NEPC ADMINISTRATION STAFF BIOS
Ellen O’Gorman, MA, NHA - NEPC Executive Director
Ellen has been leading New England Pediatric Care as Executive Director since 1993, and is responsible for ensuring every resident at NEPC receives the highest skilled care possible while creating a safe, home-like environment. Ellen first came to New England Pediatric Care in 1992 as the Director of Rehabilitation, and her entire career has been dedicated to serving medically fragile, multiply handicapped pediatric children. She has held many roles in pediatric facilities including an Occupational Therapist at a private school for disabled children, Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Tufts-Medical Center, case manager at a head injury facility and Director of Occupational Therapy at North Shore Children's Hospital. Ellen received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and her Master's in Health Administration from Framingham State College.
Jack McDonald, NHA, NEPC Associate Executive Director
For more than 23 years, Jack McDonald has been working at New England Pediatric Care, overseeing the operations of the skilled nursing facility for medically fragile children. As Associate Executive Director, Jack ensures that the facility delivers the highest quality care, and prepares the organization to adopt new technologies to assume the broad range of care needed to support NEPC residents. Jack received his Nursing Home Administrators license in 1998 and has held several other senior management positions in care facilities in the area. Jack received his BS in Management from Franklin Pierce College.
Mary K. Whalen, RN – NEPC Director of Nursing
Mary is Director of Nursing at New England Pediatric Care, and has held this role since 2003. In year’s prior, Mary started her nursing career as a Nursing Assistant at New England Pediatric Care where she discovered her passion for working with medically complex multi-handicapped children. During Mary’s successful nursing career, she became an RN and worked in several skilled nursing and pediatric facilities. She held a wide range of positions including staff nurse, a head nurse and a nurse supervisor before coming back to her roots and rejoining New England Pediatric Care as the Director of Nursing.
Nancy Hawkins, MA, OTR/L – NEPC Director of Rehabilitation
John Moriarty, Director of Education
Since 2004, John has held the role of Director of Education at New England Pediatric Care. John is a recurring employee at NEPC, his dedication to working with medically fragile children keeps bringing him back to the skilled nursing facility. The first time span John worked at NEPC was from 1986-1989 when he Ieft to join the Peace Corps. He returned in May 1991 until January 1993, when he left again to work for the Perkins School for the Blind. John received his Masters in Severe Special Needs from Lesley University and is now pursuing my CAGS in Special Education Administration from Cambridge College. John keeps coming back to NEPC because of the satisfaction of seeing the smile on the children’s faces when they accomplish something.
Stacey MacLean, LSW
Stacey has recently re-joined New England Pediatric as the Director of the Social Work Department. Stacey is a Licensed Social Worker, and is typically the first point of contact when making referrals or meeting new families at the skilled nursing facility. Stacey is passionate about working with the children and families of New England Pediatric Care, and chose to work at NEPC after knowing the facility and seeing the level of dedication the staff has for every resident. Stacey is a key resource for families and referring medical professionals, and is always available to answer questions to help navigate the course of admissions. Stacey graduated from Westfield State University and is presently enrolled in the MSW program at Boston University. Stacey holds a current licensure as a Licensed Social Worker.
Jennifer Morgan, RN - NEPC Nurse Pediatric Care
Jen has been an RN at New England Pediatric Care since September 2009. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in May 2009. Jen has always wanted to be a pediatric nurse. She started out as an extern on the pediatric unit at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ in 2008, then interned at Children’s Hospital Boston in 2009. She feels that working with medically fragile children is truly a gift, and that this special population has the rare ability to teach the life-lessons most people never comprehend. Being a nurse at NEPC has been enlightening experience for Jen and for that she is extremely grateful.
Laura Kirk, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Laura Kirk is the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) at New England Pediatric Care, and has been working as the Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor at the skilled nursing facility since 1994. Laura passionately believes that every child deserves to experience fun, joy and laughter and have opportunities to enjoy being a child every day. She takes great pride in being able to provide enriching experiences for NEPC residents through her therapeutic recreation programs. What she didn’t anticipate were the many life lessons she has learned in working with medically fragile children! Laura started her career as a CTRS at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital working in the oncology unit, and also held a part-time position at the Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Adaptive Physical Education with a specialization in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Massachusetts.
Soule O’Gorman, Heart Soother
Soule is the most adored four legged resident at New England Pediatric Care. Her floppy ears and gentle ways bring many smiles to the residents and staff at NEPC. She oversees the corridors of the skilled nursing facility, watching over the staff and residents, rolling over for a belly scratch when needed. She especially likes it when visitors bring treats.