NEPC Administration staff BIOS

Ellen O’Gorman, MA, NHA – 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.
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Jack McDonald, NHA, – NEPC Associate Executive Director

For more than 25 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.
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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.
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Nancy Hawkins, MA, OTR/L – NEPC Director of Rehabilitation 

For the last 20 years, Nancy has been the Director of Rehabilitation overseeing the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Recreational Therapy Programs. Following her desire to work in pediatrics, she came to NEPC with more than 15 years experience as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR), including management roles. It was her first OT job where she discovered her passion working with severely disabled children, and learned how OT plays a key role in addressing the many challenges for this population. Prior to NEPC, she was an OTR at state residential facilities for developmental disabilities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, providing services to children and adults. Nancy also worked as a school-based OTR in the Boston Public schools with children with severe developmental disabilities.  Nancy received her BS in OT from UNH, MA in Health Care Administration from Framingham State.   
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Amy M. Gagnon M.Ed. – NEPC Director of Education

Amy joined New England Pediatric Care as Director of Education in January 2015.  Amy  has dedicated her career to working with children and  young adults with special needs.   Amy has worked in both the public and private sectors of special education.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College and her Graduate degree in Special Education at Salem State College.  Throughout the past decade , Amy has held numerous roles in Special Education including Special  Educator, Professional Development Coordinator and Assessment Specialist.  Amy has extensive experience teaching and developing appropriate programs and curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners.   Amy is a skillful mentor who enjoys developing innovative teaching strategies with the team she works with.   Amy is committed to ensuring  students have access to an appropriate, challenging and meaningful education in specialized schools.  Amy looks forward to reaching each of her students in a unique way.   Amy is a licensed Special Education Administrator and is very excited to continue her work with the teachers and students here at New England Pediatric Care.

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Stacey MacLean, MSW, LCSW  – NEPC Director of Social Work 

Stacey re-joined New England Pediatric as the Director of the Social Work Department in 2011.  Stacey is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, and is typically the first point of contact for new families and referrals 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 individual.    Stacey is a key resource for families and referring medical professionals, and is always available to answer questions, and to help navigate the course of admissions and complex medical systems.  Stacey received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Westfield State university in 2004, and her Master’s Degree in social work from Boston University in 2014.E-mail Stacey 

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.
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