James & Joanne McKenna

Recovery Professional


BS, M.Ed

JAMES MCKENNA, BS, M.Ed, has over forty years of marketing management and treatment experience for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment providers. McKenna is a founding member and past treasurer of the Massachusetts Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (MAADAC); a previous executive director of the Alcohol Council of Fall River, MA; and a founding member of DATA (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Associates) of Rhode Island.

Mr. McKenna was the former vice president of Marketing and Development for AdCare Hospital and VP, Marketing for the Mediplex Group and Edgehill Newport. McKenna has actively served on the Board of Directors for Steppingstone, Inc. from 1985 to the present.




JOANNE MCKENNA, APRN, MA, HNC is a nurse practitioner who has worked in the field of Addiction and Psychiatry for over thirty years. As a Nurse Practitioner for forty-two years, Joanne has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to patient care, advocacy and education.

She began her career as a Naval Officer in San Diego, CA. during Vietnam. She went on to work in free clinics and trauma care until she returned to the University of Rhode Island and then became one of the first mid-level providers in the country. During that time Mrs. McKenna was a pioneer in mid-level medicine; before anyone knew what a practitioner between and nurse and a doctor could do. Over 10 years later the NP role was well established and certification gave Joanne the autonomy she deserved.