Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil (PAARI)
P.A.A.R.I. Welcomes Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade
GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Allie Hunter McDade has joined the team as P.A.A.R.I’s first full-time Executive Director.
Since its inception last summer, P.A.A.R.I. has made significant strides to help those struggling with the disease of addiction — establishing a network of more than 150 police departments and over 300 treatment providers nationwide. The addition of Hunter McDade will help move P.A.A.R.I. forward and strengthen its efforts.
“I am extremely excited to step in as Executive Director for P.A.A.R.I. and am committed to its mission,” Hunter McDade said. “Like many, I have been personally touched by the disease of addiction, as I have a loved one who is in recovery. I look forward to working with key stakeholders, police departments, community members and advocates to expand P.A.A.R.I.’s innovation programs and bring about positive change.”
With over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and resource development, Hunter McDade came to P.A.A.R.I. following her role as the Deputy Director of the Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy. She has worked at several other Boston-area nonprofit organizations, including ZUMIX and Bikes Not Bombs, and has aided various nonprofits with fundraising efforts, event planning and coaching emerging leaders. Additionally, Hunter McDade serves on the Restless Development USA Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Bikes Not Bombs Board of Directors.
“Allie has a wealth of experience working with nonprofit organizations and will be an asset to P.A.A.R.I. and our growing network of partner police departments and treatment centers,” said P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello. “We’re pleased to have someone at the helm of our organization who can assist us in continuing to make effective strides in addressing this nation’s opioid epidemic.”
Hunter McDade holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations from Ursinus College and a master’s degree in international development from Ohio University, where she focused on community health and behavior change. She also earned a certificate from the Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership at Boston University’s School of Business.
“As P.A.A.R.I. grows and expands, we are happy to have Allie leading the organization and providing valuable insight to ensure our efforts remain effective and sustainable well into the future,” P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder John Rosenthal said. “Please join us in welcoming her to the team.”
Hunter McDade is based in P.A.A.R.I’s new office location, 186 Main St, in Gloucester, directly across the street from the Gloucester Police Department.
About the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.):
In 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal developed a revolutionary new program aimed at getting opioid drug users the help they need to recover instead of putting them behind bars. P.A.A.R.I.’s mission is to support the Gloucester Police’s ANGEL Initiative and to assist other police departments with implementing similar programs.
P.A.A.R.I. police departments share a common mission: encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery, help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses, connect those struggling with the disease of addiction with treatment programs and facilities and provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid epidemic.
In just over a year, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a network of more than 150 police departments across the country and approximately 300 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance. Learn more at paariusa.org.