2022 New Board Members
In October 2022, Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS) welcomed new board members Debra York, Anthony Harrington and Selam Runyon-Baruch. Debra York is the founder and Executive Director of An Angel’s Wing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that each person has every opportunity available to live, learn and recover from substance use disorder with access to education, detoxification, rehabilitation and employment. A mother of four adult boys, York has dedicated her life to helping other people become successful in recovery. She is now pursuing a degree in human services with a focus on substance use.
Anthony R. Harrington, Jr. is the Criminal Investigations Commander with the Auburn Police Department where he has also served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, field training officer, patrol sergeant, watch commander and support services division commander. Harrington is committed to community policing as the coordinator for the APD citizens police academy and liaison of the New Auburn Neighborhood Watch.
Selam Runyon-Baruch serves as Director of Development and Community Engagement with New Mainers Public Health Initiative. She is a multicultural, multilingual, naturalized United States citizen born in Ethiopia with an educational background in international affairs, political science and women studies. She is passionate about social justice and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.
2022 New Senior Leaders
Colin O'Neill, LCSW
In May 2022, Tri-County welcomed Colin O’Neill, LCSW to the position of Chief Clinical Officer. O’Neill is an energetic, results-oriented mental health administrator who brings over 25 years of management, planning and consulting experience in both the public and non-profit sectors. O’Neill previously served as the Associate Commissioner for the Maine Department of Corrections where he oversaw all field and facility operations, programming and contracts for the juvenile division. He served as the Deputy Superintendent of treatment programming at Long Creek Youth Development Center where he worked as a behavioral health treatment provider and administrator. He recently completed a fellowship at the John T. Gorman Foundation focused on advanced results-based leadership skills.
Katie Morissette, MS
In December 2021, Tri-County welcomed Katherine (Katie) Morissette to the position of Community Housing Manager. Morissette joins TCMHS with extensive experience working in healthcare management and patient care. She most recently worked as the Supervision of Patient Access at Mid Coast Hospital and previously held several positions at Sweetser including Residential Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor with the Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit, and Overnight Supervisor with the Children’s Residential Campus. Morissette received her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Maine and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Husson University.
Leslie Ogilvie, MPA
In May 2022, Tri-County welcomed Leslie Ogilvie to the position of Grants & Communication Manager. Ogilvie previously worked as a project manager and senior research associate for a small research firm that conducted program evaluation, needs assessment and strategic planning to help build and sustain resilient and healthy communities. She brings experience engaging with community members, families, government officials and other stakeholders on issues related to healthcare policy, mental and behavioral healthcare needs, challenges in human services, and access to disability and other benefits. Leslie has a Masters in Public Administration and Bachelors in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
In September 2022, Tri-County welcomed Ernestine Perreault to the position of Substance Use Disorder Program Manager. Ernestine joins TCMHS with extensive experience providing substance misuse and behavioral healthcare services to veterans and Mainers struggling with addiction. She began her career as a mental health and substance abuse specialist with the U.S. Air Force. She served as Program Director with the Shalom House / Blanchard House in Portland working at this long-term group home for adult males with Schizophrenia, as well as Program Director with Wellspring Women’s House, a six-month halfway house for adult females in Bangor.
Safe Syringe Disposal
Tri-County in its leadership capacity for the CommUNITY Recovery coalition initiative has been successful in obtaining the City of Lewiston’s approval for placing syringe drop boxes throughout the city. City councilors approved the 15 new receptacles at Tuesday night’s meeting, adding Lewiston to the growing list of cities across the country opting to do so.
by Samantha York | September 3, 2019
Project Support You
Check out the Sun Journal's press release about TCMHS and the Lewiston Police Force's partnership to learn more about how Project Support You is benefiting the community. Many thanks to our friend and colleague Officer Joe Philippon for his ongoing dedication.
by Jon Bolduc | June 9th, 2019 | Photograph: Lewiston Police Badge
CCSME Recognizes Catherine Ryder
On May 8th, 2019, Pat McKenzie, CEO of CCSME presented Tri-County Mental Health Service’s CEO Catherine Ryder with a Collaboration award for its Community Recovery Partnership.
by Jamie Owens | May 29, 2019 | Photograph Left: McKenzie, Right: Ryder
Bates Recognizes Catherine Ryder for Outstanding Leadership
On May 8th, 2019, the Bates Harward Center for Community Partnerships recognized Catherine Ryder, CEO of Tri-County Mental Health Services, with a Community Partnership Award for Outstanding New Initiative, the Community Recovery Partnership.
by Jamie Owens | May 29, 2019 | Photograph by: Alanna Gallagher
Make sure to take a moment and read about this past collaboration that's receiving a second chance.
Complements of our friends at the Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME
Take a minute and check out our Board President, Dr. Jeffrey Barkin, as he talks about the active shooter game and video game violence on News Center Maine.