Scheduling Your Simulated Client Session
Click on the button below to schedule a half-hour telephone session with one of our trained simulated client actors.
You will be able to search the calendar for available dates and times that work with your schedule.
You can also filter by team member if you have found a rapport with a simulated client and would like to schedule another session with them.
Kym Dakin, M.Ed, has been working as a Simulated Client with HETI since 2015. She develops a variety of customized cases for MI practice so that the practitioner has a productive, highly engaged and realistic practice session. Additionally, Kym has been a part of the Standardized Patient program at Maine Medical Center, a collaborative effort through Tufts and Maine Med, for four years, teaching medical residents to partner more effectively, and communicate more productively with patients. She is the Founding Director of Voice Into Learning, LLC., specializing in team experience design, as well as a founding member of the true story improvisational theatre company - Portland Playback.
Rodney C. Mashia is a consultant, trainer, workshop leader, author and musician based in Portland, Maine. He is a former staff member of Spring Hill of Ashby, where he facilitated the Opening the Heart workshops, and for 20 years has staffed Kindred Spirits, a summer camp for adults at Rowe Camp and Conference Center. He is a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) trained multicultural consultant and trainer. He is the author and developer of Men’s Healing, An Online Course for Men. As a musician, Rodney has been touching hearts for four decades with his soulful music, and has entertained many groups with his original lyrics, vocal interpretations, guitar, and flute.
Doreen Alling LMSW-cc, LADC first started her journey at HETI in the Summer of 2019, when she took Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a clinical elective at the University of Southern Maine. Taken by the practice of compassionate conversations, Doreen committed to immersing herself in MI; completing a year-long group practicum. Doreen then engaged in an additional concentration year internship working closely with Stephen learning the spirit of MI through coaching and training others, and submitting recordings for coding. It is her passion to bring the healing power of MI to people through direct contact in her work with men and women experiencing incarceration, substance misuse and trauma as well as through community organization; one compassionate conversation at a time.
Our Simulated Client Team
Billy comes with nearly 20 years of experience working in alternative education. With 12 years at the Deer Isle Stonington elementary, 3 years at the Congin School in Westbrook and the last few years working for Jobs for Maine's Grads (JMG). Billy grew up in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, he loves the outdoors, all things water and all things mango
John C. Alexander
I have been asked, many times, what I do for a living. With all humility my answer is, “I am a husband and a dad!” What I do for money is a very different matter. My career has been a mix of Theater and Finance.
Theater came early. Out of high school I was hired into my first season of Summer Stock Theater by Frances Cleveland; the co-founder of the famous ‘Barnstormers Summer Theater’, located in Tamworth, NH. I was hooked. That was followed by two summers at the ‘Mt Washington Valley Theater Company’ in North Conway, NH. For two seasons I found myself working alongside such artists as film director John Sayles, and Oscar nominated film actor David Strathairn. Since then I have been a professional actor/director, a singer/songwriter, Production, and Executive Producer for local theaters. With my wife of 26 years, whom I met on stage, I co-founded Sacopee Valley Performing Arts. Over a five-year span we created an environment for growth and creative independence through theater, song, and dance for over 300 rural kids and teens.
How I coupled this love of theater with finance I will never know. Along the way, I have been a financial accountant, a General Manager for a twenty million dollar catalog company located in South Portland, ME, and was recruited by Robert Half International as a financial advisor spending two years helping ME companies.
I am now semi-retired and spend a few hours a week helping to manage the business office of a 500 acre sustainable dairy farm located in Westbrook, Maine; Smiling Hill Farm.
Now with Alice, our daughter Piper, 4 poodles, 2 cats, and a loving home, I could find no better way to say that this is what I truly do for a living. The money aspect was always just a means to that end.
I am honored to use my life skills to help such a compassionate group of folks that comprise HETI in order to help others achieve the same in their lives.