Stephanie Coreau, LCSW, CCS
Stephanie was born and raised in southern Maine. She attended the University of Southern Maine for her bachelor’s degree in social work and then the University of New England where she obtained a master’s degree in Social Work. She started her career working as a Children’s Case Manager and has spent the last ten years in various roles within the social service and substance abuse treatment field. At the tail end of 2018, she accepted the position here at Liberty Bay Recovery Center as Executive Director. She is thrilled to join such a fabulous team of caring individuals with a focus on improving the lives of those beginning their journey in recovery.
Director of Business Development
Nathan was born and raised in Arizona and struggled with his own substance abuse issues in the early 2000’s. In 2005, he got sober and has created a fantastic life in sobriety. Nathan’s hard work, good luck and seizing opportunities has allowed him to become a college graduate, homeowner, happily married man, father and business owner. Nathan understands recovery from the business, client and family perspective like no other. In his spare time, Nathan likes to train for Crossfit, hang out with his family and plan new things to do with the opportunities recovery has given him.
Briana Rioux, aPHR
Human Resource Manager
Briana was born and raised in New Hampshire. She spent some time traveling cross-country and lived in the Bay area of California before becoming a Maine resident in early 2017. Briana spent 9+ years working in the restaurant industry and found herself desiring a career that would make a bigger impact. Since joining the Liberty Bay team in 2017, Briana has taken on several roles including Administrative Assistant, Administrative Lead, Notary Public and Human Resource Manager. She is very grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team who is truly dedicated to helping others.
Jeanne was a high school English teacher before joining the team at Liberty Bay. Whether it’s helping kids or helping adults, she’s always found herself in positions to be of service to those who need it. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Maine in Orono, and then she received her Master’s in Education from Middlesex University in London, where she lived for 2 years. Jeanne is happy to be the first point of contact when clients and visitors come into Liberty Bay, and is happy to be part of this wonderful team.
Director of Admissions
Leslie was born and raised in Massachusetts. Throughout her adolescent years she always felt she had to be better and do better than her peers. This type of behavior both positively and negatively followed her into her early 20’s. She attended Mitchell College in New London, CT where she was very successful in a decorated soccer career. Unfortunately, this is when Leslie found herself experimenting with drugs to try to fit in. Prescription pain pills and Heroin took over her life in 2010. She was unable to finish college and thus started her countless trips to detox, rehabs, IOP’s, suboxone maintenance clinics, vivitrol shots, broken relationships, depression and thoughts of suicide. In 2014 Leslie was broken and tired. She was given an opportunity to move to Portland, ME where she dove into the steps and broke away from her selfish behaviors. Leslie has been able to maintain her sobriety since January 28th, 2014. She continues to work a program in the 12 Steps of AA, keeping her sobriety as her first priority. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Liberty Bay team, where she gets to work with individuals on a daily basis who come in just as broken and desperate as she once was and leave Liberty Bay with a new-found outlook on life.
Adam was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine. After struggling for years and having multiple failed attempts at sobriety, Adam decided to surrender to a program and follow suggestions. A fresh start was exactly what was needed and now Adam is back in Maine and being of service to those in his community who are struggling. Adam is one of the Admissions Coordinators here at Liberty Bay and enjoys being able to help those still struggling discover that recovery is possible.
Dylan was born in North Conway, NH and grew up in Kennebunk, ME. He was so graciously gifted with an amazing, strong and caring, blended family, so naturally all he has ever wanted to do was help people. Whether that meant simply being in the mental health field, or something greater. This is his something greater. Dylan is a drug addict and alcoholic himself, actively working a 12-step based program, who has been sober since March 13th, 2018. He is always trying his best to carry the message of hope and recovery, as well as the promise of freedom, through a spiritually enhanced life.
Dr. Michael Bell, MD
Medical Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Residency: Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
- Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine
- Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine
- McAfee Fellow, Daniel Hanley Center for Physician Executive Leadership
- Chief Resident 2002-2003
- Resident Teacher Award 2003
- Clinical Faculty Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, March 2019-present
- Adjunct Faculty University of New England Physician Assistant Program, June 2018-present
Growing up in New Mexico, Dr. Bell never expected to be living in the Northeast, and now is the Medical Director of Liberty Bay Recovery Center. After he completed his medical education at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Bell moved to Lewiston and attended the Central Maine Medical Center Family Practice Residency. Focusing his training in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care he later became an attending Emergency Physician in 2003. By 2010, his work in Emergency Departments around the state made it clear to him that there are critical unmet needs in treating addiction.
Dr. Bell has been the Medical Director of three Emergency Departments in Maine and one in Massachusetts. He served as the volunteer Medical Director of a sober house in Portland for two years. Dr. Bell is passionate about addiction medicine and emergency medicine, particularly regarding the importance of teamwork and evidence-based best practices. He is an instructor for Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) and serves on their international curriculum committee.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Bell is blessed with his three sons. They all enjoy soccer, snowboarding, skiing, beach and lake activities.
Kristina Beladi, NP
Stephanie Chin, NP
Meg Clews, NP
Meg is a Family Nurse Practitioner in private practice in Portland, Maine. She has worked with diverse patient populations such as recent immigrants to Maine, homeless and underserved groups in Portland, as well as school-based health. She has worked as a Hospitalist for several local hospitals. She has a part-time job leading outdoor wilderness trips for women, and is certified in wilderness emergency medicine. Meg is from Maine, and loves the beauty of the coast, mountains and lakes, as well as the hard working and resourceful people who live here.
Jasmine Cermelj, RN
Chief Medical Officer
Jasmine was born and raised right here in the beautiful state of Maine. A champion state swimmer, a good student and a hard-working young woman, Jasmine decided to pick up her first drink in her late teens. After going off to college to pursue her educational pursuits, she had to drop out as her drinking and eating disorders were putting her into emotional distress and daily physical torture. At the young age of 20, Jasmine began her own journey to recovery by entering a 90-Day program for men and women just like herself. Jasmine dug her heels into the program and started to reap the rewards as she got a job, went back to school and started to make a life for herself. January 4, 2005 was Jasmine’s last drink and since then she has become a registered nurse, bought a home, got married in her home state and most recently had her first child, Remington Bennett Cermelj. Jasmine started her road to recovery as a restaurant server in a small cafe and in her early years of recovery, worked her way up to Utilization Review Department Manager where she managed dozens of peers and advocated for clients entering into treatment programs across the country. Having her own personal daily recovery program, Jasmine has a great advantage to help young women entering our program discover that they are worthy of a great life too. Jasmine is dedicated to ethical client care and is thrilled to be a part of the recovery process of men and women entering Liberty Bay.
Vanessa Mao, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Vanessa was born and raised in Portland, Maine. She attended the University of New England, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Prior to joining the Liberty Bay Recovery Team, Vanessa had worked as a nurse for three years in an acute care setting. She has also had her fair share of experience working in the customer service industry as well. Vanessa has always had a passion for helping those in need. She understands the stigma surrounding addiction and hopes to offer education and insight to those affected by it.
Garo Beaulieu, RN
Despite having lived in other states and countries for a time, Garo (Gah-ro) considers Maine to be his home. He graduated from City Colleges of Chicago and moved back to Maine to give back to the community. Garo has been working in the healthcare field for many years and considers himself a psychiatric nurse with experience in the substance abuse treatment field.
Garo also has a bachelor’s in International Economics, is a certified foreign language teacher and an undergraduate nursing student clinical instructor at a local university.
Garo is passionate about building things with his own hands, including sheds, chicken coups and such and donates them within the community. Garo is passionate about soccer, which he calls football.
Kim Cummings, RN
Tyler Hanson, CRMA
Tyler grew up in South Portland, Maine where he earned an associate degree in education. He has been working in and around the recovery community since 2008 through leading recovery groups, supporting parents of addicted children, running recovery homes and sponsoring multiple people. Tyler has worked in behavioral health, education, as an EMT and CRMA. He has a passion for caring for people and looks forward to attending classes to finish a degree in nursing. He enjoys being in the outdoors with his dog Cooper, camping and hiking. After losing many loved ones to alcoholism and drug addiction over the years, Tyler has experienced the pain of the question: “why didn’t they ask for help?” He will not give up until the day the question no longer needs to be asked.
Kirsten Lambert, CRMA
Elizabeth Paradis, CRMA
Lauren Wasilko, CRMA
Director of Support Staff
Diamond had a lot of traumatic experiences growing up and when substances became available to mask those experiences, she took the opportunity. Diamond found alcohol at age nine. Not long after she discovered alcohol, she was breaking every boundary she had set for herself. After years of drinking and using, at 21 years old Diamond was arrested. She knows in her heart that had it not been for that day she would not be here today. While in jail Diamond pleaded with her lawyer to keep her there until they could place her in rehab. After 18 long months, they were able to find a rehab. Diamond has been clean since September 2, 2011, and her life today is beautiful. She has a lovely family that is continuing to grow. She is in college and pursuing a rewarding career as a labor and delivery nurse.
Sam was born and raised in a small suburban town in Massachusetts. He has been a member of our Recovery Support Staff team for over a year and has a broad understanding of the disease of addiction and the modality of treatment we use here at Liberty Bay. He is proud to carry the message of hope to newcomers through his words and actions at Liberty Bay and throughout the Portland Recovery community.
Dave is originally from Laconia, New Hampshire and is a recovering drug addict himself. Through bad choices and a horrible lifestyle, he spent most of his young life being high and making excuses for himself. He blamed depression and everyone other than himself. After 11 years of struggles and substance abuse by the grace of God and faith, he decided to join a recovery home. The program was nine months and he stayed for a year and graduated. Dave has felt that so many great opportunities and doors have been opened to him, especially the opportunity of being a member of the Liberty Bay family. He has been clean and sober for over 2 years. “My heart is set on this kind of work environment; my passion is to see others overcome addiction. Addiction took years away from me, but it made me the man I am today and now I can relate to those who are suffering and hurting and be a positive role model.”
Kelby grew up right here in Portland. She had parents who were sober her whole life through Alcoholics Anonymous, and her drinking and drug use career was short lived by getting sober at just 18 years old after countless times of trying to stay clean of all substances. Now in her twenties, Kelby loves to show that it doesn’t matter how young you are, you can live a better life in sobriety. “In my time working at Liberty Bay Recovery this is the best job I have ever had. I have never been excited to go to work and it makes all the difference!”
Erin Lovejoy, LCSW, CCS
Erin was born and raised in Maine and has lived most of her life in the greater Portland area. She earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of New England in 2000, and she is licensed as an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and a CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor). She has worked as a case manager, a therapist, an admissions director and as a clinical supervisor in her career. She has had the honor of witnessing many people in both her personal and professional life struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues and overcome incredible adversity. She believes that recovery and wellness are within reach for everyone, and that it is important to address a person’s whole life in order to help them make meaningful, sustainable change.
Lynn Avigo, LADC, CCS
Lynn has worked as an addiction counselor and case manager for 22 years in Maine and in Alaska. As the Clinical Team Leader at Milestone Foundation, Inc. in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, she has developed and implemented a 16-bed long-term residential Therapeutic Community for adult males characterized as late to final stage alcoholics/addict. In 2001 she was the recipient of the State of Alaska Counselor of the Year Award for her founding management of in-house substance abuse programs for men and women in a jail and medium-security prison in Kenai and a maximum-security prison in Seward. Bolstered by her years of experience, and a strong team of treatment professionals willing to take the leap with her, Lynn’s decision to take advantage of an opportunity to create a therapeutic community in the Cumberland County Jail demonstrated her abiding passion for bringing about real, practical results in people’s lives. Lynn is committed to providing men and women who are searching for recovery the tools needed to do so in a compassionate, balanced approach.
Jessica Meehan, LADC
Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor
Jessica was born and raised in New York City. She has spent her entire life around addicts and alcoholics, participating in her first family intervention at 19 years old. While attending college in upstate New York, Jessica experienced her first of several PTSD episodes and left school for intensive treatment. After returning to college, Jessica graduated with a BA in theater. The actor’s life soon lost its luster, so she began a career in print media working for Fitness, Allure and Teen People magazines as well as the Victoria’s Secret catalog. Jessica moved to Maine in 2005 with her family. She spent the next few years working for media clients from home. In 2013, Jessica stumbled on the opportunity to work with adolescents in residential substance abuse treatment. With her family history of addiction and her own extensive trauma work as a basis, she began studying to be a counselor. She became a CADC while working at Day One Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and came to Liberty Bay in August of 2017. Jessica is so humbled by the beautiful, heart-wrenching work our clients do and feels incredibly grateful to be a witness to this grace on a daily basis.
Jeremy Vermilyea, CADC
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor
Jeremy was born in upstate New York and has lived most of his life between New York and Vermont. He attended Champlain College for his bachelor’s in psychology and started his career working with adults at an inpatient crisis program in Burlington, Vermont. He later attended the University of Vermont where he earned a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jeremy has a wide range of experience in the helping professions, working as a research associate, an inpatient crisis clinician, a youth addictions counselor, and a public health coordinator before joining Liberty Bay in early 2018. It was here that Jeremy discovered his passion for helping build community and facilitate change as a member of a diverse clinical team.
Barbara Roberts, CADC
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor
Medical Care Coordinator
Daniel is a native of Maine, and after spending over 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, he returned home in 2017. As a former hairstylist and insurance agent, he is always looking to experience new things and grow his skill set. In his free time, Daniel can be found listening to his favorite true crime podcasts, exploring Portland or binge watching the Real Housewives. Daniel is in recovery, and is grateful to be part of a caring team that gives the tools to those seeking the freedom of sobriety.
John was born and raised in Maine and attended local schools. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and has been in the food industry for over 40 years. He has worked in restaurants, hotels, inns, manufacturing, corporate and healthcare. He has been in health care for over 17 years and enjoys playing a crucial role in one’s recovery in proper nutrition and well-balanced meals.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Embodiment Therapeutic Massage, LLC
Kari Lane, RD