Cornerstones of Maine is the result of a labour of love for our two founders, Josh and Jake. It is independently owned by them and was established on the foundation of their desire to create a young adult transition program that is based on mental health research and experience. Not only are they the founders, they are also part of our core clinical staff.
Erin Altschule, MS
Erin has a master’s degree in biology with a focus on ecology. She is a certified teacher who has taught in both public and private schools with a focus on experiential education. She has a multidisciplinary background which provides a broad base to draw from in helping students reach their educational goals, while cultivating their passion for learning.
Erin works closely with residents and their families to determine educational goals and provide support. Originally from Colorado, Erin Loves to explore nature (especially waterfalls) with family and friends.
Mark Hogan, M.S. Ed
Mark has a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in education. After receiving his masters degree, Mark went on to work at Universal Records, where he served as the senior marketing coordinator and had direct contacts with musicians and artists. He then went on to begin a 15 year career teaching, coaching, and advising children and young adults in summer camps and private schools. Mark believes strongly in the value of strong and healthy relationships with his students and in targeting academic strategies based on a pupil's individual learning style. In his free time Mark enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, sailing in Casco Bay, playing guitar, and running.
Jen Belanger, M.S. Ed
Jen is a former teacher and nonprofit director with over 10 years of experience in working with young people. She has a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Music, and a master's degree in Secondary Education. After beginning her career in a public high school in Massachusetts, she shifted towards non-traditional education once she relocated to Maine. For the past five years before joining the Cornerstones team, Jen was a program director at an educational non-profit, specializing in programming that provided rich educational, vocational, and career development training to disadvantaged young adults. Jen loves building positive and productive relationships with students to help them realize their educational goals. Outside of work, Jen is the mom of two young boys, and she loves hiking, camping, singing in a community choir, and playing violin.