Staff and Board of Directors

Staff:

Leslie

Leslie Clark, MSW (she/her)

Executive Director

Leslie leads PRCC’s mission and vision in the community, and throughout Maine. Leslie is passionate about recovery. She loves being part of the vibrant, caring, and committed recovery community, and helping spread hope to those who are in need. Leslie has been in long-term recovery since 1989. She believes that the joy and freedom of recovery is possible for everyone when the right resources and support are available. Prior to coming to PRCC, Leslie served in key leadership roles in nonprofit community health, mental health, advocacy, and residential treatment. Leslie lives in Portland and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, gardening, and singing.
Nicole

Nicole Proctor (she/her)

Program Director,
Maine Recovery Hub

Nicole is a person in long-term recovery and Program Director of the Maine Recovery Hub at PRCC. Nicole joined PRCC in 2018 and has since worked with many communities throughout Maine to establish and build recovery community centers in their area, providing education, technical assistance and trainings to grow Maine’s statewide network of recovery community centers. Nicole has a passion for helping break the stigma of substance use disorder and bringing peer recovery support to underserved areas throughout our state. Nicole is grateful for all that recovery has given back to her in her life, especially connection with family and the ability to show others that recovery is possible.
Kristen

Kristen Beith (she/her)

Center Manager

Kristen joined PRCC in January 2024.
Justin

Justin Reid (he/him)

Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) Recovery Advisor

Justin serves as the Statewide Recovery Advisor for the Maine RFW program. Justin provides leadership in building a statewide, sustainable resource network for Maine businesses. This will include training and helping businesses to create an environment that is supportive of recovery. Justin is also one of PRCC’s first trainers for the Recovery Coach Academy and a Certified Peer Recovery Coach through the Maine Recovery Coach Certification Board. Justin is engaged in a path of recovery, that works for him, since December of 2014. In his spare time, Justin loves being outdoors, either near the ocean or in the woods.
Ali

Ali Bland, MSW (she/her)

Project Administrator

Ali joined the PRCC family in October 2020 as an Administrative Coordinator. Ali manages registration and training coordination, grant reporting, and provides administrative and data support to statewide recovery community centers through the recovery hub. Prior to coming to PRCC, Ali’s experience focused on program evaluation, trauma-informed care, restorative justice, human trafficking, and anti-violence services in Vermont, Colorado and Maine. Ali has an abundance of gratitude and love for the recovery community, which has been at the center of her healing journey. When Ali is not working, she enjoys seeing live music, hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with her cat.
Catherine

Catherine Rawson (she/her)

Communications and Outreach Specialist

Josh

Josh Warren (he/him)

Statewide Recovery Coach Coordinator

Josh is a Registered Recovery Coach and has been active in the recovery community since 2012. As an advocate for multiple recovery pathways from co-occurring disorders and trauma, Josh’s personal experiences create opportunities to empathize with others. A passion for helping people has inspired Josh’s career and education specializing in substance use disorder and mental health.
Jamie Bannister

Jamie Bannister (she/hers)

MDOC Recovery Program Coordinator

Kim

Kim Capone-Sprague, MSW (she/her)

Peer Recovery Coach Coordinator

Kim is a trained CCAR recovery Coach and oversees all of PRCC’s peer recovery coaching and the Telephone Recovery Support program. Kim is passionate about recovery because her life changed 100% since working a program of recovery in 2012. Kim enjoys life, running, skiing, spending time with family or just being by the ocean.
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Danielle Megalaitis (she/her)

Peer Recovery Support Supervisor

Danielle is a trained CCAR recovery coach who trains and supervises volunteers at PRCC. Prior to joining PRCC as a recovery coach, she served as a volunteer. As a person in long-term recovery, and someone who has experienced loss due to substance use, Danielle is passionate about the work happening at PRCC. She is excited to be part of this movement to spread hope throughout the state of Maine.
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Justin Judkins (he/him)

Volunteer Coordinator

Justin joined the PRCC staff in February 2022. He is a trained CCAR recovery coach and enjoys working with new members and volunteers. Justin started as a volunteer, and realized he has a passion for helping others. Originally from southern New Hampshire, Justin moved to Maine in May 2021 and has been in recovery since March 2021. Justin enjoys hanging out at the beach, writing, spending time with his family & friends, and participating in games/sports.
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Han Ferguson (they/them)

World Recovery Cafe Outreach Coordinator

With over 6 years of administrative, management, and customer service experience in varied non-profits, Han is passionate about connecting people to the kind of essential resources that recovery community centers provide. Han identifies as a recovery ally and family member, and firmly believes recovery is for everyone, benefits everyone, and that breaking down social stigmas and barriers to support is essential to building real, thriving community. When not at work, Han can be found making art or hiking with their cat Starburst.
Susie

Susie McKenna (she/her)

Peer Recovery Coach

Susie works part-time at PRCC, and provides peer recovery coaching at York Hospital as part of PRCC’s partnership with their Recovery Center. Susie is a CCAR trained Recovery Coach, as well as a recovery coach academy trainer. Susie has been in long-term recovery since 2012. In her free time, Susie enjoys volunteering in her community and serving on the board of directors for Crossroads. Susie also enjoys running and spending time with her family and friends.
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Laura Chritton (she/her)

Peer Recovery Coach

Laura is a Certified Peer Recovery Coach, working part-time with PRCC supporting people who are currently experiencing incarceration at the Cumberland County Jail or who have been discharged back into the community. She is in long-term recovery and is thrilled to be part of the PRCC recovery community family. Laura has a varied professional background in opera performance, voice instruction, water fitness, aquatic personal training, human resources, trauma-sensitive yoga facilitation, and now her ultimate calling of Recovery Coaching. Laura appreciates her careers’ common theme of helping individuals discover their inner resource of strength. Laura’s passions include everything related to the ocean (beach walking, paddle boarding & all-season immersion), hiking, biking and practicing yoga. Laura believes that everyone has a power in them that is greater than any obstacle in front of them and that working together…recovery works!
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Julie Egdahl (she/her)

Peer Recovery Coach

Julie joined the PRCC staff in January 2023 after serving as a volunteer for 9 months. She is a CCAR trained recovery coach serving PRCC members. As part of PRCC outreach, she shares recovery curriculum to participants in Crossroads treatment programs. Julie identifies as a person in long term recovery and is excited and inspired to be part of the robust recovery movement in Portland, Maine and beyond. In her free time, Julie enjoys romping in the woods with her German Shepard, reading historical fiction, or driving down a winding, rural road listening to a good tune.
Keith Hodgkin

Keith Hodgkin (he/him)

Peer Recovery Coach

Andrea

Andrea Napolitano (she/her)

Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Andrea has been a part-time staff member at PRCC since 2015. She has been in long-term recovery since 1987. Andrea worked at Milestone for 10 years as well as served on Milestone's Board of Directors for 4 years. For Andrea, working at the PRCC is a joy because she has the opportunity to meet so many of the wonderful people in the recovery community. Andrea enjoys spending her time at the beach where she found her Higher Power.
Liz

Liz Holder (she/her)

Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Liz is a part-time staff member at PRCC. She has worked in the recovery community for 20 years and at the PRCC since 2013. Liz hosts the H.O.P.E. group meetings as a volunteer here at the center. Liz has been in long-term recovery since November 1986. In her free time, she enjoys art projects, poetry, and spending time with her dog and cats.
Sandy

Sandy Mekonis (she/her)

Executive Assistant

Sandy joined the PRCC team full time in August 2021. She provides administrative support for the Maine Peer Recovery Coach Certification Board, fundraising, capital campaign and more! She is happy to be working back in the non-profit world after taking break when her daughter was born in 2005. Sandy loves the atmosphere at PRCC and while not in recovery herself, she is excited to be part of such important work in our community and to be collaborating with such an inspiring group of people. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, two dogs, two cats and can most often be found reading or walking on the beach.
Lynn

Lynn Sprinkle (she/her)

Bookkeeper

Kiri ensures that PRCC maintains accurate fiscal and administrative records, establishes policies and procedures in alignment with best practice, and follows sound business practices. She supervises the operation of facilities and works on projects as needed to maintain and improve the building and grounds. Kiri has held leadership positions at Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to advancing the lives and opportunities for immigrants in Maine, and at NH Alcohol and Other Drug Service Providers Association, a statewide nonprofit representing substance use service providers throughout the entire continuum of care. In both roles, she worked closely with members and partners to improve access to critical services in communities. Her experience includes leadership in nonprofit operations, development, and capacity building. She is skilled in program and project management, nonprofit fiscal best practice, board development, grant management, and stakeholder and member engagement. She is passionate about social justice, inclusion, and working with collaborating organizations and entities to enhance community resiliency and increase their mission impact. Kiri has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and an Associates in Early Childhood Education. She resides in South Berwick, Maine with her husband, two daughters, and rescue pup. In her spare time, she is an avid cook, novice gardener, and loves to entertain.
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Emily Davis (she/her)

Special Projects

Emily is a full-time staff member who joined the PRCC in February 2022. Serving as the Volunteer coordinator. Emily started as a Volunteer and liaison to Operation Hope, working with the Scarborough Police Department. She has led event planning for our annual Rally for Recovery and is helping with events for volunteers and members. Emily holds a degree in Business Management from Fisher College in Boston and spent 5 years in Manhattan working for an International Corporate Retailer. Emily is happy to be back home in Maine, where she manages a woman’s sober house. She has been in recovery since 2021. Emily is co-founder of multiple start-ups companies based here in Maine. Emily enjoys practicing yoga, loves soft serve ice cream and is passionate about helping fellow women in recovery.

Board of Directors:

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John Buro

President

John Buro is the Executive Director of Bishop Health. John has been working in the addiction and mental health field for over 10 years. He studied behavioral health in Southern Maine and addiction psychology through SNHU. Finding long term recovery through a 12-step retreat, John has been active in the Portland recovery community and has dedicated much of his time supporting families of individuals struggling with addiction. Taking a lead role in founding The Family Restored, he serves on the board of the organization, assisting families and their loved ones find support and treatment. John is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor and has worked directly with treatment providers in Maine, New Hampshire and Florida. His passion is working with addicted individuals and their families.
Eric-Saunders

Eric Saunders

Vice President

Eric Saunders is a former partner at Bernstein Shur, with over 40 years of experience as an attorney. He’s worked on appellate litigation, municipal law, ERISA, securities law, tax law, corporate and partnership law, health care law, and housing law. Eric’s work focused on counseling businesses on everything from governance to executive compensation. He was also a dedicated member of the law firm’s health care practice, for which he covered both the regulatory and transactional aspects, including mergers and acquisitions. Eric graduated with an AB from Harvard, and received his law degree from Boston University. Eric enjoys the outdoors, and also painting and woodworking. Eric has been an active member of the Portland recovery community for over 25 years.
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Justin Fenty

Treasurer

Justin Fenty is passionate about and invested in strengthening the greater Portland recovery community. Being a person in long-term recovery, he brings authentic perspective and lived experience to his position on the PRCC board. Justin stays connected to the recovery community though sponsorship, fellowship, and service. He exercises his love of nature and adventure as an avid traveler, outdoorsman, Eagle Scout, and certified Wilderness First Responder. He works as a new mobility underwriter and previously served on the board of directors for Camp Ketcha. Justin holds a BA from the University of Southern Maine, an MBA from Babson College, and is a CPCU in good standing. He lives with his two amazing children in Brunswick, Maine.
Kendra

Kendra B. Connelly, LCSW

Secretary

Kendra B. Connelly, LCSW, is a professional social worker with more than 25 years’ experience in Maine and New Hampshire. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Plymouth State University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of New England. Her career includes work at the Maine Youth Center, Preble Street and The Opportunity Alliance in Portland, where she served as Clinical Director of the residential program MaineStay for 15 years. In that role, she helped build and sustain a program that served 18-to-25-year-olds with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use disorder, earning her recognition from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, she is a private practice counselor in the Portland area. She has served as a member of the Board of The Salvation Army, Community Housing of Maine (CHoM), the Maine Association of Recovery Residences (MARR) and the Bayside Neighborhood Association.
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Kevin D’Amboise

Kevin D’Amboise has a professional background in real estate. He is a native Mainer from Lewiston, graduating from St. Dominic High School. Kevin continued his education at the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham taking business and real estate classes. From there, he became a real estate broker and a real estate investor in the Greater Portland area. Kevin has been a part of the recovery community since 1995 and is very grateful to have found sobriety in such a strong recovery-based community. He sits on the Greater Portland Landlord’s Association Board, the Dignity First Board as well as the Maine Immigration Coalition Board. Kevin enjoys traveling with his wife Cecile, and outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and walking his dog Riley.
Whitney

Whitney Reynolds Waxman

Whitney Reynolds Waxman is co-owner and founder of American Roots in Westbrook Maine, a company that she founded with her husband, Ben Waxman. Launched in 2015, American Roots is a family run textile business that trains and hires stitchers in Portland Maine, creating American-made polartec fleece apparel. American Roots has been featured in many news articles, including the Washington Post, for their mission and commitment to American made products of quality and model employment practices. With the onset of COVID-19, American Roots quickly pivoted to begin manufacturing personal protective equipment, and is a major supplier in Maine for masks and other gear. Whitney was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., spent her high school years in Australia, and then returned to the United States for college, earning a degree in anthropology from Fordham University. She took a variety of jobs, ranging from events coordinator to bartender, before moving to Portland to be near her sister. She also met Ben, who was back home in Maine from Washington, D.C. and wanted to start a business and create jobs.
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Kerry MacDonald

Kerry MacDonald is the owner and operator of Beacon Recovery Services in Portland, a recovery services organization that provides a range of services ranging from family interventions to sober living. Beacon House provides a structured sober living home for women, including house meetings, programing, family support, and supervision of house management. Kerry also serves as a registered dietitian consultant for Pine Tree Recovery Center, and has an extensive professional background in nutrition and health care. Prior to founding Beacon House in 2017, Kerry was director of women’s extended care at the Plymouth House in Portland and program director for the Family Restored sober living.
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Timothy Westwig

Timothy Westwig possesses a wealth of expertise as a nonprofit leader, having several decades of invaluable experience. He once ran operations at one of the world’s largest Youth Hostels in New York City. In his current capacity, Timothy serves as the Executive Director of the Conway Area Humane Society. He endeavors to elevate consciousness surrounding animal welfare and secure essential backing for this cause. Timothy is a member of the Metepenagaig Band of Mi’kmaq. His cultural roots run deep within this indigenous group, instilling in him a profound connection to his heritage and an unwavering sense of identity. Timothy brings to this board a desire to improve the accessibility to recovery for all people, especially those of minority status.
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Jonathan Fellers, MD

Jonathan Fellers is an addiction psychiatrist and a Maine native. He grew up in New Gloucester before earning his Bachelor’s of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia where he served as Chief Resident. He then went to Oregon Health and Science University for a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry and a postdoctoral fellowship at the MIRECC Portland VA Health Care System. Dr. Fellers returned to Maine in September 2015 to head up the new Integrated Medication Assisted Therapy Team (IMAT) at Maine Medical Center. He currently is in private practice, and also serves as Medical Director for Crossroads, as well as for Discovery House. His expertise is broadly sought after and he frequently speaks locally, regionally, and nationally.
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Luis Gonzalez

Luis Gonzalez is a People Experience Lead with an owner operator of McDonald’s in Maine,overseeing onboarding, orientation, and reporting &; analytics. Luis has over a decade of experience in the field of Human Resources, spanning various industries (insurance, media, biotechnology, and restaurant & hospitality). He studied Business Administration at Bryant University. Luis found his way to Portland, ME in May 2021 after being introduced to the 12-step recovery program at Rockland Recovery in Weymouth, MA. Over the last year, Luis has found a home in the PRCC by volunteering and becoming part of the community. His passion is with the people – both in recovery and professionally, Luis is driven by pulling out the best in people.
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Mark Stickney

Mark Stickney founded Spinglass in 2002. He has worked for companies as a senior management advisor in areas such as business reorganization, acquisition, operational review, debt restructuring, and interim management. Mark has worked in the professional services area for 34 years with a diverse set of clients in a variety of locations.