STAFF & BOARD
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 has travelled the country to talk about mental health, including a TEDx talk on building better relationships.
Peter attended George Washington University for his undergraduate studies in international affairs with a minor in human services and nonprofit management.
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 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.
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.
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 Making Community Connections Charter 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 and playing The Sims.
Kyle's journey through life has brought him from New Jersey, to California, then finally to New Hampshire. He enjoys working at Peer Respite and brings a sense of calm with every conversation. He enjoys playing phone games and connecting with others on a meaningful level.
If you are curious about having an internship through us to learn more about non-clinical mental health, please contact our center at 603-352-5093/5094.
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.
Christine Nowell - Treasurer, Acting Chair, Secretary