- Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
- Executive Office of Health and Human Services
- Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Senior Leaders at Department of Veterans’ Services and Soldiers’ Homes in Chelsea and Holyoke
Brooke Karanovich, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Massachusetts — The Executive Office of Health and Human Services today announced new hires into key leadership roles at the Department of Veterans’ Services, the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, and the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.
These new hires follow the announcement of Cheryl Lussier Poppe’s appointment as Secretary of Veterans’ Services (DVS) in October and will be critical to moving forward major initiatives to support the Commonwealth’s veterans, including the continued COVID-19 response and oversight of the Soldiers’ Homes, strengthening the leadership and staff of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, and moving forward the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke expedited capital project.
“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of distinguished health care professionals and military veterans to leadership roles at the Department of Veterans’ Services and the Commonwealth’s Soldiers’ Homes as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “The veterans in the Commonwealth deserve the highest quality services and care possible, and I look forward to the contributions of these new leaders who will work with Secretary Poppe to continually enhance our services and systems for the Commonwealth’s veteran community.”
“As we continue to navigate the ever-changing demands of this public health crisis within our community, it is an honor and pleasure to add these talented and devoted individuals to our team,” said Veterans’ Services Secretary Cheryl Lussier Poppe. “I look forward to working alongside these leaders as we continue serving our veterans with honor, dignity, and respect at our Soldiers’ Homes in Holyoke and Chelsea, as well as through the Department of Veterans’ Services. We look forward to continuing our work to ensure veterans across the Commonwealth receive the benefits they are entitled to.”
Eric Sheehan, JD, ACHE, has been promoted to Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Homes effective December 14. Sheehan is currently the Acting Superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, a role he assumed following the announcement of former Superintendent Poppe as Secretary for DVS, and had been the Deputy Superintendent and head of Chelsea’s COVID-19 Incident Command. As Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Homes, Sheehan will be responsible for the oversight of both Soldiers’ Homes, including working with leadership on the ground to maintain high-quality care, ensure compliance with survey and certification requirements and continued adherence to infection control protocols, and direct ongoing capital projects.
Sheehan is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with extensive public service at the federal and state level. He worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he was Chief Administrative Officer for the Veterans Benefits Administration, and as the Assistant Chief Financial Officer for the Veterans Health Administration. Prior to joining the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea in March 2019, Sheehan served as the Bureau Director for the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Eric Johnson, MBA, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, will become the new Superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea on December 14. Johnson will take over for Acting Superintendent Sheehan. Johnson, a health care executive and U.S. Army veteran, comes to Chelsea from Norwood Healthcare and Rehab, where he has been Executive Director since 2018. Prior to Norwood, Johnson was the Executive Director at two other skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts.
From 2003 to 2008, Eric served as a Recruiting Operations Supervisor and an Investigator, Trainer, and Inspector in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of Sergeant First Class. Johnson holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Glen Hevy, ACHE, begins as the new permanent Deputy Superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke on December 21st. Hevy, a retired U.S. Army Infantry Officer, joins Holyoke from the Bedford VA Medical Center, where he was the Senior Operations Official for Patient Care Services at the 400-bed VA hospital. Also, at the Bedford VA Medical Center, he held the roles of Chief of the Sensory and Physical Rehabilitation Service, and an Investigator for Equal Opportunity Employer policies in the Office of Resolution Management. Before his time at the Bedford VA, Hevy held other public service positions, including a Unit Manager at the North Central Correctional Institute, as a Program Director at the Department of Youth Services, and as a Program Director at human services agencies in the Commonwealth.
Hevy served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army. During his ten years in the Army, Glen was a Rifle Platoon Leader, Senior Instructor, Company Commander, and Academic Chairperson. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, as well as a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy State University, Alabama.