Board of Directors

The Bangor Area Recovery Network is proud to have a Board of Directors from diverse backgrounds, all passionate about their role as recovery advocates. In keeping with the standards of a community recovery center, over 50% of the Board members are in long-term recovery themselves, representing over 100 years of recovery.

BARN Board of Directors

Amy Clark

Amy is an "affected other" and a recovery ally who believes strongly that supporting recovery is a community responsibility. Along with serving her second term as Board Chair, she co-facilitates BARN's monthly Addiction In The Family meeting.

Lisa Laberatore

Lisa is a mom, entrepreneur, speaker and author who has a passion for helping people.

Ashley Homstead

Ashley has been serving on the Board of Directors for 6 years. She believes in meeting all others where they are at, with love, empathy, and compassion whether they are in recovery, actively using, or the loved one of someone who is.

Jim LaPierre

Jim has been serving the BARN for over 5 years. Jim is a recovery ally and the owner and director of Higher Ground Services. Jim gets to serve the community through BARN, Health Equity Alliance, and supporting missions like Church of Safe Injection.

Krystal W

Krystal is a woman, mother, and partner in recovery, with a passion for advocacy and community recovery.

Darcy Cooke

Darcy has been serving the BARN Board of Directors for 4 months. She has three and a half years of continuous sobriety, and the BARN has been a significant part of her recovery. She works as a community organizer for a local nonprofit called Food and Medicine, and she is grateful that her sobriety has enabled her to be a caring and contributing part of her community.

Joseph Hartel

Grateful to be of service. Grateful to be clean."

Scott Pardy

Scott has been serving on the board for about a year. Scott is the operator of Fresh Start Sober Homes in Bangor and Brewer.

Ken Bloch

Ken is the Director of Maine PTAC for Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) in Bangor and is an experienced program and project manager. Born in Maine, with a degree in government from Suffolk University in Boston, he has lived and worked in many locations worldwide, finally moving back to Maine in 2007. In addition to his BARN duties, he serves on the national Board of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) and is a liaison to the New England Board of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). He brings a wide range of experiences to the BARN, including from his own long-term recovery. He lives in the greater Bangor area with his wife, Angela, and enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and kayaking.

Elizabeth Ashe

Elizabeth is our newest board member. She serves as the Community Resource Officer for the Bangor Police Department. She "transplanted" from New York.

Joe Baldacci

Rich Nickerson

BARN Staff

Sharon Field

Volunteer Coordinator

Sharon first stepped into the BARN seven years ago looking for hope, she started volunteering that day and never looked back. Now in long term recovery, she has been the volunteer coordinator at the BARN since 2015. She handles the hiring and organization of all our volunteer hours. Sharon is also a trained as both a domestic violence, and rape response advocate volunteer. Sharon serves on the Opioid Response and Recovery Cabinet as the only voice in recovery, requested personally by Governor Janet Mills and Gordon Smith.

Robert Fickett

Peer Support Recovery Coach Coordinator

Robert is a Father, Son, Husband and Brother in long-term recovery. He is passionate about supporting and advocating for individuals in or seeking recovery.

Sam Ahearn

Community Outreach Specialist

Sam is a woman in long-term recovery. She began her recovery journey as a BARN volunteer and was supported through her early recovery process by her BARN family. Sam is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Addiction Counseling. She has a strong background in community outreach and has some clinical experience. She is passionate about helping people fall in love with themselves, recovery advocacy, and she also has a quite a green thumb.