Our Team

Stephanie Briody

Stephanie Briody

Co-founder, CEO, Board Member

As co-founder of Behavioral Health Innovators, Stephanie is leading the development and expansion of the RecoveryBuild Alternative Peer Group project; additionally Stephanie serves as a member of the Advisory Group for the National Conference of Behavioral Health, working with the CDC to address substance use prevention for young people ages 12 – 18 years. 
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Mary Beth Schoening


As Co-founder of Behavioral Health Innovators Mary Beth has been focused on identifying best practices and gaps in screening, early intervention and treatment of behavioral health conditions, conducting journey mapping research, and developing innovative, technology-enabled digital health models to fill the gaps.  Continue reading…

Sheila House

President, Board Member

Sheila House is a Masters Level Clinical Mental Health Counselor, licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with 20 years of experience as a practicing clinician.

Sheila works year-round as an independent agent of the Town of Harwich to support the mental health needs of Harwich Youth and their families. Continue reading…

Lorraine Sweeney

Secretary, Treasurer, Board Member

Lorraine is a civil engineer with over 35 years of experience in land use planning, financial feasibility analyses, real estate development and construction management.

For the past 20 years, she has served as President for BRACE Corp., a Boston based real estate development consulting firm that she founded in 1995. Continue reading…

Susan Strong

Board Member

An extraordinary educator, Susan began her 30 year career in education as an English teacher at Pittsfield High School.

She holds a B.S. degree in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Continue reading…

Chris Hardy

Board Member

Chris Hardy currently serves as Board Chair for Golf Fore Africa, a non-profit that raises money to bring clean, accessible water and sanitation to villages in Africa.

She has also served as WGA President for the Captains Golf Club in Brewster, MA and the Marketing Chair for the Tonto Verde Golf Community in AZ. Continue reading…

Sheila Sheeran

Board Member

Sheila Sheeran is the owner of the Shine Center, a Boutique Meditation and Yoga Studio in Chatham, MA.

In 2014 Sheila began a journey of self-discovery when she moved to the Cape from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Julia Lown

Board Member

Julia is currently a Meeting Planner for EMD Serono.

Julia was formerly the Director of Resource Development for the UNITED WAY OF GREATER FALL RIVER, MA , the Development Director for HOME FOR AGED PEOPLE IN FALL RIVER,MA and Operations Manager for Jack Morton Worldwide.

David Spitz

Board Member

After 20+ years as a planner and planning consultant for local municipalities, David moved from Vermont to Cape Cod in 2009 to become the Town Planner for the Town of Harwich.

He retired in 2016 and remains active in local affairs by serving as Chair of the Brooks Academy Museum Commission.

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Emma Tichnor

Student Advisor

Emma is 17 years old and attends Nauset Regional High School. “I was chosen for this advisory board because I am able to give a true perspective as a teen. I have been through some hard times so I am hoping I can help out this program to the best of my ability.”

Catherine Pope

Student Advisor

Catherine is an impassioned advocate from UMass Dartmouth and founder of the university’s first recovery community, dedicated to reaching individuals at all stages of substance abuse. She is a member of the American Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) student advisory board, as well as a SAFE Project fellow, organizations that provide a community and resources for those in recovery. As an individual in long-term recovery and as a survivor of domestic abuse, she works tirelessly to help individuals in both communities. Since early domestic abuse can impact young men and women for the rest of their lives, she provides abuse education to high school students and teaches them how to have healthier relationships. Cat is pursuing her law degree, determined to de-stigmatize marginalized communities as a legal advocate.

Alexxa Fucito

Student Advisor

In 2019 Alexxa Fucito graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a BA in Psychology. She is currently working on her masters in counseling and becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Through her internship with Behavioral Health Innovators, Alexxa hopes to expand her knowledge-base regarding substance use issues within the teen and young adult population.

Frederick Shegog

Student Advisor

Frederick is the recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society of two-year colleges for his stellar academic accomplishments and unselfish community volunteerism. Freddie credits Delaware County Community College with helping him turn his life around from homelessness and, as he says, “dumpster diving,” to achieving honors in academics. This has propelled him to create his own company, The Message LLC, and become an inspirational speaker for mental health and addiction.

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