Michael Perry, MA
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Perry joined Pembroke hospital in August of 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. Perry has over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Perry served as CEO of Michiana Behavioral Health from January 2014 to July 2019 and prior to that served as CEO of the Midwest Center for Youth and Families, for the Charter Behavioral Health Systems of Northwest Indiana as well as CEO for Westbridge Treatment Center/Century Healthcare of Arizona.
Perry is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and adults struggling with behavioral, emotional and addiction issues. His management philosophy is “to support staff and provide them with the resources necessary to provide quality treatment programs for patients of all ages.” Perry earned his bachelor’s degree in youth services from Wesleyan College and his master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Ashhal Jastaniah
Dr. Ashhal Jastaniah has been Medical Director since December 17, 2018. In this role, Dr. Jastaniah is responsible for the oversight of clinical programs, supervision of the medical staff, maintaining compliance with the requirements of regulatory agencies, collaboration with hospital leadership and representing the hospital in professional affiliations with community providers. Dr. Jastaniah joined Pembroke Hospital’s Medical Staff in March of 2017 as an Associate Medical Director overseeing and providing care in the hospital’s inpatient adolescent unit and both the adult and adolescent partial hospital programs.
Dr. Jastaniah earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Allied Sciences at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah Aribia, completed his residency at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Missouri, a psychopharmacology fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Missouri. Dr. Jastaniah holds a Board Certification in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Chief Financial Officer
Erin McGarry joined Pembroke Hospital in November of 2020. Formerly, Erin McGarry was the CFO of MeYou Health, a Boston-based company with a turn-key wellness platform that enables insurers, and small/midsize businesses to increase employee well-being in measurable ways. MeYou Health has repeatedly appeared on the Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list. The company is backed by investors from Ballast Point Ventures of Tampa, Florida. Erin started her career in the Boston audit group at KPMG. She has worked for BCBS of MA and Two Brattle Center. She joined QuitNet in 2004 as CFO, and after selling QuitNet to Axia and working on Healthways’ acquisition of Axia, worked in various areas of finance and accounting at Healthways. In 2009, Healthways, under the direction of then-CEO Ben Leedle and former MeYou Health CEO Chris Cartter, formed MeYou Health. A wholly owned subsidiary of Healthways, MeYou Health asked Erin to join as CFO. MeYou Health’s executive team spun out the company from Healthways in 2016.
Erin’s ability to multitask is critical to the success of a startup organization. Her deep understanding of accounting, finance, and contracting are just a few of her contributions. She also ran the human resources department, managed privacy and security for the organization, and oversaw the facility’s functions.
Erin has a BS in accounting from Lehigh University. She currently resides in Canton with her husband Steve and is the proud mother to four children: Billy, Annie, Ben, and Mary Margaret.
Lucille Force, RN, MSHA, MSN, RN-BC
Director of Nursing
Lucille Force was selected as Pembroke Hospital’s Director of Nursing in March of 2020. Lucille has a wide-spread work history with regards to nursing. Lucille spent 20 years working for Women & Infants in Providence, RI as Nurse Manager. She continued on to serve as Director of Maternal Child Health at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA. Later she served as Associate Chief of Nursing Officer for Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, MA. Lucille has also served as Chief Nursing Officer at Westwood/Pembroke Health System and later, Chief Nursing Officer for Walden Behavioral Care. Lucille earned an Associate degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, A Master’s Degree in Health Administration, and finally, a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Lucille is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt, is married with two sons, five grandchildren, and enjoys to travel.
Patrick Gorman, LICSW
Director of Clinical Services
Patrick Gorman was selected as the new Director of Clinical Services in December of 2019. Patrick has an extensive history of working in acute psychiatric settings including inpatient psychiatric facilities, mobile crisis, and emergency department triage. Most recently, Patrick served as the clinical supervisor and program director for a family counseling center in Brockton, MA. He currently provides outpatient psychotherapy in private practice in addition to his role as Pembroke Hospital’s Director of Clinical Services. Patrick is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degree from Bridgewater State University.
Cyndi Mikkelson, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Cyndi was selected as Pembroke Hospital’s Director of Human Resources in November of 2019. Cyndi brings over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources leadership in a variety of industries in California and Massachusetts to Pembroke Hospital. Cyndi has focused on employee engagement, talent acquisition and retention, development and HR systems implementation throughout her career. She earned a BA in Management from Simmons University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. A Cyndi enjoys singing with the Greater New Bedford Choral Society, knitting, baking and traveling. She lives on the South Coast with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.
Director of Risk Management
Stacey Burns joined Pembroke Hospital’s team in 2010 as Director of Risk Management and Quality Improvement. Stacey has a wide array of past experience that have shaped her knowledge of risk management, compliance, and quality. Namely, Stacey’s past work with the May Institute gave her a deep understanding of mental health advocacy and DMH regulations. Stacey managed the Community Rehabilitation Support Program, a DMH funded program that helped clients handle their mental health diagnosis more effectively and connect them to resources. Stacey also has also worked with the crisis hotline, ran her own business, and worked in the publishing industry. Stacey received her Bachelors of Science in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University, and has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Katie Wollner, RN
Director of Admissions
Katie Wollner, RN joined Pembroke Hospital’s team in 2008 as an evening nurse on our co-occuring unit. Katie was later promoted to charge nurse in 2009. Katie has always had a passion for helping those with co-occuring mental health and substance use disorders. Katie’s work on the floor gave her a deep understanding of inpatient treatment which propelled her to be promoted to Admissions Team Member and later to the Director of Admissions position in July of 2018. Katie’s admissions team oversees our 24 hr. admissions department for our partial hospitalization and inpatient admissions. Katie received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Bridgewater State University and later received her nursing degree from Laboure College of Nursing. Katie met her husband while they were both working at Pembroke Hospital. She became the proud step-mother to his son and daughter and the family welcomed a baby girl this last year.
Community Relations Coordinator
Heather joined Pembroke Hospital’s team in February of 2019. Heather has past experience in non-profit work and marketing. Previously to joining Pembroke, Heather worked for a local a homeless agency helping families find housing and move out of shelter. Heather’s work in the community and understanding of community agencies drove her to seek a position in connecting the community to mental health services at Pembroke Hospital. Heather earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on marketing and management from the University of New Hampshire while serving as Assistant Captain for the Division 1 women’s ice hockey team. She continued at the University of New Hampshire to complete her Master of Arts Degree in Community Development, Policy & Practice. Heather enjoys coaching hockey and playing guitar.
Heather’s main role is to act as liaison for Pembroke Hospital in the community. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to email her at [email protected].