Peter works in our Northern Region at our Caribou and Houlton offices. He has 34 years of experience and has worked for CHCS since 1995. He knew from an early age that he wanted to help children. He began his career as a Foster Home Licensing worker at DHHS and then transferred to CHCS at the Foster Home Developer in Aroostook County. Peter’s role models are his parents as they are always helping people in need. When asked about who Peter’s hero is, he says: My hero? Well, all foster parents are my heroes! They make a difference in children despite the sometimes overwhelming challenges, they face on a daily basis. It is not just about caring for children, but working with the foster care system, the legal system, the school system, the mental health system and the medical system. They are simply amazing to me that they would do all this for children who need so much help. I’m in awe at their heart, determination, and dedication to children. It is an honor to work with such great people! I only wish we had more heroes like them!
Jennifer works in the Down-east region at our Ellsworth and Machias offices. She has 39 years of experience and has worked for CHCS since 1989. Jen is passionate about working with children and adolescents. Jen first started with CHCS in our Bangor office and has since expanded. She enjoys being able to meaningfully engage with children, parents, foster parents, school, and the wider social service system of care. Her interest stemmed from working with children and teenagers during her junior and senior year in high school when she became at Y-Teen Leader at the YMCA. She observed the social and emotional growth of the girls who engaged in the program which lead to her decision on choosing her college major and career.
Chuck works in our Northern Region, at the Houlton office. Chuck has 26 years of work experience. Chuck grew up in a family that supported others. Chuck’s father was an educator, and he spent a lot of time with Chuck assisting students and family that were in poverty and the criminal justice system. Chuck was inspired by his father and the many students that were thankful for his help. Chuck is motivated by empathy and putting himself in the position of others to gain a better understanding of their needs. Chuck’s role models are rooted in overcoming adversity and rising above struggle. Chuck labels his personal hero as Abraham Lincoln for the lengths of adversity he overcame. His role models are his parents and the perseverance they have. A current inspiration of Chuck’s is Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles. She is an example of how amazing parents can help a child achieve anything. She was in the foster care system and was adopted by her grandfather and his wife. She later became a world-record gymnast.
Stephanie works in our Southern Region, at our Augusta office. Stephanie has 6 years of work experience and has worked at CHCS since 2016. Steph graduated from University of Maine at Farmington with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She will be pursuing her master’s degree due to her passion in the field. Steph is passionate about advocating for the children in care because she can relate to them in a way that most people can’t. She knows how important for children in care to have as many supports as possible and she is determined to be that for the children and families that she works with. Her role model in life is her grandmother for her unconditional love and support. She admires her determination to help those around her. Her grandmother always believed that she would succeed, and never gave up on her. Stephanie says, without her unfaltering support, she could have ended up in a very different place in life. Stephanie believes that finding the strengths in people is the most important thing; everyone deserves understanding and someone in their corner.
Angie works in the Northern Region of CHCS in our Houlton & Lincoln offices. Angie has 10 years of work experience. Angie is motivated to work in foster care to help others feel better and find their way to happiness. Angie grew up in a poor, rural area and saw many kids hurting. She knew she wanted to help children and families heal during struggle – each child has their own story and each family has their own challenges. Seeing the little successes in children and families such as children being able to express their feelings in works, use a new calming strategy, and overcoming emotional struggles are moments Angie loves to celebrate. Angie’s heroes are her family. Angie met two amazing foster parents who over their 24 years helped over 100 children. Their love, caring, and calm ways helped so many children and inspired Angie. Every child in their home was part of their family, and they treated each one with love and acceptance. Even through the years, the two foster parents stayed connected to each child by supporting them through successes and struggles throughout their life.
Laura works in the Central Region of CHCS at our Bangor office. Laura has 19 years of work experience working with children and has been at CHCS for 9 years. Laura has her master’s in education that gave her the experience working with developmental and behavioral disabilities. Laura believes that every child deserves the ability to grow and learn and have the supports in place to do so. She is motivated by each gain that children have whether it be big or small. The growth and accomplishments bright happiness and light to the universe. Laura’s biggest support and inspiration is her mother. Her mother is a single mom who raised herself and her sister to be strong and independent who knew what was right from wrong. Laura was taught how to support herself and be kind to others while doing so. Both of Laura’s grandmothers inspired Laura. They taught Laura about hard work, providing for family, being the glue for family, and be the matriarch while still being caring. Laura’s Dad is an inspiration as well, for being a hard worker and being resilient even on the hardest of days. He showed Laura what it means to overcome and be hardworking.
Kayla works in the southern region of CHCS at our Westbrook office. Kayla has six years of work experience at CHCS. Kayla’s passion is helping children. Prior to working at CHCS, Kayla was taught children infant to 12 years in a day care setting. Kayla has been the foster home developer of the Westbrook office since 2018 and has enjoyed being able to help children more directly. Kayla is motivated to help the children of Maine find safe and loving home with Foster Parents during the most difficult time in their lives.