Meet Our Founder & Staff

Dr. Laurie Redfield,
Founder, licensed clinical social worker, executive director and therapist

Dr. Laurie Redfield has been working with children, adolescents and families since 1985 and has been in private practice since 2006. She completed her under graduate degree at the University of Southern Maine and earned her masters in clinical social work from Boston University in 1997. In 2014, Dr. Redfield earned her doctoral degree in neuro psychotherapy and advanced clinical skills in social work from the University of Tennessee.

Throughout her career, Dr. Redfield has worked in the areas of residential care facilities, the therapeutic foster care system, government agencies, community mental health outpatient agencies, and several different school systems from public to private institutions. 

She started her career on the ground level In New Jersey working with inner-city boys from New York City, Newark and Philadelphia as a childcare worker in a residential care facility for males. Over the years she worked her way to supervisor, then to director of programs and eventually moved on to serve as director of mental health for a private international school before founding her own private practice. Dr. Redfield has served on the boards of directors for a variety of health agencies and organizations.  

Dr. Redfield provides supervision to the professionals at A Life's Compass as well as to local area professionals in the mental health and case management fields. 

A Life’s Compass, PLLC was created in 2018 at 9 Marston Street, Norway, Maine from a private practice founded by Dr. Laurie Redfield in 2006. A provisional license was issued in June of 2018 with the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services to provide outpatient mental health and children’s case management services. In 2019 a license review of the agency was conducted and a two year license was issued to provide services.

“On the continuum of growth and love of learning, my goal strives to bring the new information and knowledge back to the children, adolescents and families I work with at the agency. Providing for best practices, I decided to expand my private practice to the status of agency. Building the agency is a passion for me. I am interested in finding and bringing on other passionate talented professionals in the area of mental health and child case management to help work the children, adolescents and families in the Western Hills area and surrounding towns of Maine.” Dr. Laurie Redfield

Stephanie Rowland
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Stephanie Rowland joined A Life’s Compass in May of 2019 with three years of experience in clinical work. While she has worked with individuals across the lifespan, her primary focus is in working with adolescents and adults. She uses elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) to enable clients to develop a better understanding of themselves and their worlds in order to reduce distress and improve well-being. 

Jessica Riseman

Targeted Case Manager 

Jessica Riseman began her education at Central Maine Community College. She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Maine in 2017. While obtaining her degree,  Jessica worked in numerous group homes as a direct care professional.  Jessica also worked at a comprehensive living center as an activity coordinator for an Alzheimer’s unit. Both of these positions provided Jessica significant insight into the world of case management and mental health. As a new children’s case manager, she is ready to utilize her educational and professional experiences to help navigate and support the needs of her clients.

Lee-Anna Hopper

Targeted Case Manager/Office Manager

Lee-Anna Hopper-Rutter is a 26 year old college student who is in the process of obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services. Lee-Anna began working in the mental health field as a DLS support staff working with adults in their homes. Lee-Anna then went on to work as a Behavioral Health Professional (BHP ) working with children. Lee-Anna has been working as a Children’s Case Management Assistant for the past 2 years. Lee-Anna has recently taken on the role of Office Manager as well as continuing her assistive work with the agency’s Case Managers. Lee-Anna is eager to learn as much about the Mental Health field as she possibly can while she finishes obtaining her degree. Lee-Anna wants to utilize what knowledge and experience she already has to help support the Case Managers and their client’s at ALC to ensure everyone's experience is pleasant and positive.  Lee-Anna hopes that in her new role as Office Manager she can help keep the agency organized and ensure everyone who comes into the office has their needs met to their satisfaction.

Danielle Atter

Targeted Case Manager

I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up until my daughter received the diagnosis of severe Autism. From that day on, I dove into reading anything and everything to her needs met and to advocate for her. Eventually I realized that I wanted to help others in the same ways that I am helping my own child. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mental Health and Human Services from UMA and obtained a MHRT/C. Now at A Life's Compass, PLLC I can provide others with the case management service I would expect for my own child.

Amy L. Manchester 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Amy brings almost 25 years of mental health and intellectual disabilities experience, with individuals and families. She has provided services in a multitude of settings including, Adult and children’s residential treatment, Child Protective Casework, Community Outreach, Crisis Stabilization, and Clinical Based Services. Amy has her BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Southern Maine and her Masters of Social Work from the University of New England. 

Therapy Dog
Jack Is a 2 year old Shetland and Yorkshire terrier.  Jack is our therapy dog who has been coming to the office since he was 3 months old. He likes to give kisses, eat cookies and get belly rubs. He also likes to sit in your lap and just be patted. He is a good source of comfort when you need it the most. 

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