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Kerry Norton, RN and Colene Arnold, MD OB/GYN physician; At the home of Hope On Haven Hill

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Colene Arnold

Colene Arnold,
MD OB/GYN physician

Executive Director

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Colene Arnold, MD OB/GYN physician

Colene grew up in New England and completed her Bachelors Degree at the University of Connecticut and later graduated from the Physician Associates Program through Yale University. Having always been community minded she then spent the next 12 years in Oklahoma with the National Health Service Corp and the Indian Health Service. She was drawn to Women's Health and pregnancy which led her to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for Medical School and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program which she graduated from in 2003.

She ultimately returned to New England and has been with Garrison Women's Health Center in Dover, New Hampshire and Goodwin Health Center in Somersworth where she cares for high risk pregnancies. She lives at home in Rochester, NH with her husband, two daughters, rescue dogs and cat.

While in Oklahoma she was married to an undercover narcotics detective which afforded her a view of the destruction that the use of illicit drugs can have on a person, their families and support network. While taking care of women addicted to drugs, particularly methamphetamines, she witnessed and cared for many women and their pregnancies that oftentimes ended in preterm delivery or loss of the pregnancy. It was at this time that she began to recognize the toll in human life that addiction is directly responsible for. She sought out programs that recognized that addiction is a mental illness and not a moral failing and found that a comprehensive prenatal approach that incorporated addiction services created a community that supported women in their sobriety and nurtured and taught the parenting skills that we all hope to have for our children.

For several years now Colene has recognized that given the limited amount of services available to men and women with addiction in the state of New Hampshire that people have been left feeling hopeless in their ability to recover and maintain sobriety. Pregnancy in particular is a time when women become motivated to do whatever they can to become sober however the level of care that many of them need is not available to them. Many pregnant women who are actively in addiction are homeless or imminently homeless and require a residential treatment program which New Hampshire has a capacity of 7 beds and a waiting list for those beds.

Recently, Colene responded to an outcry of despair from her friend, Kerry Norton RN as Kerry tried desperately to find a suitable program for a young pregnant women who was 8 months pregnant and in active addiction. Kerry cried out on social media for someone who knew Oprah, Ellen or was rich to help her open a residential treatment program for pregnant women suffering from their addictions. Colene responded that she wasn't rich and she didn't know Oprah or Ellen but she did have a perfect home for this type of a program and that she had wanted to do just this for 2 years now.

Colene and Kerry immediately got to work and co-founded Hope On Haven Hill, a nonprofit residential treatment facility for pregnant women with substance use disorder, their children under 5 years of age and their newborns, which will be located in her home in Rochester, New Hampshire. She and her family will be moving once the doors open in the Fall of 2016. They have been working nonstop at completing the necessary paperwork, spreading the word and fundraising to be able to open as soon as possible. Colene is also the Treasurer of the Board of Directors with the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County and this has opened doors to partner with CAP to work on improving not only access to care for residential treatment of pregnant women with substance use disorder but also to help to assist women who are either placed on a waiting list or need a different level of treatment. Colene will remain as the Executive Director of Hope On Haven Hill and looks forward to when the amazing staff that has been assembled can do what they do best, support women with care and compassion.

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Kerry Norton

Kerry Norton, RN

Program Director

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Kerry Norton, RN

Kerry grew up in Berwick and received her Associates in Nursing and Board Licensure as a Registered Nurse in 1993. She has lived on the seacoast her entire life. She has worked with pregnant women, babies and children her entire Nursing career. In the past several years she has been impacted personally and professionally by the inability to assist her own son, friends and patients into the level of treatment that they need for Substance Use Disorders.
She was particularly impacted by her inability to assist a prenatal patient that she cared for beginning in January of 2015. When her patient was 8 months pregnant in active addiction in June of 2015 she cried out on social media for someone who might know Oprah, Ellen or someone who was rich to help her to open a residential treatment program for pregnant women suffering from their addictions. Kerry?s cry for help was answered by her Friend and Co- Founder, Colene Arnold MD. Colene responded that she wasn't rich and she didn't know Oprah or Ellen but she did have a perfect home for this type of a program and that she had wanted to do just this for 2 years now.
Kerry and Colene became tired of waiting for change so they decided to be the change that they were seeking. They immediately got to work and co-founded Hope On Haven Hill, a nonprofit residential treatment facility for pregnant women with substance use disorder, their children under 5 years of age and their newborns, which will be located in Rochester, New Hampshire.
Kerry has become an outspoken Advocate for Recovery. She believes that everyone deserves the opportunity for Treatment for Substance Use Disorder just like any other Medical Disease. She spends her free time advocating for Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services for all. She is grateful that her own son was able to initiate Recovery and that their lives were dramatically improved through that hard fought road of Recovery.
Kerry lives on the seacoast with her Husband Russ, son Elijah and Fur daughter Minnie. They have 2 Adult children Natalie and Spencer and their supportive partners who have blessed them with 3 beautiful grandchildren, Nathaniel, Gabriel and Maverick.

People in Recovery should be celebrated, assisted and supported because that is what will make this community better.

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Jen Stout

Jen Stout

Clinical Director

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Jen Stout

Treatment Philosophy

I believe in a collaborative approach to therapy. I have training in a variety of evidence based treatment modalities, including EMDR, trauma informed care, Seeking Safety, CBT, and motivational interviewing. I believe in treating the *whole* person and may draw from a number of clinical modalities, and treat co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders concurrently. I tend to approach my work with respect, humor and a true love of what I do.

Professional Journey

I began volunteering at a needle exchange in north Philadelphia in college and have been in the substance abuse and mental health field ever since. After college, I worked at a day treatment program in Washington DC. I returned to school and received my MA in sociology, researching issues around heroin addiction and parenthood. I then switched fields to get my masters in social work, moved to the seacoast and worked in community mental health and community health for many years. Currently, I work at ROAD to a Better Life where I provide individual and group counseling for both mental health and substance use disorders, with a specific focus on working with women.

Hope on Haven Hill is a dream come true for me. For many years working in this field, I have witnessed mothers trying to hold their families together while they work to treat their substance use disorder, or families being torn apart by this disease. I have worked many hours trying to connect women with the treatment that works for them, too often failing because of the lack treatment options. I am excited for the opportunity to provide high quality and innovative treatment to pregnant and parenting women in our community and can't wait to work hard to make HHH a model of what can- and should- be!

Professional Certifications & Associations

  • National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • National Association of Social Workers

Other Professional/Educational Achievements

  • Presenter - National Health Care for the Homeless Annual Conference - 2014
  • Presenter - NH Children's Network Conference - 2013
  • Staff trainings: Trauma Informed Care - Crossroads House, Portsmouth New Hampshire
  • Volunteer Work: Mindfulness and Recovery Group - Crossroads House, Portsmouth NH

Education

  • Master of Social Work - Boston University
  • M.A. - Sociology - University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. - Sociology - Haverford College

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Meredith Hamel

President of the Board

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Meredith Hamel


Meredith Hamel LADC, ICADC has worked in the Human Service field for over 25 years in various settings including schools, community outreach, residential treatment and the court system. She graduated from NSCC with an Associate in Mental Health Counseling and Salem State College earning a Bachelor Degree in Social Work & Psychology. She served eight years in the Air National Guard at Otis AFB.

She is currently the Clinical Director at the ROAD to a Better Life Program and has a private practice as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Rochester NH.

In the past, she has worked as a Program Director for a Community Supported Living Program with people dual diagnosed with major mental health and substance abuse disorders; as a Program Manager for the Strafford County Academy Program, an alternative sentencing program for people charged with drug related felonies; and as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Dover High School for 12 years with high risk adolescents.

Ms. Hamel is currently a State Certified Instructor for the Impaired Driver Intervention Program for those convicted of DWI and is qualified to provider DWI aftercare.

Ms. Hamel is currently a member of the Opioid Task Force of Strafford County and Board Member of Hope on Haven Hill. In the past, she was a member of the Strafford County Drug Court Planning Team and Dover Coalition for Youth and Families.

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John Burns

Treasurer of the Board

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John Burns


The area I've focused on the hardest has been more of a harm reduction strategy advocatingHB270 and HB271 for public access to Narcan and the Good Samaritan law for immunity from prosecution
for possession in the event of calling 911 in an overdose.




John Burns will receive the 2015 Advocacy in Action Award from "New Futures," a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug problems in New Hampshire. This award recognizes extraordinary advocacy efforts of an individual to reduce and prevent alcohol and other drug problems in New Hampshire.

John Burns is being recognized for tireless advocacy to pass HB 271 that expanded access to the life-saving drug Naloxone. He worked closely with bill sponsor Representative Amanda Boldin to provide compelling testimony and information about the efficacy of the overdose reversal drug. He also helped push phone calls to elected officials to help educate them on the topic and answered questions from lawmakers and members of the public. Since the bill's passage in June, he has taken up the most important piece of this legislation-making sure that people know the law has changed.

"It's my belief that these give people another chance, save lives, and in turn increases potential for accessing treatment and recovery resources," Burns said. "I've also followed up on outreach with these since they passed by rolling out a Narcan training and prescription program with Families Hoping and Coping to help expedite access to caregivers and we've been able to train and provide close to 40 prescriptions."

He's currently holding free trainings and speaking to the media about how to administer Naloxone. John also advocated for the Good Samaritan bill to provide immunity for those who call 911 in the event of a drug overdose and called for a budget that contains greater support for treatment, prevention and recovery. John founded the group Families Hoping and Coping which has been working with FASTER, Families Sharing Without Shame, HOPE Farmington, and others to create a network of parents who are talking about the impact substance use has on families and changing the way we address addiction in the Granite State. John was involved in preliminary meetings with New Futures to expand a parent support network and has provided insight to others looking to start their own groups. His group has meetings in Rochester and Dover every week. Families Hoping and Coping was a sign ificant presence at the #300 Lost rally in April.



Material reference citation: from the New Futures article written by Joe Gallagher

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Kathie Routhier RN

Kathie Routhier RN

Secretary of the Board BIO

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Kathie Routhier, RN


was born and raised in Rochester and has lived in Dover for the past 37 years with her husband Richard where they raised their 3 sons. Kathie is a registered nurse and lactation consultant working on the Women and Children’s Center at WDH for the last 27 years. Caring for pregnant women and their families is her passion. She has seen the effect substance misuse has had on the young pregnant women and their families in our community. She shares the vision of Colene and Kerry to provide support, counseling and housing for women during pregnancy and after delivery so they can learn the skills necessary to care for themselves and their children.

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Kevin Irwin

Kevin Irwin

Officer: Board of Directors

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Kevin Irwin


Kevin has over 25 years of experience in public health policy, consulting, training, teaching, research, and services delivery aimed to improve individual and community health and wellbeing for vulnerable populations. He recently became the Director of Operations for the Region Six Integrated Delivery Network, a comprehensive approach to transform and integrate behavioral health, primary care and social services systems of care for the 33,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in the Strafford County and Seacoast area.

Most recently he served as Director of Public Health at Goodwin Community Health following four years at the Corporation for Supportive Housing where he was focused on health services systems integration with shelter and housing. Prior to 2012, Kevin spent twelve years as a Research Associate in the Yale University School of Public Health and on the faculty of the Community Health Program at Tufts University. The foundation of his work is comprised of several years of direct service experience that includes community outreach, drug and alcohol counseling, and supportive services in housing.

Kevin is privileged to serve as a Commissioner for the Dover Housing Authority, Chair of the Advisory Board for SOS Recovery Community Organization, and sits on the Steering Committee of the Greater Seacoast Coalition to End Homelessness. He and his family live in Dover.

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Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Officer: Board of Directors

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Sarah Landres, JD

Sarah Landres, Esq.

Officer: Board of Directors

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Sarah Landres, Esq.


Sarah is a staff attorney with the New Hampshire Public Defender, working in the Strafford County office since 2008. She received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law in 2008 and her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2001. Her previous experience includes work with the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York, Bronx Defenders, and the Federal Defender of the Eastern District of Virginia.

Sarah lives in Portsmouth with her husband, daughters, and smelly dog.

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Andrea Cox CNM, RN

Andrea Cox CNM, RN

Officer: Board of Directors

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Andrea Cox CNM, RN

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Kathleen E Beede

Kathleen E Beede

Co-director of Fundraising

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Kathleen E Beede


I am a NH resident since 1996 and live in Dover NH with my husband and 2 children. I work as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in the acute care setting and enjoy helping people get back on their feet (literally) when they are in their most vulnerable states.

When my family was touched by addiction and restored by recovery, I grew passionate to help others experience recovery. I have since become a New Futures Advocate and a Certified Recovery Coach.

There is no population more vulnerable than our women who are pregnant with substance use disorder, and I am very driven to help open the doors of Hope on Haven Hill and continue to assist the growth of recovery support services in our state.

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Amy michaels

Amy michaels

Community Outreach Family Support Case Manager

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Amy Michaels

Amy Michaels, mother of two, holds a Masters of Science in Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education and a teaching certificate in Child Development through the state of New Hampshire.

In 2008, Amy accepted the position of director of the Early Childhood and Teaching program at Somersworth High School and Career Technical Center. During this time she developed and taught courses in children’s literature, modern family structure, and adolescent development. When she began to see struggles with addiction in the High school students around her a flame was ignited. Amy became committed to recovery access and supports to families especially the siblings of those who suffer with a substance use disorder.

She is a certified parent educator through the nurturing parent program, a CCAR certified recovery coach, and holds certification on the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support.

Prior to her position at SHS/CTC, Amy spent 13 years in the field of child education, ranging from infant, toddler, and preschool educator to assistant director of programming.

Amy is currently focused on developing programs for various underserved populations and specializes in forming linkages with community resources and agencies.

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HAleigh and Wesley

Supporter and Ally

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HAleigh and Wesley

HAleigh and Wesley

HAleigh and Wesley

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Abi and Parker

Supporter and Ally

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Abi and Parker

Abi and Parker

Abi and Parker

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Kimberly Vogel

Kimberly Vogel

Website Developer

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Kimberly Vogel



I am a web developer and programmer working as E-commerce manager, currently. I came to this project from a friend's referral. I lost my brother four years ago to heroin overdose. When I met Kerry and Colene, their passion was apparent. These ladies see a need and have created an opportunity to make this happen. I'm humbled and proud to be a part of this.

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Lyndi Sargent

Lyndi Sargent

Volunteer Coordinator

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Lyndi Sargent




Lyndi is a native of the NH seacoast. She comes to us with a passion for recovery work and women's health. Lyndi began her career as a counselor at an inpatient adolescent treatment center for teens dealing with addiction. She later became the Director of Strafford County As Safe Place (now HAVEN) and the founder of the non-profit Girls on the Run NH. She is currently the owner of Integrated Massage of Dover and the Resource Coordinator for Women and Children's at WDH. Aside form her professional work she is the mother of three children and considers motherhood her top priority in life. Lyndi is excited to be helping Hope on Haven Hill by organizing volunteers.

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Ray Tweedie

Ray Tweedie

Volunteer Coordinator

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Ray Tweedie




Ray is a father of three and husband to his wife, Alissa. They live in Rye NH.
Ray has been active and volunteering for charities around the seacoast of NH since the late 90s. He has volunteered for organizations such as Pro Portsmouth, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, the Seacoast Family Food Pantry, Haven (formerly SASS and A Safe Place), the Citizens Police Academy as well as volunteering at his kids? schools and coaching T-ball. Ray?s focus has been on helping these organizations to run successful events, fundraise, and develop the systems and processes for continued and long term success.
Ray has been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years and presently is a Senior Mortgage Originator for Mortgage Master in their downtown Portsmouth office. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and spending with his family and their dog, Cooper.

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Lindsey Dupont

Lindsey Dupont

Officer: Board of Directors

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Lindsey Dupont




Lindsey is a New Hampshire native and was born and raised on the Seacoast. She is a licensed attorney in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and currently works at the University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc. in planned giving. She received her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2012 and her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 2009. Her previous experience includes working in private practice with a focus on estate planning and real estate law. This experience peaked her interest in planned giving and desire to return to UNH in a philanthropic role. Lindsey lives in Hampton with her husband and cat.


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(603) 948-1230
(603) 765-7966
Fax:
(603) 948-0098
Address:
326 Rochester Hill Rd,
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867

Mailing Address:
P.O. box 1272,
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Email:
General: info@hopeonhavenhill.org
Colene Arnold, MD - Executive/Medical Director: carnold@hopeonhavenhill.org
Kerry Norton, RN - Program Director: knorton@hopeonhavenhill.org
Jen Stout, MLADC, LICSW - Clinical Director: jstout@hopeonhavenhill.org
Amy Michaels - Family Support Case Manager: amichaels@hopeonhavenhill.org