Maine’s Direct Care and Support Professional Advisory Council was established in February of 2022. Council members are employed in nursing homes, assisted housing, which includes residential care and assisted living and home care across the state. Some are new to the profession of providing direct care and direct support while others have many years of experience. All have joined the Council knowing that their participation can make a difference. Together, their strong collective voice informs policy decisions on issues that are most important to them as well as for thousands of direct care and direct support professionals in Maine. Appointments are made by a steering committee including representatives from the following organizations: The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Maine Health Access Foundation, Home Care Alliance of Maine, PHI National, DHHS, Office of Aging and Disability Services. Terms are for 1 year. For more information, please contact Trinity Baker at (207) 621-1079.

Council Members

Gail True,
DSP & CRMA in Group Home setting, serving individuals for 26 years.

Cheryle Steele,
HHA in the Home Care setting, serving individuals for 42 years.

Rachel Small,
PSS in the Home Care setting, serving individuals for 14 years.

Emily Curry,
CRMA in the Long-Term Care setting, serving individuals for 26 years.

Tammy Moody,
PCA in the Home Care setting, serving individuals for 3 years.

Alesia McBrayer,
PCA in the Home Care setting, serving individuals for 35 years.

Justin Dyer,
DSP, MHRT, & CRMA in the Group Home setting, serving individuals for 20 years.

Stephanie Hatcher,
DSP & DSP Trainer in the Group Home Setting, serving individuals for 28 years.

Jeremy Wyman,
PSS, C.N.A & BHP in the Home Care setting, serving individuals for 3 years.

Beth Jones,
PSS in the Home Care setting, serving individuals for 1 year.

Emily Skyers,
PSS & CRMA in the Assisted Housing setting, serving individuals for 4 years.

Ashley Johnston,
C.N.A in the Long-Term Care setting, serving individuals for 8 years.

Sushanti Frank,
C.N.A in the Assisted Housing setting, serving individuals for 3 years.

Carol Daigle,
CRMA in the Long-Term Care setting, serving individuals for 34 years.

Paula Erickson,
C.N.A in the Long-Term Care setting, serving individuals for 16 years.

Laura Tremblay,
C.N.A in the Long-Term Care setting, serving individuals for 23 years.

Focus Group Report

Please click here to read the Maine Direct Care and Support Professionals Focus Group report on the "Engage and Empower Direct Care Workers Initiative". The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program implemented the project "Engage and Empower Direct Care Workers Initiative". Ethos was commissioned to conduct a series of ten focus groups with Maine’s Direct Care and Support Professionals. Funding for the "Engage and Empower Direct Care Workers Initiative" was provided by the Maine Health Access Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services. The primary purpose of the Engage and Empower initiative is to help Direct Care and Support Professionals define and express their collective voice so that they have an impact on Maine’s workforce planning and policymaking. This will allow workers to inform those who make decisions about their jobs to know what is important to them. It is anticipated that sharing the work and findings of the Initiative will inform strategies that ultimately will boost recruitment and improve retention of Direct Care and Support Professionals. The focus groups were an initial step in the process of identifying primary issues confronted by this group in their important line of work.