Susan J Silva – President and Executive Director
Susan is a parent whose life was turned upside down by the Opioid Epidemic. Her adult son, now actively pursuing a life in Recovery, spent nearly 9 years struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Susan, after finding help and support through counseling and by attending Learn To Cope, chose to willingly stand up and be a voice in her community to help erase the Stigma so many families face and to bring Education and Awareness to her community regarding this disease. Susan founded the E.B. Hope organization in 2012. She resides in East Bridgewater with her husband Richard and they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Rev. Donald Olson – Vice President & Board of Directors member
Rev. Donald Olson has been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church for over 35 years, previously serving churches in Illinois, New York, Pennsylvanian and Ohio. For thirteen years, he is currently serving Community Covenant Church of East Bridgewater. His commitment to EB HOPE is to help people find recovery and healing, recognizing the significance of the spiritual component of healing.
Scott Allen – Clerk & Board of Director member
Scott Allen, an East Bridgewater resident, has been a police officer in East Bridgewater since 1995. Scott has been dedicated to combatting the drug epidemic, promoted from the patrol division after only 18 months to becoming the department’s first full-time drug investigator in 1997, then helping to create a regional drug task force made up of detectives from four area towns, leading to his promotion to Sergeant Detective in 2003 and most recently as the Officer in Charge of the WEB Major Crimes & Task Force since 2010. Scott is the only member of the WEB Task Force to have been a member in every year of its existence since its inception in 1999.
Scott’s commitment to fighting the drug battles has not been only on the law enforcement side. Scott took on a leadership role in the former East Bridgewater Community Drug Council, which he was involved with from 1997 to 2005. Scott has been involved with EB HOPE since its first presentation, as a speaker at the “Don’t Be Blindsided” event in 2012. Scott has been an EB HOPE advocate since then, speaking at the annual candlelight vigils on the common, EB HOPE events, including last year’s Sports Smart presentation and now as the Operations Manager for the EB HOPE Substance Abuse Outreach Drop-In Center.
Scott has been committed to the town of East Bridgewater, volunteering hundreds of hours to the community over the past 2 plus decades. For the past 12 years, Scott has been an Executive Member, Board Member, and Coach with the youth sports organizations in East Bridgewater, including East Bridgewater Youth Soccer, East Bridgewater Little League Baseball & Softball, East Bridgewater Youth Basketball, and East Bridgewater Commercial Club Youth Football. Scott is a member of East Bridgewater Kiwanis. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, Teacher Certification and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Scott, his wife, Tanya, and their 3 children reside in the East Bridgewater and their children attend East Bridgewater schools.
John Cowan – Board of Directors member
Police Chief John Cowan is a 33 yr. Member of the East Bridgewater Police Department. Sergeant for 10 years and has held the position of Chief for 11 years. John taught in the DARE Program at the Mitchell Middle School 8th Grade for 10 years and in the DARE Program at the East Bridgewater High School for 5 years.
John Cowan is a 10-year member of Kiwanis. On the EB YMCA Board of Directors. Corporator for the Bridgewater Savings Bank. President of the Plymouth County Police Training Council. And Control Chief for the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC). He has been with EB HOPE from the beginning and has been one of the driving forces in bringing the Key Stakeholders from the community to be on the cutting edge of fighting this epidemic. John Cowan resides in East Bridgewater with wife Debra-a first grade teacher at the Central School. All 3 children are graduates of the East Bridgewater School system.
Nancy Hill – Board of Directors member
Nancy Hill has served as the East Bridgewater Council on Aging Director since 2009. Nancy first became involved with the COA in 1996 as a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. She was fortunate enough to be hired as the part-time client services coordinator when that position became vacant in 2004. Nancy became involved in EB H.O.P.E. with the objective of advocating for and becoming a resource for all seniors struggling with addiction or those with family members afflicted with this disease. She is a graduate of Simmons College, is a registered physical therapist and continued to work in that capacity, on a part-time basis, until March, 2008. Nancy is also a certified S.H.I.N.E. Counselor, Board member of Old Colony Elder Services and Old Colony Planning Council Area Agency on Aging. She is a member of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging as well as the Cape and Islands Regional Councils on Aging. She has also been involved in many community and school groups since moving to East Bridgewater in 1992 with her husband and 3 children. In her free time, Nancy enjoys running, exercise, camping and family gatherings.
David Sheedy – Board of Directors member
David Sheedy is the current chairman of the Board of Selectman. David is a volunteer for the Council of Aging as a medical transport driver and delivers meals on wheels. He is on the Board of Governors for the East Bridgewater YMCA and also on the steering committee for the Healthy East Bridgewater group. He became a volunteer for EB H.O.P.E. hoping to expand his knowledge of this overwhelming epidemic we face as parents, grandparents and friends and neighbors as was community leaders. He hopes that this program will help bring much needed help and direction to those affected with this “disease”.
Dave has resided in East Bridgewater, since 1977, with his wife Kathy and has 3 grown children, all of which have graduated from our school system. They are the proud grandparents of 5 boys and 2 girls.
Shawn Salisbury is a Recovery Angel and has been a member of EB HOPE since 2013. After several years battling alcohol and drug addiction, Shawn has maintained his sobriety with help from many friends and Alcoholics Anonymous since January 1, 2005. Shawn takes great pride in helping others fight this epidemic. Not only is he a volunteer for EB HOPE but he has also teamed up with Cheif Scott Allen, using his experience, strength, and hope, to do overdose follow-up calls throughout the South Shore with several other police departments. Lastly, thanks to an EB HOPE donation, Shawn is a Certified Recovery Coach in the state of Massachusetts. Shawn has taken on a position of Lead Recovery Coach for the heart team covering the emergency rooms in Carney/Quincy and South Shore hospitals.
Catherine Costello is a Recovery Angel volunteer for EB Hope since she joined in early 2016. Catherine was addicted to drugs and alcohol but she has since recovered with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, spiritual guidance and therapy. She has maintained her sobriety since August 9, 2008. As part of her recovery, she has helped many woman and continues to share her experience, strength and hope. Catherine served as the treasurer on the board of 24 South, Inc. from 2012-2015. She has been a member of Matt Talbot since 2009. She has hosted spiritual retreats and remains active in her recovery.
Allen McCarthy is a native of East Bridgewater and a 1988 graduate of East Bridgewater High School. Attorney McCarthy earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College in 1992 and his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1995. From 1995 to 2000, Attorney McCarthy worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office, where he prosecuted criminal cases in both the Superior Court and District Court. Attorney McCarthy also served as the District Court Supervisor for Lowell District Court.
From 2000 to 2008, Attorney McCarthy worked as a litigation attorney in Boston where his practice focused on insurance defense, general liability, products liability, civil rights, commercial and criminal matters. In 2008, Allen moved his practice to the South Shore where he has built a practice based upon criminal work, probate and family matters, and estate planning. In addition to his law practice, from 2007 to 2010, Attorney McCarthy served as the State Representative for the 7th Plymouth District, which consists of the towns of Abington, East Bridgewater, and Whitman. Attorney McCarthy is currently the President of the Plymouth County Bar Association and past president of The Pilgrim Advocates, the entity overseeing court appointed work in the District Courts.