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 Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master's Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently working towards becoming a Masters Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Lindsey has worked in the substance abuse field for 5 years, and currently works as the Community Care Coordinator and a LADC at Horizons Counseling Center where she provides individual counseling services out of the Gilford office as well as through the Belknap County Department of Corrections. Prior work experience includes substance abuse counseling for GROUPS Recover Together and New Season Treatment Center MAT programs.
North Country Representative
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Angela Jones, LCMHC, MLADC, LCS, RYT, CCFP, is motivated by lived experience, in 2018, Angela co-founded a grassroots effort to implement effective practices for clinician self-care as a means to also improve quality patient care. She is certified as a compassion fatigue professional and specializes in trauma-sensitive mind/body practices. She is licensed in NH as a mental health counselor and addiction professional as well as a clinical supervisor with 30 years of experience. As co-chairperson for the NH Association for Addiction Professionals Ethics Committee, she spearheaded re-defining the function and role of the Ethics Committee based on research from the American Psychological Association identifying the Stress-Distress Continuum (2006) and the National Academy of Medicine’s Call to Action regarding Clinician Well-being. Since 1991, she has contributed to the New England Institute of Addiction Studies, is an Adjunct Professor for Plymouth State University Counseling Graduate Program and travels nationally teaching on the topic of Clinician Well-being. In 2009, she published a literature review; Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Practice after completing Post-Graduate Certification in Traumatic Studies at The Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute formerly directed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD.
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. I currently am the Clinical Lead Social Worker for the Case Management Department overseeing the social work team. Prior to that I 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 my career I have been an advocate for people and policies that improve our clients lives. I am indebted to NHADACA for being there when I needed the right training to meet the complex needs of my patients. I have received the majority of my education from the many offerings through NHADACA and NAADAC and remain a member in good standing. I am licensed as a clinical social worker and alcohol and drug counselor and hold a certification as an Addiction Counselor. 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. I have served as a board member for the NH NASW and was an Ambassador for the Concord Chamber of Commerce for five years.
Seacoast RepresentativeDiane Fontneau
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MS, LADC. Ms. Fontneau has worked in the field of Substance Use Disorders for over 25 years in a variety of treatment settings, and currently manages the outpatient substance use disorder treatment program at Seacoast Mental Health Center. Ms. Fontneau holds a master’s degree in Human Services, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Diane was certified in California as an alcohol and drug counselor for many years prior to returning to practice as a LADC in New Hampshire. She is an active member of the Seacoast Public Health Network, and IDN Region 6 (Greater Seacoast) subcommittee addressing local gaps and needs of services. Diane is a founding member of the Rochester Bridging the Gaps Coalition and helped write the first SAMHSA grant for the coalition that funded prevention programs in the local schools, including hiring substance use disorder treatment and prevention staff. Ms. Fontneau strongly believes in NHADACA’s mission and the importance of participation and recruitment for those working in this specialized field.
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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LCMHC, MLADC, Mr. Keating is currently working at Seacoast Mental Health Center as the Assertive Community Treatment Team Leader. He 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. Mr. Keating is currently working on his doctoral degree in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, with a focus in healthcare. Mr. Keating has provided mental health and substance use treatment with a wide range of interventions to adults, adolescents, children, and their families. Mr. Keating continuously works to develop and strengthen leadership in the community of mental health and substance use disorder treatment with the goal to improve the overall system for patients, families, and the community.
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.