Administration & Board


William Garr, Chief Executive Officer

William GarrWilliam Garr, CHE, became the CEO of Lowell House in July 2013. He brings a strong leadership background in health care, housing, disabilities, education, substance abuse and mental health to the premier addictions and recovery agency in Greater Lowell area. Mr. Garr has divided his career between national consulting work and executive leadership positions in Eastern Massachusetts. He has served as the Executive Director of the SNEC Educational Collaborative, the South Middlesex ARC, as the CEO of Metrowest Mental Health, a subsidiary of MetroWest Medical Center and also served as the Vice President for Behavioral Health at Dimock Community Health Center. Most recently, he completed a major turnaround as the President/Chief Executive Officer of Newton Community Service Center, the premier child, youth and family agency in the Newton and Waltham area and as an Executive Vice President of Future Management Systems in Beverly. He has consulted to over 100 private non-profit and public entities in 14 states in organizational and leadership development and transition, strategic planning, Board development and establishing innovative affiliations. Bill has a B.S. in Speech Pathology from Emerson College, Master's from Tufts University in Child Study, and Advanced Certificate in Training Adult Learners from Boston University. Bill is a Board-Certified Healthcare Executive with the American College of Health Care Executives and a Board member of Lowell Rotary.

Nancy Van Alst, Chief Operating Officer

Nancy Van AlstNancy has over 25 years of experience working in financial analysis, planning and administration. She worked for 15 years in the corporate world of high technology and manufacturing before fulfilling a personal goal in 2001 to use her financial management skills to serve non-profits in her hometown of Lowell. Prior to working at LHI, Nancy served as the Finance Director at Alternative House, a non-profit domestic violence agency in Lowell. Nancy received her B.S. in Finance from Northeastern University and her M.B.A. from Bentley College. She is also a 2012 graduate of Boston University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership.


Maria Lucci, Senior Director of Ambulatory Care

Maria LucciMaria Lucci is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds an M.A. in Professional Counseling. Maria has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field over the last 15 years, including work in residential settings, inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as crisis work in hospitals. She has spent the last six years focusing her efforts in the Greater Lowell area serving those with mental health and addiction problems. Maria, who is often described as “down to earth,” highly values treating all individuals with the dignity and respect that they deserve and believes that in order to best treat addiction, there needs to be a continuum of care that includes the person, their natural supports, and their community.


Barbara DunsfordSenior Director of Development  

Ms. Dunsford is a senior development executive, results –oriented strategic planner and former consultant having worked with the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, People’s Club of Lowell, The Wish Project, Lowell General Hospital, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, and is the founder of the annual Seacoast Women’s Week in Portsmouth, NH celebrating 10 years in 2016.

Barbara received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Independent Alumni Association of the University of Lowell. In her personal time, she is an avid gardener, voracious reader, devoted yoga teacher and tireless volunteer.

Sharon Barry - Senior Director of Residential Services

Christine Turner, Clinical Director of Sheehan Women's Program

Paul Maggio, Clinical director of the Recovery Home

Robin Brown, Director of Community Services


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Lowell House is a diverse group of community members who provide governance and oversight to the organization in addition to offering their volunteer time, resources, expertise and passion for recovery. Their areas of expertise include law, finance, technology, criminal justice, education, human services management, architecture and small business management. The 2016/2017 Board has nine members:

Maureen Ketchum

President and member of the Finance and Development Committees

IT Consultant

David Nastasia

Vice President and chairperson of the Development and Public Relations Committee

 Retired Human Services Manager

Naga Donti

Treasurer and Chairperson of the Finance Committee

 Owner, Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service

Michael Foster 

Clerk of the Board

Member of the Finance Committee

 Owner, Foster-Sullivan Insurance

Louise Griffin

Member of the Board Affairs Committee

 President, Zack's Team

Walter Benham 

Member of the Real Estate Committee

 Retired Construction Manager

Kelly Ryan

Member of the Development Committee

 Superintendent, MCI Shirley, MA

Jon Kurland, Esquire

Member of the Finance Committee

Senior Partner, Kurland and Grossman

William M. Taylor

Member of the Board Affairs Committee

Superintendent, Lowell Police Department