All Kinds of News for May 08, 2019
Executive Director Tracy Bailey is pleased to announce the addition of three professional staff to the team at Onward Transitions in Portland, ME. Onward Transitions (OT) now employs eight full-time and three part-time staff and works with up to 15 emerging adults, referred to as members.
Kelly Weisslender joins OT in the newly created, full-time position of Community Connections Coordinator, dedicated to helping members identify social groups, resources and activities that help further each member's identified treatment goals. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and a professional background supporting young people in mental health, education and international travel.
Hope Lanza will serve as Independent Living Coordinator, helping OT’s members strengthen their executive functioning skills through co-creating improved functional systems in their apartments. Hope has a BS in education and a professional background helping young adults synthesize and organize multiple areas of their lives to achieve greater autonomy.
Bailey Knox returns to OT in the role of Expressive Arts Coordinator, setting up individual plans with interested members to hone and refine the techniques of their visual art. Bailey will complete her MA in clinical mental health counseling with an expressive arts concentration from Lesley University this month; she previously served as a clinical intern at OT and has a background in mental health and public education.
About Onward Transitions
Onward Transitions (OT) in Portland, ME is a small, independent, owner-operated program for bright, motivated, emerging adults in the final stages of learning to live on their own. OT supports actual sustainable independent living and autonomy from two city locations. Participants (members) ages 18-29 never live with us; they live in their own apartments, scattered throughout the city. Members' challenges include anxiety, depression and executive functioning.