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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

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

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

A Tribute in Memory of R. David Perkins

David Perkins (1952-2017): Ambassador, Donor and Grandson of Perkins’ Namesake Perkins commemorates the passing of R. David Perkins on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. David was the son of long-time Perkins director, Franklin H. “Bud” Perkins, Jr., and grandson of Franklin Haskins Perkins, M.D., the eminent child psychiatrist for whom the agency is named. David wasContinue Reading

Engaging Students in Learning

Perkins is always seeking new ways to engage our students in learning and encourage them to pursue new passions. Our education team incorporates many different learning options for students, and work steadily to reach every single student. Some of our students learn best by doing and others by observing. Learning is different for every student.Continue Reading

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Executive Functioning Focus of Professional Development Day

As part of a professional development day, our education staff had the privilege of meeting with Darnell Thigpen Williams, Associate Director of Professional Development at the Collaborative for Educational Services for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Service Educational Education Contract. He came to speak on the topic of executive function (EF) skills and their importanceContinue Reading

Perkins Kicks Off 2016 Annual Appeal

Perkins is pleased to announce the kick-off of the 2016 Annual Appeal.                                 DONATE Each year, well over 1,000 people come through our doors in search of support and a better life. Families come to us for several reasons. Some areContinue Reading

Solar Project Making Progress

“Our solar installation is well on its way. A 354 panel 115kW system will soon be installed on our Janeway Education Center roof, meeting approximately 25% of the Education Center’s electricity needs. This Janeway solar installation, together with energy from a community solar project, will be supplying 90% of Perkins electricity. By investing in solarContinue Reading