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Nicole Marie Camire

Born and raised in Biddeford Maine, Nicole, a.k.a. Nikki; is the youngest of three girls. After attending Biddeford High School followed by one year of college at the University of Maine at Orono, Nicole moved to sunny California where she earned an Undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at the University of California Los Angeles. She moved back to her hometown shortly after because her roots were calling and the closeness and family and friends was missed. Nicole began work at a health care program for Maine Medical Center entitled CarePartners; in October of 2004 as a social worker. The following year, Nicole decided to pursue a Graduate degree in School Counseling at the University of Southern Maine. She currently has just under two years left of the program and upon completion she intends on counseling students at the middle school or high school level. Nicole enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising and remaining active, visits with her grandfather, volunteering for the Animal Welfare Society, and has a special place I her heart for her dog Tootsie. Don't forget
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Katharina Hartman

Katharina is pursuing a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling at USM and is looking forward to working with children/adolescents and adults in a private practice as a counselor. She hopes to integrate and apply all of her professional experiences, such as medical studies, psychiatric nursing, teaching and various community and volunteer activities. Bird watching, hiking, exercising, music, and reading are some of Katharina's hobbies that are enriching to her daily life. She grew up in Germany and has been living here in the U.S. for about five years. It has been an exciting adventure to establish her life here. Katharina especially enjoys baking and cooking authentic German meals (those German pastries are so yummy).

Tracy Ann Pariseau

Born and raised in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, Tracy a.k.a. "Big Red" is the second oldest of four girls. After attending Hampshire Regional High School she raised her own five children in the hill towns of Massachusetts. Tracy enrolled in Greenfield Community College when her children were finally all enrolled in school, then transferred to Western New England College where she earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation, she worked as a Residential Caseworker for the Key Program in the Berkshires. In 1998 she moved to Maine to work as a Residential Technician for Ingraham Crisis Residence. The following year she moved back to the Pioneer Valley and worked as a teacher at an inner city school for the next three years. Missing the state of Maine, she decided to move back in 2003, taking a job as a Juvenile Corrections Officer at Long Creek Youth Development Center. In 2004, she leapt at the opportunity to get back into teaching taking a position in the special education department at Sanford High School. She has been enrolled in the graduate program for Special Education at the University of Southern Maine since 2006 and expects to finish up her degree this year. Tracy is also the host of her own radio program - Maverick Media - and has integrated her love for talk radio in the classroom by developing a student-led show called Lobster Talk Radio. Tracy enjoys going to the beach, kayaking, singing karaoke, and spending time with family and her Siamese cat Princess Leia.

Justin Cialfi

Justin is the middle child of a tight-knit family from Kennebunk, Maine. Spending the majority of his youth and adolescent life in the Southern Maine area, Justin found himself quite attached to the "Maine way of life" and opted to attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, directly after graduating from Kennebunk High School. With two years of rigorous academics under his belt, Justin decided to transition back to his beloved coastal stomping grounds and transferred to the University of New England in Biddeford Pool where he earned his Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Relations. With a growing passion for this field of work, Justin sought out entry level positions at local social service agencies and soon landed a position at a reputable mental health agency in Portland known as Ingraham. This position, though initially quite clerical in nature, afforded Justin an exceptional opportunity for advancement within the agency and he now works as the Residential Intake Coordinator for Ingraham's array of Adult Residential Treatment Programs. While gaining invaluable clinically based experience throughout the early stages of his professional journey, Justin's zeal for the field of psychology and social work reinforced, and ultimately solidified, his desire to remain in this line of intriguing and fulfilling work. In the summer of 2007, Justin began his graduate career in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham which he plans to complete as soon as possible, prior to continuing his higher education within a doctorate program. Justin enjoys spending time with his friends and family, particularly with his 8 month old daughter, Ella, who keeps him on his toes and forever busy. He also enjoys exercising and when time permits, going out to dinner and catching movies.

Denise Kring

Denise Kring is a graduate student at USM in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard University with a field of study in Psychology. Before returning to school, Denise was actively raising her special needs daughter and plans to work with kids on the autistic spectrum when her degree is completed. Denise enjoys many activities when school permits and is especially delighted when time allows her to go kayaking, camping and hiking. Denise's interests also include the arts and she is an amateur photographer and filmmaker and she enjoys going to the opera, concerts and Shakespeare in the park on Boston Common each summer.

Cale Thomas



A native of New York City, Cale Thomas moved to Maine in 2004 and began teaching English at the Saco Transition Program, an alternative high school. Before entering education, Cale worked in public relations crafting messages which were delivered to major news outlets, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People and CNN. Cale has also developed talking points for celebrities such as Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston and Joan Lunden. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Marist College and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Special Education.



Cale has also been with Club Z Tutoring for three years during which time he has worked with students in grades 4 through college. Cale also serves as the Verbal instructor for the Club Z! SAT and GRE Preparation courses. This will be Cale's third summer conducting the "Write Now!: Creative Writing Workshop"