Jayne Van Bramer

President & CEO

Jayne Van Bramer is our newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Jayne has devoted her entire 30 plus working years to behavioral health. She comes to Sweetser from Oklahoma where she led the revitalization of a psychiatric hospital and outpatient service. The majority of her career was spent with the New York State Office of Mental Health, where she led the largest public mental health system in the country as the Senior Associate Commissioner for State Operated Children’s and Adult Services. Jayne believes recovery is possible for every person with a behavioral health diagnosis and that successful treatment is evidenced based and holistic. She has two master’s degrees—one in psychology, and one in applied research and evaluation. She has lived experience with an immediate family member and is the proud grandmother of four adored grandchildren. She looks forward to leading Sweetser and improving the behavioral health of Mainers through increased access and improved outcomes.

John McAnuff

Chief Financial Officer

John McAnuff is our Chief Financial Officer and joined Sweetser in 2022. For nearly two decades John was a senior member of the management team at Spurwink, serving as CFO and Treasurer since 2007. He is a strategic and experienced leader with strong financial and operational skills. He has extensive experience with internal controls, Not-For-Profit Management, GAAP, risk management and financial analysis and reporting. A graduate of Boston University and the University of Southern Maine, John is respected by colleagues and industry leaders, and enjoys working with clinicians and educators. He is a strategic thinker and has identified unique business opportunities in the behavioral health industry while adapting to constant change. John enjoys helping people grow and develop their talents. He is a realist and uses data as evidence to gauge if something worked and to make recommendations for process improvement. John is optimistic about the human race and uses perspective and creativity to identify solutions. He is a runner, history lover – especially Roman, and amateur chef. Family time and hanging out with his kids are a priority.

Joanne Grant

Chief Growth Officer

Joanne Grant is the Chief Growth Officer, joining Sweetser after holding both administrative and clinical leadership positions in Maine for over 20 years. Joanne began her clinical journey serving youth in a treatment program at the Maine Youth Center and grew into various leadership positions, including the Director of Residential Services. She has had a private practice as well. Most recently, Joanne served as the Director of Substance Use Treatment Program Operations for Maine Behavioral Health, overseeing administrative and clinical operations. She has an undergraduate degree in rehabilitation services with a specialty in substance use counseling from UMF and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from USM. Joanne also has specialized training in clinical supervision and has several certifications in Evidenced Based Practice including: 7 Challenges, Aggression Replacement Training, Moral Reconation Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She is a member of the board of professional counselors for the State of Maine. Joanne enjoys hiking, camping, and pickle ball. She has two daughters—both in college studying nursing—so she now spends most of her time with her German Shepherd dogs, Charlie and Grayson.

Kristie Worster

Chief Program Officer

Kristie Worster is the Chief Program Officer, joining Sweetser after holding both administrative and clinical leadership positions in Maine. She was an outpatient therapist for several years in York County prior to becoming a Regional Director in the Mid-Coast region, where she managed outpatient, community-based, crisis and residential services. More recently Kristie implemented clinical programs for a large health system.  She has an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in social work, both from The University of New England. Kristie also has specialized training in clinical supervision and has several certifications in Evidenced Based Practices, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, MATCH-ADTC, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. She has a Certificate as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Acuity Institute and has experience with leading employee engagement projects. Kristie loves the simple things like spending summers outside discovering new parts of New England and Maine with her family.

Wendy Anders

Senior Director of Community Services

Wendy Anders, LCSW, is the Senior Director of Community-based Services, including School-based Outpatient Therapy, Primary Care Integration, Behavioral Health Homes, Adult Community Integration and Assertive Community Integration Services. She has been with Sweetser since 1991. Prior to joining Sweetser, Wendy worked at multiple social service organizations in New Hampshire, New York and Maine. She has experience working in substance use disorder recovery programs, group homes, emergency shelters and helping open a large adolescent independent living program. Improving access to services for adults, children and families has been her primary passion, as well as advocating for whole person healthcare in which both emotional and physical care is considered. Wendy graduated with her B.S. in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce College and later went on to earn her Master’s in Social Work from the University of New England. 

Mike Andrick

Senior Director of Adult Crisis & Residential Services

Mike Andrick joined Sweetser as the Senior Director of Adult Crisis & Residential Services in 2024. In this role, he oversees mobile crisis services, adult crisis stabilization units, crisis aftercare programs, OPTIONS, and adult PNMI. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has presented at numerous professional conferences during his career. Prior to joining Sweetser, he served as Director of Outreach & DMH MATCH Services at Pine Street Inn. Mike holds a master’s degree in counseling and education from the University of Maine, Orono.

Justin Chenette

Senior Director of Public Relations & Advancement

Justin Chenette is the Senior Director of Public Relations & Advancement, after being promoted from Communications Director, a position he began in 2022. With experiences spanning journalism, marketing, government, and nonprofit leadership, Justin is an experienced strategic communicator who drives impact by defining brand, honing message, and amplifying engagement. He is a storyteller by nature and a marketer by trade. At Sweetser, Justin develops and implements external communication strategies to advance the nonprofit’s reputation and to broaden the impact of programs through multimedia storytelling, advertising, branding, and messaging across all platforms. He leads a team responsible for meeting the long-term development needs of the organization including donor engagement, corporate sponsorships, grants, and event planning. Justin also oversees all internal communications to the over 600+ staff across the state, serves as the primary contact for all media requests, and helps coordinate government affairs and community engagement initiatives. Justin got his start in journalism at an early age, hosting a statewide public affairs TV show while in high school and working in TV news during his college years. He later worked in digital advertising, marketing, and media relations for various entities and as the owner of a strategic communications consulting firm. He has worked at every level of government with roles in municipal, county, state, and Federal governments. Justin is a former 4-term lawmaker having served as both a Senator and Representative for 8 years, served on the State Board of Education, and interned at both city hall and a congressional office. He currently serves as a County Commissioner and a state appointee on Maine’s Right to Know Advisory Committee. Justin has been recognized nationally by The Advocate magazine, listing him on their list of the 40 Under 40 most accomplished leaders. Two U.S. Presidents have honored his community work as the recipient of the Volunteer Service Award; by President Bush & by President Obama. Justin graduated from Northern Vermont University-Lyndon with a B.S. in Broadcast News. He went on to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta and an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Justin is also a published author, having written the children’s book, ‘The Great Whoopie Pie Debate: A Kids’ Guide to the Maine Legislature’ and has been a newspaper columnist for well over a decade. ​​He lives in Saco with his husband and their two cats Precious & Mr. Biscuits.

Holly Hall

Senior Director of Human Resources

Holly Hall is the Senior Director of Human Resources and has been with Sweetser since 2011. Holly provides administrative leadership and oversight of the Human Resources functions within the organization, ensuring that the policies, standards, and services are consistent with the organization’s mission, vision, and values. She started her career in behavioral healthcare in 1997 when she worked at Spring Harbor Hospital & Maine Mental Health Partners, before beginning her career in Human Resources in 2007 when she was promoted to HR Manager. Holly graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Social Sciences. She earned her Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certification in 2011 and her SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification in 2015.  She also completed the Project Management and Human Resources Certificate programs at the University of Southern Maine. Holly is an active member of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine (HRASM) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Marc Kaplan, DO

Medical Director

Marc I. Kaplan, DO, joined Sweetser in August 1997 and serves as Medical Director. He supervises psychiatric providers both at Sweetser and under contracts with other healthcare organizations. Dr. Kaplan provides consultation to all Sweetser clinical programs, leadership and management teams. He’s board certified in general psychiatry, and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Kaplan is a member of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians. He completed a psychiatric medical director fellowship with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and the Hanley Center’s Medical Director Leadership program. Dr. Kaplan is also a professional percussionist and produces benefit concerts that have raised thousands of dollars for both Maine-based and national charitable organizations.

Lynn Leland

Executive Assistant to the CEO & Chief Program Officer

Lynn Leland is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the President & CEO, Chief Program Officer, Medical Director, and also supports several program directors and senior directors, as needed. She has been with Sweetser since 1997. Lynn is responsible for a wide-range of administrative functions in both an executive support and office assistant capacity requiring the highest levels of professionalism, accountability, and confidentiality. Lynn serves as the administrative liaison for Sweetser’s Board of Directors and related committees. Prior to this role, Lynn served as a Collections Specialist in the Patient Accounts Department, where she was responsible for the setup and ongoing maintenance of the billing side of Sweetser’s electronic health record.

Kristen Cianelli

Director of Community-Based Services

Before social work, Kristen graduated with a Bachelors in English and French Literature and was a writer, musician, and house painter. She always loved a story and believed in the power of people. In 2014, she earned her MSW from the University of New England and began working with adolescents and families within a residential substance use treatment setting for seven years.  There she developed a passion for clinical work with youth and families, access to substance use treatment, and community outreach and education. Kristen also became interested in systems that support mental health services and service providers, including the culture within agencies. She looks forward to being able to bring those interests into the position of Director of Community Based-Services.

Rose Giacchino

Director of Finance

Rose Giacchino is the Director of Finance and joined Sweetser in February 2022. She is responsible for the financial management of the organization through the delivery of accurate and timely financial information. Rose oversees the budget process, financial analysis, financial contract compliance, accounts payable, payroll, general ledger maintenance and month end close. She is also responsible for policies and procedures that provide for effective internal controls. Rose has her CPA license and CGMA certification, and is a longstanding member of the AICPA. Born and raised in Maine, she ventured west to beautiful Colorado for college, but eventually family and the ocean called her back. Rose has loved accounting since high school, gaining experience in public accounting, private business, business ownership and tax preparation. She has served on small non-profit boards over the years, and has donated time and energy towards those causes.

Kristine Gile

Director of Children’s Residential

Kristine Gile, LCPC, BC-TMH, NCC joined Sweetser as Director of Children’s Residential in March 2024. With over 20 years of experience in children’s behavioral healthcare, Kristine has been a therapist, manager, and director in a variety of programs.

Kristine is a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified in TF-CBT and will soon be one of the few TF-CBT trainers in the State of Maine. She also has DBT training from Behavioral Tech, Multiple CBT trainings from the Beck Institute (CBT-A; CBT-D/SP; CBT-P; CBT-R), is trained in CPP (Child Parent Psychotherapy), MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to the Treatment of Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Conduct disorders) and PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy).  She is trained in the Yale University Supervision Model and is trained and passionate about supporting staff in secondary traumatic stress.

Kristine has specialized training in working clients with disabilities including those who struggle with certain sensory disorders.

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Kimberly Holmes

Director of Education

Kimberly Holmes is the Director of Education for our Special Purpose Private School in Saco. She joined Sweetser in July 2022. Kimberly oversees all aspects of the day treatment educational program, including collaborating with school districts for students attending our school, working closely with residential programs, and supporting families and students. Kimberly earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education at University of Maine at Farmington. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher and during this time she earned her Master’s in Special Education and Administration at University of Southern Maine. Kimberly brings 25 years of administrative experience to the position and is looking forward to sharing this with the Sweetser community.

Alaina Knox

Director of Recovery Services

Alaina Knox is the Director of Recovery Services overseeing peers who work on the Peer Support Line, in the Emergency Department, Peer Training Network and Integrated Teams. In this role, she promotes professional development and growth of Sweetser’s Peer Support Team. Alaina joined Sweetser in June 2023 as a Training Specialist, coordinating educational courses for Peer Support Specialists throughout the state. Alaina has years of experience working in behavioral health and Substance Abuse Disorder recovery programs. She has been in leadership roles at both residential and outpatient programs in Maine and Pennsylvania. In her free time, Alaina enjoys connecting with loved ones and spending time outdoors.

Allison M. Martin

Director of Patient Accounts

Allison M. Martin is the Director of Patient Accounts and has been with Sweetser since 2002. She helps sustain financial stability with the organization by supporting and directing her team to bill and capture revenue initiated by more than 16 different programs. Allison highly values the collection and maintenance of billing information, accurate and timely billing for services, and the collection of receivables, while providing the best possible customer service to clients, their families, service providers, and all funding sources. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington and immediately began her career in medical billing. Allison is from Maine, where she continues to live with her husband and small dog, enjoying the beaches, lighthouses, golf courses, and giving treats for ball retrieval.

Carol Mundigler

Director of Human Resources

Carol Mundigler joined Sweetser in the summer of 2021 as Director of Talent Acquisition & Retention, where she focuses on creating short- and long-term strategies to engage and retain Sweetser’s current employees along with attracting new talent to the organization. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state with a BA in Business and has spent the last 11 years working in the talent acquisition space. Carol is excited to be back in Maine—where she was born and raised—with her husband, kids and a house full of animals. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time with her family, cycling at a local studio, and spending time by the water.

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Alyssa Pelchat

Director of Crisis Services

Alyssa Pelchat, LCSW, CCS, is the Director of Crisis Services overseeing Access, OPTIONS, Crisis Triage, and Mobile Crisis. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of New England. Alyssa joined Sweetser in February of 2021 as the Clinical Supervisor of Crisis Triage and the OPTIONS program. Prior to working at Sweetser, she worked with children, teens, and adults in a variety of settings, including primary care and residential treatment, as well as within Maine’s prison system. 

Jayne Pelletier

Director of Training

Jayne Pelletier, Ph.D. is the Director of Training, bringing a long history of working with adult, multi-cultural learners in a variety of settings to her role at Sweetser. Her background includes extensive involvement with institutional and programmatic accreditation, program development, evaluation, and assessment. Jayne has experience with both traditional and post-traditional learners, and has considerable experience delivering professional learning in a variety of modalities. She earned a B. S. in Environmental Conservation, an M. A. T. in English, and a Ph.D. in Education, all at the University of New Hampshire. She holds an Experienced Educator Certificate and is certified as an English teacher.  Jayne has taught both graduate and undergraduate students online and in the classroom at several institutions and has been responsible for all areas of instruction, including faculty observations, faculty development, and curricular changes. Jayne lives in Southern Maine and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and walks with her rescue shepherd, Bae.

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Joey Rossignol

Clinical Director CCBHC

Joey Rossignol joined Sweetser in 2022 as the Clinical Director for the Certified Clinical Behavioral Health Center, overseeing the clinical operations and community support services in Brunswick. He has extensive experience with nonprofit residential program leadership, management of a team of outreach clinicians, day program, risk management and contract monitoring/reporting to state agencies. Prior to joining Sweetser, Joey worked as a clinical supervisor for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health where he oversaw contract monitoring for several community support services (liaison for contracted non-profit vendors, clubhouse services, and jail diversion clinicians), supervised case management staff, monitored movement for community reentry from State Inpatient Facilities and Incarcerated/Forensic involved individuals. Joey earned a Master’s in Mental Health and Addiction Counseling through Cambridge College, and is currently licensed in LMHC-MA and LCPC-ME. In his free time, Joey enjoys traveling and photography.

Brandon Somes

Director of Quality

Brandon Somes joined Sweetser in March 2024 as the Director of Quality. He is responsible for working with teams at all levels of Sweetser programs and departments to improve key client outcomes, identify opportunities for improvement, and build systems and processes that ensure safe delivery and thorough documentation of care/services. Brandon began his career in youth residential behavioral health, and has extensive experience in direct care and day school treatment programs, as well as staff training and development. He has also worked in an improvement role focused on reducing use of restraint and managing organization accreditation-related activities. Since moving to Maine in 2020, Brandon has been responsible for oversight and development of improvement programs at SMHC and InterMed. He is driven by a desire to help care teams and direct care staff improve client outcomes, while making their work easier and safer. Originally from rural Western Mass, he and his wife moved to Maine to be closer to the ocean and Portland. He has two rescue dogs and loves to hike, swim, run, bike and do pretty much anything outside.

Lindsay Susi

Clinical Director – New England Eating Disorders Program

Lindsay Susi is the Clinical Director for the New England Eating Disorders (NEED) program, which she joined as a clinician in 2014. She became part of the Sweetser team when NEED moved to the organization in 2017. As Clinical Director, Lindsay is involved in the day-to-day needs of the program’s patients and staff, supporting staff with helping the program run smoothly and addressing issues that arise. She also remains involved in direct clinical work and supervises staff. Lindsay has worked in mental health for many years, and has been interested in mental and behavioral health since high school. She is passionate about working with those who struggle with eating disorders. Lindsay earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UMaine Orono and obtained her MSW from the University of Southern Maine in 2014. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two young daughters, dog, and wonderful friends and family.


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Chad Thurlow

Director of Information Technology

Chad Thurlow joined Sweetser in September of 2022 as the Director of Information Technology. He had exposure to computing from an early age, but officially began his IT career in web development and design in the early days of the World Wide Web. He has since acquired a broad range of IT experience, which he brings to Sweetser. Chad graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with an A.A.S in Legal Technology. Outside of Sweetser, Chad enjoys cooking, music, family, and constantly pursuing knowledge in an always-growing list of interests.

Douglas Weaver

Clinical Director of Adult Residential

Douglas Weaver is the Clinical Director of Adult Residential. He joined Sweetser in 2023 as the Clinical Supervisor for the Behavioral Health Home program in Brunswick. Douglas has extensive experience working with clients suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, and he has worked in the mental health field since 2010. Douglas’ background includes positions in residential treatment, daily living supports, Assertive Community Treatment, Home and Community-Based Treatment, inpatient psychiatric and detox in a hospital setting, and outpatient counseling. He earned his MSW from the University of New England in 2018, and is an LCSW and a CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor). Douglas is an eight-year veteran of the United States Army and served in Iraq.

Robert White

Director of Quality/Compliance

Robert White, Sweetser’s Director of Compliance since 2001, oversees compliance with state and federal law, and national accreditation standards applicable to all programs and operations. An experienced health care attorney, Robert also supports Sweetser and its staff on specific legal matters. Robert graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, majoring in chemistry in college and working as a computer programmer before earning his law degree. His legal practice focused chiefly on health care law and also on business, corporate and employment law with a Boston firm, in a solo practice, and with a Maine hospital.  Robert has taught health care law at a Massachusetts law school. Outside Sweetser, Robert serves on the board of a Maine non-profit community service corporation, is a trustee for a nationally registered, historic music hall in Massachusetts, and administratively directs a summertime Gilbert & Sullivan musical theater program for youth.

Craig Wilcox

Director of Facilities

Craig Wilcox joined Sweetser as the Director of Facilities in January 2024. In this role, he provides leadership and guidance for the proper care of all Sweetser facilities by overseeing capital projects, repairs, maintenance, and related activities. Prior to joining Sweetser, Craig focused on owning and operating his own business, which specializes in the construction of new buildings and remodeling old properties. Outside of work, Craig donates his spare time to causes that assist people in need and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, be it camping, fishing, boating, skiing, four-wheeling, or snowmobiling. Craig is OSHA certified and holds Associate Degrees in both Business and Culinary Arts from Southern Maine Community College.