Who we are

Building Resilience was conceived by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D., as an offshoot of Maine Resilience, in order to promote and facilitate the acquisition of the Skills & Attitudes of resilience among individuals and groups of diverse origin and a wide array of vocations, with a need to survive the tragedy and adversity that befalls each of us at one time or another. To that end, he gathered a team of professional colleagues, interns, friends and volunteers willing to help pursue the goal.

Storytelling has been, and will continue to be, the basis for abundant learning opportunity. It is the driving force behind Dr. Breazeale’s work and that of his team.

In August 2017 we became Building Resilience, L.L.C. Our mission is to create, promote and distribute affordable tools to help build resilience for those in need, and today, that includes all of us. Many thanks to all who have played a role in moving forward our agenda.

Ron Breazeale, Ph.D.

Ron BreazealeDr. Ron Breazeale is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Dr. Breazeale is founder and Executive Director of Psychological and Educational Services, one of the largest independent group mental health and substance abuse practices in northern New England. Dr. Breazeale is a partner in Building Resilience, L.L.C and BounceBack, his brainchild. He is the author and/or co-author of many of the Resilience Tools We Use  to teach resilience skills. Dr. Breazeale provides resilience coaching services as well.

As a child with a birth defect who has worn a prosthetic hook most of his life, he has both an academic and deeply personal understanding of resilience and disability.

Julien Perille

Dr. Julien Perille  is a clinical psychologist in private practice with offices in Portland and Brunswick, Maine. With a childhood spent in France,  North Africa and South America, he is fluent in French, Spanish and English and is able to offer therapy to individuals and couples in all three languages. He is committed to diversity and finding ways to help individuals from cultural minorities access services.

Dr. Perille became involved with Building Resilience in 2014 after meeting with Dr. Breazeale and is a partner in Building Resilience, L.L.C. Through his participation in workshops, consultations and networking with community members, he continues his efforts to find ways to empower individuals and communities to bounce back from the barriers they face.

Charlene Fernald Moynihan

Charlene Fernald MoynihanCharlene Fernald Moynihan retired after 44 years of work for and with individuals with a variety of disabilities. She has, with intention, done this work in a variety of settings including: recreational, educational, vocational, medical, residential, protective services, income maintenance and insurance; learning alongside the individuals she felt privileged to work with.

It was the amazing resilience of those same individuals that brought her to connect with Building Resilience in March, 2015. Charlene is a partner in Building Resilience, L.L.C. The focus of her work has been creating/updating training materials, establishment and management of social media, communications, challenge writing and graphic design for BounceBack.

Maurice Bahati M. Namwira

Maurice Bahati M. NamwiraMaurice Bahati M. Namwira is a pastor, a human rights actor and project manager. Before coming to the U.S.A., he was, for many years, the Executive Director of HERITIERS de LA JUSTICE; a leading non-profit organization specializing in human rights, peace building, conflict transformation and  mediation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Maurice was trained in stress management, healing and transformation of trauma by Capacitar/Amnesty International.

Maurice is a partner in Building Resilience, L.L.C. He began his involvement with Building Resilience in 01/2013. He has been actively involved in resilience training, peer coaching and the development of concepts and ideas related to BounceBack.


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