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 serve the agency as a part-time Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator. 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.
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 Master 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 grew to enjoy working with the staff as well as the residents. During her employment with DCH, Gretchen has served as a full-time Awake Overnight Counselor, a Case Manager, and the Family Development Coordinator for DCH’s Pregnant and Young Parent Support Program prior to assuming the Academic and Vocational Coordinator position. When she isn’t working, she is usually walking or hiking with her dog, Cookie. In addition to outdoor adventures, she also enjoys relaxing at home with loved ones.
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. From there, she marries a Navy man and moved up and down the East coast, gaining experience in both elementary and pre-school education. Jen had the luxury of staying home with her children and dabbled in Nutrition classes to keep her brain sharp. By the Fall of 2015, Jen was ready to get back to part-time work and found that the Kitchen Manager position at DCH was a perfect blend of her educational background, nutrition interests, and flexible hours. She has made many wonderful connections working at DCH. In her free time, Jen can be found cheering on her kids in their various endeavors, playing with her dog, and enjoying good books.
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 first started at Dover Children’s Home in September 2017, when she began a year long internship during her senior year at UNH. She then worked as an Awake Overnight Counselor at DCH before accepting a Case Manager position. Tara plans to pursue a Masters of Social Work degree in the near future, and feels lucky to be able to work with DCH staff and youth on a daily basis. When she is not working, Tara enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her new cat, Leo.
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.
In September of 2017, Molly joined the Dover Children’s Home team. She has served as both an Awake Overnight Counselor and part-time Relief Adolescent Counselor since her hire. After graduating from UNH in 2014 with a BA in Spanish and Anthropology and a minor in Race, Culture, and Power, she worked in student support roles such as an academic adviser, a residential counselor, and a college access counselor where she served low income and first-generation college students. Molly is exploring her interests in social work and education as she considers pursuing a graduate degree. Outside of work, she is a visual artist, vintage clothing collector, traveler, and coffee lover.
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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