We are pastors and politicians. We are police officers and social workers. We are teachers and business owners. We are nurses, doctors, and administrators. We are community organizers and youth counselors.

We love this town, and we believe it is time for all of us to acknowledge the growing problem with substance abuse in our community. We aren’t unique in facing this problem, but we are unique in our sense of community and our ability to come together to provide solutions.

Our founding members have pledged to harness the power that comes from a collaborative drawing from disciplines as diverse as law enforcement, medicine, town government, education, commerce, the faith community, and the Massachusetts state legislature. 

Founding members of Ipswich Aware: 

  • Dave Clark, Facilitator, Learn 2 Cope and Owner, D.F. Clark, Inc. 
  • Chris Bevilacqua, Executive Director, Ipswich Family YMCA
  • Rev. Brad Clark, Rector, Ascension Memorial Church
  • Paul Nikas, Chief, Ipswich Police  
  • Rep. Brad Hill, Assistant Minority Leader, Massachusetts State Representative
  • Joe Perna, Patrol Officer and School Resource Officer, Ipswich Police
  • Amanda Donovan, MSW
  • Nicole Coles, Ipswich Angel for H.O.P.E. (Heroin Opioid Prevention Effort) 
  • Colleen Fermon, Director of Public Health, Town of Ipswich
  • Aaron Woodworth, Patrol Officer and D.A.R.E. Officer, Ipswich Police
  • Dan Kmiec, Sergeant, Ipswich Police
  • Bill Hart, Ed.D., Superintendent, Ipswich Public Schools
  • David Dalton, Principal, Ipswich High School
  • Jeff Carovillaro, Assistant Principal, Ipswich High School
  • Rebecca Skobe, Adjustment Counselor, Ipswich Middle School
  • Rev. Dr. Glenn Prescott, Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Rebecca Pugh, Pastor, First Church, United Church of Christ
  • Dr. Erin Heiskell, MD, Beacon Family Medicine