Mission Statement

The Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force’s mission is to raise awareness of compulsive hoarding and to provide education and support for those affected by hoarding through accessible tools, referrals and resources. The Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force (CCHTF) seeks to develop a coordinated response among community agencies to the problem of hoarding in a sensitive and responsible fashion.

Executive Committee Bios

Deborah Scavotto is a Senior Move Manager and the private business owner of Smooth Moving for Seniors, established in 2009.  Her umbrella organization is NASMM (National Associates of Senior Move Managers).  Her background is in coordination, oversight, and planning.

Erika Woods (Chair) is a Registered Sanitarian and is a Senior Environmental Specialist/ Sanitarian for the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment. She has over 9 years of experience in public health services, specializing in restaurant and pool inspections, Title 5 and housing issues.

Lori Miranda is the Dennis Animal Control Officer. Her journey on the Animal Welfare field started in 1987 at a local Animal Shelter in New Bedford. She later moved onto working for the MSPCA Centerville Animal Shelter and later joined the MSPCA Law Enforcement Dept investigating hundreds of cases of Animal Cruelty. Her 27 years year of experience has brought an ideal combination of humane sensitivity to animals and people along with a strong understanding of the Humane Law Enforcement issues of today.

Kevin Grunwald (Vice Chair) is the Social Service Coordinator for the Town of Harwich Council on Aging.  In that capacity he is responsible for providing outreach services to seniors in Harwich including assessing individual needs and coordinating services with other agencies and providers.  Kevin has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and before relocating to Cape Cod he was the Human Services Director for the Town of Mansfield, CT for eleven years.  During that time he was also an adjunct faculty member in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Alexandra Gerry (Secretary) is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Communication. She is a Public Health Associate at the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment. Her assignment area is in Environmental Health with a focus on Food Safety and Foodborne Illness Outbreak Prevention.

Kalliope Chute is the Hazardous Materials Environmental Specialist for Barnstable County. She operates hazardous and difficult-to-manage waste programs and oversees WET Festivals, an interactive water festival for children on Cape Cod. Kalliope is the chairman of the Mashpee Board of Health, is the President of the Barnstable County Beekeepers Association. You can find her volunteering her time  for non-profits, boating around, and beekeeping. She was trained as an educator at Lesley University and lives with her family in Mashpee and Provincetown.

Lynn Mulkeen, RS is Senior Environmental Specialist/ Sanitarian for Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment.

Mental health consultant to CCHTF:
Denise Egan Stack is a licensed mental health counselor who has been treating people with OCD and related disorders, including hoarding, for over 15 years.