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Our Administration

15E_1965Renee Touhey-Childress, LCSW
Executive Director
603-742-4289, ext. 12

Renee received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Wheelock College. In 2012 she became a Licensed Certified Social Worker. Since graduating, Renee spent some time as a Residential Therapist for adolescent males before moving on as the Clinical Supervisor at an intensive foster care agency in Massachusetts. Renee spent four years as the Clinical supervisor before being promoted to Program Director, a position she held for three years before coming to Dover Children’s Home. Renee has worked at Dover Children’s Home as the Executive Director since 2015.

Melissa LaRocque, MSCJ          
Quality Improvement Specialist

Melissa joined the Dover Children’s Home treatment team as the Program Director in May of 2016.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and received her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. Her research interests have been in juvenile justice, family violence, and child victimization.  Prior to coming to DCH, Melissa worked in a residential home for adolescents in Massachusetts, where she was promoted several times into positions such as Adolescent Counselor, Juvenile Community Monitor, Crisis Response Supervisor, Assistant Program Supervisor, and Program Supervisor.  Melissa also has several years of child protection experience with the NH Division for Children, Youth, and Families. In October 2019, Melissa enthusiastically started a new role as the Quality Improvement Specialist in order to help support the agency with becoming a nationally accredited residential treatment group home.

Andrea Petraitis, MSW
Clinical Director
603-742-4289, ext. 15

Andrea received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Salem State University. Prior to DCH, Andrea worked as a caseworker at a residential home in Massachusetts. She then transitioned to an educational, non-profit organization where she was a coordinator of a college access program for three years. While completing her master’s degree, Andrea worked as a supervisor for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), as well as completing a clinical internship through juvenile probation. There, she served adolescents, most of whom were dually-involved in juvenile probation and child protection through non-traditional therapy. Most recently, Andrea moved into the New Hampshire sector and was employed by the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) for the past couple of years.  In her role as Clinical Director, Andrea enjoys working with the young people at Dover Children’s Home, as well as with the families, community, and supports, to foster their growth and well-being.  Her experience in residential treatment, juvenile probation, and child protection, along with her background in non-traditional therapeutic interventions, make her a positive addition to the DCH team.

Gretchen Tatulis, M.Ed
Program Director
603-742-4289, ext. 13

Gretchen received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire with a minor in Spanish and continued on to earn her Masters in Education for Counseling in 2014. She started working at Dover Children’s Home during the summer of 2014 as a Relief Adolescent Counselor and quickly recognized that DCH was a great match as she enjoyed working with both the staff and the residents at the Home. During her employment with DCH Gretchen has served as a full-time Awake Overnight Counselor, a Case Manager, the Family Development Coordinator for DCH’s Pregnant and Young Parent Support Program, and the Academic and Vocational Coordinator. In October 2019, Gretchen was promoted to Program Director. Gretchen enjoys being outdoors with her family, including her dog, Cookie, and spends as much time as she can in her canoe.