Board of Directors

At Bethany House, we are blessed with a very engaged and active Board of Directors who come from very diverse backgrounds.  The collective wisdom and knowledge of this Board is essential to our success.

 

Board Members and Officers:

 

Ruth Raichle

  • President and Co-Founder of Bethany House Ministries
  • Founder Our Lady of Mercy Dominican Laity Chapter at Norfolk Prison
  • Massachusetts Department of Corrections Chaplain - 30 years
    • Chaplain at Plymouth Forestry Camp
    • Chaplain at MCI Norfolk
    • Chaplain at Pondville Correctional Center
    • Chaplain at MCI Cedar Junction
    • Chaplain at Bay State Correctional Center
    • Volunteer MCI Framingham
  • Former member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
  • Former member of the Dominican Sisters of Bethany

 

Sr. Kathleen Denevan OSF LICSW

  • Secretary of the Board of Directors and Co-Founder of Bethany House Ministries
  • Massachusetts Department of Corrections Chaplain at MCI Norfolk and Pondville Correctional Center prisons for 23 years. 
  • Active volunteer at MCI Norfolk
  • Member of the Franciscan Sisters of Milwaukee, WI
  • Psychotherapist for Family Counseling and Guidance
  • Former Special Ed. Teacher
  • Former Board Member, Cardinal Cushing School and Training Center

 

Paul Minear

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bethany House Ministries                             
  • Bethany Volunteer and Active in Prison Ministry for the past 16 years at MCI Norfolk.
  • MCI Cedar Junction and South Middlesex Correctional Center.                                   
  • Graduating Student at St John’s Seminary Masters in Ministries Program                
  • Training Facilitator for the Virtues Protecting Gods Child program at Immaculate Conception Parish
  • Executive Sales Representative at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

 

Thomas Lyden

  • Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairperson, Bethany House Ministries
  • Active in Prison Ministry and a prison system volunteer for the past 10 years at MCI Norfolk.
  • Facilitator of Restorative Justice Reading Groups and Victim Offender Education Groups at MCI Norfolk and an active participant in Restorative Justice programs serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Industry consultant for Engineering, Productivity and Strategic Planning.
  • Retired Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing for the Gillette Corporation, Boston MA
  • Retired Officer of Proctor and Gamble Co. Cincinnati, OH

 

John Kilbride

  • Fundraising Director of the Board, Bethany House Ministries
  • Volunteer in Prison Ministries
  • Former Chairman of the Board for Bridge House in Framingham, MA
  • Math Tutor in Adult Education at Mother Caroline in Roxbury, MA
  • Former Product Manager at Gillette Corp, Boston, MA
  • Industry Consultant for Database Management and Financial Software
  • Manage program for IT student placement in the USA from the University of Cork.

 

Board Members:

 

Frank Collins

  • Practicing Attorney in Fall River, MA
  • Member of the Massachusetts Bar for 39 years
  • Retired Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve
  • Volunteer MCI Norfolk and Sacred Heart Parish Food Bank and Soup Kitchen in Fall River, MA
  • Former Trustee- St. Anne's Hospital- Fall River, MA

 

Dr. James Collins DDS

  • Member of the Board of Directors and a Volunteer.
  • Active in Prison Ministry for the past 25 years.
  • Member of Cursillo and REC Teams at MCI Norfolk, Old Colony and Bay State Correctional Centers
  • Practicing Dentist and contributor of dental care services to men and women in need as they leave prison.
  • Active member St Basil’s Cursillo Community and Supporter of Cursillo Ultreya Reunions at MCI Norfolk and Bay State Correctional Center
  • Active Member of the La Salette Faith Community

 

Patrick Dempsey

  • Member Board of Directors and Finance Committee of Bethany House Ministries
  • Active in Prison Ministry and prison system volunteer for the past 16 years at MCI Norfolk.
  • Mathematics Faculty Member for Boston University’s Prison Education Program.  http://www.bu.edu/pep/
  • Mathematics Lecturer at Curry College Milton Massachusetts and Lasell College, Newton Massachusetts
  • Retired Vice President of Engineering and Information Technology  for GTE Government Systems Corporation, Waltham Massachusetts

 

Dr. Susan Minear MD

  • Bethany Volunteer and active in Prison Ministry for the past 20 years at MCI Norfolk, MCI Cedar Junction,Bay State Correctional Center  and South Middlesex Correctional Center for women.
  • Council member, Our Lady of Mercy Dominican Chapter at MCI Norfolk
  • Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine
  • Specialist in Child Behavior and Development

 

Kenneth Neelon

  • Member of the Board of Directors and a Volunteer.
  • Volunteer in Prison Ministry past 25 Years
  • Founder and Leader of the Bethany Men’s Aftercare Group at Our Lady Help of Christians, Newton, MA
  • Former volunteer, Old West Church/ St John’s Soup Kitchen Boston MA
  • Coordinator and Leader of Inside Cursillo Programs and Bethany Christmas Gift Program
  • Volunteer and Caregiver for the Homeless men with AIDs at Seaton Manor in Brighton MA
  • Retired Lincoln Labs/MIT

 

Gary Stewart

  • Member Board of Directors and Manager of the Hope Chest Thrift Store.
  • Massachusetts Parolee since 2004 after serving 22 years inside the Massachusetts Prison System
  • One of the first Massachusetts Parolees approved for volunteer service inside.
  • Volunteer at Baystate Correctional Center, MCI Norfolk and South Middlesex Correctional Center for women.
  • Count Down to Freedom Program Leader at Pondville Correctional Center.
  • Public speaker for youth groups and at various Parishes, Universities and Colleges in Greater Boston area.

 

Ed Poole

  • Board Member of Bethany House Ministries.
  • Member of the Bethany Finance Committee and Bookkeeper
  • Active in Prison Ministries and volunteer at South Middlesex Correctional Center.
  • REC team member at SMCC & Bridgewater State Hospital.
  • Speaker at various churches and facilities focusing on prison ministries and re-entry.
  • Parolee since 2007 after serving over 21 years.
  • Assisting new releases with tax preparation.

 

Lisa Jackson

  • Board Member of Bethany House Ministries
  • Retired Superintendent of South Middlesex Correctional Center
  • Board Member RIA House, a program that supports women in their recovery from commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Case Manager at one of three Safe Houses in New England for women seeking safety from human trafficking.

 

Joli Sparkman

  • Board Member of Bethany House Ministries
  • Reentry Coordinator and Case Manager for Bethany House
  • Speaker at various churches, Universities, the State House, RIA House, & re-entry programs focusing on prison reform, independent oversight in the DOC,  human trafficking, and re-entry
  • Parolee after serving 18 years in the MA Prison system.
  • Graduate student at the Boston College School of Social Work

Contact Us

Bethany House Ministries

1049 Main St

Millis, MA 02054  

Please call us at: 

508-376-9923

or fill out our contact form.

The Hope Chest  Address:
1134 Main St
Millis, MA 02054-1473

For more information or to schedule a pick-up, call:
(508) 376-0824

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