Staff & Contacts

Polly Morris


Interim Executive Director
Defensive Driving (annually)
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Overview 
Intentional Peer Support: Crisis Respite Training 
Certified Prevention Specialist
Certified Recovery Coach
Narcan Certified
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Polly comes to MPS with years of experience in both substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment. Most recently Polly worked in the Central Region with Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (CADY). She was part of the CADY team as both the Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator and as the Restorative Justice Coordinator – both half-time positions.  Polly served as the Regional Network Coordinator for Monadnock Voices for Prevention in the greater Keene area, a regional prevention coalition similar to CADY. Prior to that she worked at the Phoenix Academy in Dublin NH, a residential treatment facility for adolescents with substance abuse disorders and addiction. Polly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College, where she specialized in Addiction Studies. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Advocacy and Management at Antioch University.  Polly is the facilitator of Behaviors, Patterns & Relationships group and the co-facilitator of the Dual-Recovery Support group.

Polly is not shy about sharing that she is a person in long-term recovery. Her own experiences along with her love of community organizing and working with people are what drew her into the addictions, mental health field. She wants to help bring recognition that Recovery is possible, “I hope to lead by example,” says Polly. “People in recovery from substance use disorder and mental health issues can be the strongest advocates for their peers. The more awareness we can create and education we provide—the better.”

Polly happily continues to “re-invent” her life. She has two grown sons and enjoys cooking, and the outdoors – hiking, cross-country skiing and hockey. She considers herself fortunate to be back in the Monadnock Region, “I’m very happy to be back in this area. I missed ‘my people’.

Jude Grophear


Programming Coordinator
Certified in Intentional Peer Support (IPS)
Certified NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator
Certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator
Advanced Level Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Trainer
Defensive Driving (annually)
Keene State College Community Partners Advisory Board
Intentional Peer Support 2-day Refresher
Hearing Voices Network-USA Facilitator Training 
Hearing Voices Network-USA Advanced Facilitator Training
Intentional Peer Support - Crisis Respite Training 
Intentional Peer Support - Train the Trainer Training 
 
Staff Excellence Award recipient (2013)
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Jude joined the MPS staff in November 2011.  she is the facilitator of the Wednesday Depression/Bipolar Support, Hearing Voices Network USA, and she is the Co-Facilitator of the WRAP Workshop.  She believes the best things that the members of MPS have to offer are education, advocacy and empathy.  She holds a BA in English, a BS in Early childhood Education and a minor in French.  Every month, she edits MPS's newsletter, "The Butterfly Bulletin," and her favorite group is Music (come check it out!)  Her photo was taken by one of the members during a trip to the New England Aquarium - which was a perfect trip for her because she loves animals.  She has two ferrets and has a number of nicknames, one of them being "ferret".  When she's not at MPS, you'll find her out and about creating art.

To reach Jude, please call  (603) 354-3408

 

Doug Burdick


Driver/Support Staff
Defensive Driving
Suicide Prevention Training
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Doug joined our team in May 2017 as a driver and support staff.  He has been a member at Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency for four years.  He had a long career with the United States Postal Service prior to joining the staff at MPS.  He is a life long resident of the Keene area and now lives in West Swanzey NH.  Doug has always enjoyed sports, baseball being his favorite; collecting baseball cards and sports memorabilia is a favorite pastime of his.  He also likes to read, listen to smooth jazz music and taking day trips.  He is easily approachable and enjoys conversation.  He looks forward to this opportuntiy.

Sarah Harris


Driver/Support Staff
Defensive Driving
Suicide Prevention Training
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Sarah became a member of MPS in June of 2017. She has worked in numerous fields such as the outdoor industry, and nursing. She enjoys travelling to new places, and visiting friends across the US; canoeing, long walks in the summer, swimming and watching her husband garden. Above all, she cherishes her family, including her rescue dogs, Oliver and Banjo.  She loves to support people and was really excited to join this agency.

Jim McLaughlin


Respite Coordinator
Defensive Driving (annually)
Intentional Peer Support: Warm Line 
Certified in Intentional Peer Support (IPS)
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) 101 training
Intentional Peer Support: Crisis Respite  
American Heart Association First Aid & CPR Training
Connect Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Certificate 
Narcan Certified
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Jim is a native of West Virginia.  He received a BS in psychology from Centre College in Danville, KY.  He has primarily worked as a Counselor and Assistant Director of emergency shelters for adolescents in West Virginia and Massachusetts.  Jim has held the position of Trainer of Counselors for HIV antibody testing and quality assurance at all the test sites in Massachusetts with the Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS Bureau.  Jim has also done training for adolescent HIV antibody counseling nationally.  He lived in San Francisco for 9 years as a break from human services.  Jim returned to New England where he received an MA in clinical mental health counseling with a concentration in substance abuse counseling from Antioch University New England in Keene.  

To reach Jim, please call (603) 352-3408

James Noyes


Driver
Defensive Driving (annually)
Certified in Intentional Peer Support (IPS)
Intentional Peer Support:  Crisis Respite  
American Heart Association First Aid & CPR Training
Connect Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Certificate 
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Certificate 
Narcan Certified
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Jim grew up in Massachusetts and has lived in Fitzwilliam, NH since 1988.  He worked for the Wyman Way Co-op in several capacities from 1994 until it went out of business in 2014 - Wyman Way was a non-profit organization dedicated to providing employment for people with a mental illness.  Jim was hired as a driver in November 2014 and has since expanded his role here by becoming our resident handyman.  Jim is the facilitator of our Volunteering at the Monadnock Humane Society group as well as the seasonal Community Garden Group.  He also facilitates the Thursday Depression/Bipolar Support Group.  Jim also does outreach at the Cheshire County House of Corrections for the Men's Peer Support Group.  He enjoys playing the guitar, tennis and walking in the woods; he is an active member of MPS.

 

Justin Crockett


Respite Worker
American Heart Association First Aid Training 
American Heart Association CPR Training
Intentional Peer Support: Crisis Respite Training
Narcan Certified
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Justin originally comes from Boston, Massachusetts but now lives in Keene. He has lived in the Monadnock region for a little under ten years. He brings his first-hand experience with mental health-related issues and a strong sense of empathy to Monadnock Peer Support. He has also been working per-diem at the Phoenix House here in Keene for a little under a year. He feels that it is feeling of genuine warmth here that makes MPS a unique environment in which to work. He studied at the University of Vermont but his college education was cut short by the very same experiences that later brought him into contact with the concept of mental health recovery in which he strongly believes.

Nina Dretzin


Respite Worker
Defensive Driving
Suicide Prevention Training
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Nina Dretzin joined the MPS staff in May 2017. She received a bachelor degree in Environmental Studies. Throughout the years, she has volunteered at a number of places but lately she has had difficulty finding volunteer work that feels meaningful to her so she decided to be respite staff. Nina enjoys going for walks, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Shannon Kittredge


Driver
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Shannon grew up on a farm in New York, Keene NH, and Nantucket Island, MA. She worked as a Special Education teacher for the Bellows Falls School district and Landmark Highschool in Manchester by the Sea, MA. Most recently, she worked for many years at PC Connection. She enjoys traveling to new places, taking day trips, raising her 14-year-old daughter and caring for her rescue cat and dog. Her rescue dog also serves as her companion animal. Her name is Macy. Shannon loves to support and work with people and is really excited to join this agency.

Kayla LaFord


Respite Worker
Certificate of Completion for Intentional Peer Support 8 day Training 
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Overview
Mental Health & Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator Training
Completed the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Workshop
Intentional Peer Support: Crisis Respite
American Heart Association First Aid & CPR Training 
Connect Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Certificate 
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Certificate 
Narcan Certified
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Kayla was born in Bangor, ME and moved to Keene, NH at age 9; been here ever since.  She enjoys music and can play a couple of instruments.  In the fall and spring, she is a part of the Keene Pops Choir.  She has two cats and a dog but her favoirte animal is a wolf - she wants to eventually learn how to knit.  She joined the team of Monadnock Peer Respite in May 2016 because she wanted to support those in need.  Kayla has been co-facilitating the Wednesday night Depression/Bipolar Support Group.

Corynne Letendre


Driver/Floor Staff
Intentional Peer Support 
Intentional Peer Support: Warm Line 
Intentional Peer Support: Crisis Respite 
Defensive Driving (Annually)
American Heart Association First Aid & CPR Training 
Connect Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Certificate 
Narcan Certified
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Overview
Mental Health & Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator Training
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Corynne  has lived in Cheshire County for all her life; she has an appreciation for gardening, video games and couponing.  Corynne facilitates the Women's Group at the Cheshire County House of Corrections as well as the Survivors of Suicide Attemps group and hopes that it is a place where participants feel comfortable talking about their experience and receiving support.  Her favorite quote is:  "You can ruin your time, your day and your life, but I won't let you ruin my time, my day or my life."