Mary Ellen Rahilly

Mary Ellen Rahilly
Independent Living Director
(413) 442-7047 Ext. 28

I have over 42 years of experience working with people. I began volunteering with my older sister for the Special Olympics when I was 14. I went on to earn bachelor’s Degree in Education, minoring in Special Education. I have taught in public schools, and residential schools and have managed summer programs for children and young adults with special needs. I was the Program Director for the state’s largest Day Habilitation Center throughout the 90s, for a local ARC. My career has allowed me to work in many different positions including Human Resources, Private Duty Care, and now Adlib’sOptions Counselor for the past 6 years. I always knew I would be the happiest helping people throughout my life and career.

How did you get involved in the Independent Living Movement?

During the 10 years I that worked for the ARC, I had a front-row seat to the struggle folks were facing to make their own decisions and to live the life that they wanted and not how we, the staff, said it should be. I learned the importance of person-centered planning and I knew I wanted to continue advocating for people’s voices to be heard. Adlib stands behind the true philosophy of Independent Living and supports people in their quest to live their best life, on their terms.

Fun Fact:
  • Proud Mom of 2 men now!
  • Avid Kayaker in the Berkshires
  • Tanglewood and the Beach are my happy places
Something that may surprise you about me:

When I was a camper at Camp Stevenson growing up, Iswam across Onota Lake at least 5 times as a young girl. It was the traditional end of the summer event for swimmers who were strong enough to do it!

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Alex MaroniAlex Maroni

Nursing Home Transition Specialist

Ayden CrispAyden Crisp


Bob BertolinoBob Bertolino

Skills Trainer

Heather SchoeneHeather Schoene, RN

Clinical Supervisor

Jennifer KnowltonJennifer Knowlton


Jennifer MundyJennifer Mundy

Skills Trainer

Jessica VickeryJessica Vickery

Intake & Admissions Coordinator

Jill AllessioJill Allessio

Skills Trainer

Jill McChesneyJill McChesney

Representative Payee

Kayla BoothKayla Booth

Business Office Manager

Kyla WhiteKyla White

PCA Administrative Coordinator

Lisa McBainLisa McBain

PCM Billing Coordinator

Megan BonnevilleMegan Bonneville

PCM Supervisor/Skills Trainer

Melissa AhlenMelissa Ahlen

PCA Administrative Supervisor

Monica SumpterMonica Sumpter

Skills Trainer

Peter PutnamPeter Putnam

Van Driver

Ryan MulcahyRyan Mulcahy

Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) Counselor

Sally EnglishSally English

Executive Director

Samantha BertolinoSamantha Bertolino

VR-IL Coordinator

Sara HadsellSara Hadsell


Shawn RobitailleShawn Robitaille


Sophie SchrumSophie Shrum

Nursing Home Transition Coordinator

Tamera GrandboisTamera Grandbois

PCA Data Specialist

Tami Stevens-GoerlachTami Stevens-Goerlach

PCA Administrative Coordinator

Teesha MurrellTeesha Murrell


Tim DillonTim Dillon


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