Meet the Team
Melanie has over 15 years working in the medical/social services field having graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Husson University. She worked as a Maine Families visitor for 7 years prior to becoming the program manager in Waldo County in 2019. Melanie is part of a team of experienced visitors who have the pleasure of watching parents and children grow. One of her greatest passions is building healthy, strong, and positive communities that support parents in raising their children. Over the years Melanie has loved being a part of her own children’s growth within their community by volunteering as a coach, leader, booster, board member. As her children have grown up, Melanie now treasures spending time cooking, playing board games, and traveling with her family.
Rachel comes to Maine Families with a background in early childhood education (she earned her BS at UMaine). For the past eight years, she has been a Head Start teacher, an Ed Tech in Special Education, and a 2nd-grade classroom teacher. Providing a rich learning environment and a solid foundation to early learners and their families has been at the root of her work. Her hope is to bring that same passion and enthusiasm to her role as a home visitor. In her everyday life, Rachel resides in Waldo County with her two children and a silly pup named Finn. She expresses creativity through cooking and loves any chance to share that with others. You can often find her out on a mountain trail, in the garden, or near the ocean, and you can bet there is a smile on her face!
Alicia graduated with her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from The University of Maine at Farmington in 2008 and achieved her Master’s degree in Human Development from The University of Maine in 2013. Alicia worked at The University of Maine’s Children Center as their Lead Infant Program teacher before starting Maine Families in 2013. She enjoys building relationships with families and having the opportunity to support them through their parenting journey while watching their children grow. She and her husband have two young children that keep them very busy. Alica enjoys watching her son play baseball, bird watching, gardening, and going on adventures with her family and friends around the beautiful state of Maine.
Diane has lived in Maine all of her life and began working with families in the Waldo County area following graduation from the University of Maine. She later joined the University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff to become part of the Parents Are Teachers, Too parent education program, which eventually evolved into the current statewide Maine Families home visiting program. As a home visitor, Diane enjoys meeting with families and appreciates the willingness of parents to share their stories and challenges, as well as their hopes for their children and their family.