Cindy Booker-Bingler, LCSW
acting clinical PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
Cindy has extensive experience working with children,adolescents, adults and families in the intensive Home and Community Treatment program. As the former Director of the Emmaus Shelter, she worked with the homeless and at-risk homeless populations. Cindy uses her dog, Chara, with Animal Assisted Canine therapy to improve clients’ social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. She also focuses on helping clients with transitions, trauma, self-regulation, and alcohol and substance use, including Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction. Cindy is DEEP certified.
director of finance and administration
As the Director of Finance and Administration, Jen is responsible for working with the Board of Directors, Finance Committee as well as the audit team to establish budget projections and report on the financial status of the organization. Her role at AFC also includes the oversight of all accounting and operational functions. Jen came to AFC in 2012 with a strong operational and financial orientation, after spending 5+ years in managerial roles at for-profit organizations.
Jen is a lover of all things outdoors, especially if her dog can join her. She lives on MDI with her husband and their dog, Freyja.
Hilary Chermak, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC
Hilary obtained her Master of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee and loves working with individuals one on one while allowing art to guide and heal. Hilary is DEEP certified and treats children, adolescents and adults with various substance use and mental health disorders, including clients receiving Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction. In her spare time, she paints, bikes, and hikes.
Teresa King-LeClair, LCPC
Teresa has been providing counseling services on Mount Desert Island since 1996. She joined the staff of AFC in November 2016, and she assists clients with depression, grief, loss, stress management, relational conflicts, emotional trauma, and Medication Assisted Treatment of opioid addiction. She is DEEP certified, and her primary counseling approach is cognitive/behavioral treatment. Teresa’s goal is to assist clients in strengthening their current coping mechanisms or to assist them in discovering more appropriate skills.
Linda Napier, MS, APRN, NP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
Linda Napier earned her Master of Science Degree from Quinnipiac University and a Graduate Certificate in Spirituality from Hartford Seminary. She is currently the Medication-Assisted Treatment Provider in Ellsworth at The Downeast Treatment Center. Prior to that she was a Family Nurse Practitioner at The Arnold Memorial Medical Center in Jonesport caring for patients of all ages as well as a Medication -Assisted Treatment Provider for her opioid dependent patients. Besides her experience in family medicine, Linda was the Director of Health Services at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, a school for students with learning differences ranging from dyslexia, ADD, ADHD to those on the autism spectrum.
Linda has extensive healthcare experience in varied settings from hospice and palliative care, acute and long-term care to her background as a health educator and presenter, grant and policy writer and health columnist. On occasion, she has been known to transform into Daisy, a hospital clown.
front desk administrator
Laura is our Front Desk Administrator who does a wonderful job managing the phone, scheduling clients, and collecting payments, while simultaneously making everyone feel welcome and comfortable. She and her husband moved here from Homer, Alaska in August 2017, and she enjoys hiking, fishing, and time with family.
Geromy Oakes, LCSW
Geromy has his master’s in social work. He uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization reprocessing) CBT, and DBT to help clients with alcohol, substance use, trauma, depression and anxiety disorders. He has a decade of experience working with co-occurring disorders both inpatient/outpatient with adults, children and families while utilizing individual therapy, group therapy, case management and intensive HCT. As a previous Statewide Program Manager of MAS Community Health, he oversaw Clinical Team Leaders and Case Managers focused on homeless, substance abuse and co-occurring clients. Geromy is a Maine Native who is proud to live and work in Down East Maine.