The Reliant Foundation recently announced that Allison Beckler, D.O. and Tara Rivera have joined the non-profit’s Board of Trustees. Beckler currently serves as the medical director at Y.O.U., Inc. in Worcester, Mass., while Rivera serves as a business development executive, treatment advocate and recovery coach at Recovery Centers of America in Westminster, Mass.
“The addition of Allison and Tara further reinforces the Foundation’s mission to continually add diversity in experience and perspective to our Board of Trustees,” said Elizabeth L.B. Greene, Reliant Foundation’s board chair. “Through professional and personal experiences, both women are at the epicenter of some of our most critical public health crises, which allows them to bring important first-hand perspectives to the work of our charity.”
Dr. Beckler, a licensed psychiatrist, has served on the front lines of mental and behavioral health in Central Massachusetts for nearly a decade. Through her medical training at UMASS Medical School, a myriad of community health roles, and now as medical director at Y.O.U., Inc., she has helped thousands of adults and children navigate their challenges with mental and behavioral health. Over the last few years, Dr. Beckler has been instrumental in helping Y.O.U., Inc. develop telepsychiatry methods to improve access to outpatient services.
“Reliant Foundation has been incredibly supportive of programs that address childhood mental and behavioral health in this community,” said Dr. Beckler. “I am honored to bring my perspective and expertise to the Board with the hopes that I can help enhance the impact the Foundation has on some of our most vulnerable community members.”
Tara Rivera comes to the Reliant Foundation Board having served as a business development executive, treatment advocate and recovery coach at Recovery Centers of America (RCA) for nearly five years. Prior to joining RCA, Rivera spent more than a decade in various roles on both the provider and payer sides of healthcare. In addition to her work at RCA, Rivera has served in leadership roles for a number of addiction-related non-profits and task forces, and will begin teaching addiction-focused courses at Anna Maria College in 2021. Most importantly, Rivera joins the Board as a person in long-term recovery, having celebrated nearly 24 years of continued sobriety.
“While I am proud to bring my professional expertise to the Reliant Foundation Board, I am equally excited to share my first-hand perspective with battling addiction,” said Rivera. “I’ve made it my life’s mission to be a voice for the disenfranchised and to break the stigma surrounding addiction. I am living proof that there is a path for success, which must be paved with support from organizations like Reliant Foundation.”
“Reliant Foundation is honored to have Allison and Tara bring their unique experiences and perspectives to our Board of Trustees,” said Kelsa Zereski, president of Reliant Foundation. “There is no doubt both will inject critical insights about substance use disorder and mental and behavioral health.”
More information about the Foundation, and how community members can continue to support its mission, can be found at reliantfoundation.org.
About Reliant Foundation
Established in 1988 as a public charity, the Reliant Foundation (formerly operated as the Reliant Medical Group Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals of all ages in the Central and MetroWest regions of Massachusetts. As a 501(c)3 charity, the Foundation offers grants to non-profit organizations within its service area for the purpose of supporting programs that battle critical public health issues such as substance use disorder and mental and behavioral health. For more information, please visit www.reliantfoundation.org.