Dr. Pierce has her PhD in Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. Daisy is a founding member who began as a community volunteer in February 2016, and was officially hired to continue contributing her time and efforts to fundraise for private donations, apply for state / federal funds, and run the non-profit organization on a daily basis. She brings passion and dedication to addressing this public health crisis.
Valene Colby Recovery Support Worker
Ms. Colby has been working as a full time Recovery Support Worker with Navigating Recovery since January 2017. She is currently working towards becoming a CRSW. Valene values her personal experience of being in recovery as an important tool for helping those who still suffer from substance use disorder. If she wasn't working in the field of recovery support services, she would be helping animals at the humane society.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eric Adams - President Officer Adams is the Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator at the Laconia Police Department. He has served in Law Enforcement since 2000 as a Corrections Officer with the NH State Prison in Concord, a police officer with the Town of Tilton, the NH Attorney General’s Drug Task Force undercover narcotics detective, and in his current position. Officer Adams works directly with individuals and their families that are suffering from a substance use disorder, as a support network and helping to navigate barriers they are presented with. Brian Keyes - Vice President Brian is a full-time Firefighter & Paramedic for the City of Laconia, a Recovery Coach working towards becoming a Certified Recovery Support worker, and CCAR Trainer. In addition to his work as a first responder in his community since 2003, he is also the 24/7 Recovery Coordinator for the Laconia Fire Department, and works as an advocate for those who are seeking recovery from Substance use disorder immediately following an Overdose. Brian is a person in long term recovery for over 5 Years. He values his personal life experience to help those who still suffer from substance use disorder and alcoholism. Scott Rupp - Treasurer Mr. Rupp has lived in Belmont, NH with his wife Danielle and 4 sons since 1997. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy, he served on active duty in the US Army Medical Specialist Corps. After finishing military service he continued his clinical practice, eventually transitioning back to school and beginning a new career as an IT Professional for the past 15 years. Currently Mr. Rupp is engaged with the local recovery community as a trained SMART Recovery facilitator. Additionally, he is enrolled as a graduate student at New England College to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. As an individual in long term recovery Mr. Rupp committed to growing and improving recovery support services in the Lakes Region. When he is not volunteering or working, he can be found fly fishing, hiking, and camping throughout our majestic state. Maggie Pritchard - Secretary Ms. Pritchard is the Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, a non-profit mental health center serving New Hampshire. She brings over 30 years of experience in community-based mental health service delivery and administration. She is a recipient of NAMI-NH’s award for Mental Health Administrator of the Year, has served on state commissions and task forces, and is Secretary of the Community Health Services Network. In 2015, Ms. Pritchard received the Rhoda C. Ladd Award, presented by LRGHealthcare in recognition of her commitment to improving the community’s health care system, as well as the Carole J. Estes Community Leader Award, presented to her by Communities for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth for her commitment to social responsibility. Jacqui Abikoff Ms. Abikoff is the Executive Director of Horizons Counseling Center; providing comprehensive, confidential and affordable outpatient treatment and referral services to individuals and families dealing with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. She was formerly the Chair of the Ethics and Public Policy Committees for the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association, Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Providers Association and Chair of the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professionals. She was a member of the faculty of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies from 1987 to 2012 and represented NH to the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse for four years, chairing their committee on cultural competency for one year. Todd Cooper Mr. Cooper is a Certified Recovery Support Worker at Horizons Counseling Center and a CCAR Trainer. He is also the Function Committee Chairman of a New Hampshire District 12-Step chapter and General Service Representative for the “Loony Nooners” 12-Step group. He is an individual in long-term recovery; he brings invaluable personal experience as a recovering addict. Andrew Hosmer Mr. Hosmer is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he received his B.A. and Suffolk University School of Law where he received his J.D. Previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Hosmer was Manager of AutoServ Dealerships in Tilton NH for over 20 years. Currently he is a Senior Policy Advisor for Preti Strategies where he concentrates on health care policy, energy and business consulting. Mr. Hosmer served in the NH State Senate from 2012 to 2016 where he served on Commerce, Ways and Means and Finance Committees. During the 2015-16 session he was Democratic Caucus Leader. Kerri Lowe Ms. Lowe has been working with families in the Lakes Region for over 20 years at the Family Resource Center of the Lakes Region, Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program, and currently at Lakes Region Community Developers, where she is a Resident Services Coordinator, focusing on community building and engagement. She received her B.S. in Human Services from Granite State College and is currently working toward her Master’s Degree in Leadership. Ms. Lowe was the regional Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator in the Winnipesaukee Region and earned her Certified Prevention Specialist credentials. She raised her own 5 children as a single mother in Laconia and currently resides in New Hampton where she enjoys kayaking, hiking and spending time with her fiancé, children and grandchildren. As a person in recovery herself, she realizes the importance of the network of support that recovery community organizations provide. Heidi Squires Ms. Squires is a registered nurse who has practiced nursing in New Hampshire since 1973. The past 24 years Ms. Squires has been employed at Lakes Region Healthcare as a Care Manager. Prior to Lakes Region Healthcare she practiced in several of the state’s alcohol and drug treatment facilities. Ms. Squires has been a strong advocate of the image of those suffering from substance use disorder. As a person in long term recovery Ms. Squires has had the privilege of educating patients and families as well as her peers and other healthcare professionals to understand the disease process of addiction.