Community Health Programs welcomes two members to its board of trustees: Brian W. Drake of Williamstown and Richard H. Gregg of Lenox.
Gregg is the director of Programs in Healthcare Administration, chair of the Healthcare Administration department and a professor of Healthcare Administration at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School in Boston. Gregg is a past director and CEO of the Kripalu Center and former executive director of a Suffolk master’s degree program in philanthropy and media. He holds an MBA from New York University and bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in political science from Rutgers University.
Gregg is a faculty associate in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a member of the ACHE of Massachusetts Board of Directors. He has served as a consultant for the Pediatric Development Center and the Brien Center, both in Pittsfield. A leader in the “idle free” initiative of the American Lung Association, he advocated for a Massachusetts state law that now prohibits engine idling on school grounds.
A resident of Lenox for nearly 26 years, he is married to Dr. Linda Smothers, a medical director of the Brien Center in Pittsfield and a member of the medical staff at Berkshire Medical Center.
Brian Drake is vice president of employee benefits at True North Insurance in Williamstown and also serves as a consultant for Benemax Inc., another insurance-related business. Drake’s career has spanned across several insurance industry companies, including Allstate, Guardian Life Insurance and Assurant. He earned an MBA at UMass-Lowell and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.
A native of Williamstown, Drake resides with his wife Kendra and their two daughters.
Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, chair of the CHP board, said, “Both Rick and Brian are excellent additions to the CHP board. They bring substantive, relevant experience to the CHP organization, and a passion for our mission. We could not be happier with their fresh views and enthusiasm.