CHP Welcomes Two to Board of Trustees

Posted: July 20, 2016

Community Health Programs welcomes two members to its board of trustees: Brian W. Drake of Williamstown and Richard H. Gregg of Lenox.

Rick Gregg
Rick Gregg

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 5x7#2Brian 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.:

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