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.
Kevin has over 20 years’ experience in the social service field working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries – providing support, education and leadership to both clients and staff. He is a native Mainer, family man, father of two teenage boys, professional musician, and Kennebunk Youth Lacrosse coach. Kevin is also passionate about developing and growing community connections and helping foster people’s connections with their community. With any remaining free time, Kevin can be found snowboarding Sugarloaf Mountain.
Katie is a Maine native, who comes with extensive experience in running community based services for adults with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. She also has a background in event coordination and has a passion for creating activities that bring a community together. She has a love of nature, cooking, music, laughter, and spends most of her free time finding new and creative things to do in Maine with her daughter.
Matt earned his B.S. in Environmental Management and is a passionate supporter of environmental conservation and wild land protection. Being an individual who walks the talk he regularly volunteers with local schools at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust providing educational experiences. Matt enjoys working with young people and is excited about offering guidance and support in our residence. Matt enjoys spending quality time with his family and taking advantage of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping, and snowboarding.
Desiree graduated from Seacoast Career School with a certification in medical assisting in 2012. She has a passion for helping people, and has made her career in Social Services, specializing in independent skill building for adults with developmental disabilities. Desiree is a loving mother of 2 young boys, and spends her free time enjoying local beaches, traveling with her family, and planning her upcoming wedding.
Wendy's life experience, education and observations developed in her a deep passion
for health and healing that encompasses nourishing foods, fitness, getting outside often and total well being in mind, body and spirit. She takes a holistic approach to life where everything counts.
Wendy has spent decades building community through food, gardening, art, philosophy,
environmental issues, or simply by rolling up her sleeves and working on projects with others. After all the hard work she can be found walking in the woods, fields and along the ocean soaking up the sun and natural beauty or on local adventures with her amazing, funny and very wise daughter.
Resident Advisor / Facilities Manager
Jason has spent much of his life pursuing extreme sports and is an avid surfer, skateboarder, and snowboarder. He has been a surf and snowboard instructor and enjoys working with young people and engaging them as a mentor. Jason will be coordinating activities and providing support in the residence.
Candace has experience working in the mental health field with both adults and adolescents. She earned a bachelor's in business administration & management and has her certificate in behavioral health science and holds an MHRT-C. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, hiking and exploring local trails, and exploring the state parks and forts. Candace enjoys using essential oils and other homeopathic remedies and is in the process of becoming certified in natural holistic remedies, all in an effort to live a healthier lifestyle.
Diane earned a BA in Psychology at Suffolk University and has always been driven by her passion to understand and help others. She believes that healing and strengthening the mind, body and spirit is essential in the journey towards a better quality of life. She is currently working towards her certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling and she hopes to return to school in the near future for a Masters in Social Work. She has several years of experience mentoring people who are in recovery from addictions and are looking to become a better version of themselves. Diane finds tremendous joy in encouraging this process and strongly believes that people are resilient, especially when they feel empowered by others.
Since moving up to Maine 3 years ago, Diane has fallen in love with the beauty in nature that Maine has to offer. She loves to be outdoors, exploring new places, and always makes sure she has a good music playlist to do so!
Resident Advisor / Meditation Lead
Gil Corral is an artist living with his his wife and daughter (and dog and rabbit) in Biddeford, Maine. He has a BFA from the University of New Mexico and is a graduate from the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. Gil enjoys creating, reading, running, mindful movement, and meditation. He is passionate about being of service where he can. He honors this planet we call home and is happy to be here.
Art has eleven years experience in the direct care field, working both with the developmentally disabled and young adults with behavior issues. When he's not mentoring at Cornerstone, he runs a business as a Sign Artist, selling his works to home decor shops along the New England coast. He likes working with others and encouraging them in their own artistic endevours. He enjoys surfing, traveling, Mexican food, and spending time with his wife and dog.
Steven joined Cornerstones of Maine with over seven years of experience working in residential care programs for children with mental health challenges. Steven is a history and geography buff and when not at Cornerstones, he enjoys listening to music from the 50's to the 90's and watching documentaries.