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
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 my family or just being by the ocean.
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.
Peer Support Specialist
Matt supports PRCC in many ways including recovery coaching, telephone recovery support, and with his positive, can-do attitude! 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 canoeing, camping, and vacationing in Lubec, Maine with family, friends, and his dog Teddy.
Justin coordinates PRCC’s many volunteers, who are the backbone of PRCC. Justin trains and supports volunteers to provide most of the wonderful services at PRCC, from front desk greeters to volunteer projects. 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. 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.
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.
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.”
Ali (she/her/hers) joined the PRCC family in October 2020 as an Administrative Coordinator. Ali manages registration and training coordination, and provides administrative 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 entered recovery in 2011, and 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 disc golf, 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
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
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.
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, 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.
Kerry MacDonald is owner and operator of Beacon Sober Living and the Director of Women’s Extended Care for The Plymouth House. Beacon Sober Living and The Plymouth House Extended Care are structured recovery residences based on the principles of the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Kerry has worked in the addiction and mental health field for 10 years and has an extensive professional background in nutrition, management and health care. Kerry currently serves as a Registered Dietitian consultant for Pine Tree Recovery Center. Additionally, she has opened five women’s recovery residences in the Greater Portland recovery community, two of which were for non-profit organizations, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Association of Recovery Residences. Kerry is in long term recovery and is passionate about helping others.
Christine Burke Worthen, Esq. is the Vice President, Contract Negotiations for Northern Light Health. In her role, she provides legal and strategic guidance on managed care and value-based contracting across all service lines at the healthcare delivery system. She provides legal counsel on reimbursement matters, telehealth, as well as privacy and security matters related to data integration for value-based reimbursement models. She also provides ERISA counsel to the organization. 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, risk based contracting, network design, telemedicine, and health privacy and security laws. She also served as Associate General Counsel for Northern Light Health and practiced with Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel prior to joining Pierce Atwood where she focused on healthcare law and ERISA. 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. She is grateful to be able to be of service to the Portland Recovery Community Center and to get to know the recovery community.
Mary C. Rodimon is the Paralegal for the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), working with General Counsel in daily legal work to include tracking legislation, investment transactions, appeals, and helping employees and members with legal issues. Before working at MainePERS, she held positions in several law firms and hospitals along the East Coast and was an entrepreneur with her own paralegal business. She started her collegiate studies in Nashville, Tennessee with a combination degree in Fine Arts and General Science. Mary obtained her Paralegal Certificate from Boston University, and she is now finishing a degree in Justice Studies at the University of Maine in Augusta.
Mary has been an active member of the Portland Recovery Community since 2018. Mary and her husband Jim started a Portland Chapter under the national organization group called Grasp (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing). They began holding meetings here at the PRCC after the passing of their son Maxwell from a heroin/fentanyl overdose. Since then, they both reach out in the various ways they can to help others who have or are experiencing this loss; and to also help combat the disease of addiction.
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 Masters 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.
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.
For more information, contact Justin Obremski.