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Hybrid: NHADACA 2021 Annual Meeting & Presentation: Post COVID Response

  • November 19, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 180 South River Road, Bedford, NH
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NHADACA Annual Meeting

9 am to 3 pm, November 19, 2021

*This meeting/training will be hybrid with the option of in-person or virtual via zoom*

Please select the in-person or virtual on your price point for payment

The NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association will meet for their annual membership and business meeting.  All interested persons are welcome to attend.  Association business will include updates and exciting changes within NHADACA, introductions to our new staff, professional and community recognition awards and board of director election results. 

Award recipients are both nominated and chosen by vote of the NHADACA membership.  Please join us in acknowledging each of these worthy nominees:

Counselor of the Year Nominees

  • Jason Snook, LICSW, MLADC
  • Jennifer Parker, MLADC 
  • Rhonda Edwards Caron, MLADC, LCS

Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees

  • Monica Edgar, ARNP, MLADC
  • Kerry Norton, RN
  • Angela T. Jones, LCMHC, MLADC, LCS, RYT
  • Joni O'Brien, MFT, MLADC

    Lifetime Advocacy Award Nominees

    • Jacqui Abikoff, LICSW, MLADC
    • Carol Furlong, LCMHC
    • Angela T. Jones,  LCMHC, MLADC, LCS, RYT

    Legislative Advocacy Award

    • Jaime Powers and BDAS staff
    • Dianne Pepin Castrucci, MEd, MLADC
    Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award Nominees
      • Representative Joseph Kenney
      • Representative Linda Massimila

      Meeting Agenda

      9:00 am President’s Welcome --- Linda Brewer

      9:10 am Roll Call --- Christine McKenna, Secretary

      9:15 am Annual Meeting Minutes, November 20, 2020

      9:20 am Treasurer’s Report --- Lindsey Ducharme

      9:25 am Executive Director’s Report --- Dianne Castrucci

      9:35 am Guest Speaker ---  Lindsey Courtney, NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

      9:50 am Guest Speaker --- Jaime Powers, NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services

      10:05 am Annual Award Presentations--- Diane Fontneau

      10:25 am Board Member Election Results --- Alex Hamel

      Plaques/Acknowledgment of Board Members leaving the Board

      Announcement of New Board Members

      10:30 Adjourn Business Meeting and enjoy Brunch and Networking

      11:45 Panel Presentation - Post-COVID Response moderated by Tym Rourke, Senior Director at Third Horizon Strategies.   Panelists include: Peter DalPra, LADC, LCS, Clinical Coordinator for the NH Health Professionals Program;  DD Travers, APRN, Healthcare for the Homeless-Wilson Street Integrated Health;  Nelson Hayden, MBA, MA, MLADC, Director of Community Substance Use Services at Cheshire Medical Center and Jennifer Goulet, Recovery Support Manager for North Country Health Consortium. 

      1:15 Break

      1:30 Resume Presentation:  Post-COVID Response panel

      3:00 Adjourn

      FEES: It is free to attend the Business Meeting which is available both virtually and in-person.  A complimentary brunch is included with educational component for in-person attendees.   *NHADACA Members:  $30;  *Non-Members $50;   *NBCC no additional fee.  For more information contact: 603-225-7060 or

      3 Contact Hours Available
      CRSW Performance Domains: 1
      LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence:   13
      CPS Domains: 6
      NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
      NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

      Moderator: Tym Rourke is a health philanthropy and policy professional with over 15 years experience in substance use and mental health disorder prevention and treatment, coalition building, policy and advocacy, and civic engagement.  Tym previously served as a Director at the NH Charitable Foundation, providing leadership on the foundation’s largest philanthropic initiative and guided strategic investments in areas such as early childhood education and care, family and youth supports, substance use disorders services, and educational pathways to build the future of NH’s workforce. Tym also served eight years as chair of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Substance Use, advising state and national elected officials on issues of behavioral health and health policy, and leveraging public investment to increase access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Tym founded the NH Providers Association and a number of other nonprofits. He has extensive experience advising individual and institutional donors, community stakeholders, entrepreneurs and leaders at the local, state, and national level on best practices in behavioral health, and transforming health care systems to improve access and quality.  Tym earned a master’s degree in Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University and a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Emerson College. 

      Panelists:  Corey Gately, MLADC, is the Director of Substance Use Services at Concord Hospital Laconia, as well as the Director of the Doorway at Concord Hospital Laconia, through which she has provided clinical coordination of the LRGHealthcare Recovery Clinic, a medication assisted treatment program providing services to people recovering from opiate addiction.  She has been integral in the development of programs throughout the hospital to help people receive increased services for Substance Use Disorder including training staff about MAT induction in the ED, stigma reduction and the utilization of Recovery Coaches throughout the hospital.  She provides oversight and brief intervention counseling with patients as well as coordination of care with community agencies and individual clinicians.  A Master Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor, with over 20 years professional experience, Corey started as a substance use counselor in the Nathan Brody Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program providing emergency room social work and crisis intervention services, as well as long term individual counseling for people with substance use and co-occurring disorders.  Corey is a teaching lecturer at Plymouth State University providing advanced, graduate level courses in Substance Use Disorder treatment.  Her areas of concentration include family dynamics in the addicted family, medication assisted treatment and advancements in the treatment of people with opiate addictions.   She received an Associate’s degree in Chemical Dependency and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Keene State College.  She earned a Human Services/Community Psychology Master’s degree from Springfield College.  Corey and her husband, John, have 3 children, ages 20, 17, and 13.  She enjoys Crossfit and is a Level 1 Crossfit Coach.

      Peter DalPra, LADC, LCS, is the Clinical Coordinator for the NH Health Professionals Program.  Having worked in residential treatment for over 18 years, he was a former Director of Adult Residential Services at the Phoenix House Dublin Center as well as doing his own independent practice, DalPra Counseling Services.  A nationally certified HIV trainer,  he has taught trainings for NHADACA for many years; and is an Adjunct Faculty member at NHTI-Concord Community College in Concord, NH.  He is also a two-time past President of NHADACA and past board member of the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals.

      Hershey Hirschkop, Executive Director of Seacoast Outright, began her career at Gay Community News in Boston, at the time one of the few lesbian and gay national newspapers in the US. Her life as an activist took many turns, but never ceased. While the majority of her career was spent first as an architect, and later in non-profit affordable and supportive housing development, she has stayed involved in key social justice issues, including affordable housing and LGBTQ rights.  Aside from late nights catching up on email, Hershey enjoys birding, beekeeping, and admits to being born and raised in Massachusetts. She is now settled in Seacoast Maine with her partner of many years, as well as a variety of farm critters.

      DD Travers, APRN, Healthcare for the Homeless-Wilson Street Integrated Health.  DD Travers specializes in Family Medicine and Primary Care.  A graduate of Rivier University, she is credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Her professional interests include Primary care, otology and integrative care and personal interests include yoga, meditation, running and rescue dogs.  She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Association.

      Jennifer Goulet spent four years coordinating for the Multiple Offender Program (MOP) at Tri-County Community Action Program (TCCAP) and discovered a passion for helping those in her community with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). This employment experience, as well as, personal experience has led Jennifer to become employed as the Recovery Support Manager for the AskPETRA Substance Use Disorder Support Programs which include the Wellness And Recovery Model (WARM) Program and the newest extension of services, WARM4Women at the North Country Health Consortium in Littleton, NH.  She is currently pursuing her CRSW to realize her commitment to improving the overall health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents that struggle with addiction. It is her belief that the CHW/RC is an essential member of the team in private practices, federally qualified health centers, social services, community settings, and public health.

      Siobhán Balázs is the ACERT Coordinator for Laconia, Gilford, and Belmont communities through the Family Resource Center under Lakes Region Community Services. Siobhán holds her Bachelor's degree from Lesley University. Her focus while acquiring her Psychology degree was on trauma and development, and such implementation techniques as art therapy, yoga and contemplative practices. Siobhán has a thoughtful and dynamic approach in her work with staff and families. She actively respects individual's choices and offers heartfelt encouragement toward professional goals and abilities. During her years as a professional she has worked to advocate for the efficacy of preventative programs among families and shares her knowledge in public speaking opportunities when possible. Her program works directly with families who are often facing homelessness, domestic violence, substance misuse, complex trauma, and other victimization types and offers the Victim Compensation Program to those financially impacted by crimes they experience.

      Nelson Hayden, MBA, MA, MLADC is Director of Community Substance Use Services for Cheshire Medical Center.  In this role he is also the Director of the Doorway at Cheshire Medical Center.   A Master Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Nelson and earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University.  He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern University.  Nelson entered into the behavioral health/SUD profession in 2015 after careers in medical practice management and hospitality.   Nelson lives in Marlborough, NH, with Gloria, his wife of 27 years. Together they manage a 200 acre farm where they produce hay, and raise pigs, goats, sheep and chickens in a sustainable manner.   Nelson and Gloria have two children: Joshua and Sabrina.

      Tym Rourke, Senior Director at Third Horizon Strategies.   Panelists include: Corey Gately, MLADC, Director of Substance Use Services and the Doorway at Concord Hospital Laconia; Peter DalPra, LADC, LCS, Clinical Coordinator for the NH Health Professionals Program;  Hershey Hirschkop, Executive Director of Seacoast Outright;   DD Travers, APRN, Healthcare for the Homeless-Wilson Street Integrated Health;  Nelson Hayden, MBA, MA, MLADC, Director of Community Substance Use Services at Cheshire Medical Center; Siobhan Balazs, ACERT Coordinator & Family Support Specialist at Lakes Region Community Services; and Jennifer Goulet, Recovery Support Manager for North Country Health Consortium.

      This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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