Pinetree Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Eliot, ME, and Portsmouth, NH facilitating a number of approaches to solving one key issue: the long-term effects of trauma on individuals, and the communities in which they live. Childhood trauma, in particular, can have lasting physical, mental, and behavioral health consequences on the adults we become.

At Pinetree, we offer community based, trauma responsive solutions through the three avenues of education, engagement, and collaboration. We offer access to the latest research, and information about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs), and trauma informed solutions, through:

  • Online courses and webinars
  • Individualized group presentations and workshops
  • Conferences
  • Speaking engagements
  • Podcasts and videos
  • And coordinated community system implementation

Pinetree Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality of origin, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or military status in any of its operations. This includes, but is not limited to, hiring and firing personnel, the selection of volunteers and vendors, and the provision of services.

We commit to an inclusive and welcoming environment for all staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors, clients, and program participants.


The mission of Pinetree Institute is to create sustainable well-being for individuals, families, and communities. Our key focus is addressing the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) through trauma responsive approaches. We do this by assisting communities in creating collaborative solutions to significant mental and behavioral health challenges.


We envision communities with the capacity they need to engage leadership across all sectors in building whole-system networks that rely on data and collaboration to address the underlying causes of trauma. Thus, improving the health, happiness, and quality of life for the current generation and beyond.

Pinetree Learning Center

Idyllic Pinetree Farm is a beautifully renovated 1792 farmhouse and barn nestled between lush gardens and quiet woodlands in rural Eliot, ME. Located only 3 miles from Rt 95, just over an hour from Boston, MA or Portland, ME and just over the bridge from Portsmouth, NH, this peaceful yet convenient setting is the location for many Pinetree Learning Center workshops. Currently closed due to COVID-19, we look forward to re-opening the Learning Center when we can safely resume offering:

  • Workshops, retreats, and training programs for personal development, helping professionals, and leaders, and
  • Rentals for retreats and workshops related to personal growth, trauma, and therapeutic approaches to enhancing resilience.

Click here to learn more about the Pinetree Learning Center, currently closed through 2021.

Did you know that at the edge of a deep valley, there is an excellent pine tree growing up straight in spite of many years of cold? - Keizan

Pinetree Team

Dr. Larry McCullough

Ed.D., 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...
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Mark Lefebvre

Director of Community Engagement

In his role at Pinetree, Mark is responsible for the development and delivery of services for building community resilience against substance misuse. Prior to this, Mark served as statewide program director for the NH Works for Recovery program at Southern NH Services...
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Amy Michaels, MS

Director of Prevention Programs

Amy Michaels is a highly qualified and experienced child development specialist and parent educator. She has 25 years’ experience working with children and families and specializes in trauma informed care and resource development. Amy is professionally trained in multiple...
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Meghan Stewart

Program Coordinator - Greater Portsmouth Recovery Coalition

Meghan has a passion for supporting individuals and communities while addressing barriers to thriving. Meghan joined Pinetree in April 2023 to assist with the Greater Portsmouth Recovery Coalition and other Pinetree projects. She is a graduate...
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Board of Directors

Alan Gold


Alan is a career strategy and marketing executive, but his passion is giving back to the community through a wide range of volunteer, board and civic commission positions... read more

Ann Bliss


Ann C. Bliss, M.A. is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and has maintained a private practice for more than 30 years in Portsmouth, NH... read more

Kim Kelsey


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... read more

Gregg Dowty


Gregg Dowty is retired after serving as the President and Executive Director of the Children’s Home of Easton in Easton, PA... read more