Our Staff and Volunteers
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Susie is the Home’s Office Manager. She has been employed at Dover Children’s Home since 1996 and has enjoyed her long history with the Home. She manages duties such as payroll, financials, audits, and billing. Susie loves to volunteer at fundraisers for the Home and has a special place in her heart for her co-workers and DCH board members. During her time off from the Home, she loves spending time with her family and having fun with her husband, Dave, and four grandchildren, Trey, Ellie, Tucker, and Jase.
After earning her Bachelor of Art in English in 2011, Lauren received her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire in 2013. She worked as a public high school English teacher for six years, primarily with students recovering from emotional trauma. In July 2019, she started her new journey as a full-time Development Director for Dover Children’s Home. She is grateful to work for such a devoted organization and feels energized by her colleagues and supportive community. In her personal life, Lauren enjoys yoga, hiking, making essential oil products, spending time with family and friends, and reading.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maine in 1990, Donna received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in 1993. Donna has worked at Dover Children’s Home since 1994, initially as the Program Director and then as the Executive Director from 2008 – 2015. Following her family’s re-location to Florida in the Fall of 2015, she has continued to assist the agency with fundraising and marketing. In her down time, Donna loves to garden, boat, fish, travel, and plan fun adventures with friends and family.
Joanne works part-time as an Office Assistant and Fundraising Assistant for Dover Children’s Home. You can find her at the registration table during the majority of the Home’s annual events. Joanne has over 10 years of customer service experience and feels very fortunate to work in a place that provides the highest quality of care. Joanne enjoys being with her family and traveling.
Caitlin graduated Keene State College in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Substance Abuse/Addictions. She initially joined the Dover Children’s Home team during the summer of 2014 as an Adolescent Counselor. She also worked for DCH as an Awake Overnight Counselor and a Case Manager prior to serving in her current role as the agency’s Independent Living Coordinator. Caitlin grew up in Dover and is grateful to have the opportunity to give back to this community. She hopes to someday earn a Master’s degree in Social Work. When she isn’t at DCH, Caitlin enjoys hiking, camping, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Jen graduated from the University of Florida with a BA and Masters in Education in May 1996. She was a classroom teacher for a few years and stayed home with her own children until taking the part time Kitchen Manager position for Dover Children’s Home in 2015. As the new Academic & Vocational Coordinator for DCH, Jen is psyched to step out of the kitchen and into a more involved role in the kids’ lives. In her free time, Jen likes to spend time with her family and travel whenever possible.
A graduate of Boston College, Meridith spent most of her professional working in development for organizations including the University of New England and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. She comes to us after spending five years at home raising her daughter and three corgis. She is very excited to be the new Kitchen Manager at the Home. Meridith has also had a passion for working in the nonprofit sector and giving back to her community. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, knitting, and spending time with her family.
Shaima graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Services from Ashford University. She joined Dover Children’s Home in the Spring of 2017 and has served as both a full-time Awake Overnight Counselor and a part-time Relief Adolescent Counselor since her hire. She loves cooking and spending quality time with her husband, son, and parents.
Tara graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2018 with a BA in Psychology, a second major in Human Development & Family Studies, and a minor in Women’s Studies. Tara has been with Dover Children’s Home since September 2017, when she began a year-long internship during her senior year at UNH. Following her internship, Tara held roles as an Awake Overnight Counselor and a Case Manager before transitioning to her current role as a Residential Supervisor. Tara is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of New Hampshire and is excited to continue working with DCH youth and staff as she earns her degree! When she is not working, Tara can be found at the beach, spending time with friends and family, or playing with her cat, Leo.
Danielle graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May 2018 with a Bachelors in Psychology and Sustainability and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she worked in an early intensive learning program for preschoolers doing ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy. Because she enjoys working with an older population, Danielle started at Dover Children’s Home in March 2019 as a Case Manager and transitioned to a Residential Supervisor position in September 2019. In her free time, Danielle enjoys tending to the DCH garden, hiking, reading, cooking, running, and hanging out with friends and family.
Savannah graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2018 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. During her senior year, she completed a year-long internship at Dover Children’s Home before serving in various roles within the agency… Case Manager, Awake-Overnight Adolescent Counselor, and, most recently, Relief Adolescent Counselor. Outside of work, Savannah enjoys spending time with loved ones, petting dogs, and traveling.
Sonya Lanctot studied Alcohol and Drug counseling at Intercoast College in Salem, NH in 2013 before working in an alcohol and drug treatment facility. She held a license as a Certified Recovery Support Worker from 2016 to 2018 and worked in the roles of Resident Assistant, Counselor, and Case Manager. Before beginning employment as an Awake Overnight Counselor at Dover Children’s Home in August of 2018, Sonya most recently worked as a Caregiver for the elderly, providing services that would allow for them to remain in their homes. While on her off time, Sonya enjoys reading, video games, caring for her two birds and two cats, and spending time with her husband.
Katie started working at DCH as a Relief Adolescent Counselor in 2017. She was then promoted to a youth counselor position in 2019. Katie graduated from Great Bay Community College in December of 2018 with an Associates in Psychology. While working at DCH, Katie is attending UNH Manchester to work toward a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her goal is to pursue a Master’s degree. Katie is a very caring individual who enjoys giving back to the community and supporting youth during their time at DCH. When Katie is not at work, she is studying hard for school or relaxing at home. During the summer, she likes to go hiking with her family or relax on the Saco River.
Derek earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Theater from Brandeis University in May of 2018. He plans to pursue higher education in mental health services and work as a child psychologist one day. In the spring of 2019, Derek began working for Dover Children’s Home as a case manager and has enjoyed working with the incredible youth in this environment. In his free time, you can find him watching Netflix, singing karaoke, or going on adventures with his loved ones.
Marissa graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She joined the Dover Children’s Home team in the Fall of 2018 as an intern. Following her internship, she was promoted to a Case Manager position. Marissa’s goal is to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling and work in a high school. She has a passion for helping others and looks forward to continuing her professional training at DCH. Outside of work, Marissa enjoys watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and exploring New Hampshire.
Caitlin graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Justice Studies in 2010 and her Master’s degree in Education in School Counseling in 2017. Having initially served as an Awake Overnight Counselor at DCH, she is currently a Relief Adolescent Counselor and has helped run the summer program. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her dog.
Justin received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a minor in Classics and Religious Studies. He continued on to earn a Master of Education in Special Education in 2017. During the summer of 2017, Justin started working at Dover Children’s Home as a Relief Adolescent Counselor, a position he continues to hold. During his employment at DCH, Justin has worked at two local high schools as a special education teacher. When he isn’t working, he is often traveling, playing board and video games, and chilling with his cat.
Colleen graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and two program certificates in Substance Abuse Counseling and Conflict Resolution. After graduating, she relocated to Saint Paul, Minnesota where she completed an internship at a substance abuse treatment program for adolescents and worked with children with developmental disabilities. After moving to New Hampshire in June 2019, Colleen started working at Dover Children’s Home as a Case Manager. She appreciates the staff and residents at DCH and feels lucky to work for such a great organization. Colleen’s goal is to pursue a Master of Social Work degree. When she is not at work, Colleen enjoys spending time with her loved ones, painting, and cooking.
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