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Our Team

Leadership & Admin


Alan Algee

Clinical Director
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor

Practice of counseling and psychotherapy at Dirigo Counseling Clinic since 2004 with a long history of a diverse practice in human services. Alan provides psychotherapy primarily for adults with mood, personality, and addictive disorders.

Jill Peters

Executive Administrator

Jill played an instrumental role in the agency's start-up phase in 2004 and has remained as the Administrative Director ever since. She brings many years of management experience to the agency. Jill oversees many gears in the day to day operations. She enjoys listening to all the success stories from clients and colleagues.

Jody Peters

Operations Manager

Jody works as Operations Manager for the four facility sites. He coordinates their development along with initiating proposals to the Board of Directors when studies of new catchment areas calls for our expansion.

Wayne Carr

Claims Technician

Wayne has specific training in managing insurance claims and database management. He assures that claims are valid and accurate. He participates in utilization reviews, internal quality assurance audits, and statistical reports.

Robin Sandau

Community Support Supervisor, Certified Counselor
by the National Board of Certified Counselors, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician -Community, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Robin shares her passion for the field of Mental Health and those served through her positions as the Community Support Supervisor and a Mental Health Therapist. Her tenacity, courage, and commitment fuels her service. She strives to help community support workers and clients rise to their potential and achieve their goals.

Jonathan Sandau

Office Manager, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Jonathan brings to Dirigo his experience in social services which spans better than a decade. He has a strong confidence in the resilience of people and believes that a major component of therapy is in the relationship the clinician forms with clients.

Cindy Sturm

Mental Health Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cindy is the service supervisor for the counseling and psychotherapy programs. She brings a long career of professional clinical practice. Her diverse background includes both outpatient and inpatient treatment of patients who warranted psychotherapy, evaluation, observation, and recommendation. She works with families, children, and adults. She comes with a long list of training and skills that she has practiced since 2000.

Lisa Southard

Office Manager

Lisa comes to Dirigo with 18 years experience in the medical field and the past 10 years in the billing department at St. Joseph's Hospital. Her great skills and experience are esteemed by our practice.

Holly Merchant

Substance Abuse & DEEP Supervisor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, DEEP Provider, and Certified Clinical Supervisor

Holly is the service supervisor for the
Substance Abuse programs. She earned her BS degree, summa cum laude, in Mental Health and Human Services with a concentration in addiction studies. Holly has experience working with individuals suffering from the disease of addiction as well as affected others. Holly has experience in individual and group counseling. Her focus is to assist her clients with building skills that will allow them to manage daily stressors more effectively; have healthy, intimate and interdependent relationships; and to handle stressful situations without the use of substances.

Wyatt Smith

Facilities - Manager

Wyatt works as our Facilities Manager for our three sites.. He brings 15 plus years experience in management and team building. We are grateful to have his knowledge and expertise keeping our facilities pristine.

Darlene Foster

Office Staff

Darlene conducts administrative functions. She comes with well over 25 years of experience in the medical field. She has worked many years in the direct clinical care setting as a phlebotomist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, The American Red Cross, and Community Health and Counseling Services.

Ethan Smith

Maintenance Staff

Counselors


Katherine Monahan

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Katherine comes to us as a therapist for the Department of Corrections with specialties in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. She uses a theoretical base of solution-focused, existential, and cognitive, behavioral orientations. "I have the basic belief that all people can change if they have skills and develop confidence that they can master their own destiny."

Greta Garvey

Licensed Master Social Worker, Conditional Clinical

Greta has a background in working with homeless youth, crisis services, domestic violence, and residential treatment. She feels enthused to work with our clientele in a traditional outpatient treatment program here at our agency.

Shannon Pettit

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Starting in the field in 2003 as a Direct Care Professional, Shannon worked at a residential treatment facility for dually diagnosed adolescents. Becoming very interested in both mental health and substance dependence, she went on to further her education at the University of Maine, Orono, gaining her Master’s in Social Work in 2007, and later her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). She has worked with a diverse population after graduating, including adolescents, adults, and families, allowing for growth of a diverse skill set.

Michelle Kimball

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor,
Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Michelle has completed her studies in addiction treatment at Beal College and graduated magna cum laude. After obtaining her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she is continuing her education to expand her career treating substance use. She has a lot of experience with working with people in this field and brings a sense of true passion for the help and healing of anyone needing treatment.

April Archibald

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, DEEP Provider, and Certified Clinical Supervisor

April has worked with those struggling with addiction for nearly 15 years. She has experience in group and individual therapy. She spent eight years in the military and has a passion for working with veterans. April is dedicated to assisting her clients in obtaining life skills to maintain sobriety and recovery.

Amanda Bradley

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Amanda has experience working in a community mental health clinic including forensic outpatient and the treatment of drug and alcohol disorders. She also has experience in a prison setting conducting individual and group therapy. Amanda's approach to therapy is largely strength based which includes solution focused and cognitive behavioral models.

Julie Lamoreau

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Doctor of Ministry

Julie has been practicing clinical social work for over 25 years. She has a broad range of experience in a variety of mental health and addiction settings with the adult population ages 18-98. She specializes in trauma-related issues and is EMDR certified. For those interested in treatment with more of a Christian worldview, she offers a biblical perspective – never pushy, but rather helping people explore their existential questions. She is experienced in individual and group therapies with a strong leaning towards a clinical approach incorporating a Rogerian, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral theoretical base. She looks forward to meeting you and collaborating in treatment.

Bruce Bosinger

Licensed Clinical Professional
Counselor - Conditional

Bruce was introduced to Human Services in 2008 when a friend asked if he would be interested in helping develop a curriculum for a co-occurring adolescent program at Easter Seals of NH. This led to him going to work for them in their adolescent residential facility. He worked mainly on the co-occurring unit. He also had the opportunity to work on other units, including the non-verbal neuro unit. He was working with families as well as the medical, education, and judicial systems.

John Mlcuch

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Conditional

John is currently completing his Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Husson University in Bangor, and working towards conditional LCPC licensure. He is excited to join the Dirigo team and has been trained to work with clients of all ages. John employs a person-centered approach, making clients the leaders of their own treatment and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives while drawing on additional techniques from CBT and mindfulness approaches. One of the most satisfying things about counseling for him is educating clients about their brains and bodies, and the connections between them. The 'eureka!' moments, where clients gain understanding and insight into their emotions, reminds him of his own self-discovery. He learns something new from everyone he works with.

Thadius Hannington-Berube

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Conditional

Thadius recently graduated from a CACREP accredited Master of Counseling program. Using an eclectic approach that integrates family systems theories and experiential symbolic therapy, he works with teens and adults using client focused and evidence-based treatment practices. His background includes outpatient treatment of adults and teens with histories of trauma and substance abuse, and he also has experience with teens in an inpatient intensive mental health facility.

Margaret Howson

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, conditional. Certified to provide DEEP services

Margaret recently graduated from Antioch University with her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in Substance and Opiate abuse. She comes to Dirigo with experience working with individuals struggling with substance abuse issues, domestic abuse survivors, adolescents, and adults who struggle with a myriad of Mental health Diagnosis. Margaret approaches each of her client’s with an open mind and tailors her therapeutic approach to fit their individualized needs. She often uses a hybrid of multiple theoretical orientations, primarily drawing upon her experiences using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-focused therapy, and Person-centered therapy.

Kimberly Hammill

Licensed Master Social Worker, Conditional Clinical

Kimberly is a clinical social worker who practices with adults, families, couples, adolescents and children. Kimberly serves individuals experiencing co-occurring disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar, and other mood disorders, executive functioning disorders, personality disorders, trauma recovery, and substance use recovery. Kimberly has several years experience working with adolescents and adults who identify as part of the LGBTQ community. Kimberly uses a customized approach to therapy based on each client’s needs, utilizing evidence based practices of parts work therapy, narrative therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational conversations and psychodynamic approaches. Kimberly is committed to meeting clients where they are at, acknowledging, and supporting needs, and empowering healing.

Courtney Kilgour

Counseling Intern

Courtney is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at New England College. She is working towards a conditional LCPC license. Her previous two years of experience in Child Protective Services assists her in her work with children and adults. Working with people of all ages, she takes a Person-centered approach to counseling integrated with an Adlerian approach. Using these theoretical orientations, she focuses on the relationship with the client as well as helping the client make goals and steps towards their desired outcome.

Jeffrey Turk

Counseling Intern

Jeff is completing his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Husson University. He enjoys serving clients from all backgrounds and creating dynamic and positive therapeutic relationships. Jeff employs a number of evidence-based counseling approaches and is committed to helping clients with their challenges while simultaneously uncovering their personal strengths and resilience.

Bryan Double

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Bryan has been a practicing therapist in Maine for the last three years and has been in the field for the last 13.  I serve a variety of diverse clients, across a multitude of settings. As a therapist I’m enamored with the stories my clients share and, more importantly, how they can derive meaning from those stories. I am an eclectic practitioner and believe that our past can constructively shape where we can go in life.  I am very much invested in being a part of that journey with them. 

Ericka Tavers

Intern

Ericka is completing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Husson University as she works toward conditional LCPC licensure. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has experience in performing individual and group therapy and working with individuals in residential, outpatient, and medication-assisted treatment. She focuses on creating a strong therapeutic alliance with clients and strives to provide a safe space, free from judgment. Ericka is committed to empowering clients to use their strengths to improve their relationships and to live more meaningful, satisfying, purpose-driven lives.

Marley Smith

Counseling Intern

Marley is presently completing her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in the Creative Arts through the University of Maine at Farmington. She enjoys when she is able to share her unique training in the creative arts in sessions with clients, allowing them to experience therapeutic interventions from a different perspective. Marley practices from a Person-Centered lens, never forcing clients to engage in these exercises, preferring to follow the lead of each individual. Her goal is to bring as much comfort and healing as possible, empowering each client to identify and embrace their personal strengths.

Danielle Lachowicz

Counselor

Danielle graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2021. Her passion has always been to try to understand and recognize life experiences and trauma, and how those affect our current state of being. She uses a strength based approach while incorporating CBT, DBT, interpersonal and psychodynamic therapy when appropriate. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, traveling, gardening, and watching everything Star Trek related.

Community Support


David Read

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Dave has a long
career in supervision and leadership of mental health treatment teams. We treasure his experience and proven dedication to both the field and clients he enthusiastically serves.

Erin Young

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Erin recently graduated from Washington County Community College with
an Associates Degree in Mental Health and Human Services. She is enthusiastic about starting her new career to be of service and help to those that she longs to serve.

Taylor Jordan

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Taylor studied mental health at KVCC with plans to continue her education
in the field in the future. She brings years of experience helping to care for others in the medical field with great enthusiasm to continue to serve the wellbeing of others in the community.

Krystal Giles

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Krystal is a seasoned helping professional who brings with her over a decade of experience serving clients with severe, persistent mental illness and intellectual disabilities. Her passion is working with at-risk youth and families affected by addiction and mental illness. She is a staunch advocate for client rights. She believes in empowering clients with information. Krystal serves her community as the Vice chair of Board Member of Bangor Area Recovery Network (BARN) and Chair of Bangor Area Recovery Community Coalition (BARCC). Krystal intends to continue her education to obtain her Master’s in Clinical Counseling and work as an LCPC.

Jessica Shaw

Certified Peer Support Specialist Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician / Certified Recovery Coach

Jessica brings to Dirigo with a variety of skills. She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Case Manager, Certified Recovery Coach. Jessica is a 3-time AmeriCorps Service Award recipient for her dedicated service as Peer Recovery Coach reducing the barriers to treatment of those affected by Substance Use Disorder and in her service as a Peer Educator to reduce second generational poverty. She continues her education at the University of Maine, Bangor in pursuit of her bachelor's degree in Mental Health and Human Services with a projected graduation date of June 2022. While she awaits a test date for Alcohol and Drug Counseling. When she is not working, she enjoys spontaneous travel and her two cats.

Ashleigh Bone

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Ashleigh graduated from Husson University with a B.S in Healthcare Studies. She is currently pursuing her M.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It is her hope to become an LCPC. Ashleigh has a passion for mental health awareness and helping others. She has experience working in residential care and behavioral health. She is excited to bring her experience with her to her role as a case manager.

Medical Team


John Patten, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Patten passionately shares the vision that is carried in the Mission Statement. He is an esteemed professional in the medical community and cares deeply about issues such as quality of patient care, the model of "recovery oriented" treatment, and patient empowerment. He provides Dirigo Counseling Clinic with consultation, policy formation, and strategic planning.

Mary E. Jude, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-C, PA

Medical Consultant

Dr. Jude has a long and diverse career as a Primary Care Provider and providing medical treatment. Mary seeks to follow her dual passions in public health and social justice in a mission-driven organization that puts people first, considers healthcare a basic human right and tirelessly pursues solutions to health disparities that are the result of social determinants of health. We feel very fortunate to have this highly trained and experienced professional to be a part of our team.

Benjamin Smith

Clinical Professional Counselor, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Ben is a Clinical Professional Counselor and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing in the Bangor area since 2017 and is passionate about client-centered care with evidenced-based practices. Ben has been working in the mental health field since 2003 and has attended Hartwick College, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Malcolm X College, and University of Southern Maine. Ben has experience in hospitals, schools, and community mental health clinics in both urban and rural settings.

Provider
Endorsements

Services are available in-person
or via telehealth with a computer,
tablet, or smartphone.

We offer a diverse set of mental health, assessment, and support services.

Services are available in-person
or via telehealth with a computer,
tablet, or smartphone.

We offer a diverse set of mental health, assessment, and support services.