Robyn Stanicki joined the board of MCRC in August. She is a community and economic development coordinator serving towns in central and Midcoast Maine as part of an effort to foster sustainability and resiliency in planning and government. Robyn has a background in social work, policy, and research methodologies and recently completed a NIDA-funded project with Dartmouth College where she coordinated a research study improving healthcare screenings and access to treatment for patients with substance use disorders.
Robyn is passionate about social justice and equality and is involved with legislative advocacy for foster care, anti-poverty programs, and our vulnerable neighbors. As a public servant, she recently campaigned for the Maine legislature and looks for ways to do the most good. “I enjoy working with dedicated partners toward such worthy goals. Our community needs to turn more of our attention toward social problems such as addiction and recovery, recognizing and reclaiming the potential of our friends, neighbors and our community.”
Robyn lives with her wife Sam and their two sons in Belfast, Maine.
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 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 Midcoast 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.
I feel honored and proud to be part of a team with many backgrounds to advance MCRC’s healing and recovery efforts. After careers in finance and consulting in New York City, I hope to leverage my business experience and MBA education to lift up those suffering the result of addiction. I believe compassion is the best response to human frailty and always side with the underdog. My wife Victoria Charkut and I are thankful we are able to finally enjoy the Maine seacoast life at our home in Owls Head. Thank you for your kind support.
Kim joined the MCRC Board in January 2021 and brings with her a background in banking, dentistry, child care, and holistic health and wellness. She is employed part-time for a local non-profit where she is primarily responsible for administrative tasks. Additionally, she is a Reiki Master Teacher and has a wellness studio in Rockport.
Kim has a strong desire to help others and you will often find her supporting local fundraising efforts. Her commitment to help the MCRC comes from this passion and she hopes that by joining the board, her support will help to ensure our neighbors continue to receive the help and services they need.
Kim was born and has lived here in Knox County her entire life. She raised three children and owns an older home in Rockland that she and her husband have been “fixing up” for the past decade!
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. Additionally, she serves as the social worker for her local parish.
Lura grew up in San Diego, moving to Midcoast Maine in 1969. She was in banking for 15+ years, worked at several local businesses and most recently worked in the administrative side of homecare, where she was very involved with the Hospice team. Having family members affected by addiction, she is driven to help all she can to combat this disease. In her opinion, “every person deserves a second, third, or sometimes more chances to rid the demons of addiction!” A firm believer that relapse is sometimes a part of recovery, she believes that everyone deserves understanding to beat this disease. Lura is an avid hunting and off-roading enthusiast, enjoying time spent with her family and friends. She organizes events for MCRC and helps with social media outreach.
Karen is a marine scientist whose research focuses on plankton and nutrient cycles in the world’s oceans. She has visited and studied ocean ecosystems ranging 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.
IRA G. MANDEL, MD, MPH
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, Lincoln county, and the many islands contiguous with those counties.