Anna Levine, Attorney at Law
Anna joined LCL as Executive Director in December 2016, following 9 years in private practice, including three years as a business and finance associate at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP and six years as the Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Couture and Levine, both in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has served as legal advisor to multiple not-for-profit organizations. For the two years immediately preceding her move to LCL, Anna’s practice focused on court-appointed bar advocate work for indigent defendants in the Springfield District Court. Her work in the District Court brought her into frequent and close contact with clients suffering from a variety of mental health and substance abuse disorders and also made her acutely aware of the unique pressures and stresses that attorneys in public service face. Anna is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the States of Connecticut and New York. She serves as a board member to two not-for-profit organizations, both of which have connections to either the delivery of mental health services or support to individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Anna worked for three years as a professional conference organizer in Japan. In addition to having completed a Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law, Anna has earned an MA in Political Science from the University of Washington, a Masters in Human and Environmental Studies from Kyoto University and a BA in Political Science from Columbia University.
Lottie has served LCL as administrative assistant, bookkeeper, office manager and factotum for 18 years. She brings a wealth of experience and great humor, intelligence and competence to her work. Lottie received her formal education in the Boston Public Schools and got her professional start in the mail room of publisher Little, Brown and Company, working her way up from the mail room to the company’s accounts payable department. For the fifteen years prior to joining LCL in 1998, Lottie held a variety of progressively complex and responsible positions in several corporate accounting departments.
Barbara Bowe, LICSW
On staff since 1996, Barbara J. Bowe, LICSW handles client assessments, referrals, and case management. She is LCL’s liaison with Massachusetts’ nine law schools. Barbara has also been involved in training programs for the following segments of the Bar: Judges, MBA, BBA Peer Support Program, Bar Advocate Programs, LCL Monitor Program, and Professional Responsibility Classes. She is a 1985 graduate of Boston University School of Social Work. Barbara has managed both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs in Greater Boston, most recently at Westwood Lodge Hospital just prior to coming to LCL. She has worked in both in-house and offsite employee assistance programs, and has maintained a private practice for many years in Brookline, MA.
Jeffrey Fortgang, Ph.D., LADC I
Dr. Jeff Fortgang graduated Yale in 1971, and, after a few years as a musician/songwriter, completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology (from Adelphi University) in 1980. His dissertation, internship, and fellowship focused on treatment of alcoholism. Jeff has held positions at Mass. General, Mt. Auburn, Newton-Wellesley, and McLean Hospitals, worked with various employee assistance programs, and directed programs at Westwood Lodge Hospital and Bay Colony/Spofford Hall Outpatient Services. A former Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School (1993-2016), he has been in his half-time LCL role since 1998. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Register of Healthcare Providers in Psychology, and Mass.-licensed as both a psychologist and alcohol/drug counselor. His private practice offices are in Newton Highlands and Boston’s Back Bay. In addition to seeing clients at LCL, he also writes articles, was instrumental in original development of our web site, and coordinates our program evaluation system, electronic record-keeping, and resource database.
Shawn Healy, Ph.D.
Dr. Shawn Healy joined LCL in March of 2014 following his work in a private group practice in Cambridge. Prior to private practice, Shawn worked at May Institute, Inc. for 10 years where he initially completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship. He later became the Clinical Director and finally the Director of Clinical Services and Operations for the Behavioral Health Division of May Institute where he managed two outpatient clinics and four day treatment programs. Shawn graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, MA in 2006 with his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. His dissertation and research interests are in the field of conflict resolution and he has been involved in facilitating many conflict resolution workshops, discussion groups, mediations, and private conflict coaching sessions. Shawn is a member of the American Psychological Association, Massachusetts Psychological Association, and is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a psychologist.
All clinical staff are seasoned, independently licensed clinicians who have broad experience with both mental health and alcohol/drug problems. They maintain a large and ever-expanding file of resources, including clinicians (psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses), career and financial counseling services, community services, self-help groups, coaches, peer assistance, etc.
LCL volunteers are attorneys who identify themselves as recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction and make themselves available as supports for other lawyers seeking recovery, both individually and through the LCL Support Group meetings. This branch was the genesis of LCL, from which its other branches have sprung.