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The Modern Assistance Programs Inc. Team | Modern Assistance Programs

The Team

MAP’s counselors work together as a problem-solving team and are trained, licensed or certified in:

  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Critical Incident Debriefing & Support
  • Domestic & Workplace Violence
  • Rehabilitation Counseling


Paul McDevitt, Founder (1942-2016) believed that, since we go through life only once, we should do all we can to make it a pleasant trip for ourselves and others.  In advancing this philosophy he stepped beyond the services offered by Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.  and engaged with a troubled world.

For more than four decades he worked in soup kitchens, visited the imprisoned, worked for criminal justice reform, supported immigration projects, raised money for and contributed money to, food banks, substance abuse recovery homes, inner city youth projects, education enrichment programs and homeless shelters.

Paul chaired numerous non-profit boards, and received many awards.  He considered himself fortunate to have lived the life that he had.

John E. Christian, Ed. M., LADC I, CADC, SAP, CCFC is currently President and Chief Executive Officer as well as a clinician at the Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. He is a substance abuse and mental health counselor, criminal justice specialist, and is an expert witness for clients in the Massachusetts court system. He was formerly the Director of Social Services for the Homeless Services bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission where he oversaw vocational rehabilitation programs, adult education, and prisoner reentry services at the Long Island Shelter. He has been in the human services field since 1993.

Mr. Christian holds a Masters degree in Human Development and Psychology and in Counseling Psychology, is a licensed and certified alcoholism and drug abuse counselor, a substance abuse professional for the Department of Transportation, and is a certified clinical forensics counselor. He is a former member of the board of directors of SPAN, Inc., an agency dedicated to providing services to formerly incarcerated individuals and a member of the board of Edwina Martin House, a recovery home for women.

He is an instructor for continuing education classes for the Addiction Counselor Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a course assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Christian holds a Bachelors degree from Harvard University and a Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Courtney Daruszka, M.S., LMHC, is the Clinical Director at Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. and has been a mental health counselor providing both individual and group counseling for the past ten years. She holds a Master in Science from University of Massachusetts Boston in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor in Arts in Psychology from Nazareth College and is licensed by the state of Massachusetts as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

She has training in both the addictions and the mental health field and has specific training in CBT, DBT, Co-Occurring Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, Grief Counseling, and Anxiety and Stress Management. Courtney works with students at the Boston College AIM (Alcohol Intervention Meeting) Program and brings her experience of working with young people to her role at MAP. As the coordinator of continuing education,she is also responsible for developing and facilitating MAP’s Annual Professional Lecture Series.

damien-picDamien J. Turini, MA, MS, LADC I, SAP, CADC is Vice President and a clinician at Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. Mr. Turini has a decade of experience in the substance abuse field and previously served a Coordinator of Education and Workforce Development for a Substance Abuse Program at the Boston Public Health Commission. More recently he worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts conducting policy work on human service and substance use disorder services in Massachusetts.

He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Applied Economics and a Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from University of West Alabama. Mr. Turini is a part time instructor with the Addictions Education Certificate Program a the University of Massachusetts Boston and former Board Member of SPAN, Inc., an agency dedicated to providing services to formerly incarcerated individuals.

Judy Sealey Ed. M, LADC I, CAS, CCCJS 
is a Counselor, Clinician and Case Manager serving 17 years at Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.  Judy is a Certified Addictions Specialist (CAS) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC1) who works with clients in group and individual counseling settings.  Judy has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Service Management from University of Massachusetts Boston and a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College.

Judy has work experience in the corporate sector where she gained skills in cultural diversity, problem solving and conflict mediation.  She runs an Anger Management group for Women at MAP and interacts with various external agencies regarding client referrals and progress reviews.  Judy also represents MAP in the construction trade community at the Building Trades Training Program and the Building Trades Summer Youth Program introducing the MAP Employee Assistance Program and Addiction issues to incoming Building Trainee Students and the Summer Course Students.

Jay Carey, LADC
II, CADC, CEAPbegan his career with Modern Assistance Programs in 2012, is a substance abuse counselor and a NAMA Certified Anger Management Specialist-I.  He successfully completed the Addiction Counselor Education Program at University of Massachusetts Boston and facilitates a men’s anger management group at MAP.  Jay is also a member of EAPA (Employee Assistance Professionals Association) and holds their certification (CEAP).

Jay also has completed courses in co-occurring disorders, criminal justice and substance abuse, pre-sentencing mitigation, family and alcoholism/chemical dependency counseling and suicide prevention (Safetalk). He also is a member of the NAFC (National Association of Forensic Counselors).

Jay is formerly the EAP coordinator for The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for Boston MA, Providence RI and Hartford CT out of LL 1726 Logan Airport. Jay studied and successfully completed both EAP I and EAP II at the William W. Winpsinger Education & Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. He also brings with him experience and knowledge of union labor law, the  National Labor Relations Act  and the Railway Labor Act having been elected to and serving on the Grievance Committee (6yrs) and as a Union steward (8yrs) for the Machinists Union US Airways Boston. Jay continues his education pursuing a degree in psychology.

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Mary Kate Bradley M.Ed, LADC I, CCFC, NCC is a mental health and substance use clinician at Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. Mary Kate holds a Master in Education in Mental Health Counseling from Bridgewater State University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ms. Bradley is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a credential awarded by the National Board for Certified Counselors (Board-Certified). She is license eligible with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mary Kate has six years experience in the mental health and substance use field. She interned at the Boston Public Health Commission in the Men’s Health and Recovery Program facilitating substance use groups. She has also worked as a group home counselor for Riverside Community Care serving clients with mental health disorders.

Mary Kate’s therapeutic training and knowledge includes anxiety, panic disorders, depression, trauma, stress management, relationship issues, career counseling, and substance use.

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David Morrison, M.ED., LADC I, PGS is currently a substance use and mental health clinician at Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.

David holds a Master in education, from Cambridge College with a concentration in counseling Psychology and a Bachelor in Liberal Arts from Boston University in Interdisciplinary Studies majoring in Sociology/Psychology. David is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADCI) and is certified Problem Gambling Specialist (PGS).

David has six years experience in the mental health and substance abuse field.



Jeanne Melvin M.Ed., LMHC, LADC I, CAS, CCDP-D is a consulting clinician at Modern Assistance Programs, licensed in the Commonwealth as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Jeanne is also a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS), a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC1) and a Co-Occurring Disorder Professional Diplomat (CCDP-D).

Jeanne is also Mass Cans Certified. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Master’s Degree in Education, Counseling Track with participation in the Dispute Resolution Graduate Program. Jeanne has a B.A. in Psychology and American Studies. While studying at the University, she worked as an advisor in the Psychology Department and is versed in academic processes. Jeanne is an instructor for continuing education classes for the Addiction Counselor Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

She has brought this skill to Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. in her work with adolescents and teens.  Jeanne is active in fundraising for the Edwina Martin House a recovery home for women. Jeanne has worked at MAP for 11 years.

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Lindsay Scola, B.A., LADC II is a staff counselor at Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. She has worked in the substance use field for the past five years in both direct care and administrative roles.

Before transitioning to he behavioral health field, Lindsay dedicated ten years to the non-profit and education sectors as a program director, teacher and residential life coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst. Ms. Scola has completed the Addiction Counselors Education Program at UMass Boston and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Simmons College.



Michelle MurphyMichelle Murphy is Operations Administrator at Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. and is responsible for both inpatient and outpatient claims and approval processes. Michelle has more than 20 years experience in healthcare, including six years overseeing daily operations in pediatrics and surgical specialties at Harvard Vanguard.

For the past seven years, Michelle has worked in medical billing, coordinating and submitting medical insurance claims, including primary and secondary insurance, to Medicare and private-pay insurance companies.



DSCN0597Nelly Chan, Director of Alternative Care, has been working at Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. since 1997.

Alternative Care providers, union members and their families to ensure the highest quality of care and the effective use of funds. Prior to her current responsibility, Nelly case managed outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse along with Alternative Care.

She is a certified Group Leader of The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program and The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center, a certified Alcohol/Chemical Dependent Counselor and a certified Medical Interpreter. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Nelly is also a seasoned Career Coach.



Jose Lara is our office manager. It is a title, which does not begin to describe his duties.

Born in El Salvador, Central America, Jose attended Autonomous U of El Salvador with course work in Business Administration. He has resided in Boston since 1970 and has been employed at Modern Assistance Programs for 17 years.  Jose is our Spanish translator along with his many  present duties.



Kai Wu came to Modern Assistance Programs from high school –and has continued here for the last ten years as a part time employee.





Peggy Augustine is the Drug Testing Coordinator for Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.

Peggy has a strong background in organization systems, management and customer service. Her previous 12 years experience at Boston Financial Data Services and recently at South Shore Bank have given her the skills needed to be an intricate part of our drug-testing program.

Peggy ‘s responsibilities include all duties that are necessary to ensure that Drug and Alcohol tests and results are handled with the utmost care. She assures that all tests are logged properly and all records are maintained accurately. Peggy also schedules periodic random drug screening for various companies and unions.


Judi Melvin-Conners is the Field Administrator for Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.Judi comes to Modern Assistance Programs with a background in Medical Assistance, she brings her experience to the field with her knowledge in different test methodologies and the testing life cycle.  In her role as Field Administrator Judi ensures that all tests are handled properly and sent off in a timely manner.

Judi trains staff on procedures for DOT and other drug and alcohol testing as well as maintains test supplies.

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