Our Board of Directors.

Our Board of Directors consists of community members, advocates, professionals and impacted family members. We are very blessed to have such a passionate team of individuals serving with us. 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS BIOS

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Laura Messina
Vice President

Laura Messina is a co-owner of Royalt Car Wash & Detail Center along with her husband Brian. Her successful background in business management allows her to be an asset to the current Board of A17H.  She is passionate about helping youth and families successfully support one another as they move through life together.  
 
Raising her own family of 5 children and losing her brother in an accident involving alcohol helped her in becoming one of the co-founders of Austin17house.

If you ever have the chance to come visit, you can typically find her in the kitchen, organizing the pantry, breaking down boxes and sweeping the floors. There is no task too small.
 
Never, Never, Never give up is her mantra as she steers through life. She enjoys skiing, time with family and biking. 

 
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Dave Richards
President

David Richards has been in the financial services arena for over 30 years and self employed for the last 15 years.  He's handled transactions as large as $150 million.  David has his MBA from the Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics, at the University of New Hampshire.  He previously served on the Southern District YMCA Board of Directors and also stepped in as the interim CEO of the Y for six months when called upon.  

 

David is married with five children.  When not working, he loves spending time with his family and coaching youth sports.  He is also an avid fan of all New England sports teams.  

 
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Michelle Siudut
Treasurer

Michelle is mom to one amazing college-aged daughter. Michelle's day jobs include a window film company and also a summer camp. She has enjoyed volunteering most of her adult life. Having experience with non-profits, and being a resident of Brentwood, when Austin17House moved in "right around the corner" it seemed a natural fit. "It's been incredible to watch the growth of Austin17House over the last 4 years. The people involved are committed and such a blessing to our community. It's an honor to be a part of this team."

 
 
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Amanda Bailey
Secretary

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Doug Griffin
Board Member

Doug first became involved as an advocate shortly after the passing of his daughter Courtney in September of 2014. In New Hampshire, Doug has addressed the need to increase awareness about the dangers of drugs in the community and to have Narcan in the homes of families at risk for overdose. Doug is a member with the Addiction Policy Forum family advisory board. He is on the Southern New Hampshire Coalition for Healthy Youth steering committee.

 

Currently, Doug has been the owner of Seacoast Digital Computers for the past 34 years and Doug’s family owns The Green Griffin flower shop - a ten-year-old busy-as-you-can-get flower and gift shop run by his daughter Shannon. The Griffin family has helped host a church service for addicts and their loved ones and is spreading to other churches across New England.

 

In Massachusetts, Doug is on the board of directors of the Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project (MVPASAP). This eight-year-old nonprofit organization is based in Methuen, MA. MVPASAP has been a major force in educating people of the Merrimack Valley about drug awareness, treatment and recovery services. MVPASAP meetings are attended by legislators, clinicians, law enforcement, court personnel, and families having been touched by the sting of substance use disorder.

 
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Rick Jewell
Board Member

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Derrek Perreault

Derrek Perreault Board Member

Derrek currently serves as a lead music mentor, grounds keeper and lead role model at the Austin17House. He was fortunate to stumble upon this place after his cousin, and current music mentor Andrew invited him. After a few weeks of checking the place out and playing a few rounds of pool, he put his gifts and talents to good use, joining the Austin17House as a music mentor to teach drumming, bass and music theory. 

 In 2016 Derrek graduated from Timberlane Regional High School and went right into the labor field working as an equipment operator and lineman for JCR. Over the years he has worked for many different excavation companies and hopes to have his own business one day. 

When we asked Derrek what Austin17House means to him he shared, "An opportunity to impact youths lives for the better, to help them with their everyday lives and to make a difference". 

Derrek brings his on the ground perspective to the board, ensuring that the decisions made will benefit and support the current youth and families that we serve.  

 
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Joseph Brackett
Board Member

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