Board of Directors
Scott Bickford, Board Chair
Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Air Planning, LLC, a leading private aviation services company. Having experienced the same struggle of so many families who have a loved one that suffers from addiction, Scott is active with a number of treatment and recovery organizations in New Hampshire as well as nationally. He initiated the legislation that eliminated the insurance preauthorization requirement for New Hampshire residents in need of Substance Use Disorder treatment. Scott also worked with local police departments to develop the Police Partners Program. This collaboration with Hope for New Hampshire Recovery trains law enforcement personnel to assist individuals in custody with accessing treatment. He is passionate about improving access to treatment and increasing recovery services for all New Hampshire residents.
David Berry, Vice Chair
David is currently the Superintendent of the Sullivan County Department of Corrections (DOC) in Claremont NH. He considers himself fortunate to be able to work in a correctional facility with a long term substance abuse/misuse program. TRAILS (Transitional Reentry and Inmate Life Skills) is a 90 day in house treatment program supervised by some of the finest clinicians and case managers in NH. Sullivan County feels strongly that we owe it to our incarcerated population to support, educate, treat an assist them on the path to recovery.
Prior to Sullivan County David worked at the Belknap County DOC for 21 years reaching the rank of Deputy Superintendent. While at Belknap he was able to work with the programs staff and at one point was interim Programs Director. That opportunity allowed him to assist offenders with entry in to treatment facilities throughout New England and was truly an eye opener. From 2007-2009 he worked part-time as a dorm supervisor and instructor for the State of New Hampshire DWI Multiple Offenders Program. During that employment period David taught classes on Hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS Awareness and The Truth about Alcohol. This provided him the opportunity to speak with the clients about their struggles with alcohol and drugs.
David is committed to treatment in corrections and has worked with Belknap, Carroll and Hillsborough counties in NH, Barnstable and Franklin counties in Massachusetts, Dutchess County NY and the Government of Brazil with programs development for jails. David states “I have never understood why correctional facilities do nothing to treat people with addiction. We have them, let’s do the right thing.”
Katie Sanders, Treasurer
CFO, The Anagnost Companies
Robert Kelley, Board Member
Robert Kelley has worked in the field of human services since 1976. He began as a social worker with the Division of Health and Human Services. Mr. Kelley then served as a regional coordinator for the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. He has been both a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and the executive director of Amethyst Foundation since 1984. Also a licensed clinical mental health counselor, Mr. Kelley has maintained a private clinical practice for more than three decades. He has served on several boards including Manchester Big Brothers-Big Sisters, NH Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse and the NH Licensing Board for Alcohol and Drug Counselors. He lives in Lee with his wife of three decades. They have four adult sons.
Peter Evers, Board Member
Peter Evers, M.S.W. joined Riverbend Community Mental Health as President and CEO on October 14, 2013. He also serves as Vice President for Behavioral Health at Concord Hospital. Evers brings 25 years of experience in the mental health and human services fields, including leadership positions in emergency, residential and outpatient services, to his new roles. Evers served as Vice President for Program Operations at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston before joining Riverbend. Before then, he was the Southeastern Area Director at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Evers was educated in England and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a B.A. in Economics and Business Studies. He obtained his Masters in Social Work from the University of Kent., and he is a licensed clinical social worker both here and in Great Britain.
Bill Irvine, Board Member
Bill has over 30 years of Human Resource experience. Prior to creating Irvine Consulting Group in 2007, he was VP of Human Resources at a large NH based Healthcare organization on the seacoast; Bill coaches Executives and Directors in leadership principles, aligning organizational core values, purpose and processes with performance expectations of the individual contributor. He has taught Principles of Human Resource Management, Business Leadership and Human Organizational Behavior on the graduate level. He provides leadership development and training programs on various subjects including teams, communications, performance management and customer services. He has served on several community Boards of Directors. He holds a Bachelor’s from Roger Williams University and a Masters from Rhode Island College. He lives in Bedford NH with his wife, Jean, of 34 years. His 28-year-old son, Matthew, having had significant medical/surgical events over several years became addicted to opioids. After multiple rehabilitation efforts, he recently died from an overdose of fentanyl. It is with an appreciation that addressing the disease of addiction is more than an individual’s effort to become well but also a compassionate multi-pronged approach within the community that Bill reached out to Hope for NH Recovery to give back.
Melissa Crews, Board Member
Margo Compagne, Board Member
Margo has thirty-five years of Human Resources experience mostly in the healthcare sector including psychiatric and chemical dependency hospitals in NH and MA. She brings a diversified experience in planning, implementation and coordination of programs in Human Resources. She has recently served six years on the Board of Manchester Mental Health. She is currently on the Board of Triangle Credit Union. Margo is currently and has been a CASA/GAL volunteer for the past five years serving the Manchester and Nashua court systems. Margo retired five years ago from Catholic Medical Center and has championed the cause of mental health and drug addiction as her way to give back. She currently resides in Exeter, NH but prior to that lived thirty-two years in Litchfield, NH and is very dedicated to the Manchester area.