NHADACA is governed by a 18-member board of directors that includes leaders of significant accomplishment from the NHADACA Membership. The board meets six times a year as a whole, in addition to involvement with various committees.
The board delegates authority to several standing committees so it can focus on critical issues of policy and governance. The committees are: By-Laws Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee, Nominations & Annual Meeting Committee, Ethics & Peer Assistance Committee, Personnel Committee, Public Policy Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.
The board also has representatives as Member Liaisons. Those positions are: Mental Health Liaison, LADC Board Liaison, and Prevention Certification Board Liaison.
Anyone is welcome to attend all Board Meetings. All meetings are held at NHADACA Offices, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03031 unless otherwise noted.
2016 Schedule Board Meetings are:
- January 26, 2017; 9 am to 11 am; at NHADACA office
- March 23, 2017; 9 am to 3 pm; at NHADACA office ALL DAY Strategic Planning
- May 25, 2017; 9 am to 11 am; at NHADACA office
- July 27, 2017; 9 am to 11 am; at NHADACA office
- September 28, 2017; 9 am to 11 am; at NHADACA office
- November 17, 2017; 8 am to 10:30 am; Annual Meeting at Manchester Country Club in Bedford
President ~ Kelly Luedtke, MEd., CAGS, MLADC; Kelly is the full time Associate Professor of Human Service and Addiction Counseling Program Coordinator at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH. She has been in the profession of substance use counseling for over a decade, most recently serving as Chief of Operations and Clinical Officer at Serenity Place in Manchester, NH for the past 3 years. Kelly has worked in the treatment continuum from prevention, to detoxification, sobriety maintenance, medically assisted treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and transitional living. She has served the community as an outreach worker, clinician, senior administrator, and educator. Currently, Kelly gives back to the community through her role as President of NHADACA, as the Chair of the NH Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Professionals Licensing Board, and by serving on the licensing board’s Peer Review Committee. Kelly, a Master Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (MLADC), currently has a master’s degree in Education/Counseling as well as a CAGS in Counseling. When Kelly isn’t lending her time to students or the substance abuse community, she enjoys exercising by running 5K’s to marathons, Bikram Yoga, traveling to warm climates, and cooking anything out of her vegetable and herb garden.
President Elect ~ Annette Escalante, MLADC; Annette Escalante is the Vice President of the Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism (GNCA), Keystone Hall overseeing all aspects of clinical programming, administration, and personnel. She holds a Master of Social Work degree which she obtained at the University of New Hampshire. She is a Master Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (MLADC), and a Certified Impaired Driver Intervention Program instructor for the State of New Hampshire. She was previously the Administrator of Women Offenders and Family Services for the NH Department of Corrections. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire and Manchester Community College. She is a member of the board for NHADACA and the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals. She is the recipient of WZID’s 20 Outstanding Women in 2012 and was awarded the Lifetime Advocacy Award from NHADACA in 2014. She has over 25 years of experience and has worked with substance use disorders, trauma, youth services, corrections, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Secretary ~ Lynne Towle LCMHC, MLADC; Lynne is the Secretary to the NHADACA Board of Directors. She has been employed at Horizons Counseling Center in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire for over twenty years and currently is the Assistant Director and Senior Clinician. Lynne received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1992. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor as well as a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is currently the Chair of the Nominations/Annual Meeting committee.
Treasurer ~ Jacqui Abikoff: Jacqui Abikoff, LICSW, MLADC, is Executive Director of Horizons Counseling Center in the Lakes Region. She has been working with individuals and families struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders for over 30 years. Jacqui has been active in program development, advocacy and workforce development issues over the course of her career and has been instrumental in the development of the NH TIAD, the revisions made to alcohol and drug counselor licensing and the expansion of the scope of practice of the MLADC. She is a former Chair of the Ethics and Public Policy Committees of the NHADACA, she served as Vice-President for Treatment for the Providers Association and she has served as President, Secretary and Treasurer of NHADACA over her years as a member of the Association. Jacqui recently completed 6 years on the LADC Board, serving as Chair for 3 of those years. She has been a trainer and educator in the areas of confidentiality, professional ethics and the role of the counselor in the legal system and she has been an outspoken advocate for the recognition of alcohol and drug counselors by third party payers, the criminal justice system and the healthcare delivery system in New Hampshire and nationally.
Northern Representative ~ Angela Jones; Although her southern dialect is still noticeable, she has lived in Northern NH for nearly 30 years where she raised her children. Her work in addictions treatment began as an Outward Bound instructor in North Carolina and eventually Beech Hill Hospital in Dublin, NH where she specialized in working with adjudicated youth in a wilderness-based setting. She has served as Regional Co-coordinator of the Peer Review Committee for the Association for Experiential Education and adjunct Summer School Faculty to the New England Institute of Addiction Studies. She co-founded and coordinated a Juvenile Diversion Program in Littleton, NH – working closely with the Chief of Police, Probation, and NH Teen Institute. During that time recognized the link between trauma-related history with substance misuse and mental health and dedicated her studies to developing clinical skills to address these issues. She holds MLADC, LCMHC and Registration with Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Teacher specializing in trauma-sensitive practices with post-graduate certification in Traumatic Studies by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. She also holds a license as clinical supervisor (LCS) as well as having met the NH board of mental health practice as a “certified” supervisor for CMHC candidates. She has published a literature review on Trauma-sensitive Yoga Practices and most recently developed a script for leading “Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness-based Recovery Maintenance” practice now available as a NHTIAD Webinar.
Lakes Region Representative ~ Linda M. Brewer, MSW, LICSW, MLADC; Linda has been employed by the Department of Health and Human Services since 1996. She has been employed by the State of NH Employee Assistance Program since 2001 and 3M Employee Assistance Program since 2012. As a counselor/consultant with Employee Assistance Programs, Linda provides a broad range of services for employees and their family members, workgroups and management teams aimed at improving individual and organizational health and well-being. Linda also operates a private practice in Meredith NH providing clinical services to both individuals and groups. Linda earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and is dually licensed in the state of New Hampshire as an Independent Clinical Social Worker and Masters Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Linda is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The National Association of Alcohol and other Drug Counselors and the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association.
Central Region ~ Kristy Moen; is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of New Hampshire. She has special interest in Substance Use Disorders, Trauma and Women’s Issues. She utilizes a variety of treatment modalities based on client centered care including- Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizing the Stages of Change when working with patients. Prior to joining Elliot Behavioral Health Services, Kristy held positions at the New Hampshire Prison System since 2008, including Program Coordinator of Women Services, Senior Psychiatric Social Worker at the Secure Psychiatric Unit and most recently as a Mental Health Clinician for women and providing staff trainings in Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Services within the Prison System. She was also employed at a Community Mental Health Center for eight years as an Employment Specialist/Team Leader of the Individual Placement and Support Team where she provided support and symptom management techniques to assist individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness find employment in the community. Kristy received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of North Dakota in 2000 and Master’s in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in 2008.
Seacoast Representative ~ Charles Bussison, LCMHC, LADC; Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., He is pursuing his passion for helping others. Charles received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences, with a concentration in Education and Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his Masters of Science degree in Counseling, with a concentration in Counseling Psychology, from Shippensburg University, near Harrisburg, Pa. At Shippensburg, he also completed a two-year post-graduate internship. Charles also completed a medical clerkship in Psychiatry at the Hershey Medical Center/Pennsylvania State University. Charles is licensed by the NH State Board of Mental Health Practice as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). In addition, he is also licensed by the state Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals as a Master Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC).
Connecticut Valley Representative ~ Jane Quigley; Jane completed an AS in Addiction Counseling at NHTI, a BS in Psychology at GSC, and is in her second year as a graduate student pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at New England College.
She began her professional experience in addiction counseling as an intern at Phoenix House Franklin Center. After graduation she was offered a position as a part time Counselor Assistant at that facility. That led to a transfer to a full time position at Phoenix House Dublin Center and eventually to a promotion to Senior Counselor I.
Throughout her educational and professional career, she has found her membership in NAADAC and NHADACA and her service on the Board of Directors to broaden her understanding of the nuances of this profession and to increase her ability to serve as a counselor. She has been thankful for the opportunity to serves as a Student Representative and continuing as the Connecticut Valley Representative.
Southern Representative ~ Alex Hamel, MA, MLADC; Alex is the Director of Residential Services at Keystone Hall, working in all aspects of residential programming and supervision of residential staff.She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School and is a Masters Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Alex has over 14 years’ experience working in the substance abuse treatment field with experience to include detoxification, crisis management, sobriety, medication assisted treatment, transitional living programs. Alex is currently an adjunct professor at NH Technical Institute Addiction Studies Program. She previously served on the NHADACA board as the student representative while pursuing her degree and as the Central Representative follow her term ending in 2008. Alex was the 2014 recipient of the NHADACA scholarship to the annual NAADAC conference.
At Large Representitive ~ Regént (Reggie) Champigny; Reggie comes to the NHADACA board with a varied background. He obtained an undergraduate degree in French Literature at Assumption College with a minor in secondary education. It was during his internship – his final semester -that he discovered teaching high school students was not a vocation he wanted to pursue. Upon graduation, he had a taste of the human services field, working with intellectually challenged adults. He returned to his alma mater three years later, taking on the position of Associate Director of the French Institute. During this four-year stint, his organizational and networking skills flourished, working closely with the Franco-American community in the greater New England area. He was instrumental in co-managing the Institute’s annual colloquium, which brought scholars from the United States, Canada, and France who added to the great wealth of academic knowledge on the history and culture of the Franco-Americans in New England. Reggie then spent six years on Long Island, New York where he worked for Chemical Bank as a trainer in their first-class telephone customer service center. Reggie then returned to New England, settling in New Hampshire, where he was employed at Oxford Health Plans (now United HealthCare) at both their Nashua and Hooksett offices. While there, Reggie held positions in middle-management, communications and training. He attended Rivier University and obtained a Masters degree in English and Communications. After eleven years at Oxford, Reggie then decided to follow his heart’s passion: to assist those with addictions to substances. He quit his job and obtained an Associate’s degree in Addictions Counseling at NH Technical Institute in Concord. About a month before graduating in 2008, he worked at the Manchester Academy, then moved on to Concord Metro and since April 2012 has been responsible for the implementation, management and facilitation of Serenity Place’s male-only Intensive Outpatient Program at Tirrell House in Manchester. Last year, in an effort to gain integrative therapeutic skills, Reggie enrolled in Rivier University’s Masters level Mental Health Counseling program. He anticipates completion of the program in 2016. Régent Champigny was awarded NHADACA’s 2013 Counselor of the Year Award. From 2012 to 2014, he was responsible for the implementation, management and facilitation of Serenity Place’s male-only Intensive Outpatient Program at Tirrell House in Manchester. From 2014 up until this past January, Reggie was a counselor at Phoenix House Franklin Center’s residential program, responsible for working with residents individually and in group sessions. In an effort to gain integrative therapeutic skills, Reggie enrolled in Rivier University’s Masters level Mental Health Counseling program in 2013. He left Phoenix House to complete his studies, which he anticipates will be 2016. Régent Champigny was awarded NHADACA’s 2013 Counselor of the Year Award. Reggie serves as the NHADACA’s Liaison to the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug use Professionals.
At Large Representative ~ Suzanne Thistle; Suzanne is proponent of the whole person approach to treatment. She is an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University where she teaches Drug Behavior. She also works independently providing LADC Evaluations. Suzanne’s prior work history includes executive director and clinical director for a residential and outpatient program. She has spent over 15 years of working in direct care with co-occurring disorders, 8 of which were in community mental health. She has worked in prevention, detoxification and as a counselor and program planner for the NH Department of Corrections. Suzanne earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Substance Abuse Concentration from Antioch New England College and her Bachelor of Science in Health Education: Wellness management from Plymouth State University.
At Large Representative ~ Melony Lyons MS, LADC; was born and raised in Colebrook, New Hampshire and is dedicated to serving the North Country as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She has been working in the field of substance use since 2005 when she was hired to work in a detoxification facility in Berlin, New Hampshire. She furthered her education and became a LADC in 2009. She is continuing her education which will be completed this year and will then be working towards obtaining dual licensure in both mental health and substance abuse.
Melony is presently working for Tri-County CAP as an Outpatient Counselor. She covers all 3 upper counties of New Hampshire Coos, Grafton, and Carroll County. She works with mostly DWI offenders and court evaluations. She also work for the Tri-County CAP IDCMP program doing assessments and as an IDEP instructor. Prior to her current position she worked at the Tri-County CAP residential program for two years as a supervisor. She has enjoyed her work and hopes to have made some difference along the way.
At Large Representative ~ Thisvi McCormick, MLADC, SAP; Thisvi has been in the Substance Use field since 2003, having earned an academic Masters Degree from Southern New Hampshire University with a focus in Co-Occurring Disorders. She is also a Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP- specifically certified for Department of Transportation evaluations), Nurturing Parenting Facilitator and presently working towards Licensure for Mental Health Counselor. Thisvi works with High Risk Adolescents at the High School level and also runs her own private practice, InsideOut Balance, LLC. Thisvi’s experiences include facilitation in the development and implementation of gender-specific programs, policies, procedures and fundraising. She is also experienced with the adult justice system, on both State and Federal level; experience obtained from previous employment with The State of NH Department of Corrections and overseeing Federally mandated probationers as an outpatient substance use counselor. Thisvi has primarily focused her counseling career as an Outpatient Clinician, having facilitated various outpatient services to include; Intensive Outpatient, Anger Management, Multiple Offender Groups, evaluations, Family Education and Parenting groups. She enjoys helping individuals navigate their complex worlds through a holistic approach. Thisvi is originally from Greece, fluent in the Greek language. She is a mother of two children, loves to travel and learn about different cultures. Thisvi has been a NHADACA member since 2014.
At Large Representative ~ Lindsey Ducharme; Lindsey is a recent graduate from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling with a concentration of Substance Abuse Counseling and Education. She is currently employed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Concord Metro Treatment Center where she is working towards her MLADC, and has completed her Master’s level internship at Addiction Recovery Services in Portsmouth, NH. Lindsey received her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where she was an active member off the PsyChi National Honor Society and graduated at the top of her class. It was at this time that Lindsey became passionate about focusing on the addictions problems that the state of New Hampshire has been faced with. While completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she became a student board member for the Concord Substance Abuse Coalition where she enjoyed taking part in the planning stages of various community outreach events, and was given the opportunity to represent the coalition in Washington, DC where she attended a SAMHSA Conference. Her attendance furthered her interest in the field of Substance Abuse Counseling and has landed her where she is today. Lindsey has hopes of one day applying her extensive background in Marketing, in which she has received multiple awards, and her field experience in counseling towards starting her own treatment program here in New Hampshire.
At Large Representative ~ Dr. Tracy Robinson Wood, Ed.D, LMHC, LCMHC, NCC; Dr. Tracy Robinson-Wood is professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Northeastern University. She is author of The Convergence of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Multiple Identities in Counseling. The 5th edition was published by SAGE Press in March, 2016. Her research interests focus on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class in psychosocial identity development. She has developed the Resistance Modality Inventory (RMI), a psychometrically valid measure of psychological resistance based upon a theory of resistance she co-developed with Dr. Janie Ward, for black girls and women to optimally push back against racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression. Her research is also focused on parents’ racial socialization messages within interracial families, and the relational, psychological, and physiological impact of microaggressions on highly educated racial, gender, and sexual minorities. Prior to Northeastern University, Dr. Robinson-Wood was a professor in the Department of Counselor Education at North Carolina State University. A California native, Dr. Robinson-Wood earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication Arts from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. Her graduate degrees are in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Robinson-Wood is a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts and a licensed clinical mental health counselor in New Hampshire. She and her husband, Dr. Geoffrey Robinson-Wood, are in private practice at Robinson-Wood Applied Psychology, P.L.L.C. in Campton, NH.
Student Representative ~ Jessica Plante; Jessica graduated from Granite State College in December 2016 with a BS in Psychology and will be attending Southern New Hampshire University immediately following in January 2017 for the 2 year MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She works under Ray McGarty MS, MLADC, LCS providing neurofeedback therapy to approximately 20 clients per week and co-facilitates weekly group therapy sessions with Barbara Dugan (formerly Henricks) MDiv, MLADC, SAP as part of the Sober Yogis Program. She is passionate about the advancement of substance use disorder studies and treatment options. She looks forward to the opportunity to learn from fellow Board members and to contribute to NHADACA’s mission as a student representative.