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Meet the Serenity at Summit Staff

We’re proud to have such a wide range of addiction counselors and specialists on our team. Together, our team brings years of experience in treating addiction and helping clients fight to reach addiction recovery. It’s our goal to offer a new chance, for everyone we treat, to redeem life and recover successfully.

Serenity at Summit New England

Bob Dawber – Executive Director

Bob Dawber takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. He sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, and helps others extend their thinking. Bob is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in the financial data of a business. 

Currently, Bob is the Executive Director of Serenity At Summit, a 61-bed addiction treatment and medical detox facility in Massachusetts. As the Executive Director of York County Shelter Programs, in Alfred, Maine, Bob led the multifaceted nonprofit human service agency out of a financial crisis that nearly crippled the organization.

Earlier in his tenure, he was instrumental in facilitating the merger between York County Shelter Programs and Serenity House of Portland, ME. In the 35 years since, Bob has risen as a leader in several organizations. Bob holds an M.Ed. from Cambridge College and has served on several Boards of Directors and Committees, including the Massachusetts Committee on Human Rights, Maine Legislative Committee on the Affordable Care Act, Maine State Association of Substance Abuse Providers, Maine State Homeless Council, Maine Food Insecurity Committee.

Serenity at Summit New Jersey

Jeffrey Decker – Program Director

As the program director, Jeffrey Decker is responsible for the overall management of the clinical and administrative functions of the treatment programs. This includes ensuring compliance with contractual agreements, regulatory requirements, program development, accreditation standards, supervising, evaluating, and developing program policies, as well as the advancement of site culture.

Jeffrey brings over seven years of behavioral health experience with him to the team. Prior to his current role, Jeffrey served as the organization’s census director and the Northeast admissions manager prior to that. He began his healthcare career as a nurse by first serving as an in-home care provider for dual diagnosis clients before transitioning to a lead psychiatric nurse for a private behavioral health institution. It was during this tenure that Jeffrey made the decision to dedicate himself both personally and professionally to others who are seeking recovery and overall wellness. 
Jeffrey earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Boston College and is committed to pursuing his higher education further. As a healthcare administrator, he is committed to integrity, lifelong learning, leadership, as well as diversity and inclusion.

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