Judy Seals, the Executive Director of SequelCare of Maine, has been with Sequel Youth and Family Services for nearly 20 years. She has over 30 years of experience in the field working with children and families, including opening and founding several programs.
Prior to joining the Sequel Youth and Family Services team, Judy founded the first private detention center in the state of Iowa, along with the first intake center, partnering with many government entities, including local police departments, sheriff’s departments, and youth detention centers, to make this happen. She started at Woodward Academy with Sequel Youth and Family Services in 2000 as the Admissions Director, where she was instrumental in getting the first child from the Virgin Islands placed. The program continued to grow from there and in 2004, Judy started a day school within Woodward Academy where she worked to place kids from other districts. In 2006, she founded SequelCare of Iowa as the Executive Director.
Judy was part of the acquisition and founding of SequelCare of Maine and was the Executive Director of both SequelCare of Iowa and SequelCare of Maine for over a year. She moved to Maine in December 2012 and has worked diligently to grow SequelCare of Maine into the program it is today, obtaining Joint Commission Accreditation and continuing to add new programs to best serve the people of Maine.
Merrilee Dahm Larsen, LCPC, CCS
Clinical Director & Program Development
Merrilee Dahm joined the Sequel Youth and Family Services family in 2014 as our Clinical Director. Her drive and dedication to serving children and families was quickly noticed and her role within Sequel began to grow. Over the years Merrilee has taken on additional responsibilities to help our programs grow and develop. She added Director of Development and Operations to her title in 2016. Merrilee is accredited as an Adolescent-Community Reinforce Approach (ACRA) Supervisor, allowing her to oversee our adolescent substance use treatment program in Waldo and Knox Counties.
While at Sequel she has developed an interest in helping staff to increase skills and in helping teams to work toward excellence in the treatment and support of our families.
Prior to her work with Sequel, she worked with children and families in rural Maine.
Denise Deveaux joined SequelCare of Maine, LLC in November 2013 as the Controller. She is responsible for billing, payroll, accounts payable and receivable as well as the financial statements. Denise holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Accounting and has recently been accepted into the MBA program at Fitchburg State University with a completion date of 2019.
Denise was born in Gardner, MA and grew up in Moncton New Brunswick Canada. She has lived in various places due to her husband being in the US Navy; Monterey CA, San Angelo TX, Denver CO, Brunswick, ME, Rota Spain and Harrogate England. She currently lives in Brunswick with her husband, Glen, and two children, Matthew and Michael.
Human Resource Manager
Brenda Masse joined the SequelCare of Maine family in 2016 as our Human Resource Manager. She has 19 years of experience in the HR field.
Prior to working for SequelCare, she held roles in a manufacturing company as the HR Manager and with a national grocery chain in the HR department.
Brenda is a true Mainer, being raised in Aroostook County. She often jokes that “you can take the girl out of the County but you can’t take the County out of the girl”. She has lived in Southern Maine since 2000 with her dog Bailey. At times, you can find Bailey strolling through the office. Brenda enjoys crafting, working in her flower gardens and spending time with her friends.
Regional Program Director
Jill McKenney has been an integral part of the SequelCare of Maine team since 2009. She graduated from University of Maine Farmington in 1995 and she gained invaluable experience working in a hospital setting with children. Jill then took a position with a local daycare and grew quickly into the role of Executive Director. She served in that role for 10 years before joining the SequelCare of Maine family as the Behavioral Health Coordinator.
Jill’s responsibilities in that role shifted and in 2012 she began working closely with our children’s in-home support program. In 2013, Jill was promoted to Regional Program Manager of our Bangor office overseeing all of our Behavioral Health Programs in the Greater Bangor area. Jill was chosen in 2014 to be one of SequelCare of Maine’s representatives in a National Leadership Development Initiative and has taken on top leadership roles in the agency. Jill is now the Program Manager, statewide, for our in-home support program for children with developmental disabilities.
Director of Compliance and Quality Improvemet
Terry Vish is our Director of Compliance and Quality Improvement. Terry has 25 years of Lab Medicine background which consisted of doing inspections, meeting regulations, and dealing with the Join Commission. She has 17 years of experience in leadership roles, including her most recent position as Operations Manager with a major healthcare company. Terry is very team oriented and enjoys developing people and leading them towards performance that exceeds customer and staff expectations. Terry loves living in Belfast where she has the ocean at her fingertips. She has had some very incredible ocean kayaking experiences, and loves hiking and swimming with her 2 golden retrievers.
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Regional Program Manager
Vicki joined our team in January 2017 as a Program Coordinator in our Home Health Division and has grown into her role as our Regional Program Manager. Vicki is managing both home health and behavioral health teams in Southern Maine. She has over 17 years working in both Behavioral Health and Home Health. She has worked in many settings, including community-based and residential, holding both direct care and administrative roles. In her time at SequelCare she has grown the Personal Support program significantly and is expanding her expertise into the Behavioral Health division as well. She is passionate about providing a high quality service to the people in Maine and helping reach as many of them as possible.
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Regional Program Manager & Training Manager
Kellie Burgess has been with SequelCare of Maine for over 7 years in several different roles and is currently our Regional Program Manager & Training Manager. She has her Master’s Degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Policy and Management. She is working on her BCBA.
Kellie has been training adult learners in CPR & First Aid for 16 years. When she started with SequelCare of Maine, she served as an in-home support supervisor for children with developmental disabilities. Over the years, she tried out different positions and helped start up several programs including case management and in-home support for adults. While at SequelCare of Maine, she has also become a Behavioral Health Professional Trainer and Safe Crisis Management Trainer. She has additional experience working in public schools, residential settings, and community-based services. Kellie works with her team in the Augusta area and oversee’s Sequel’s rigorous training schedule.
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Julie is the Nurse Manager for SequelCare of Maine and has been with us since 2012. She started as a Registered Nurse working with clients one-on-one in Southern Maine. Julie completed her undergraduate degree from the New England Baptist School of Nursing in 1995. Over the years she has had the opportunity to work in many different areas of nursing. She has worked as a nurse on medical surgical units in hospitals, in nursing home settings and has been a nurse coordinator on a skilled unit. As her life progressed and she started a family she moved her career into a physician’s office working with pediatrics and ob/gyn patients. She eventually returned to the nursing home setting as a charge nurse and gained a great deal of hospice experience. She started as our nurse coordinator in 2017 and has grown into a caring, compassionate Manager for our Nursing team.
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Paula Cookson, LCSW
Paula Cookson has been in social work for nearly twenty years. She started in case management for a Family Literacy Program and caught the social work bug from there and never looked back. After working in a variety of settings, she realized that her passion and interest was in learning the stories of her clients. She wanted to learn more about what shaped people and brought them to this place in life, and to be part of that growth in a clinical capacity. Paula returned to school and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2008. Since that time she has practiced as an LCSW in home-based counseling, residential settings, in a clinic and in a busy medical practice. While new to the role of clinical supervisor with SequelCare of Maine, she looks forward to learning more about this aspect of the field and enjoys continued work with a small caseload of clients.
Regional Program Manager
Kristy is our Regional Program Manager for our coastal region. She is a graduate of Keene State College, where she earned her BA in Psychology. She began working in the mental health field right out of school as a youth counselor in residential programming. Over the next several years, Kristy worked in community-based services as a Behavioral Health Professional and Case Manager for different local agencies. In 2016 she joined the Sequel team as a Case Manager. As the needs of the program grew, Kristy’s expertise in the field was noticed and she was promoted to oversee the Behavioral Health Home program. She continues to show passion for her work and compassion for her clients and staff, and her role continues to expand at Sequel.
When outside of work Kristy enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking, snowmobiling and camping. She loves all of the wonderful things Maine has to offer.
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Ashley Leeman, LCSW provides clinical supervision and oversight to our HCT and OPT programs in Southern Maine. Ashley has a wide range of clinical experience working with young children through older adults. She graduated in 2010 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New England, concentrating in counseling with individuals and groups. She has experience working with young children, adolescents and their families through school-based outpatient and HCT programs. Ashley joined the SequelCare of Maine team initially in 2013 as a per diem clinician. In 2015, she joined the team as the Clinical Supervisor.
She is passionate about strengthening family relationships and works cohesively with the family system in order to support the positive behavioral changes in children. Ashley has advanced training in Trauma-Focused Play and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, DBT, Structural Family Therapy and Motivational Interviewing offering a client-centered, relational approach.
Recruiting & Marketing Coordinator
Heather has been with SequelCare of Maine since 2016. She started in our Human Resources department as an assistant, learning the ins and outs of benefits, employee relations and files. Over time Heather grew passionate about the on-boarding and retaining of our current employees and when a position opened up in Recruiting it was a natural fit. Prior to working with Sequel, Heather had a background in retail, management and running a small business. She enjoys spending time with her family, being active outdoors and her animals. She is passionate about equine therapy and has volunteered doing it in both traditional and therapeutic settings.
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