Advisory Board

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As stated in the Clubhouse International Standards, under Funding, Governance and Administration; “The Clubhouse has an independent board of directors, or if it is affiliated with a sponsoring agency, has a separate advisory board comprised of individuals uniquely positioned to provide financial, legal, legislative, employment development, consumer and community support and advocacy for the Clubhouse.”


At Unlimited Solutions, we are very thankful to have the following people on our Advisory Board,

Andre Cushing:

Representative Andre Cushing was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2008, representing District 39, which includes Dixmont, Hampden, and Newburgh. He is serving his first term as Assistant House Majority Leader.  Rep. Cushing is a member of the Hampden Town Council, where he serves as deputy mayor and chairs the Planning & Development Committee and the Communications Committee. Andre has been a small business owner for more than 25 years and is currently a realtor and a home builder.  He grew up in Bangor, attending John Bapst High School and the University of Maine. Prior service in local government includes a stint as a town councilor and membership on a Land Use Review Committee and a Charter Committee. Additionally, he has served on the board of numerous civic and community organizations, from Jaycees, Rotary, and Kiwanis to a position as president of the boards of the EMMC Children’s Miracle Network and the Black Bear United Football Club. Rep. Cushing’s community involvement comes partly from being a member of a family with a passion for service.  He and his wife, Gwen, have three children: Grace (who, following in the family tradition, is also active in politics), Andre IV, and Gerald.

Trip Gardner: 

Trip is Doctor of Medicine, graduated from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 1993, Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989, Residency in General Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, 1997.  Trip has been involved with Clubhouses since his residency and is a string advocate for people with Mental Illness.

Monique Gautreau:

Monique has worked for the Bangor School Department for 15 years, most recently in the Special Education Department for Bangor High School.  She has 3 grown boys.  She is very involved in her faith community at St. Mary’s Church.  She and Patrick Quinn are the co-founders of the Peace Garden on the St. Mary’s Campus.

Angela Fileccia:

Angela recently accepted the position as Director of Case Management for PCHC.  She has a Master of Social Work from the  University of Maine, 2001 and Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, DePauw University, 1995.  She is also a Yoga instructor in Bangor.

Denise O’Connell:

Denise O’Connell is senior program manager for the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine. O’Connell is a certified case manager, licensed clinical social worker and chronic care professional. She has a strong interest in health education as well as chronic care case management and brain injury rehabilitation. Much of her past experiences include program management while providing social work and case management support to patients and families in both sub-acute and community-based treatment settings, while leading interdisciplinary teams. O’Connell is a current member and past president of the Maine Chapter, Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare. A native and current resident of Maine, O’Connell is a graduate of the University of Maine earning both a B.A. in Social Work degree and a Master of Social Work degree.

Joe Pickering

Joe Pickering is a well known advocate for people with mental illness and retired from a distinguished career at CHCS-Maine.  He is on the Board of NAMI- Maine (National Alliance for Mental Illness-Maine).  He currently is working on King of the Road Music.  Joe states “Baseball wasn’t a religion in my Mother’s and Father’s house but my brother and I were only allowed to pray for one Major League baseball team: THE BOSTON RED SOX.”

Please see his website at for more information.

Denise Preble

Denise is currently an Administrative Assistant in the Care Management Department at PCHC.  She has 2 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  She enjoys volunteering, gardening, being by the water and time spent with her grandchildren.  She is a “big fan” of Clubhouse and looks forward to seeing what the future will bring.  Being part of the Advisory Board allows her to be part of the solutions.

Mary Ellen Quinn:

Mary Ellen currently works at CHCS in Bangor.  She has had a huge role in assisting and advocating for people with Mental Illness in the Bangor Area.

Chris Winstead

Chris is currently the Economic Director for Piscatisquis County and the former District Representative for Rep. Mike Michaud’s office.  His background is in banking and is known for his love of socks.  Most recently he presented at PechaKucha on the “Socktastic Adventures in Fashion.  Please see attached link for his presentation

Awa Conteh

Muriel Emerson

Amy Townsend

Jason McAmbley

Angela Farrell