Staff and Contacts

Denise Black

Co-Director, Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC)

CCAR Authorized Recovery Coach & Ethics Trainer

As Co-Director for the Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC) program, Denise provides overall leadership, building on Healthy Acadia’s highly successful Downeast Recovery Coach Program to expand the model to Piscataquis, Somerset, and Waldo counties, Maine. Denise provides training, supervision and technical assistance for systems development, and support for data collection systems. She ensures that Maine-ARC will implement effective, far-reaching volunteer-based peer recovery coaching programs and systems in a variety of settings that promise to build healthier communities and help people succeed in their recovery journeys.

Denise has been a leader in efforts to improve community health for more than fifteen years, serving as community health coordinator and director for the Blue Hill-based Healthy Peninsula program from 2008 until 2014, when she joined Healthy Acadia as coordinator of our Drug-Free Communities Initiative. 

Denise's extensive professional and personal experience spurred her transition to recovery coach training and recovery coaching systems work in January 2017. Denise is passionate about building healthier communities and multiple pathways to recovery for all.

Contact Denise by email at Denise@HealthyAcadia.org.

Caroline Bloss, LMSW

Recovery Programs Manager

Caroline provides management for Healthy Acadia’s collaborative programs that serve to expand and enhance support for multiple pathways to recovery from substance use disorder. Her work includes management of the Rural Health Opioid Program, a regional substance intervention, and recovery initiative led by Healthy Acadia in collaboration with the Downeast Substance Treatment Network and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In addition, she also helps to manage the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) initiatives to increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), promote and expand community recovery coaching services, reduce stigma, and promote increased access to housing and supportive community services in an effort to build robust, recovery-ready communities.

Caroline facilitates collaboration and coordination with partner agencies, supports project staff in both Washington and Hancock counties, and participates in strategic planning, program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Contact Caroline by email at Caroline.Bloss@HealthyAcadia.org

Sarra Bridges

Community Health Coordinator - Hancock County

Sarra facilitates obesity and tobacco use prevention programming in Hancock County. Partnering with childcare centers, schools, and communities, she works to incorporate evidence-based strategies for preventing obesity, with a focus on the importance of establishing healthy habits beginning in childhood. Sarra's efforts are supported through Let’s Go 5210.

Sarra also works with various community sectors to develop policies that promote tobacco-free communities, including municipalities, youth-serving organizations, schools, behavioral health and social service agencies, hospitals, vet and other pet welfare agencies, career and trade schools, and local colleges and universities. She provides resources to homeowners, property managers and lodging facilities to develop smoke-free policies and increase awareness about the importance of healthy homes. 

Sarra promotes the use of the Maine Tobacco HelpLine as an excellent resource to support people in the quitting process, and provides tobacco treatment facilitation for smoking cessation groups.

Contact Sarra by email at Sarra.Bridges@HealthyAcadia.org.

Tracey Carlson

Communications Director

Tracey disseminates information about Healthy Acadia's initiatives, programming, and community events to the media, health providers, supporters, funders, and the general public. She provides branding policy and communication guidance for Healthy Acadia’s overall mission, focus areas, and program initiatives.

Tracey's work includes development, review, and dissemination of Healthy Acadia’s publications and community outreach materials, promotion of public health awareness campaigns and initiatives, coordination of radio/television interviews and event coverage, and producing engaging content for print and web through various media channels, including Healthy Acadia's e-newsletter and website, social media networks, newspaper, radio, television, and printed publications and program materials. She also supports strategic planning, grant writing, and targeted reach tracking and reporting. 

Contact Tracey by email at Tracey@HealthyAcadia.org.

Amy Clement

Finance Director

Amy manages Healthy Acadia’s financial operations, including oversight of accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, federal and nonfederal grant compliance and reporting, production of financial statements and reports, and advisement of the senior management team regarding financial decisions. She oversees audit and tax functions, coordinates activities with outside audit/accounting firms.

Contact Amy by email at Amy.Clement@HealthyAcadia.org

Cyd Collins

Bookkeeper

Cyd provides bookkeeping services and assists with accounts receivable/payable services across Healthy Acadia's program focus areas.

Contact Cyd by email at Cyd@HealthyAcadia.org.

Allie Cook

Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator - Washington County

Allie provides coordination for nutrition education and obesity prevention initiatives in accordance with USDA SNAP-Ed guidelines. She sustains and develops collaborative partnerships with diverse community entities to assist in improvement of physical activity and nutrition education policies and practices. Allie works with USDA-approved nutrition education curricula to help SNAP eligible households gain knowledge and skills to eat healthfully on a limited budget.

Contact Allie by email at Allie@HealthyAcadia.org.

Tracy Crossman

Recovery Programs Coordinator - Hancock County

Tracy provides coordination and support for Healthy Acadia's RecoveryCorps Recovery Coach program and volunteers in Hancock County. She collaborates with local volunteers, community members, and partners across a variety of settings to help build a recovery-ready community with robust support systems.

Tracy works to grow and strengthen the program and to encourage collaborative community engagement to help those who are seeking recovery. She provides ongoing support, continuing education, and program coordination for our RecoveryCorps coaches and actively recruits new volunteers to grow the program to meet the needs of the communities of Hancock County. 

Contact Tracy by email at Tracy@HealthyAcadia.org.

Maria Donahue, MPH, MSW

Community Health Director

Maria provides leadership for Healthy Acadia’s collaborative programs focused on health promotion, prevention, and management of chronic disease, and substance use prevention. Her work includes direction and oversight of initiatives focused around the promotion of active community environments, school health, healthy environments, lead poisoning prevention, tobacco-free communities, substance use prevention, and positive child and youth development.

Maria sustains high-impact collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers and consultants. She directs program development, implementation, and evaluation, and also supports strategic planning, grant writing, budgeting, and contract management.

Contact Maria by email at Maria@HealthyAcadia.org

Rachel Emus

Food Programs Coordinator - Hancock County

Rachel coordinates a variety of food programs across Hancock County that help to increase food security and access to healthy foods for all, including the Hancock County Gleaning Initiative, MDI FarmDrop, the Hancock County Food Drive, and Senior Farm Share Program.

Rachel is committed to supporting local farms while increasing access to healthy food in a role that combines her passions for healthy communities and sustainable food systems.

Contact Rachel by email at Rachel@HealthyAcadia.org.
 

Elsie Flemings

Executive Director

 

Elsie is responsible for building and sustaining a highly effective and comprehensive community health coalition by empowering community participation, good governance, staff leadership, resource development and sound fiscal management. She ensures that Healthy Acadia is responsive and adaptive to local community health needs and priorities, while assuring effective communication and coordination with federal, state and local community and public health partners.

Elsie's responsibilities include overall leadership of Healthy Acadia, community mobilization, program management, financial management, ambassadorship, and resource development.

Contact Elsie by email at Elsie@HealthyAcadia.org.

Angela Fochesato

Community Health Program Manager - Washington County

Cancer Patient Navigator

Angela serves as a Cancer Patient Navigator for Washington County and provides program management for collaborative health promotion and disease prevention programs across Washington County. Angela’s work includes promotion of healthful resources in schools, workplaces, social service agencies, health care providers and other venues. Her focus areas include worksite wellness, healthy lifestyles and chronic disease prevention and management.

Angela sustains high-impact collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers and consultants, and she supports program development, implementation and evaluation. Angela also coordinates and leads  Healthy Acadia's Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Programs.  

Contact Angela by email at Angela@HealthyAcadia.org.

Katie Freedman

Food Programs Director

Katie provides leadership for Healthy Acadia’s collaborative programs and initiatives that support local food systems, community food security, public health nutrition, local food procurement, community gardening, farms, and farmers’ markets. Her work includes guidance and oversight of Healthy Acadia’s Food for All initiatives, including our Maine SNAP-Ed and Let’s Go! 5210 programs, Downeast Farm to School, the Downeast Gleaning Initiative, and other initiatives focused on increasing food security in Hancock and Washington counties by providing citizens of all ages with access to healthy food, regardless of income.

Katie sustains high-impact collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers and consultants across Hancock and Washington counties. She directs program development, implementation, and evaluation, and also supports strategic planning, grant writing, budgeting, and contract management.

Contact Katie by email at Katie@HealthyAcadia.org.

Regina Grabrovac

Food Programs Manager - Washington County

Regina coordinates Downeast Gleaning Initiative in Washington County, including various community and food bank gardening efforts. She convenes the Community Food Council as well as various food security and food system efforts.

Regina serves as the Downeast District Representative for the Maine Farm to School Network and oversees the county's farm to school program, connecting schools with resources to build and maintain school gardens and greenhouses, taste testing and cooking classes, locating farm fresh produce and local apple cultivation and cider pressing workshops.

Regina also supervises AmeriCorps Service Members. Regina has extensive agricultural experience, including operation of two CSA farms in Maine and inspection of hundreds of farms for organic certification for state and international agencies. When not at work, she can be found at home and with her family, growing and raising food for the year.

Contact Regina by email at Regina@HealthyAcadia.org.

Penny Guisinger

Recovery Programs Director

Penny provides leadership for Healthy Acadia’s collaborative programs that serve to expand and enhance support for multiple pathways to recovery from substance use disorder. Her work includes direction and oversight of initiatives to increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), promote and expand community recovery coaching services, reduce stigma, and promote increased access to housing and supportive community services in an effort to build robust, recovery-ready communities.

Penny sustains high-impact collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers and consultants across Hancock and Washington counties. She directs program development, implementation, and evaluation, and also supports strategic planning, grant writing, budgeting, and contract management.


Contact Penny by email at Penny@HealthyAcadia.org.

Nicole Gurreri

Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator - Hancock County

Nicole provides coordination for nutrition education and obesity prevention initiatives across Hancock County in accordance with USDA SNAP-Ed guidelines. She sustains and develops collaborative partnerships with diverse community entities to assist in the improvement of physical activity and nutrition education policies and practices. Nicole works with USDA-approved nutrition education curricula to help SNAP-eligible households gain knowledge and skills to eat healthily on a limited budget.

Contact Nicole by email at Nicole.Gurreri@HealthyAcadia.org.

Ursula Hanson

Early Childhood Consultation and Outreach (ECCO) Consultant

Ursula serves as an Early Childhood Consultation and Outreach (ECCO) Consultant for Hancock County.  She offers services of an early childhood expert to educators, child care staff and parents in order to develop effective strengths-based strategies and plans that support children’s success across environments.

Ursula works with child care providers, Head Start centers, pre-schools, early elementary classrooms, and in homes with parents and foster parents and can provide support for an individual child or for groups of children. Through ECCO, Ursula responds to the unmet needs of at-risk children and changes outcomes for children in Hancock County.  

Contact Ursula by email at Ursula@HealthyAcadia.org.

Gretchen Harrington

Recovery Coach Coordinator - Washington County

Gretchen provides coordination and support for Healthy Acadia's Recovery Coach Program in Washington County. She collaborates with local volunteers and partners across a variety of settings to help build a recovery-ready community with robust support systems. 

Gretchen works to grow and strengthen the program and to encourage collaborative community engagement to help those who are seeking recovery. She provides ongoing support, continuing education, and program coordination for recovery coaches and actively recruits new volunteers to grow the program to meet the needs of the communities of Washington County. 

Contact Gretchen by email at: Gretchen@HealthyAcadia.org.

Sandy Johnson

Finance Director (outgoing)

 

Sandy provides leadership in several areas of financial management, human resources, and general office and information management. Sandy keeps our accounts balanced and our office systems in tip top shape, and she assures our efficient, accountable and transparent use of public and private resources. Sandy comes to Healthy Acadia with a wealth of experience, including 15 years in corporate finance and 12 years as the owner and operator of a Bed and Breakfast in in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Sandy has a Master's Degree in Accounting.

Contact Sandy by email at Sandy@HealthyAcadia.org.

Paige Johnston

Program Director, AmeriCorps/Maine RecoveryCorps Program

Paige oversees the daily functions and coordination of activities that support our Maine RecoveryCorps AmeriCorps Project. Maine RecoveryCorps expands coaching services for those seeking recovery from addiction, providing training and support for full- and part-time coaches serving through community organizations in Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties. Through the structure of AmeriCorps, RecoveryCorps coaches support individuals at various points along their recovery path and in various settings, including in the community, at healthcare sites, in jail, in treatment programs, and more.

Contact Paige by email at Paige@HealthyAcadia.org.

Georgie Kendall

Community Health Coordinator - Washington County

Georgie coordinates obesity prevention, tobacco prevention, and tobacco cessation programming and services in Washington County. Partnering with childcare centers, schools, and communities, she works to incorporate evidence-based strategies for preventing obesity, with a focus on the importance of establishing healthy habits beginning in childhood. Georgie's efforts are supported through Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 a partnership among Healthy Acadia, Maine Health and regional hospitals aimed at improving the health of Maine youth and families in Hancock and Washington counties.

Contact Georgie by email at Georgie@HealthyAcadia.org.

Ben Lettinger

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Ben supports youth engagement programs and initiatives that build young people’s resilience and strengthen youth leadership on issues of public health, social justice, and restorative practices as part of the Statewide Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN). He provides mentorship and support for DownEast Teen Leadership Camp and school and community-based youth leadership groups across Washington and Hancock counties and co-facilitates District-level youth group and youth-adult partnership training as needed with Statewide MYAN Staff, youth and adults. Ben is working to build and guide a regionwide public health youth policy board and serves as a mentor and ally for the Downeast Youth Action Team. 

Contact Ben by email at Benjamin.Lettinger@HealthyAcadia.org.

Debra Matteson

Recovery Supports Coordinator - Hancock County

Debra provides support for our Recovery Coach Program in Hancock County. She collaborates with local volunteers and partners across a variety of settings to help build a recovery-ready community. Debra works to grow and strengthen the program and to encourage collaborative community engagement to help those who are seeking recovery. She provides ongoing support, continuing education, and program coordination for recovery coaches and actively recruits new volunteers to grow the program to meet the needs of the communities of Hancock County. 

Contact Debra by email at Debra@HealthyAcadia.org.     

Sara McConnell

Partnerships for Success Project Coordinator 

Sara provides coordination for Healthy Acadia’s multi-year, federally funded Partnerships for Success (PFS) Initiative. “Downeast Maine Partnerships for Success,” is a collaborative effort among multiple partners across our region, coordinated by Healthy Acadia, that aims to prevent substance use and promote the health of youth. She works with parents, schools, communities, and regional partners to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use in youth ages 9 to 20 years across Hancock and Washington counties. Sara and project partners utilize multiple strategies, including the evidence-based Icelandic Model for youth substance prevention, tailored to the needs and opportunities in rural Downeast Maine.

Contact Sara by email at Sara@HealthyAcadia.org.

Darlene Megno

Operations and Human Resources Coordinator - Washington County

Darlene provides key organizational support, serving as an informed and welcoming presence for callers and visitors to Healthy Acadia’s Machias office. She helps to organize office operations and procedures, coordinates staff wellness programs, and maintains organizational volunteer systems.

Darlene also assists with various projects that support organizational and programmatic capacity building for Healthy Acadia, including coordinating special events, supporting donor cultivation and engagement, database maintenance, and assisting with planned and major gifts fundraising campaigns. 

Contact Darlene by email at: Darlene.Megno@HealthyAcadia.org.

Donna Mitchell

Program Administrator, Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC);

Hancock County Recovery Coach Coordinator

As program administrator, Donna provides technical, logistical, monitoring, and training coordination support and assistance to ensure the success of the Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC) Program. 

Donna also provides coordination and support for Healthy Acadia's Recovery Coach Program in Hancock County's correctional facility.  In addition to service as a Recovery Coach,  she provides ongoing support, continuing education, and program coordination for recovery coaches and actively recruits new volunteers to grow the program. 

Donna collaborates with local volunteers and partners across a variety of settings to encourage collaborative community engagement to help those who are seeking recovery and to help build a recovery-ready community with robust support systems across Hancock County. 

Contact Donna by email at: Donna@HealthyAcadia.org.

 

Rina Nadeau

Community Health Associate

As a Community Health Associate, Rina provides vital administrative and clerical assistance across multiple projects and programs, including including AmeriCorps RecoveryCorps, Community Recovery Coaching Program, SAMHSA-supported MAT expansion grant programming, You've Got a Friend Fund, and others.

Contact Rina by email at Rina@HealthyAcadia.org.

Mia Petrini

Community Health Coordinator - Hancock County

Mia fosters collaborative partnerships and delivers health promotion programs that prevent tobacco use, substance misuse and addiction, with a focus on youth and young adults. She provides community outreach, education and promotion of tobacco and substance use prevention resources for schools, municipalities, social service agencies, health care providers and other venues across Hancock County. Mia delivers evidence-informed prevention lessons for schools and communities and promotes awareness campaigns and environmental strategies to reduce access to substances, including alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and opioids across all venues.

Contact Mia by email at Mia@HealthyAcadia.org.

Mary Kay Roukas

Operations and Human Resources Director

Mary Kay provides leadership and coordination of Healthy Acadia’s operations and human resources activities. She manages employee payroll and benefit systems, supports office-based administrative personnel, develops organizational and staff wellness policies, and works to support and improve systems to enable our team to work most effectively and efficiently across Healthy Acadia’s four office locations and our geographic service area. 

Mary Kay helps to manage technology systems, provide guidance for IT personnel and consultants, and supports organizational strategic planning, grant writing, and budgeting.

Contact Mary Kay by email at MaryKay@HealthyAcadia.org.

Katie Sell

Community Health Coordinator - Washington County

Katie fosters collaborative partnerships and delivers health promotion programs that prevent tobacco use, substance misuse and addiction, with a focus on youth and young adults. She provides community outreach, education and promotion of tobacco and substance use prevention resources for schools, municipalities, social service agencies, health care providers and other venues across Washington County.

Katie delivers evidence-informed prevention lessons for schools and communities and promotes awareness campaigns and environmental strategies to reduce access to substances, including alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and opioids across all venues.

Contact Katie by email at Katie.Sell@HealthyAcadia.org.

Shoshona Smith

Development Director

Shoshona is responsible for leading Healthy Acadia's Development Team, planning, organizing, and directing Healthy Acadia's fundraising including annual appeals, the major gifts program, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns -- all to further our mission and maximize positive impact in our communities. She is also part of the team of grant-writers amongst our staff. 

Shoshona is passionate about bringing philanthropists, community partners, and Healthy Acadia board and staff members together in conversations and planning to build community health now and long into the future.

Contact Shoshona by email at Shoshona@HealthyAcadia.org.

Jada Wensman

Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator - Hancock County

Jada provides coordination for nutrition education and obesity prevention initiatives across Hancock County in accordance with USDA SNAP-Ed guidelines. She sustains and develops collaborative partnerships with diverse community entities to assist in the improvement of physical activity and nutrition education policies and practices. Jada works with USDA-approved nutrition education curricula to help SNAP-eligible households gain knowledge and skills to eat healthfully on a limited budget.

Contact Jada by email at Jada@HealthyAcadia.org.

Terri Woodruff

Co-Director, Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching;

CCAR Authorized Recovery Coach & Ethics Trainer

As Co-Director for the Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC) program, Terri provides overall leadership, building on Healthy Acadia’s highly successful Downeast Recovery Coach Program to expand the model to Piscataquis, Somerset, and Waldo counties, Maine. She provides training, supervision and technical assistance for systems development, and support for data collection systems. Terri ensures that Maine-ARC will implement effective, far-reaching volunteer-based peer recovery coaching programs and systems in a variety of settings that promise to build healthier communities and help people succeed in their recovery journeys.

Terri also provides direction and guidance for substance use prevention programming in Washington County, including Healthy Acadia’s DownEast Teen Leadership Camp. She sustains strong collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers, and consultants, including the Underage Drinking Task Force, the Partnership for Success Coalition, and the Washington County Community Action Team. 

Contact Terri by email at Terri@HealthyAcadia.org.

Tara Young

Drug-Free Communities Program Coordinator  - Hancock County

Tara coordinates the implementation of evidence-based strategies to effectively promote health and positive social development and prevent substance misuse. She serves as an information resource for the Drug-Free Communities Coalition and the community and fosters collaborative partnerships with local partners to reach program goals. Tara works with area schools, businesses, health care providers, and other non-profits to mobilize collective action resulting in policy and environmental supports that foster community resiliency and prevent substance misuse and addiction, including tobacco and illegal drug use, as well as alcohol and prescription drug misuse.

Contact Tara by email at Tara@HealthyAcadia.org.

Nina Zeldin

Community Outreach Coordinator - Chronic Disease Prevention, Health Promotion

Nina provides support for multiple aspects of Healthy Acadia's work, including coordination and delivery of health promotion and disease prevention programs, community outreach, and program development. Nina coordinates and facilitates training for community members and service providers across Hancock County on a variety of health topics, such as "Tai Chi for Health", "Taking Action for Health”, “Taking Action on Pain”, and promotion of the National Library of Medicine's public health resources. Nina also administrates the You’ve Got a Friend and neighbor4neighbor grant programs. 

Contact Nina by email at Nina@HealthyAcadia.org.