Michael W. Ames, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Perkins in September, 2015. Michael holds a Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; a Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work, both from Boston College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.
Michael has been employed, in his 20 plus years of work, by a number of human services agencies including: Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU); The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC); and the Key Program. He has held direct service, supervisory, and leadership positions in those organizations. Michael’s doctoral research explored how efforts by low-income, single parents to achieve economic independence affect their children and how, in turn, children affect a parents’ ability to pursue and achieve greater economic independence. Michael is the author of Efforts Towards Economic Independence: Implications for and of Children (2015), and Providing Quality Services: The role of evaluation and Quality Assurance (2006)
Diane Fisk Johnson, M.A., Chief Financial Officer was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Perkins in March of 2017. Diane holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a Master’s degree from Harvard University. Ms. Johnson has also completed an accelerated licensure program for school administrators (LEAD – Leading Educators through Administrative Development) at Bridgewater State University.Ms. Johnson was employed for the last seven years as the CFO for Arlington Public Schools. Prior to that she performed a senior financial role for the Cambridge Public Schools.
Timothy R. Hammond, M.S., Chief Operating Officer, has been on staff at Perkins for eleven years, and oversees the child and adolescent residential programs and adult/elderly services. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Mass College of Liberal Arts, a Master of Science degree in Human Services from UMass Boston and a Certificate of Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch University. Over his twenty-five year career, Tim has taught courses as an adjunct professor at Fitchburg State College and serves on the Human Services Advisory Board at Mount Wachusett Community College.
Kerry A. Flathers, M.S.,Director of Organizational Advancement, has 18 years of service at Perkins and over 30 years experience in child welfare. Previously a senior administrator of the Perkins residential programs, she now oversees fundraising, special events and all agency licensing, accreditation. Ms. Flathers holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from the University of Maine and a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Care Administration from Nova University. She is certified as a training director and is an adjunct faculty at Fitchburg State University. She has presented seminars and workshops to regional and national audiences of practitioners.
Cindy Wing, M.Ed., Education Director, has been on staff at Perkins for nine years. Previously, an Acting Director as well as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, she now oversees the Doctor Franklin Perkins School ensuring that we remain one of the top educational programs in the Commonwealth. Ms. Wing holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Atlantic Union College and a Master of Education Degree from the same institution. She also holds certificates as an Administrator of Special Education, Educator of English in grades 8-12, Elementary Principal grades K-6, Middle School Principal grades 5-8 and High School Principal grades 8-12. She also developed a state-of-the-art curriculum for K-12, and she was a key player in the Doctor Franklin Perkins School receiving New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation.