KEITH HOWARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Keith Howard used to run alternative schools and an improvisational theater until he had the chance to drink the way he’d always wanted to. By 2007, Howard was hopeless and homeless and toothless.  While implementing a suicide plan—waiting for a bus to take him to his jumping-off point, he experienced a moment of clarity, went to the VA Medical Center in Manchester, and said, “Hi. I’m a veteran named Keith, and I don’t want to be alive anymore.” After detoxing, he was introduced to a program of recovery that remains central to his life.
 
Eleven years sober now, Howard was director of Liberty House, then lived for nine months in a six-by-12-foot  converted motorcycle trailer in Pittsburg, NH, a few miles from the Canadian border. Today, he is back in an undisclosed Manchester location, working for Hope for NH Recovery, maintaining his website (tinywhitebox.com) and writing.  Howard still lives in the tiny space, although that appears the only box he is able to stay inside of.
 
Keith Howard used to be a homeless drunk veteran. Then he got sober and, eventually, became director of Liberty House in Manchester, a housing program for formerly homeless veterans. There, he had a number of well-publicized experiences – walking away from federal funds in order to keep Liberty House clean and sober, a contretemps with a presidential candidate and a $100,000 donation, a year spent living in a converted cargo trailer in Raymond. 
 
Howard maintains tinywhitebox.com, his website, works on a memoir, and a couple of novels while plotting the next phase of his improbable life.

KARLA GALLAGHER, EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION

Karla first became involved with Friends of Recovery-New Hampshire, now HOPE for NH- Recovery, in 2012. She is a Graduate of Quincy College with a degree in Computer Science and has worked in Peer-to-Peer Support for 25+ years for an International organization whose focus is behavior change and weight-loss.

Karla is a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) and comes from a family with a history of substance use disorders. She is passionate about changing people’s perception of addiction and giving back to the community to promote recovery.

ERIC DANCAUSE, DIRECTOR OF PARTNER RELATIONS

Eric is in recovery himself. He is passionate about helping those suffering from Substance Abuse Disorder in the workplace and their families. Eric studied Financial Economics at Clemson University and the University of New Hampshire. He has over 15 years experience in business development, entrepreneurship, and sales and knows first hand the challenges one faces when struggling with SUD while employed or trying to re-enter the workforce in recovery. As our Director of Partner Relations, Eric works with the State’s employers to foster a Recovery Friendly Workplace, providing services and support to the employer, their employees, and family members. He wants companies to understand that having an employee in recovery is an asset, not a liability and his goal is to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with addiction so that everyone feels comfortable getting the support they need to achieve sobriety and maintain recovery.

DAVE COTE, MEDIA, INFORMATION, DATA

Dave has been living in long-term recovery since June 16, 1990.  He is a husband, a dad, and a son. After 25+ years in photography, he enrolled in college and earned an Associate of Science in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media in 2015. Along with his early struggles with substance misuse, Dave has overcome many serious health issues including a double transplant and heart by-pass surgery. As a recovery coach, he draws from these experiences to guide others toward their own path to well-being.