Board of Directors
Sargent L. Goodchild Jr.
Sargent began life as a brain injured child.
At four years of age, Sargent was diagnosed with a seizure disorder.
None of the professionals who met with Sargent were capable of
seeing his potential. Instead they saw a severely epileptic child
with a dismal future. The best medical advice his parents were
given was to put him on anticonvulsant and muscle relaxing medication.
Yet, the seven medications that he was taking were not controlling
the seizures and he was too toxic for his parents to bear.
Sargent's parents chose another route due
to their deep love and understanding as well as the glimmers
of potential he expressed
at home, but never in the doctor’s office. They wanted him
to be well and were not limited by academic knowledge, rather positively
motivated by parental love. They went outside the medical community
and found hope for Sargent’s future. Their faith, hope and
determination saved the life of their son, a life that would have
otherwise been devastated by the prescription medications he was
Sargent’s life experiences speak
of the success of this program: He graduated with honors from
a respected university,
was a highly ranked wrestler, cross country runner, and a professional
mountain biker. He has bicycled across the United States and Canada,
and has done extensive offshore sailing. He is happily married,
a father, and both founder and executive director of Active Healing,
Inc. His goal in life is to give every child, especially, those
who are developmentally challenged, the opportunity to reach their
optimal physical and intellectual potential.
However, these things would not have the meaning that they do
today if it were not for the successes of other families who have
sought his consultation and now have similar stories to tell.
A born teacher, Allison Goodchild brings to the board her years
of experience teaching children of various ages and abilities.
In particular, Mrs. Goodchild has excelled at developing and
implementing educational programs that challenge and strengthen
a child’s abilities physically, academically and creatively.
As a highly regarded teacher in a local public elementary school,
Mrs. Goodchild continually cultivates her professional knowledge
and experience. She serves as vital resource to Active Healing
with her understanding of current needs and involvement with
school children, parents and faculty.
David has extensive background in financial services and management and he shares that expertise with Active Healing. David grew up in Wrentham Massachusetts in a family that always pursued holistic lifestyle choices. His parents and siblings have all worked in human service fields and have benefited from "outside the box" thinking. He understands the importance of people having options in pursuing alternative methods of care.
Karen A. Lohnes
Nationally Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
Memberships: NCBTMB, AMTA, IARP, IAHP, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Karen has worked with children for over 20 years. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Wheelock College. She has worked with terminally ill children as a Hospital Clown and was a past board member of Jeannie Lindheim's Hospital Clown Troupe. She has been studying holistic healthcare for over 8 years. She is a graduate of Massage Institute of New England with certifications in both Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. She is a Certified Reiki Master/Teacher practicing the Usui System. Karen is studying with the Upledger Institute for Cranio Sacral Therapy and currently is a teacher assistant. Karen is also Co-Chair of the Cape Ann Holistic and Wellness Committee through the Chamber of Commerce.
Kim is the mother of three autistic daughters who are clients of Active Healing, Inc. She discovered Active Healing after realizing that traditional medicine had little hope to offer her family. Mrs. Stagliano is a vocal advocate for our holistic approach to treating autism. A graduate of Noble and Greenough school and Boston College, she brings a strong parent's perspective to the board.
Board of Advisors
Former Co-owner and Director of the Shannah Montessori School
Tracy Colantuono was the co-owner and director of the Shannah Montessori School for eight years. Her expertise is with children and early childhood development. She has volunteered to assist in dealing with the parents in how to set-up enriching educational environments in the child’s home.
Financial planner with Beauport Financial Services, LLP also of Gloucester, MA.
Derek is a principal and financial planner with Beauport Financial Services, LLP also of Gloucester, MA. He is the Treasurer and Director of Pathways for Learning, Inc. which is an early childhood development program for over 400 local children below the age of 10 years.
Nicholas Soffron, Ph.D.
Nicholas is a psychologist in private practice who is greatly interested in any method that will reduce his patients’ dependency on the pharmaceutical products they were prescribed through the field of psychiatry. He is interested in exploring the Active Healing, Inc. methods with the methods he already incorporates in his practice.