Archives for Presenters

Bio | Abby Frutchey, MSW, LADC, CCS

Abby Frutchey is a 2006 graduate of the Washington County Adult Drug Treatment Court.  She is the Substance Use Response Coordinator for Community Caring Collaborative and has 12 years of experience practicing as a licensed substance use treatment provider and clinical supervisor, specializing in treatment of those involved in the...
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Bio | Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen is the Policy Director of the Maine Recovery Advocacy Project (ME-RAP), a grassroots network of Mainers working on community and public policy-based solutions to the addiction crisis. During the 130th Maine Legislative Session, by leaning deeply into grassroots organizing tactics and building strong partnerships with other community organizations, the...
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2022.03.10 | Panelists Bios

Ellen Bemis serves as AMHC’s Chief Executive Officer. As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Bemis ensures the achievement of the agency’s service mission in conformance with AMHC’s philosophy of service, organizational values, strategic vision, and the policies established by the Board of Directors. She serves on the board of directors for...
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Bio | Kolawole A. Bankole, MD, MS, MBA

Dr. Bankole is an altruist physician, who for the past two decades has served in municipal government as a health director and health officer. He has exercised successful and effective healthcare leadership. Through direct and efficient facilitative/collaborative leadership, he has strategically implemented successful city/county-wide programs with innovative approaches, secured needed...
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Bio | Martha Straus, Ph.D.

Dr. Straus is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire and part-time Lecturer in the Program of Professional Education at Smith College for Social Work. Straus is an international trainer, speaking on topics related to child, adolescent, and...
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Bio | Jessica Wallner, LCPC

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Registered Yoga Teacher (RY200) whose first love is the earth. She provides holistic counseling and somatic ecotherapy work to cultivate deeper connection to ourselves as part of the natural world. Jessica graduated with a master’s of science in Clinical Mental Health...
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Bio | Kelcy McNamara

Kelcy McNamara is the owner of ROOTS trauma sensitive yoga LLC, is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in southern Maine, and has been teaching since 2010. In 2016 she received her 300 hour certification to facilitate Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F) a program of the Center for Trauma and...
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Bio | Don Burke, LCPC, LADC, CCS

Don Burke, LCPC, LADC, CCS. Don worked at Day One from 1991 through August 2019, and was Director of Outpatient services during much of his time at the agency. He oversaw the expansion of outpatient services which grew to include an IOP for adolescents, school based counseling services through out...
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Bio | Claudia Blackburn, Psy.D.

Dr. Blackburn is internationally known for her training, program development, and technical assistance in addiction and mental health, including co-occurring disorders. She is an energetic presenter incorporating various learning styles and encouraging active participation with students, professionals, non-traditional learners, and consumers/clients. She has worked in many behavioral health roles including...
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Bio | Maya Williams, MSW

Maya Williams is a Black/Mixed Race queer non-binary woman, writer, and suicide survivor based out of Portland, Maine. She moved to Maine from North Carolina in 2017 to get her Masters in Social Work with a Certificate in Applied Arts and Social Justice from the University of New England. They...
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Bio | John Brooklyn, MD

Dr. Brooklyn is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He has been a strong advocate for integrating people with substance use disorders into medical homes and conceived of the nationally recognized Hub and Spoke model to seamlessly treat opioid use disorders. He is on the UVM Medical Center...
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Bio | Cathleen Dunlap, MEd, MSW, LCSW

Cathleen Dunlap is Clinical Director at Paramount Behavioral Services, Inc., a mental and behavioral health agency located in Waterville, Maine.  Prior to this, Ms. Dunlap was employed as a social worker at Togus VA Medical Center; as the director for Menswork, a certified batterer’s intervention program in central Maine; as...
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Bio | Peter Jackson, MD

Dr. Jackson is an assistant professor at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and UVM medical center where he specializes in both child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. In both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry he currently...
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Bio | Kelly Peck, Ph.D.

My research interests are two-fold. I have conducted research focused on the development and evaluation of novel treatments for opioid misuse and use disorder. Most recently, this has included work on two randomized clinical trials evaluating a novel interim buprenorphine treatment for reducing illicit opioid use and other high-risk behaviors...
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Bio | John Burke

John Burke is an Assistant Attorney General in the Maine Attorney General’s office, prosecuting crimes and civil offenses related to fraud and patient abuse in the MaineCare system. He has practiced law for 24 years, the last 16 as a prosecutor....
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