Staff & Contacts

Peter Starkey


Executive Curator/Director

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Overview

Intentional Peer Support: Crisis Respite

Psychological First Aid

 

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Peter was appointed the Executive Director of MPS in December 2017.  Peter was born and raised in Keene, NH, and has always been a strong advocate for education and mental health in the community. Upon returning to Keene in 2014, he started volunteering on the Board of Directors for Maps Counseling Services and served as its President from December 2015- Jan. 2018. Peter has worked extensively with local and state leaders to promote access to health services and combat the stigmatization of mental health. He is also a member of the Keene School Board, Healthy Monadnock Advisory Committee, Cheshire YMCA International Committee, and an avid volunteer with Rotaract/Rotary.

Peter attended George Washington University for his undergraduate studies in international affairs with a minor in human services and nonprofit management. His friends and colleagues characterize him as having an open and warm personality.  Peter has two cats (Boris "Bobo" and Caramel) and a dog named Hawkins (see below!).  In his (little) spare time, he enjoys making his way through family recipes, reading exciting adventures in whatever book he has, or exploring places that fascinate him.

To reach Peter call (603) 352-5094

Jude Grophear


Program Director
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) 352-5093

 

Jim McLaughlin


Respite Manager
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

Jen Marvel, Capt.


Administrative Coordinator
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Jennifer "Captain" Marvel joined MPS in October 2017.  Jen is the first voice that members hear when answering the phone, and the jack of all trades in the center.  She oversees all operations of the center and is the reason the lights stay on!  You might hear Jen playing music from her favorite musical: Hamilton

Sarah Harris


Wellness Curator
Defensive Driving
Suicide Prevention Training
Intentional Peer Support
Intentional Peer Support: Crisis Respite
WRAP Overveiw
Group Facilitator 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.

James Noyes


Respite & Operations Curator
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.

 

Doug Burdick


Operations Curator
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.

Kayla LaFord


Respite Curator, Newsletter Editor
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


Wellness & Operations Curator
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."  

Brian Bishoff


Wellness Curator
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Justin Crockett


Respite Curator
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.

Hawkins Jameson


The Dog
Rabies Vaccination
Sitting
 
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Hawkins love running, long walks on the beach, jumping, and snuggles.  He is a miniture Dachshund who has a lot of spunk for his small size.  Occasionally you will find him visiting MPS or on a walk in the neighborhood.  His favorite snacks are bacon and carrots, in that order.  Please give him loves of love, he likes the attention.