Supporting people with developmental,
cognitive and intellectual disabilities to be
actively involved in their home communities.

Staff

Our Staff

Our direct support professionals, house managers, program administrators and administrative staff are well-trained, involved and compassionate. The LEAP philosophy lies deep in the hearts of all those employed by our organization—it is both a commitment to LEAP and the people we serve, and a perpetual compassion for a way of life that extends far beyond the workplace.

The leadership of LEAP encourages and mandates ongoing training and education for staff members to remain informed.

Darryl Wood

Darryl Wood, Executive Director
darryl@leapcommunity.org

Darryl has worked for LEAP since 1997 as a program administrator. His desire to change people's attitudes towards individuals of varying abilities has led him down a variety of paths at LEAP, including training coordinator, residential director and now executive director. The ability to have a dynamic and engaged workforce dedicated to making positive differences in the lives of people supported has always been and remains a top priority. Prior to coming to LEAP, Darryl worked in nursing, mental health and disability services. He has attended the University of Maine, the University of Delaware and the Satelle Institute, acquiring degrees in nursing and certificates in leadership and business. Darryl lives in New Sharon with his wife Rebecca and daughters Naomi and Natalie. He loves the outdoors and enjoys all the gifts the Western Maine mountains, lakes and rivers have to offer.

Sarah Judd

Sarah Judd, Human Resources Director
sjudd@leapcommunity.org

Sarah began at LEAP in January 2014 as the Human Resources Assistant, and moved into the Human Resource Director role in April. Her job responsibilities include employee relations, benefits, worker’s compensation, policies and procedures, and ensuring LEAP is in compliance with State and Federal Law requirements. Her primary role is to support staff and managers and assist them in meeting their needs. Prior to coming to LEAP, Sarah was the Human Resources Manager at WGME and WPFO-TV in Portland, ME and provided Human Resources Support to Dielectric, LLC in Raymond, ME. She has also held various Human Resources positions in the Healthcare field. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Thomas College, and is looking forward to the career growth at LEAP and utilizing her knowledge and skills to help the organization’s future growth in the community.

Megan Goodine

Megan Goodine, Residential Services Director
megan@leapcommunity.org

Megan Goodine has worked for LEAP since being hired as a residential counselor in 1994. She has provided support to the people of LEAP in a variety of roles, including direct service professional, developmental training coordinator, team leader and administrator. Megan became the residential services director in October of 2011. Her vision of support includes assisting people to define their dreams, experience joy and become a true member of their communities. Her focus on staff development and wellness is also primary in her agency role. Prior to coming to LEAP, Megan worked in the food service industry, with the UMF Alumni Association and provided respite care in therapeutic foster care settings. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maine at Farmington. Megan lives in Jay with her son Nathanial. She loves being a soccer mom and all the joys that come with sitting on the sidelines and cheering on the team.

Lisa Hill

Lisa Hill, Finance Director
lisa@leapcommunity.org

Lisa began working for LEAP in June 2000 as the finance coordinator. She was drawn to the company because of the services provided and its mission statement. Having lost her eleven year old son with Down syndrome in 1996, Lisa wanted to stay connected to and somehow continue supporting individuals with cognitive disabilities. Now well into her second decade as finance director, Lisa continues to marvel at the independence, joy and successes achieved by individuals supported at LEAP. In regards to financial successes, Lisa has seen the company double its revenue and continue providing quality services when faced with significant cuts in funding, through the support and commitment of all staff. Lisa has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Husson College and worked as an accountant at G.H. Bass for ten years prior to joining LEAP. Her greatest joy has been the many adventures enjoyed with her daughter Brooke, including trips to Disney World, Niagara Falls and Bermuda. Lisa looks forward to many more years at LEAP and spending more time with her family and friends.

Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw, House Manager
jane@leapcommunity.org

Jane Shaw is LEAP’s house manager at our Oliver House site. Jane started working for LEAP in 1997 as a direct care staffer when Oliver House first opened. She moved up to the position of team leader and then as the house manager in 2011. Jane has been in a caregiver role for the last 30+ years.

Some hobbies Jane loves are fly fishing — or any type of fishing — hunting, riding the four-wheeler trails of Maine’s western mountains, and in general enjoying the outdoors and spending time in the beauty of Mother Nature. Jane was the owner of the Gray Ghost Camps in her early 20’s; it is now owned and operated by her son Steven, who has expanded the business over the years.

 

Kimberly Levensalor

Kimberly Levensalor, Administrator
kimberly@leapcommunity.org

Kim has worked for LEAP since being hired as a relief DSP in 2004. In 2005, Kim became team leader at Stinchfield Hill and in 2011 that position grew to house manager. She enjoys gathering teams of "Leapsters" to annually join in the community-based fundraiser "Festival of Trees," and spreading autism awareness with the Walk for Autism. Kim's passion for helping individuals comes from her own experience as a child watching her mother struggle to have her appropriately diagnosed with dyslexia, and advocating for her to receive the services she needed. In 2005, Kim graduated with a bachelors degree in rehabilitation services from the University of Maine at Farmington. Kim lives in Wilton with her husband Matthew, daughter Evangeline, "Evie", and son Quinn.

Kristi Iverson

Kristi Iverson, Assistant Director of Residential Operations
kiverson@leapcommunty.org

Kristi has worked for LEAP since being hired as a relief direct support professional in 2004. Kristi has worked in a variety of capacities including direct support professional, administrative assistant, temporary finance assistant, house manager and Administrator before taking on the Assistant Director of Residential Operations role. These positions have given her a wide range of experience and allow her to assist people in different capacities. Kristi enjoys spending time with friends and walking with her pug, Sakura, around Farmington.

Kyla Wheeler

Kyla Wheeler, Administrator/Shared Living Liaison
kyla@leapcommunity.org

Kyla Wheeler began working as a DSP with LEAP in 2008. After learning about the company through many different positions – accounting assistant, shared living liaison, community supports house manager - she has now found her place as administrator for both the Anson Street program as well as the site on Industry Road. Her position allows her to continue striving to ensure people are receiving the support, compassion and respect that everyone deserves. Before coming to LEAP, Kyla worked for several years as a substitute teacher and Ed Tech in the SAD 9 school district and also attended UMF. Currently, when she's not in her office or traveling between her two programs, you can find Kyla on the stage with local improv comedy group "Teachers' Lounge Mafia," or backstage as a member of the board of directors for the Sandy River Players.

Laurie Blake

Laurie Blake, Administrator
lblake@leapcommunity.org

Laurie joined LEAP in 2011 and is an administrator with the Community Supports Program. She provides and coordinates staffing for direct support services to individuals in home settings. Coordinating habilitation and health-related programs, along with providing assistance for people served to exercise their rights as individuals and to gain community resources and participation in social events, is her main focus. Laurie attended the University of South Florida, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Maine at Farmington and has a bachelor's degree in business/computer science. Laurie has prior professional experiences that include advertising sales, home respiratory care sales and service, and public relations throughout Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin Counties. Laurie enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.

Matthew Levensalor

Matthew J. Levensalor, Administrator
matthew@leapcommunity.org

Matthew began at LEAP in August of 2000, working as a direct support professional (DSP) at Franklin Heights. Matthew took on several opportunities including: Fall Review project leader, house advocate for a supported individual, basic sign language instructor for new hires, and medication coordinator. Matthew's drive for responsibility led to the advancement of his career, first accepting the position of team leader at Franklin Heights and A & P, and assisting with duties at the Davis Road program. Matthew added the roles of Mandt Instructor (a philosophy assisting staff to manage consumer's stress through positive supports) and Instructor of first aid and CPR. Matthew continued growing in his career at LEAP and he accepted his current position of administrator in July of 2008. He currently oversees operations of FARE house in Turner and an individual in a community support program in Farmington. Matthew continues his higher education through online classes at the University of Phoenix while balancing time with his family. Matthew lives in Wilton with his wife, Kimberly, daughter, Evangeline, and son Quinn.

Tony Bolens

Anthony "Tony" Bolens, House Manager
tbolens@leapcommunity.org

Tony started working for LEAP in 2007 as a direct support professional, after spending 2.5 years working in the mental health field as a rehab technician and supervisor. Born and raised in Franklin County, Tony spent much of his time working with children and adults with developmental disabilities from the time he could walk. Tony's mother has worked most of her life in group homes and long term care settings, and brought Tony along before bringing your child to work was a widely-accepted practice. So, at age 32, it would be safe to say that Tony has 25 years experience in the field. In addition to working at LEAP, he is the father of four beautiful children whom he shares with his amazing wife of twelve years, Amanda. She and Tony run a children's ministry in the Farmington area in their free time.

   
Cindy Curtis

Cindy Curtis, DREAM Program Coordinator and Direct Support Professional

Cindy lives in Dixfield and heard about LEAP through a friend who worked there. She has now worked there for more than three and a half years. Her favorite memory from her time with LEAP is the whale watching trip she and a coworker took with the two people she supports. They stayed in a hotel that had live music and the ladies had a great time kicking up their heels and talking to the band. The boat ride was great and they saw lots of whales. One of the ladies never did stop talking about the handsome young men that carried her up and down the deck. In her spare time Cindy likes to swim, ski and do stained glass.

Kim Sequoia

Kim Sequoia, House Manager
ksequoia@leapcommunity.org

Kim S. joined LEAP as Manager of the Keep House in January 2016. She has long standing connections with the Rumford and Farmington communities. Having earned a bachelors from UMF, Kim went on to achieve a Masters degree from Springfield College. Kim is an advocate of community health and well being and supports quality of life opportunities/initiatives. She enjoys taking pictures of nature and photographing people at local events.

   
Cristy Foss

Cristy Foss, Program Support II
cfoss@leapcommunity.org

Cristy has worked for LEAP since 2013 as a DSP, and in 2014 took on the role of a Program Support staffer for Davis Road. Cristy found great pride and enjoyment in being able to be a DSP and Program Support at the same time, and then in 2015 took on the role of a Program Support II for a small Community Supports Program. Happily, Cristy loves her role as a DSP while getting to learn the ropes as a manager. In her free time, she enjoys four-wheeling, fishing, and camping with her husband and kids.

Debbie Batchelder

Debbie Bachelder, Program Support I
dbachelder@leapcommunity.org

Debbie has worked for LEAP as a DSP/CRMA since 2007.  She began as part-time at Oliver House then transferred to full-time work at Stinchfield Hill, where she was a DSP/CRMA and the Med Coordinator. In June of 2012, Debbie accepted the Program Supports I position at our Anson Street program site. She finds her job meaningful and inspiring and enjoys coming to work every day.

Some of Debbie’s favorite memories of working at LEAP are of three-day camping trips, picnics, and going to the beach with people she works for and with. Prior to working at LEAP, Debbie worked in the health care field for 25 years. She lives in Phillips with her husband, Chris. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys outdoor activities and camping, and spending time with her three grandchildren.

Kim White

Kim White, Program Support I
kwhite@leapcommunity.org

Kim has worked for LEAP since being hired as relief DSP in 2014 at Keep House. In August 2015, Kim became a PS1 at Keep House as well as a DSP. Kim graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2012 with her Associate degree in Small Business Management and Administration. Kim loves to garden and cook with those she works for and with. Kim has been married for 20 years to her husband Rob and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren, and she enjoys camping and fishing with them.

Marsha Allison

Marsha Allison, Program Support I & Financial Assistant Float
mallison@leapcommunity.org

Marsha has known about LEAP for the past 33 years. Her mother, Marge Taylor, is “The Face” of LEAP. So from early on, Marsha was aware of LEAP’s mission...  She moved to Maine in 1997, took a CNA class and started working in several places in Farmington, including FMH and Sandy River Nursing Home. But there was something missing in these facilities... in Marsha’s own words:

“Time... “I was reminded I needed to hurry up and that I was too compassionate” by the Head RN’s, and all the while I couldn’t help thinking... “Isn’t that what health care is all about?” Eventually I knew that fast-paced health care wasn’t for me. I applied and was hired full-time as a DSP with “Franklin Heights” in 1999. Then I was asked to move with one of the individuals served to a new program called “Hidden Circle” in 2003. My career continued in supporting those two lovely ladies until 2014. “The relationships developed through the years with these ladies cemented my dedication to LEAP.”

She had found a place that offered “Time”... finally!…In those years Marsha also took on many other clerical roles within “Hidden Circle” piquing her interest in a wider range of duties for LEAP. Marsha subsequently applied for a new position in 2014 as a PS1/Financial Assistant Float and was hired. Since taking on this new role, Marsha has gained a new perspective and appreciation for how important each and every single person’s role is with LEAP. She looks forward to fine-tuning her financial responsibilities and continuing to grow with LEAP. 

Lorrian Crockett

Loriann Crockett, House Manager
lcrockett@leapcommunity.org

I have worked at LEAP for 6 years, having started in Home Supports as a Direct Support Professional in Madison. Then I became the Program Supports 1 for the TFR2 program, and am now the House Manager for TFR2.

I have worked as a CNA, as a Med Tech in a nursing home, and then at the Strong Nursing Home with handicapped children. I then ran a licensed daycare for 12+ years, while raising children, doing foster care, and homeschooling. I worked as an Ed Tech at the Strong School in a self-contained room for children with special needs for 12 years before coming to LEAP. I also do shared living and respite care for adults in my home.

My husband Larone and I have been married for 35 years, and we have 9 children, adopting 5 through foster care. My youngest just graduated from high school and is headed to college in the fall to pursue a nursing career. I now also have 4 grandchildren.

When I am not working I like to spend time with my children and grandchildren, I am an avid knitter, and love to read, kayak, and swim.

Also enjoy spending time with my furbabies; I have 4 dogs and 2 cats…my children like to say that as they leave, I am replacing them with animals. On Sundays, I love to cook dinner for any family members that are in the area.

Alfred Dufour

Alfred Dufour, Training Coordinator

Alfred started with LEAP in January of 2016. He is a native of Livermore Falls and graduate of Mt. Blue High School. After school, he joined the Coast Guard and spent five years on buoy tenders in Sitka, Alaska, and Newport, Rhode Island. Upon returning home, he worked for several years in area paper mills and construction. After receiving his associates degree in occupational health and safety, Alfred worked as the safety technician for a number of companies such as Bates College, E.S. Boulos, W.H. Lane and also served as the corporate safety director for Noble Enterprises based out of Melbourne, Florida. After leaving the construction industry, he entered the human services field as a teacher’s assistant serving children with behavioral challenges and developmental disabilities at Riverdale Country School and Horace Mann Academy. In 2014, he returned home to Maine, where he worked as a DSP for Goodwill of NNE. He enjoys playing music and attending concerts, video games, riding motorcycles and soccer.

Deelight Zitzelberger

Deelight Zitzelberger, Executive Assistant & Media Relations Specialist
Deelight@leapcommunity.org

Deelight has served LEAP since early 2008, having come back home to Maine in 2006.  She enjoys the opportunity to create flow in business processes on behalf of the management team, making it easier for them to focus on supporting staff and direct care work.  Wearing multiple hats and always learning new things is her primary language, and managing a creative array of administrative tasks and communications projects keeps her energized. 

Personal interests include church activities, reading, staying informed on issues that impact our nation, visiting beautiful places in Maine, baking bread, photography, and spoiling the several adopted furbabies that bring so much joy to her and her longsuffering pup-wrangling husband at “The Island of Misfit Toys.”

 

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