With Nonotuck since: 2004
Jim graduated from Virginia Tech in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minor in psychology. He included coursework in biological psychology, ethology (animal behavior from the biological standpoint) and psychobiology (animal behavior from the psychological standpoint). He began work in the field of developmental disabilities and has sustained that track for 34 years. He was awarded his master's degree in clinical/experimental psychology from Radford University in 1984. After earning his master’s, Jim secured a series of positions as a psychologist, first at a training center for the intellectually disabled in Virginia, then at Fernald State School in Massachusetts, as a clinician and therapist for Mentor in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a therapist for Human Resource Institute in Malden, Massachusetts, and consultant for Vinfen Corporation in Cambridge. He began employment with Nonotuck in January 2003 as clinician, with duties including clinical assessment, consultation, client assessment and evaluation, client counseling, staff, provider and family consultation and counseling. The fit for Jim with Nonotuck has been nearly ideal as it embraces his clinical skills and matches his values toward a complete life focus for serving our people. He is skilled in individual and group therapy. His strengths therapeutically are cognitive-behavioral, rational emotive and client-centered. His skills in clinical assessment include I.Q. testing, personality assessment, and applied behavioral analysis. He is knowledgeable in psychotropic medications and medication and behavioral treatment plan development and analysis. Jim is valuable to staff, clientele, family members, etc. in situational analysis, problem diagnosis, developing clinical interventions and strategies.
Darlyn was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She moved to Massachusetts in 2003 at the age of 17, and obtained a job in direct care as a residential counselor supporting people with disabilities. She decided to continue this career path and in 2011 graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in human services, while still working one-on-one with persons with disabilities. This experience served as the foundation for her current position as a care manager at the Sterling office, where she works to promote and support the development of healthy relationships between caregivers and people served. She joined the Nonotuck team in November 2012, and is very proud of being a part of this team. In her free time, she loves to spend time with family and friends.
With Nonotuck Since: 2023
Assistant Program Director
With Nonotuck Since: 2021
Patti has been working in human services since 2007. She became interested in this field of work after working in a residential treatment program as part of her studies in college and immediately pursued a career in human services after she graduated. She was drawn to work at Nonotuck after researching the agency and feeling that it would be a good fit for her based on a commonality of core values.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her son, enjoying outdoor time, and running 5k races.
With Nonotuck since: 2016
Direct Support Professional
With Nonotuck Since: 2023
Learn how Nonotuck developed a love-based ideology of care. We started our shared living program as an alternative to group homes for people with disabilities. Instead, Shared Living creates genuine life transformation for people with disabilities, as well as families and communities. The true power of caregiving is found through hospitality, authenticity, and love.