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 Program Administrator. 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. After a fairly worry-free childhood, Nathan found himself trying drugs and alcohol in his mid-teens. After graduating high school, Nathan’s drug and alcohol use spiraled out of control landing him in jail, drug treatment programs and eventually ended up being homeless. Years of continued drug abuse would continue to push him down further until there was literally nothing left. In 2005, Nathan had finally hit rock bottom. He moved to Prescott, Arizona where he started his journey to recovery. He started to immerse himself in the 12-step fellowship, hoping to repair the damage of his past and grow into the person he wanted to be. Since September 15, 2005, Nathan has been in recovery and life has continued to get better every step of his way. In recovery, Nathan met his now wife Jasmine, earned both his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, bought a home and welcomed his son, Remington, into the world. Nathan has been in the recovery treatment field for over 4 years. He has worked as a group therapist, client advocate specialist, admissions director and program manager. Nathan’s personal success in recovery gives him the ability to empathize with those entering the Liberty Bay Recovery Center program. His understanding of the disease and where it can take you gives him the ability to help those trying to break the cycle of substance abuse and show them that there is a different way to live and it can be attained by anyone who works for it.
Briana was born and raised in New Hampshire. She spent some time traveling cross-country and lived in the Bay area of California for a few months, before becoming a Maine resident in early 2017. Briana spent 9+ years working in the restaurant industry and went to college for Restaurant Management. A few years later, she decided the restaurant life wasn’t for her and desired a job that would make a bigger impact. In September of 2017, Briana took on the job as Administrative Lead at Liberty Bay. She is very grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team who is truly dedicated to helping others.
Sam has been a resident of New England his whole life; growing up in South Portland, attending school in Worcester, MA, and then returning to Portland, Maine in 2016. He has a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and spent some time working in the biotechnology industry before transitioning towards a career more focused on communication. He is currently the first person to meet guests of Liberty Bay, greeting everyone warmly as they come through the front doors.
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.
Kate was adopted and raised in Southern Maine. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she always had a need to prove herself to her family and peers. She was successful, attended a well-known boarding school in Massachusetts and continued her education at a private university in Rhode Island. She excelled in school, won numerous awards and recognition, but the feeling of not being good enough plagued her. This feeling, along with a traumatic experience in college, caused her to seek comfort in alcohol. With the help of a family member in recovery, Kate was led to a rehabilitation center in Portland and eventually a sober house. She continues to actively work the 12 Steps of AA and enjoys working with women in recovery. Kate is incredibly grateful to be working at Liberty Bay to assist helping those in early recovery discover a new way of 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.
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.
Scott Davis, M.D.
Dr. Davis is an Internist and American Board of Addiction Medicine Specialist. He is also recognized as an Addiction Medicine Fellow by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. For over 20 years, Dr. Davis has treated patients with substance abuse and addiction in all phases of treatment. He completed his medical school training at Boston University in 1991 and then went onto completing internal medicine residency in 1994. Dr. Davis practiced Internal Medicine for 12 years prior to working at Liberty Bay Recovery.
Patricia Schmidt, RN
Director of Nursing
Pat was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Maine in her teens. She married and had 6 children and 10 grandchildren. Pat went back to school after dropping out in the 9th grade and received her GED, and later went into the Nursing program at UMA for her associate degree in 1994. In 2008, she worked at another detox facility and was promoted to nurse manager for several years and eventually went into corrections. In 2016, she graduated with her BSN. She is glad to be able to help people more in recovery and is happy to be here.
Lynne Mann, BSN
Lynne was born in Canada and raised in Rockland, MA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Northeastern University and has worked in all areas of Nursing for 46 years. Lynne retired in Maine but missed the caregiving aspect of her life and returned to work here at Liberty Bay Recovery Center after 5 years of retirement. Lynne loves working at Liberty Bay and feels like she’s with her “people.” There is no better place that Lynne would recommend for treatment than Liberty Bay.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Deborah was born and raised in South Portland, Maine. She started working as a CNA after high school for 10 years before becoming a nurse in 2010. She is happily married with 3 daughters, Emma, Lillian and Grace. She enjoys working at Liberty Bay and being part of the team with a caring group of nurses and staff who are here to make sure the clients are served with dignity and respect throughout their treatment.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Julie was raised right here in Maine and after attending college in Boston she returned to the state to work and raise her son. She has over 25 years of customer-facing experience and has worked as an Interior Designer, Project Manager, Customer Service Specialist and Technical Support Specialist in veterinary medicine. After having her son 16 years ago she became a Licensed Massage therapist and then a nurse. She has over 5 years of experience in detox nursing and has seen hundreds of patients through the process. She has a passion for this specialty and works hard to remove the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction. She is committed to helping people heal and move forward in life.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Mike was born and raised locally in Biddeford, Maine. Mike struggled in his younger years to fit in and experienced a rough childhood growing up with separated parents who suffered from alcoholism. He later found himself “hanging with the wrong crowd” and began experimenting with alcohol, marijuana and pills at the age of 15. Mike struggled to balance two personalities: one in which he hid his drug use from family and close friends, but later came out on top. He didn’t want to follow in his parents’ footsteps. Mike dropped out of High School his senior year to seek full time employment in an effort to help support his family. He completed High School in Adult Education and received his Diploma two years later. He later went on to follow in his younger brother’s footsteps and enlisted in the Army as a Combat Medic. During his enlistment he completed a nursing program before returning home to Maine. He developed a passion for healthcare and his local communities. Mike spent a few years working as a nurse in corrections. Mike is currently a volunteer firefighter, works per-diem as a Paramedic and is a full time LPN here at Liberty Bay.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Sierra was born in Chicago, IL. She moved to California, Pennsylvania and then to Maine in 2014. Sierra went to nursing school in 2010 and received her LPN in 2012. She has worked in skilled nursing/rehab facilities and in the correctional system. While working in corrections she learned about detox and addiction. Growing up, Sierra’s father was an alcoholic and sadly never got the help he needed before he passed away in 2011 at age 53. She saw how addiction can affect not only the person with the addiction but the family and the ones that love them. Sierra has a passion for caring for others and working with people in recovery. Sierra is beyond excited to be a part of Liberty Bay Recovery and hopes to help make a positive change in her patients’ lives, even in a small way.
Mulki was born in Somali and raised in Auburn, Maine. She graduated from Edward Little High School and became a resident technician in 2016. She loves being able to help people while being open to learning new things about recovery every day.
Beatrice was born and raised in Congo Brazzaville. Before becoming a Maine resident in 2011 she worked for Bureau Veritas Congo as an Executive Assistant, a leading provider of testing and inspection services for all markets within the oil gas and chemicals industry. Beatrice attended College in Congo and earned a degree in Accounting and Management. Since 2015, she has been working in rehab, long term facilities, and group homes. Beatrice is dedicated to working in a field that she enjoys and where she feels she’s doing something significant and valuable. Beatrice feels fortunate to have worked in the healthcare field with nursing facilities and rehab centers. She longs to know that she is making a difference and bringing pleasures to the lives of the people she serves with love and compassion. Beatrice is grateful to be a part of this great organization as a life-changing staff.
Carol was born and raised in Maine. She graduated from Yarmouth High School in 1987 and became a CNA. Carol recently became a Residential Technician CRMA at Liberty Bay. She has a passion for this specialty and is committed to helping people with their recovery. Carol loves to be open about learning new things every day about the recovery process.
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.
Lynn was born and raised in Nashua, NH. After spending years abroad and studying her undergrad in Sweden, she decided to move back home to New England. Growing up, substance abuse was all around her and shaped the lives of close friends and family. Once in Portland, she reconnected with a friend from high school, now in recovery, and knew then she would love to work in the field. Lynn is grateful for the opportunity to work at Liberty Bay and see people grow throughout their recovery.
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.
Ronald Smith, LADC
Ron is credentialed as an LADC (Licensed Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor). Ron has an extensive 20-year history as a counselor treating individuals with addiction/behavioral-related issues. Ron is passionate about the work he does with individuals and has acquired not only counseling experience as a professional but has also established a personal philosophy for “being of service” to the clients he serves. Ron has worked extensively in residential treatment, outpatient as well as in the prison system and Department of Corrections with a number of addiction-related modalities. His personal passion lies in interpersonal and high intensity group work in the Therapeutic Community. Ron is also a licensed cosmetologist and is employed part-time barbering at a county jail. He has been a sound technician for over 35 years and continues to be active in this area.
Certified 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.
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor
Jeremy was born and raised in Upstate New York. Both an energetic and a solitary person, Jeremy worked hard at keeping his mind busy. When he started college, he realized escaping through technology, drugs and alcohol was easier than facing uncomfortable stress and emotions. When he was referred to a counselor, Jeremy discovered there was a harder, but healthier way to cope with life’s challenges. It was through this work that he learned the value of therapy and discovered a passion for helping others in the same way. Jeremy started his career working with adults at an inpatient crisis program in Burlington, Vermont. He later graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 with a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During that time, he worked as an Addictions Counselor in Montpelier, VT, serving in schools, as well as the state corrections system. Since moving to Maine, he has worked in Public Health, addressing the systems that contribute to substance use in the community. He believes that bearing witness to recovery is an enormous privilege; one that should be honored. Jeremy is dedicated to sharing this passion with every client he meets.
Julie Daignault, CCS
Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor
Julie has been working in the addiction field for 11 years; 9 of those years as an Addiction Counselor. Julie’s introduction to substance abuse treatment was in June 2005 when she entered treatment as a client. She later took on a role as Support Staff and Counselor, which she believes has been the most rewarding work she has ever done. Julie considers it an honor to work with and be an early part of someone’s journey into recovery. When not working, Julie finds her Zen time at the beach adding to her extensive collection of sea glass and/or collecting interesting rocks and stones that she likes to use for clients as ceremonial stones upon their completion or graduation from a program.
After 15 years of being away from her home state Lara finally decided that it was time to come home to Maine. During her time away from Maine Lara traveled the world and earned her BA in International Studies at UCSD. After graduation Lara was hired by Church World Services to work alongside the United Nations and USCIS where she spent three years in Africa as a Humanitarian Aid Worker specializing in refugee crisis and assisting victims of torture, trauma and persecution. Lara is driven by her passion for working with at risk and underserved populations worldwide. After 3 years in Africa Lara moved to Los Angeles where she studied yoga and completed her 500-hour teacher training certification. Lara continued her work with refugees interning at IRC and working with a local Somali organization while running her own yoga studio in Santa Monica, California. Shortly after volunteering as a yoga teacher on skid row Lara got a job working as a full time Case Manager at Lamp Community helping the chronically homeless find and sustain housing. Throughout her work in Africa and the US Lara worked with populations of people struggling with addictions and suffering from trauma. Lara has combined her experience as a humanitarian with her work as a yoga and meditation teacher and offers classes that cater to each individual’s battle with addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma. Currently in school at UMASS medical Lara is studying to teach Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as a tool to help people in recovery. Working at Liberty Bay is truly a dream for Lara as she has the opportunity to offer recovery-oriented yoga and meditation in both group and one on one classes catered to the specific needs of each individual.
Mark is a graduate of Springfield College, School of Human Services where he received a bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies, and a master’s degree in Organizational Management and leadership. Mark has 25 years of experience working in social services where he has worked for many local nonprofits on issues such as: homelessness and housing, employment counseling, working with the blind and visually impaired, developmental disabilities, HIV counseling and public health initiatives, as well as an alcohol and drug counselor with Mercy Hospital Recovery Center. Mark joined the Liberty Bay team in September of 2018. He was drawn to Liberty Bay by the love and care he sees our clients receiving and the change that occurs in treatment. He considers it a privilege to be part of the solution when people decide to get clean and sober. Mark is an active member of the recovery community. He and his partner live in South Portland, ME. He is the father of three children, two sons and a daughter. But most importantly, he loves being sober and living one day at a time. “Without sobriety, nothing else would really matter very much”.
Director of Support Staff
Theresa was born and raised in Portland, Maine. She started using marijuana and alcohol in high school, which quickly escalated to opiates. After a number of serious consequences, which included losing custody of her two boys, Theresa found herself homeless with nothing left. As her life spiraled out of control, friends and loved ones convinced her to enter an out-of-state 12-step program. Grudgingly she entered that program. Ultimately, she was able to admit to herself what so many already knew: her life had been out of control and she needed to change. With a lot of hard work that included a few set-backs, she learned the power of working the steps, following suggestions of those who came before her and putting her faith in a power greater than herself. Now, she readily admits she’s an addict and an alcoholic. She has a supportive community of sober people and she is thrilled to have her life and her children back. As Director of Support Staff at Liberty Bay, she feels blessed and happy to give back, to be able to share her experiences and offer hope to anyone who wants a new way of life.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
Eben lives in Portland with his wife, 9-year-old step-daughter, dog and 8 chickens. He loves being at the beach and living in Maine. He also enjoys cooking, reading, building epic forts and Monty Python. He is currently going to school for therapeutic massage.