Executive Staff

Dr. Michael W. Ames

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)


Executive StaffTimothy 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.


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 College’s accreditation.


Derek J. Padon, Human Resources Director joined Perkins in October 2016. Derek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Johnson and Wales University and a Human Resources certificate from Northeastern University. Derek comes to Perkins with 15 years of human resources experience focused on talent acquisition and employee/labor relations. Prior to joining Perkins, Derek spent five years as the Director of Human Resources for Steward Norwood Hospital. He also worked for CharterCare Health Partners in Providence RI, and the May Institute in Randolph, MA.

Steven D. Young, Facilities Director, joined Perkins in 2003 managing the agency’s physical plant and grounds. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College. Steve brings 15 years of construction management experience with him having previously served as president of Corporate Offices, Inc., specializing in commercial space build-outs and office renovations throughout New England. Since arriving here, Steve has overseen numerous capital building and repair projects including construction of our Child Development Center, riding arena, solar electric system, and many renovations and conservation projects.


Kathleen Savage Mills, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W., Director of Research and Innovation joined Perkins in January of 2018. Kathy completed her Ph.D. in Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University with her dissertation, “Goodness of Fit: Implementing Universal Early Intervention Referral Offers within a Child Welfare Framework,” and her Masters of Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work. Kathy brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of child welfare, domestic violence, and early childhood mental health to her work at Perkins. Kathy will further expand Perkins’ capability to evaluate its programming and to translate outcomes into quality and service improvements, as outlined in Perkins’ strategic plan.