Associates of Applied Science in Mental Health - Advisory Board

Advisory Board Contact Information and Biography

Dr. Wendy St. Pierre, PhD

Coordinator, AAS in Mental Health, KVCC

Kennebec Valley Community College
23 Stanley Rd, Hinckley, ME 04944

Dr. Mark Kavanaugh, PhD

Chair, Department of Social Sciences, KVCC

Kennebec Valley Community College
23 Stanley Rd, Hinckley, ME 04944

Mark has been a full-time faculty at KVCC for over 15 years. He is responsible for the creation of the MHT program at KVCC when it moved from Continuing Education and became a degree program.

Dr. Rick Hopper, PhD

President, KVCC

Kennebec Valley Community College
92 Western Ave, Fairfield, ME 04936

Dennis Dix, MS

Adjunct Instuctor, KVCC
Director, Access Center at Kennebec Behavioral Health
66 Stone St. Augusta, ME
207-626-3455 xt 2317

In addition to providing adjunct instruction at Kennebec Valley Community College, Dennis Dix, LCSW, directs the Access Center at Kennebec Behavioral Health, and provides field instruction to MSW graduate interns. His research interests include barriers to treatment, continuity of care issues, burnout in the field of social services, access to behavioral health and substance abuse care, effectiveness of case management techniques, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Captain Dix accepted a direct commission in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps in 2007, and has been granted credentialed privileges at Fort Drum New York, Camp Keyes in Augusta Maine, and at the Kandahar Airfield Resiliency Clinic. He most recently, returned from a tour in Afghanistan where he was Officer in Charge of a Combat Operational Stress Team.

Ed Lachowicz, LSW, MHRT/C

241 Main Street #3
Waterville, ME 04901

Adult Case Manager, Assistance Plus
Graduate, KVCC MHT Program

Ed Lachowicz, LSW, MHRT/C, is a graduate of the University of Maine and Kennebec Valley Community College. Ed works as an adult case manager at Assistance Plus in Benton. He represents Ward 2 on the Waterville City Council."

Liam Shaw, LCSW

Adjunct Faculty, KVCC
Community Health and Counseling

Liam Shaw LCSW has earned a BSW from USM, an MSW from Boston University, a post-graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from Boston University and a MBA from USM. He has worked in the mental health field for 17 years and is currently a Regional Manager for Community Health and Counseling Services. Liam has received extensive training in attachment therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Structural Family Therapy and Client Directed Outcome Informed Services (CDOI).

Rebecca Martin

Adjunct Faculty, KVCC

Katherine Trask

Admissions, University of Maine at Augusta

Have worked at UMA for over 33 years in the Admissions Office (yes, always in Admissions with a few different merges over the years..). Am currently the Associate Director of Admissions. I work with all populations of students - new and transfers, traditional and non-traditional. I also work with special populations - transfer, international, those who have been convicted of a crime (which is a question the UMS asks on their application). The fun part of my position is that I can meet with a new (or transfer) student, admit that student AND register them for the appropriate coursework for the upcoming semester - all in one meeting! I enjoy working with students which is what has kept me here all these years.

Dr. Gail Werrbach, PhD, LCSW

Social Work, University of Maine

Dr. Werrbach is Director and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work.  Dr. Werrbach holds a B.S. in Social Work from the University of Vermont, a M.S.W. from Simmons College, and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.  She joined the faculty at the University of Maine in 1988 where she has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in social work practice, social work ethics, family therapy, and work with children and youth. She has been the School’s project director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau Indian Child Welfare Training grants, and has been the project evaluator for several child mental health and substance abuse prevention projects developed by the Indian Township Health Center. Dr. Werrbach was appointed a Commissioner to the Maine Wabanaki –State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  In collaboration with the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, she was the coordinator for an evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Family Services Family Reunification program in Maine. She has been the principal investigator for two international social work initiatives funded by the US Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.  The current project, Global Work with Immigrant Children, places social work students with international agencies serving immigrant and refugee children. She teaches, publishes, and practices in the area of work with children and families.