The board members meet six times a year as a whole, as well as within 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, Ethics Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee, Nominations & Annual Meeting 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, Commission to Evaluate the Effectiveness and Future of the NH Granite Advantage Health Care Program, 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 100, Concord, NH 03031 unless otherwise noted.
2019 Scheduled Board Meetings
Jan 24 - 9am -2pm @ NHADACA office
Mar 28 - 9-11am @ NHADACA office
May 23 - 9 -11am @ NHADACA office
Jul 25 - 9 -11am @ NHADACA office
Sep 26 - 9 -11am @ NHADACA office
Nov 15 - 8-10:30am @ Manchester Country Club
NHADACA Past Presidents
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.
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.
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.
Sara is a Masters Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. She is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Sara has worked in the substance abuse field for almost ten years and currently works as the Admissions Coordinator at Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services where she handles the clinical aspects of all residential admissions. Sara works closely with ASAM Continuum and the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services to implement the use of the Continuum assessment tool at Southeastern. Prior experience includes working as a counselor for the Strafford County Drug Court Program, and as a clinician in the IOP at Hampstead Hospital.
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.
North Country Representative
Read About Angela
I have had the pleasure of serving as NHADACA North Country Representative and on the NHADACA Ethics Committee. If selected, I welcome opportunity to continue contributing. I have worked with our North Country At-Large Representative and other Board members to boost NHADACA presence in the North Country as well as accomplishing Strategic Plan goals of updating the description for the role and function of the Ethics Committee, cultivating a working relationship with our NAADAC Ethics Committee, proposing a plan for sustainability, responding to our colleagues request from the NH Mental Health Counselors Association by collaborating with our Grafton County Attorney to provide a tailored training on ethical practices for licensed mental health and substance use treatment providers, and encouraging dialogue to support continued growth as individual practitioners as well as for NHADACA.
Lakes Region Representative
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Suzanne L. Thistle MLADC has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a Substance Abuse Concentration and a Bachelor of Science in Health Education: Wellness Management. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Plymouth State University since 2006, teaching a Drug Behavior Class. She has spent the last 10 years working with Board of Directors, CEO’s and Program Directors to set up and manage over 12 substance use disorder treatment sites throughout NH. Her past 20 years of experience in the addiction profession includes: Executive Director of 2 non-profit agencies, Clinical Director, Manager, Clinical Supervisor and Therapist. She specializes in designing, implementing and evaluating substance use disorder programs and provides creative solutions to reducing substance misuse. Her skills include: oversight of operations, grant writing, collaborations with state, federal and local agencies, budgeting and finance, writing policies and procedures to state standards, as well as setting up agencies for billing insurances. While working in this profession, Suzanne owned a motel for 6 years and co-owned a building business for 20 years. She is a current Board member of the NH Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors and is active in the Public Policy Committee. She is a member of the Governor’s Treatment Task Force and is also a person in long-term recovery, 31 years. In 2017 she received the Award for Legislative Advocacy from NHADACA and in 2015 her agency won the Treatment Provider of the Year Award from NH Providers Association. During her down time, she enjoys being with her 7 grandchildren, riding her bike, hiking the NH mountains and spending time on Newfound Lake.
Central RepresentativeMeredith Senter
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I have been a social worker for 20+ years, the majority of which is in the medical setting. I have worked with a diverse population that over the years has included those who struggle with substance use disorder. For the past seven years I have been employed in the Pregnancy Care Center at CMC and see firsthand the benefits of addressing substance use disorder within the context of overall medical care. Mothers can get into recovery and reduce the risks for their unborn children. I have tirelessly advocated for people throughout my career. More recently, as a licensed clinician for the Roots to Recovery program, a MAT program embedded in a prenatal clinic. Here I provide the therapy that is mandated with medication assisted treatment. It is here that I realized the importance of my need for additional education for substance use disorders. I have received the majority of my education from the many offerings through NHADACA and NAADAC and remain a member in good standing. Additionally, I hold a MAC certification and soon will have my MLADC. I have served as a board member for the NH NASW and was an Ambassador for the Concord Chamber of Commerce for five years I see my appointment to this board as my way of giving back to NHADACA for the endless support it has provided to me, its members and the community we serve.
Seacoast RepresentativeDiane Fontneau
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I have worked in and around the field of Substance Use Disorders for over 25 years. After completing an Associate of Science in Human Services with a major in Alcohol and Drug Counseling at NHTI in 1993, I worked at Seaborne Hospital in Dover from 1992 until I moved to California in 1994. Studying Psychology, and the Sociology of Women at Cal State University in San Bernardino, I became a CADC II and ICADC working in an intensive outpatient SUD treatment setting for pregnant and parenting women, for over a decade. I was fortunate to be exposed to a lot of experts in the field of treatment through trainings at the Betty Ford Center. Returning to my home state of New Hampshire in 2004, I earned my Master’s degree in Human Services and worked in a State HHS office providing program administration. However, my passion is in substance use disorder treatment and so I sought to establish my NH LADC and have been working for Seacoast Mental Health Center as their SUD program manager for over the past 14 months. (Fontneau continued) I’m involved in the Seacoast PHN, IDN Workforce Taskforce, IDN Policy Subcommittee, and IDN SUD Region 6 (Greater Seacoast) subcommittee developing an Ambulatory Detox program. I am a founding member of the Rochester Bridging the Gaps Coalition, and helped write the first SAMHSA grant that funded so many prevention programs in the local schools, including hiring substance use disorder treatment and prevention staff. I’m currently enrolled full-time in a Master’s level Clinical Mental Health Counseling program through Capella’s University Online. I recently attended the NAADAC Annual Conference in Denver, and am active in seeking out input from the SUD community across the country as we battle this illness, and help clients find peace in recovery together.
CT Valley RepresentativeVacant
Bio found here.
Southern RepresentativeCheryl Wilkie
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Dr. Wilkie is the Senior Vice President of Substance Abuse Services for Easterseals. She has led the premier substance abuse treatment programs Farnum Center and Farnum North since 2008. She has been recognized by multiple community organizations, state offices and legislative committees for excellence in business management and healthcare advocacy. Her ability to understand the human experience is evident in her leadership and talent of empowering everyone to recognize their innate potential. She strives to ensure that the staff, stakeholders, families and clients have what they need to thrive. New Hampshire has acknowledged that substance abuse is the top public health crisis facing the state. Dr. Wilkie demonstrates tireless commitment to the men and women who struggle with substance abuse by developing high quality, sustainable programs to meet this community need.
At Large RepresentativeJacqui Abikoff
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Jacqui Abikoff, LICSW, MLADC, is the Executive Director of Horizons Counseling Center in Gilford and Plymouth, NH. She has been working with substance abusers and their families for over 30 years. Jacqui has an extensive background providing clinical services, as well as training and consultation in the areas of confidentiality and professional ethics, domestic violence, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, women’s issues, corrections and forensics. She is currently the Chair of the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals. Jacqui has been committed to the mission of NHADACA since its inception in 1986, and has served in many positions with the organization over her career.
At Large RepresentativeVacant
Bio found here.
At Large RepresentativeBill Keating
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Mr. Keating is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, who earned his master’s degree from Antioch University New England and completed his practicum and internship obligations at South Bay Mental Health Center in Massachusetts. Mr. Keating is currently working on his doctoral studies in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, with a focus in healthcare. Mr. Keating has provided a wide range of services to adults, adolescents, children, and their families. These various services are all evidence-based practices, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), dual disorder treatment, group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, and functional supports. Mr. Keating believes in a collaborative and solution-focused approach when working with clients. Mr. Keating believes that to achieve positive outcomes in treatment, it is important to build and strengthen the therapeutic relationship. Once a strong therapeutic relationship is present, Mr. Keating then collaboratively addresses the clients concerns. Mr. Keating continuously works to develop leadership skills with the hope to improve the overall system of mental health and substance treatment.
Student RepresentativeCrystal Avery
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Crystal Avery was hired in the role of support staff in July of 2016. She has been a dependable and competent staff, working with all levels of care in residential services at Keystone. She additionally is trained and has worked for the NH Addictions Crisis Line and currently is completing an internship with Keystone Hall’s Intensive Outpatient program. She has demonstrated a commitment to her work and to achieving her goals. She currently attends NHTI working towards an Associate in Science with Addiction Counseling and Human Service focus with an anticipated graduation in May of 2019. Crystal anticipates continuing her education working towards a Bachelor’s degree following graduation. Crystal has been a member of NHADACA since 2016 and is also a member of NAMI. Crystal has completed all requirements and was credentialed as a Certified Recovery Support Worker in September 2018.