Executive Staff

Michael W. Ames, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Perkins in September of 2015. Michael holds a PhD 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, MS, Chief Operating Officer, has been on staff at Perkins since 2001, 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.


Lisa Harrington, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, has been on staff at Perkins since 1995.  She has held a variety of different roles within the finance department including Accounting Manager, Controller, Director of Administration and Finance, and, ultimately, her current role as Perkins CFO.  Lisa graduated from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Business Management.


Naomi R. LeBlanc, MBA, Vice President of Organizational Advancement, joined Perkins in June of 2018.  Naomi brings 15 years of nonprofit, fundraising, and communications experience to Perkins. She spent the previous 10 years of her career working for anti-hunger organizations, most recently as the Director of Development for Worcester County Food Bank. Naomi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Hartford and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.


Kathleen J. Savage Mills, PhD, LICSW, Vice President of Innovation and Learning, joined Perkins in January of 2018. 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’s work expands Perkins’ capability to evaluate its programming and to translate outcomes into quality and service improvements, as outlined in Perkins’ strategic plan, as well as supports the office of Organizational Advancement in fundraising and communication efforts.  Kathy holds a PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; a Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.  She is the author of Goodness of Fit: Implementing Universal Early Intervention Referral Offers within a Child Welfare Framework (2006).


Derek J. Padon, Vice President of Human Resources, 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.


Cindy Wing, MEd, Chief Academic Officer, has been on staff at Perkins since 2006. 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.


Steven D. Young, Vice President of Facilities and Technology, 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.