Our Team

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The NAN Project operates as a part of Eliot Community Human Services (ECHS), a private, non-profit human services organization providing services for people of all ages throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

ECHS’s continuum of services includes diagnostic evaluation; twenty-four hour emergency services and crisis stabilization; outpatient and court mandated substance abuse services;  individual, group and family outpatient counseling; early intervention; specialized psychological testing; day, residential, social and vocational programs for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities; ombudsman services; outreach and support services for the homeless; batterer intervention; and consultation, education and training for the lay and professional community.

Eliot’s Children Services

Eliot Community Human Services has a deep commitment to promoting the behavioral health of children, youth, and their families. ECHS firmly believes that children with serious emotional disturbance are best served in their communities, working with the Department of Youth Services in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.

Eliot’s Mobile Crisis Intervention

Mobile Crisis Intervention provides mobile, community-based onsite, face-to-face services for youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The trained clinicians and family partners work with the family to identify, assess, treat, and stabilize a crisis situation to reduce immediate risk of danger to the youth or others, consistent with the youth's risk management/safety plan.

Eliot and The NAN Project: A Partnership

The NAN Project operates under the auspices of Eliot's Children Services, supported by its infrastructure and clinical services. An advisory group works closely with the Senior Vice President to develop the structure and model of the Project. A board has been formed and The NAN Project has become an independent subsidiary of Eliot, retaining a mutually beneficial partnership. Funding is pursued through state and federal grants, foundations, corporations, local businesses, and individual donors.

Our Board of Directors

The NAN Project  is led by a board of directors with extensive experience in the areas of behavioral health, non-profit development, and lived experience.

Fiscal Year 2021 Board:

  • Ellen Dalton
    • The NAN Project, Founder & CEO
    • Eliot Community Human Services, Senior Vice President
  • Jake Cavanaugh - The NAN Project, Executive Director
  • Rick Dalton - College For Every Student, CEO
  • Ann Duffy - Reading Cooperative Bank, Vice President
  • Frank LoPilato – Equinix, Sr. Business Development Executive
  • Kate Markarian - Eliot Community Human Services, President
  • Jennifer Miller – Independent Director
  • Bruce Nardella - The MENTOR Network, CEO
  • Mary O’Connell - Real Estate Broker
  • Gabriel Paci - Business Executive, Retired
  • Rachely Ramos - Metro North Hub Manager, The Northeast Recovery Learning Community

Our Advisory Council

The NAN Project Advisory Council works closely with Eliot’s Senior Vice President, Ellen Dalton to develop and improve the efficacy and impact of the Project.

The Advisory Council is comprised of community stakeholders and experts in the field to help guide the Project and review strategic plans and outcome data to ensure quality and fidelity to the model.

Advisory Council:

  • Deborah Garfield, LICSW
  • Donna Kausek, LMHC
  • Melinda Mathews, VP Clinical Services - Eliot
  • Kristen Sault, LICSW
  • Alicia Spradlin, LICSW
  • Keith Wales, LICSW
  • David O'Leary, AFSP Board Chair & Magic 106.7 Radio Host
  • Donna Coan, RN
  • Jacob Mathew, MD
  • Cahn Vu, MD
  • Jen Hart

If you need help and want to talk to someone, call:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)


For the Crisis Text Line, text "Listen" to 741-741

For the Samaritans, Call or Text (877)870-4673

For immediate crisis evaluation call the Emergency Services Program / Mobile Crisis Intervention at 1-877-382-1609 & enter your zip code; you will get the phone number of the closest ESP/MCI that serves you.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911