St. Vincent’s Home names new chief operating officer

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FALL RIVER, Mass. — St. Vincent’s Home executive director John T. Weldon, recently announced the promotion of Kristen L. Dutra, MA, LMHC, to the position of chief operating officer of St. Vincent’s Home. In making the announcement, Weldon said, “We are pleased to have Ms. Dutra oversee all operational and administrative functions for all programs and services within the agency with primary responsibility for leading the day-to-day operations.” 

Dutra’s supervisory responsibilities will include all of the agencies programs and services, including: the Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic, In-Home Therapy and Therapeutic Mentoring, Group Home, Intensive Group Home, and Pre-Independent Living programs, Comprehensive Support and Stabilization, Short Term Assessment and Rapid Reintegration, Central Intake, Health Services, and Quality Management. “Ms. Dutra’s knowledge and expertise in child welfare and behavioral health are strong assets which will support our work with the children, youth and families we serve as well as support our program staff, who provide direct care on a daily basis,” noted Weldon. “Ms. Dutra has many years of demonstrated leadership qualities and experience which will enhance the agency’s clinical service delivery and inform her collaboration with all of our community partners,” added Weldon.

 Dutra has worked for St. Vincent’s for more than 17 years in various clinical supervisory roles most recently as the agency’s clinical director. In 2011, Dutra received St. Vincent’s Mission Award in recognition of her significant contributions to St. Vincent’s children, youth and families. She is a graduate of Lesley College and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. 

Referrals to St. Vincent’s continuum of services can be made by contacting Allison Garside, LICSW, Intake Coordinator, at 508-679-8511, extension 3425.

In other news, St. Vincent’s 12th annual Motorcycle Run and Raffle will be held on August 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at 2425 Highland Avenue in Fall River.

The 40-mile bike run will travel through the scenic back roads of Fall River, Freetown, Taunton, Berkley and Lakeville, ending back at St. Vincent’s for a cookout, raffle and silent auction. Gazelle from the Fun 107 morning radio show will attend and will provide music and entertainment. Raffle prizes and silent auction items donated by area businesses will include jewelry, beer, wine, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, destination packages, gift certificates and much more. More than 400 bikers, passengers and guests are expected to participate. 

Trophies for favorite motorcycle, as judged by St. Vincent’s youth, will be awarded at the end of the Motorcycle Run. Get your tickets today, and have a great time while helping the children and youth of St. Vincent’s. Advance registration is $20 for drivers, $15 for active military and veterans, $10 for a passenger and includes coffee and donuts in the morning and a cook-out immediately following the Motorcycle Run. Tickets on the day of the Motorcycle Run are $25 for drivers, $20 for active military and veterans, and $10 for passengers. 

St. Vincent’s 12th annual Motorcycle Run is sponsored by Preferred Concrete of East Freetown.  The Chopper Sponsors are MS Catering, Sysco, and US Foods.

To register, please visit our website, on Facebook at or contact Kathryn Dow at 508-235-3316 or Jenny Mello Reis at 508-235-3228.

St. Vincent’s is a nationally accredited, multi-service behavioral health, child- and family-serving organization with program sites in Fall River and Plymouth. Staff provides direct care, in-home and community-based services, outpatient behavioral health, residential and group living support, many forms of support and stabilization, respite for families, life skills training for older adolescents and special education for middle and high school students. For more than 132 years, St. Vincent’s mission has been “Giving Children and Families In Need What They Need Most.”

For more information, please call St. Vincent’s at 508-679-8511 or visit

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