Who we are

We are a multicultural, multilingual group of five associates with broad backgrounds and a common interest; improving the human response to adversity.

Adversity is no stranger to us. We have more than 125 years of combined experience in our respective fields. We know adversity, have worked with it, worked through it, and bring with us our stories of survival along with those of others who have shared them with us.

Ronald L. Breazeale, Founder

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Ron Breazeale, Ph.D.

Dr. Ron Breazeale is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Dr. Breazeale is the 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 the founder of Building Resilience Associates, 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.

Charlene Fernald Moynihan, Co-Founder

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Charlene Fernald Moynihan

Charlene 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 co-founder of Building Resilience Associates. 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.

Julien Perille, Psy.D., Co-Founder

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Julien Perille, Psy.D.

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 co-founder of Building Resilience Associates. 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.

Maurice Bahati M. Namwira, Co-Founder

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Maurice Namwira

Maurice 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, peacebuilding, 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 co-founder of Building Resilience Associates. 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.

Alphonse Ndayikengurukiye, Co-Founder

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Alphonse Ndayikengurukiye

Alphonse Ndayikengurukiye ((n-D-ah-ih-kehn-goo-roo-KEE-yea)) was a journalist/producer for 24 years at Burundi Radio & Television. Following that he worked at The Voice of America, a multimedia international broadcast service in the United States of America. He received his training at the International School of Journalism in Berlin, Germany. Burundi was involved in a civil war for several years and he dedicated his television documentaries to mostly population and community issues. Upon coming to the U.S. he worked as a caregiver for people with mental impairments.

Alphonse is a co-founder of Building Resilience Associates. He began his involvement with Building Resilience in 2013 by organizing meetings with different immigrant communities, teaching and coaching individuals and groups on how to use the Skills & Attitudes of resilience to relieve stress. Alphonse wishes to continue helping people, individually and collectively, to live less stressful lives and learn to expect a better life.


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