Executive Director, Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region

Birthplace: Concord

High school: Gilford High School

College/post grad degrees: Williams College, B.A., Psychology; University of Colorado Boulder, PhD, Educational Psychology/Learning Sciences

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Keep an open mind, because you might not know that the perfect job for you even exists until you discover it.

Why did you choose your profession?

I have always wanted to work in a profession where I felt like I was helping people and making a difference … but after taking biology courses in college I realized med school probably wasn’t in the cards. When I moved back to New Hampshire after grad school, I discovered the huge impact the public health crisis of substance use disorder was having on the Lakes Region. Participating in the founding of the nonprofit recovery community organization I now run allowed me to combine my educational background, commitment to giving back to my community, my drive to help others, and grant writing expertise.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Trust yourself. You will be OK if you follow your heart, work hard to achieve what you want, and believe you can overcome the challenges you’ll face.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

I love my job now, so hopefully I will still be working at this fantastic Lakes Region community organization. I also hope to continue to bring/expand best-practice and evidence-based training for recovery supports for substance use disorder statewide – or nationally – keeping in mind that every community is unique. One size does not fit all!

Volunteer activities: Special Olympics ski coach, Camp Resilience community educator.

Last major achievement: Awarded $350,000 Community Development Block Grant from CDFA to purchase a building for the nonprofit organization (Navigating Recovery).