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
Claire is originally from Michigan, though quite familiar with Maine as she spent summers here as a kid at the camp that her parents met at in the 70's. Claire graduated from Michigan State University with a geography degree. She previously worked boarding school in Michigan where she enjoyed teaching life skills and Spanish to the high school students. In her free time she loves to travel and explore Maine's hidden gems and islands with her adventure dog named Michi! Claire also likes to surf, SUP, wakeboard, snowboard, and play basketball, as well as cook healthy meals.
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.