AUGUSTA, Maine — Crisis & Counseling Centers’ Board of Directors voted in three new members at a recent meeting. Susan Cover, Dale Lancaster and Dr. Kim Lane have varying professional interests, but they share a dedication to C&C’s mission to deliver effective solutions to Mainers with behavioral health needs.
Susan Cover is the city editor of the Kennebec Journal. She has been a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Ohio, Rhode Island and Kansas since the mid-1990s. An Ohio native, Cover earned her undergraduate degree in speech communication and English at Muskingum University and has a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She moved to Maine in 2002 and has covered the Maine Legislature, the 2010 gubernatorial race and several political conventions and referendum campaigns.
“As an editor at the Kennebec Journal, I feel a responsibility to give back to the community. In particular, Crisis & Counseling serves a population that needs to be embraced by the entire community, and the newspaper plays a critical role in that,” Cover wrote in her application for the position.
Chief Deputy Dale P. Lancaster oversees the daily operations at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, which involves Law Enforcement, Corrections, Court Security and a Civil Division. Lancaster has 40 years of law enforcement experience and began employment with the Somerset Sheriff’s Department in September of 2012. Prior to this position, Lancaster was the Deputy Chief/Acting Chief for the Skowhegan Police Department. In 2011, after 27 years of State service, Lancaster retired from the Maine State Police as a Major. He is a State-of-Maine-certified Police Chief/Sheriff and Full Time Correctional Officer, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Kim Lane, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., C.C.S., assistant professor of mental health and human services at the University of Maine at Augusta and care manager clinician at MaineGeneral Health, has spent over 30 years in the mental health and addiction fields. She received her Ph.D. in human services from Capella University and earned her master’s in social work at the University of Maine. In the past, Lane served as the director of operations and the director of mental health services at Alternative Services-Northeast, Inc., based in Lewiston. She also spent 14 years as the director of outpatient services, community support and counseling at MaineGeneral Health.
Lane was drawn to C&C’s board because, as a professor, she missed the connection to service delivery and the visionary leadership work that is required for successful agencies. “I hope my experience and interest in leadership is valuable to Crisis & Counseling’s future,” she said.
Board President Dana Hamilton is excited to see the board grow. “The addition of these three members further diversifies our board. Sue, Dale and Kim are very skilled in their respective fields, and I look forward to seeing what ideas they will bring to the table,” she said.
Each board member will serve a three-year term, from 2014 to 2017.
According to C&C CEO Lynn Duby, “Our Board of Directors becomes more and more well-rounded. Above all, they’re extremely devoted to the best interest of the people we serve through Crisis & Counseling Centers.”
Crisis & Counseling Centers serves individuals with behavioral health needs, including substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders. The nonprofit agency is the sole provider of crisis services for Kennebec and Somerset counties and administers 24-hour-a-day crisis services to those in need. The agency also offers G.E.A.R. Parent Network to empower parents and caregivers of children with behavioral health needs statewide; Maine Mothers Network for pregnant and parenting women using substances; and a Medication Management program for clients with addictions or mental health disorders.
For information about C&C, call central access at 626-3448 or visit crisisandcounseling.org. If you are in crisis, call 1-888-568-1112.