Goddard House Welcomes Linda Thompson to Board of Trustees

WESTFIELD, MA – Goddard House in Brookline, MA recently welcomed Dr. Linda Thompson to their Board of Trustees.

Dr. Thompson is currently the President of Westfield State University and, prior to that, held the role of Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UMASS Boston. Dr. Thompson  has an extensive background in healthcare leadership and public policy. In Baltimore City, Maryland she served as Director of Occupational Medicine and Safety and developed programs and policies to promote the health of the city workforce, including the implementation of policies for HIV prevention and substance use and abuse. At the state level in Maryland, she served as Special Secretary of Children, Youth and Families, where she developed programs and policies to improve quality of care for vulnerable populations of children. 

Dr. Thompson draws parallels between her service at Westfield State University and Goddard House’s mission. “While we may serve different generations, our goals are closely aligned,” Dr. Thompson explained. “Maintaining compassion and respect for others while nurturing collaboration, creating innovative methods to solve contemporary challenges, and embracing transparency while rewarding excellence are noble practices that serve all of humanity.”

“The Goddard House Board is very fortunate to gain Linda’s extensive experience and unique perspective,” noted Board Chair, Alexandra Schweitzer. “Her dedication and expertise in public health advocacy and delivering high quality care is remarkable and aligns with the core values we share at Goddard House.”

Dr. Thompson earned BSN and MSN degrees at Wayne State University, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate in Nursing from Northern Michigan University. In addition to the Goddard House Board of Trustees, Dr, Thompson is on the Boards at Baystate Health, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, and The Stanley Park of Westfield. 

Goddard House embraces the aging experience for seniors living in the Boston area by operating a high-quality assisted living community and by creating innovative programs which support our need for purpose, engagement, autonomy and choice as we age.

The Goddard House Board helps guide the organization’s strategic directions and bring new, innovative ideas to enhance quality of life for its assisted living residents and for the older adults in the Greater Boston community who participate in its community-based programs.


Goddard House, located on Chestnut Street in Brookline, offers local seniors Assisted Living and Olmsted Memory Support for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. You can learn more online at www.GoddardHouse.org.

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