Season 2, Episode 5
Today’s Guest: Dr. Lee Stone, LCSW, PhD, has amassed over thirty years of experience in human services. Most recently, he served as Program Director and was quickly promoted to Executive Director of Freeport Pride, Inc./H.E.L.P. Services, Inc. He worked there for twelve years. The 501(c)3 organization was presented an award in 2019 by Nassau County, NY, for the exceptional services provided to the community. The organization had a unique approach in their substance use treatment, drug prevention, and youth services programs — music and performing arts were utilized as interventions.
Dr. Lee’s interest in using music as an intervention began when he was a middle school student; he developed entertainment programs at a local senior citizen center that had a positive impact on the residents’ well-being. During high school, he created the “Underground” magazine—which included interviews with up-and-coming heavy metal/thrash metal artists and critical reviews of their music. As a student at SUNY Old Westbury College, he co-hosted a talk/music radio show that featured current events and social commentary.
Dr. Lee has received awards and accolades in both music and social work. He is a two-time gold and platinum record award recipient for his music production work; he was also presented an award and given membership to LIU Post University’s Alpha Chi National College Honor Society for his service in the field of social work. Additionally, Dr. Lee was chosen as one of twelve PhD students in the United States to present his research at The Network for Social Work Management at Boston University. He has lectured for the students at Adelphi University, Hofstra University, Molloy College, and most recently, Lee was a guest panelist at The Kennedy Center’s Cultural Center.
Dr. Lee’s future plans include the development of a human service nonprofit organization in partnership with his wife Tanya Dunbar-Stone, MSED, LMSW (Adelphi ’15), and providing consultation work for existing human service organizations that are interested in reinforcing their sustainability. Dr. Lee is also in the progress of completing music for his partnership known as Poeartistry—a performance art ensemble that combines poetry, visual arts, and theater as social emotional learning tools.
Get in touch with Dr. Lee at doctorleestone[at]gmail.com
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Rachel Moore, LMFT, (she/her) is a singer, musician, writer, and the host of the Beyond Artist's Block podcast. She is also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist based in San Diego, California. Rachel is certified in EMDR and trained in Brainspotting, and she focuses on working with creative clients, including writers, artists, and musicians.