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NH Providers Association - Announces 2015 award winners

CONCORD — The NH Providers Association today announced the winners for its 2015 Providers of the Year, Intern of the Year, and Excellence in Board Service Awards at its Annual Meeting in Concord. The mission of The NH Providers Association is to represent its members in advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery through public policy, leadership, professional development, and quality member services. Governor Maggie Hassan and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, and U.S. Congresswoman, Ann McLane Kuster, joined the group to commend the award recipients and to address the Association’s membership.

Each year, the NH Providers Association selects award recipients for recognition at their annual meeting. A list of the 2015 award winners follows:

Treatment Provider of the Year: Headrest, Inc

Prevention Provider of the Year: Greater Derry Regional Public Health Network

Recovery Provider of the Year: Families Sharing without Shame

Intern of the Year: Jennifer Wayman with Serenity Place

Excellence in Board Service: Sarah Sadowski, NH Providers Association Board Secretary, employee of New Futures.

Recipients of the Provider of the Year awards were selected by the NH Providers Association Board of Directors after careful consideration of nomination criteria. Winners are those whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact in the substance abuse and behavioral healthcare field. While the organizations serve as exemplary models overall, particular focus may be given to success related, but not limited, to board excellence, programmatic evaluation and impact, fundraising, innovation, and collaboration with other entities.

The NH Providers Association commends all of the award recipients and other nominees for the work that they do to impact the field of substance misuse in the state of New Hampshire. Award recipients were recognized at the NH Providers Association annual meeting and each agency was awarded with a monetary donation and plaque. “The organizations and individuals recognized today have proven records of improving lives in their communities, and adopting innovative, client centered services and programs” said Abby Shockley, Executive Director of the NH Providers Association. “We continue to support and recognize the value of innovative solutions to difficult challenges in the world of substance abuse, and we are committed to supporting agencies that are doing the same.” Photos of the awards ceremony can be seen on the NH Providers Association Facebook page by visiting More information on the NH Providers Association can be found at



NH Rep.Rouillard awarded Toll Fellowship 


Freshman Legislator from Goffstown Among 48 National Winners



Concord—Rep. Claire Rouillard of Goffstown, serving her first term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has been awarded the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship given annually by the Council of State Governments (CSG).  The program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials.  Each year Toll Fellows bring 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp” designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth.


Speaker Shawn Jasper, who nominated Rep. Rouillard for the fellowship, saw early on in the legislative session that the freshman was a quick study.  “Claire grasped the legislative process early in the session and has made a significant contribution to the House.  It is rare to have a freshman part of the leadership team, but Rep. Rouillard certainly earned her title as Assistant Majority Whip,” said Speaker Jasper.  “She has a very bright future in state government should she choose to stay on that path,” he added.


Rep. Rouillard represents Hillsborough County, District 6, and has been serving on the House Judiciary Committee while assisting the Majority Whip Richard Hinch of Merrimack.  Rep. Rouillard is a graduate of the Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, known today as the University of New Hampshire Law School. 


Since 1986, 20 New Hampshire government officials have received the Toll Fellowship, including Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan, current Democratic Leader Stephen Shurtleff, State House Chief of Staff Terry Pfaff, and State Senator Sharon Carson.


Rep. Rouillard will join the 47 other fellows in Lexington, KY from August 28 through September 2, 2015.




NH Rep Shurtleff receives Caroline Gross Fellowship 


Veteran Legislator and City Councilor Honored at the State House


Concord—Representative Stephen Shurtleff of Penacook, a 6-term member of the New Hampsire House of Representatives and a member of the Concord City Council since 2007, was recognized today in State House ceremonies by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for demonstrating a high standard of performance during his years in public service. 


The Caroline L. Gross Fellowship was established in the memory of the former Concord legislator who worked in numerous positions in the House of  Representatives, the Governor’s office, and as a State Representative from Concord.  In 1989 she was appointed House Majority Leader, a position she held until her death in 1993.  Upon her death, her family, friends, and colleagues established this fellowship fund to nurture the next generation of public servants.  Speaker Shawn Jasper, who served as the Assistant Majority Leader under Rep. Gross, called her, “one of the most remarkable ladies I have ever met,” also calling her an important mentor in his development as a legislator. 


The Caroline L. Gross Fellowship honors individuals for their extraordinary work in public service. This annual award pays tribute to a woman whose own dedication to public service lives on through the work of the fellowship recipients.  The fellowship enables the recipient to attend a 3-week summer seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Rep. Shurtleff, who is the current House Democratic Leader, never served alongside Caroline Gross, but he told his colleagues in accepting the fellowship that he shared her legacy.  “I believe that we all have the ability to look for the thread that binds us instead of shining a light on the issues that may divide us,” said Shurtleff.


Rep. Shurtleff has been a member of the House since 2005 (6 terms). He has served on Criminal Justice (2 terms), Judiciary (2 terms), Legislative Administration (3 terms) and Pension Reform (1 term), as well as numerous House leadership roles.  He has also served as Concord At-Large City Councilor since 2004.  He is a former United States Marshal supervisory deputy for the U.S. Department of Justice.




NH House - Chandler receives award 



Rep. Chandler Honored forHis Lifetime of Support of the NH Fish & Game Mission

Photo id: (l to r) Ellis Hatch, Jr., Fish & Game Commission Director Glenn Normandeau and Chandler.

Concord—Former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Gene Chandler (r-Bartlett), who has also served in numerous other leadership roles during his 33 years in the House, was presented with the Ellis R. Hatch, Jr. Commission Award of Excellence today during ceremonies at the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department in Concord.


Rep. Chandler served as Speaker of the New Hampshire House from 2000-04 and has been a member of the Bartlett Board of Selectmen for 41 years.  He was recognized today for his many years of support of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s mission.  The award is named in honor of the longtime Fish and Game Commissioner from Rochester, who represented Strafford  County on the commission for 25 years.  It is given annually in recognition of a lifetime of dedicated service to the conservation of New Hampshire fish and wildlife and to the advancement of public understanding and enjoyment of these resources.  Mr. Hatch, who was on hand to personally present the award, thanked Rep. Chandler for his years of service to the state and described him as some who, “could really get things done.”


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission is made up of 11 members, one from each county in the state and one representing the coastal communities. Commissioners are citizens' representatives on the stewardship of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources. The Commission oversees the setting of policies for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.





NH Stay Work Play Opens Nominations for 6th Annual Rising Stars Awards

Prestigious program adds video nomination process for College Student of the Year nominations

Manchester, New Hampshire – Stay Work Play is now accepting nominations for its sixth-annual Rising Stars Award program and is ready to recognize a new class of exceptional young people, companies and organizations, and programs. The Rising Stars Awards will accept nominations through July 15. The competition also invites eligible college students to create and share 15-second videos as part of College Student of the Year nominations.

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) to celebrate and recognize remarkable young workers and college students in the Granite State as well as the companies and initiatives that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them. It includes six awards:

  • College Student of the Year, which honors a New Hampshire college student who is an academic rising star and is giving back to the community;
  • Young Professional of the Year, which honors an outstanding professional between the ages of 18 and 40 who works and lives in New Hampshire;
  • Civic Leader of the Year, which honors a person who, through his or her volunteerism, philanthropy or community involvement, demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening the community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations;
  • Coolest Company for Young Professionals, which honors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals;
  • Leadership Development Program of the Year, which honors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a New Hampshire organization aimed at a young professional audience to propel personal and professional growth; and
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year, which was added last year, honors a young entrepreneur who dedicates his or her time to starting and/or operating a new business, is making a positive contribution to the state’s economy and adds community vibrancy.


“We look forward to recognizing the standout people and companies who understand the importance of making New Hampshire a great place to set down roots,” said Kate Luczko, Stay Work Play’s executive director. “Past winners have gone on to accomplish incredible things and continue to nurture a positive economic and cultural climate for young professionals.”

To nominate a person, company or program, for complete rules, nomination materials and a sample College Student of the Year Award video. Finalists will be selected by judging panels appointed by Stay Work Play, and winners will be announced at a celebratory event at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 5.

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,, (603) 860-2245.

About New Hampshire Public Radio: Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.