Training Presenters

  • Deborah Como-Kepler, PsyD, LCPC, LADC, CCS is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Brunswick Maine with over 30 years of experience.  She is a part time faculty member of the University of Southern Maine and on the faculty of The China America Psychoanalytic Alliance. She developed and implemented a service learning program taking college students, faculty and community members to China to work in orphanages through The University of Southern Maine. Over the 30 years of her experience she has worked with a diversity of clients in a variety of settings including supervising, conducting therapy sessions and teaching in China.

  • Debra Ouimette, Th.D., LADC, CASAC, SAP is a licensed Substance Abuse Therapist in both Maine, and New York that works with federally mandated clientele. She is also a Christian Counselor and Ordained Minister. Debra is employed as an educator at the Addictions Care Center of Albany for continuing education and with the Soldier On program of Massachusetts for providing continuing education to professional staff for issues relating to veterans. She has worked at clinical setting in both Maine and NY since 1990. She was the administrator of a youth substance abuse program at St. Peter’s hospital in New York prior to moving to Maine in 2004, when she became a Sweetser affiliate.

  • Don Burke, LCPC, LADC, CCS. Don worked at Day One from 1991 through August 2019, and was Director of Outpatient services during much of his time at the agency. Since September of 2019 Don has been working as a clinician and clinical supervisor in private practice in Portland.  Prior to coming to Maine in 1987 Don worked for 10 years as a Youth Division Counselor and program manager for the New York State Division for Youth in Rochester, New York

    Don has a master’s degree in counseling from the State University of New York at Brockport and completed certificate program in family therapy at the Family Institute of Maine, and an additional certificate program in Contextual Therapy from the Institute for Contextual Therapy in Philadelphia.

  • Kelli Fox,LCSW, LADC, CCS – Educator, Consultant, Psychotherapist, Administrator.  These are professional roles Kelli has had during her 35 year career in the fields of social work, substance use disorder, and higher education. Throughout her work, Kelli has learned from mentors and her own experiences to recognize the power of positive and authentic relationship to create healing and recovery for individuals and families, including very young children and adult survivors of violence.  While also employing other practice theories, Kelli believes that working from this relational framework in the context of clinical supervision, organizational leadership and change management, and as an educator is invaluable and creates the basis from which learning, growth and positive change emerges.

  • Laura Sproch, PhD, is the Program Director of the New England Eating Disorders Program at Sweetser. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, family-based therapy, and interpersonal therapy in the treatment that she provides.  Prior to her work in Maine, Dr. Sproch was the research coordinator at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt (Baltimore, MD) and also trained at Friends Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) and ‘Ai Pono Eating Disorder Program (Honolulu, HI).   Dr. Sproch received her doctorate from Hofstra University in Clinical and School Psychology and her undergraduate degree from Vassar College.

  • Maggie Norbert, LCSW, holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is an adjunct professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University and field instructor for master’s level social work students. She has worked within school systems and primary care offices most of her career supporting individuals, families and children within non-profit mental health agencies. Her background is in child (Play Therapy) and family work. Maggie is a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.

  • Rob Lagos facilitator for the Adults with Asperger’s group, in Portland, Maine, for 10 years.  He is a computer programmer analyst and statistician. He is collaborating with Wilma Wake and Eric Endlich, Ph.D. in research and writing for book on older adults on the spectrum.