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Robin Abendroth

Candace Abood

Eric Adams

Sandee Auvil

Kaitlin Bartley

Chelsea Benedict

Jessica Bond

Catherine Brings

Deb Bradley

Melissa Brogna

Laura Brooks

Amy Byers

Anthony Camelo

April Campbell

Kim Campbell

Paula Carrier

Amanda Champagne

Gretchen Cook

Kathy Companion

Jennifer Cross

Ramsay Dean

Linda Deneau

Dorothy Derapelian

Ian Detamore

Maria Doyle

Kevin Dremel

Lisa Duda

Kathleen Egan

Jon Eriquezzo

Mark Fiorentino

Sarah Fox

Bobbie Gaudette

Kristi Hart

Jessica Herlihy

Jennie Holmes

Dee Houle

Christine Kaltsas

Shelly Kernozicky

Jennifer Krieger

Cindy Lamontagne

Jen Lamontagne

Miranda Lane

Kitty Larochelle

Karen Magowan

Sue Meagher

Catherine Meister

Nancy Jo Michaud

Suzanne Moberly

Erica Mumford

Michele Naismith

Sarah Neilson

Sue Ellen O’Brien

Larry Pilla

Linda Pivin

Tina Poirier

Joyce Pollinger

Judith Richards Long

Julie Rossall

Carol Sanborn

Jackson Shultz

MoAnne Shyne

Airial Silanpaa

Tracy Smith

Dale St. Pierre

Lynn Stanley

Keri Stiles

Erica Stupka-Fisk

Stephanie Sullivan

Sheryl Tedford

Gail Thomas

Christine Thompson

Anthony Torino

Eddie Torres

Cindy Tubbs

Allison Vachon

Daintre Warn

Michelle Woltering

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Allison Vachon

Allison Vachon has been employed by the NH Attorney General's Office for 13.5 years.  She is currently an Investigator in the Criminal Justice Bureau and has held that position for ten years.  She is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and has led and investigated numerous cases involving the exploitation of children.  She has collaborated with Local, State, and Federal Agencies through her involvement with the Task Force.  Additionally, she has organized and provided statewide training as a former member of the Internet Crimes Unit; conducted trainings on stalking and technology; presented presentations on Internet Safety/technology and how it impacts youth; as well as case study presentations related to child exploitation.  She is also a member of the NH Attorney General's Child Abuse and Neglect Task Force, the AG's Commission to Combat Human Trafficking, the Human Trafficking Enforcement Committee, and the Human Trafficking Protocol Committee.  She spent three and a half years as a Victim/Witness Advocate with the AG's Office working in conjunction with the Homicide Unit, and was previously the Program Coordinator for the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program where she trained and supervised advocates who provide direct service to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in their placements at Police Departments, Prosecutor Offices, and Crisis Centers throughout the State of New Hampshire.  Allison is a former Patrol Officer with the Concord, NH Police Department.

Cindy Tubbs

Cindy Tubbs, LCSW, holds a Master of Social Work from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has more than 17 years of experience in the field of child welfare, including roles delivering training and developing curricula for substance abuse, mental health, childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence issues. Cindy also owned and worked in a private substance abuse outpatient facility.

Gail Thomas

Training Specialist
gail.thomas@granite.edu
603-513-1153

Caregiver Ongoing Training
Residential Counselor Core Training

Sheryl Tedford

Program Specialist
sheryl.tedford@granite.edu
603-513-1156

Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials
Relatively Speaking

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie is currently employed as a consultant to DCYF thru the parent partner program. She also works as a facilitator for the Better Together program.  Better Together focuses on how to strengthen relationships and breakdown barriers within the foster care system.

Her background and prior employment is centered on behavior. She held a position with Gateways Community Services as a Behavior Therapist working with children who have Autism and their families. Stephanie also worked at The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, as well as Saint Vincent Residential Home.

Erica Stupka-Fisk

Claremont DCYF Resource Worker

Keri Stiles

Keri Mellett, RN, a former foster parent, has worked at Easter Seals for 13 years. She serves as the medical liaison in charge of the medication room and has extensive experience in communication with parents and caregivers about the medical needs of their children. Keri currently teaches Medication classes for the Education & Training Partnership.

Lynn Stanley

Lynn Stanley, M.S.W. has worked with children and families in the child welfare system for 18 years. She worked at Casey Family Services for 14 years in the foster care program and at the Franklin Family Resource Center. Lynn has taught for the Education and Training Partnership since 2001. Lynn is a big supporter of on-going education for the foster and adoptive parents who will ultimately make life-long positive impacts on the children in their care.

MoAnne Shyne

Mo Anne Shyne, M.A. is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in private practice within a group practice. She is also an emergency foster home and does respite for DCYF, generally taking in difficutl teens. She has also done long term foster care. Mo has facilitated numerous workshops on all sorts of topics and done in-service trainings at DCYF and for their organization. She has done workshops in the area schools and libraries for over a decade now.

Joyce Pollinger

Joyce Pollinger L.I.C.S.W., holds her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Pine Haven Boys Center. Additionally, she is involved in Fire Safe Intervention through the Office of Youth Services in Manchester, NH and is working to create a NH Coalition of Juvenile Firesetting. Joyce is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and specializes in fire setting behaviors.

Larry Pilla

lawrence.pilla@granite.edu
603-271-6626

Erica Mumford

Erica Mumford, R.D., L.D., C.D.E. has been working with children, teens and families over the past five years. She has taught a variety of classes on nutrition topics over the past seven years. Erica completed her B.S. in nutrition and is currently a registered and licensed dietician and certified diabetes educator.

Suzanne Moberly

Project Director III
suzanne.moberly@granite.edu
603-513-1152

In addition to being the Director of the Education and Training Partnership at Granite State College, a collaborative program with NHDCYF to provide education to caregivers of children in care, Dr. Suzanne Moberly, EdD has extensive experience in working with families, including being a pre-school/childcare center teacher and director, the director of a domestic violence crisis center, and a junior/senior high school English teacher. She is also a Teaching Lecturer in the Graduate Education Department at Plymouth State University teaching Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development.

Nancy Jo Michaud

Nancy Jo Michaud's  professional and personal experience includes foster parenting, and teaching special needs pre-schooler's. Nancy Jo has over 17 years experience in both private and public school systems as a Special Education teacher. She currently creates and implements curriculum, and develops case plans for  students with visual impairments.

Nancy Jo and her husband have been fostering two siblings for the past one and half years . They have also raised three of their own children.

Catherine Meister

Catherine Meister is the Adoption Program Supervisor for the NH Division for Children Youth and Families. Catherine has worked in the field of adoption for over 10 years. She began her work in international adoption, providing program coordination, parent support groups and training and information sessions. She spent 20months living with her family in South Africa working at a home for orphaned and abandoned children near Johannesburg. Catherine has been working for DCYF for 5+ years supervising post adoption services and the licensing of private child placing agencies. Catherine is the mother of 6 children, three who joined the family by adoption. She is currently finishing her master's degree in Human Behavior and has a special interest on the impact of early trauma on development and behavior.

Kitty Larochelle

Kitty holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Family Studies from Granite State College. She has been in early childhood education for the past 15 years, and has conducted numerous workshops around the state for early care and education professionals in her spare time. Kitty is currently the Director at The Growing Years Early Childhood Center in Manchester. Kitty and her husband have 6 children. Together they have managed to blend both adopted and biological children in to their home for the past 24 years.

Jennifer Krieger

Conway DCYF Resource Worker

Jennie Holmes

Littleton DCYF Resource Worker

Bobbie Gaudette

Bobbie has been working in early education and school-age youth programing for more than 30 years. She currently is the Licensing and Recruitment Specialist for Ascentria Care Alliance, working with foster/adoptive families and the children in their care. She has been fostering since 2008 and tends to take adolescents with significant challenges such as drug addiction, compulsive shoplifting, and prior involvement with the law. As an adjunct professor at Lakes Region Community College, she instructs various Early Childhood and Business Management courses and have been conduction workshops for educators for more than twenty years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from College for Lifelong Learning (now Granite State College) and obtained her master of Science, Management-Nonprofit Leadership from New England College.

Jon Eriquezzo

Jon Eriquezzo has worked in the disability related field for more than 30 years and has provided housing and support services in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York and New Hampshire. He holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management & Leadership as well as a BachelorҒs degree in Human Services. Currently he is the Executive Director of Crotched Mountain Residential Services where he provides housing, residential and day supports to nearly 200 children, adults and seniors. Jon specializes in supporting children with complex medical, neurological, and behavioral needs. He is the co-founder of the NH Residential Provider Network and serves as President of the Private Provider Network.

Kathleen Egan

Kathleen Egan brings her 20 years of foster parent experience to teaching for the E&TP.   She has a professional background in residential care and 15 years as a therapist working with families in mental health centers. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling/Psychology from Antioch/New England. Currently, Kathleen works at Riverbend Mental Health in Concord and has previously taught at Manchester Community College. Kathleen brings together her child welfare background and first hand foster parent stories into the classroom.

Maria Doyle

Maria Doyle, L.I.C.S.W. has worked with children and youth for 25 years. She received her Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College in 1993. She has worked in residential programs, outpatient mental health and family support programs. Most recently Maria worked at Casey Family Services as a Team Leader. There she supervised services helping children achieve permanency by identifying lifelong connections and supporting families in avoiding placement. Maria also has extensive experience training in the areas of child welfare, foster parent pre-service and inservice, and increasing cultural effectiveness. Her training approach centers on her belief in the wisdom of the participants and the power of humor in strengthening the learning process. LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-doyle/11/73/666

Dorothy Derapelian

Dorothy Derapelian, M.Ed., L.C.M.H.C. is an experienced therapist and educator. She has had a private psychotherapy practice in Meredith, NH for over 15 years, specializing in Play Therapy. She teaches several classes for Granite State College, and conducts home studies for Child and Family Services for families interested in domestic and international adoption. Dorothy is an adoptive parent of a child from Russia with special needs.

Jessica Bond

Jessica Bond, M.S.W. is the foster care licensing and recruitment specialist for Lutheran Social Services' ISO Foster Care Program. Jessica has worked in the child welfare field for the past six years, including three years working for the Division for Children, Youth and Families [DCYF].

Sandee Auvil

I have been a Registered Nurse for 32 years in a variety of settings and am a strong advocate for children of special needs. I worked in the Keene DCYF District office for 7.5 years as the Foster Care Health Program Nurse Coordinator where I advocated, coordinated, and monitored foster children's health care needs. I received my MSN in nursing education in 2010. I currently work at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College as a clinical adjunct nursing faculty, and E&TP as an instructor.

Eric Adams

Eric Adams has worked in law enforcement since 2000. He was assigned to the NH Attorney General's Drug Task Force in 2005, and has been the Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator for the Laconia Police Department since 2012. In this role, he works directly with individuals and their families who are suffering from substance use/mental health disorders. Eric is currently studying Addiction Counseling and is working toward receiving his license Alcohol Drug Counseling Certification.

Candace Abood

Candace Abood holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and has over 15 years of experience working on behalf of children and families in New Hampshire. In addition to being a trauma specialist, she is the Post-Adoption Services Coordinator for the NH DCYF Community and Family Support Bureau and has spearheaded efforts to combat human trafficking within the NH child welfare system.

Robin Abendroth

Robin Abendroth, M.A. delivers child impact seminars for West Central Behavioral Health on issues of divorce. She was previously employed at the Spurwink school where she worked with residential students. Robin is a foster parent and also teaches Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials.

Robin Abendroth

Robin Abendroth, M.A. delivers child impact seminars for West Central Behavioral Health on issues of divorce. She was previously employed at the Spurwink school where she worked with residential students. Robin is a foster parent and also teaches Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials.

Candace Abood

Candace Abood holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and has over 15 years of experience working on behalf of children and families in New Hampshire. In addition to being a trauma specialist, she is the Post-Adoption Services Coordinator for the NH DCYF Community and Family Support Bureau and has spearheaded efforts to combat human trafficking within the NH child welfare system.

Eric Adams

Eric Adams has worked in law enforcement since 2000. He was assigned to the NH Attorney General's Drug Task Force in 2005, and has been the Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator for the Laconia Police Department since 2012. In this role, he works directly with individuals and their families who are suffering from substance use/mental health disorders. Eric is currently studying Addiction Counseling and is working toward receiving his license Alcohol Drug Counseling Certification.

Sandee Auvil

I have been a Registered Nurse for 32 years in a variety of settings and am a strong advocate for children of special needs. I worked in the Keene DCYF District office for 7.5 years as the Foster Care Health Program Nurse Coordinator where I advocated, coordinated, and monitored foster children's health care needs. I received my MSN in nursing education in 2010. I currently work at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College as a clinical adjunct nursing faculty, and E&TP as an instructor.

Jessica Bond

Jessica Bond, M.S.W. is the foster care licensing and recruitment specialist for Lutheran Social Services' ISO Foster Care Program. Jessica has worked in the child welfare field for the past six years, including three years working for the Division for Children, Youth and Families [DCYF].

Susie Curtis

Susie Curtis has a an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree from the George Washington University. She has been working in the field of child welfare and foster care since 2007 and has extensive experience working hands-on with children, families, and foster parents involved with DCYF, DJJS, and Head Start. Susie is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and has provided clinical consultation to DCYF, DJJS, and Head Start staff.

Dorothy Derapelian

Dorothy Derapelian, M.Ed., L.C.M.H.C. is an experienced therapist and educator. She has had a private psychotherapy practice in Meredith, NH for over 15 years, specializing in Play Therapy. She teaches several classes for Granite State College, and conducts home studies for Child and Family Services for families interested in domestic and international adoption. Dorothy is an adoptive parent of a child from Russia with special needs.

Maria Doyle

Maria Doyle, L.I.C.S.W. has worked with children and youth for 25 years. She received her Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College in 1993. She has worked in residential programs, outpatient mental health and family support programs. Most recently Maria worked at Casey Family Services as a Team Leader. There she supervised services helping children achieve permanency by identifying lifelong connections and supporting families in avoiding placement. Maria also has extensive experience training in the areas of child welfare, foster parent pre-service and inservice, and increasing cultural effectiveness. Her training approach centers on her belief in the wisdom of the participants and the power of humor in strengthening the learning process. LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-doyle/11/73/666

Kathleen Egan

Kathleen Egan brings her 20 years of foster parent experience to teaching for the E&TP.   She has a professional background in residential care and 15 years as a therapist working with families in mental health centers. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling/Psychology from Antioch/New England. Currently, Kathleen works at Riverbend Mental Health in Concord and has previously taught at Manchester Community College. Kathleen brings together her child welfare background and first hand foster parent stories into the classroom.

Jon Eriquezzo

Jon Eriquezzo has worked in the disability related field for more than 30 years and has provided housing and support services in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York and New Hampshire. He holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management & Leadership as well as a BachelorҒs degree in Human Services. Currently he is the Executive Director of Crotched Mountain Residential Services where he provides housing, residential and day supports to nearly 200 children, adults and seniors. Jon specializes in supporting children with complex medical, neurological, and behavioral needs. He is the co-founder of the NH Residential Provider Network and serves as President of the Private Provider Network.

Bobbie Gaudette

Bobbie has been working in early education and school-age youth programing for more than 30 years. She currently is the Licensing and Recruitment Specialist for Ascentria Care Alliance, working with foster/adoptive families and the children in their care. She has been fostering since 2008 and tends to take adolescents with significant challenges such as drug addiction, compulsive shoplifting, and prior involvement with the law. As an adjunct professor at Lakes Region Community College, she instructs various Early Childhood and Business Management courses and have been conduction workshops for educators for more than twenty years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from College for Lifelong Learning (now Granite State College) and obtained her master of Science, Management-Nonprofit Leadership from New England College.

Jennie Holmes

Littleton DCYF Resource Worker

Jennifer Krieger

Conway DCYF Resource Worker

Kitty Larochelle

Kitty holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Family Studies from Granite State College. She has been in early childhood education for the past 15 years, and has conducted numerous workshops around the state for early care and education professionals in her spare time. Kitty is currently the Director at The Growing Years Early Childhood Center in Manchester. Kitty and her husband have 6 children. Together they have managed to blend both adopted and biological children in to their home for the past 24 years.

Catherine Meister

Catherine Meister is the Adoption Program Supervisor for the NH Division for Children Youth and Families. Catherine has worked in the field of adoption for over 10 years. She began her work in international adoption, providing program coordination, parent support groups and training and information sessions. She spent 20months living with her family in South Africa working at a home for orphaned and abandoned children near Johannesburg. Catherine has been working for DCYF for 5+ years supervising post adoption services and the licensing of private child placing agencies. Catherine is the mother of 6 children, three who joined the family by adoption. She is currently finishing her master's degree in Human Behavior and has a special interest on the impact of early trauma on development and behavior.

Nancy Jo Michaud

Nancy Jo Michaud's  professional and personal experience includes foster parenting, and teaching special needs pre-schooler's. Nancy Jo has over 17 years experience in both private and public school systems as a Special Education teacher. She currently creates and implements curriculum, and develops case plans for  students with visual impairments.

Nancy Jo and her husband have been fostering two siblings for the past one and half years . They have also raised three of their own children.

Suzanne Moberly

Project Director III
suzanne.moberly@granite.edu
603-513-1152

In addition to being the Director of the Education and Training Partnership at Granite State College, a collaborative program with NHDCYF to provide education to caregivers of children in care, Dr. Suzanne Moberly, EdD has extensive experience in working with families, including being a pre-school/childcare center teacher and director, the director of a domestic violence crisis center, and a junior/senior high school English teacher. She is also a Teaching Lecturer in the Graduate Education Department at Plymouth State University teaching Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development.

Erica Mumford

Erica Mumford, R.D., L.D., C.D.E. has been working with children, teens and families over the past five years. She has taught a variety of classes on nutrition topics over the past seven years. Erica completed her B.S. in nutrition and is currently a registered and licensed dietician and certified diabetes educator.

Larry Pilla

lawrence.pilla@granite.edu
603-271-6626

Joyce Pollinger

Joyce Pollinger L.I.C.S.W., holds her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Pine Haven Boys Center. Additionally, she is involved in Fire Safe Intervention through the Office of Youth Services in Manchester, NH and is working to create a NH Coalition of Juvenile Firesetting. Joyce is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and specializes in fire setting behaviors.

MoAnne Shyne

Mo Anne Shyne, M.A. is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in private practice within a group practice. She is also an emergency foster home and does respite for DCYF, generally taking in difficutl teens. She has also done long term foster care. Mo has facilitated numerous workshops on all sorts of topics and done in-service trainings at DCYF and for their organization. She has done workshops in the area schools and libraries for over a decade now.

Lynn Stanley

Lynn Stanley, M.S.W. has worked with children and families in the child welfare system for 18 years. She worked at Casey Family Services for 14 years in the foster care program and at the Franklin Family Resource Center. Lynn has taught for the Education and Training Partnership since 2001. Lynn is a big supporter of on-going education for the foster and adoptive parents who will ultimately make life-long positive impacts on the children in their care.

Keri Stiles

Keri Mellett, RN, a former foster parent, has worked at Easter Seals for 13 years. She serves as the medical liaison in charge of the medication room and has extensive experience in communication with parents and caregivers about the medical needs of their children. Keri currently teaches Medication classes for the Education & Training Partnership.

Erica Stupka-Fisk

Claremont DCYF Resource Worker

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie is currently employed as a consultant to DCYF thru the parent partner program. She also works as a facilitator for the Better Together program.  Better Together focuses on how to strengthen relationships and breakdown barriers within the foster care system.

Her background and prior employment is centered on behavior. She held a position with Gateways Community Services as a Behavior Therapist working with children who have Autism and their families. Stephanie also worked at The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, as well as Saint Vincent Residential Home.

Sheryl Tedford

Program Specialist
sheryl.tedford@granite.edu
603-513-1156

Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials
Relatively Speaking

Gail Thomas

Training Specialist
gail.thomas@granite.edu
603-513-1153

Caregiver Ongoing Training
Residential Counselor Core Training

Cindy Tubbs

Cindy Tubbs, LCSW, holds a Master of Social Work from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has more than 17 years of experience in the field of child welfare, including roles delivering training and developing curricula for substance abuse, mental health, childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence issues. Cindy also owned and worked in a private substance abuse outpatient facility.

Allison Vachon

Allison Vachon has been employed by the NH Attorney General's Office for 13.5 years.  She is currently an Investigator in the Criminal Justice Bureau and has held that position for ten years.  She is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and has led and investigated numerous cases involving the exploitation of children.  She has collaborated with Local, State, and Federal Agencies through her involvement with the Task Force.  Additionally, she has organized and provided statewide training as a former member of the Internet Crimes Unit; conducted trainings on stalking and technology; presented presentations on Internet Safety/technology and how it impacts youth; as well as case study presentations related to child exploitation.  She is also a member of the NH Attorney General's Child Abuse and Neglect Task Force, the AG's Commission to Combat Human Trafficking, the Human Trafficking Enforcement Committee, and the Human Trafficking Protocol Committee.  She spent three and a half years as a Victim/Witness Advocate with the AG's Office working in conjunction with the Homicide Unit, and was previously the Program Coordinator for the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program where she trained and supervised advocates who provide direct service to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in their placements at Police Departments, Prosecutor Offices, and Crisis Centers throughout the State of New Hampshire.  Allison is a former Patrol Officer with the Concord, NH Police Department.