I have over 30 years experience working with special needs populations in the US, Germany and Hungary.  I have developed, taught, overseen and worked hands on in a range of services including higher education, residential services, community integration, and peer run services. 


I hold a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology from the Evergreen State College, and a Masters of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Rutgers University.  I am a Doctoral candidate at Franklin Pierce University where I've been researching the role of liberal arts education in providing a basis for an open and participatory citizenry.  I have presented professional papers at state and national conferences on psychosocial rehabilitation, mobile health technology, and collaborative support models in community based behavioral health services.  I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Maine Resident Service Coordinator Association.  I am also a Community Associate for the University of Maine Center on Aging.

I have a special interest in so-called tiny homes, and have designed and built one.  I believe the renewed interest in modest housing offers a valuable opportunity to provide more Americans with safe, efficient and affordable housing that offers long term benefits such as improved mental and physical health, accumulating wealth, community stability and bringing visual beauty to our environment.


Currently I am also a Trustee of the Lewiston Public Library and am a volunteer ATV instructor for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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