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 LHATR, 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.

Diana Newell, Senior Director of Residential Services

Matt Brown, Senior Director of Quality Assurance and Training

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. 

Jon Kurland, Esquire

Board President, Member of the Finance Committee

Senior Partner, Kurland and Grossman

Louise Griffin

Vice President, Member of the Board Affairs Committee

President, Zack's Team

Naga Donti

Treasurer and Chairperson of the Finance Committee

Owner, Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service

William Taylor

Member of the Finance Committee

Retired Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department

Kerrie D'Entremont

Member of the Strategic Planning and Development Committee

Executive Director, Greater Lowell Health Alliance (GLHA)

Frank Carvalho

Member of the Strategic Planning Committee

Executive Director, Mill Cities Community Investments

Leanna Moran

Member of the Development Committee

Site Director, Summit Eldercare

Carol Higgins O' Brien

Member of the Board Affairs Committee

Retired Commissioner, Department of Corrections

David Kincman

Member of the Development Commitee

Owner of SOB Sales

Peter Saing

Member of the Stategic Planning Committee

Rick Blain

Member of the Development Committee

Darlene Gleason

Member of the Strategic Planning Committee