Honorary Employee

Ruth Kulback

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; Board Certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Ruth has worked at Dirigo Counseling Clinic nearly nine years and has practiced psychotherapy for 25 years. She has decided to retire from active practice. While we miss her smiles and good cheers here, we wish for her the very best in her retirement. In light of our appreciation to Ruth, we have decided to not let her go! To keep her, we are promoting her to be our Honorary Employee.

Leadership & Admin

Alan Algee

Clinical Director
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Board Certified Clinical Counseling, Board Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist, US DOT Substance Abuse Professional, Community Based DEEP Provider, Member: Employee Assistance Professional Association

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 is a talented Practice Manager, bringing skills to the agency since its inception in 2004; she brings many years of managerial and executive experience which lends high quality in client care.

Karen Algee

Claims Specialist

Karen attends to insurance billing and regulation. She also directs the agency's database, census, research, and reporting requirements. She has worked in this field since 2002.

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

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor; Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician--Community; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor--Conditional; Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Robin serves as the supervisor for the Community Support Services at the agency. Her work in Community Integration Support reflects her talent and passion about her clients. She jumps at every opportunity to help them achieve their goals to live in the community with stability and the pathway to independence, self determination, and increased quality of life.

Cindy Sturm

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

Admin Specialist

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

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and DEEP Provider, 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.


Shelly Dyer

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Shelly has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with special needs in both home and outpatient settings. She has several years’ experience working with individuals in the LGBTQ population as well as those suffering from trauma and addiction. She also enjoys working with individuals who want to integrate their faith practices into their therapeutic treatment. Shelly strives to offer acceptance and hope to all populations empowering them to lead healthy, purpose driven lives. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is currently working on getting certified as a Trauma Care Specialist. “My goal is to help each individual gain hope and find purpose so he or she can enjoy each day to its fullest.”

Charles Gardner

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor
Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Charles has a breadth of experience in providing inpatient treatment as well as outpatient where he participated in an integrated system of care within the medical model which tapped comprehensive disciplines. He is trained to provide individual, group, and couples therapy. He is particularly interested in group theory and behavioral modification models of treatment.

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

Certified 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.

Jesse Call

Licensed Master Social Worker, Conditional

Jesse earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Masters of Social Work at the University of Maine. Jesse has experience working with adolescent and adults in inpatient setttings, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those with substance use concerns. He utilizes mindfulness, interpersonal connection, and humor in treatment, and has a passion for collaborating with clients to do work that is meaningful to the client. Jesse works within the modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. He enjoys the performing arts, cooking at home, strength training, and gaming.

April Archibald

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Certified to Provide DEEP Services

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

Community Support

Jonathan Sandau

Certifed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

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.

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 to the
clients that he so enthusiastically serves.

Kathy Gibbons

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Kathy has a long career in the mental health field and in Community Support Services. As many clients transition to a new model of service delivery, the *Behavioral Health Home*, Kathy is learning this system and developing expertise with its advantages.

Peer Support Specialist

This is an individual who receives training to support clients who are served in the Behavioral Health Home. They run peer support groups and are otherwise available to assist with the overall care of clients as a peer rather than as a professional

Katarina Monahan

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Katarina is a recent graduate of UMO with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She has a passion for helping individuals who struggle with their mental health and loves being out in the community supporting these individuals any way that she can. Katarina plans on continuing her education and becoming a counselor in the future.

Whitney Achorn

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician --Community

Whitney is a recent graduate of Eastern Maine Community College earning
herself an associate degree in Human Services and obtaining her MHRT-C
certification. Whitney has a true passion for serving the community and is continuing her education in social work to help better serve her clients.

Jordyn Jubinville

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician --Community

Jordyn is a recent graduate of eastern Maine community college where she
earned her associates degree in mental health and human services obtaining
her MHRT-C. Jordyn has a true passion for helping those who struggle with
mental health and loves being in the community working with individuals.
Jordyn plans to continue her education to further help those in need.

Kauri Hamel

Mental Health Rehabilitation

Kauri is new to this profession but not new to leadership and
management skills. She now supports our clients who need help with Daily
Living Skills. Full of energy and sharpness, she is proving to be a very
big help to those who are fortunate to have her practice with them.

Amanda Feix

Mental Health Rehabilitation

Amanda is graduating from eastern Maine community college with an Associate’s degree in Human Services. She has already obtained her MHRT-C through the program and plans to continue her education. Amanda has a passion for this field and is very excited to help people in the community.  

Rick Gray

Licensed Social Worker; Mental Health Rehabilitation

Rick graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services and his MHRT/C. He comes to Dirigo Counseling Clinic with experience providing Medical Case Management, Pediatric Behavioral Health Home and Treatment Foster Care Case Management, and Adult Behavioral Health Home Case Management. Rick will be providing Case Management and Living Skills services. 

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.

Laurie Mower

Certified Medical Assistant

Laurie has over 20 years of experience in Medical Administrative Assisting. She is nationally Certified through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Stephanie Riehl

Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Stephanie treats patients in an outpatient setting for medication
management, crisis management, consultation and follow-up. She also works with medical colleagues and administration to develop and implement a medication assisted treatment (MAT) program. She collaborates with MDs, DOs FNPs, and other PMHNP to provide bio-psychosocial model of integrated