On the October 16th program, Eddie and Margaret will be joined by Marie Gannon, LCAS, LPC, Mel Ramage, FNP, and Denise Weegar, MA, LCAS, from MAHEC’s Project CARA: Care that Advocates Respect/Resiliency/Recovery for all.

MAHEC_ProjectCARA_MarieMelindaDenise_MergedDiptych_2000pxOur mission is to decrease barriers and the stigma that prevent pregnant women with substance use disorders (addiction) to getting quality obstetrical care as well as access to the substance use treatment that they deserve.”


Marie Gannon, LCAS, LPC, is a licensed clinical addiction specialist, professional counselor, and clinical supervisor with more than 15 years’ experience working with patients of all ages with substance use disorders. She is the integrated care director for ob/gyn patients with substance use disorders, helping connect patients with area substance use services and support organizations. As co-founder of Project CARA, Marie’s passion is providing opportunities for health care providers to become educated about the disease of addiction with the goal of reducing the stigma and shame that prevent people from seeking treatment.

Mel Ramage, FNP, is a family nurse practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience working with individuals with high-risk pregnancies and mental health and substance use challenges. She is a certified diabetes educator specializing in pre-gestational diabetes, as well as the clinical director of Project CARA (Care that Advocates Respect/Resiliency/Recovery for All), MAHEC’s regional OB-centered perinatal substance use disorder program. She is a passionate patient advocate who helps create systems of care that empower patients to take the lead in managing their own health.

Denise Weegar, MA, LCAS, is a licensed clinical addiction specialist who has been working in the field of addiction more than 20 years specializing in working with perinatal women and mothers struggling with substance use disorders and underlying trauma and mental health issues. She is the director of Perinatal Health Partners and co-director of Insight Women’s Recovery Center, is a gender-specific treatment center that offers a safe, non-judgmental, trauma-informed approach to care for women who need support on their path to recovery.