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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and traveling with her family.
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.
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.
Chriss is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and a former resident in the Cornerstones Program. As a former resident, Chriss is able to use her personal experience at Cornerstones to mentor and guide our current residents. Chriss continues to pursue ongoing education opportunities and trainings to further strengthen and build her coaching and mentoring skills. Now working actively on "adulting," Chriss spends time with her dog and pursues her interest in the complexity of human cognition and experience. Creative, curious, and compassionate, Chriss can speak for the benefits of the Cornerstones experience through her personal struggles and journey to independence.
Lead Resident Advisor for Portland
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.
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.
Kelly earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Maine in International Affairs. For the past decade, she has held various roles supporting children, teens and young adults in education, mental health, and cultural exchange settings. She loves to learn and challenge herself by exploring new places or trying new things. She is proud to call the State of Maine her home and can often be found spending time with her large extended family, hiking local trails with her dog and husband or eating at one of the many great restaurants in the area.