Kirsten Wears lives in Bridgton with her husband, Brad, and their dog, Bruno. Together Brad and Kirsten have 7 children. Kirsten enjoys reading, riding her bike, being on the water, walking, hiking, cooking and above all else, she loves time with her family.
She has lived in Bridgton for 15 years. In 2009 she took the job as Store Manager for Food City, where she worked for 10 years. It was during this time that she was fortunate to really feel the pulse of this town. There is food insecurity, homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect of kiddos, unintentional, I am certain. The struggle with substance use disorder is overwhelming in this beautiful little town.
In 2020 when Kirsten was laid off due to COVID, she found herself at a crossroads and decided that now was the time to open a recovery residence for women. She has spent the last 2.5 years learning and developing her plan. She became a certified recovery coach and a coaches coach. She has attended countless seminars and trainings, so that she can be the best version of herself while supporting women on their path to healing and recovery. She has an amazing Board of Directors with lots of knowledge and lived experience.
Charlotte Kelly, a Maine Native, is currently a Private Banker at Key Bank in Bridgton. While she loves helping people with their Financial Wellness, her passions lie in all things outdoors. She is a Registered Maine Guide and spends her free time fishing, hiking and camping with her pup Sinder. She has been volunteering in the Recovery Community for over 15 years and was very excited to join this cause. She is also currently on the Board of Directors for the Greater Bridgton Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
Susan E. Rivet graduated from Maine College of Health Professions in 1985, earning an Associate degree in Nursing. She later graduated from Saint Joseph College with a bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing.
Susan has 37 years as a Registered Nurse. She is a former Director of Outpatient Services at Central Maine Healthcare with a focus on growth and development of clinics bringing services to local communities. She took part in the Community Assessment with Opportunity Alliance on a collaborative effort to bring Influenza clinics to the Lake Region area and programs for food insecurity.
She is currently a Nursing Care Manager for Martin’s Point Health Care case managing a diabetes program for Cumberland County, and Uniformed Services Family Health Plan for military families.
Susan served ten years as Director of the Pleasant Mountain Ski Club’s program for Bridgton Elementary School students. Susan is Co-owner of the Bridgton News, and Vice President of the Bridgton News Corporation. She has a strong interest in programs that support a healthy community and is delighted to be involved in supporting women involved with the Tucker House. Susan is a resident of Bridgton.
Serena Bissonnette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and has worked with The Opportunity Alliance Head Start and Early Head Start since 2013. Serena has been a Family Visitor, Family Advocate, and is currently the Whole Family Lead in addition to supporting Bridgton Head Start. She is trained in multiple parent education programs and offers parenting education groups in the community.
When Serena is not working or engaging in community activities, she likes to spend her time with friends, family, and a good book.
Catherine attended Springfield College and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. She is licensed as a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) and brings 20+ years of experience to her profession. Catherine is the founder of Crooked River Counseling and the Lakes Region Recovery Center and is also a founding member of the Lakes Region Substance Awareness Coalition. She served on the Alcohol and Drug Counselors licensing board from 2005-2011 and served as Vice Chair for 2 years and currently serves on Bridgton Hospitals Lakes Region Community Health Committee as Vice Chair. Catherine was instrumental in developing the integrated program for office-based medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction in the primary care setting in Bridgton. She completed the MAT waiver course in 2009, and in 2017 Catherine earned CCSME’s Innovative Practice award. Catherine has been profiled in many media outlets including MPBN and NPR’s 4 part series Recovery in a Small town, and Maine Quality Counts MAT recruitment video. She has appeared in many news articles for her community contributions and her work to bring quality, evidence-based integrated treatment to western Maine. She is currently developing a substance use disorder treatment program with CMMC, striving to bringing standardization of the treatment for substance use disorders across the CMMC system.
When Catherine isn’t working on projects, she enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren, and gardening. She dotes on her fur babies Alvin, Max and Emma and loves to take them to dog friendly beaches.
Steve has served as the Executive Director for Enso Recovery since 2017. He also holds credentials as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Certified Intervention Professional. He is also certified in “Deep Memory Processing” regression therapy and is a Reiki Master Teacher.
Steve has been in the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment since the late 1990’s. His experience with in-patient, out-patient, detoxification, long & short term care with multiple demographics have provided him with the necessary tools to work with any population facing the struggles of mental health and addiction. Steve has held positions on several boards of directors for various non-profit organizations.
In his free time, Steve enjoys riding (and customizing) his Harley Davidson. He also enjoys fly-fishing, camping, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Steve lives in the Sebago Lake Region with his wife, Jennifer and their three children.
Kimberly Leighton, MS, CCLS opened Play Warriors, Inc. in 2019, a child life private practice, supporting children and families with psychosocial support and therapeutic play who have been through a difficult life circumstance, diagnosis, trauma, grief, and loss. She was a founding board member at the Lakes Region Substance Awareness Coalition. Her past experience in childhood education includes being an owner/operator of two large childcare centers in Gorham and Portland. She also spent time working as a teacher in public and private school settings and as a family support specialist at Camp Sunshine. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington (2003) where she majored in early childhood education with a concentration in child life studies. Her internships were conducted at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine and at the Shriners Hospital in Boston. She graduated with her Master’s in child life therapy from Bank Street College (2022) in NYC.
Kimberly Leighton has lived in Bridgton since 2013, where she also teaches yoga, mindfulness and meditation for children and adults at her new endeavor, Silver Linings.
Tracey C. Martin is the Executive Director at Lakes Region Recovery Center, serving the Lakes Region area of Maine and Recovery Coach for Crooked River Counseling's Opioid Health Home Program.
Tracey studied at Andover College, University of Maine system, obtained a degree in Criminal Justice and attended the Maine State Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, Maine.
Tracey has attended many trainings such as the Recovery Coach Academy, CCAR Ethics, CCAR CoacherVision through Healthy Acadia/Maine Alliance for Recovery, Recovery
Coaching in the Emergency Department. She is also a trainer for the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and CCAR Recovery Coaching in the Emergency Department.
Tracey is a Maine Can Work Facilitator for the Workforce Development System in the State of Maine. Tracey serves as a Recovery Ambassador for Faces & Voices of Recovery with the National Recovery Institute.
Tracey serves as a board member for SAPRS- Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services and also hold a seat as a Recovery Practitioner for the Substance Use Disorders Services.
Tracey has been married for over 24 years, a proud mother of two, stepmother of four and “Gigi” to her 7 (soon to be 9) beautiful grandchildren. She currently resides in the Oxford Hills area.
William McKenzie joined the Board of Directors after a decades long career in substance use disorder treatment, education, and management. He holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and completed a post-graduate fellowship at Castlecraig Hospital in Peeblesshire, Scotland. He provided clinical and management services in a variety of treatment settings as well as being adjunct faculty at Southern Maine Community College in the Behavioral Health program.
He has served on a number of other boards, including The Children’s Resource Center, Maine Association of Correctional Counselors, and Maine Association of Substance Abuse Program. He lives in Augusta.
Fredrick (Rick) Olson is a self-employed Systems Engineer, after retiring from L.L. Bean after a 25-year career.
Rick got his start in IT in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent 10 years, five of which he worked on intelligence programming for the Strategic Air Command (SAC).
After Rick's adult son died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2019, he became acutely aware of how bad the opioid crisis gripping our state and the country is. Rick got involved with Tucker’s House to take some of the love and energy he had for his son and use it to help fight this crisis.
Rick and his wife raised two children in Yarmouth, where they still reside. Rick's daughter and her three sons live nearby and are a constant joy for Rick and his wife.
Jonathan Sahrbeck was born and raised in Cumberland County. Before being elected Cumberland County District Attorney in 2018, Jonathan had an extensive prosecution career in both Maine and Massachusetts. He has called for more prevention and education to fight the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder, a renewed emphasis on stopping domestic violence, elder and child abuse and human trafficking, while also taking a closer look at new programs to help victims, reduce defendant recidivism, and increase diversion from the criminal justice system.
Jonathan is passionate about working with community partners on addressing mental health issues and substance use disorder, and educating the public about the effects of adverse childhood experiences and trauma. He is also extremely supportive of the recovery community, specifically helping to fund people treatment and reducing stigma.