Our Staff

HOWARD "JONESIE" JONES

Executive Director

Howard (aka Jonesie) comes to us with a deep and wide background in Marketing, Banking, State Government and operating his own business distributing Maine natural food products. Part of his experience includes traveling all over Asia. His travels to China, Korea and Southeast Asia developed business opportunities for U.S. companies; and, a cultural awareness of some parts of the world that were not well known at the time.
Jonesie comes to Mid-Coast Recovery having personal knowledge of substance abuse and its effect on loved ones and others close to us. He is very aware of the everyday challenges our community is faced with involving drug and alcohol abuse. But, he also understands the opportunities that come with working on recovery and living a life that gets a little better everyday. “Its about living life to its fullest in a healthy, giving way.”

IAIN KIRKHAM

House Manager
IAIN KIRKHAM

Before working at The Friend’s House Iain had many different adventures. He has worked in many different fields including four years in the Army and lived in several different regions of the country as well as two years spent in Europe. His battle with addiction has been lifelong; however it greatly intensified with the passing of his father in 2015. Recovery has been the biggest adventure yet. Iain says that his work at The Friends House has been the most rewarding of his life. He says the most important part of working with people seeking recovery is to “just love them”.

DARA HURT​

House Manager
Dara Hurt

The path that has led me to MCRC has been a long one but, as I look back, I see how every step was leading me here. I’m a veteran of the US Air Force and an ex-paramedic. I have always sought to be of service and as my life progressed, situations arose that helped steer my direction. I worked for many years with mentally ill adults at the VA and in other programs and, most recently with troubled teenagers. I am not recovering myself, but I have had a very personal, hands on experience with close family members who struggled and who are now many years into their recovery. It is my sincere honor to count myself as a part of this wonderful team.

DAVID CHARLSON

Assistant House Manager

As a person in recovery, David believes in and supports the mission of MCRC. Helping people establish recovery focused lives and reconnecting with their families and society. Many years of personal hardship has helped him face many of his own demons through the recovery process. He believes that an integral part of that process is helping others find their own path in recovery. He strongly believes “the only way to keep what we have is to give it away” is the one of the most important principles of recovery. It is one of the most gratifying aspects of his life and the foundation of his recovery journey. You will never find David without his trusty coffee mug.

PHINNEAN "SARAH" GAUDETTE

Assistant House Manager
Phinnean “Sarah” Gaudette was born in Damariscotta Maine. She is the mother of a college-aged aspiring writer. She herself graduated college with degrees in the field of visual art. She is a lover of dancing, singing, music, movies, cats, and all things nature. She is an addict and an alcoholic. Sarah has four years of personal experience in a recovery-centered life. She has two years’ experience managing a recovery home in Bangor Maine and 20+ years in several service-oriented positions in her professional life. Sarah is honored to have this opportunity to join the MCRC team. She plans to bring her experiences both personal and professional, a solution-based attitude, a creative spirit, an open mind, and her heart.