Kelli has spent 30 years in the field of social work and addiction. Her lifelong career goal has been to become a full time member of the UNESSW faculty, which came to fruition in 2014, after having served as an adjunct for nearly 20 years. Social work education has been a passion since graduation from UNESSW in 1991.
Throughout her clinical work, Kelli has learned from mentors and her own experiences to recognize the power of positive and authentic relationship to create healing and recovery for individuals and families, including very young children and adult survivors of violence. While also employing other practice theories, Kelli believes that working from this relational framework in the context of clinical supervision, organizational leadership and change management and as an educator is invaluable and creates the basis from which learning, growth and positve change emerges.
In her short time here at UNE, Kelli has been very involved with mentoring students to develop competencies in interprofessional team collaboration, working on implementation and evaluation of HRSA grants to train clinical social worker students to work with vulnerable poplulations, serving as co-chair of the SSW Curriculum Committee and as a member of the WCHP Committee for Excellence in Clinical Education.
Kelli is a Jersey Girl at heart - born and raised on the Jersey Shore. She has been living in Maine for 30 years and while she knows she will never be a "Mainer", she does consider herself a "Portlander". She lives with her family, (human and furry) in the Back Cove neighborhood. Kelli loves hiking, skiing, classic rock music, reading, walking and biking on Portland Trails and traveling.
University of New England
Board Certifications and Licenses
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certified Clinical Supervisor
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Organizational Training and Development
University of Southern Maine
professional workforce education and training
young children (birth - 5) and families
traumatic experience and recovery
substance use disorders
body-mind-spirit oriented therapies