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The Conroy Speakers Series presents Craig Miller: Live, Learn, Grow…A suicide attempt survivor’s story

Thursday, March 7 from 6:30-8:00PM

Perkins – Janeway Education Center, 975 Main Street, Lancaster, MA

FREE and Open to the Public – Pre-registration is encouraged on the event website

Craig A. Miller, author of “This is How it Feels: A memoir of attempting suicide and finding life,” shares his story of recovering after years of child abuse, mental health issues, and a suicide attempt. Craig will discuss each phase of his lived experience – from childhood to adulthood – highlighting what helped, what hurt, and what gave him hope. He’ll also share the steps he took to move forward in life, how he found purpose in his pain, and how the lessons he learned from his life’s greatest tragedies gave him everything he needed to cope with his past and remain resilient today. Learn more about Craig at:

Join us! We look forward to seeing you on March 7. You can also view or download the flyer here if interested.

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age – Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Perkins – Janeway Education Center, 975 Main Street, Lancaster, MA

Free and Open to the Public – Pre-registration is encouraged on the event website

Described as “a MUST SEE for anyone with kids in their lives!”, SCREENAGERS takes a deeply personal approach to exploring the vulnerable corners of family life; examining struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction, and offering solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Following the film, discussion will be facilitated by Sharon Lowry, MSW, Perkins Assistant Director of Education and Bridget Matte, LSW, Clinical Coordinator of Perkins’ Day School program.


The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series

The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series brings together members of our community for lectures/discussion on a wide range of topics related to the programs and services provided at Perkins. We rely on the generosity of donations to ensure the continuation of these free events. Please visit to learn more.

Dr. Charles P. Conroy

In recognition of his dedicated service and numerous accomplishments as Executive Director and CEO of Perkins (1987-2015), the Perkins Board of Trustees named its speakers series in honor of Dr. Charles P. Conroy. During the course of his twenty-eight years at Perkins, Dr. Conroy advanced the quality of services, as well as the number of individuals served. The census grew from 34 upon his arrival to Perkins to over 900 served at the time of his retirement. The 2.3 million dollar budget of 1987 grew to 20 million dollars in 2015. During this time, the staff grew from a workforce of 104 employees to 360 employees. Charlie led the expansion of the campus with 11 additional buildings that provide residential, educational, and recreational services.

In addition to his impact on Perkins’ growth and services, Dr. Conroy was an involved community member and thought leader in the fields of education and human services. He was an active member of not-for-profit boards, as well as civic and community agencies. In addition, he taught for twenty-five years in the Educational Leadership and Management graduate program at Fitchburg State University that prepares professional to serve as public and private school administrators.

Dr. Conroy compiled a formidable record of speaking, writing, and educating those in the fields of education, human services, nonprofit leadership and community relations. He was a champion for inclusiveness and fully integrated Perkins in the community. A key feature of his presentations often was commentary, critiques, and advocacy on behalf of the children, adults, and families Perkins serves. Charlie frequently encouraged those in his audience to advocate for those who otherwise might not have a voice.

The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series is designed to continue the dialogue and encourage new champions in the years ahead.