Get In Touch With Us

Please use the directory below for links to names, extensions and e-mail addresses. Should you not see the contact you need please call 207-743-8049 x 201 for reception.

Jennifer Putnam, Executive Director

Jennifer Putnam, Executive Director

Jennifer joined The Progress Center, Inc. in 2014. She brought with her many years of successful nonprofit leadership experience. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Maine and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Joseph’s College. Jennifer earned a Certificate in Leadership Studies from the University of Southern Maine and currently serves on the Maine Developmental Services Oversight Advisory Board, the United Way of Oxford County Board of Directors and as Vice-President of the Maine Association of Community Service Providers (MACSP). Jennifer is dedicated to growing The Progress Center by providing high quality services to individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities and autism. Jennifer believes in an organizational culture founded on mutual respect, open communication and a commitment to quality.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x231 jenniferputnam@progresscentermaine.org


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Ashleigh Barker, Director of CCM and Children’s Service

Ashleigh Barker, Director of Community Case Management and Children’s Services

Ashleigh has been part of The Progress Center team since 2008.  She received her BA from University of Southern Maine in Social and Behavioral Science. Ashleigh oversees the two case management teams and the children’s services program.  Ashleigh has experience in developing programs, implementing changes to improve programs and proving successful outcome.  She is a certified BHP trainer, pursuing her license in social work and what she likes most about her job is that it gives her the opportunity to learn and be creative and guide others to do the same.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x226,  ashleighbarker@progresscentermaine.org


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Diane Howe, Director of Finance

Diane L. Howe, Director of Finance

Diane joined The Progress Center in November of 2010.  She earned her education from Husson College.  Her previous experience included working with non profit organizations in western Maine as well as extensive experience working in a public accounting firm.  In addition, she has operated a small tax preparation business for the past 12 years.   Diane enjoys spending time with her family especially her seven grandchildren.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x228, dianehowe@progresscentermaine.org


Sandi Shorey, Director of Services

Sandi Shorey, Director of Services

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x202, sandishorey@progresscentermaine.org


Miranda Ward, Marketing, Development and IT

Miranda Ward, Marketing, Development and IT Manager

Miranda joined The Progress Center in May 2011 after graduating from The University of Southern Maine with a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Miranda worked as an advocate for adults with intellectual disabilities as a Community Case Manager for 3 years. In 2014 she accepted a position as Marketing, Development and IT Manager. She enjoys designing marketing materials and transforming the company website and acting as the race director for The Progress Center’s signature fall fundraiser– Wicked Weird and Totally Freaky Trick or Treat Trot by the Lake 5k/10k/Wicked Walk! Miranda plans to develop her skills as a grant writer for the agency.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x266, mirandaward@progresscentermaine.org


Celeste Wideman, HR

Celeste Wideman, Human Resources Manager

Celeste joined The Progress Center in November 2014.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Maine with concentrations in Professional Writing and Fine Arts.  She brings with her several years of HR experience working in social services, including talent acquisition and management, employee relations, training and benefits. She enjoys staying up to date with current HR trends and reading law compliance articles.  She shares pride in seeing happy, engaged employees and their employment retention. Celeste is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x206, celestewideman@progresscentermaine.org


Laura Roy, Payroll Clerk

Laura Roy, Payroll Clerk

Laura started working in the Finance Department at The Progress Center in March, 2008.   She specializes in accounts payable, billing and payroll services. Laura has 20 years of experience in providing finance services to for profit and not for profit companies in Maine. Laura’s door is always open and encourages staff to seek her out for support when needed.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x227 lauraroy@progresscentermaine.org


Darren Goyette, Quality Assurance

Darren joined The Progress Center as the Quality Assurance Manager in January 2018.  Prior to coming to The Progress Center he leveraged his education in Accounting in various roles, as a staff accountant, a financial consultant, and an independent consultant.  Darren has also spent time employed in the role of Direct Support Provider and a Behavioral Health Professional and enjoys the direct contact with the people we support.  He strives to continue the enjoyment of enriching the lives of the people we support by helping to ensure quality of services.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x225,  darrengoyette@progresscentermaine.org

Adult Case Management

 

April Arbegast, Case Management Supervisor

April Arbegast, Case Management Supervisor

April joined The Progress Center in September 2018.  She earned her BS in Sociology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.  Since graduating April has worked in various Social Services roles empowering families, children and adults living with disabilities to set goals and live their best possible lives.  Additionally, April has experience developing, growing and overseeing Behavioral Health programs in the state of New York.  April is excited to be joining a team of dedicated and caring professionals.  She will be overseeing the Community Case Management Program and will be pursuing her License in Social Work.

Contact Information: aprilarbegast@progresscentermaine.org , 207-461-1574


Julia Herrick, Community Case Manager

Julia received a Bachelor’s degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the University of Southern Maine. She has extensive background in Case Management and Human Resources. Julia began as a Community Case Manager at TPC in early 2012; she left for several months to stay at home with her children and welcome her third child; then returned to the CCM role at TPC in early 2015. She is currently pursuing her Social Worker licensure.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x225


Sandi Tate, Community Case Manager

Sandi Tate joined The Progress Center case management team in 2014. Sandi comes to us with a strong background in crisis counseling. Sandi is a new “Mainer” of just 5 years who originated from Melrose, MA. Sandi has one adult son and 2 grandchildren. Sandi enjoys Maine and plans to stay because the people are down to earth and genuinely kind hearted folks.

Contact Information: 207-890-9857,  sanditate@progresscentermaine.org

Bridgton Office Location: 300 Portland Road, Bridgton, Maine 04009


Nicole Quirion, Case Manager

Nicole Quirion joined The Progress Center case management team in February of 2017. Nicole has a BS in Mental Health and Human Services with a minor in Substance abuse counseling from the University of Maine at Augusta where she also obtained her MHRT-C. She comes to us with 9 years of case management experience working with both children and adults. Nicole has a strong desire to advocate, educate, support and encourage individual growth.

Contact Information: 207-461-2106,  nicolequirion@progresscentermaine.org

Gray Office: 6 Main Street, One Gray Center Suite 2, Gray, ME 04039


Kevin Gott, Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-461-1616, kevingott@progresscentermaine.org

Kevin joined The Progress Center in March of 2017. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Springfield College. Since that time, Kevin has worked  in the Special Education Field at the elementary school level. He looks forward to a new challenge of working with adults with developmental disabilities. He enjoys taking photographs with his wife and also has a daughter who is a sophomore in college.

Norway Office: 35 Cottage Street, Norway, Maine 04268


John Melhus, Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-890-0572, johnmelhus@progresscentermaine.org

John Melhus joined The Progress Center case management team in June 2018.  John studied Psychology in undergraduate studies at St. Lawrence University. He spent a couple years working with children with severe Autism near Boston, MA. He earned his Master’ degree in clinical mental health counseling from Western Kentucky University. He has spent the last several years conducting individual and family therapy with children and their families.

Norway Office: 35 Cottage Street, Norway, Maine 04268


Matt Damon, Community Case Manager

Matt joins The Progress Center with a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Southern Maine and experience as an advocate and case manager in mental health.  Matt is excited to be joining the team and working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Contact Information: mattdamon@progresscentermaine.org, 207-890-8429

Norway Office: 35 Cottage Street, Norway, Maine 04268


Children’s Case Management

Kristen Charest, Children’s Case Manager

Kristen joined The Progress Center in 2016 as a Children’s Targeted Case Manager.  She received her BSW from The University of Southern Maine and is currently working on pursuing her Master’s degree and her license in social work. Kristen began her career in children’s services as Program Coordinator for the Pequawket Kids Association before transitioning to a DSP II in residential treatment for 5-14 year olds. Kristen also manages an independent mentor program for MSAD 72 and volunteers for children’s empowerment groups such as Girls On The Run and Hardy Girls Hardy Women.

Contact Information: 207-890-2679, kristencharest@progresscentermaine.org

Bridgton Office Location: 300 Portland Road, Bridgton, Maine 04009


Nancy Francis, Children’s Case Manager

Nancy joined The Progress Center in April of 2016 working as a Targeted Children’s Case Manager. She also specializes in providing transitional services for individuals moving from children to adult services. Nancy started in the social service field since 2003 working in a variety of positions including: direct service professional, job coaching with a focus in traumatic brain injuries and for the past 9 years provides case management for children and families.  Nancy graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2007.  Nancy enjoys working collaboratively with clients and their families to help them grow to become more independent and self-sufficient and looks forward to being able to continue to do so with The Progress Center.

Contact Information: 207-461-1197, nancyfrancis@progresscentermaine.org

Gray Office: 6 Main Street, One Gray Center Suite 2, Gray, ME 04039


Holly Fleming, Children’s Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-461-1345, hollyflemming@progresscentermaine.org

Holly joined The Progress Center team March 27, 2017. She is a recent graduate from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Social and Behavioral Science with a concentration in counseling and earned her Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/community certificate from the Muskie School of Public Service in 2016.

Holly is a veteran of the United States Air Force where she served on active duty for 9 years as an EMT/medic/nursing assistant. After leaving the Air Force, Holly provided support to clients through Home Instead Senior Care, and worked as a DLS staff for a mental health agency serving the adult population.

Norway Office: 35 Cottage Street, Norway, Maine 04268


Erika Lindstrom, Children’s Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-393-7807, erikalindstrom@progresscentermaine.org

Erika joined The Progress Center in June 2016 as a Behavioral Health Professional. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Holistic Health and Gender Studies from the University of Southern Maine in December 2016.  After a fulfilling year working as a BHP, Erika joined the Children’s Case Management team. Erika looks forward to serving her community and plans to pursue her social work licensure.

Norway Office: 35 Cottage Street, Norway, Maine 04268


Children’s In-Home Support Services

Lynne Wheeler, Children’s Services Manager

Lynne Wheeler, Children’s Services Manager

Lynne joined The Progress Center, Inc. in 2011.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Southern Maine. She is a certified BHP trainer and is pursuing her license in social work. Lynne has experience in managing and implementing changes to improve programs.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049x 218, lynnewheeler@progresscentermaine.org


Melanie Barker, Children’s Services Coordinator

Melanie Barker is a Children’s Services Coordinator and has been employed here for 19 months. She has a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation from the University of Maine at Farmington. She has worked with people who have disabilities for over twenty years in a variety of positions and of all ages.

Contact Information: 207-890-4072 melaniebarker@progresscentermaine.org


Melanie Ryerson, Children’s Services Coordinator

Melanie joined The Progress Center, Inc. in February 2017, as a Children’s Service Coordinator. She began working with families and youth in 2001 as a BHP and throughout the years transitioned into the roles of Field Trainer and Program Manager. Melanie enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be part of The Progress Center team and looks forward to continuing her work with families and youth of all abilities.

Contact Information: 207-461-2630, melanieryerson@progresscentermaine.org


Heather L’Heureux, Children’s Services Coordinator

Heather joined The Progress Center, Inc. in January of 2017 as a BHP. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Human Services – Child and Family welfare, Heather worked in the public school system as an Educational Technician.  Heather is excited to work with children and families in her community and continue her education at The Progress Center.

Contact Information: 207-890-2732, heatherlheureux@progresscentermaine.org


Cristen Regios, Children’s Services Coordinator

Cristen joined The Progress Center in February of 2017 as a Children’s Service Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development and Family Relations. Over the years, Cristen has taught pre-school and special education, as well as directing a Child Care Service. Cristen is proud to be a member of the Children’s Service Team at The Progress Center.

Contact Information: 207-461-2125, cristenregios@progresscentermaine.org


Carla Powers, Children’s Services Coordinator

Carla joined The Progress Center, Inc. in 2018 as a Children’s Services Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Services with a focus on children and families. She has previously worked as a BHP, Educational Technician, and Assistance Program Manager.  She is excited to join The Progress Center Inc. and work with children and their families.

Contact Information:207-461-2319, carlapowers@progresscentermaine.org


Shared Living

Deb Peaco, Shared Living Manager

Debi Peaco, Manager of Shared Living

Deborah Peaco joined The Progress Center, Inc. in 2007. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine. Debi started at The Progress Center as a DSP, CRMA in our Home Support Program, moving on to manage the Shared Living and Home Support Programs. She also coordinates trainings and supervises relief staff and float staff. Debi has temporarily managed a residential program and has occasionally helped in the finance department. Debi serves on the celebration and safety committees and sometimes helps at the Community Dinners and with activities in our day program.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049x 217, deborahpeaco@progresscentermaine.org


Residential Services

Carol Paradis, In-Home Support

Carol Paradis, Home Support Manager

Carol started working for The Progress Center in the fall of 2010 as a DSP. Carol has been a Team Leader and House Manager for one of our residential homes and enjoys working as a DSP and providing exceptional care and support for our clients. Carol was promoted in May of 2016 to In Home Support Manager. She has an associate’s degree in applied science and would like to advance her degree the near future.  Carol is very excited to be involved in the growth of a great company.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x284, carolparadis@progresscentermaine.org


Jennifer Ney, Residential Care Manager

Jennifer Ney, Residential Care Manager

Contact Information: 207-514-4338, jenniferney@progresscentermaine.org 


Residential Services Coordinators

Frederick Avenue Home: Chrissy Sears, Residential Program Coordinator

Contact Information: 207-890-2849, chrissysears@progresscentermaine.org


Coffin-Fleker Home: Mariah Letourneau, Residential Program Coordinator

Mariah started working for The Progress Center in January of 2015. She started working as a per diem DSP staff, then shortly after joined our team full time in one of our residential homes where Mariah enjoys providing care and support to our clients. At the beginning of 2017 Mariah took on a new role as a Residential Program Coordinator, continuing her work in one of our residential homes. Since working for The Progress Center, Mariah has completed her Clinical Medical Assistant degree and hopes to someday continue her education in the medical field.

Contact Information: 207-890-2849, mariahletourneau@progresscentermaine.org


Spring Street Home: Sarah Hess, Residential Program Coordinator

Sarah Hess has been with the Progress Center since 2006. She started working as a DSP and has been an assistant home manager and Residential Program Coordinator throughout the years she has been employed. She has earned many different certifications including Certified Nurse’s Aide, Mental Health Rehabilitation and Mental Health Support Specialist. Sarah oversees and manages the Coordination of Service Supports, Electronic Records, Service Plans and Daily Operational Duties for one of the group homes with The Progress Center. Sarah is working towards continuing her education towards the medical field when she is not actively involved in doing things in the community with her husband and two girls. ​

Contact Information: 207-461-1560,  sarahhess@progresscentermaine.org


Pleasant Street Home: Stacey Lewis, Residential Program Coordinator

Contact Information: 207-418-7006


Deer Hill Home: Stacey Lewis, Residential Program Coordinator

Contact Information: 207-418-7006


Community Support

Jess Davie, Community Support

Jessica Davie, Community Support

Jessica Davie joined The Progress Center in the spring of 2008 as a Direct Support Professional while developing activities for the Physical Development program which focused on activities that helped build gross motor skills. Jess also managed the Oxford Hills Food Collaborative which sold local made in Maine products and produce for a number of years. Then she became a team leader for Community Supports before accepting a position as a manager of the Community Support Program. Jess enjoys her work with The Progress Center and believes the importance of community inclusion and plans to increase the number of community based events and activities offered at TPC.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x233, jessicadavie@progresscentermaine.org


Sandi Wilson, Community Support

Sandi Wilson joined The Progress Center team in 2013.  She started in Children’s services, and after a year, I transitioned to the Community Support day program as a Direct Support Professional.   Sandi was promoted to Community Support Coordinator and where she now plan activities, help DSP’s with transitions, make community partnerships and find interesting places for our participants to visit.  

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x233, sandiwilson@progresscentermaine.org


Tia Danforth, Community Support

Tia started working for The Progress Center in the spring of 2008 as a DSP. Tia has been working as an Employment Specialist/Job Coach for the past 10 years and enjoys working with and providing exceptional care and support for our participants. Tia was promoted in July of 2018 to Community Supports Coordinator. Tia is very excited to be involved in the growth of a great company.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x233, tiadanforth@progresscentermaine.org

Community Kitchen

Liz Blaquiere, Kitchen Manager

Liz Blaquiere, Kitchen Manager

Liz joined The Progress Center 20 years ago while running a volunteer meal site. She enjoyed the work and the clients and chose to volunteer as a coach for the Special Olympics team. In 1999 she became a full time employee at our residential home before joining community supports in 2004. Liz now managers the Community Kitchen and related programming including: Feel Better Food, Produce Distribution and Community Support Culinary programs.

Contact Information: 207-890-5721, lizblaquiere@progresscentermaine.org

Maureen Bilodeau, LCPC-C, Affiliate

Maureen Bilodeau, 6 year employee and 2015 Employee of the Year, earned her Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor- Conditional in December. Maureen made social services her life long career beginning in early childhood education in the 80’s to providing case management services to children and families. Maureen earned a Master of Science and Human Services degree from Springfield Collage in December 2012.  Now, as an LCPC-C  she uses strength-based approaches to helping children, teens and adults identify and develop goals to work towards change in a safe and comfortable environment.

Contact Information: 207-577-8804, maureenbilodeau@progresscentermaine.org