Danielle joined Hope Association in April 2017 when she accepted the Day Program and Community Case Management Director’s position from Donna Landry who retired after 14 plus years of service with the Association. Danielle knew that she had very big shoes to fill, but that’s what excited her about taking the position. She really enjoys a professional challenge and personal growth.
At 32, Danielle already has an impressive education and work history that she brings to the Association. She secured a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2008. From there, she secured her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2014 and then secured her Licensed Clinical Profession Counselor-conditional certification (LCPCc) in 2015. She is currently completing her clinical counseling hours that will allow her to sit for full licensure, which she hopes to secure in the next year or so.
Danielle has been in Social Services for over 8 years now with a focus on children’s programs. She worked for 1 ½ years as a Behavioral Health Professional before becoming a Supervisor for Care and Comfort, a Section 28 Children’s Services provider. She also started doing some of her clinical work while at Care and Comfort, and then moved on to Kennebec Behavioral Health for a year before joining the Hope Association. Danielle continues to work part time for Kennebec Behavioral Health.
When asked what led her to the Hope Association, she shared that her entire work to date had been in children’s services and she really wanted to stretch her own professional horizons into the adult services realm. Her personal and professional training to date has focused on helping people to stretch and grow behaviorally and professionally, so it’s only natural for her to practice that in her own professional development. She’s anxious to learn new things, contribute new ideas and to push herself beyond her own comfort zone. She believes that by testing her own comfort zone that she can help the individuals that we serve to do the same. She sees the role of Director as an opportunity to teach, mentor and develop skills in people that can then do the same for others. Part of her management style is to learn people’s individual styles, have an understanding of where they are coming from and then working together to come up with positive solutions to help them move forward. She’s anxious to continue with the fine work that’s already in place here at Community Support and Community Case Management Services and then bring some of her experiences into play to serve more people.
Danielle shares that there are many similarities that she enjoys about children’s and adult services, but notes that there are a couple of distinct differences that she sees. In children’s services, much of the focus is on helping children to live in structured, well organized, predictable environments that teach them important social and independent activities of daily living. In the adult world, much of the focus is on choice and independence. Both populations focus on helping individuals to create independence, but with unique individualized approaches. What truly drives her is when the people that she’s working with truly “Get it”. She has some nice stories of people who have gained incredible skills because of the work that she and her team have been able to accomplish.
Danielle shared that she just completed and submitted the application for the Hope Association to start providing Section 28 Children’s Services. The Northern Oxford County region is underserved and in high need of good children’s services. She feels that with the Association’s skill base that we can provide strong children’s services. One of the unique challenges for providing this kind of service is finding staff that are willing and wanting to work the odd afternoon and week-end schedules that children and families often need.
For more information about Danielle’s work with the Hope Association, please feel free to call her at 364-4561.