Nichole Ivey, Program Director, Drug Free Communities (DFC) InitiativeNichole Ivey

Since joining Strategies for a Stronger Sanford in late 2013, Nichole has immersed herself within the community to collaborate with all of the wonderful folks who make Sanford great, as a way of creating sustainable, environmental change. She has worked diligently to strengthen protective factors within the schools and within the community in order to de-normalize substance use and to promote positive life management strategies.

She has aggressively pursued professional development and training opportunities, most recently earning her certification as a Prevention Specialist and helping to successfully write the Drug Free Communities Grant for years 6-10.

Nichole lives with her husband and two sons in Lebanon and holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her work with Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, she coaches and trains at the Brickhouse Gym and enjoys watching her sons grow just a bit more every day. Nichole welcomes every opportunity to speak with those interested in discussing the DFC initiative to send her an email.


Lynne Hatch, Program Coordinator, Drug Free Communities Support Program  and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.IMG_20160115_163452

Lynne started her time with Strategies for a Stronger Sanford in January of 2014, while completing her studies at the University of Maine. She was fortunate to intern for both the Sanford High School Outreach Efforts and Strategies, bringing her experience in Prevention, Marketing and Substance Abuse Counseling, specifically with youth.

In addition to her work assisting youth with Substance Use Disorders, Lynne is a champion and facilitator for the Prime for Life Student Intervention Reintegration Program where youth are able to examine their beliefs about their use and the use surrounding them both at home and within their communities.

Lynne is also a committed volunteer at the Centers for Grieving Children, located in Sanford and believes in the power of being present for those youth and families who experience grief in any form.

She brings her background in prevention and organizing to decrease alcohol and marijuana as well as prescription drug and heroin use among Greater Sanford’s youth, in an effort to assist youth to live healthy, safe and fulfilling lives.

Lynne lives with her husband of 15 years and two wonderful boys in the town of South Berwick. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services, with a concentration in Adolescent Substance Use. In addition to her work with Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, she enjoys reading, knitting, camping, traveling, playing soccer and spending time with her husband, children and extended family.


Jo-Anne Masure, Administrative Assistant


Jo-Anne  is a native of Springvale, Maine and is the glue that holds Strategies for a Stronger Sanford together.  She has been with Strategies since April 2013. Jo-Anne is also on staff at the Sanford Springvale YMCA . She volunteers her time for fundraising for the Y scholarship program and other “dear to her heart” causes. She continues her practice of T’ai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art,  at the Y where she has been studying for over 17 years.  In recent years, she has added Kung Fu to her studies.  Jo-Anne  leads several classes in T’ai Chi at the Y Trafton Center.