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
Erica Johnson has been with A Life’s Compass since August 2020. Erica has brought her expertise to the team and is sharing her knowledge in customer care, streamlining processes, and integrating best practices. Erica is a practicing Certified Reiki Master, Notary Public and is in training to become a CIPSS (Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist). She enjoys hiking, rock digging, sewing and alternative healing therapies. Erica lives with her husband and their two cats Wallace & Grommit.
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.
Targeted Case Manager
Danielle's path to case management began with a drive to advocate and empower those who cannot do so for themselves. She completed her Associate's degree in Mental Health and Human Services at Central Maine Community College, and later completed her Bachelor's degree in Mental Health and Human Services at the University of Maine Augusta. Danielle completed her senior year internship at A Life's Compass and was hired upon completing her degree. Danielle provides Case Management to both children and adults and enjoys the variety and experience that comes with the range of ages she serves.
Jo-Ellen Strout, MHRTC
Adult Case manager/Adult Behavioral Health Homes Coordinator/Adult CM Manager
Jo-Ellen graduated in 2017 with her AA and MHRTC. She started her new endeavors working at DHHS. However, she did not find her calling until she excepted a position at Oxford County Mental Health Services where she spent over 3 years as an Adult Case Manager and BHH Care Coordinator.
In the spring of 2020, she accepted a new position at A Life’s Compass where she was kindly welcomed on board as a Case Manager/ Adult Case Manager Manager. Due to her experience in business startup she has taken on the task of adding new services to the list of services offered at A Life’s Compass including Adult Case Management and BHH Care Coordination Services. Jo-Ellen is eager to use her educational and professional experiences to help navigate and support the needs of Adult Case managers and clients.
Targeted Case Manager
Kayla Gleason graduated with her Bachelors Degree in 2012. She always knew she wanted to help people, but was not exactly sure what that looked like. Kayla has prior experience in working with children and youth as a BHP at Androscoggin Learning & Transition Center and at Connections for Kids. Kayla’s most recent job experience was working as the CPPC Coordinator at Community Concepts. Kayla is working towards her License in Social Work and is certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Kayla has over a decade of experience with working with children, youth, and families. Kayla is looking forward to meeting clients and helping support their individual needs.
Targeted Case Manager
Jamie Shead has been working with children and families for over 10 years. She has newly joined the A Life’s Compass team. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer working in Africa with those living in extreme poverty. She brings a nonjudgmental outlook to her work. She also enjoys helping fellow veterans. She has a master’s degree in public health. Jamie works with both adults and children. She believes in supporting individuals and their families in challenging times.