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Spurwink Announces New Board Member & Welcomes New Senior Leadership

By October 25, 2023November 21st, 2023Blog

Spurwink is pleased to announce a new Board Member and four new members to its Senior Leadership Team. Jeff D. Emerson is newly appointed to Spurwink’s Board of Directors; Bart Beattie joins Spurwink as its new Chief Operating Officer; Eric Campbell, former Director of Educational Services, is Vice President of Educational Services; Rebecca Patkus, former Outpatient and Community Services Regional Director (Central and Coastal Region), is Vice President of Regional Outpatient and Community Services; and Ben Strick, former Director of Adult Behavioral Health, is Vice President of Adult Behavioral Health.

Jeff D. Emerson is President of NorthEnd Group LLC, a healthcare services, technology consulting and advisory company, and has served in executive-level roles for decades. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Symphony, the House of Ruth, Hospice of Prince George’s and NYLCare/Mid-Atlantic. He is a Trustee of Bowdoin College. He graduated, with honors, from Bowdoin College with an AB in Theology and he has an MSTM in computer and information systems from American University.

Prior to joining Spurwink in 2023, Bart Beattie, LCSW, was the Chief Operating Officer of Pathways Human Services. Prior to that, Bart worked in a variety of clinical and leadership roles in several behavioral healthcare organizations in Maine. A licensed Clinical Social Worker, Bart received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New England.

Eric Campbell, MS, BCBA, has been with Spurwink for 24 years, beginning as an Educational Technician at the then Cummings Program (now Glickman Academy), and has worked in various positions including Special Education Teacher, provided training and consultation services to local school districts, and then moving to administrative roles, most recently the Director of Educational Services. During his time at Spurwink, Eric has received his master’s in special education and has become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Rebecca Patkus, LCSW, first joined Spurwink in 2005 as a Public School Counselor, leaving Spurwink for a short time, returning to Outpatient and Community Services leadership roles for the next 14 years. Rebecca is a graduate of Kenyon College and University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and her professional experiences range from case management to counseling to managing various programs that serve children, adults and families.

Ben Strick, LCSW, has been with Spurwink for 17 years, beginning as a Case Manager in the Juvenile Risk Reduction Program. He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College, and his MSW from the University of New England. Ben has worked across Spurwink serving children, adults and families, and helped design and implement the State’s first 24/7 crisis receiving center. Ben was appointed by the Governor to the State Board of Social Work Licensure where he serves as the Complaint Officer, and by the Attorney General to serve as a member on the Deadly Force Review Panel.

All are welcomed professionals to Spurwink leadership and will have significant impact on the children, adults, and families that Spurwink serves. You can read more about each person on the Leadership page of our website.