The Steering Committee helps to plan and guide the actions of the larger, DMHA workgroup. They have been instrumental in moving the organization forward and in recruiting new members and partner organizations.
Suzanne Weete is the Community Education and Engagement Manager with Community Partners. For the past three years, she has worked to bring mental health education, stigma elimination and suicide prevention to the Dover community and surrounding towns. She is a founding member and steering committee member of the Dover Mental Health Alliance (DMHA). The DMHA is a cross-section of community stakeholders, dedicated to the vision of creating a culture that understands, embraces and addresses the complexities of mental health.
Her work includes engaging civic, business and faith leaders, first responders/police/fire, community members, schools, parents and youth to become more informed about the importance of mental health among all community members and to normalize the conversation about mental health, mental illness and suicide prevention.
Suzanne is an authorized Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid and NAMI NH Connect Suicide Prevention trainer. Suzanne has worked in the non-profit sector in Strafford County for the past 20 years, dedicating herself to the health and wellness of the community.
Suzanne lives in Dover, NH and is raising three boys and two dogs, with her husband Seth.
Dr. WIlliam Harbron is the Superintendent of Dover Public Schools. William has achieved 30+ years of progressive experience in development and direction of academic programs, policies, and initiatives to promote student growth, and Board objectives. He delivers top-notch senior leadership that drives the vision and criteria to enable progress, effective use of district resources, and planning that aligns with the common mission, core values, and continual improvements. He is a passionate education advocate successful in steering regulatory and standards compliance; directing instructional programs, and building top-performing teams committed to the academic success of each student.
Cara Cabral is the Program Director of Arts in Reach. Cara believes that the arts are a powerful vehicle for self-expression and community-building and a tool for mental health recovery. Growing up as a teenager in Manchester, Cara frequented a free teen art center where she found supportive relationships and a healthy outlet in the arts, which inspired her professional trajectory. Cara is grateful to serve as the Program Director for Arts In Reach (AIR), where she has the opportunity to support the creativity and voices of youth through accessible arts and mentoring programs. Cara has a BFA in Painting and Drawing and is currently enrolled in an MSW program at UNH. In addition to her work at AIR and on the DMHA steering committee, Cara serves on the Somersworth Youth Connection Advisory Panel, and she’s a resident artist at Wrong Brain, a Dover community arts collective, Wrong Brain. When she isn’t working or creating, Cara loves to garden, antique, and hike the Whites.
Gregg Dowty retired after serving as the President and Executive Director of the Children’s Home of Easton in Easton, PA. He also served as the Deputy Executive Director and then Executive Director of Good Will-Hinckley Homes for Boys and Girls located in Hinckley, ME. These positions followed a career in education and various administrative and teaching positions in Maine schools. Gregg holds a doctorate from the University of Maine with a dissertation focused on Significant Adults as Protective Factors in the Lives of At-Risk Youth. His professional and community service totals over 45 years working with children and families.
Jodi Langellotti is a Communications, Marketing and Education professional by day and a mental health advocate and educator by night. Jodi is a certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer as well as an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Master Trainer. Jodi is the President of OCD New Hampshire, the state level affiliate for the International OCD Foundation and is on the Advisory Board of the Strafford County YMCA. Jodi’s passion for educating on and advocating for mental health comes from her family’s personal journey with OCD, Anxiety, PTSD and eating disorders. As a former public school teacher, Jodi has a passion helping adults who work with youth. Jodi lives in Dover with her husband Chris, daughter Syd, dogs Hank and Leela, cat Meow and goldfish Harry.
Melissa Lesniak leads the Lesniak Home Team with Keller Williams Realty. Melissa is a Rotary Club of Dover Past President and the Assistant Governor of Rotary Club 7780. As a local Realtor and community leader, Melissa wants to support those that are looking for assistance as they learn about mental health and what is available for assistance in our community through organizations. Melissa is also a Big Sister with Big Sisters and Big Brothers of America.
Cora Long is a Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator for Strafford County Public Health Network. Cora grew up in the small coastal town of Wells, ME. After graduating high school, she moved to New Hampshire where she began her career working for the Department of State as a congressional liaison handling expedite, humanitarian and special immigration cases. She later transitioned into the non-profit sector, where she coordinated health care services at Families First in Portsmouth, NH. Cora has since taken on the role of Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator for Strafford County Public Health Network, and has been providing education, sharing resources, developing campaigns, and assisting with program development throughout the region for the past 3 years. Cora is a board member of Seacoast Outright and dedicates her spare time towards efforts in harm reduction, supporting the LGBTQ+ population, and addressing homelessness. She is focused on serving high risk populations and ensuring that health care is inclusive, trauma informed, stigma free and accessible for everyone. Cora is a suicide loss survivor, and has lived experience with substance use disorder, trauma and mental illness. She lives in Rochester, NH and is mother to one daughter and an adopted rat terrier/Chihuahua mix named Six. In her spare time she enjoys live music, painting and thrifting.
Karen Morton-Clark is a Recovery Friendly Advisor for the NH Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. She is a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) with over 30 years of experience working with vulnerable and high-risk populations impacted by substance use disorder and related challenges. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Dover Mental Health Alliance, an emerging grassroots pilot program that supports NH’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan. She has held various leadership positions with the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, the NH Air National Guard, the Dover Police Coalition for Youth, and the Seacoast Public Health Network. She was also part of a response team providing caller support and crisis navigation through the NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line.
Steve Pappajohn, M.Ed., CPS is the Youth Services Coordinator for Dover Police Department. Steve has been with the Dover Police Department since 2006. In his role as the Youth Services Coordinator, he is responsible for the daily operation of the Dover Teen Center and the coordination of the Juvenile Court Diversion Program. In addition to his direct responsibilities, Steve also sits on many committees and work groups that focus on prevention, youth development, community engagement and mental health.
Steve’s passion for working with youth is something that he wears on his sleeve. Focusing on mattering, positive opportunities and wise choices; he sends continuous vibes that foster responsibility, integrity and leadership development.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching and cheering for New England sports teams, playing golf and men’s softball. He’ll also be the first to tell you that he loves all things pop-culture; especially music and movies.
Katie Soule is the Association Director of Childcare and Daycamp Services for the Granite YMCA. Katie has been working in the field of childcare and education since 2007. In her current role, she supports childcare and day camp programs across the Granite Y association through consulting, coaching, program evaluation, training and association initiative rollout. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Language Arts and minor in Special Education, from the University of Maine at Farmington, as well as a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Educational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. Additionally, Katie is a Certified Human Behavior Consultant and ACEs Master Trainer with ACE Interface. Katie’s passion for working with children and the adults who love and take care of them is fueled by a desire to empower people to become captains of their own ships.