Gary Gastman, Executive Director

Gary Gastman, PhD., has been the Executive Director of Link House, Inc. since September, 2015. Prior to his arrival, Dr. Gastman had been the Vice President of the Addiction Treatment Services Division for Lahey Health Behavioral Services (LHBS) from 2011 – 2016, where he oversaw bed-based addiction treatment programs, and outpatient methadone clinics. Previously, Dr. Gastman had been a member of the senior management team for Bridgewell, Inc. for 9 years, where he was the Clinic Director for community outpatient mental health clinics and adult day treatment services.

Dr. Gastman is a licensed psychologist with 20+years of management and administrative experience in a variety of behavioral health settings which include outpatient community mental health, inpatient and residential substance use treatment, inpatient psychiatric units, and outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs.

Cari Palmer Lord, Director of Advancement

Cari Palmer started as Director of Advancement at Link House in December 2018.  Cari has had 20 years experience in institutional advancement and non-profit management.  Her expertise centers around philanthropy, communications and strategic planning, particularly reshaping and revitalizing development programs for organizations that span healthcare, educational and cultural missions.

In her role at Link House, she will be working closely with the staff, Board of Directors, clients and other stakeholders, to build a culture of philanthropy and promote the important work of the organization.  Prior to joining Link House, Cari served as Chief Advancement Officer for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Director of Development & Advancement for Bridgewell, and as a Senior Associate at Copley Raff (formerly Copley Harris) where she was a consultant specializing in fundraising and strategic planning for clients throughout New England.

Cari also held executive positions as Director of Development Operations for the North Shore Medical Center Foundation, Executive Director of the Newburyport Maritime Society, and Director of Development and Marketing for the House of the Seven Gables.

Cari received her BA in Russian & Fine Arts from the State University of NY at Albany, and MSM from Lesley College with an emphasis in non-profit management.