Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism, Inc.

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Lynn Bratley, M.Ed., retired, was the Founder and Artistic Director of Improbable Players, an educational touring theater company with performances and workshops about the harmful effects of drinking and drug use, featuring actors who are, like Lynn, artists and educators in long-term recovery. 

Kelvin Brooks has worked for WBUR, the National Public Radio news station in Boston, since 1997. Prior to WBUR he worked in public finance at Bank of Boston and BayBanks. Mr. Brooks received his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and a J.D. from Concord Law School. He is married to Cheryl Warrick, an artist, and they have two daughters.

William L. Burke III has been Headmaster of St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts since 1990.  An English teacher, Mr. Burke received a B.A. at Middlebury College and an M.A. with Distinction at Boston College.  He is a member of the Headmaster's Association and has served on the boards of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Independent Schools in New England. Mr. Burke is married to Dr. Patricia Burke, a psychologist.  The Burkes have four sons.

Francis Collins has 50 years of business experience.  He founded and operates several seafood fishing and wholesale companies.  In the 1970’s he founded a citizen’s action group to improve public education in the Town of Plymouth. He was Treasurer of Public Resource Development Corporation from 1984 to 1989. CFO of Loughman Financial Group, a small investment advisory firm, from 1994 through 2001. He is currently the Executive Director of Mass Sober Housing Corp. He has been involved, for many years, as a Town Meeting Representative in the Town of Plymouth.


Constance M. Horgan, Sc.D. is Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.  She is also founding Director of its Institute for Behavioral Health.   Her research examines how addiction and mental health services are financed, organized, and delivered in the public and private sectors and what approaches can be used to improve the quality and effectiveness of the delivery system. 

Deirdre Houtmeyers is the President of St. Mary's Center for Women and Children in Dorchester. Prior to joining St. Mary's in 2013, Houtmeyers served a 34 year tenure at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston where she most recently served as Executive Director and Patient Care Director of its Comprehensive Addictions Program. She served as Co-founder and Co-chair of the Allston/Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force. She holds a Masters of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Wallace W. Johnston has worked in the Boston and New York financial and technology industries
for 28 years, most recently with the med-tech company Isotron, Inc. which focuses on neutron brachytherapy treatment delivery.  He is very involved in town government, green initiatives and youth sports coaching in Needham, MA where he lives with his wife, son and Labrador retriever.

Ruth Gardner Lamere works as a realtor in the Boston area. She is active with several non-profit organizations that serve people in recovery, as well as being on the board of directors of arts organizations and colleges. She herself has been in recovery since 1982 and has served on the Board

of GBCoA since 1983. Ruth has eight children and seventeen grandchildren.

Maureen McGlame, LADC1, LCSW
has worked in the addictions field for 35 years. She has been

a senior clinician at the West End Clinic for 16 years doing individual, group and family therapy and facilitating the Family Substance Abuse Support Group at the hospital at the Blum Patient and Family Learning Center for 7 years. She is founder and director of COASA (Children of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse) at the Robert F Kennedy Children's Action Corps.


Michael J. McHugh, Esq. is an attorney with a diverse business and litigation practice in Boston.  A graduate of Harvard College and Suffolk University School of Law, Mr. McHugh is Trustee with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc. and Chair of the Board of Directors for Riverside Community Care, Inc. a nonprofit provider of behavioral health services in Massachusetts. He and his wife Rebecca have two daughters, Kate and Allie.


 Theodore K. Wayman, Emmy Award winner Ted Wayman has spent a career in media. The first twenty years in front of the camera as a Boston TV news reporter and anchor covering local, national and international news. The past seven years has been spent behind the scenes in digital media start ups and technology sales. Ted lives with his wife and three kids west of Boston and keeps busy coaching youth sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Roger Weiss, MD is Chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has a long interest in the treatment of individuals with alcohol and drug abuse problems, and has conducted a number of research studies examining new treatments for alcohol and drug dependence.

Michael J. Widmer has a distinguished career in government, politics and public policy. For 25 years until his retirement in 2015, he was president of the widely respected Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the state's premier independent public policy organization, where among other accomplishments he was instrumental in passage of the state's 2006 landmark universal health care law  He serves on the boards of Neighborhood Health Plan, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership and Massachusetts Hospital Association.  He has been active in Belmont town government for decades and currently serves as Town Moderator.

 Carlotta (CC) Williams is a Resident Assistant in the addictions program at Victory Programs in Boston. She is a graduate of Wilberforce University, a member of the Boston Branch of NAACP, a member of the Boston League of Women Voters, and active on the Committee on Liveable Care for the Homeless program as a benefit coordinator for the homeless citizens of Boston.. She was recently recognized by the Boston City Council for her "dedication and hard work to improve the quality of life for all of the families and neighborhoods within the city of Boston."

The symbol for Greater Boston Council
on Alcoholism is the Phoenix
rising from the ashes.