I first joined SKILLS in 2010 as the Director of Finance, and in 2016 I was appointed Executive Director. I have more than 20 years of passionate and successful non-profit leadership experience serving organizations in Central Maine. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Thomas College, and I am also a Certified Public Accountant. I am dedicated to maintaining and growing the mission of SKILLS, Inc., and the people we support in their journey to live happy, healthy and productive lives as part of their community.
I am the Director of Program Services for SKILLS, Inc. I began my journey with SKILLS in 1989, as a per diem worker. I immediately fell in love with my new career. I worked hard, immersing myself in the services, learning everything I could, and taking every opportunity to move up the ladder and take on additional responsibilities. In 1999, I was offered and accepted my current position.
One of my primary responsibilities is to ensure all people are treated with dignity and respect. My job is multifaceted, which provides me the opportunity to constantly stretch my limits with endless opportunities to grow and learn from the people SKILLS supports and from its employees. I am honored to guide such a dynamic organization.
I am happy to have joined SKILLS, Inc., as the Director of Human Resources in 2016, bringing over 20 years of human resources experience in both for-profit and non-profit arenas. I am responsible for directing all human resources functions, including recruitment and retention, employee relations, and benefits administration. I am a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
In 2011, I was hired by SKILLS as the Finance Manager and was promoted to Director of Finance in 2016. Before that, I served as SKILLS’ auditor for fifteen years. That experience provided me with an opportunity to see the life-changing work SKILLS does for many adults with developmental disabilities in central Maine. I decided to become a part of that team.
I graduated from Bentley College in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and am a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Maine.
I have been working for SKILLS since May of 1998. I began my career as a Per Diem Direct Support Professional (DSP) and have since moved through a variety of positions, each with increasing responsibilities. I am now the Manager of Central Maine Community Supports, the Ervin Center Community Support Program, the L.C. Dill Center, and Pittsfield Community Support Program. I love working for SKILLS, helping the people we support, and working as a team. It is a rewarding experience and I look forward to new adventures every day.
I am currently the Team Leader for two of the waiver homes, Dean Road and Anderson Lane. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, I moved to Maine with my wife and got a job at SKILLS in July 2011 as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) working in the waiver homes. I enjoy working for SKILLS and helping the people we support work toward independence. I have some personal experience with people with developmental disabilities; growing up my best friend’s sister had Down Syndrome. She was always smiling and just made your day better. One of the things I like most about working at SKILLS is the look on the faces of the people we support when they achieve a goal they have been working on, bringing them that much closer to independence.
A Maine native, I have been working with SKILLS since December 2000. I have been the Team Leader for several different SKILLS facilities over the years of my employment. I am currently the Team Leader for Sand Road Waiver and Team Leader for Shared Living. I take great pride in the value of services SKILLS provides for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Prior to coming to SKILLS, I worked for Community Health and Counseling as a treatment foster parent for 17 years, adopting 2 boys in the process.
I am a Team Leader for Petra House and Per Diem, and I am the Agency Scheduler. I have worked with SKILLS since 2006. During my time with SKILLS, I have served as a Cook and a Direct Support Professional (DSP), before achieving a management position in 2008. My interest in supporting people with intellectual disabilities comes from watching my mother work in the field for over 20 years. I like coming to work and getting to interact with so many people. It amazes me how you can make such a huge impact in someone’s life, and that you may not have worked with them for years, and when they see you, they light up with joy. I take great pride in making a difference in people’s lives. I enjoy teaching classes within SKILLS and interacting with all the staff at SKILLS.
I have been with SKILLS since Fall 2011 as a Team Leader for the Ervin Community Support program in Waterville. My biggest love for working with this non-profit company is collaborating as a team to help improve the lives of the people we support.
I also love working beside the people we support to help them develop and work towards becoming more independent or to maintain their current skills. It is very rewarding to see them participate in the Special Olympics and to see their faces as they cross the finish line. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, but my passion is here with SKILLS.
I am Residential Manager of six residential facilities here at SKILLS. This is my newest adventure of many that I have had the opportunity to explore within the company. I initially started my career here in 2005 as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) working full-time on the weekends. I became a Team Leader in 2009, where I had the opportunity to work with many different individuals in many different locations within SKILLS. I am also a MANDT instructor and teach new and seasoned employees the importance of relationship building while supporting the individuals we serve. One of my favorite things about working at SKILLS is the many opportunities that you are given to grow and learn. There are always new challenges or adventures waiting for you every day!
I am the Residential Manager and Administrator for four residential programs operating under the SKILLS, Inc. umbrella, as well as the Per Diem and Agency Scheduling functions. I started at SKILLS in 2000 as a Direct Service Provider (DSP). From there I worked in a crisis transition home and then as the Person Centered Planning Coordinator.
My focus is on better serving the people we support by effectively implementing technology. I was instrumental in introducing, developing and training staff on the electronic documentation that is being used by SKILLS today.
I am the Team Leader at Central Maine Community Supports in Hinckley. I started working as a Direct Support Professional in 2003 and soon became a Team Leader, first for a day program and then for a residential care facility before taking on my current role. My job is rewarding in all aspects, from the people we support to the staff that give their all, and management that guides us in the right direction.
I am the Team Leader of Quarry Road in Waterville. I began working for SKILLS in July 2010 as a Direct Support Professional at a transition home. I worked there for a little over a year before transferring to the House in Shawmut, where I worked four years as a DSP. In August of 2015, I received the Team Leader position at the House in Shawmut as well as a waiver home at SKILLS. During my time as Team Leader, I have overseen three different programs before becoming Team Leader of Quarry Road in 2018.
What I enjoy most is coming to work each day knowing I am making a difference in someone’s life in some way. Whether it is with a person we support, or a staff person I support, each day is different. Some days there are challenges, and as a team we overcome them. We have a great team here at SKILLS, between all of our amazing DSP’s, our management team, and our office team. I could not imagine myself anywhere else.
I began my career at SKILLS in 2013, where I started as Per Diem, then working in multiple residential homes before working two years at the L.C. Dill Community Support Program in Skowhegan. I have now worked my way up to being a Team Leader at two houses, Brook Street Waiver and House in Shawmut. Through the years, I have enjoyed teaching the people we support to achieve their goals, make new ones, and find out they can accomplish tasks they never knew they could. The best part is that they have taught me things about life that I never knew as well. It has been a win-win for all of us!
I started working for SKILLS, Inc. in December, 2009, at the Hartland Avenue Transition Home. After a couple of months, I became that home’s Team Leader. It was a challenging and rewarding job. When the HAT house closed, I went to Fuller Corner Waiver and Mountain Road Waiver as Team Leader. In 2014, I decided to step down from that position, and began working in community supports. I transferred to the L.C. Dill Center in February, 2015. I love working with this group of people, helping them learn new skills while maintaining old ones, and seeing them become more involved in the community. Since February, 2018, I’ve been the Team Leader of the Dill Center and Manager of our Thrift Store.
I never planned to work in human services (I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing). I sort of fell into this work while I was finishing college, and quickly came to love it. I feel like I belong here.
I joined SKILLS as a DSP in 2016. Before then, I had spent my entire life in the trades, but due to an injury, I needed to find a different job. I became a DSP for a while. Once my health improved I took a position as part of the maintenance team in August 2017. When the Maintenance Supervisor position opened up in July of 2017, I knew I needed to take the job.
I think my time as a DSP is a tremendous asset. I understand what goes on and how to work with the people we support. It’s a very valuable asset, that understanding.
I became Team Leader of Gallagher Cottage Waiver and Grange Waiver in October 2018. I began working for SKILLs in 2010 as a Per Diem Direct Support Professional, and quickly accepted an overnight position. I worked on the overnight shift for six years, and eventually moved into a day shift position. When I started the day shift, I came to realize how much I really loved my job, because I was able to help the individuals we support to reach their goals in becoming more independent and living a happy life.
I recently started working with SKILLS, Inc. after my move to Maine. I spent many years in Alaska and Pennsylvania, with the concentration of my work experience being in the Caregiving field as well as Human Services. I am working towards my Bachelors Degree in Human Services and I am thrilled to be working with such a great group of people. Helping people to be able to help themselves is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever worked.
I have worked for SKILLS since 2013. I began as a Per Diem Direct Support Professional, and in a short time, accepted a full time position at a residential home. I am now the Team Leader for Lawrence Acres and Fuller Corner Waiver. I have always known I wanted to be in the healthcare field, and after growing up watching my mom work for this company, I decided that I wanted to begin my career working with people with intellectual disabilities. The everyday reward you get from the individuals and the smile on their faces when you help them achieve their goals makes everything worth it!
I’ve worked for Skills Inc. since August 2009. I began my career at Union Street day program which then merged with the Ervin Community Supports program. While there I enjoyed helping the people we support become as independent as possible while learning new skills and maintaining their old ones. I also became a coach for the Special Olympics of Maine and love attending the Summer and Winter games. I’m currently the Team Leader of Hartland Road and Estes Avenue. I truly enjoy working with this team and look forward to every new adventure.