Project Manager, Substance Abuse and the Elderly
graduated from Ricker College in Houlton and received a M.A. in Mass Communications from Emerson College in Boston. During the 1980’s she worked in the field of substance abuse prevention for the Maine Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention. After attending Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, she served Unitarian Universalist churches on Cape Cod, in Rockland, Maine and Stockton, California. Nancee moved back to Maine in 2007, and since retirement has volunteered as a hospital chaplain and an advocate for elderly and disabled citizens with Spectrum Generations in central Maine. She comes to AdCare with a desire to develop an approach to deal with the problem of substance abuse and misuse among the rapidly growing population of aging Mainers. She believes it’s entirely possible to bring about an enhanced life to those sufferers who might not know there’s a softer, gentler way to grow old.
Training Project Coordinator
moved to Maine in 2010 to serve two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at a state agency in Augusta. After her terms of service ended, Erin worked as an AmeriCorps Program Representative for Goodwill Industries of NNE managing many aspects of a large tri-state National Service program, which included providing trainings and professional development opportunities to AmeriCorps members. Erin brings four years of experience in non-profit administrative support, event planning, volunteer management, and excellent customer service to the AdCare team. She serves as the support person for the Student Intervention Reintegration Program (SIRP)
. In her free time, Erin enjoys exploring all that Maine, and New England, has to offer through hiking, biking, and driving adventures.
joined the AdCare team in April 2016 as its Office Manager. Richard comes to AdCare from the accounting office of an Augusta-based car dealership. Previous to that, he spent four years at a local nonprofit agency as an Administrative Assistant and Billing Specialist. Richard graduated from Husson University in 2009 with a B.A. in Business Administration. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading and playing the piano. He is also active in the Masonic bodies, serving at the state level in both appointed and elected positions.
Training and Exercise Coordinator
accepted the position of Training and Exercise Coordinator at the Maine CDC in October 2015. He recently retired from over 20 years active duty as a Healthcare Specialist/Medic in the US Army with five combat deployments and varied assignments that included rapid response team leadership for the US Transportation Command’s Global Patient Movement Requirement Center as the Joint Patient Movement Team Leader and several years with the 25th Infantry Division Surgeon’s Office as an Operations Officer in a Casualty Evacuation Capacity. He currently holds an Associate Degree in Health Studies and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Combining these experiences has led Patrick to the Training and Exercise Coordinator position, which primarily focuses on supporting the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness.
Director of Operations
Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C,
is the Director of Operations for AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., directing and managing all Maine programs and staff. Scott is a Certified Prevention Specialist with more than a decade of experience in the field. Since December 2015, Scott has been serving on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission, appointed by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2012. Scott volunteers as the Chair of the marijuana policy education and advocacy group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Maine. He is also the Board President of the Maine Council on Problem Gambling. Scott has received several awards recognizing his contributions and leadership in the substance use prevention field including the 2013 Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse Award, the 2015 Maine Public Health Association Ruth S. Shaper Award, and the 2015 Healthy Androscoggin Will Bartlett Award. He most recently received a 2017 Patrick J. Kennedy Outstanding Advocate Award from the national Smart Approaches to Marijuana organization. Scott enjoys exploring and adventuring in Maine and abroad with his wife and three children.
Quality Assurance Manager
Diane Geyer, LCPC, LADC, CCS,
is licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), a clinical professional counselor (LCPC), a certified clinical supervisor (CCS) and holds national certification as a National Clinical Counselor (NCC). She has a degree in Human Development and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts. Diane has worked as a Program Director and Supervisor in integrated medical and behavioral health settings at multiple levels of care. Diane has participated in assisting in the development of clinical competencies for clinicians working in medication assisted treatment and served on the Co-occurring State Integration Initiative to develop Maine Clinical Guidelines for Integrated Substance Use and Mental Health Care. She is certified in Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health through UMass Medical School and is active in the integration of medical and behavioral health care to support Holistic service and treatment in outpatient and inpatient settings. For more than 10 years, Diane has been in private practice in Scarborough Maine and provides consultative services for other practitioners interested in providing integrative holistic services. In addition to her practice, she works for Adcare Educational Institute providing quality assurance for their Prime for Life Program and is an instructor for Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC).
James Gorske, MBA,
is the Executive Director of AdCare Massachusetts
and Maine. He has been with AdCare for over 23 years and specializes in strategic planning; marketing; financial management; budget development; contract negotiations; cost analysis; consultation; program evaluation and planning; publicity; cost containment and control; grant writing; human resource management; staff development; training implementation and managing multiple funding streams, including state, federal and private resources. Mr. Gorske is the former President of the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (MBSACC) and the former Regional President of Massachusetts Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (MAADAC.)
DEEP Data Entry Specialist
Nicole Haynes has worked at AdCare part-time for over 13 years. She has strong administrative skills and an eye for details.
Workforce Development Coordinator
coordinates high quality events, trainings, and workforce development opportunities
for people seeking continuing education in the Behavioral Health field. She has over 9 years experience as an event planner and brings a wealth of energy and knowledge to the events she supports. Lorana is often the primary contact for several AdCare Maine events and always responds to customers with a smile. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and taking care of her many beloved animals.
DEEP Program Coordinator
manages support for the Driver Education and Evaluation Program (DEEP)
. She also assists with IT projects and trainings. Nancy has worked for AdCare for over 17 years. She brings a dedication and commitment to her work that is unsurpassed. She enjoys learning new things, travel, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Director of Special Projects
joined the AdCare Maine team in 2003. She serves as the Director of Special Projects with a primary focus on public health
focused initiatives with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Working closely with the Division of Public Health Systems and Division of Infectious Disease, Tammy has a proven track record of successful programmatic and event management. She balances her work life with a very full family life, raising two young boys together with her husband.
Part-time, Manager of Special Projects
Jessica Mehorter, BS, Business Management
has worked in the public health and economic development sectors over the past 20 years. She has mentored members of the entrepreneurial and innovation economy; provided education and coaching for at risk youth; and continues to manage high quality trainings, programs, and projects. Her enthusiasm for life and high energy spill over into her work. She has a love of dogs and is passionate about energetic healing, hiking, and the ocean.
Volunteer Management Coordinator and MRC State Coordinator
began serving as the Volunteer Management Coordinator at AdCare, embedded in the Maine CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) team, beginning in November 2017. In this role he manages all State of Maine volunteer initiatives as they relate to PHEP. Ed graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Environmental Studies. Shortly thereafter, he began a diverse career path that saw him serve as Strategic Marketing Consultant for IDEXX Laboratories, District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, and Staff Analyst for L.L.Bean’s Corporate Security Department. In 2016 he also founded a company to help outdoors-oriented youth organizations improve both their programming and administration. Directly before joining AdCare, Ed served as volunteer Team Leader with the Maine Medical Reserve Corps for “Central” District 5. Ed has a passion for outdoor recreation and education, and he fulfilled a lifelong dream by completing the New England portion of the Appalachian Trail over the summer of 2010.
Director of Vermont Programs
Neill Miner, MSW, PS-C,
coaches the implementation of innovative program and workforce development services targeting selected portions of Vermont’s behavioral health system. He brings to this role extensive experience with statewide adoption of evidence-based practices to help behavioral health organizations reduce and prevent substance misuse and abuse. Neill helped obtain the grant funding that supports Vermont’s Youth Treatment Enhancement Program.
He ensures that AdCare’s efforts are data driven, effective, structurally sound, and enhanced over time by thinking “outside the box.”
Per Diem, Marketing
contributes to AdCare Maine marketing communications efforts, including websites, publications, social media and email newsletters. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she began her career helping build Publications, Media and Creative Services departments for two entrepreneurial sports teams. She then joined the national Alzheimer’s Association to support the re-launch of its brand identity and publications portfolio. After receiving a professional certificate in filmmaking from Maine Media College, she founded Sheltering Tree, a Rockport-based creative communications studio that supports organizations with authentic narrative, thoughtful design and clear strategy.
Coordinator, Health Alert Network (HAN)
served six years in the United States Marine Corps, working as both an Operations Planner and Information Technology Chief for Second Radio Battalion. His experience with and love of technology lend themselves well to his work with the Maine Center for Disease Control, where he has spent the last four years managing both the Health Alert Network
– Maine CDC’s emergency alerting and notification system – and the bed availability and resource tracking tool, EMResource. Nathaniel also acts as Emergency Communications Director for Maine CDC, and played a key role in setting up it’s Public Health Emergency Operations Center.
Workforce Training Developer
Diane Weinstein, LCSW, CCS,
received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati in 1988. For more than 25 years, she has specialized in improving the delivery of services for persons with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders in clinical, policy, and academic settings in Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia; and Maine. Diane is co-editor of the book, Best Practices in Psychosocial Rehabilitation
. As part of the AdCare workforce development team, she will be using her workforce and systems development-related experience at the national, state, and county levels, as well as her clinical work in substance use and mental health intensive outpatient programs, inpatient settings, residential treatment, case management services, and behavioral health treatment in a county jail. Her idea of ultimate bliss is floating down a lazy river in a kayak while an eagle flies overhead.
Program Director, Disaster Behavioral Health (DBH)
Kathleen Wescott, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
works at the Maine CDC Emergency Preparedness unit as the Director, Disaster Behavioral Health
. Kathleen had been working as a clinician for an Alaska Native tribe in a Southeast Alaska remote village; the clinic was 3-hours by ferry from the nearest town. She loved the experience of learning about their native culture, language and dance. As a recent Maine resident, she looks forward to spending time with family, especially her 3 year old and 2 month old grandsons.