Recover Project decides on new leader

  • Deb Tanzer, a member/volunteer at The Recover Project on Federal St in Greenfield, has to write backwards as she paints a message on their window of an upcoming event. PAUL FRANZ

Recorder Staff
Published: 8/8/2017 7:08:23 PM

GREENFIELD — The Recover Project will soon have a new director to lead its peer-run community on Federal Street.

Starting Sept. 5, Mary Doherty, who has a doctorate in biology and has been in recovery since 1990, will step on as director.

Doherty comes in following the departure of Michael Lewis, who “transitioned from the director role in June 2017 for other pursuits,” according to a statement from The Recover Project’s umbrella organization, the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium. The search began around the start of July for a new head to the Greenfield program that helps people who are in recovery maintain their recovery.

The new director received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Massachusetts, according to a statement from The Recover Project. She completed both her bachelor’s and master’s in biological sciences from Smith College.

“Mary was chosen as the new director primarily for her knowledge of recovery, her compassion for people of all stages in the recovery process and the willingness to embrace multiple paths of recovery,” the consortium said in an emailed statement. “Mary brings with her a confident energy that is bridled with positive enthusiasm and personal experience that will lead the way for a bright future at the RECOVER Project.”

After three rounds of interviews, The Recover Project decided on Doherty.

“She kept mentioning what she could do to make our community stronger,” Peer Involvement and Leadership Coordinator Kaitlyn John said.

Attempts to interview Doherty before press time were unsuccessful.

The Recover Project’s 14th annual Recovery Jam will be Sept. 30 to conclude “Recovery Month.”

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

413-772-0261, ext. 264


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