Laura Ames, Chief Executive Officer at Charles River Recovery, has over 30 years of experience leading substance use treatment and long-term care facilities. Prior to joining Charles River Recovery, Laura opened, licensed and lead both Detoxification and Clinical Stabilization Services at Recovery Centers of America at Danvers. Laura has also served as the Chief Executive Officer at Health South New England Rehabilitation Hospital and Arbour Hospital where she improved patient satisfaction and staff engagement, as well as strengthened relationships with state agencies and community partners.
Laura has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Patient Education and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a registered Nurse, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, Certified Trauma Professional and CARF Surveyor. Laura also serves on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Association of Sober Houses, the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems, and the Provider Advisory Council.
Laura’s Charles River Recovery Why: “I believe recovery is possible and treatment works; every patient deserves to recover in a dignified environment with compassionate care and treatment. I want to make a difference, even if it is for one person each day.”
Amy Lewis, Director of Nursing at Charles River Recovery, has over 14 years of nursing experience working with adults with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Prior to her nursing career, Lewis worked in a vocational rehabilitation center helping adults suffering from mental illness return to the workforce. After a traumatic childbirth experience, Lewis changed her career path to become a nurse because, as she says, “it was the nurses that helped me process everything, and I wanted to be there for others when they also had the worst day of their lives.” Amy Lewis obtained a B.A. in Nursing from Southern New Hampshire University and is an American Red Cross instructor.
Amy has seen the devastating effects addiction can have on families through her experience running a crisis stabilization unit for adults struggling with mental health exacerbations. Her experiences have taught her recovery and reunification is more than possible.
Amy’s Charles River Recovery Why: “I believe Charles River Recovery is doing something special for our community and I am excited to support the mission.”
Ximena Sanchez-Samper, MD is a Board- Certified Addiction Psychiatrist who obtained her degree as a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and completed her Addictions Fellowship through the combined Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital / Brigham and Women’s Hospital Addictions Fellowship program in 2004. Since then, she has treated adults of all ages struggling with mental health and substance use disorders and has also provided care to adolescents and young adults (as well as their families) at both Boston Children’s Hospital and McLean Hospital.
Dr. Sanchez-Samper is a vocal advocate of incorporating Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) into the comprehensive care of patients of all ages struggling with Opioid Use Disorders and/or Alcohol Use Disorders. She co-authored a book chapter in the Handbook of Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence and published an article in Pediatrics in Review addressing the needs of patients struggling with substance use disorders and their aftermath. Her passion and commitment to her work stems from her desire to honor her own family members who have struggled with mental health and substance use disorders. She is a true believer that “there are different paths to recovery” and that care should be individualized in order to identify and support each person’s course of treatment and recovery process.
Dr. Sanchez-Samper’s Charles River Recovery Why: “I look forward to using my knowledge and love for teaching to serve the Charles River Recovery community.”
Rebecca Sena, Chief Marketing Officer at Charles River Recovery, has a proven track record of healthcare program development and management across New England. Prior to joining Charles River Recovery, Rebecca was the Regional Director of Business Development at Recovery Centers of America where she led business development, community relationships, and strategic planning across various territories and verticals. Rebecca has her undergraduate degree in Visual Arts from Assumption College and is certified in Cultural Diversity Training.
Rebecca’s Charles River Why: “I’m proud to be part of the local team building the foundation for meaningful long-term recovery that meets the needs of the community.”
George Carroll, Chief Community Relations Officer at Charles River Recovery, has earned a reputation of being a pillar in the New England area for his commitment to supporting thousands of individuals in recovery. George dedicates his success to his own recovery from addiction and uses his own story to help others overcome their afflictions. George, also known as Slaine Carroll, is one of Boston’s most notable rappers and is an acclaimed actor appearing in films such as The Town, Gone Baby Gone, and Killing Them Softly.
George’s Charles River Why: “I remember waking up sick everyday watching my friends die and everything that ever meant anything to me leave. To come out the other side and live the life I have today has given me immense gratitude and purpose. There is nothing that fills my heart more than helping people rebuild their lives in recovery.”