In October 2017, the Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition (SHCC) was awarded a $625,000 five-year federal grant to continue and expand its substance use prevention efforts. A joint venture between the Town of Cohasset and the SHCC, the Drug-Free Communities Grant made provisions for two professionally trained staff members to support the coalition’s mission to educate students and parents about the impact of substances on adolescents.
Nicole Balaschi, Program Director
After a rigorous screening and interview process by both SHCC Steering committee members and vetting by Chris Senior, Town Manager and Lisa Ugliaoro, HR Director, Nicole Balaschi was selected as SHCC Program Director.
Nicole comes to the position with ideal credentials, a wealth of knowledge, and experience in the arena of substance use prevention. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BS in Public Health and a minor in Education. In 2017, a Master’s Degree in Public Health was conferred on her from George Washington University. A native of Londonderry, NH and a current Hull resident, Nicole served as the former Chair of H.A.P.S.A., the Hull Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Addiction. Additionally, Nicole was employed by Manet Community Health Center as Sr. Prevention Specialist with line management responsibilities. She and her staff were responsible for facilitating educational groups in the community, identifying high-risk populations for focused prevention outreach efforts while assisting with the development and implementation of strategies for providing prevention and education.
Chris Murphy, the Chair and Co-founder of the Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition has been keenly aware Nicole’s capabilities having worked with her in several professional capacities for the past two years. Chris stated that,” Nicole’s passion for prevention and drive for excellence is unrivaled. It has only been a month and she has floored me with her organizational ability, goal setting capacity, and the ease with which she builds instantaneous rapport. The Steering Committee is thrilled to have hired a director with public health experience and someone who exhibits a strong commitment to enhancing the SHCC. We are thrilled to welcome Nicole into our fold!”
Please CLICK HERE for SHCC’s Press Release Introducing Nicole Balaschi (Nicole Garrity).
Christopher Colleran, Project Coordinator
Christopher Colleran was selected as Project Coordinator after a thorough interview process by SHCC Steering committee members, Chris Senior, Town Manager and Lisa Ugliaoro, HR Director.
Chris possess more than 5 years of experience as a program coordinator and comes with ideal credentials. He completed his undergraduate degree, Summa Cum Laude, in 2011 at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a BA in Psychology. Currently, Chris is on track to confer a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Spring 2019. A native to the South Shore and a resident of Weymouth, MA, Chris has served as the Director of Communications on local political campaigns and has continuously worked within the fast-paced field of medical research. Chris has coordinated activities for over 15 different grant-funded studies and has specialized in volunteer outreach, qualitative data analysis, and study design management.
Both Nicole Balaschi, Program Director of the Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition, and Chris Murphy, the Chair and Co-founder of the Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition, are ecstatic to have Chris Colleran on board. Nicole stated that, “Chris is an excellent addition to the Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition Staff. In just the few short weeks he’s been with us, his passion to make an impact through prevention has been evident. He is a well-spoken, driven, and intelligent individual that will make a difference in the Cohasset community.” She further stated that the Steering Committee is thrilled to have hired a Project Coordinator with relationship-building experience and someone who exhibits a desire to enhance Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition.
Please CLICK HERE for SHCC’s Press Release Introducing Chris Colleran.