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 is an "affected other" and recovery ally who believes strongly that supporting recovery is a community responsibility. Along with serving as an active member on the Board of Directors, Amy currently chairs the marketing and development committee, and co-facilitates the BARN's monthly Addiction in The Family meeting. Amy works as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Haley Ward, and lives in Bangor with her daughter, Maddy and her dog, Bella.
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 is a woman, mother, and partner in long term recovery. She has a passion for advocacy and community recovery. Krystal credits Bangor Area Recovery Network for saving her life through unconditional understanding, radical acceptance of all pathways, and community connection. She serves on the Board of Directors to give back to those who gave her life.
Michelle is a woman in long-term recovery who believes love, support, empathy, advocacy, education, and connection can change the world. She believes everyone deserves a chance at recovery and loves what the BARN does for our community. Michelle is honored to serve on the board and continues to work towards the goal of having recovery and healing available to anyone who is seeking it.
Clinical Director of Residential Services at Wellsprings. Lisa is a woman in long term recovery with a passion for helping others believe in their ability to recover. The BARN has been part of her personal journey since the doors first opened. 1st as a patron of its 12 step programs and sober functions and later as a board member. She currently feels honored to be entrusted with the honor of being the Board chair.
Patricia was born in Massachusetts. She worked in management for a social agency in New York, Connecticut, California, and Maine. She met her husband in Maine and they were blessed with two beautiful children. She has been involved in the recovery community for 34 years. Patricia served on the Governor's Substance Use Disorder Council and has been involved with BARN since its inception.
Mike is a person in long term recovery. He is a regional supervisor at a local mental health agency that has a term of peers and case managers who do homeless outreach. He loves the outdoors, traveling, cooking, people, and giving back to the community. His spiritual aim in this life is "love the way a puppy loves it's boy so that I may do all I do every day with love."
Noah Nesin, MD
Dr. Noah Nesin has been a family doctor in Maine since 1986 and currently serves as Innovation Advisor at Penobscot Community Health Care. During his tenure as Chief Medical Officer he worked to expand access to treatment for use disorders and to address the stigma associated with addiction both in the
medical profession and in the community at large. Dr. Nesin was a co-founder of Maine Quality Counts' Maine Chronic Pain Collaborative, is Chair of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Integration Academy Council, is a member of Maine's Opioid Clinical Advisory Group and Maine's Governor has appointed him chair of the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board and also appointed him as a member of Maine's Board of Licensure in Medicine. Dr. Nesin is the immediate Past-President of the Maine Public Health Association.
Elizabeth Ashe is a member of the Bangor Police Department who currently serves as the Community Resource Officer. With a community-policing centered philosophy driving her pursuits, Elizabeth assumes many roles not typically associated with the work of a patrol officer such as working with caseworkers to house the homeless and connecting person suffering from SUD to recovery resources. Elizabeth views serving on the board of the BARN as another avenue for supporting all people in the community.
Raised by her single mother, and daughter of an immigrant father, Laura was born in California but moved to Maine in 2010. Longtime retail and food service worker, she ran for Bangor City Council in 2017 and won. In 2020 she won election to the Maine House of Representatives. She is currently in her second term and is House Chair of the Veteran and Legal Affairs Committee. Over the years she has volunteered for many organizations, but she now serves on several boards, including the Eastern Area Agency for Aging, Together Place, Downtown Bangor Partnership and more recently the Bangor Area Recovery Network. She is new to her sobriety and is working to give the same supports she was fortunate to have in her life to thrive. She is married to a nice guy from The County and has a dog and 2 cats.
Controller, Community Health and Counseling Services
Brenda is an "affected other" and believes that the BARN is a vital part of the community as well as a safe haven for those in need. Her involvement with the BARN began in the Spring of 2018 when the BARN was applying for their State Contract for the Peer Recovery Center. Since she works for a local non-profit who has numerous State Contracts, her knowledge helped the BARN complete the application and eventually receive their State award. From there, Brenda became a member of the Marketing/Development Committee then helped establish more detail financial reports as well as assisting with the budgeting process. She has since become a member of the Finance Committee and is now a member of the Board.
Bangor Area Recovery Network, Executive Director
Robert Fickett is a son, brother, father, and friend in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. Robert's work at the BARN from a Volunteer to Executive Director has been an expression of his passion for recovery advocacy and peer-based recovery support services. He strongly holds the belief that love is a remedy we can all administer at no cost.
Community Outreach Specialist
Erica Oliveira is a woman in long term recovery who has a passion for helping others. Erica believes in the importance of spreading awareness of substance use disorder and the services that our community has to offer. Sharing the strength that comes with the connection of people in recovery is an important piece of her life today. She is a mother to her teenage son, 2 cats and a Boston Terrier named Royce. Erica enjoys yoga, snowboarding, meditation and taking walks anywhere in nature. Her serenity place is by the ocean
Joseph Hartel is a person in long term recovery. He is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Bangor Area Recovery Network. As a Recovery Coach he is all about empowerment and genuinely enjoys helping people figure out how to thrive in their lives. He helps folks find the courage to change! I have worked the past few years in the substance use disorder field. He is a CCAR trained Recovery Coach. Recently he has graduated from EMCC with a Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Certificate. He enjoys hiking and gardening and spending time with family.
Recovery Justice Coach Coordinator
Angela Walker is a woman in recovery, who enjoys supporting others in their recovery-she supports all pathways of recovery. Angela is a devoted Wife, Mother, Daughter, Nana to 3 amazing Grandkids and Fur Mom to 3 handsome Cats. She enjoys going for drives to the ocean, crocheting, any outdoor activities no matter the season. Angela has several years' experience in Mental Health and Substance Use fields, specializing in Peer Support and Recovery Coaching, Supervising and is a CCAR Recovery Coach. Angela also brings a tremendous amount of resources in the community, that she herself has proudly taken a part in, on her own journey and prides herself in sharing these experiences with others.
Recovery Coach Coordinator
Kole is in long term recovery from substance use. He enjoys going for adventures with his dog, Polly when he's not spending all of his time being a Dad or working toward his degree in recovery advocacy and addiction counseling. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah Kole has participated in street outreach events and recovery conferences across the country. His approach to recovery is find what works for the individual and support the path they choose. He is an advocate for those who haven't found their voice, specializing in harm reduction and the LBGTQ+ community.
Recovery Justice Coach
Kathy Colson has served as a volunteer, volunteer recovery coach, MRC intern recovery coach since 2017 and is now our Recovery Justice Coach. She is a recovery ally and an "affected other". She has a passion for helping others on their pathway to recovery and has an understanding that there are many pathways. Kathy is a mom of 2 girls, 2 cats and a dog. She enjoys the outdoors (mainly in the warmer months), crocheting and spending time with family and friends.
The BARN is now open 7 days a week! Since June 1, 2020, we have been doing our best to keep everyone safe by insisting patrons wear masks, sanitize and wash hands, and maintain social distancing in accordance with State Guidelines. Between meetings and functions, BARN volunteers and staff are cleaning and sanitizing the facility. When coming into the BARN, you will be asked to provide your name and phone number in case of COVID exposure, and you will be asked to wear a mask (properly-over the nose, mouth, and chin) and have your temperature taken. Our main room capacity has been expanded to hold 42 chairs and most of our meetings are Zoom integrated. Please see our website www.bangorrecovery.org or our BARN Facebook page, or call us at 207-561-9444 for updates on hours, event schedule, and more information on community safety procedures that are required of all visitors entering the facility.