A multi-disciplinary group from government, non-profit sector and service providers came together to form the Task Force in 2010. The goal of the Task Force is to develop strategies to provide education, collaboration and support to the community and professionals struggling to help individuals with hoarding disorder.
Executive Committee Bios
Kalliope Chute is a Hazardous Materials Environmental Specialist for Barnstable County. She operates the Barnstable County Hazardous Materials Program, several difficult-to-manage waste programs, and oversees WET Festivals-an interactive water festival that teaches children on Cape Cod about our unconfined, sole source aquifer. Kalliope serves on the Provincetown Board of Health and MassRecycle. She was trained as an educator at Lesley University and lives with her family in Provincetown, where they have an oyster grant and beehives.
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.
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.
Lynn Mulkeen, RS is Senior Environmental Specialist/ Sanitarian for Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment.
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.
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.
Kevin Grunwald is the retired Social Service Coordinator for the Town of Harwich Council on Aging. In that capacity he was 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.