Staff Biographies

Sheila Tylus, LICSW, Program Director of Residential Support Services, Inc., (RSSI) has been implementing and directing psychosocial rehabilitation programs for over 20 years. Before coming to RSSI, she was employed by Vinfen Corp. as Senior Program Director for their Northeast Area for 12 years. During her tenure there, her service system area expanded from 28 clients receiving services in group homes, to over 200 individuals supported by housing teams, an ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) team and a PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) team. Sheila began her career as Program Director for Northeastern Family Institute in Danvers, where she developed and implemented a group home for emotionally disturbed adolescent girls. Sheila received her BSW from Salem State College and her MSW from the University of Connecticut. She is a Program Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a private, not-for-profit organization that establishes standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers. CARF uses these standards to determine how well an organization is serving its consumers and how it can improve.

Beverly Reardon, RN, LADC I, Program Nurse Liaison, has been a member of the RSSI staff since 2007, acting as the nursing consultant and liaison to the staff, tenants, Visiting Nurses, Group Adult Foster Care, and other external agencies. Before joining our organization, she was the Program Nurse Liaison for the Vinfen Corporation at their Lynn ACT Crisis team. Prior to this, Beverly was the Nurse Manager for Psychiatric Services and the Nursing Float Pool for Hallmark Health Corporation, at their Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Campus. While there she managed a twenty-two bed locked acute psychiatric unit, served as the On-call Psychiatric Administrator, and was the psychiatric nursing consultant to other specialty services within the hospital. Beverly's career also includes extensive fifteen years at the VA medical Center in Boston where she was the Head Nurse in the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit and subsequently the Acute Psychiatry/Detoxification Unit. Beverly holds a diploma from The Children's Hospital School of Nursing, and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor I, with certifications as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor II, and as a Clinical Supervisor for Substance Abuse. Over the course of her career, she has served on and chaired many committees within the nursing field. In 1988 she received the Medical Director's Award for Excellence in Nursing for her work at the VA Medical center.