PRCC MISSION & VISION
As a recovery community organization, PRCC’s mission is to provide support education and resources for people recovering from and affected by addiction, and to spread the message of hope throughout the state of Maine.
PRCC’s vision is that every person affected by addiction in Maine will have direct access to a local recovery community center that provides support groups, education, and individual resources to enhance their ability to heal, strengthen and grow in their recovery pathway, throughout all stages of their journey.
PRCC on Forest Avenue in Portland provides a safe haven for people in recovery and offers a home for meetings and activities devoted to recovery from substance use disorder and other addictions. PRCC is operated by staff and volunteers who are passionate about recovery, and every activity is designed to help people with their daily recovery efforts.
Our center welcomes all who are taking steps to recover.
PRCC offers peer support to individuals who use a variety of recovery pathways and we honor each person’s unique recovery journey. We know from experience that successful recovery from drugs and alcohol requires support from others.
We carry hope and support to those who recover and their loved ones in a community setting. By serving as positive community members, we demonstrate that recovery works to transform lives.
- PRCC promotes self-determination, equality, and respect for people in recovery.
- PRCC’s programs, services, and groups are member driven and open to all who wish to participate. Membership and programs are offered free of charge.
- PRCC honors, respects, and supports many pathways of recovery.
- PRCC recognizes the hope and possibility of sustainable recovery and that each person’s recovery journey is uniquely their own.
- PRCC promotes a holistic approach to recovery, which is infused in all programs, outreach activities, and partnerships.
- PRCC is committed to honest and ethical stewardship of resources and of our members gifts and service to the community.
- PRCC embraces families, friends, and allies, and views recovery as involving a broad circle of community.
- PRCC advocates and mobilizes the voices of people in recovery in defining solutions to addiction and strategies for supporting recovery.
- PRCC seeks to collaborate, share its experience, and assist other recovery community organizations in building equal opportunity state-wide for access to recovery resources and supports.
PRCC believes in the power of love and service as central to recovery.
We speak and act from the heart.
YOUR RECOVERY CENTER TEAM
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.
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.
Nicole manages PRCC’s Recovery Hub, which works with recovery community centers throughout Maine to support new and existing centers. The Recovery Hub also works to help build sustainable Recovery ready communities.
Nicole has been in recovery since October 2017, and she joined the PRCC family in 2018. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and live music.
Peer Recovery Coach Coordinator
Shannon oversees all of PRCC’s recovery coaching and the Telephone Recovery Support program. She also provides recovery coaching at the Cumberland County Jail, and outreach at local shelters and social service agencies. Shannon has been in long-term recovery since 2015. Shannon says that she is filled with gratitude because she now has the opportunity to give back what was so freely given to herself.
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.
Matt coordinates PRCC’s many volunteers, who are the backbone of PRCC. Matt trains and supports volunteers to provide most of the wonderful services at PRCC, from front desk greeters to volunteer projects. Matt serves as liaison to Operation Hope, training and supporting Angel volunteers and working with the Scarborough Police Department.
Matt has been in recovery since 2002. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and his dog Teddy, canoe camping and vacationing in Lubec in Downeast Maine.
Maine Department of Corrections Recovery Program Coordinator
Kim works with the prison facilities in the state of Maine. She works with residents and staff to develop Recovery Coaching programs. Kim also works with the Department of Corrections to identify residents who would be successful Recovery Coaches, provide the CCAR training to them, match the coaches with recoverees, both inside and outside the facilities, and provide supervision to Coaches, supporting them in their role.
Kim is passionate about recovery because her life changed 100% since I started working a program of recovery in 2012. Kim enjoys life, running, skiing, spending time with my family or just being by the ocean.
Sarah Siegel provides recovery coaching at Crossroads as part of an innovative project with PRCC .Sarah is a CCAR trained recovery coach and also a recovery coach academy trainer. Sarah has been in recovery from Opioid Use Disorder and Substance Use Disorder since 2007, and from working in the sex industry since 2003. She is an Interfaith Minister, Meditation Coach and writer. Sarah writes regularly for Recovery Journey Magazine. She has been published in other magazines as well and her writing focuses on healing from addiction, trauma, and from working in the sex industry.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys being with her three children, meditating and reading. She also enjoys public speaking, finding ways to tell her story of recovery and challenging the stigma around SUD.
Jon coordinates the input and analysis of data for PRCC’s Recovery Hub, which works with recovery community centers throughout Maine to support new and existing centers. Jon provides training and technical assistance to Recovery Data Platform users and provides needed information to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Jon has been in recovery since 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, surfing, reading, and eating at all the great restaurants in Portland.
Molly Ramirez provides recovery coaching at Day One through PRCC. She is a CCAR trained recovery coach. Molly entered recovery in 2014 at the age of 16. She is active in her faith and recovery. She enjoys supporting others through their journey.
Molly has a pug named Olive. Molly enjoys spending time with her family. In her spare time, she likes to take long walks through Target and being by the ocean.
Stephen is very grateful for being in recovery since 1990. In recovery, his ‘best’ job was being the program manager at PRCC for 5 years. In 2017 he retired with his husband Danny and built their ‘dream’ home on Mount Desert Island. Retirement did not last long, as he began working as the Statewide Consultant for PRCC’s Recovery HUB in 2018. Stephen is a CCAR trained Recovery Coach and also a recovery coach academy trainer.
Stephen feels blessed to be living in paradise and working for the best agency that ever was. “The people that I meet at the RCO’s have such passion and care for others, I can not be more grateful for the opportunity.”
peerpeer ,Justin O’Bremski
Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Justin is a CCAR trained recovery coach. He has been in recovery since April 2018. As part of his recovery, Justin immediately set out and started helping others. At the PRCC, he provides peer support. Justin brings a message of hope, compassion, and empathy into his recovery work.
Justin enjoys spending his free time with loved ones and his dog Lex.
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.
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.
Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Dino has been involved with the Portland recovery community since 2014. He describes his journey in recovery as one of blessings and setbacks. “Without the support of the community I would not be where I am today. The PRCC is an important piece of that community, for which I am deeply grateful.”
When not working, Dino likes to work on video production, write, and sail.
Peer Recovery Support Specialist
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 as a member of the board of directors for Crossroads. Susie also enjoys running and spending time with her family and friends.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Buro, President — John Buro has been working in the Addiction and Mental Health field for the last 9 years. He serves as Chief Operating Officer of Pine Tree Recovery Center in Portland. He has 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 for the last 10 years. He has dedicated much of his time supporting families of individuals struggling with addiction. Taking a lead role in founding The Family Restored, he served as director of the organization, assisting families and their loved ones find support and treatment. John is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor and worked directly with treatment providers in Maine, New Hampshire and Florida. His passion is working with addicted individuals and their families.
Eric Saunders, Vice President — Eric is an attorney at Bernstein Shur, with extensive experience over 40 years. He’s worked on appellate litigation, municipal law, ERISA, securities law, tax law, corporate and partnership law, health care law, and housing law. In his work, Eric focuses on counseling businesses on everything from governance to executive compensation. He is also a dedicated member of the law firm’s health care practice, for which he covers both the regulatory and transactional aspects, including mergers and acquisitions. Eric enjoys the outdoors, and also painting and woodworking. Eric has been an active member of the Portland Recovery Community for 25 years.
Justin Fenty, Treasurer — Justin 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 into his position on the PRCC board. Justin is deeply connected to the sober community in the greater Portland area through sponsorship, fellowship, and service. Justin graduated Suma Cum Laude from USM with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. While a student at USM he was inducted 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.
Dr. Jonathan Fellers, Secretary — Jonathan is an addiction psychiatrist and a Maine native. He grew up in New Gloucester before earning his Bachelor 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. His expertise is broadly sought after and he frequently speaks locally, regionally, and nationally. His work has expanded to include assisting MaineHealth with the implementation of a treatment model across their footprint.
Dan Reardon serves as Constituent Service Representative for United States Senator Angus King. Mr. Reardon is a business executive whose work experience includes roles as President of G.H. Bass and Company, General Manager of the Enterprise division of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Chief Executive Officer of H.P. Fairfield, Inc. and as a Consultant to L.L. Bean with primary responsibility for the retail store expansion program. Mr. Reardon has also served as a consultant to the Muskie Institute, where he was responsible for evaluating and streamlining the distribution of child welfare services provided by various state agencies, and as Executive Director of Stone Soup foods, a social enterprise in the Portland Public Market.
Leslie M. Clark, Ex Officio — Leslie serves as the Executive Director of PRCC. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as founding Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Portland Health from 2010-2017, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Counseling Center in Portland from 2001-2010. Leslie has been in recovery and free from alcohol and drugs since 1989. She is an alumni of the Institute for Civic Leadership Lambda class, as well as the Hanley Leadership Development Program. She also completed the Harvard Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Interested in sharing your experience to help others and keep our center going?
Volunteers at Portland Recovery Community Center are an integral part of our overall mission. We could not exist without them! We are founded on the premise of providing “peer-to-peer” recovery support and building community to provide a safe haven for people from every addiction recovery pathway. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help people from your community who are on a lifelong journey of recovery from addiction, and to spread the message of hope to others.
There are many ways to volunteer at PRCC.
Volunteers can work at the center as Front Desk-Visitor Service Volunteers, Special Services and Skill Volunteers, Cleaning and Grounds Volunteers, and Administrative projects.
Telephone Recovery Support Volunteers and Recovery Coaches provide direct support to people in recovery – we provide the training!
Starting a new group, speaking at events, and helping with fund-raising projects are also ways to volunteer at PRCC.