The Partnership for Successful Living’s member-agencies are governed by a shared volunteer Board of Directors.
Day to day leadership includes a shared CEO/ President, Peter Kelleher, and individual agency leaders. Brief biographies of key Partnership for Successful Living staff members are below.
Peter Kelleher, CEO and President of each Partnership for Successful Living member-agency, provides strategic visioning, development, and oversight of more than 80 programs comprising a $24 million+ operating budget; proposal development resulting in approximately $130 million in grants; and oversight of 320+ management/direct care professionals. Mr. Kelleher achieved his BA degree in Psychology from Clark University and his Masters in Social Work degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of health and human services, non-profit management, low-income housing and facility development. Peter began his current career at Harbor Homes as the agency’s first employee in 1982. Under his vision, the Partnership model was born and nurtured, now serving approximately 10,000 community members annually. Past positions include roles at MIT, Middlesex Community College, and the Massachusetts Tuberculosis Treatment Center. As the former Chair of the State Interagency Council on Homelessness, Peter has long been involved in shaping public policy in NH. Mr. Kelleher is the recipient of numerous awards, recognizing his leadership and impact on the community, including Community Development Leader of the Year by the University of New Hampshire (2003); National Alliance for Mental Illness NH Annual Award for Systems Change (2007), the Peter Medoff AIDS Housing Award (2007), the Walter J. Dunfey Corporate Fund Award for Excellence in Non Profit Management (2009), and the NH Business Magazine Excellence in Nonprofit Award (2010). He was also chosen as the Humanitarian of the Year by the Nashua Telegraph community (2015). Harbor Homes was also awarded the Lionel W. Johnson Award by the NH Human Rights Commission, which honors a housing community that shows outstanding commitment and leadership in creating equal housing opportunities in compliance with the law (2015). Peter also serves as board member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, on numerous local and state committees, and in 2015 was appointed as the New England representative to the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, where he will be providing advice to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in regards to veteran homelessness issues on a federal level. In addition, the Lionel W. Johnson Award was presented to Harbor Homes, Inc. of Nashua, NH.
Carol Furlong, Vice President of Harbor Homes, has 38 years of clinical, administrative, and managerial experience in addition to an MS in Education (Counseling) and an MBA in healthcare administration. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. As Vice President of Harbor Homes, Ms. Furlong supervises a clinical, residential, and administrative staff of approximately 150 employees and coordinates a continuum of service delivery for individuals with mental illness,the homeless and other populations. In addition, Ms. Furlong is an adjunct professor at Springfield College in NH. Prior to her current position, she was employed as an adjunct faculty member (Graduate Counseling Program) with Rivier College in Nashua, NH. She has military experience with the US Army as a former Substance Abuse Clinic Program Director and Community Service Director.
Annette Escalante, Vice President of Keystone Hall, has been at Keystone for over 7 years. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations, including oversight of clinical and administration programs and personnel. Prior to joining Keystone Hall, Ms. Escalante worked as the Administrator of Women Offenders and Family Services for the NH Department of Corrections and a DOC corrections counselor. In both of these positions, she spearheaded the development and implementation of various substance misuse programs and mental health services understanding the connection between the two and the frequency of dual diagnosis within the population. Ms. Escalante brings a critical level of expertise to Keystone and the state of New Hampshire. She has worked as a social worker/youth counselor, substance abuse counselor, per-diem therapist, a program monitor of Section 8 housing at NH Housing Finance Authority and an adjunct faculty member of Springfield College. A&E Network, in partnership with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and the 2009 Recovery Month Planning Partners, chose Ms. Escalante as New Hampshire’s 2009 Recovery Delegate. During her years in the correctional department she was instrumental in moving forward programs and standards for dealing with substance abuse. Since joining Keystone Hall she has worked to bring services and programs to the community including the Cynthia Day Family Center, a treatment program for pregnant an parenting women and their young children. It is the only program in the state that allows children to live with their mothers during the treatment process.
Sharon Drolet, Administrator of Healthy at Home, has worked as a financial auditor, auditing non-profit Home Health and Hospice and Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) agencies throughout New England for over 27 years, bringing a wealth of home health care knowledge to Healthy at Home. Sharon serves on the Finance Committee of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire and serves on the board of the Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform trying to implement positive changes in our prison system, to the end of providing more rehabilitation services in place of incarceration for certain prisoners who would benefit from this. Sharon has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Carolyn McLaughlin, Vice President, manages the Training Institute at Welcoming Light. Additionally, she acts as a member of the Partnership for Successful Living’s Development and Fundraising team, where her skills in graphic design and event planning shine. Carolyn joined the Partnership for Successful Living in 2004, bringing with her nine years’ experience in a for profit health insurance company assisting the Learning and Development department with training, facilitation, staff development and team building. During her eight year tenure with the Partnership in the Development department, Carolyn gained extensive knowledge in publication production, website design, video production.
Wendy Leblanc, Vice President of the Southern NH HIV/AIDS Task Force, is responsible for oversight of all day-to-day agency operations while also providing case management, working directly with clients. Wendy has been the Chairperson of the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care for the past four years and participates in all its subcommittees. She is also an active member of the New Hampshire HIV Community Planning Group, serving on its Executive Committee. She participates in the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s HIV program Community Advisory Group and the Boston Ryan White Part A Planning Council. Wendy’s dedication to the HIV+ population is well known in the NH HIV Community as well as the New England region. She leads a team of case managers with strong advocacy skills and a truly client-centered approach. Wendy was recognized by Springfield College’s School of Human Services for her contributions as a leader and caregiver in continuum care. She was also honored by AIDS Housing Corporation of Boston with the Medoff AIDS Housing Award “In recognition of her extraordinary contributions in response to the AIDS epidemic and for her commitment to creating a world where people with HIV/AIDS can live with dignity”.
Darci Russell, Vice President of Milford Regional Counseling Center. As Vice President, Darsi is responsible for the development, management, and coordination of all client services at Milford Regional Counseling Services, Inc. as well as supervision, training, and oversight of all the clinicians, interns, and office staff. She also provides professional mental health counseling services to individuals, couples and families. Darsi brings over 25 years of extensive professional experience providing services to clients with a variety of complex issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, chronic illness, adjustment, grief and loss, and relationships. She provides services to a diverse clientele across a wide range of socioeconomic, educational, familial, and cultural backgrounds. She also has experience working with clients dealing with HIV/AIDS, and previously served as Director of Client Services for the Southern N.H. HIV/AIDS Task Force. Darsi received a B.A. in Psychology from Keene State College, and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rivier College. She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with the State of N.H.
In addition to our Partnership leaders, each member-agency of the Partnership has access to a team of professionals within Accounting, Human Resources, Fundraising/ Development, Facilities Management, and IT. By sharing resources and working as one, we are able to maximize the support from the community and produce better client outcomes.