Staff DirectoryMeet our dynamic team!

Andrea Krebs, LCSW Executive Director

207-333-3278 Ext. 204 andrea.krebs@healthaffiliatesmaine.com

A therapist, director, leader, and woman with tremendous drive, Andrea Krebs not only works every day to reduce the stigma our society has surrounding mental health and substance abuse issues, but she also endeavors to support fellow therapists who should be allowed to focus on their critically important work: helping Mainers build resilience, improve quality of life, and reach their potential.

Andrea knew a mental health and substance abuse agency should and could function differently—supporting the important work of the clinician in order to ultimately help the client. Tired of other agencies’ mandated billing quotas and overwhelming bureaucracy that only served to drag therapists down, she founded Health Affiliates Maine (HAM)—a flexible, nimble, and compassionate alternative whose mission is to truly support clinicians so they can support their clients.

A graduate of the University of Maryland in Baltimore with a master’s in social work, Andrea has worked with children, adolescents, families, and couples in outpatient clinics, public schools, and in private practice. She has been in senior management of community mental health organizations since 2006.

Andrea believes that mental health and substance abuse issues impact all people’s lives either personally or through the people they know and love. With outpatient counseling, case management, and psychiatric treatment, Health Affiliates Maine guides people toward recovery at their own pace, with ongoing compassion, respect, and support. Through this mission, Andrea and the Health Affiliates Maine team work to reduce the stigma associated with accessing treatment so as to encourage all people to fully participate in their own “Journey to Wellness.”

Melissa Bowker-Kinley, MD, PhD Medical Director

207-333-3278 Ext. 204 melissa.bowker-kinley@healthaffiliatesmaine.com

As Health Affiliates Maine’s medical director, Dr. Bowker-Kinley oversees our Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment services and provides psychiatric care to patients in the Lewiston, Auburn, and Portland areas.

A graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Bowker-Kinley completed her psychiatry residency at New York State Psychiatric Institute while simultaneously pursuing a public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Bowker-Kinley transitioned to Maine for a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Maine Medical Center. Her deep professional experience includes inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry, assessment and diagnosis of children, adolescents, and adults, pharmacological treatment of youth and adults, and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and young adults.

In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Bowker-Kinley served as a faculty member in the Maine Medical Center Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, providing clinical supervision to general psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows and lecturing on topics such as adolescent development, treatment of eating disorders, treatment of psychosis, and management of non-suicidal self-injury.

Luanne Starr Rhoades, LCPC, LADC, CCS Outpatient Therapy Program Director

207-333-3278 Ext. 250 luanne.rhoades@healthaffiliatesmaine.com

A dedicated counselor for nearly twenty years, Luanne came to Health Affiliates Maine after fifteen years in private practice. She believes that counseling is a profound, courageous process that can change a person, family, or couple in significant ways. This passion and her commitment to the Health Affiliates Maine mission are what drive her important work as Outpatient Therapy Program Director with our agency.

Prior to joining the Health Affiliates Maine team, Luanne spent four years at St. Mary’s Partial Hospital Program and four years providing counseling to service members and families of the Maine National Guard. Luanne specialized in treating adults for mental health and substance abuse problems. Before becoming a counselor, Luanne worked in the areas of community leadership, older adult services, and job placement for individuals with disabilities.

Luanne firmly believes that seeking treatment is a healthy way of coping with the stressors of this life. “As far as we know this is the only life we get, and it is too short to live mentally and emotionally unwell, and unhappy.”

Kate Marble, LCSW Case Management Program Director

207-333-3278 Ext. 221 kate.marble@healthaffiliatesmaine.com

As Case Management Program Director, Kate oversees utilization review and our case management program. In her role and as a social worker herself, Kate emphasizes self-care for case managers so they can provide the highest quality care for the clients they serve.

A graduate of the University of New England with a master’s in social work, Kate began her career at Healthy Community Coalition. There she was recognized for her work on programs such as Tobacco-Free Franklin Families, an initiative to increase providers’ capability to help pregnant and parenting women quit tobacco. She was also instrumentally involved in the Domestic Violence Response Project, an initiative to improve the community response to domestic violence.

Inspired by this work, Kate pursued social work, working in community mental health as an outpatient therapist and program coordinator for a licensed mental health agency. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in health education from the University of Presque Isle and a master’s degree in social work from the University of New England.

Tom-Vurgason

Thomas Vurgason, MBA Director of Program Development

207-333-3278 Ext. 251 Tom.Vurgason@healthaffiliatesmaine.com

As Director of Program Development, Tom helps our agency grow and adapt to the changing healthcare environment. Tom is a relationship builder, fostering collaborative partnerships with commercial payers and other agencies to leverage and enhance the services we provide for our affiliated clinicians and their clients. Given his deep experience and expertise in behavioral health strategic management, Tom also helps to develop our psychiatric assessment and treatment program.

Prior to joining the HAM team, Tom spent 23 years with St. Mary’s Health System as Vice President of Behavioral Services. During his tenure, he was instrumental in expanding the scope and the size of the behavioral services; as a result, St. Mary’s became known as a center of excellence for its behavioral programs. Tom provided vision and strategic change that reached across the state and the nation. He helped develop the first behavioral health carve out, non-profit insurance provider in Maine. That insurer now provides services to 165,000 New Englanders. He developed the first tele-psychiatric service in the state that did not depend on grants for its sustainability. He also pioneered the concept of behavioral and primary care integration.

Tom received his MBA from Temple University in Pennsylvania.

Nina Bartlett Director of Operations

207-333-3278 Ext. 253 Nina.Bartlett@healthaffiliatesmaine.com

An experienced operations manager, Nina has managed various office environments throughout her career—with both local and national companies. In her role as Director of Operations at HAM, Nina oversees all operations, which include billing, quality assurance, medical records, information technology, accounting, credentialing and referrals. She also manages the facilities for all of our satellite offices located throughout the state.

A graduate of Lewiston High School and student at UMA, Nina continues her professional development through life experience and educational units—both of which have fueled her talents for organizational development, leadership, and strategic planning.