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Timothy M. Callahan Ed.D.
Executive Director
Tim Callahan, the founder of Brandon has been the President and Executive Director for twenty-eight years. Prior to Brandon, Dr. Callahan spent nine years developing and leading two public urban special education schools.

Tim Callahan, the founder of Brandon has been the President and Executive Director for twenty-eight years. Prior to Brandon, Dr. Callahan spent nine years developing and leading two public urban special education schools. In addition to Brandon, Tim presently serves as President of The Massachusetts Children's League. He also teaches Leadership at Boston University School of Management MBA program and serves as the Editor-in-Chief for MatchBook, a Journal focused on Juvenile Fire Setting behavior. Tim also initiated the Northeast Juvenile Fire Setting Conference, which brings together juvenile justice, burn care, mental health, fire services and educators professionals from around the world.

Tim received his doctorate from Boston University. His dissertation Students in Transition to a less Restrictive Residential Setting, is devoted to serving youth in the most community based setting possible.

Tim has been appointed to several Boards including: MA Association of Approved Private Schools (MAAPS), the Governors Mental Health Commission, the Massachusetts Stuck Kid (psychiatric hospitals) Committee and the Massachusetts Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Committee.

Dr. Callahan has and continues to serve as a legal expert witness and consultant both to the court and private agencies. In addition to his professional endeavors Tim is active in many charitable and service organizations including the Rotary Club of Natick, in which he recently served as its' President.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 203 Email tcallahan@brandonschool.org
Joseph B. Tondorf, MS, MEd
Chief Operations Officer
Joseph Tondorf has served as the Chief Operations Officer at Brandon for over 18 years. He holds advanced graduate degrees in both education and counseling and served as teacher, counselor, and administrator within the Boston Public Schools for nearly two decades.


Joseph Tondorf has served as the Chief Operations Officer at Brandon for over 18 years. He holds advanced graduate degrees in both education and counseling and served as teacher, counselor, and administrator within the Boston Public Schools for nearly two decades. Mr. Tondorf has extensive experience in program development, management and evaluation. He oversaw the development of the diagnostic/assessment service delivery at Brandon and later helped develop specialized residential and diagnostic units designed to provide services to juveniles involved in problematic firesetting and/or sexually inappropriate behaviors. He has served as a Director and Member of several Boards of Directors for various social service and educational agencies. Joe is particularly proud of the talents, diversity and tenure of Brandonís outstanding staff.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 213 Email jtondorf@brandonschool.org
Patricia O. Kelley
Director of Administration
Trish Kelley received her BS in Education at Eastern Nazarene College and began her career at Brandon in 1978. Trish has supported and nurtured the program through its development from...


Trish Kelley received her BS in Education at Eastern Nazarene College and began her career at Brandon in 1978. Trish has supported and nurtured the program through its development from a day school with a 10 bed dormitory into a comprehensive community based residential treatment center in her initial role as a Teacher, and then as the Principal, Director of Programs and, presently, the Director of Administration. In 2005 she received her Certificate in Human Service Management from Suffolk University & MCHSP and is keeping abreast of current educational trends via graduate coursework. Trish acknowledges that we are only a steppingstone in the lives and education of our clients and is always proud when our Alumni stop by to give her a copy of their High School or College diplomas.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 204 Email pkelley@brandonschool.org
Ray D. Lewis, MA
Director of Treatment
Before starting at Brandon twenty-eight years ago as Director of Clinical Services, Ray worked as a psychotherapist in Beth Israel Hospitalís Staff Practice and community mental health clinic at Dimock Health Center.


Before starting at Brandon twenty-eight years ago as Director of Clinical Services, Ray worked as a psychotherapist in Beth Israel Hospitalís Staff Practice and community mental health clinic at Dimock Health Center. He maintained a private practice for several years, working with children, adolescents, and adults and has provided clinical consultation for a university therapeutic tutoring program, childrenís educational television, and family medicine practice. He additionally worked with youth and families for six years at the James Jackson Putnam Childrenís Center in Roxbury. In 2006, Ray assumed his current role, in which he oversees the therapeutic approaches and treatment focus of Brandonís programs, provides program consultation, and serves on the Administrative Team. Ray believes that one of Brandonís strongest features is its capacity for flexibility and resiliency in its delivery of services to a variety of challenging children, adolescents, and their families.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 206 Email rlewis@brandonschool.org
Paul J. Watson
Director of Finance
Paul Watson has served as Director of Finance for Brandon Residential Treatment for the past 11 years. His responsibilities include accounting, financial reporting, maintenance and computer operations.


Paul Watson has served as Director of Finance for Brandon Residential Treatment for the past 11 years. His responsibilities include accounting, financial reporting, maintenance and computer operations. Paul graduated from Bentley College with a Bachelorís Degree in Accounting. Prior to joining Brandon he worked in the Banking Community and with the F.D.I.C. Paulís experience in the corporate world has been invaluable to Brandonís business operations and his sense of humor provides levity on a daily basis.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 208 Email pwatson@brandonschool.org
Edward Wolf, MA
Clinical Coordinator
Since beginning at BRTC in 1984, Ed has been a member of the Educational, Residential and Summer Camp programs. His life experiences include volunteering in the community, working a number of different roles...


Since beginning at BRTC in 1984, Ed has been a member of the Educational, Residential and Summer Camp programs. His life experiences include volunteering in the community, working a number of different roles at a hospital for 18 years, being an EMT ďin the fieldĒ and instructor for the Red Cross. He has a BA in Psychology (with emphasis in biology and economics) and a MA in Counseling Psychology. Currently the Clinical Coordinator, Ed primarily leads and supports the Clinical Department, a ďgroup of wonderful supervisors, clinicians and internsĒ. A proponent of family-centered strength-based skill-building individualized clinical and milieu practice, Ed has developed and operationalized programs for youth, and has a lead role in referrals to the Stabilization, Hospital Diversion, Assessment, and Sexual Behaviors Program. Love of families (his own and others), sports and being connected to others runs through his work.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 231 Email ewolf@brandonschool.org
Karen McCarthy, MEd
Principal/Education Coordinator
Karen McCarthy, MEd. is the Principal of Brandonís SPED school. During her 15 years at Brandon, she has grown in her expertise and experience...


Karen McCarthy, MEd. is the Principal of Brandonís SPED school. During her 15 years at Brandon, she has grown in her expertise and experience and successfully fulfilled the roles of CYCW/Behavioral Specialist, Teacherís Assistant, Teacher, Head Teacher, Assistant Principal and currently Principal. Karen has a BA in Psychology (St. Anselm College), a Master of Education in Special Education (UMASS-Boston), and is earning an advanced graduate degree in Education Leadership at Framingham State College. A Certified Wilson Reading Program Instructor and an active member of the MAAPS PDG group, Karen is committed to the continued professional development of the school staff and dedicated to providing quality educational programming for the students at Brandon.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 243 Email kmccarthy@brandonschool.org
Rachel Berry, MSW
Case Management Coordinator
In her more than 10 years at Brandon, Rachelís education in human and child development, family studies, and social work have provided her with a wide array of skills...


In her more than 10 years at Brandon, Rachelís education in human and child development, family studies, and social work have provided her with a wide array of skills... for which she constantly relies on in her work. She has worked in residential settings for more than 12 years and thoroughly enjoys the complex challenges of working with this population. Rachel received a BS from the University of Rhode Island and earned her MSW from Boston College. As Case Management Coordinator, she directs the work of 8 dynamic and highly skilled case managers, overseeing the complexities of both the internal and external needs of the adolescents we serve. Rachel was an active participant in the Provider Leadership Program which gave her the opportunity to work collaboratively with other management staff from residential programs within the Commonwealth.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 216 Email rberry@brandonschool.org
Andrea Stern
Residential Coordinator, Operations
Andrea G. Stern joined Brandon 15 years ago and is currently Residential Coordinator / Operations, part of a 4 member team that oversees the residential department.


Andrea G. Stern joined Brandon 15 years ago and is currently Residential Coordinator / Operations, part of a 4 member team that oversees the residential department. Throughout her 18-year career Andrea has been a strong advocate of professionalizing the child care field through training and supervision. She has expertise in co-leading therapeutic groups, has played a major role in several program development initiatives and has helped develop internal management systems. Andrea graduated from UMASS/ Amherst with a BA in Social Work. She is currently in the process of receiving a dual degree (MBA and MA in HR Management. Andrea has found that over the years the challenges she has encountered within the BRTC community have brought her and her co-workers closer together and have lead to a more caring, accepting, respectful, safe and productive community.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 241 Email astern@brandonschool.org
Kathleen Myers, LICSW
Residential Coordinator, Quality Control
Kathleen Myers is the Residential Coordinator of Program Quality Assurance at Brandon Residential Treatment Center. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and...


Kathleen Myers is the Residential Coordinator of Program Quality Assurance at Brandon Residential Treatment Center. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, where she also completed a ďSocial Work and the LawĒ specialization program. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who, before joining Brandon, spent several years managing a girlsí residential program in Connecticut, then served as a court clinician in Massachusetts, and has provided outpatient therapy services for a community mental health agency.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 255 Email kmyers@brandonschool.org
Peter Dickerman
Educational Coordinator, School Operations
After 16 years and 9 different positions at Brandon, Pete is now the Educational Coordinator of School Operations. His primary role is to run the day to day functioning of the school and Summer Programs.


After 16 years and 9 different positions at Brandon, Pete is now the Educational Coordinator of School Operations. His primary role is to run the day to day functioning of the school and Summer Programs. He also supports the program as an instructor in Nonviolent Physical Intervention and Effective Supervisory Practices. Offering his leadership as a summer camp dean in New Hampshire, Emergency Response Team Leader for the SICUCC, and Scouting leader, Pete has been able to incorporate these experiences into programming for the Brandon community. After completing his BA in political science a decade ago, Pete is slowly progressing towards the completion of his MA in Education. Pete is proud of the unwavering mission of the agency to be safe, respectful, nurturing, positive, and supportive to ALL the members of our community.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 253 Email pdickerman@brandonschool.org
Kay Helberg
Human Resources Manager
Kay Helberg received her Masterís Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College. She worked with adolescents at an outpatient clinic and in specialized foster care before serving as...


Kay Helberg received her Masterís Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College. She worked with adolescents at an outpatient clinic and in specialized foster care before serving as the Family Services Director and Clinical Coordinator at Brandon from 1988-1995. After working with at-risk youth and their families in an outreach program in Boston, Kayís career path brought her back to Brandon in 2002 when she shifted her focus to Human Resources. Kay has always been impressed by the unwavering commitment of the staff that work at Brandon and is proud to be a part of the Brandon Community.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 209 Email khelberg@brandonschool.org
Rebecca Porter
Admissions Coordinator
Rebecca Porter organizes the admissions process for Brandon's day school, residential, group home and specialty programs. She is also part of the Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference planning...


Rebecca Porter organizes the admissions process for Brandon's day school, residential, group home and specialty programs. She is also part of the Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference planning committee, as well Brandon's marketing and grant-writing team. Impressed by Brandon's unique ability to shape treatment to suit each child and family's needs, she is proud to have been part of the Brandon Team for over 5 years. Rebecca received a BA from Wittenberg University and a Graduate Certificate in Human Services Management from Suffolk University / MCHSP.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 252 Email rporter@brandonschool.org
Mary Callahan
Medical Coordinator
Mary Callahan has coordinated medical and psychiatric services for the the Brandon Community for the past 21 years. Prior to Brandon, she worked in the step down unit for intensive medical and surgical care...


Mary Callahan has coordinated medical and psychiatric services for the the Brandon Community for the past 21 years. Prior to Brandon, she worked in the step down unit for intensive medical and surgical care at the Mt. Auburn Hospital. in Cambridge Ma. as well as the old Boston City and Cambridge City Hospitals where she worked on the medical/surgical floors and was a member of the ďCODE TEAMĒ. She received her BSN in Nursing from the UMass/Boston. Mary is especially proud of how her department has grown over the years. She has become very experienced in adapting complex medical and psychopharmological care to residential settings. The services her team provides are constantly expanding to meet the higher expectations of both our clients and referral sources. Mary is the mother of two: Morgan, a recent college graduate who is working in politics, and Devin a junior in college.


Phone 508.655.6400 Ext. 255 Email mcallahan@brandonschool.org
Robert Stadolnik, Ed.D.
Consultant
Rob Stadolnik, President of FirePsych, Inc., is a licensed psychologist and author of Drawn to the Flame: Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Firesetting (Professional Resource Press, 2000).


Rob Stadolnik, President of FirePsych, Inc., is a licensed psychologist and author of Drawn to the Flame: Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Firesetting (Professional Resource Press, 2000). Over the past 12 years he has completed or supervised over 1500 firesetting behavior evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Stadolnik has recently partnered with Brandon Residential Treatment Center to pilot a comprehensive, evidence-based firesetting assessment protocol for short-term residential placement. In addition, he has recently completed research studies on specialized firesetting populations including adolescents in residential care and adolescent females.


Phone 508.655.6400 Email rstadolnik@brandonschool.org