Amy is a financial practice manager, who grew up in a home that practiced the 12-Step philosophy since her father stopped drinking when she was 12. Later, she once again saw the difference life in recovery could make, when her brother entered treatment after a long struggle with drugs. Once clean and sober, he integrated back in with his family, became her children’s favorite uncle, got married, and found love, strength and security in his new life in recovery. That success was taken far too soon when he died of a heart attack at age 39.
Exercise, yoga and meditation have long been part of Amy’s life. When these healthy mind-body practices helped her recover from a three-year struggle with Lyme Disease, Amy believed it could also make a difference for those in addiction recovery. She started volunteering at a local residential treatment center, leading women on weekly walks and jogs. There she found the women were also taking yoga classes, going to the gym and learning meditation and it was making a difference. Her desire to extend these programs beyond treatment in a supportive and affordable way, let her to the beginnings of the nonprofit WellStrong.
Amy now works full time as WellStrong’s President and CEO. She is also race director of the annual David Lewis 5K, A Celebration of Recovery. She is a co-chair of the Regional Substance Use Council’s Recovery Subcommittee for Barnstable County, a council whose goals are to make resources available to people in recovery from substance use disorder and to make Cape Cod a more recovery friendly community.
Jana’s personal interest in health and fitness became a career when she saw and experienced first hand the numerous benefits of working out. While working as a dental hygienist and personal trainer, she went back to college and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Bridgewater State College in 1999. With over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry as a Certified Personal trainer, group exercise instructor, coach, Club director/manager,Continuing education provider and studio owner she brings both academic and practical knowledge to WellStrong.
There is no greater satisfaction than to see someone become empowered through the self confidence gained through exercise, to see personal connections grow and develop amongst clients and staff and to see people’s lives improve or become enhanced.
Jana’s family has been affected by addiction and they all can identify with the daily struggles that the entire family experiences, but also the importance and impact that a community of kindness and support can have on the healing and wellness for all affected.
Anne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Mashpee MA treating adolescents, adults and couples diagnosed with Substance Use disorders, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and Eating Disorders. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused therapy, but is most passionate about bringing the benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation into her therapeutic work having seen how these modalities contribute to positive therapeutic outcomes.
Anne began her career as an inpatient counselor at Emerson House, a treatment program at Gosnold, for women with chemical addictions. During her tenure, she introduced Mindfulness Meditation to her group therapy and individual counseling work and was excited to see firsthand how Mindfulness and meditation can help decrease anxiety, depression and rumination in early recovery, while establishing a sense of connectedness and clarity. She also developed the Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy program at Emerson House which included mindfulness strategies to enhance awareness and improve CBT skills. Anne continued to use Mindfulness and meditation in her next position as an outpatient counselor for Gosnold in Centerville, during which time she also served as the School based drug and alcohol counselor at Barnstable High. She established her private practice in 2015.
Anne holds a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Leslie University, and is a member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association. She currently serves as Secretary for the Board of directors of WellStrong. As a lifelong advocate for fitness, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, Anne enjoys running, hiking, weight training, cycling, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and sharing her passion for the natural world. She is very excited to have the opportunity to be part of developing a fitness-based recovery community on Cape Cod that fills a gap in support for those doing the hard work of establishing a lasting recovery from addiction.
Corrie Vilsaint, Ph.D., Program Evaluation Consultant
Dr. Vilsaint is a community psychologist. She is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and a Principal Investigator at the Recovery Research Institute and Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research has focused on racial health equality in remission and recovery from addiction. She has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and is currently supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Todd spent the first 20 years of his career at various technology startups, working mostly in strategic business development, sales, and marketing roles. Most recently he was the VP of Business Development and a founding team member at Boston based Brand Networks Inc., now one of the world’s leading social media advertising software and services firms. After getting sober himself, he turned his professional attention to the world of treatment and recovery. Currently Todd works as a Treatment Advocate for Recovery Centers of America, working in an outreach capacity to get people in to treatment for Substance Use Disorder. Todd is very active in the Cape Cod recovery community and works tirelessly to help people in their recovery journey.
Mary LeClair also serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the Cahoon Museum of American Art, and is a Director for the Town of Mashpee Library. Formerly, Mary served on the Board of Directors of Gosnold Inc, an addiction treatment center in Falmouth, MA for 27 years and served on the Barnstable County Commission as an elected official. She currently works with homeless women at Housing Assistance Corporation.
Sarah has been practicing yoga for 7 years and recently completed her 200-hour teacher training certification over the Summer. She has practical experience using both yoga and meditation as tools in her journey of recovery and is passionate about sharing their benefits. Sarah believes that overcoming addiction is much more than abstinence and true healing occurs along a spiritual plane through intense inner work on ourselves and with others. She is excited to learn and expand her yoga practice with others who can relate to the struggles and triumphs of recovery.