Although we take pride in our renovated facility, the greatest asset we have at MeadowHaven is our many volunteers. For any project such as MeadowHaven to be successful, it takes a special combination of caring individuals with a broad range of skills and abilities to provide the best opportunities for healing and recovery. A diverse group of volunteers contribute their skills, talents, and time to help MeadowHaven be successful.
MeadowHaven currently has 3 staff members serving in various capacities:
Bob and Judy Pardon, Executive & Associate Directors
Bob and Judy Pardon maintain their offices on the premises of MeadowHaven. For well over a decade they have been dedicated to helping people from high control religious groups through exit counseling, seminars, and support groups. The Pardons regularly receive queries from around the world for cult recovery resources and information on various groups.
Reverend Bob Pardon was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. There he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.
Bob did his theological and professional training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Upon graduating from Gordon-Conwell with a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.), he pastored a church in Middleboro, Massachusetts for eight years.
He continued his theological education at Princeton Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters in Theology (Th.M.) with a concentration in ethics, and upon graduation pastored a church in Watertown, Massachusetts for seven years.
Bob was a founding member of the New England Institute of Religious Research and currently serves as Executive Director of MeadowHaven. Currently, he speaks nationally and internationally on cults in general and many groups specifically. He works with families who have lost children to cultic groups, runs support groups for those who have left, conducts extensive research, provides seminars, works with law enforcement when requested, as well as child protection services in many states.
The past five years he has specialized in religious, communal groups, many of them destructive. These have included, The Twelve Tribes (international group), The Family of Love (international group), The Community of Jesus (Massachusetts), The Brethren (national group), The Body of Christ (Massachusetts), The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (North American), The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity a.k.a. Unification Church (international group). Also, the semi-communal groups Greater Grace World Outreach (international group), International Churches of Christ (international group), The Way International (international group), and numerous other aberrational Christian groups.
He has worked with and/or appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, EXTRA, CNN, Early Show with Bryant Gumble, Today Show, Good Morning America, PrimeTime, Inside Edition, Dr. Phil Show, PBS, Chronicle, Firecracker Films, THS and numerous local television stations and cable outlets. This is for programming dealing with cults and recovery from their abuses.
Judy Pardon was born and raised in the Boston area. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, earning a B.A. in psychology and a certification in Elementary Education. Upon graduation she taught elementary school for twenty years in the Watertown, Massachusetts public school system. She later earned a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) in counseling from Cambridge College.
Judy was also a founding member of The New England Institute of Religious Research, and later MeadowHaven. As Associate Director of MeadowHaven, Judy meets regularly with various religious and non-religious groups. She counsels those who have left destructive groups as well as the families of those who are still involved. Her experience working with people in a multitude of capacities has only enhanced her ability to minister to those suffering from the effects of their involvement in abusive organizations.
Caron Maher, Administrative Assistant, Resident House Parent
Caron has her own residence on site and is available to the residents in case of an emergency, 24 hours a day. She has served as executive secretary for five years.
MeadowHaven's Board of Directors
- Rev. Eduardo Andrade, Pastor, Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church, Brockton, MA
- Jeff and Sue Whiteacre, Ipswich, MA
- Ray and Stephanie Connolly, former members of an abusive group, Grafton, MA
- Nicholas Barrett, Lawyer, Rhode Island
- Steve McKenna, Private Contractor, Middleboro, MA
- Dan Trathen, Ph.D., Therapist, Denver, CO
- Eric Sweitzer, Ph.D., Therapist, Lakeville, MA
- Ron Burks, D.Psy., Therapist, Tallassee, FL
Many, many volunteers have helped MeadowHaven over the years. Here are a few pictures to pay tribute to their efforts!