64 Beaver St. Keene, NH 03431

Phone: 603-352-5093/5094

Warm Line: 866-352-5093 (365 days, 4:00 PM- 9:00 PM)

Fax: 603-355-8211

Email: staff@monadnockpsa.org

MPS is a Monadnock  United Way agency

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© 2023 by Monadnock Peer Support

Meet our

STAFF & BOARD

Administration

Peter Starkey

Executive Director

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. Peter has worked extensively with local and state leaders to promote access to health services and combat the stigmatization of mental health. 

 

Peter attended George Washington University for his undergraduate studies in international affairs with a minor in human services and nonprofit management. 

Jude Grophear

Program Director

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.

 

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.

 

Jim McLaughlin

Admin Coordinator

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.  

Doug Robertson 

Respite & Impact Director

Douglass has been involved with the Peer Support community of the NH seacoast for the past 2 and 1/2 years. Before learning about peer support, Doug worked for around a decade in the culinary world. working from dishwasher to kitchen manager and finally learning butchery at Maine Meat in Kittery, ME. In his time in kitchens, Doug struggled to find meaning and stability. recognizing the lack of support and compassion in a field that employs large amounts of individuals that struggle with wellness. This brought Douglass through a cycle of jobs, financial woes, hospitalization, for several years. Through support of family, friends, and some great clinicians things got better... but upon becoming active in peer support Doug feels he has finally found his calling. Having recently joined as  Monadnock Peer Support’s Respite and Community Impact Director, Douglass is extremely excited to continue and grow respite in the Monadnock Region and NH.

Wellness

Sarah Harris

Operation Assistant

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 traveling 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, Birdie, and Banjo.  She loves to support people and was really excited to join this agency.

Karen Carrien

Assistant Program Director

Karen was appointed the Assistant Program Director for MPS in August 2019 and was so excited to join the team! She will be working both with members and with the new youth program at Keene High School. Previously, she has worked at Upward Bound and the Brattleboro Retreat and was overjoyed to see and experience a new side of mental health. She graduated from Keene State College in 2017 and holds a Bachelor's degree in History with a specialization in American history and a minor in Writing. In her spare time, she loves writing, knitting, and watching Netflix with her three rats: Cutie Pie, Leia, and Tighty Whitey. 

Respite

Jessica Johnson

Respite Curator

Kyle Pence

Respite Curator

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Operations

Jim Noyes

Operations

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

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 opportunity.

THE

BOARD

Melissa Chickering and Kate Robertson- Co-Chairs

Marie Dokoupil- Treasurer

Scott Folsom- Secretary

Theresa Noel- Assistant Secretary 

Daria Levy

Joe Frankel

Marty Barnard

 

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