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 ( 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, his website, works on a memoir, and a couple of novels while plotting the next phase of his improbable life

Karla Gallagher, Operations Manager

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.

ng 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, CRSW

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.