History of NHCORR
A group of people who are passionate about quality recovery housing started NHCORR in 2017. They envisioned a voluntary certification board of recovery houses that would determine the minimum quality standards for ethically operating peer-based recovery residences focused on best practices of support for people in recovery. The volunteer board took a grassroots approach to start the organization. They followed National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) standards, reworked the language, and developed state standards for certification.
NHCORR hired its first employee, Executive Director Kim Bock, in January of 2020.
NHCORR is an affiliate of National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR), a nonprofit dedicated to expanding the availability of well-operated, ethical and supportive recovery housing through its national standard for the operation of recovery residences.
Kristine Paquette, Board Chair, is the owner of Homestead Inn Recovery Residence in Boscawen and has worked as a nurse in the field of substance-use disorder treatment at Hampstead Hospital and New Freedom Academy. She is one of the original leaders that worked with the National Alliance of Recovery Residences to start its New Hampshire affiliate, NHCORR, and secured its funding from the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Kristine also serves on the Governor’s Recovery Task Force and as a resource to the Merrimack County Recovery Court. At NHCORR, she has served on the Certification Committee, the Ombudsman Advisory Committee, and as a certification volunteer. Kristine is an indefatigable advocate for and friend of those in recovery.
Steve Draper, Board Treasurer, is the owner of The Insurance Doctor LLC, in Manchester, and opened the first Liberty Tax Service in the state. He brings extensive expertise in liability and property insurance coverage to recovery residences. A friend to those in recovery, Steve is an active certification volunteer and served on the Certification Committee. A lifelong resident of New Hampshire and a volunteer with numerous organizations, he understands how important it is to support local communities.
Michelle Leclerc, Board Secretary, is the director of Recovery Housing for Rise Above Sober Living in Nashua. She also supervises all of the substance-use disorder treatment program technicians at Process Recovery Center and Integrate Recovery. Michelle is chair of the Re-Certification Committee and served on the Certification Committee. Michelle, who is one of our most active certification volunteers, is passionate about the effectiveness of sober living and using her lived experience to help people in all stages of recovery.
Donna Mombourquette (D-New Boston) was elected to the NH House of Representatives in 2018 from Hillsborough County - District 5. She is a member of the Municipal and County Government Committee, which addresses issues relevant to local governing bodies and their constituents. Donna’s career spans 40 years in progressive experience in for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental venues serving people in need of essential human services.
Andy Moser is the owner/operator of RJM Recovery Homes in Manchester. A certified recovery coach, Andy identifies as a person in long-term recovery and has extensive experience working and volunteering in many aspects of the state’s recovery efforts. He served as manager of a Hope for New Hampshire Recovery Center and as a supervisor and outreach coordinator for a local treatment program. Andy recently earned his real estate license after a long career in sales.
Chris Wellington is a retired attorney and former Director of the Fair Housing Project of New Hampshire Legal Assistance. She practiced nonprofit law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with a concentration on housing law, domestic violence and immigrant rights. She has litigated cases in state and federal court and before administrative bodies. She served as a Commissioner on the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission from 2011 to 2014. She is the principal author of the 2004, 2010 and 2015 Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing and is currently at work on the 2020 edition. She also authored a Fair Housing Guidebook for Regional and Municipal Planners. Chris has provided training on housing discrimination law throughout New Hampshire and New England. She remains active with the New Hampshire Immigrant Rights Network advocating for equal rights and protections for immigrants.
Suzanne Boisvert is the owner/operator of Prospect House, a Level II Recovery Residence for men in Keene, NH. Suzanne is a consortium member and the director of the Housing Committee for the Monadnock Opioid Response Project. She is also actively engaged in the community partnership for recovery meetings and the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders in our region meetings to communicate, collaborate, and advocate for persons affected by SUD in her region. Suzanne was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Northern Hope in Greenfield, Ma and is now per-diem. Suzanne’s son has been in remission from opioid-use disorder for over four years and she is passionate about providing a safe, clean, home like environment for those seeking to heal and evolve from a life of addiction to a successful life in recovery.
Eric Dancause is the Director of Business Development for the Farnum Center where he oversees both Admissions and Business Development. Prior to working at Farnum he was Director of Partner Relations at Hope for NH Recovery where he worked on their Recovery Workplace Initiative. He is a person in long term recovery that has a particular passion for helping parents with young children find recovery. He is the proud father of a 4 year old and is an avid golfer.
Evan Draper currently works at Groups Recover Together as a Care Navigator. Evan believes in many avenues to long-term recovery. He began his journey into recovery 6 years ago, and has since committed to working with individuals in early sobriety for the past 4+years. Evan is currently working towards his LADC certification to help others create and achieve short and long-term recovery goals. He is committed to helping individuals find their way and secure funds for Sober Living as they begin their journey of sobriety. He has worked as an inpatient and outpatient care coordinator
Kathleen Ryan is a recovery advocate and communications consultant specializing in substance use disorder recovery and recovery housing. She has served as NHCORR Board Secretary, Chair of the Certification sub-committee, and certification volunteer. She is an incorporator and board member of Legacy Recovery Retreat, a non-profit established to promote spiritual and behavioral practices that support sustained recovery from substance use disorder through both Buddhist and Twelve Step practices. The daughter of a liquor store owner, she has been in recovery her entire adult life and believes that having a safe and supportive living environment in early recovery was invaluable.
Kim Bock, Executive Director:
Sam Wiehe, Administrative Assistant:
Randy Moser, Certification Specialist & Ombudsman:
Our public board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm. Unless otherwise specified, board meetings will be held at our office which is located at 2 1/2 Beacon Street in Concord, NH. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoom Link for 9/9 Board Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88356755241