linsley – Clinical Director – LiCSW, LADC1
Jane has been working in the field of mental health and addictions for over 30 years, and on the Gould Farm Clinical Team since 2004. She has been Clinical DirectorRead More....
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Tamara McKernan, LiCSW – Director of Admissions
Tamara has been working in the field of mental health for over 10 years. She has a BA in psychology from Hunter College and graduated with honors with her MastersRead More....
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Jesse Goodman, MD – Psychiatrist
Jesse has been the consulting Psychiatrist at Gould Farm since 2003.  He earned his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1998. He completed his Internship andRead More....
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Lisa Howard, MD – Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, Dr. Lisa Y. Howard has joined the clinical team at Gould Farm. Dr. Howard will work one day a week, doing medical management for Gould Farm guests. Dr. HowardRead More....
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Amy Dillingham, LiCSW – Social Worker
Amy came to Gould Farm in 2009 after working for many years at a teaching hospital and engaged in community based mental health care in the Boston area. She wasRead More....
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Nancy Masino-Martin, LiCSW – Social Worker
Nancy got her start working in the field of Mental Health when she began as a Case Manager in the Gould Farm Boston Area Program in 1998. After several yearsRead More....
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Brett Thatcher, MSW – Clinician
Brett came to Gould Farm in 2010. He came for the love of food systems and people and how these connections support healing and wholeness. From good food and nutritionRead More....
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Steve Snyder – Work Program Director
Steve is a native of Michigan who has worked at Gould Farm for the past 25 years. Having lived, worked and studied in numerous settings in the U.S., Central AfricaRead More....
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Pauline Banducci, CPRP – Transition Counselor
Pauline has been the Transition Counselor at Gould Farm since 2006, and enjoys the daily surprises of her job. She holds a certification as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) andRead More....
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Donna Burkhart – Admissions Team
Upon completing her MA in English at Michigan State University in 1984, Donna came to Gould Farm with her husband Wayne, who had accepted a position in the Farm’s workRead More....
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Jamie Yost Vlcek, RN, BSN – Nurse
Gould Farm found Jamie 21 years ago when she graduated with her Associates Degree in Nursing from Berkshire Community College.  She later received a Bachelors of Science Degree in NursingRead More....
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Michael Covell – Human Resources Director
Michael came to Gould Farm in December of 2011 as the Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining the staff at Gould Farm, he served as Director, Human Resources atRead More....