Mission, History & Leadership

Woodfords Family Services is committed to the support and inclusion of people with special needs and their families in Maine communities.


Woodfords Family Services is committed to supporting individuals with special needs and their families so that they may:

  • Maximize their potential;
  • Be productive and appreciated contributors to their neighborhoods and communities;
  • Have positive and enriching relationships;
  • Lead lives that are safe and secure; and
  • Lead lives allowing for choice.


As a provider of community based services to individuals with special needs and their families, Woodfords Family Services values:

  • Lifelong partnerships and advocacy with those we serve;
  • Respect for the diversity of the entire Woodfords community, including those providing and receiving services;
  • Well trained, professional and competent staff;
  • The provision of measurably effective, high quality, evidence-based and integrated services; and
  • The provision of support with commitment, compassion and understanding.
History & Who We Are


Woodfords provides a wide array of clinical, educational, behavioral health, residential, community and family support programs to more than 2,000 children, youth and adults with autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses throughout the state. Additionally, the agency has a statewide Training & Resource Center that offers a variety of high quality evidence based training programs for parents, professionals, and interested community members. The agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), whose program of quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have met high performance standards and have made a commitment to their stakeholders to deliver the very best quality services.

Who We Are

Woodfords was founded in 1967 by the late Alan and Katrina Rich, who sought better specialized educational services for their son Jimmy. With the support of four additional families seeking more services for their children with disabilities, the Rich family open Woodfords’ first school which quickly grew from 5 to 200 students and began the legacy of the agency now known as Woodfords Family Services. For more than 55 years, Woodfords has continued to honor the Rich family and their legacy by providing high-quality supportive programming to individuals with disabilities and their families throughout Maine.


Senior Leadership

Mark Eves, Executive Director

Pete Plummer, MBA,  Chief Operating Officer

Allyson Lowell, LCSW, Chief Clinical Officer

Kerry de Bree, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer

Programs & Services

Nancy Briggs-Coffin, LCSW
Director of Foster Care & Adoption Services

Charissa Fortier, M.Ed, LCSW, BCBA
Director of Early Childhood Services & Special Purpose Private Schools

Lori Griffiths
Director of Rehabilitative & Community Support and School Based Services, Central Maine

Rebecca LaChance, LMSW-c
Director of Community Case Management

Scott McKeough, MPPM
Director of Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waiver Services

Nick Potts, MS, BCBA
Director of Rehabilitative & Community Support and School Based Services, Southern Maine

Support Departments

Katie Clark, MA ED, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources

Karen Dehetre, LSW, Director of Intake & Utilization Management

Renée Freudenberger, Director of Training & Professional Development

Sandra Hayward, Director of Quality Improvement & Electronic Health Record System Administrator 

Greg Klein, Director of Information Technology & Facilities

Cindi Palmer, Director of Finance

Board of Trustees

Barbara Redmond, President
Former Maine Chief Deputy Secretary of State, Retired

Brooke Woodbury, Vice President
Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Camden National Bank

Mark Foster, Secretary
Market Manager, M&T Bank

Peter Hall, Treasurer
Principal, Peter J. Hall CPA, LLC.

Morgan Cramer
Project Manager III – Finance Technology, UNUM

Robert Fairbrother
Consumer Advocate

Michéle Gasco
Vice President, Customer Experience Manager, M&T Bank

Sean Grant

Brem Stoner, M.Ed.
Assistant Principal, Wentworth School

Maureen Zemrak
Owner & Broker, Locations Real Estate Group