New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

Dedicated to Advancing Addiction Professionals in New Hampshire

Board of Directors

NHADACA is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors.

Our leaders are also leaders within the substance use professions. 

The board members meet six times a year as a whole, as well as within various committees.

Board 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, Ethics Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee, Nominations & Annual Meeting Committee, Personnel Committee, and Public Policy Committee.

NHADACA also has representatives or member liaisons to several stakeholder groups. Those groups are: Prevention Certification Board, Commission on Primary Care Workforce Issues, Governor's Commission task forces and NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug Use Professionals.

All are welcome to attend the Board meetings. Meetings are held at the NHADACA office, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 150, Concord, NH 03031 unless otherwise noted.

2022 Scheduled Board Meetings

Jan 27 -  9:00am -12:00pm @ virtual via Zoom

Mar 24 - 9:00am-11:00am @ virtual via Zoom

May 26 - 9:00am -11:00am @ virtual via Zoom

Jul 28 - 9:00am -11:00am @ virtual via Zoom

Sep 22 - 9:00am -11:00am @ virtual via Zoom

Nov 18 - 8:00am-10:15am @ Manchester Country Club


NHADACA Past Presidents

Year 

President Year President
 1986  Denise Devlin  2008-2010
Susan Latham
 1987-1990 Albert "Bud" Charest  2010-2012  Catherine Iacuzzi
 1990-1994  Estelle Accalia  2012-2014  Peter Dalpra
 1994-1998  Mary Woods  2014-2016   Lori Magoon
 1998-2000  Lindsay Freese  2016-2018  Kelly Luedtke
 2000-2002  Jeffrey Wedge  2018-2020  Alexandra Hamel
 2002-2004  Jacqui Abikoff  2020-Present  Linda Brewer 
 2004-2006  Peter DalPra 2022- 
2006-2008 Patricia Dutton 2024-   

NHADACA Executive Board

Past President

Alexandra Hamel
Read About Alex

Alex is currently the Director of Program Services at Keystone Hall, working in all aspects of residential and outpatient services and supervision. 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 experience working in programs to include crisis management, case management, and medication assisted treatment, high and low intensity, and transitional living. Alex has been an adjunct professor at NH Technical Institute in the Addiction Studies Program since 2013. She served on the NHADACA board as the Student Representative and Central Representative from 2001 – 2006. Alex served a year on the Peer Review Committee and now serves on the Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals.

President

Linda Brewer
Read About Linda

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 has been with the Department of Health and Human Services since 1996 and is employed by the State of NH Employee Assistance Program. As a counselor/consultant with the Employee Assistance Program, 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 wellbeing. Linda is also a provider of behavioral health services and has a clinical practice in Meredith, NH. 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. Linda has served on the Board of Directors for NHADACA since May 2016 as the Liaison to the Board of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals and as the Lakes Region Representative. In her free time, Linda enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


President Elect

Diane Fontneau

Read About Diane

Diane Fontneau, MS, LADC has worked in the substance use disorders profession, and in a variety of treatment settings, for over 25 years. She currently manages the outpatient substance use disorder treatment program at Seacoast Mental Health Center, with offices in Portsmouth and Exeter, N.H. Ms. Fontneau holds a MS degree in Human Services-Organizational Leadership, and a MS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Diane is an active member of the Seacoast Public Health Network and the IDN Region 6 (Connections for Health) subcommittee addressing local gaps and needs of services. Diane was a founding member of the Rochester Bridging the Gaps Coalition. Ms. Fontneau has served on the board of NHADACA since 2017, and strongly believes in NHADACA’s mission and the importance of participation and recruitment for those working in this specialized profession.


Secretary

Christine McKenna
Read About Christine

Christine McKenna, MS, LICSW, MLADC works at Keystone Hall and is the Director of the Rockingham County Drug Treatment Court. She has been working in criminal justice for over 25 years, supervising offenders with SUD and M/H. She became clinically trained when retiring from the State of NH, to work with participants in the justice system from a clinical angle. She has been the Director of the Rockingham County Drug Treatment Court for nearly 4 years supervising clinicians and case managers in the treatment part of the drug court while also managing the day to day operations of a drug court including trainings of team members, court liaison, policy making, etc.

Treasurer

Christopher Foster

Read About Chris

Christopher Foster, Vice President of Operations of Amatus Health, is an undergraduate of Springfield College and earned his Master’s in Health Administration from Cornell University. He has worked in behavioral health for nearly a decade, starting in an entry-level paraprofessional position and progressing through the organizational career ladder. Christopher has served as a c-suite executive for several New Hampshire organizations, where he developed and co-developed behavioral health programs, including residential and outpatient levels of care. Christopher openly describes himself as an individual in long-term recovery who believes that his life experiences have given him exactly what is needed to be of maximum service and to show up daily for those who rely on him. He states he has promised himself to always be an advocate to improve the quality of care provided to those suffering from substance use and mental health disorders. He is committed to ensuring those who are treating patients practice ethically and professionally in all matters. He enjoys launching new campaigns, programs, and events.

Regional Representatives


North Country Representative

Sarah Pepper
Read About Sarah

Sarah Pepper completed the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program with a concentration in Addictions Treatment at Plymouth State University in August 2021. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Anselm College in 2015. She moved to the North Country shortly after graduation and began working with at-risk youth in a residential placement setting. From there, she went to a local school to be a Paraeducator with non-verbal children and children with autism who have challenging behaviors that make it difficult to them to be in a classroom with other children. She previously worked as a case manager in the SUD treatment program at Grafton County Department of Corrections. She is currently working as a Family Services Worker for the State of Vermont Department for Children and Families in the Family Services Division. She also completed the CCAR Recovery Coach training in January of 2018 and became a CRSW in October of 2018.

Lakes Region Representative

Kimbly Wade
Read About Kimbly

Kimbly Wade is the Substance Misuse & Suicide Prevention Manager for the Partnership for Public Health (PPH) and serves as the Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator for the Winnipesaukee Region within the NH Regional Public Health Network (RPHN). She has also carried out work as the Young Adult Strategies Coordinator and the Continuum of Care Facilitator for PPH within the RPHN. Additionally, Kimbly will be functioning as the Program Director for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant. At PPH, Kimbly is focused on substance misuse and suicide prevention work in the Winnipesaukee region, which can also include social, emotional, and mental health as these often impact and influence substance use and suicide. She works directly with all sectors of the community as well as with invested stakeholders to ensure that appropriate information, effective approaches, and evidence-based practices are being utilized/implemented. Her work for communities in the region supports prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery across the life span.


Central Representative

Meredith Senter
Read About Meredith

Meredith Senter, LICSW, MLADC, has been a social worker for 20+ years, the majority of which, in the medical setting. She has worked with a diverse population that has included those who struggle with substance use disorder. She is currently the Clinical Lead Social Worker for the Case Management Department overseeing the social work team. Prior to that she was employed as a social worker in the Pregnancy Care Center at CMC and saw firsthand the benefits of addressing substance use disorder within the context of overall medical care. Throughout her career she has been an advocate for people and policies that improve our clients lives. She is licensed as a clinical social worker and master licensed alcohol and drug counselor. She has also served as a board member for the NH NASW and was an Ambassador for the Concord Chamber of Commerce for five years.


Seacoast Representative

Vacant
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CT Valley Representative

Elena VanZandt
Read About Elena VanZandt

Elena, is the passionate owner of HALO Educational Systems, a Behavioral Health Organization settled in the Upper Valley and specializing in addictions. She has been the Managing Director for 11 years and provides co-occurring therapy to residents across 16 towns within the Connecticut Valley Region. She operates in a wide range of milieus including government, military, business, education and communities. She has been a student assistant provider for the Lebanon school district for the past 17 years, provided trainings and an array of substance misuse services for 15 NH schools. She served on multiple boards such as; NH Certified Prevention Specialist Board and All Together Community Coalition. She has had speaking events such as; the NH Foster and Adoptive Parent (NH-FAPA) Conference and at New Hampshire School Nurses Association (NHSNA) Spring Conference. She has operated in a secure facility as a DOD trainer at NSWDG. She works with Veterans and coordinates care at the Veterans Place.


Southern Representative

Matthew Lee
Read About Matt

Matthew Lee, Director of Operations of Bonfire Behavioral Health, has worked in the Substance Use Disorder industry for five years. Matthew’s career began as a Behavioral Health Tech and rapidly progressed through the operational ladder. While working in the SUD field, he has served in many different operational and clinical roles, where he gained extensive direct client care experience. He assisted clients with life skill development, job placement, budgeting, and family and relationship skills. Matthew’s primary purpose is to always set the clients up for success. Matthew spent several years working with medical and clinical providers to ensure clients were introduced to an integrative care model. Matthew has been instrumental in launching several successful behavioral health facilities within New Hampshire. He is currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University for his Associates in Business, focusing on Healthcare Administration. He enjoys helping people in the behavioral health field due to his past struggle with addiction; Matthew identifies a person in long-term recovery and enjoys developing new operational strategies to help better serve his clients.

At Large Representatives


At Large Representative

Thomas Davis
Read About Thomas

Thomas Davis is a graduate student at Plymouth State University in the clinical mental health counseling program. He earned a BS in Psychology from Keene State College in 2018, with a minor in statistics. At Keene he was elected President of the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society in 2017. During his term he focused primarily on spreading awareness of substance addictions and the experiences of the LGBTQ+ population to the community. As one of the head tutors of the ASPIRE tutoring department, Thomas also worked with the counseling department to speak at tutor training events to review signs of addiction and mental health concerns, and how to best suggest the counseling center to other students we identified might need help. Thomas' passion to learn more about the reality behind addiction and help further educate peers came from a period when working security at a methadone clinic in 2016 when recognizing a great deal of previous stereotypical notions about addiction were broken down. As addiction is a prevalent comorbid disorder, Thomas is motivated to learn as much as he can to best serve clients in the future and in his current role as a case manager with Riverbend CMHC to better advocate on their behalf.


At Large Representative

Tina Holmes
Read About Tina

Tina Holmes, a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) and a Supervisor of CRSW, is motivated by her own lived experience with substance use disorder. Her first entry into the recovery field was through the North Country Serenity Center in Littleton, NH as an Outreach Coordinator in May 2018. After learning of a new and groundbreaking peer run program being offered through the non-profit organization The Family Resource Center in Gorham, NH, she made a switch in November of 2018 to the Strength to Succeed Program, which is where she started her trainings to become a CRSW. In 2019, she was becoming a trainer of Recovery Coach Academy and Suicide Prevention so she could deliver the training in hopes of increasing the CRSW workforce development in rural northern NH, an area lacking in recovery supports and opportunities for professional development. After a little over, a year in direct care Tina acquired her CRSW in December of 2019. In 2020, Governor Sununu appointed her a seat on the Wellness and Primary Prevention Council (WPPC). The WPPC is a council that reviews applications and designates organizations as Family Resource Centers in the State in the state of New Hampshire. In August of 2021, she was approved by the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug Use Professionals to supervise individuals working toward their CRSW, in addition to individuals already certified through the state of New Hampshire as a CRSW. Tina describes herself as an individual in long-term recovery and believes her lived experience gives her the necessary skills to deliver a high quality and empathetic level of care to her peers. She works hard to end the stigma and shame associated with substance use disorder, while ensuring adherence to 42 CFR (Part 2) and confidentiality remains a priority for professionals in the field. Tina is passionate about educating others and helping them adapt to using both person-first language and recovery positive language associated with substance use disorder.


At Large Representative

Sara Dupont
Read About Sara

Sara received an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from PSU in 2008. She went on and completed her master’s in social work from UNH in 2015. Since completing her master’s degree she has spent the last 7 years working in several community hospitals specializing as a medical social worker. During her time in this field, she worked on many different floors including patients who had been hospitalized for severe persistent mental health concerns as well as patients who suffered from severed substance use disorders (SUD). Sara spent a large portion of her time working with patients who had medical complications from their SUD. She also worked with pregnant woman with SUD. She provided support assessment crisis intervention and referrals for those patients. Sara provided counseling education and assistance to mothers and family members of infants who were being monitored on the eat sleep and console program. Sara also spent several years working in community mental health as an emergency services clinician per diem while she was working as a medical social worker. In this position Sara assessed individuals for safety and would refer out for either inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations or outpatient appointments. For the past 2 years she has been building a small private practice that specializes in assisting adolescents and individuals who suffer from SUD. Sara has also worked or interned in the justice system, as well as with funding organizations. Sara lives in the lake’s region with her husband and two children.


Student Representative

Amy Casey
Read About Amy

Amy Baylaurel Casey is a graduate student at Plymouth State University in the M.S. clinical mental health counseling program. Amy also received a B.S. in Clinical Psychology from Plymouth State University in 2019. Amy completed CCAR Recovery Coach Academy in 2019 as well as NAMI advocacy training. Amy was the team leader for the Plymouth State University ACA national ethics paper writing team in 2019 that received 3rd place. She is the recipient of the 2020 Altrusa International Marion Touhey scholarship. Amy is committed to learning as much as possible about substance use in order to serve clients in the best way possible, as well as knowing and understanding current research. Amy is a licensed massage therapist specializing in oncology massage therapy and completed the Tracy Walton Advanced Mentorship Program in 2019 but is taking a break from massage professionally due to COVID-19.

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