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It’s All About the People: Meet Rita LaBarbera, Cornville Program Director

By July 9, 2018Blog

Rita Alfonso LaBarbera, LCSW, CSP, MFA/W, joined Spurwink in 2017 as Program Director on our Cornville campus.   We appreciate all of the skills and experience that Rita brings to her role leading our Cornville education and residential teams, who serve youth ages 11-18 in the greater Skowhegan area.


When I’m not working at Spurwink, I’m: gardening, swimming, drawing/water-coloring, reading, writing short stories, hanging with friends and family

Spurwink program that I connect with most deeply:  Cornville

Why behavioral health matters to me:  helping others move to a place of joy; life is a challenge but it is also beautiful

My favorite way to destress: writing, meditating, walking

Words to live by:  “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”  The 14th Dalai Lama

Most interesting thing I’ve read recently:  The Perfect Horse: The Daring US Mission to Rescue the Priceless [Lipizzaner] Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts

The music I jam to alone in the car is:  anything by J.S. Bach

Favorite ice cream:  Rocky Road

Recent Netflix obsession: Madame Secretary

Sweet or salty?  sweet:  Holy Donut gluten free donuts

Mountains or beach?  mountains