Bridgewell Appoints Christopher Tuttle as President and CEO

Christopher Tuttle
March 1, 2019 — Bridgewell, a nonprofit based in Peabody that supports individuals with disabilities and those with substance use problems, this week announced that Christopher Tuttle has been named president and chief executive officer of the organization.

Tuttle had been serving in an interim capacity since August, following the death of Kelly Martin, who served as president and CEO of Bridgewell since the previous September.

“Chris transitioned seamlessly into the role of interim CEO and has exceeded our expectations,” Robin Sutherland, chair of the board of directors, said in a statement. “He has continued on Kelly’s legacy, centered around innovation, inspiration, and dedication, and we are confident he’ll be an effective and compassionate leader for our organization and the people we serve.”

Tuttle will oversee the organization’s strategy and initiatives such as the development of additional programming for 22-year-olds with autism. Growing Bridgewell’s recovery services for substance use disorder, through the recruitment of recovery coaches, is also a priority, the nonprofit said.

“I look forward to working alongside the Bridgewell team to expand and deepen our autism and recovery services, and to enhancing our relationships with community partners, whose support is critical to our mission,” Tuttle said.

Tuttle joined Bridgewell as chief operating officer in 2018—the last person Martin hired—serving for six months in the position until he was named interim president.

Prior to that he was director of operations for North American Family Institute.

Tuttle studied criminal justice at Metropolitan State College in Denver and earned a master's degree in nonprofit management at Regis University.

Martin died peacefully on Aug. 18 at age 53. She had worked at Bridgewell for 35 years.

Upon Martin's death, Sutherland said, “Bridgewell has lost a true visionary and leader, and the community has lost an amazing person. Kelly has been an integral part of Bridgewell for more than three decades, working diligently to protect the rights of people with disabilities and other life challenges, and we have all been so fortunate to know and work with her. We have not only lost a colleague and mentor, but a dear friend.”

When she was named president, Martin said she joined Bridgewell "because I wanted to be a part of an organization that empowers people with life challenges to live dignified, self-directed, satisfying, safe, and productive lives.”

In December, Bridgewell renamed its Boston Street Center in Lynn in her honor, the first time the organization has named a building to honor one of its employees.

Established in 1958, Bridgewell today serves 6,300 individuals and their families annually through 100 programs offered in 23 communities in eastern Massachusetts. With 1,400 employees, Bridgewell’s provides residential services, day habilitation, behavioral health services, employment training, transitional homeless services, affordable housing, and substance abuse and addiction services.