Susan has a Master Degree of Education in Counseling Psychology, is an Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I. Susan has 30 plus years of experience working in several modalities of Substance Abuse Residential and Outpatient Treatment Programs. For the past 9 years she has been a member of the teaching faculty at Trundy Institute of Addiction Counseling. Susan joined the VTH organization in 2004 as Program Director and in 2010 Susan was appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification.

Chief Warrant Officer James Reid was raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelors of Science Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Aviation Safety.

Chief Warrant Officer Reid originally enlisted in the Air Force from 1979 – 1984, but joined the Army and retired in 2002 after 20 years serving as an Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot. He flew 83 lifesaving missions while stationed overseas and missions during Desert Storm in support of the 1st Infantry Division (Mech). After his service to our country, he joined the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Training Support Services at Bridgeport performing training needs analysis, design and development. He currently holds a Commercial Helicopter-Instrument Certificate.

Currently, James is the Executive Director of The Veterans Transition House managing a staff of 23 and 71 clients at five locations. He lives in the community he serves with his wife and two children.

Board Members‍‍‍

Board of Directors

Rosemarie Lopes  | Veteran USMC | President

Nelson Ostiguy | Veteran USMC | Vice President

Richard M. Brown | Veteran USMC | Clerk/Treasurer

Nikole Bashforth | Director

Wayne Carvalho | Veteran USMC | Director

David Prentiss | Veteran USN | Director

John Remedis | Veteran USA | Director

Linda Silveira | Director

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Advisory ‍‍‍Board

Martin H. Lahue | Veteran USA | Chairman

Fredrick R. Purrington | Capt. USN (Ret) | Member

David R. Robidoux | Veteran USMC | Member

Peter D. Brightman | Veteran USN | Member

ADDRESS: 344 County St. New Bedford, MA 02740

PHONE: 508-992-5313

FAX: 508-999-3909

EMAIL: [email protected]


The S. E. Mass. Veterans Housing Program, Inc. was established to provide hope for homeless veterans in a safe, sober, supportive residence and to assist those who desire to achieve rehabilitation, self-sufficiency, and community reintegration.

Executive S‍‍‍taff

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍James A. Reid, Executive Director

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 508-992-5313 - x11

Jason joined the Veterans Transition House in June 2014 to take the Financial Office re‍‍‍ins from Martin Lahue.  A graduate of Bridgewater State College, Jason has worked in nonprofit financial, operations and human resources management for 15 years.  Prior to joining VTH, Jason lived in Maine, most recently working as Finance Manager for the Owls Head Transportation Museum.  A Massachusetts native, however, he is enjoying living, working and playing (literally, as he is a former professional musician and music educator) in the New Bedford area.

Jason Stripinis, Business Manager

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 508.992.5313 - x13

Susan Fonteneau-Nicolan,

Program Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 508-992-5313 - x‍‍‍23‍‍‍

VTH 508-992-5313 + ext.

Grant Per Diem Director Jesse Powers - x12

Accounts Payable Monica N. Robitaille - x15

Asst. to the Executive Director Alice M. Faria - x10

Case Manager John Luiz - x20

Case Manager Jesus Quinones- x25

Case Manager Nathan S. Hayward - x12

SSVF Case Manager Brian M. Conceicao - x22

SSVF Case Manager Mike Riley - x25

House Manager Russ Lonergan - x19

Kitchen Manager Melissa Mann - x24


Tel.: 508-992-5313

Tel.: 508-992-5313