As stated in the Clubhouse International Standards, under Funding, Governance and Administration section; “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,
Monique worked for the Bangor School Dept for 19 years, currently at William S Cohen School, Special Education. She has served on the Board of Directors for Penobscot Community Healthcare since the beginning, 20 years. Monique is a member of the Jail Ministry through St. Mary’s Church and a volunteer at Hope House.
Angela is the Director of the Counseling Center at UMaine. She previously was a counselor for Northern Light and was the Chief of Case Management and Social Work for PCHC. She has a Master of Social Work from the University of Maine, 2001 and Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, DePaul University, 1995. She is also a Yoga instructor in Bangor. Angela is a clinical social worker and enjoy working directly with people individually and in groups. Her theoretical framework is a mixture of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. It is crucial that all people she works with feel heard and valued.
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 is a well known advocate for people with brain disorders and retired from a distinguished career at CHCS-Maine. Served on the Board of NAMI- Maine for over 20 years. He owns a music publishing company King of the Road Music. Writes many songs some serious about America, some silly too! 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 kingoftheroadmusic.com for more information.
Denise is currently an Administrative Assistant in the Care Management Department at PCHC. She has 2 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 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.
Kimball, of Hermon is retired at the start of September, 2017 after 15 years as executive director of Wellspring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. The organization operates residential halfway houses for men and women, as well as outpatient services for people struggling with addiction and mental health problems.
She has been a longtime advocate for those struggling with addiction, and she has guided one of the state’s few remaining residential rehabilitation programs through countless changes in state policy and treatment methods. Also, she is president of the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs and serves on the Board for the Bangor Area Recovery Network as well.
Please see the attached link for her work in the community:
Dora worked for Bangor Savings Bank since October 2015, she recently has moved to OHI has the. Her current role is Human Resources Generalist Assistant Vice President. She currently partners with Bangor Savings Bank’s Mortgage, Wealth, Treasury and Payment, Merchant, Deposit Operations and Bangor Payroll. She currently resides in Orrington with her husband Kristoffer and 2 children Connor and Owen.
Dani Reardon is a wellness coordinator and certified personal trainer at Northern Light Beacon Health. Dani and her husband, Josh are business owners in the Bangor community and have a passion for community service.
Ragner is currently a partner at Kozak & Gayer. Prior to joining Kozak & Gayer, Ragner was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, and most recently the Associate General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Penobscot Community Health Care. He has extensive experience working on transactional issues and litigation matters involving health care and regulatory compliance, privacy, employment, contracts, grant funding, real estate and other health law related issues. Ragner works with clients in a variety of matters, including health care, corporate, compliance, and administrative law matters. Ragner enjoys remodeling houses, cross country skiing, playing team sports, cooking, traveling to try new pizza, and spending time with his family and dogs.
Brian has been a member of Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse for 4 years. He is also on Faculty for Clubhouse International. His interests include advocacy & legislation around mental health and developmental disabilities, photography, and technology. Brian is also on the board of directors of Speaking Up For Us, Disability Rights Maine, and the Consumer Council System of Maine as well as the Advisory board for Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse.