Lisa Totten Life Skills & Academic Success Coach
Lisa has over ten years of experience working in the mental health and residential field with both adults and adolescents. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and is a passionate advocate for dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Lisa enjoys working with young adults and providing them with guidance and support to achieve their individual goals and passions. She is a Wyoming native and continues to volunteer virtually with a Wyoming based organization, Uplift, where she meets with clients and their families to provide emotional support. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and exploring New England.
Megan McCue Life Skills & Academic Success Coach
Megan comes to Cornerstones with vast knowledge and experience in alternative education and mental health. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of New England and has a longstanding love of learning. Megan is passionate about inspiring others to love learning, whether that is in the classroom or in a vocational setting. Megan spent the last several years working as an advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence, but had always had her eye on getting back into the realm of education and supporting youth and young adults. Megan worked as an AmeriCorps with some of Maine’s most at-risk youth and was recognized by the state as being the most outstanding national service member in the state of Maine in 2017 for her work. Megan takes a comprehensive and creative approach to supporting students to achieve the goals they set for themselves. She enjoys helping individuals recognize that success comes in many forms. In her spare time, Megan is an avid equestrian and enjoys spending time at the barn and adventuring with her dog, Rocco.
Dillon McDonald Life Skills & Academic Success Coach
Dillon graduated from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in French. Dillon also played on the men’s varsity tennis team at SUNY. He has a background working with youth in foster care at a trauma-informed agency in New York. During his time at this agency, he moved into a Safety and Wellness Specialist position. In his free time, Dillon enjoys drawing, playing video games, going to concerts, and trying new food at new restaurants.
Ryan O'Donnell Life Skills & Academic Success Coach
Ryan is originally from the seacoast area of New Hampshire, where she learned to love the outdoors and all that New England has to offer. Hiking in the White Mountains, surfing at Rye Beach, and skiing at Sunday River are some of her most cherished memories. She credits these experiences to her interest in the connection between mental health and outdoor experiences. Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and since then has worked with adolescents and young adults in a variety of settings including wilderness family therapy programs and high school special services departments. At Cornerstones, Ryan aspires to support her clients with curiosity and care as well as outdoor engagement opportunities. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys traveling, backpacking, skiing, and enjoying Portland’s amazing restaurant and music scene.
Darren VanDzura Life Skills & Academic Success Coach
Darren was born and raised in Vermont before moving to South Portland, Maine after completing college in 2020. He graduated from Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. Darren comes to Cornerstones with a background working with adolescents and young adults in a school setting. He also served as a Director of a residential summer camp in New Hampshire. Outside of work, Darren enjoys getting outdoors, learning about new things, and a good movie night with friends.
Anne Downey Life Skills & Academic Success Coach
A native New Englander, Anne comes to Cornerstones after having served as the Academic Director at a therapeutic boarding school, and as an adjunct English professor. She holds a B.A. in English from Wheaton College, an M.A. in English from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of New Hampshire. In her work with young people, Anne is passionate about using metacognition to unlock each student’s academic potential, with a focus on building executive functioning skills in a clinical context. Anne enjoys reading, knitting, walking, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.