JOSEPH GRAHAM, BOARD CHAIR
Joe is the President of iHeartMedia New Hampshire, a multimedia and entertainment company that includes radio stations WGIR-AM and WGIR-FM. Under his leadership, iHeartMedia has been recognized for outstanding community service, including the 2016 Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year and the Boy Scouts of America Daniel Webster Council 2016 Distinguished Corporate Citizen. Individually, Joe is a current or past member on the boards of the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Speedway Children’s Charities, the Manchester Sports Council, Catholic Medical Center, and the Shoreline Foundation of the CT YMCA. Hope for NH Recovery is excited to have Joe and his years of leadership experience on our Board of Directors!
SCOTT BICKFORD, PAST BOARD CHAIR
Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Air Planning, LLC, a leading private aviation services company. Having experienced the same struggle of so many families who have a loved one that suffers from addiction, Scott is active with a number of treatment and recovery organizations in New Hampshire as well as nationally. He initiated the legislation that eliminated the insurance preauthorization requirement for New Hampshire residents in need of Substance Use Disorder treatment. Scott also worked with local police departments to develop the Police Partners Program. This collaboration with Hope for New Hampshire Recovery trains law enforcement personnel to assist individuals in custody with accessing treatment. He is passionate about improving access to treatment and increasing recovery services for all New Hampshire residents.
KATHIE SANDERS, TREASURER
Kathie Sanders is the Chief Financial Officer of Anagnost Companies. Anagnost Companies is a Real Estate Sales & Leasing, Development, and Property Management firm that has been operating in Manchester since the 1970’s. Kathie joined the Board of Directors of Hope for NH Recovery in the summer of 2016 and holds the position of Treasurer.
ROBERT KELLEY, BOARD MEMBER
Robert Kelley has worked in the field of human services since 1976. He began as a social worker with the Division of Health and Human Services. Mr. Kelley then served as a regional coordinator for the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. He has been both a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and the executive director of Amethyst Foundation since 1984. Also a licensed clinical mental health counselor, Mr. Kelley has maintained a private clinical practice for more than three decades. He has served on several boards including Manchester Big Brothers-Big Sisters, NH Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse and the NH Licensing Board for Alcohol and Drug Counselors. He lives in Lee with his wife of three decades. They have four adult sons.
MARGO COMPAGNE, BOARD MEMBER
Margo has thirty-five years of Human Resources experience mostly in the healthcare sector including psychiatric and chemical dependency hospitals in NH and MA. She brings a diversified experience in planning, implementation, and coordination of programs in Human Resources. She has recently served six years on the Board of Manchester Mental Health. She is currently on the Board of Triangle Credit Union. Margo is currently and has been a CASA/GAL volunteer for the past five years serving the Manchester and Nashua court systems. Margo retired five years ago from Catholic Medical Center and has championed the cause of mental health and drug addiction as her way to give back. She currently resides in Exeter, NH but prior to that lived thirty-two years in Litchfield, NH and is very dedicated to the Manchester area.
MELISSA CREWS, BOARD MEMBER
Melissa is a person in long-term recovery since 1993. As a result of her recovery, she says she has been blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. Recovery has also allowed her to become a business owner, a tax paying, and law-abiding citizen. Most importantly today, she is a recovery advocate who actually understands what long-term recovery means and what it takes to get and stay there. Beyond helping those seeking recovery, Melissa spends much of her time reaching out to lawmakers, as well as the business community, explaining the importance of treating those with substance use disorder with dignity and respect.
Melissa is the co-owner of HOOKED and IGNITE restaurants on Hanover Street in Manchester.
RUSS OUELLETTE, BOARD MEMBER
Russ is the Assistant Service Manager at Quirk Volkswagen in Manchester. Russ has been in the Quirk Volkswagen family for the past 4 years.
Russ has served the residents of Ward 11 in Manchester as a member of the Board of School Committee from 1999 to 2007. Russ is also a former Alderman of Ward 11 serving from 2007 to 2012.
Russ is currently President of the Rimmon Heights Neighborhood Group and is a former board member to the Manchester Police Athletic League.
Russ who is in recovery himself since 2012, brings to the HOPE board the first-hand experience to the struggles of addiction to an individual and family members.
JASON SNOOK, BOARD MEMBER
Jason received a master’s degree in social work at the University of New Hampshire 2016. Since he has worked at a variety of treatment centers including Strafford County Drug Court in Dover New Hampshire and Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham New Hampshire. He is a United States Navy veteran and has traveled around the world on an aircraft carrier. He describes himself as a person in long-term recovery who become passionate when given the chance to help others with addiction.
DAVID SLAWSKY, BOARD MEMBER
David Slawsky is president of the Nixon, Vogelman, Slawsky & Simoneau law firm in Manchester. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and employment law. David attended law school after a career in television news as a cameraman for local ABC, NBC and CBS stations. After law school, David was privileged to work for two federal judges of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, first for Chief Judge Shane Devine, and then for the Honorable Norman Stahl (during Judge Stahl’s first year on the District Court bench). David is a member of bar associations of New Hampshire and New York, a member of the Bar of the First United States Circuit Court of Appeals, and a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He has been chairman and a member of many committees of the New Hampshire Bar Association. David lives in Manchester. In his free time, he enjoys many hobbies, including hiking the White Mountains, biking, kayaking and pretending he knows how to play the guitar, mandolin and ukulele.
RYAN GAGNE, BOARD MEMBER
Ryan, a NH native, was raised in Hudson by a wonderful family, no one would have suspected that Substance Abuse Disorder would shape his life. All activities, hobbies and life ambitions had fell victim to Ryan’s struggle with SUD and found himself in many treatment centers and incarcerated over the years. Finally, in March of 2008, the message of Recovery stuck with him and he has dedicated his life to helping other people find the freedom and happiness they seek through recovery from drug and alcohol addiction that he has found. Ryan believes completely in treating SUD by treating the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Since then Ryan has maintained and remained extremely active in his personal Recovery. He has also gone back to school for Criminal Justice at Great Bay Community College after only having a 6th-grade education. His dream was to go back into the Correctional Facilities and develop models for Rehabilitation to help the people who are incarcerated for SUD related issues get the appropriate help they need. While in school took a job in SUD treatment and fell in love with the work. Ryan started off by landing a role as a Case Manager, then fell into a Facility Operations Manager role where he worked his way into the Chief Operating Officer. Ryan also has experience being the Director of Admissions and Marketing where he established and maintained both local and national relationships with other substance abuse treatment providers.
In October 2015 Ryan founded Live Free Structured Sober Living which provided highly structured supports and high levels of accountability for highly motivated residents.
After seeing a need to have a higher level of care through the deaths around New England Ryan partnered with some like-minded folks and opened New England Recovery and Wellness in December of 2016.
Ryan is currently developing low cost and quality sober living for people around the state. Stay tuned as the journey continues…