Faculty

Nanci Adair, LCPC, CCS

Rev. Nanci Weston Adair, MA, LCPC, ACC is the author of Achieve The Summit of Your Dreams and the award winning executive producer of UKandu radio part of the Amazing Women of Power network. Nanci has a passion for the arts and spiritual transformation. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister who devoted her career life to the counseling of addicts in recovery. Nanci is an illustrator who loves creating with her hands. Nanci maintains a successful coaching, counseling and consulting business in Portland, Maine.

Wanda Anderson, LCSW

Wanda is a native of Northern Maine. She has been a faculty member at the University of New England, MSW Program since 2003. Her area of interests include: Working with Children and Families, Sexual Abuse Issues, Special Needs Children, Case Management, Working with Adult Survivors, Poverty Issues and Strength Based Services. Wanda is the Coordinator for Online Field Education and has presented extensively on Social Work Ethics, to include: Rural Social Work, Ethical Decision Making Models, and Ethical Supervision. 

Dean Bailey, MPA, LSW

Dean Bailey has worked in the mental health field for over 40 years. After completing his Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine, he began his career as live-in staff at a small group home for individuals with mental illness; he participated in the initial community mental health outreach efforts in Portland, Maine. In 1982 he was hired by the State of Maine as the children’s caseworker for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and he took part in the efforts to remove all children from Pineland, Maine’s institution for the mentally retarded. Moving on to Vocational Rehabilitation, Dean managed a caseload of individuals with mental illness for 10 years, setting the record for the number of individuals closed in gainful employment in 1996. Returning to school for his Masters in Public Administration, he moved on to the Maine Bureau of Health where he worked as an epidemiologist, publishing a number of studies on suicide attempts in Maine. During his last five years as a State employee, Dean managed all residential programs for children in the State, both treatment foster care and residential service. Dean is currently the Manager for Special Projects at Sweetser, and one of the first certified Mental Health First Aid trainers in Maine. He is certified to lead both the Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid courses, as well as the Veterans and Military Family Members component. He lives in Auburn with his wife, Dawna. 

Diane Beaupre, MSW, LCSW

Diane Beaupre, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in ME, NH, NY & NJ and is a graduate of the University of New England School of Social Work.Currently employed as a clinical social worker for Humana’s Medicare Managed Program, she previously worked in various clinical settings including long term/skilled rehab, assisted living facility, home health agency and acute rehab hospital. Diane also has extensive experience working with the elderlypopulation and their family support systems including having facilitated a caregiver support group for many years. She has presented at various national & international conferences as well.

Grace Brace, LCSW

Grace is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty five years’ experience in the social work field. She has significant experience with youth and families who have experienced complex trauma. Grace enjoys supporting families and youth to explore and find options and solutions for the challenges that they are experiencing. Grace has worked with children, individuals, couples and families. She has experience with adoption and foster care; and has worked with families within agencies, clinical settings and within their homes. Grace obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Orono & received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Connecticut. Grace has training in Trauma, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy. She uses services that are brief solution focused techniques that are designed to empower individuals to maximize their skills. Grace is a Registered Play Therapist, a Certified Trauma Consultant and a Certified Trainer for TLC.

Amy Coha, MSW, LCSW

Amy is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of New England, School of Social Work. She has been a member of the field faculty since 2000. Her social work experience includes working with individuals with mental illness and substance abuse issues and survivors of battering. Amy was the Associate Director of the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 15 years, and has also provided ongoing training and consultation to mental health providers on domestic violence issues.  

Deb Dana, LCSW

Deb is a founding member of Island Institute for Trauma Recovery. She is a certified IFS therapist, certified TAT trainer, trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center. Deb is a part time faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine where she developed and teaches a trauma theory and practice class. Deb's deep interest in the brain led her to create working relationships with neuroscience researchers in pursuit of creating a shared understanding of suffering and healing. She brings curiosity to exploring the ways neuroscience can inform models of treatment to increase the effectiveness of clinical interventions. 

Nicole Dauphinee, LCPC

Nicole Dauphinee, MA, LCPC,has been working for Sweetser since 2004 after she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. She has worked as an MST Home-Based Clinician, Day Treatment Clinician, and Assessment Clinician, and is currently the Utilization Review Specialist.

Mary Fibich, MA, ATR

Mary Fibich is a registered art therapist, artist, and poet. She completed her undergraduate studies in art therapy, fine art, and psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She earned her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy at The George Washington University in Washington DC. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of art therapy and has facilitated workshops and retreats both in mental health, public service and corporate settings.

Kelli Star Fox, LCSW, LADC, CSS

Kelli Star Fox, LCSW, LADC, CCS holds an MSW from University of New England, School of Social Work and a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University. Kelli has been in the field of social work and addictions since 1985. She has provided clinical and administrative supervision to students, master and bachelor level clinicians and supervisors for 24+ years. Kelli is the Director of Field Education at the UNE School of Social Work, where she has been an adjunct faculty member since 1994.

Bette Freedson, LICSW, LCSW, CGP

Bette specializes in issues related to stress management, trauma recovery, and the development of effective coping tools. Bette is passionate about helping parents, especially single parents--and children-- become skilled in solving problems for more peaceful living. Bette is professionally trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis, and conducts seminars that combine cognitive/behavioral aspects of coping with the inner wisdom of right brain creativity. Parenting practicality and the access and application of intuitive insight come together in Bette’s new book, Soul Mothers’ Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother, available in March, 2015 from Pearlsong Press.

Betsey Gray, LCSW

Betsey Gray, MSW, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker in New Hampshire and a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She was a member of the faculty of the University of New England, School of Social Work, serving as Director of Field Education for 15 years before retiring in June 2015 but continues to teach on an adjunct basis. She is also a member of the NH Disaster Behavioral Health Team. Betsey’s area of expertise is in the field of gerontology and, in particular, work with family caregivers. She has published and presented at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally, in this area She as also led a number of Family Caregiver Groups in the NH Seacoast area. 

Jessica Griffin, PsyD

Jessica Griffin, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she has been a faculty member since 2006. Within the UMASS Department of Psychiatry, she trains and supervises postdoctoral psychology fellows, psychology interns, and child psychiatry fellows. Dr. Griffin is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a specialty in forensic assessment of children and families, particularly with regard to childhood trauma and abuse. She has extensive expertise in childhood maltreatment, the impact of trauma, psychological assessment, and divorce and custody matters. Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the most rigorously tested treatment for trauma in children with over 18 clinical trials supporting its efficacy and effectiveness.  Dr. Griffin is the only approved national trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for this evidence-based practice in the treatment of childhood trauma. She presents regularly at a local, national and international level on topics related to forensic evaluation of children and families as well as TF-CBT.  

Jamie Leavitt, LCSW

Jamie Leavitt has proudly called herself a licenced clinical social worker in Maine since 1998. She graduated from The University of Southern Maine with a bachelor's in social work and continued her graduate education at The University of New England School of Social Work. After working at various agencies gaining wonderful experience and focus, Jamie established a successful private practice where she used animal assisted therapy with her goldendoodle, Ollie. Jamie now uses her expertise as a behavior health specialist, using the integrated care model. Jamie's passion is to help others slow down and appreciate the beauty of who they are.

Mary Lyons, LCSW

Mary Lyons, LCPC, LADC is a Sweetser affiliate with a practice in downtown Biddeford, Maine since 2002. She organized the first Girls at Risk Conference in the state, and has lead training on this topic, as well as ethics and substance abuse. She has taught yoga to addicted populations and DEEP’s mandated OUI course for 15 years.

Barbara Meldrum, LCSW, RN

Barbara Meldrum, has a BA from Colby College and an MSW from the University of New England. She is a RN and a LCSW with a private practice in Winton, Maine. She has always been a "healer" with a scientific bent, being a nurse and therapist while doing energy work. Her path has been a spiritual as well as a professional journey that she enjoys sharing. 

Carolyn Noble, ADC, CIPSS

Carolyn has worked in the mental health field over 25 years and with the disabled population over 30 years. After completing her Bachelors from University of Maine in Augusta in Applied Science with a minor in Addiction Studies, Carolyn is pursuing her Masters at Northeastern University, in Human Services Administration. Carolyn also has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ and Allies community. She is a Maine State Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist, employed by Sweetser. Carolyn works in an Emergency Department setting with people who present in mental health and/or substance use crisis. Carolyn is also a Nationally Certified Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor.   

Catherine Payson, LCSW

Catharin Payson is a licensed clinical social worker and a graduate of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. She completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Dartmouth College. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston College. She has worked for over 25 years with multiple populations as well as led trainings in various mental health settings. Her work currently centers on the concepts of self awareness, meaning making and mindfulness practices.

Janis Petzel, M.D.

Janis Bacon Petzel, MD, DFAPA is an adult and geriatric psychiatrist who has been practicing in Maine since 2001. She completed residency and fellowship training at the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Program in Omaha, NE and is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine. She currently practices at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine and at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska. Dr. Petzel is an assistant clinical professor at the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth, and at the University of New England. The biology of PTSD and its impact on all stages of human development is of particular interest to her. She is working on a book about late life medical decisions.

Dr. Kevin Polk, Ph. D.

Kevin L. Polk, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist. For 26 years he has helped people with a variety of problems in living, including troubling trauma memories. For the past eleven years he has dedicated himself to the study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)—spending over 30,000 hours studying the philosophy and theory behind ACT, and eventually developing the ACT Matrix diagram. He has designed PTSD and Pain programs based on the ACT Matrix. He is also a peer-reviewed ACT trainer who is passionate about teaching others how to use the ACT Matrix to increase psychological flexibility and valued living. He is the co-editor of The ACT Matrix (2014) and co-author of The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix (2016). You can find out more at www.drkevinpolk.com.

Shannyn Vicente, LCSW

Shannyn Vicente, MSW, is a graduate of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and is licensed in the state of Maine and Rhode Island as an LCSW and LICSW. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. Shannyn is passionate about supporting people with addiction and recovery.

Richard Watson, LCSW

Richard Watson, LCSW, is a clinical social worker employed at the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center in Augusta. He has been a clinician since 1977 and has experience in hospital, school and mental health and substance abuse settings. He is intensively trained in DBT and runs 4 DBT groups a week. He has developed DBT for Parents which teaches DBT based skills as they apply to the task of raising children. He is also a consultant to Kennebec Behavioral Health, Care and Comfort and RSU 18 providing consultation to other clinicians in those settings.

Nancy Webster, MPA, LCSW

Nancy Webster, MPA, MSW, LCSW is a child therapist in the greater Bangor area and has been practicing with children for thirty years. She is a faculty member at the University of Maine School of Social Work and directed the Preschool Program at Boston Children’s Hospital for many years. Her work is focused on child trauma and the impingement of trauma on children and adolescents.

Mary-Ann Williams, LCSW

Mary-Ann Williams, LCSW is the Clinical Director for Residential Programs for Sweetser. She has been working in Residential Services for 17 years. Prior to Sweetser, she worked with Day Treatment Schools, In Home Services, DHHS Child Protective, and Cancer Patients. Mary-Ann specializes in working with children and families with trauma and with staff who have experienced vicarious trauma.

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