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Perkins Hires Director of Organizational Advancement

Perkins announces the addition of Naomi Reville LeBlanc as the organization’s new Director of Organizational Advancement. In this capacity, Ms. LeBlanc will steer the organization’s fundraising, communications, and marketing strategies. She joins Perkins with over 10 years of experience working in development and communications within the anti-hunger arena. “Naomi brings an abundance of knowledge and skill to this important position,” said Perkins President and CEO Dr. Michael W. Ames. “Her work experience, coupled with her education, have equipped her with the tools to develop and streamline systems and take our organizational advancement strategy to the next level.”

Ms. LeBlanc worked for the last five years as Director of Development at the Worcester County Food Bank. While there, she applied best practices to increase philanthropic revenue by over 40%. Prior to her time at Worcester County Food Bank, she was employed by Boston-based Project Bread-The Walk for Hunger in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility, culminating as Chief of Staff.

Ms. LeBlanc earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University School of Management. She describes herself as a strategic thinker. “Creating systems and efficiencies within existing fundraising and communications programs and building relationships with organizational supporters is extremely gratifying to me, and I look forward to bringing that to Perkins,” commented LeBlanc, who joined Perkins on June 20. “I’m deeply committed to raising funds for organizations that provide help and hope to the people they serve, and am thrilled to join with Perkins to advance its mission,” she said.

Ms. LeBlanc grew up in Worcester, MA and now resides in Paxton, MA with her husband and two young children.

Perkins Announces 2018 Recognition Day Honorees

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Doctor Franklin Perkins School will hold its annual Recognition Day Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of its students throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.  In addition, the following five individuals will be recognized for their contributions in the fields of education, public and community service, and service to the childrenContinue Reading

Perkins Welcomes Dr. Anne Lutz To Its Team

Perkins announces the appointment of Anne Bodmer Lutz, M.D. as a part-time psychiatrist working with Perkins Behavioral Health and the residential services team. Dr. Lutz is a board-certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, a nationally renowned educator and trainer, and the Director of the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy.  She has worked for many years inContinue Reading

Art for a Purpose

In a throwaway world, a new dogma has taken hold – re-purpose, reclaim, and reuse. There is a new desire to create something new out of that which is old. In other words, create the things you wish existed.  Several of our students took that to heart as they joined a community service program inContinue Reading

Perkins Artist Creates Holiday Card Cover

Being creative is a way of life for Ben Allen, a way to express himself and to portray his thoughts on paper.  He was both honored and surprised to discover that his drawing of a winter scene was chosen to be the cover of Perkins holiday card. “I have always loved art and being creative,”Continue Reading

Music and Magic Bring the Holidays Closer

The stage was alive with the sound of music last Friday, December 15 as several of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School students and staff took to the spotlight for our annual holiday show.  The level of talent was unmatched this year as group after group outdid the performers in front of them. The event opened withContinue Reading

Packed House is Wowed by Lynn Lyons

In a world full of noise and negativity, Lynn Lyons, psychotherapist, and author of several books including Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, is a light in the darkness. With her expertise, quick wit and unending stories, Lynn educated a packed house at the kick-off event of the Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series with stategies for howContinue Reading

Perkins Kicks Off 2017 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends, During Perkins’ Evening Under the Stars gala earlier this month, author and guest speaker, Steve Pemberton, told the audience about his unfathomable adversity as a child. Despite predictions of having not a chance in the world, Steve rose above appalling circumstances through the investment of a few who believed in him. Like thoseContinue Reading

Perkins Welcomes New Child Development Center Director

Perkins is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Sinclair as the Director of our Child Development Center. Patty comes to us with several years of experience in the childcare industry, most recently having worked as a Field Director for Bright Horizons. Prior to that appointment, Patty had worked for Bright Horizons as the directorContinue Reading

2016 Gala Auction Bid Leads to Once in a Lifetime Experience

A night on the town to support a great cause is always an exciting experience, but winning a coveted auction item simply pushes the experience to another level – especially if it is an auction item you have long desired. Perkins Clinical Coordinator Bridget Matte, her husband Greg, and her son Nick had the opportunityContinue Reading