Staff and Contacts

Denise Black

Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator

Denise is responsible for coordinating Healthy Acadia's Drug Free Communities Grant, a federally funded initiative that empowers community participation to support and engage youth and prevent substance abuse across Hancock County. Denise provides project planning, implementation and program evaluation. She builds and sustains community partnerships with various entities, including healthcare providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, civic, youth and religious organizations, businesses, schools, parents and individuals. She works with partners to mobilize collective action resulting in policy and environmental supports that foster youth leadership and resiliency, while working to prevent and reduce substance abuse. Contact Denise by email at denise@healthyacadia.org.

Tracey Carlson

Communications Coordinator

Tracey disseminates information about Healthy Acadia's initiatives, programming and community events to the media, health providers, donors and the general public. Tracey's work includes development of publications and community outreach materials, promotion of public health awareness campaigns and initiatives, and producing engaging content for print and web through various media channels, including social media networks, newspaper, radio, television, e-newsletter, and the Healthy Acadia website. Tracey also delivers chronic disease management and prevention programs, including Tai Chi for Rehabilitation and "Taking Action for Health," and serves as the Youth Engagement Coordinator for Washington County, supporting youth-led and youth-serving programming that builds young people's resilience and strengthens youth leadership on issues of public health, restorative practices, and social justice.  Contact Tracey by email at tracey@healthyacadia.org.

Samantha Cottone

AmeriCorps FoodCorps Service  Member

As Washington County’s FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member for the 2016/17 school year, Samantha Cottone is part of a nation-wide team of AmeriCorps leaders serving in K-12 schools to deliver hands-on lessons in growing, cooking, tasting, and learning about nutritious foods. Samantha grew up in rural Wilton, New York, and attended college at University of New England in Maine where she received her BA in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies and minored in Nutrition. Samantha is serving in the Eastport community with K-12 schools to help create a healthier school environment and ultimately a schoolwide culture of health in which students lead healthier and happier lives. Contact Samantha by email at samantha.cottone@foodcorps.org

Julie Daigle

Community Health Coordinator

Julie provides obesity and tobacco prevention services 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. Julie's efforts are supported through Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Downeast,  a partnership among Healthy Acadia, Maine Health and four regional hospitals aimed at improving the health of Maine youth and families in Hancock and Washington counties. 

Julie also works with towns throughout the county to develop polices to promote tobacco-free communities. She provides resources to homeowners, property managers and lodging facilities to develop smoke-free policies and increase awareness about the importance of healthy homes. Julie promotes the use of the Maine Tobacco HelpLine as an excellent resource to support people in the quitting process. Contact Julie by email at julie@healthyacadia.org.

Maria Donahue, MPH, MSW Community Health Director Maria provides leadership for collaborative health promotion and disease prevention programs across Hancock County. Maria’s work includes promotion of active community environments, school health, healthy environments, lead poisoning prevention, tobacco-free communities, substance use prevention, positive child & youth development. Maria sustains high-impact collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers and consultants, and she directs program development, implementation and evaluation. Maria also supports grant writing, as well as budget and contract management. Contact Maria by email at maria@healthyacadia.org.
Sandie Dubay, MPA, LD

 

Special Projects Director

Sandie provides leadership to several community health projects in Hancock and Washington counties. She serves as the Project Director for a 3-year federal HRSA grant supporting diabetes prevention and chronic disease and pain management programs, implementing evidence-based health improvement programs to help people prevent the onset of diabetes, manage chronic diseases and chronic pain, and lead healthier lives. Sandie is also implementing Maine Healthy General Stores, a project supported by a Newman’s Foundation grant. This is an innovative, whole-system approach to improving eating by increasing the availability of healthy food in rural communities. Additionally, Sandie is working on a Healthy Hospital Initiative to improve access to heatlhy foods in hospital cafeterias and vending machines as well as Clinicial and Community Linkages to identify, provide referrals and support patients in healthcare facilitates who are screened as food insecure. She also facilitates the coordination of meetings and activities of the Downeast Oral Health Team. Contact Sandie by email at sandie@healthyacadia.org.

Elsie Flemings Executive Director

Elsie is responsible for building and sustaining a highly effective non-profit comprehensive community health coalition by empowering community participation, good governance, staff leadership, resource development and sound fiscal management. Elsie ensures the organization is responsive 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 resposibilities 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

Angela 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 environments, lead poisoning prevention, chronic disease prevention, positive child & youth development, and mental health integration. Angela sustains high-impact collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers and consultants, and she supports program development, implementation and evaluation. Angela coordinates and leads "Taking Action for Health" and Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Programs and also serves as one of our two Cancer Patient Navigators for Washington County. Contact Angela by email at angela@healthyacadia.org.

Katie Freedman Food Programs Director

Katie provides leadership in areas related to community food security, public health nutrition, local foods procurement, community gardening, and supporting farms and farmers’ markets. Katie coordinates the Downeast Farm to School Program, providing leadership together with Washington County-based program staff to connect schools with farms across Hancock and Washington Counties, and Healthy Acadia’s Food for All initiatives, working to provide lower-income citizens of all ages with access to fresh and affordable food. Contact Katie by email at katie@healthyacadia.org.

Regina Grabrovac Washington County Food Programs Manager

Regina Grabrovac is Washington County Food Programs Manager. Regina oversees the county's farm to school program, the Washington County Gleaning Initiative and the Community Food Council as well as various food security and food system efforts. She also coordinates the efforts of Healthy Acadia's FoodCorps and  Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps VISTA AmeriCorps Service Members. Regina connects schools with local, farm fresh produce, offers Maine Harvest Lunch lessons and apple cider pressing workshops, and supports school gardens. Regina has extensive agricultural experience, including operation of two CSA farms and inspection of hundreds of farms for organic certification for state and international agencies. Contact Regina by email at regina@healthyacadia.org.

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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.

Emily Herwerden

Nutrition Education Coordinator

Emily provides coordination for nutrition education and obesity prevention initiatives for low-income Hancock County community members 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. Emily works with USDA-approved nutrition education curricula to help SNAP eligible households gain knowledge and skills to eat healthfully on a limited budget. Contact Emily by email at emily@healthyacadia.org.

Sandy Johnson Finance Director 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.

Georgianna Kendall

Washington County Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 Coordinator

Georgie provides obesity and tobacco prevention services 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. Georgie's efforts are supported through Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Downeast,  a partnership among Healthy Acadia, Maine Health and four 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.

Sara McConnell Nutrition Education Coordinator Sara provides coordination for nutrition education and obesity prevention initiatives for low-income Washington County community members 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. Sara works with USDA-approved nutrition education curricula to help SNAP eligible households gain knowledge and skills to eat healthfully on a limited budget. Contact Sara by email at sara@healthyacadia.org.

Marianne Moore

Cancer Patient Navigator

Though a partnership between Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Marianne works with individuals, families and healthcare providers to address the myriad, often complex barriers to short/long term care faced by cancer patients in Washington County.  Marianne is available to help address barriers including but not limited to:  financial/economic assistance; health/healthcare literacy; health insurance navigation; access to transportation; connection to social/support networks and systems; and access to resources that support healthy diets and lifestyle habits to complement individual treatment and recovery protocols.  She works with partners to create a robust, dynamic system that will help ensure cancer patients receive culturally competent care that is confidential, respectful, compassionate, and mindful of the patient's safety.  Contact Marianne by email at marianne@healthyacadia.org.

Gabriel O'Brien

Community Health Coordinator

Gabriel provides tobacco prevention services in Washington County. He works with towns throughout the region to develop polices to promote tobacco-free communities, including governing tobacco sales and distribution to minors, smoking in public places and at public events.  Gabe provides resources to homeowners, working with housing sites to develop smoke-free policies, and increasing awareness about the importance of health homes. He provides resources and technical assistance to lodging owners to develop workable policies and rules regarding tobacco use on their properties and promotes the use of the Maine Tobacco HelpLine as an excellent resource to support people in the quitting process. Contact Gabe by email at gabe@healthyacadia.org.

Hannah Semler

Gleaning & FarmDrop Manager

Hannah provides leadership for the Hancock County Gleaning Initiative, an initiative coordinated by Healthy Acadia in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Hannah organizes gleaning events where volunteers go to farms, orchards, and farmers’ markets to collect food that would otherwise go to waste. She also connects home gardeners and farmers directly to local pantries and community meal sites, helping to establish lasting relationships and improve the flow of fresh, locally grown foods to more community members. Hannah brings extensive experience to the role of Gleaning Coordinator, including a Master's of Science in International Food Business and Consumer Studies. Contact Hannah by e-mail at hannah@healthyacadia.org.
Shoshona Smith Development Coordinator Shoshona is responsible for coordinating numerous efforts related to organizational planning and fundraising, as well as internal systems such as the staff wellness program, volunteer management, and others. She is passionate about generating diverse, sustainable funding for Healthy Acadia's important work, developing and strengthening community partnerships, and supporting innovative internal systems across Healthy Acadia's program areas and two offices. Contact Shoshona by email at shoshona@healthyacadia.org.
Terri Woodruff Community Health Program Manager Terri provides program management for collaborative health promotion and disease prevention programs across Washington County. Terri’s work includes promotion of substance prevention, tobacco-free communities, positive social youth development, the Underage Drinking Task Force, the Partnership for Success Coalition, and school health programs. Terri sustains strong collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers and consultants, and she supports program development, implementation and evaluation. Contact Terri by email at terri@healthyacadia.org.

Tara Young Community Health Program Coordinator

Tara fosters collaborative partnerships and delivers health promotion programs that prevent substance misuse and addiction throughout Hancock County. She provides community outreach and supports promotion of substance prevention resources and opportunities with workplaces, schools, social service agencies, health care providers and other venues. She works with partners 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.

Tara also serves as the Youth Engagement Coordinator for Hancock County, supporting youth-led and youth-serving programming that builds young people's resilience and strengthens youth leadership on issues of public health, restorative practices, and social justice. Tara by email at tara@healthyacadia.org.

Nina Zeldin Community Outreach Coordinator

Nina provides support for multiple aspects of Healthy Acadia's work, including the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention programs, community outreach, and development. Nina coordinates and facilitates trainings 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," Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program. National Library of Medicine Resources, Confident Conversations, and Mental Health Integration. Nina is a certified Master Trainer for "Taking Action for Health," and also supports communications and outreach efforts across the region. Contact Nina by email at nina@healthyacadia.org.