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Perkins Hires Research and Innovation Director

Perkins announces the appointment of Kathleen J. Savage Mills, Ph.D., LICSW as its Director of Research and Innovation. Dr. Mills brings over twenty years of experience in the fields of child welfare, domestic violence, and early childhood mental health to Perkins. In her new role, Dr. Mills will further expand Perkins’ capability to evaluate its programming and to translate outcomes into quality and service improvements, as outlined in Perkins’ strategic plan. A member of the executive team, Mills will also support the departments of Quality and Performance Improvement and Institutional Advancement.

Kathleen J. Savage Mills, Ph.D., LICSW

Mills began her social work career as a front-line staff member at a Boston-area group home and therapist at a residential/day school serving adolescents with social and emotional challenges. Her career has encompassed clinical, research and evaluation, program management, training, and development roles at distinguished organizations such as Jewish Family & Children’s Service, MA Children’s Mental Health Campaign, and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She has educated others regarding childhood exposure to domestic violence at settings such as Boston University’s School of Public Health, University of British Columbia Vancouver, and the Children’s Trust and MA Home Visiting Initiative. Dr. Mills received her PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, MSW from Simmons College, and BA from the University of New Hampshire.

“I feel fortunate to be part of an organization that values program evaluation and is eager to examine what they do well, in addition to what they can work to improve. It’s this growth-oriented mindset that attracted me to Perkins,” Mills said. “My diverse work experiences have allowed me to observe, explore, and learn about the challenges facing clients, families, and staff from a variety of different angles.  I look forward to joining the Perkins’ team and supporting their important work.”

Perkins President and CEO Dr. Michael W. Ames said, “Dr. Mills’ experience combines direct service, program leadership, and research and evaluation, which makes her a perfect fit for this newly created position. She brings a unique perspective that will not only help us understand and interpret our outcomes, but which will also help us implement new strategies and innovative practices. It’s an exciting time at Perkins and we are thrilled to have Dr. Mills join our team.”

Senators and Representatives From Across the State Enjoy Day at Perkins

Senators and Representatives From Across the State Enjoy Day at Perkins Students and staff at the Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) welcomed Massachusetts Legislators to learn about the school’s programming and positive student impact during “Invite Your Legislator to School Day.”  The event provided State Senators and Representatives the opportunity to meet students and staff,Continue 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

Perkin Holds Annual Board Meeting and Appointment of Trustees

The Eighty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School was held on Friday, November 17, 2017.  The thirteen returning trustees are Donald A. Lowe of Clinton as President; Suzanne M. Frisch, Esq., of Clinton as Vice President: Stanley B. Starr, Jr. of Lancaster as Treasurer; Beatrice M. Oakley ofContinue 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

Perkins Gala – An Evening of Support and Celebration

Over 200 Perkins supporters joined together at The International on Friday, November 3 for our Evening Under the Stars, Creating Bright Futures Gala. The opportunity to connect with others, support the mission of Perkins and hear speaker Steve Pemberton, Author of A Chance in the World, drew a crowd of Perkins trustees, ambassadors, parents, employees,Continue Reading