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Bio | Esther Anne, MSW

PROFILE Esther joined the USM, Youth and Community Engagement team in 2003 to work with young people in their transition from foster care to adulthood. She now works on projects that engage and benefit tribal communities; facilitating the Maine tribal-state Indian Child Welfare Act workgroup and creating child welfare resources...
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Bio | R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD

Dr. Goldsmith is the lead physician consultant for Maine for the Opioid Response Network (STR- TA), a SAMHSA grant awarded to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) with a coalition of 27 national professional organizations to provide technical assistance. Dr. Goldsmith is a past President of American Society of...
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Bio | Seth Blais

Seth Blais is living in recovery from substance use disorder. After a decade of struggling with heroin and cocaine addiction, he dedicates most of his time reaching out to peers who share his experience. Through his work with several recovery-focused organizations, he advocates for individuals seeking recovery and/or living with...
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Bio | Tamra Oman

Tamra Oman’s life has been all about never giving up. She is a living example of being persistent both personally and professionally. Tamra has utilized her own healing journey and her professional experience to develop trainings, presentations, and programs to broaden the understanding of how to assist others to engage,...
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Bio | John Yasenchak, Ed.D, LCPC, LADC

John Yasenchak is currently a contributing faculty in the School of Counseling, Walden University. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor for Graduate Counseling, Husson University. Prior to that, he taught for many years in the Graduate Counselling program at the University of Maine, Orono. John has served as President of...
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Rhonda Selvin, MSN, APRN

Rhonda Selvin is a certified primary care Nurse Practitioner, CAM practitioner and independent healthcare policy consultant with over 18 years of practice as a provider, mentor, complimentary health and wellness provider and integrative practice policy leader. She provides, facilitates and advocates for local, state, and national support for the use...
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Bio | Victor Jose Santana, BS, MA

Victor Jose Santana is an international restorative justice practitioner, facilitator, trainer, mentor and leader. Victor Jose has worked with local, national and international organizations that serve young people and families exposed to violence and poverty. During the last twelve years Victor Jose has been collaborating, consulting and developing networks focused...
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Restorative Justice Institute of Maine

The Restorative Justice Institute was founded in 2011 to engage individuals and organizations in expanding restorative practices from existing efforts currently underway and foster their growth throughout communities across the state. The mission is to promote a widespread cultural and systemic shift to how Mainers approach wrongdoing by advancing the...
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Bio | Christine McNulty Grant, LCSW, LADC, CCS

Christine McNulty Grant has spent her career working with children, adolescents and adults that have been impacted by substance use and mental health challenges. Christine began her career in the early nineties working in an inpatient mental health hospital with children and adolescents. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Social...
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Rebecca Hoffmann-Frances, LMFT

Rebecca Hoffmann-Frances, is the Senior Director of Clinical Innovation and Training at Maine Behavioral Healthcare in Portland Maine and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. In her position, Ms. Hoffmann Frances oversees all employee learning as well as the infusion of evidence based practices...
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Rebecca Brown, MSW, LCSW

Rebecca Brown is the Director of Social Work Programs and Associate Professor of Social Work at Saint Joseph’s College. Before joining SJC, Ms. Brown was in direct practice and worked primarily in the field of child trauma and behavioral healthcare. Her experience includes the oversight of clinical operations associated with...
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2019.2.1 | Deb Grant, LCSW, RSME

Practicing psychotherapy since 1995, Deb Grant integrates Body-oriented Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness approaches, energy psychology (including EFT) and ego state work in her therapeutic work with clients to help create lasting healing and change. Deb holds an M.S.S.W. degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison...
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Oliver Bradeen

Oliver Bradeen, LCPC-c, MHRT-CSP Oliver is a crisis worker and counselor that has worked in the crisis field since 2013. Oliver is a native of Mid-coast Maine and now resides in Falmouth, ME. Oliver has a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Southern Maine and...
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Karen Simon, Pharm. D.

Karen Simone, Pharm. D. Dr. Simone is the Director of the Northern New England Poison Center, which serves the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Karen began poison center-related work at the Cincinnati Drug &...
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David Charns

David Charns anchors “Maine’s Total Weather & News This Morning” from 4:30-7 a.m. every weekday. He also provides special reports throughout the year. David has been recognized for his reporting on important issues in Maine, including the state’s drug epidemic and sexual abuse allegations involving two retired Biddeford police officers....
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