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

Laura Beal, MSW, LICSW

Laura is a graduate of Springfield College and received a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Trauma
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Mental Health
  • Dialectal Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Adolescents and Families
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Shella Beauzil, MSW, LCSW

Shella Beauzil is a graduate of Regis College and received a master's degree in social work from Boston College. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Children, youth and families
  • Crisis intervention
  • Domestic Voilence
  • Mental health
 

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

Frantz Charles, MSW, LICSW, RVS

Frantz is a graduate from Cambridge College and received a master’s degree from Bridgewater State University. Clinical interests include:

  • Emergency Department
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Care
  • Crisis intervention
  • Home Care
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Vascular Sonography

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

Kristen Hanko, MSW, LCSW

 

Kristen is a graduate of Saint Michael's College and received a master's degree in social work from Simmons University. Memberships and clinical interests include: 

  • Trauma
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • End of Life
  • Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • Holds certificate in Trauma Practice from Simmons University
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
 

LeeAnn Horner, MSW, LICSW 

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   

Kimberly A. Kisil, MSW, LISCW

Kimberly (Kim) is a graduate from Assumption College and received a master's degree in social work from Boston University. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Transplantation
  • Liver Disease
  • Health and Mental Health
  • Inpatient psychiatric care
  • Family systems
  • Co-facilitator of liver disease support group
  • Member of the Society for Transplant 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

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

Emily Lane, MSW, LCSW

Emily is a graduate of Salem State University where she received an undergraduate and graduate degree in social work. Certificates and clinical interests include:

  • Mental Health
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Strengths Based Therapy
  • Addiction and Recovery, SBIRT Certified
  • Certificate in Gerontology
  • Hospice and End of Life Support
 

Kerriann Macdonald, MSW, LCSW

Kerriann is a graduate of Salem State University's School of Social Work and received her master's degree in Social Work from Simmons University. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Trauma
  • Addiction and recovery
  • Mental health
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Children and families
  • Domestic Violence
  • Adoption
  • Forensic Social Work/Social Work in the Criminal Justice System
  • Member of the MCI Task Force, Traume Committee, and DV Sub-Committee
 

Juliann Manning, MSW, LICSW

Juliann (Julie) is a graduate of Bridgewater State University where she studied social work, and received a master’s degree from Rhode Island College School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Forensic Social Work
  • Family systems
  • Gerontology
  • End of Life
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Adjustment Counseling
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Michael Mayo, MSW, LICSW

Michael is a graduate of Boston University and received a master's degree in social work from Simmons College. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Oncology
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Domestic and Interpersonal Violence
  • Family and Individual Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention / Suicide Prevention
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
 

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

Diane Moran, LCSW

Diane is a graduate of St. Anselm and Mount Ida College and received a master's degree from Salem State College School of Social Work. Clinical interests include:

  • Dying, death and bereavement
  • Trauma studies
  • Crisis intervention
  • First responder behavioral health
  • Mental health
  • Associations: NASW

Michael Porter, LICSW

Michael Porter is a graduate of Salem State College and recieved a master's degree in social work from Salem State College. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Mental health
  • Addiction specialist (Substance abuse, gambling, sexual compulsivity and financial disorders)
  • Marital issues and couples therapy
  • Trauma
  • Crisis intervention
  • Mood disorders
  • Domestic violence
  • Adolescents and Families
  • Geriatrics
 

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 

Danielle Scheuer, MSW, LCSW

Danielle is a graduate of Bryant University and received her master's degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Transplantation
  • Liver Disease
  • Substance Abuse
  • End of Life
  • Hospice
  • Member of the Society for Transplant Social Workers

Abigail Stephenson, LCSW

Abigail (Abby) is a graduate of Stonehill College and received a master's degree in social work from Salem State University. Memberships  and clinical interests include:

  • Mental Health
  • Work with children, adolescents, and families
  • Crisis intervention
  • Caregiver support
  • Interdisciplinary patient-centered care
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
 

Tiffani Sylvain, MSW, LCSW

Tiffani is a graduate of Salem State University and received a master's degree in social work from Boston University. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Mental Health
  • End of Life
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Cardiology
 

Laura Taylor, MSW, LICSW

Laura received a master's degree in social work from Southern Connecticut State Unviersity. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Transplantation and Liver Disease
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Addition and Recovery
  • Member of the Society for Transplant Social Workers
 

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 
  • Co-Facilitator of Cardiac Rehab Support Group
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Anne Winkler, LICSW

Anne is a graduate of Tufts University and received her master's degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. Memberships and clinical interests include:

  • Intensive Care Unit Social Work 
  • Multidisciplinary team-based patient-centered care
  • Trauma and recovery
  • Crisis Intervention
  • End of life
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers