The mission of Pinetree Institute is to promote a sustainable sense of health, prosperity, happiness and life-satisfaction in individuals, families and communities.
We accomplish this through educational workshops and retreats at our Learning Center in Eliot, ME and through strategic facilitation of community-based collaboration throughout the Seacoast New Hampshire
and Southern Maine region.
A worsening heroin and substance abuse epidemic in this area has become a particular area of focus for Pinetree. We are responding to this crisis through addiction resilience and trauma-informed care programs that address root
causes and have proven results.
Three areas of evidence-based expertise are the tools we use to achieve our objectives:
Positive Life Skills
Trauma Informed Care
Community Capacity Building
Board of Directors
Kim Kelsey is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years’ experience in the field of family therapy and social work education. She served on the faculty of the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Social Work until May of 2018 where she taught courses in Human Behavior and Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliencies.
She has a private psychotherapy practice in York, Maine and also works for Merrimack Valley Hospice in the York community as well as the High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, MA. She believes in a holistic approach to healing and well-being. Some avenues for self-care that she practices and weaves into her professional work are yoga, prayer and meditation, sandtray therapy and nature therapy.
She believes that since the root of most trauma lies in the disruption of healthy connections, healing must occur in the context of building creative and supportive connections with self, others and the sacred.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors as well as reading, sewing and cooking for her friends and her large family which includes ten grandchildren.
Dr. Larry McCullough
Founder and Executive Director
For over 30 years Larry has worked with major corporations and non-profit organizations in the areas of leadership development, change management, and strategic planning. Larry has worked with more than 25 Fortune 500 companies, many of which are also Global 100. He has worked across a wide range of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services, manufacturing, professional services, and consumer goods in addition to governmental and non-profit organizations. Recent significant projects have included: lead designer and facilitator for the highly acclaimed Experienced Leader Program at Ford Motors; transformational leadership programs for more than 72,000 managers and supervisors with the U.S. Veteran’s Affairs, including a very successful webinar series and content for their high-impact Change Academies; and global leadership initiatives for several global companies resulting in significant improvement in employee engagement ratings.
Larry established the workshop and retreat center at Pinetree Farm and began hosting workshops in 2005. He officially launched Pinetree Institute in 2012 to address issues of positive well-being through workshop offerings and community programs in the Seacoast NH / Southern Maine region. He brings his experience with leadership, change management and strategy to bear in creating and managing initiatives related to positive well-being. A particular focus for the past few years has been the development of trauma-informed approaches to community services, especially as related to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as a way of building individual, family and community resilience.
Director of Community Engagement
Master Gardener and Property Manager
Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter
ACE Interface was founded by Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter to carry their work on ACEs and trauma-informed care into the broader community. Dr. Anda was one of the original researchers who documented the health impacts of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) on a wide variety of health and well-being issues. Laura Porter created and oversaw one of the largest “natural experiments” on trauma-informed care over a 10 year period in Washington State that documented significant improvements to well-being as well as substantial cost-savings by implementing trauma-informed approaches to providing services to individuals and families in need. Together Rob and Laura are devoting their time to helping communities learn from these experiences and create trauma-informed approaches in their own communities.
Rob and Laura will be featured speakers at Pinetree Institute’s May 3, 2019 conference – Resilience: Addressing Trauma at its Root. Pinetree will also be sponsoring a major initiative with ACE interface in the Fall of 2019 to train a cadre of Master Trainers that will provide ACEs awareness and training programs throughout Seacoast NH and Southern Maine.
You can learn more about ACE Interface here: http://www.aceinterface.com
One of the keys to building long-term resilience is to provide evidence-based education in Positive Life Skills. Katie Curran, founder of Proof Positive, worked with the Penn Resilience program for more than a decade leading teams in significant applications of Positive Education including the U.S. Army, and one of the leading Positive Education schools in the world based in Australia. For the past five years she has been leading the implementation of Positive Education programs including a major initiative in all the public schools in Princeton, NJ. The Proof Positive approach is based on positive psychology -- the scientific study of strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Positive psychology informs skill-based instruction designed to enhance well-being and promote resilience.
Pinetree Institute is partnering with Proof Positive to pilot a series of Positive Education seminars and in-service teacher training workshops that build Positive Life Skills and Resilience.
You can find out more about Proof Positive here: http://proofpositive.org/
Mark LeFebvre is a certified recovery coach and recovery consultant and is also a person in long-term recovery with direct experience with the challenges of addressing substance-use and co-related challenges. His recovery services group provides a variety of services including recovery coaching and case management to help navigate the path to sustained recovery. They also offer consulting services to organizations and communities seeking to bring recovery services to those in need.
Mark is partnering with Pinetree Institute to assist in the development of trauma-informed approaches to substance-use and co-related mental health issues. Mark brings his expertise in helping individuals and the experience gleaned from his 22 years of executive-level marketing and business roles at IBM to helping communities and businesses develop new approaches that incorporate the insights from the ACEs research and create comprehensive solutions across the whole spectrum of recovery needs.
You can learn more about Mark Lefebvre Recovery Services here: https://mark-lefebvre-recovery.com/