Kurt Isaacson, M.B.A., joined Spectrum in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, a position he held for three years before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Mr. Isaacson has been instrumental in Spectrum’s significant growth and expansion since joining the organization. He is a seasoned behavioral health administrator, having more than thirty years of experience managing a number of multi-site organizations located throughout the country. Mr. Isaacson holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration.
Joseph Rose, CPA, was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Spectrum in 2018. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration at SleepMed, a $100 million provider of diagnostic and treatment services for sleeping disorders with operations in 38 states, provided through 8 wholly-owned subsidiaries and 3 majority-owned limited liability corporations. He was also the VP of Finance and Administration at Concord Family and Youth Services and CFO at Mass Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Rose earned a baccalaureate in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Jeffrey Baxter, M.D., served as Medical Director for Spectrum’s network of outpatient treatment centers for five years before being appointed as Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Baxter is responsible for providing executive oversight of all medical operations for Spectrum’s inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Dr. Baxter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Christopher Petrozzi, Chief Organizational Development Officer
Christopher Petrozzi, M.A., brings over thirty years of progressive treatment and criminal justice experience in both the public and private sectors. As the previous Spectrum Senior Vice President of Correctional Services, Mr. Petrozzi was responsible for executive oversight of Spectrum’s national Corrections Division.
Mr. Petrozzi has extensive experience in quality improvement, treatment systems assessments, program development, technical assistance, and system realignments. Prior to joining Spectrum, Mr. Petrozzi worked for a large for-profit correctional treatment company with national oversight responsibilities. He also worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections in various management and administrative positions for eleven years. He provided administrative oversight of the Colorado Department of Corrections Clinical Services Quality Assurance Program and developed a quality improvement system for a $360 million for-profit correctional healthcare company. In addition, he has spearheaded major systems reforms and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Corrections and has presented subject matter testimony to state legislative sub-committees. Mr. Petrozzi is a recipient of the Colorado Department of Corrections Team Excellence Award and was nominated for the Colorado Department of Correction’s Medal of Valor and Colorado Governor’s Team Productivity Award. He has served as an instructor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and authored and administered nearly a dozen Federal systems enhancement and capacity building treatment grants. Mr. Petrozzi has a master’s degree in Community Psychology and Certificate of Graduate Studies in Addictions.
Kristin Nolan, M.A., MBA, is responsible for executive oversight of Spectrum’s continuum of care, including inpatient, outpatient, and peer recovery support services. Ms. Nolan also oversees Spectrum’s adolescent programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, and medication for opioid treatment programming provided at state prisons and county jails across the state. Ms. Nolan has been employed at Spectrum for over twenty years, beginning her career as a clinician before assuming progressively responsible leadership roles. She was instrumental in expanding Spectrum’s continuum of care to include fifteen outpatient treatment centers, three levels of inpatient care and 295 licensed beds. During the pandemic, Ms. Nolan led the movement to create a specialized unit for clients with substance use disorders testing positive for COVID-19. Ms. Nolan has presented at numerous conferences at both the state and national level. Named one of the Worcester Business Journal’s “40 under Forty” honorees in 2010, Ms. Nolan has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Business Administration.
Stacy Flanagan joined Spectrum in 2002. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. Flanagan oversees employee relations, recruitment, retention, compensation, and training while ensuring compliance with employment laws and regulations. Ms. Flanagan brings thirty years of experience in human resources management in the healthcare field. She was responsible for implementing Spectrum’s first Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor (CADC) educational program. She also launched Spectrum’s leadership development program and co-chairs the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. Ms. Flanagan is a past receipt of the Excellence in Administration and Finance Award presented by the Association for Behavioral Healthcare. Ms. Flanagan has a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Health Administration.
Lisa Blanchard, MA, LMHC joined Spectrum in 1999 and has held various positions prior to becoming Vice President of Clinical Services in 2017, and Chief Clinical Officer in 2022. Ms. Blanchard is an experienced clinician with over twenty years of experience in behavioral health administration, including new program development, training, and clinical design. She has implemented several innovative programs and designs clinical services to meet the changing needs of clients served and the evolving healthcare system. She also oversees training for the organization and provides training, education, and technical assistance services to other agencies, providers, and local communities. Ms. Blanchard was trained as a NIATx process improvement coach and has served as a NIATx coach and national presenter. She has also worked as a consultant and regularly presents at the national level on innovations in behavioral health treatment. Ms. Blanchard has co-hosted Spectrum’s popular Airing Addiction podcast since 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Assumption College.
Cindy Buraczynski, Senior Vice President of External Affairs
As Senior VP of External Affairs, Cindy Buraczynski, M.S. provides leadership and oversight of Spectrum’s external communications, including proposal development, advertising, marketing, public relations, and fundraising. Ms. Buraczynski has worked in behavioral healthcare for more than thirty years. She joined Spectrum in 2002 and has contributed to the organization’s significant growth over the past twenty years, including new program development and expansion into several new states across the country. Additionally, she co-authored several articles on Spectrum’s evidence-based treatment for justice-involved individuals. Previously, she was the Director of Strategic Communications for The MENTOR Network, a national provider of home and community-based care based in Boston, Mass. Ms. Buraczynski holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Penn State University.
Jonathan Miller was appointed Spectrum’s Vice President of Information Technology in April 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the management and execution of Spectrum’s information technology strategy. Since joining Spectrum, he has streamlined IT Operations, integrated our systems with other organizations, and advanced key functions of our electronic health record. In addition, he is leading an effort to better utilize the healthcare data we collect. Mr. Miller has more than 22 years’ experience in the IT field, most recently serving as the CIO and Compliance Officer at Y.O.U., Inc., a leading child welfare, behavioral health and education agency in Worcester, MA. Previously, he was the Director of Information Technology at Lighthouse Academies where he developed solutions to meet the data, technology and communication needs of the company, including 11 school sites across 5 states. Mr. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Providence College.
As Vice President of Payor Relations, David Nefussy is responsible for negotiating agreements with managed care organizations, third-party payors, and private insurance companies, while overseeing all contracting, credentialing, network management and provider relation activities. Since joining Spectrum in 2017, Mr. Nefussy has been successful in contracting with several new payors, such as AETNA, CIGNA, Optum and Tufts, as well as renegotiating annual rate increases with existing payors. Likewise, he was instrumental in obtaining special accolades on behalf of Spectrum’s New England Recovery Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Star Distinction, Cigna’s Center of Excellence, and Tuft’s Center of Innovation. Mr. Nefussy has more than twenty-five years of experience in managed behavioral healthcare. Most recently, he served as the regional director of provider network services for five New England States at OPTUM Health, otherwise known as United Behavioral Health (UBH) where he was responsible for contracting and provider relations. Prior to UBH, he worked in a similar capacity for PacifiCare, Magellan, Beacon Health Strategies, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Private Health Care Systems.
Earl Warren, MBA joined Spectrum in 1998 and has held numerous positions since then, most recently serving as Spectrum’s State Director in Massachusetts for twelve years, before being promoted to Vice President of Correctional Services in 2022. Mr. Warren is a seasoned correctional behavioral health administrator with more than 24 years’ experience managing multi-site treatment programs for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. He has developed, implemented, and managed a wide range of residential and non-residential treatment programs, offender reentry programs, and high-risk offender treatment programs. In 2021, he was the recipient of the Professional Excellence Award by the Massachusetts Department of Correction for his dedication and professionalism that characterizes exemplary performance.
Mr. Warren has taught counselor education courses at Worcester State University and is currently an instructor at Mount Wachusett Community College. He is a member of the American Correctional Association’s Substance Use Disorder Committee and the International Correctional and Prison Association’s Research and Development Committee. In addition, he is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the topics of substance use disorders, medication for opioid use disorders, and program design. He also serves as the Chair of Spectrum’s Institutional Review Board. Mr. Warren holds a Master of Business Administration and will soon be receiving his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership.
Theresa Amico, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management
As Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management, Theresa Amico oversees all reimbursement related activities for inpatient and outpatient services, including insurance verification, coding, claims submission, collections, and reporting. Ms. Amico joined Spectrum Health Systems in 2017 and has reengineered the revenue cycle management during a period of high growth, while achieving improved collection results. Ms. Amico has more than 30 years’ experience in third party billing and collections with 25 years specifically focused on behavioral healthcare. She was co-founder of New England Medical Management Group, a startup billing management company that grew to over 100 clients in 5 states and 10 specialties.
"The staff at Spectrum taught me ways to cope with everyday issues. I’m beginning to feel powerful, like I’m in control. I realize that I don’t know all the answers and that it’s okay to ask for help."
"I remember thinking that I could handle it…that everything was okay. My life was controlled by drugs. One day, I hit rock bottom. I felt utterly hopeless and I knew I had to make a change."
"Recovery helps you love yourself again. It’s about second chances, an opportunity to re-write the future and lead a happy life. I have dreams now. I want to renew relationships and get my loved ones back."
"I’ve grown a lot since coming to Spectrum. I’m learning how to cope with everyday issues. I also take responsibility for my actions, which is definitely something new for me."
"I entered Spectrum’s detox at the lowest point in my life. While I was there, I took a tour of the residential program. I decided to try it because I did not want to go back to my old way of life. Now I’m in recovery, working and making plans for my future – something I never dreamed possible."
"When I was drinking, I thought I was only hurting myself. But when you’re in recovery, you realize how your actions hurt the people you love the most – your family and friends."
“Recovery helps you love yourself again. It’s about second chances, an opportunity to re-write the future and lead a happy life. I have dreams now. I want to renew relationships and get my loved ones back.”
“I remember thinking that I could handle it…that everything was okay. My life was controlled by drugs. One day, I hit rock bottom. I felt utterly hopeless and I knew I had to make a change.”
“The staff at Spectrum taught me ways to cope with everyday issues. I’m beginning to feel powerful, like I’m in control. I realize that I don’t know all the answers and that it’s okay to ask for help.”
“I’ve grown a lot since coming to Spectrum. I’m learning how to cope with everyday issues. I also take responsibility for my actions, which is definitely something new for me.”
“I entered Spectrum’s detox at the lowest point in my life. While I was there, I took a tour of the residential program. I decided to try it because I did not want to go back to my old way of life. Now I’m in recovery, working and making plans for my future – something I never dreamed possible.”
“When I was drinking, I thought I was only hurting myself. But when you’re in recovery, you realize how your actions hurt the people you love the most – your family and friends.”