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.
Nancy

Nancy Cormier (she/her)

Program Manager

Nancy has been at PRCC since we opened our doors in 2011. She brings a warm heart and great caring to our many members, and is always available to help someone in need with her gentle and compassionate way. Nancy manages PRCC’s programming, including at the Cumberland County jail and she oversees peer recovery support services, and maintains the schedules. Nancy is a CCAR trained recovery coach, and also a CCAR recovery coach trainer. Nancy has been in long-term recovery since 2005. In her free time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, especially her son Miles and walks with Murry, the PRCC mascot.
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Kiri Stroh (she/her)

Business Manager

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.
Justin

Justin Reid (he/him)

Recovery Hub Coach Coordinator

Justin coordinates the peer recovery coach program and training throughout the entire state of Maine, working with new recovery community centers as part of PRCC’s Recovery Hub. Justin provides leadership in building a statewide sustainable recovery coach network, including establishing a process for recovery coach certification. Justin is also one of PRCC’s first trainers for the Recovery Coach Academy. 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)

Administrative Coordinator

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.
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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Tess Parks, MPPM (she/her)

Recovery Rising Coordinator

Tess joined the PRCC HUB team in November 2021 as the Recovery Rising Coordinator. In this role, she provides organizational support for Recovery Rising, recruits and sustains members, provides public education, and develops trainings and opportunities for raising awareness. Tess has been in long-term recovery from substance use disorder since 2014. She believes that recovery can be obtained through many pathways and that recovery is possible for individuals, families, and communities. She feels that advocacy and public education are both critical to fighting stigma by changing hearts and minds and spreading the hope of recovery. She holds a BA in Psychology from American University and a MPPM from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service. Outside of work, Tess enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing softball with her recovery-oriented team the “Jaywalkers”, listening to podcasts, and spending time outdoors.
DOC Recovery Program Coordinator

Torie Arsenault (she/her)

DOC Recovery Program Coordinator

Torie identifies as a person in long term recovery. She is the Recovery Program Coordinator for the Maine Department of Corrections. In her role, she works within the 5 adult DOC facilities throughout the state. She is responsible for coordinating and training DOC residents as Peer Recovery Coaches. This curriculum helps to promote and strengthen recovery, remove barriers and stigma, build recovery capital and encourage hope and optimism within each facility. Torie is also a Registered Peer Recovery Coach and CCAR Trainer. When not at work, Torie loves spending time enjoying all that nature has to offer with her husband with her Bull Mastiff "Harvey".
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.
Danielle

Danielle Megalaitis (she/her)

Volunteer 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.
Emily

Emily Davis (she/her)

Volunteer Coordinator

Emily is a part-time staff member who joined the PRCC in February 2022. Serving as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist, Emily brings a can-do Entrepreneurial spirit to her position. Emily serves as liaison to Operation Hope, training and supporting Angel volunteers and working with the Scarborough Police Department. She will also support in event planning for our annual Rally for Recovery. 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 extended care facility. She has been in recovery since 2021, when she began as a volunteer at the PRCC. 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.
Sarah Geores

Sarah Geores (she/her)

Peer Mom Recovery Coach  (Northern Light Mercy)

Sarah is a CCAR trained Peer Recovery Coach, working part-time with PRCC supporting pregnant and parenting moms at Northern Light Mercy Hospital and its MaineMOM program. She is also a mother, trained doula, and yoga instructor. Sarah is in long term recovery from alcohol and substances since November 20, 2015. Sarah graduated from Goucher College in Maryland in 2012 where she studied Art History and English. She then went to Italy to study intercultural communications at USAC Italia. She became certified as a 200-hour yoga instructor in 2020 with a focus on prenatal and postpartum yoga. In 2021 Sarah trained to become a doula, and in 2022 she participated in a Trauma Informed yoga teacher training. That same year, Sarah became a trained postpartum group facilitator. Her pull toward motherhood, recovery, and self-care has all come together in her new role at PRCC. Sarah’s hobbies and passions include yoga, overall personal wellness, going to the beach, learning about herbal remedies, connecting with people on a spiritual level, playing with her children, and reading. Sarah feels very strongly that recovery is possible for everyone and is excited to work with moms as they gain the confidence and navigate life in recovery.
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Casey Chick (he/him)

Peer Recovery Coach (Day One)

Casey is a trained CCAR recovery coach who provides peer recovery coaching to adolescents in Day One, a teen substance use treatment program. Prior to joining PRCC as a recovery coach, Casey served as a volunteer. As a person in long-term recovery, and someone who has experienced loss due to substance use, Casey is passionate about the work happening at PRCC. He is excited to be part of this movement to spread hope throughout the state of Maine.
Erin

Erin McKinney (she/her)

Peer Recovery Coach (Crossroads)

Erin McKinney provides recovery coaching at Crossroads as part of an innovative project with PRCC. Erin is a CCAR trained recovery coach and also a recovery coach academy trainer. Erin has been in recovery since May of 2018. She has a background in studying world religions, spirituality and conflict transformation and holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University. Through her experience, she learned the importance of having safe spaces and how important it is to learn about and respect different paths and ways of thinking. She loves being a part of PRCC because PRCC models that. She loves recovery coaching because it provides safe, non-judgmental space for people to explore their own recovery process, find what is important to them and begin to heal. She is grateful to witness others transform and find their path to recovery, especially after experiencing her own and the beauty that it continues to offer.
Laura

Laura Chritton (she/her)

Peer Recovery Coach

Laura is a CCAR trained Peer Recovery Coach, working part-time with PRCC supporting people who are currently experiencing incarceration at the Cumberland County Jail through the Building Bridges program. She (and her therapy-dog Gaia) recently relocated to Portland from Boston, MA and are both excited to join the PRCC team. Laura is in long term recovery. She 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!
Josh

Josh Warren (he/him)

Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Josh is a CCAR Recovery Coach and part-time Peer Specialist 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Mike

Mike Bunker (he/him)

Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Mike has been with the PRCC since May of 2021. Prior to that, he worked five years at Milestone Recovery in the housing and outreach department. At PRCC, his primary role is helping people who come in with recovery needs. He also helps when it comes to various maintenance projects, especially those that are labeled “assembly required.” Mike’s hobbies include woodworking and occasionally doing standup comedy. Mike loves working at the PRCC and looks forward to many more years to come with the organization.

Board of Directors:

John-Buro

John Buro

President

John Buro is Chief Operating Officer at Pinetree Recovery Center. 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.
Justin

Justin Fenty

Treasurer

Justin Fenty is passionate about and invested in strengthening the greater Portland community. Being in long-term substance use recovery himself, he brings authentic perspective and real life experience to his position on the PRCC board. Justin is deeply connected to the recovery community in the greater Portland area through sponsorship, fellowship, and service. Justin graduated Suma Cum Laude from USM with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. While a student at USM he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a national honors society for academics, and Beta Gamma Sigma, an exclusive business honors society. Justin exercises his love of nature and adventure as an avid traveler, outdoorsman, Eagle Scout and certified Wilderness First Responder. He works as a commercial insurance underwriter and additionally serves on the board of directors for Camp Ketcha. Justin lives with his wife and two children in Brunswick, Maine.
Jonathan-Fellers

Jonathan Fellers, PhD

Secretary

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.
Kevin

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.
Christine

Christine Burke Worthen, Esq.

Christine Burke Worthen provides legal and strategic guidance on managed care and value-based contracting across all service lines at Northern Light Health. She also provides ERISA counsel and other legal guidance related to the system’s welfare and retirements benefit plans. Her managed care and value-based legal counsel covers areas such as compliance with Medicare Advantage plan rules, emerging payment models, CMMI initiatives, including MSSP and Primary Care First, telehealth, as well as privacy and security matters related to data integration for value-based reimbursement models. Prior to assuming her latest role, she was Chair of the Healthcare Services Practice Group at Pierce Atwood in Portland, ME and Boston, MA where she guided health care organizations on managed care contracting, accountable care organizations and other emerging reimbursement models, risk based contracting, network design, telemedicine, health privacy and security laws, (including HIPAA), and the 340b federal drug pricing program. She also provided counsel to healthcare organizations in the design and implementation of telemedicine programs and guided on compliance with the various state and federal laws that impact telemedicine such as state licensure, scope of practice, reimbursement, privacy and security, fraud and abuse, and contracting. She practiced with Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel prior to joining Pierce Atwood. She began her career with Grant Thornton in Boston, MA. She holds an L.L.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, a J.D. from New England Law, and received her B.A., cum laude, from Boston University.
Kendra

Kendra B. Connelly, LCSW

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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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.