Founders

Joyce Collier

Joyce Collier

LICSW

Joyce Collier is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years’ experience in the Greater Boston area. She was a group facilitator at the former Wellness Community of Greater Boston. Prior to that, Joyce spent 15 years at Fenway Community Health as the Coordinator of The Violence Recovery Program and then as the Associate Director of Mental Health. She has a specialty in group therapy and remains actively involved in the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy.

Susan Englander

Susan Englander

LICSW

Susan Englander is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience in the Boston area. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings. At The Wellness Community of Greater Boston she directed the Kids Count Too program supporting families in which a parent has cancer and consulted to a number of school systems around issues of loss and bereavement. She currently works part-time at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a part of the Gastrointestinal clinic.

Nancy Gaulin

Psy.D., MBA

Dr. Gaulin is a psychologist with a specialization in health psychology who has fourteen years of experience in the Greater Boston area. She has worked in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community mental health and school settings working with children and adults. Dr. Gaulin received clinical training at The Wellness Community–Greater Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Jimmy Fund Clinic and Boston Children’s Hospital. She became a group facilitator at The Wellness Community of Greater Boston after graduation. She currently works as the Executive Director of Facing Cancer Together, Inc. where she is also Clinical Director. Prior to entering the field of psychology, Dr. Gaulin pursued a 20-year career in business in the financial services sector in Boston and New York City.

Harriet Berman

Ph.D.

Dr. Berman was our co-founder and first Executive Director. Before she co-founded Facing Cancer Together, Harriet was a leader at The Wellness Community of Greater Boston, a national cancer support organization based in Newton. She touched the lives of countless people in the Greater Boston oncology community. Harriet was also concerned with bringing quality services to those in our culture who are marginalized. She was instrumental in starting support groups for the underserved at Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, MA and then at Hope Lodge in Jamaica Plain, MA. As a professor at Massachusetts School of Psychology, Harriet was a beloved leader and inspiration to her students. In that position, she was able to combine both her skills as a practitioner and as a teacher, bringing direct experience and credibility to the classroom. On May 2, 2012,  Dr. Harriet Berman died of cancer. Though she has gone from this world, she will live on in our hearts as we carry her work forward.

Claire Willis

Claire Willis

LICSW

Claire Willis is a body/mind licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience in individual and group work and 18 years experience teaching yoga and meditation. She was a faculty member at the Family Institute of Cambridge and is the former Stress Management Consultant for the Dean Ornish Program in Boston. She is an adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theology School. For the last l0 years, she was on the staff at The Wellness Community of Greater Boston where she facilitated groups, taught yoga, meditation and therapeutic writing.

Quinn Pertman

Psy.D.

Quinn Pertman has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has completed internships in the area of psychooncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, at The Wellness Community of Greater Boston, and Facing Cancer Together. Quinn also completed her post doctoral fellowship at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Facing Cancer Together. Quinn is now a clinical staff member who facilitates general cancer support groups and the ovarian networking group.