Dan came to AFC with over 20 years experience working at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, on both inpatient and outpatient units. He has specialized in work with adolescents, and individuals dealing with PTSD. He has a particular interest in delivering services to veterans. He has a wealth of experience in designing training programs to meet the needs of clinicians.
Cindy has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in the intensive Home and Community Treatment (HCT) program. As the former Director of the Emmaus Homeless Shelter, she has worked with the homeless and at-risk homeless population. Cindy uses her dog, Sam, with Animal Assisted Canine therapy which helps individual’s unique needs to be address. She helps her clients with transitions, life changes, trauma, identifying emotions and coping with moods, learning self-regulation, alcohol/substance use and with changing perspectives.
Hilary, a self-described Cheesehead, came to AFC from Wisconsin where she received a Master of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College. “I love working with people and enjoy the idea of allowing art to guide and heal,” she says. In addition to working one-on-one with clients, she plans to develop open studio opportunities in the community. In her spare time she paints, bikes and hikes.
Michel Thomsen, LMSW-CC, moved to Maine after graduating from Columbia School of Social Work in May of 2015. While at Columbia he specialized in Advanced Clinical Practice with a concentration in Family, Youth, & Children. Michel developed a passion for substance abuse treatment while at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Center in New York City, where he was a full-time intern in their Intensive Outpatient Program. Prior to that, he spent a summer with the Coastal Care Team out of MDI hospital helping chronically ill clients and their caregivers stay at home and in the community. This was proceeded by a year at the Legal Aid Society in New York City working as an advocate in family court for children removed by child protective services. The 15 years before becoming a therapist had Michel working the streets of New York City as a paramedic for 12 years, with a total of 15 years in EMS.
Kip has been working in the field of substance abuse with adolescents and their families since 1990. He enjoys helping kids to overcome risks through knowledge, refusal skills, and building on personal and community strengths. In addition to his work in the schools, Kip provides individual substance use and addiction counseling for adults and adolescents.
Claire has lived on MDI for nearly two decades and comes to Acadia Family Center with a wealth of fundraising, communications, and event planning experience. Some past employers include The Jackson Laboratory, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Maine and The Mount Desert Nursery School.
Jennifer came to AFC with more than 10 years of experience and expertise in the management of both small and large private entities. At AFC she manages the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of program areas including human resources, budgeting, information technology and property management. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency.