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.
Dave Cote, Media, Information, Data, Art
Dave has been living in long-term recovery since 1990. He is a husband, a dad, and attributes the success of his relationships to his recovery. After a few decades in photography, he enrolled in college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media in 2015. Along with his early struggles with substance misuse, he has overcome many serious health issues. As a recovery coach, he draws from his experiences to help others find their own recovery path.
Dave is also a life-long artist/painter. In between his other duties as Hope’s media/information person, you can find him encouraging members to paint, draw, or create something. When it comes to art, the joy (and often the healing) is in the journey, not the outcome.
Karen Collins, Center Manager – Berlin, CRSW
Karen is a person in long term recovery. For over twenty years, she engaged in a career in corporate business and manufacturing environments while battling her own substance use disorder. After achieving her own recovery goals in retirement, she discovered a passion for helping those that suffer with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Personal experiences have led Karen to pursue her CRSW as well as to devote her time volunteering in her community recovery coaching as well as teaching others how to pursue careers as certified recovery support workers.
Jill Kyzer, Recovery Coach, CRSW
Jill found long term recovery after losing her husband to alcoholism. Trying to rebuild her life, she studied yoga and meditation, stopped trying to control things and learned to let things go. Eventually, she figured out how to get out of her own way most days. A teacher by day, Jill enjoys spending time at the center helping people find their way and showing them pictures of her granddaughter. When she isn’t working, Jill loves travelling especially if it involves her family, friends, her dogs, music, art and beautiful places.
Bob Mortimer, Recovery Coach
Bob is a person in long term recovery with a passion spanning decades of helping others to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. This has been accomplished through peer support, individual and group educational presentations about the illness, and advocating for individuals when required.
Dawn Desjardins, Recovery Coach, CRSW
Dawn started volunteering at Hope for New Hampshire recovery in January 2016 and devoted herself to Hope’s mission for which was the direction of Dawn’s career goals as well as personal growth in her own recovery. Dawn saw the impact of helping others like herself. As a person in recovery she experienced firsthand the challenges and triumphs of those who live with Mental Health and substance use disorders. Soon after she pursued her CRSW, accomplished her goal and then became employed at Hope for New Hampshire recovery.
Tim Bill, Recovery Coach
After years of research in the world of addiction, Tim decided to change his life and get into the world of recovery. In doing so, Tim started volunteering at Hope in 2017 and is pursueing getting his CRSW while working with fellow recoverees. Tim is now employed with us hope for New Hampshire and uses his life experience to help others.