Substance Abuse Services Commission Current Members

Commission Position Name Address City State Zip
Senator Senator Colleen Lachowicz 1 Kelsey St. #2 Waterville ME 04901
Legislative Senator John Tuttle 176 Cottage St. Sanford ME 04073
Legislative - HHS Rep. Catherine Cassidy 5 Somerville Ave. Lubec ME 04652
Legislative - HHS Rep. Ann Dorney 40 Parlin Dr. Norridgewock ME 04957
Legislative - HHS Rep. Carol McElwee 54 Pioneer Ave. Caribou ME 04736
Legislative - HHS Rep. Peter Stuckey 20 Vaill St. Portland ME 04103
Physician Dr. Diehl Snyder PO Box 202 Bass Harbor ME 04653
Superintendent of Schools Mr. Thomas R. Leonard 28 Elm St Hampden ME 04444
Elementary School Educator Vacant        
MAAR Darren Ripley 23 Brookside Ave. Augusta ME 04330
Attorney Vacant        
PostSecondary Educator Ms. Lee Anne Dodge 67 River Rd Dresden ME 04342
Prevention Practitioner Mr. Scott M. Gagnon 30 Sprucewood Rd Auburn ME 04210
Education Practitioner Ms. Veronica S. Wiegman 675 North Rd Leeds ME 04263
Treatment Practitioner Mr. Peter McCorison - Chair 50 Turner Rd Fort Fairfield ME 04742
Private Sector Employer William Lowenstein 75 Johnson Rd. Auburn ME 04210
Public: Prevention Ms. Rebecca Ireland 37 College Ave. Gorham ME 04038
Public: Treatment Ms. Ann L. Giggey 144 Coldbrook Rd. Hampden ME 04444
Public: Education Mr. Robert Rogers 157 Rogers Rd. Clinton ME 04927
Public: Employer Ms. Irene Laney 1156 Shore Road Lamoine ME 04605
Public: Affected/Recovering Mr. Michael Savage 723 Pond Road Sidney ME 04330


Guy Cousins , SAMHS Director
Patricia Barney, Staff Liaison (Acting)


The Commission consists of the following:

  • One member of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate
  • five members of the Legislature who may be members of either the Senate or the House of Representatives, appointed by the President of the Senate if Senators or the Speaker of the House if members of the House of Representatives (two of these five at-large members of the Legislature must be members of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters
  • One physician experience with treatment of substance abuse, appointed by the Governor
  • One public school superintendent who has experience with school-based substance abuse prevention and education programs, appointed by the Governor
  • One elementary school educator, appointed by the Governor
  • One representative from nominations by the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery, appointed by the Governor
  • One attorney who represents clients involved with the substance abuse system, appointed by the Governor
  • One educator involved in post-secondary substance abuse education, appointed by the Governor
  • One substance abuse prevention practitioner, one substance abuse education practitioner, and one substance abuse treatment practitioner, appointed by the Governor
  • One private sector employer familiar with substance abuse employee assistance programs, appointed by the Governor
  • Five members of the public, appointed by the Governor. In appointing these five members, the Governor shall select members from outstanding people in the following areas:
    1. Drug abuse prevention
    2. Drug abuse treatment
    3. Education
    4. Employers
    5. Persons affected by or recovering from alcoholism, chronic intoxication, drug abuse or drug dependency, evidenced by a minimum of three years sobriety or abstention from drug abuse.

Last Updated: 3/18/14