FHR Names Three Executives to Key Leadership Positions

Published 09/06/2018

LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND FHR, a behavioral healthcare organization with services spanning seven states, has announced three executive appointments to its leadership team – Kimberly Mello, LCSW, MSW, as Regional Director of Massachusetts, Kristen Guilfoyle, as Regional Director of Rhode Island and Maine, and Michael Pacheco, Jr., M.Ed., LMHC, as Director of Clinical and Quality Operations.

Pictured L-R, Kimberly Mello, Kristen Guilfoyle, and Michael Pacheco, Jr.

“Kimberly, Kristen, and Michael bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to FHR and have each been an asset to our team,” said Debra M. Paul, FHR President & CEO. “I look forward to our continued work together as we take further steps in executing FHR’s Strategic Plan.”

Both Mello and Guilfoyle will serve as regional directors, with Mello overseeing all programs in Massachusetts, and Guilfoyle overseeing programming in Rhode Island and Maine.

As regional directors, they will ensure that FHR’s programs operate according to state, federal, accrediting, and organizational mandates, providing oversight so that the principles, policies, and practices of FHR are efficaciously implemented to promote quality practice and prevent risk to the organization. They will also ensure and monitor compliance with the agency’s Strategic Plan and other policies and procedures, as well as with policies and procedures of funding sources and other federal and state regulatory agencies.

Mello, with more than 20 years of experience and dedicated service at FHR, has a distinguished record of success in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health (DMH). She brings expertise and first-hand knowledge of working with DMH in overseeing the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), Therapeutic Respite Program (TRP), Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS), and Clubhouse services.

Prior to this position, Mello began working at FHR as a Mental Health Counselor, later being promoted to Program Clinician, Senior Program Director, and Regional Director, New Bedford. Her experience also includes serving as a Volunteer Trauma Response Clinician, providing hot-line and emergency placement support for individuals ranging in age from newborn to 15 years old, as well as providing short and long term foster placement for youth within the DCF system.

She received a Master in Social Work from the Boston College School of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Wheelock College.

Guilfoyle, who has an accomplished track record of securing program expansion opportunities, has been employed with FHR for 16 years. She most recently held the title of Regional Director, Rhode Island, where she increased service offerings with the addition of the FHR Wellness Center, Harbor House Clubhouse, LaBelle House Group Residence, and a contract with United States District Court Probation. Under her leadership, FHR has been awarded over $1,000,000 through Thresholds Housing grant opportunities, to increase the supply of housing for individuals living with persistent mental illness and developmental disabilities. Prior to this position, she has served in a variety of quality improvement and operations roles, both at FHR and at the Kennedy-Donovan Center.

She received a Bachelor of Arts at Saint Anselm College and has earned credits towards her Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Rhode Island.

As FHR’s Director of Clinical and Quality Operations, Pacheco will be responsible for leading the organization through performance improvement, implementation of best practice, and consistency over clinical and quality operations. In this new role, he will provide oversight and consultation to staff for services rendered to persistently mentally ill and dually diagnosed individuals across seven states on a full spectrum of services, including residential, community, and outpatient settings. Utilizing the established clinical and monitoring system, he will assure that clinical activities are in accordance with agency policies, procedures, federal laws, regulations, and CARF accrediting standards.

Pacheco, with over 20 years of experience in successful management of mental health services, human services, and educational programs, previously served as the organization’s Regional Director, Cape Cod and Islands. Prior to working at FHR, he acted as Director and Sr. Clinician at Arbour Fuller Hospital.

He received a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Bridgewater State College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Pacheco is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

To learn more about the mission, programs, and community initiatives of FHR, visit www.fhr.net.

FHR fosters hope and recovery, providing behavioral health services to improve the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness and addiction disorders. FHR began providing services as the first community residence in the state of Rhode Island in 1975. Since then, FHR has expanded the scope of its services, and now offers a network of community-based programs to over 6,200 individuals through a person-centered approach across 7 states – Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. To learn more, visit www.fhr.net.

Grace Cabral, FHR Integrated Marketing and Communications Manager
(401) 642-4406, gcabral@fhr.net