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 from St. Joseph’s College. Jennifer currently serves on the Maine Developmental Services Oversight and Advisory Board, the United Way of Oxford County Board of Directors and as Legislative Committee Chair of the Maine Association for 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


Eric Ross, Director of Finance

Eric joined The Progress Center in December came highly recommended. He has 18+ years of experience in the world of finance. “I’m excited to join The Progress Center family”, said Ross. “I believe strongly in the mission and core value of The Progress Center. I think the work they have done and continue to do for Maine and individuals in need is remarkable. I am excited to be a part of that now and am looking forward to doing my part in making a difference as well”.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x228, ericross@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


Jamie Glover, Quality Assurance

Contact Information: jamieglover@progresscentermaine.org

Jamie Weiser, Program Specialist

Contact Information: jamieglover@progresscentermaine.org


Adult Case Management

John Melhus, Case Management Supervisor

Contact Information: 207-539-6381, 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.

Oxford Office: 5 Fore Street, Oxford, Maine 04270


Kevin Gott, Case Manager

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

Gray Office: 6 Main Street, One Gray Place, Gray, Maine 04039


Julia Herrick, Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-539-6382, juliaherrick@progresscentermaine.org

Oxford Office: 5 Fore Street, Oxford, Maine 04270


Jordyn Leonard, Case Manager

Contact Information: jordynleonard@progresscentermaine.org

Bridgton Office: 300 Portland Road, Bridgton, Maine 04009


Josephine Elder, Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-539-6369 josephineelder@progresscentermaine.org

Bridgton Office: 300 Portland Road, Bridgton, Maine 04009


Skyler Gray, Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-539-6391, skylergray@progresscentermaine.org

Oxford Office: 5 Fore Street, Oxford, Maine 04270


Children’s Case Management

Kristen Charest, Children’s Case Manager

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

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


Nancy Francis, Children’s Case Manager

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, hollyfleming@progresscentermaine.org

Oxford Office: 5 Fore Street, Oxford, Maine 04270


Rodney Payne, Children’s Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-539-6389, rodneypayne@progresscentermaine.org

Oxford Office: 5 Fore Street, Oxford, Maine 04270


Erika Lindstrom, Children’s Case Manager

Contact Information: 207-539-6374, erikalindstrom@progresscentermaine.org

Oxford Office: 5 Fore Street, Oxford, Maine 04270


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: 207-890-3179, lynnewheeler@progresscentermaine.org


Melanie Ryerson, Children’s Services Regional Supervisor

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, 207-743-8049 x218

 melanieryerson@progresscentermaine.org


Heather L’Heureux, Children’s Services Coordinator

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


Cherise Carlisle, Children’s Services Coordinator

Contact Information: 207-418-7038, cherisecarslile@progresscentermaine.org


Carla Powers, Children’s Services Coordinator

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


Marina Slover, Children’s Services Coordinator

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

Jennifer Ney, Residential Care Manager

Jennifer Ney, a 6 year employee of The Progress Center, Residential Service Manager overseeing coordinators and direct support staff of the residential programs. Jen is currently pursuing a nursing degree which will be completed in 2019. Jen has been in the field for more than 11 years and enjoys providing support and guidance to staff to provide the best care for our client.

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


Matt Damon, Shared Living

Contact Information: 207-539-6385 x 224,  mattdamon@progresscentermaine.org


In-Home Support Coordinators

Carol Paradis, Home Support Coordinator

Contact Information:  carolparadis@progresscentermaine.org

Christina May, Home Support Coordinator

Contact Information: christinamay@progresscentermaine.org

Deb Buffington, Home Support Coordinator

Contact Information: debbuffington@progresscentermaine.org


Residential Services Coordinators

Frederick Avenue Home: Chrissy Sears

Contact Information: chrissysears@progresscentermaine.org

Coffin-Felker Home: Kim Raasumaa

Contact Information:kimraasumaa@progresscentermaine.org

Spring Street Home: Sarah Hess

Contact Information: sarahhess@progresscentermaine.org

Pleasant Street Home: Christina Berube

Contact Information: christinaberube@progresscentermaine.org

Deer Hill Home A and B: Danielle Cooper

Contact Information: daniellecooper@progresscentermaine.org

Hidden Lake Home: Stacey Lewis

Contact Information: staceylewis@progresscentermaine.org


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


Tia Danforth, Community Support

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


Danielle Richards, Community Support

Contact Information: 207-743-8049 x233, daniellerichards@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