5th Annual Gala Honorees

             Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree                          John Chemaly, Trinity EMS


President and Co-founder of Trinity E.M.S., John is actively involved in day-to-day operations and community enrichment. With a strong commitment for community service, John leads by example, serving on numerous Boards and Committees throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley, including the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, Merrimack Valley Hospice House, YMCA of Greater Lowell, Big Brother and Big Sister of Haverhill, Alzheimer’s Association, Yankee Clipper Council, March of Dimes Walk, Kidsfest in Haverhill, Lowell Transitional Living Center and Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Born and raised in Tewksbury, John is a graduate of Holy Cross. 

John's life work represents what is best about the City of Lowell. He has taken businesses like Trinity EMS and turned them into outstanding services in Merrimack Valley. He is now looking to do the same with the Lowell Auditorium. His ability to turn his success into supporting a better life for all citizens through philanthropy is legendary. John's selfless investment in data collection and emergency notification of individuals experiencing opioid related overdoses and his support of the City-wide Community Overdose Outreach team has already made an impact on this difficult disease. We not only honor John Chemaly for his impressive accomplishments thus far in his life but also for giving us all an example of how leading with your heart and soul can change the world. 

Honoree Joseph (Jody) White, Circle Health

Joseph (Jody) White has served as President and CEO of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital since April 2017. In this role, he is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the health system and hospital’s management. As CEO, White leads the effort to fully realize Circle Health’s vision to be one of the best integrated healthcare systems in America. Prior to his appointment as CEO, White served as President of Lowell General Hospital since 2013. He had previously served for 10 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the hospital and was responsible for overseeing its daily operations. Since White joined the leadership team, Lowell General Hospital has earned both regional and national recognition for its quality of care and work environment. 

White came to Lowell General from Middlesex Hospital in Middletown CT  where he served as Vice President of Administration in 1994 and was responsible for outpatient services, ambulatory care, and diagnostic services. White holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from the University of Bridgeport. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Locally, White is a former board chairman of the Greater Lowell YMCA and serves on the board of Circle Home, a community-based home health care and hospice agency based in Lowell. He has been an active member of the Lowell House Board of Advisors and a strong supporter of an integrated approach to community behavioral health.

Honoree Jeffrey Winward, Lowell Fire Department Chief

Chief Jeffrey Winward is a 25 year veteran of the Lowell Fire Department, and a lifelong
Lowell resident. He has come up through the ranks in the Lowell Fire Department, starting as a dispatcher, and later a firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and for nine years serving as a deputy chief. He has served as the City of Lowell Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director for the past four years.

Chief Winward holds an Associates’ Degree in Fire Science from Middlesex Community
College, and a Bachelors’ Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lowell. He is a Massachusetts Emergency Medical Technician, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Fire Chief’s Association of Massachusetts, and is the Treasurer of the Massachusetts District Six Fire Chief’s Association. “Chief” continues to be a leader in Lowell’s battle with the opioid crisis. He serves on the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Opiate Task Force, the Lowell Mayor’s Opiate Task Force, and the Lowell House Board of Advisors. His support of Zack’s House, both as a neighbor and a City leader, helped to make that program a reality in 2018. He is a founding member of the City-wide Collaborative Opioid Outreach Program and developed the Fire Department Emergency Operations Procedures for mass school shootings for each of the thirty public schools in Lowell.

Chief Winward has been a major supporter of individuals in recovery for the City of
Lowell. His dedication to this cause and willingness to work as a team with local human service agencies, law enforcement and concerned citizens makes him an invaluable resource to Lowell House, their staff, clients and families.