PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 

Journey House: Founder and Program Director. Southern and Central Maine. Dec. 2016 - current. 

  • Oversee operations of five low-cost, low-barrier, peer-run recovery residences in Maine. 

  • Inspire residents to better selves and to embark on their own self-directed journeys, and connect them with resources to build their recovery capital and to better ensure long term recovery and wellness. 

  • Build capacity throughout Maine. Advocate publicly for additional recovery residences as well as all other necessary components of a Recovery Oriented System of Care. 

Greater Portland Health: Peer Support Coordinator. Portland, ME. Jul. 2017 - current.   

  • Invite purposeful, powerful relationships to explore new possibilities together with peers. 

  • Facilitate groups and coordinate other peer support activities and offerings. 

  • Educate providers and others about peer support, and advocate for its implementation. 

  • Conduct trainings and workshops for patients, Substance Use Disorder treatment professionals, policymakers, and recovery allies throughout Southern Maine. 

  • Organize Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) classes and train students in 30 hour CCAR RCA class. 

Preble Street: Resource Center Staff. Portland, ME. Nov. 2015 - current. 

  • Provide basic necessities and milieu management in soup kitchen and day shelter.

Nautilus Public Health: Associate. Portland, ME. Nov. 2017 – Jul. 2018. 

  • Engage in advocacy and conduct advocacy trainings for organizations, their staff and clients, and the public. 

Amistad/MMC Acute Psychiatric Unit: Peer Support Specialist. Portland, ME. Oct. 2016 – Nov. 2017. 

  • Provide peer support and engage in mutual growth and learning. 

  • Follow up with peers after discharge to maintain and strengthen relationships. 

Greater Portland Health: Community Health Worker. Portland, ME. Feb. 2016 – Jul. 2017. 

  • Outreached and formed meaningful relationships with individuals in need of healthcare. 

  • Provided case management services, advocacy and other supports. 

  • Served and strengthened a low-barrier model of care (“meeting people where they’re at”) 

  • Networked, collaborated, and engaged in capacity building with other community agencies and their staff to better serve patients and others. 

Commission on Economic Opportunity: Case Manager. Wilkes Barre, PA. Jan. 2014 - Aug 2014. 

  • Performed case management services and secured funding for housing. 

  • Ensured Continuum of Care components were in place for individuals seeking assistance. 

Law Firm of Stephen B. Killian: Paralegal. Kingston, PA. Sep. 2011 - Aug 2014. 

King’s College: Math and Economics Tutor.Wilkes Barre, PA. Jan. 2013 - May 2014. 

Institute for Public Policy and Development: Analyst.Wilkes Barre, PA. Sep. 2012 - Dec. 2012. 

Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office: Admin. Assistant. Wilkes Barre, PA. May 2012 - Aug. 2012. 

UMass Hospital Emergency Dept.: Emergency Liaison. Worcester, MA. Nov. 2008 - Aug. 2010. 

EDUCATION:  

Candidate for Master’s in Policy, Planning, and Management. The Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine (Portland, ME). Current. 

B.A., Political Science.King’s College (Wilkes Barre, PA). 2014. 

Awarded John F. Kennedy Award for Political Science. GPA: 3.96 / 4. 

Irish American Scholars study-abroad at Queen’s University (Belfast, U.K.). 2013. 

CERTIFICATIONS: 

Authorized Trainer, CCAR Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) 

Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist, State of Maine 

Certified CCAR RCA recovery coach 

Certified SMART Recovery Meeting Facilitator 

Certified NAMI Connection Group Facilitator 

PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: 

Maine Behavioral Healthcare: Member, Behavioral Services Advisory Committee. Nov. 2018 - current. 

Church of Safe Injection: Founder. Sep. 2018 - current. 

Portland OPS (Overdose Prevention Site): Founder. May 2018 - Nov. 2018. 

NAMI- Portland: Member, Board of Directors. May 2018 - current. 

Health Equity Alliance: Member, Board of Directors. Dec. 2017 - current. 

Young People in Recovery - Portland, Maine Chapter: Chapter Lead. Feb. 2017 - Sep. 2018. 

Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery: Vision Council Member. Feb. 2017 - Oct. 2017. 

Consumer Council System of Maine - Portland Council: Member. Sep. 2016 - Oct. 2017. 

Voices of Recovery (Spring Harbor Hospital & The Opportunity Alliance): Speaker. Jun. 2016 - Oct. 2017. 

Maine Homeless Veterans Alliance: Vice President, Board of Directors. Oct. 2016 - Oct. 2017. 

Volunteers of America: Elementary School Student Mentor. Wilkes Barre, PA. Jan. 2013 - May 2013. 

AWARDS: 

Maine Harm Reduction Alliance’s Harm Reduction Hero AwardBrewer, ME. Sep. 14, 2018. 

Young People in Recovery's Collaborator of the Year AwardWashington, DC. May 22, 2018. 

Maine Quality Counts’ Patient Partnership Award. Augusta, ME. Apr. 4, 2018. 

Maine Primary Care Association’s Unsung Hero Award. Bar Harbor, ME. Oct. 18, 2017. 

King’s College John F. Kennedy Award for Political Science. Wilkes Barre, PA. May 2014. 

PRESENTATIONS & PROJECTS: 

Invited to provide technical assistance to Chicago Recovery Alliance. Chicago, IL. Dec. 2 – 4, 2018. 

Panelist at screening of “Recovery Boys” by MaineHealth. Portland, ME. Nov. 29, 2018. 

Presented to Bates College students on person-first and destigmatized language and drug policy. Lewiston, ME. Nov. 26, 2018. 

Presented to Cary Medical Center and stakeholders “How to Open and Operate a Recovery House.” Caribou, ME. Nov. 14, 2018. 

Invited to participate in Association of Recovery in Higher Education’s Leadership Summit. Washington, DC. Nov. 9 – 11, 2018. 

Conducted 30-hour Recovery Coach Academy for 14 students at Recovery Oriented Campus Ctr. Portland, ME. November 2018. 

Presented at Maine Public Health Assn. Conference “How to Open and Operate a Recovery House.” Augusta, ME. Oct. 16, 2018. 

Speaker at WE Recover, inaugural York County recovery event. Biddeford, ME. Sep. 15, 2018. 

Presented on Youth Engagement Strategies at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Conference. Washington, DC. Sep. 27, 2018. 

Conducted 30-hour Recovery Coach Academy for 16 students at Greater Portland Health. Portland, ME. September 2018. 

Presented at Harm Reduction Conference “How to Open and Operate a Recovery House.” Brewer, ME. Sep. 14, 2018. 

Presented on recovery-oriented housing to Region 1 Homelessness Council. Alfred, ME. Aug. 22, 2018. 

Presented to Healthy Acadia and stakeholders “How to Open and Operate a Recovery House.” Ellsworth, ME. Jul. 23, 2018. 

Presented to Portland Rotary Club on recovery-oriented housing. Portland, ME. Jul. 6, 2018. 

Presented on harm reduction to Lewiston Tri-County Mental Health Services. Lewiston, ME. Jun. 28, 2018. 

Presented to Lewiston Auburn Rotary Club on recovery-oriented housing. Auburn, ME. May 31, 2018. 

Presented “How to Open and Operate a Recovery House” at HOPE Conference. Augusta, ME. May 30, 2018. 

Invited by Congressman Poliquin to be panelist at Opioid Roundtable. Brewer, ME. May 30, 2018. 

Presenter at Blue Willow Counseling to Cumberland County Drug Court. Portland, ME. May 18, 2018. 

Panelist at Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care Conversation with State Sen. Mark Dion. Sanford, ME. May 11, 2018. 

Panelist on CCSME Annual Meeting’s peer support panel. Augusta, ME. May 7, 2018. 

Presenter at Portland Sunrise Rotary on destigmatized language. Portland, ME. May 3, 2018. 

Presenter at Rotary District 7780 on destigmatized language. Portsmouth, NH. Apr. 19, 2018. 

Presenter at Brunswick Coastal Rotary on recovery-oriented housing. Topsham, ME. Apr. 18, 2018. 

Presenter at Sanford Springvale Rotary on recovery-oriented housing. Sanford, ME. Apr. 5, 2018. 

Presenter at Catholic Charities to U.S. Federal Probationers. Portland, ME. Mar. 7, 2018. 

Presenter at UNE Dental School SUD and recovery workshop. Portland, ME. Mar. 7, 2018. 

Panelist at CPPC SUD and recovery conference. South Portland, ME. Jan. 31, 2018. 

Panelist at York Hospital SUD, Language, and Stigma Workshop. York, ME. Jan. 24, 2018. 

Trained 15 law enforcement officers on recovery supports in CIT class. Sanford, ME. Nov. 17, 2017. 

Conducted advocacy training at Recovery Oriented Campus Center. Portland, ME. Nov. 2, 2017. 

Presented at SoPo Unite Community Stakeholders Meeting. South Portland, ME. Oct. 2017. 

Presented at Maine Public Health Association Conference. Portland, ME. Oct. 17, 2017. 

Participating in CSI Youth Engagement Strategies and Support. Online. Oct. 2017 – Jan. 2018. 

Faculty for Maine Quality Counts SUD Capacity Building Workshop. Online. Oct. 2017 – Jun. 2018. 

Spoke and delivered peer support training to staff at Alternative Wellness. Portland, ME. Oct. 2, 2017. 

Panelist at UNE School of Social Work SUD Panel. Biddeford, ME. Sep. 20, 2017. 

Panelist at Embracing SUD Treatment in Primary Care Conference. Portland, ME. Sep. 13, 2017. 

Spoke at Midcoast Recovery Coalition 2nd Annual Fundraiser. Rockport, ME. Aug 30, 2017. 

Conducted cultural sensitivity training at Maine Department of Corrections. Augusta, ME. Jun. 29, 2017. 

Presented at SAMHS/MAPSRC/CCSM HOPE Conference. Augusta, ME. May 31, 2017. 

Presented at Maine Harm Reduction Alliance Conference. Belfast, ME. May 10, 2017. 

Presented at CPPC Substance Use Disorder Community Conversation. Biddeford, ME. May 10, 2017. 

PUBLICATIONS: 

Maine Voices: Bad policy denies vital resource to those struggling with drugs. Portland Press Herald. Nov. 2018. 

Maine Voices: Church of Safe Injection treats drug users as Jesus would have done. Portland Press Herald. Oct. 2018. 

Lives depend on recovery houses. Portland Press Herald. Jun. 2018. 

Maine Voices: Demand that legislators fund care for those with substance use disorder. Portland Press Herald. May 2018. 

Supervised drug-consumption centers would save money and lives. Portland Press Herald. Oct. 2017. 

Make changes in treatment for substance use disorder. Portland Press Herald. Aug. 2017. 

State needs involuntary drug treatment option. Portland Press Herald. Sep. 2016. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS: 

Conversational in Spanish. 

Proficient in French.