Cindy Booker-Bingler, LCSW
acting clinical director
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.
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.