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.
Life Skills Team
Kennebunkport Life Skills Supervisor and Program Coordinator
Laura's career has focused on working with schools and the artistic community to build teaching programs, most recently as Director at a local community art center. Laura brought her experience teaching and engaging young people to Cornerstones in our life skills department, where she seeks to engage young people to build real world skills informed by executive functioning research. When not helping our residents to organize, motivate, and act effectively, Laura is working on her art in her private studio. Laura continues to strive to inspire and connect people through art and her practice of Native American traditions. Laura is a proud mother of two and a resident of Maine for over 20 years.
Kennebunkport Life Skills Coach
Lacee has worked in residential programs for young adults for almost 15 years as both a case manager and program manager. She brings extensive experience coaching, mentoring, and supporting young adults in their efforts to reach their potential. She is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community and is a great support for those residents in our program. Lacee also heads our photography club and continues to work as a professional photographer when she can find the time. She has a love for cooking, kayaking, exploration, the ocean, and contributing healthy doses of sarcasm to everyday life.
Portland Life Skills Supervisor and Program Coordinator
Fred is a Certified Personal Coach who has helped diverse groups of people with weight loss, detox, emotional support, and goal setting. His passion is empowering people to empower themselves. Fred is a deep believer in the power of mindfulness, our personal abilities to heal our bodies and our minds, and have a deep understanding of, as well as a certification in, the power of a whole food plant based diet. He is a vegan and a distance runner and furthering his studies in herbalism and health and wellness. Fred is married to the love of his life and has two amazing children. It is his deeply held belief that if you have the power to help someone, then that is what you should do.
Portland Life Skills Coach
Al is both a Certified Personal Coach and a CCAR Recovery Coach. She has spent the last 6 years working with young adults who are struggling with substance use and the demands of independent living. She is particularly passionate about working with the young adult population and helping them find direction and purpose in life. She believes that by identifying the strengths within the struggles of each resident, they will be able to overcome obstacles and reach their potential. In her free time, Al loves spending time kayaking, playing disc golf, and watching football. She lives in Saco with her husband and two cats.
Portland Life Skills Coach
Jan comes to Cornerstones of Maine with over 15 years of experience serving in both a managerial role and as direct care staff to adults with special needs. She has had particularly extensive experience working with adults with learning disabilities and complex mental health diagnoses. She worked in the social services world as a program manager in residential homes with a strong focus on aiding them to find resources in the community. She has an associate degree in Medical Science and a CNA in nursing, as well as numerous other certifications. Jan has developed and taught classes in a variety of topics such as beginning sign language, arts/crafts, and cooking skills to people of all ages. Jan is a born and raised Mainer and has a love of cooking, reading, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Leslie holds a bachelors degree from the University of Vermont and a masters in Human Nutrition and Public Health from the University of New England. She is currently a registered dietician in the State of Maine. Leslie assists with meal planning and nutrition education at our residences.