Families in Transition – New Horizons is lead by a devoted team of senior managers.
Lisa Allard, Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Allard is the Chief Financial Officer of Families in Transition-New Horizons with oversight of the Accounting, Human Resource and I/T areas for FIT/NHNH, Manchester Emergency Housing, Housing Benefits and the OutFITters Thrift Store. Lisa has been with FIT-NH since 2000 and formerly served as FIT’s Chief Operations Officer and Director of Finance. Lisa brings over 30 years of accounting experience with her and has previously held positions at McCord-Winn Textron, Manchester, NH, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission of West Springfield, MA. In 2012, Lisa was recognized as the NH Business Review’s Financial Executive-of-the-year in the small non-profit category.
Lisa received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Westfield State College. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Plymouth State University where she was recognized as a member of Delta Mu Delta, an International Honor Society in Business. Along with her MBA, Lisa earned a Graduate Certificate in the Human Side of Enterprise.
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Cathy Kuhn – Chief Strategy Officer
Cathy Kuhn is Chief Strategy Officer at Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH), where she has worked since 2006. In this role, Cathy provides strategic direction for key agency departments including Emergency Shelter and Housing Intake, Research and Evaluation, Marketing and Communication, Resource Development, Property Management and Housing Development In 2012, Cathy took on an additional role as the Director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding thoughtful and effective solutions to homelessness in New Hampshire through research, education and advocacy.
Cathy holds a PhD in Sociology/Urban Studies from Michigan State University, where she taught before joining FIT-NH. She also holds a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Development and Environmental Studies. From 1997-1999, Cathy lived in Panama where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching environmental education in primary schools. In addition to her roles at FIT-NH and the NHCEH, Cathy is also an Adjunct Professor of Sociology, with experience teaching at numerous schools across the state including St. Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University and New Hampshire Technical Institute.
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Stephanie Allain Savard, Chief Operating Officer
Stephanie Allain Savard is the Chief Operating Officer of Families in Transition – New Horizons and a New Hampshire Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Stephanie has been working on the issue of homelessness for over 15 years. At Families in Transition – New Horizons, Stephanie provides development and oversight of the clinical services provided to the adults, families and children the agency serves. Stephanie’s clinical specialties are homelessness, trauma, women’s issues, and clinical supervision.
She received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Associate Degree of Science in Chemical Dependency, both from Keene State College. She was recently appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment for a three year term.
In addition, Stephanie is member of the National Association of Social Workers, past Vice-President and current member of the NH Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, named as a 40 Under 40 Leader of New Hampshire by the Union Leader and Business Industry Association in 2004 and is a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Greater Manchester” Class of 2011.
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Pamela Hawkes, Vice President of Resource Development
Pamela Hawkes is the Vice President of Resource Development for Families in Transition-New Horizons. In her role she is responsible for the oversight and management of the agency’s Resource Development Department which includes fundraising, event planning and volunteer management.
She has been working for the agency for over 11 years beginning as the Coordinator of Volunteers and In-Kind Donations with her Bachelors in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. During her time with the agency Pamela received her Master’s in Marketing along with a Certificate in Non Profit Leadership through Southern New Hampshire University. She has held other positions with FIT including Donor Relations Manager and Director of Resource Development. Prior to joining the organization she worked for the United Way of Greater Portland in the Community Impact Department.
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Meghan Shea, Vice President of Clinical and Supportive Services
Meghan Shea is the Vice President of Clinical and Supportive Services of Families in Transition – New Horizons. Meghan is a New Hampshire Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Master Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. With her Masters and dual licensure, Meghan Shea has specialized in substance use disorders, homelessness, gender-specific treatment, trauma, suicide prevention/post-vention, case management and clinical supervision.
Meghan is responsible for the oversight and management of the agency’s substance use treatment programs, clinical and supportive services, including its continuum of supportive housing.
She has been working for the agency for over 13 years beginning as a Case Manager with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, then earning her Masters in Social Work from UNH. With this specialty, Meghan has held positions within the programs including Clinician and Program Manager of the Willows Substance Use Treatment Center in Manchester NH. She currently serves as Vice President for the New Hampshire Providers Association Board of Directors and is a current member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the NH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association. In addition, Meghan is a therapist with the Bedford Family Therapy, LLC, a private group practice, in Bedford, NH.
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Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Michele Talwani is the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Families in Transition – New Horizons-New Horizons (FIT-NH). In this role she is responsible for the development of agency’s marketing, public relations and communications strategy. This includes the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of marketing and public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization, its related businesses, and its leadership. She’s an ambassador for the organization and serves as the point of contact for all media.
She joined FIT in May of 2010 and brings with her two decades of communications, public relations, marketing, social media, and management experience. Prior to joining FIT-NH, she worked for nearly 12 years at the NH Community Development Finance Authority, most recently as their External Relations and Communications Director. For several years, she provided media relations and outreach consultation to the New Hampshire Master Chorale. Prior to that, she was a Marketing Consultant for the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative in Plymouth and a Lecturer in Marketing at Plymouth State University.
Michele earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master in Business Administration from Plymouth State University (PSU). She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire.
Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of the NH Community Loan Fund, is the chair of Leadership New Hampshire’s Selection Committee, and is a member of the Yankee Chapter Public Relations Society of America. Previously, she was the secretary on the Board of Directors of the NH Women’s Lobby & Alliance , Chairperson of the Plymouth State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and on the on the Board of the Yankee Chapter Public Relations Society of America.
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Patrick D. Bergeron, Director of Human Resources and Information Technology
Patrick D. Bergeron serves Families in Transition- New Horizons as the Director of Human Resources and Information Technology of Families in Transition – New Horizons. Patrick has been with FIT-NH since 2018 and provides key mentorship and oversight of the Human Resources Department and Information Technology functions.
Prior to working at Families in Transition- New Horizons, Patrick was an Active Duty member of the United States Air Force. Patrick retired from Active Duty in 2017, after 20 years of honorable service, which included over 15 years of experience in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources.
While serving in the United States Air Force, Patrick was the recipient of many distinguished awards, including the 2011 Air Forces’ Top Executive Recruiter in the Nation, 2010 Air Forces’ Top Marketing and Public Affairs Team Manager in the Nation, and the 2008 Air Forces’ Master Recruiter for New England. Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Leadership from Ambridge University in 2017, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is currently enrolled in his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.
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Kristen McGuigan, LICSW – Director of Family Services
Kristen is the Director of Family Services and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in both NH and MA, working in the field providing family based services for over 11 years. Kristen is responsible for oversight of the family based programs within the agency which include 2 Family Shelters and a Recovery Housing program for women in recovery from substance use disorder and their children. Kristen specializes in trauma-informed care supporting children and families who have experienced trauma and have parents struggling with substance use disorder. Kristen has dedicated her work to gain knowledge on how childhood trauma impacts development. Kristen supports a team to create and implement child-friendly and trauma-informed play spaces for children and families throughout the agency.
Kristen’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Art in Human Development, with a minor in Social Work and a Masters of Social Work from Boston University. Kristen also carries an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development which has helped shape her practice. Kristen is a certified trainer in Suicide Prevention through the National Association of Mental Illness and Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints model of child development. Kristen is certificated in Child Parent Psychotherapy, which supports attachment and bonding for children and parents.
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Rebecca Pichardo, Director of Shelter Operations
Rebecca Pichardo is Director of Shelter Operations at Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH). Rebecca oversees the emergency single adult homeless shelter in Manchester, NH, which has 108 beds in the dormitories. Rebecca manages the day-to-day operations within the shelter which includes case managers, an intake case manager, and 24/7 shelter staff. In addition, Rebecca oversees the FIT-NH Outreach Program that has teams of staff in Concord, Dover, Manchester, and Wolfeboro, NH.
Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from University of Phoenix. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from Springfield College. Prior to coming to FIT-NH, Rebecca has worked in a long-term psychiatric facility, high school for kids with behavioral disabilities and as an in-home behavior counselor.
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Chris Wellington, Director of Housing Development & Operations
Chris Wellington is the Director of Housing Development & Operations at Families in Transitions – New Horizons. Chris has been with FIT-NH since September 2018 and oversees the organization’s $45M real estate portfolio and new housing development projects. Chris has more than 15 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sector and previously held positions with the American Cancer Society, City of Manchester’s Economic Development Office, NH Division of Economic Development, Grafton Regional Development Corporation and Capitol Regional Development Council.
Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Chris was recognized as the 2014 MYPN Young Professional of the Year, 2015 Stay Work Play Young Professional of the Year and a member of the Union Leader’s 40 under Forty class in 2014. Chris is also a graduate of the Hoffman-Hass Fellowship, Leadership Greater Manchester and Leadership New Hampshire programs. Chris currently serves as a member of the Planning Board for the City of Manchester.