Meet the Team - Social Services

Joe Ackerman, MSW, LICSW

Joe is the supervisor of the social work team. He is a graduate of New England College and received a master’s degree from Salem State College School of Social Work. He is the coordinator of the MSW intern program at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Oncology & Hematology 
  • Crisis Intervention 
  • Trauma 
  • Mental Health 
  • Geriatrics 
  • End of life 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • Member of the Palliative Care Committee 
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers 
  • Member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 
  • Member of the STAR Oncology Rehabilitation Team

Melissa Bascom, LCSW

Melissa is a graduate of Gordon College and received her master’s from Salem State University’s School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Interprofessional team-based care
  • Trauma and recovery
  • Crisis intervention
  • Serious mental illness (SMI)
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers 

Annmarie Brady, LICSW

Annmarie is a graduate of Bridgewater State College, where she studied social work, and received a master’s from Boston College’s graduate School of Social Work. She also completed a course of study at Cambridge Family Therapy Institute. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Oncology
  • Trauma and recovery
  • Crisis intervention
  • Work with children and family
  • Member of National Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the STAR Oncology Rehabilitation Team

Deborah W. Flannery, MSW, LCSW

Deborah is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and received a master’s degree from Simmons School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit- Social Worker
  • Member of the Palliative Care Committee
  • Member of the Trauma Committee
  • Member of the Organ Donation Committee
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Trauma work
  • Crisis Intervention

LeeAnn Horner, MSW, LCSW 

LeeAnn is a per diem social worker. She is a graduate of Nichols College and received a master’s degree from Salem State College School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Oncology & Radiation  
  • Palliative Care   
  • Mental Health   
  • Geriatrics   
  • End of life Care  
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers   

Stacey Kohler, MSW, LICSW

Stacey is a graduate of Worcester State College and received a master’s degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She is trained in CBT; EMDR; and holds a Certification in Clinical Hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • ALS
  • Crisis Intervention & Crisis Responding
  • Domestic Violence
  • Former Chairperson of the Lahey Clinic Social Work Lecture Series
  • Outpatient Social Services Needs
  • Facilitator of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Group
  • HIV
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Jayna Kraslin, MSW, LICSW

Jayna is a graduate of Boston University and received a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She has worked over 35 years as a clinical social worker and supervisor in health care settings. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Co-facilitator of the MS Group
  • Facilitator of the Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • End of life care
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • MS society
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Neurology

Merle M. Kushner, MSW, LICSW

Merle is a graduate of Brandeis University and received a master’s degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Dialysis
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Personal Relationship Safety
  • Member of Community Benefits Initiative
  • Member of Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals Council on Domestic Violence
  • Coordinator of Domestic Violence Initiative
  • Facilitator of the Pre- and Post-Kidney Transplant Support and Education Programs
  • Member of National Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the Organ Donation Committee
  • Member of the Society for Transplant Social Workers

Alison Locke, MSW, LICSW

Alison is a graduate of Bates College and received a master’s degree in social work from Salem State College She manages the social work needs of Lahey Medical Center, Peabody. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Women’s health
  • Mental health
  • Trauma and recovery
  • Grief counseling
  • Oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Co-Facilitator of Breast Cancer Support Group in Peabody
  • Co-Facilitator of Blood Cancer Support Group in Peabody

Carol Miele-Wechsler, MSW, LCSW

Carol is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received a master’s degree from Rhode Island College School of Social Work Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Aging
  • Caregivers
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • End of life
  • Mental health
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Liz Naughton, MSW, LICSW

Liz is a per diem social worker. She is a graduate of James Madison University and received a master’s degree from Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Geriatrics
  • Veteran’s services
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transplantation

Nancy E. Porter MSW, LICSW

Nancy is a graduate of The University of Maine and received a master's degree in Social Work from The University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Oncology and Hematology 
  • Hospice 
  • End of Life 
  • Grief Counseling 
  • End Stage Renal Disease 
  • National Association Of Social Workers 
  • Member of The STAR Oncology Rehabilitation Team 

Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW

Eric is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Liver diseases
  • Transplantation
  • Substance abuse
  • Family and couples therapy
  • Medical ethics
  • Member of The Donation Committee
  • Community outreach and education for The American Liver Foundation
  • Facilitator of the Hepatitis C Support Group
  • Facilitator of the Liver Transplant Support Group
  • Member North American Liver Transplant Social Workers Association
  • Member American Society of Transplant Psychosocial Committee

Jennifer L. VanDerLinden MSW, LICSW

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics
  • Work with children, adolescents and families
  • Co-Facilitator of Cardiac Rehab Support Group
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers