Staff and Contacts

Denise Black

Recovery Supports Program Manager 
CCAR Authorized Recovery Coach & Ethics Trainer

Denise serves as Recovery Supports Program Manager in Hancock County and is a CCAR Authorized Recovery Coach and Ethics trainer. She works to build robust addiction recovery support systems locally and across eastern Maine. 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 to deepen collaboration within communities to reduce substance use in Hancock county through education.

Denise's extensive professional and personal experience spurred her transition to recovery work in April 2018. Denise is passionate about building healthier communities and multiple pathways to recovery for all.  

Contact Denise by email at denise@healthyacadia.org.

Tracey Carlson

Communications Manager

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 healthy aging and chronic disease management and prevention programs, including Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Taking Action for Health, and A Matter of Balance. 

Contact Tracey by email at tracey@healthyacadia.org.

Julie Daigle

Community Health Coordinator - Hancock County

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 Manager

Sandie provides leadership to several community health projects across Hancock and Washington counties, including evidence-based health improvement programs to help people prevent the onset of type II diabetes, manage chronic diseases and chronic pain, and lead healthier lives. Sandie serves as the Project Manager for the Maine RecoveryCorps program.  She also facilitates the coordination of meetings and activities of the Downeast Oral Health Team.

Contact Sandie by email at sandie@healthyacadia.org.

Rachel Emus

Food Programs Coordinator

Rachel coordinates a variety of food programs that help to increase food security and access to healthy foods for all, including the Hancock County Gleaning Initiative, 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

Angela serves as a Cancer Patient Navigator for southern 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 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 citizens of all ages with access to fresh and affordable food regardless of income.

Contact Katie by email at katie@healthyacadia.org.

Brian Frutchey

Community Health Coordinator,

Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (Washington County)

Brian works throughout Washington County to foster collaborative partnerships and deliver health promotion programs that prevent substance misuse and addiction. He also promotes and supports resources for people seeking recovery from addiction through our Recovery Coach program. Brian provides community outreach and supports promotion of substance prevention resources and opportunities with workplaces, schools, social service agencies, health care providers and other venues. He works with partners to mobilize collective action resulting in policy and environmental supports that foster community resiliency and prevent substance misuse and addiction, including illegal drug use and misuse of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Contact Brian by email at brian@healthyacadia.org.

Regina Grabrovac

Food Programs Manager

Washington County

Regina Grabrovac is our Washington County Food Programs Manager. Regina serves as the Downeast District Representative for the Maine Farm to School Network and oversees the county's farm to school program. She coordinates the Washington County Gleaning Initiative and the Community Food Council as well as various food security and food system efforts. Regina supports the efforts of Healthy Acadia's FoodCorps and Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps VISTA AmeriCorps Service Members. She also 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.

Penny Guisinger

Community Health Program Manager

Penny oversees the daily functions and coordination of activities that support a three-year Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project in Downeast Maine. The project, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and led by Healthy Acadia in collaboration with the Downeast Substance Treatment Network and Downeast Substance Use Response Coalition, aims to profoundly expand and enhance direct MAT services and recovery supports to underserved individuals, including those who are incarcerated, and who are uninsured and/or underinsured, throughout our region.

Contact Penny by email at Penny@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.

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

Community Health Coordinator

Obsesity Prevention, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (Washington County) 

Georgie provides obesity and tobacco prevention 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 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.

Debra Matteson

Recovery Coach Coordinator

Deer Isle - Stonington

Debra provides coordination for the Healthy Acadia Recovery Coach Program serving the communities of Deer Isle and Stonington (DI-S). 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, instituting the systems of the larger Hancock County initiative, and to encourage collaborative community engagement to help those who are seeking recovery. She provides ongoing support, continuing education, and program coordination for the DI-S recovery coaches and actively recruits new volunteers to grow the program to meet the needs of the community. Debra’s position has been generously funded by the Deer Isle - Stonington Community, including the Island Healthy and Wellness Foundation, the Opiate-Free Island Partnership, and the towns of Deer Isle and Stonington.

Contact Debra by email at debra@healthyacadia.org.     

Sara McConnell

Nutrition Education Coordinator

Washington County

Sara 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. 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.

Gabriel O'Brien

Community Health Coordinator

Youth Engagement, Tobacco Prevention

Gabe serves as Youth Engagement Coordinator, 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. He also provides tobacco prevention services in Washington County, working with towns throughout the region to develop policies to promote tobacco-free communities, including governing tobacco sales and distribution to minors, smoking in public places and at public events, and providing resources to homeowners and housing sites to develop smoke-free policies. Gabe 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.

Shoshona Smith

Development and Operations Manager

 

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.

Chasity Tuell

Community Health Associate

CCAR Authorized Recovery Coach 

Chasity works throughout Washington County to support people seeking recovery from substance use addiction through our Recovery Coach program. She also provides community outreach and supports promotion of substance prevention resources and opportunities with workplaces, schools, law enforcement, social service agencies, health care providers and other venues. Chasity works with partners to mobilize collective action toward building a robust recovery community. She supports efforts to foster community resiliency and prevent substance misuse and addiction, including illegal drug use and misuse of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Contact Chasity by email at chasity@healthyacadia.org.

Sonia Turanski

RecoveryCorps Program Manager

Sonia 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 30 or more 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 on their recovery path and in various settings, including in the community, at healthcare sites, in jail, in treatment programs, and more.

Contact Sonia by email at sonia@healthyacadia.org.

Jada Wensman

Nutrition Education Coordinator

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

Community Health Program Manager 

Washington County

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

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 Health Coordinator

Chronic Disease Prevention, Health Promotion

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. 

Contact Nina by email at nina@healthyacadia.org.