Meet our Board of Directors!

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IRA G. MANDEL, MD, MPH

Executive Director. Dr. Mandel completed his training as a family practitioner In 1982 and completed his Masters Of Public Health Training in 2001.    He  has more than 34 years of medical practice and medical leadership experience, ten of which were spent In midcoast Maine including Knox, Waldo And Lincoln counties and the many islands contiguous with those counties.

Sue Foelix, MBA, MAM

Sue is serving as Board Secretary and is committed to strengthening MCRC’s operations. Her goal is to maximize what the organization can offer to support individuals in recovery. Sue brings to the board 25 years of business leadership experience. Her professional career was dedicated to advancing therapeutic options for patients with diseases ranging from common problems like allergies to rare disease and oncology. Her business skills are complemented by compassion and faith deepened by a Master of Arts in Ministry completed in 2016.

Jean Denny

JEANNE DENNY

After serving as the Executive Director of 63 Washington in its previous iteration as an elder care facility, Jeanne has gone on to spearhead the community effort to create a homeless shelter in Rockland. She also serves as the social worker for her local parish.

Cristine Gracie

Cristine grew up in Midcoast Maine where she attended high school and later went on to earn her degree in Social Work at UMA with a focus in addiction.

After graduating college Cristine married her high school sweetheart of five years and had two beautiful daughters while continuing to work in the social service field, specifically in group homes for teens with substance abuse issues.

Recently, Cristine has obtained her real estate license and currently works throughout the MidCoast and beyond while continuing to spend much of her time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Passion for recovery really took hold when her husband decided to enter recovery almost 12 years ago. She now serves as an active board member with hopes of helping make a difference in other peoples lives who struggle with addiction.

Karen

KAREN STAMIESZKIN

Karen is currently a marine scientist whose research focuses on plankton and nutrient cycles in the world’s oceans. She has visited and studied ocean ecosystems, from the Gulf of Maine, to the West Antarctic, to the South Pacific. She grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and now lives in Camden, Maine with her husband and two dogs. As a board member, she aims to help develop holistic programming for MCRC residents, and help keep MCRC organized as it grows. Karen is excited and grateful to be part of the MCRC team, and to connect with and give back to the community.

Bruce Graybeard

Bruce was raised in a family that was ripped apart by substance abuse. It affected not only the abuser but the entire family. When he moved to Maine 5 years ago he volunteered for Operation Hope. Operation Hope is a program set up by the Scarborough Police Department to get opiate addicts into recovery. He then became a recovery coach.

Bruce is a retired general contractor from Florida. He enjoys custom woodworking, cycling and fishing.

LURA ROBINSON

Lura grew up in San Diego, moving to Midcoast Maine in 1969.  She was in banking for 15+ years and most recently worked in the administrative side of homecare. She was very involved with the Hospice team. Having family members affected by addiction is driving her to help all she can. Lura is an avid hunting and 4x4ing enthusiast. She organizes events and helps with social media outreach.

Kate Dullea

Kate grew up in the midcoast area before leaving to pursue her degree in NYC.

With a an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Fordham University in NYC and a Doctorate in Psychology from Yeshiva University, Kate has worked in diverse mental health settings in New York City and Paris, France.

For the last 10 years she has had her own International Executive Recruiting company. She has worked and lived in Europe for the past 20 years. Kate has over 10 years of talent acquisition, consulting and branding experience in Industry, the Life Sciences and Agribusiness.

Kate has recently moved back to the Mid Coast area with her two teenage daughters. Since returning, Kate has been an active volunteer at the women’s recovery house and an enthusiastic Board Member.