The Community Advisory Board, led by Node Core Investigator Dr. Steven Chapman will work to disseminate and implement “lessons learned” from CTN research in our communities. Additionally, they will work to identify more opportunities to align CTN efforts with other regional efforts focused on increasing access to state-of-the science treatments for substance use disorders (SUDs) and reducing harm from SUDs. Members of this Board include local treatment and community service program directors as well as members with lived experience. The Northeast Node seeks input from this board on concept proposals for new research projects we could propose to conduct within the CTN in collaboration with other Nodes that may impact state/regional/national policy and/or models of payment for substance use disorder treatment as well as new community initiatives and interventions to meet the unique rural needs of providers and participants.

Steven H. Chapman, MD

Medical Director
General Pediatrics Clinic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Medical Director
Boyle Community Pediatrics Program, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Vice President
New Hampshire Pediatric Society

Steven H. Chapman, MD, is a general pediatrician with 20 years of experience, currently practicing at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) and teaching at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served four years in the National Health Service Corp and is currently the Director of the Boyle Community Pediatrics Program as well as Vice President of the New Hampshire Pediatric Society. He also serves on the Board of New Hampshire Kids Count/Children's Alliance of New Hampshire, and is the school physician for his local Dresden School District. He has particular interest in integrated behavioral health in primary care, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in primary care, and support of parents in recovery who are raising young children.

Anthony “Tony” Folland

Clinical Services Manager and State Opiate Treatment Authority
Vermont Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program

Tony Folland serves as the Clinical Services Manager and State Opioid Treatment Authority for the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs and has been in State service since 2010. In the Vermont system of care, Tony has regulatory oversight of both the Hub (OTP) providers and DATA 2000 waivered prescribers. Prior to state government, he previously served for nearly 20 years as a clinician, program director and clinical director in various MH/SA organizations, both in rural and urban settings, and was both a clinician and, subsequently, Clinical Director of Vermont’s initial Buprenorphine Induction Hub for several years. With regard to the current iteration of the Hub and Spoke System, Tony was honored to Chair the Medical provider development subcommittee, participating in the clinical assessment subcommittee and serving on the Clinical & Scientific Leadership Committee to develop the provider Learning Collaborative to support prescriber education and practice improvement.

Laura Byrne, MA

HIV/HCV Resource Center

Laura Byrne, MA, is the Executive Director of the HIV/HCV Resource Center, an AIDS Service Organization located in Lebanon, NH. She supervises her agency’s fixed site and mobile syringe service programs in VT and NH. The agency promotes harm reduction activities and increasing access to medical, mental health and community services for people who use injection drugs. Its main areas of emphasis are overdose prevention and reducing barriers to enrollment and retention in programs that treat substance use disorder.

Kayla Cole, CSP-SM

Director of Operations
Qualidigm, Inc.

Kayla grew up in Maine and attended the University of Maine, Orono for her undergraduate studies. Shortly after graduating, Kayla began her career working for the Maine Women Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) serving as the Vendor and Data Services Manager. She spent several years working with the grocery stores in Maine that accept WIC as well as the USDA to ensure adherence to federal regulations as well as identifying future technology needs of the program. In 2013, she transitioned into the field of Information Technology and served as a Certified Scrum Master on agile software development teams. After several years of leading Agile teams, Kayla achieved her Scrum Professional Certification from the Scrum Alliance. Kayla began working for Qualidigm in January of 2017 and now serves as Director of Operations overseeing Child Health, Substance Use Disorder, and ECHO initiatives at Qualidigm.

Douglas Griffin

Courtney’s Dad

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.

Daniel Goonan

Manchester Fire Department

Chief Daniel A. Goonan has been a member of the Manchester Fire Department since December 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996, Captain in 2000, and District Chief in 2003. In 2008 he was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of Administration, Fire Prevention, Dispatch and Maintenance Division. In 2015 he was promoted to Assistant Chief and in May of 2016 promoted to Chief of the Department.

Chief Goonan helped develop and implement the Safe Station Program. Safe Station is a program that acts as the first step for those seeking help from Substance Abuse Disorder. Opening its doors on his first day as Chief, he continues to speak on this subject both statewide and nationally, including visits to the White House. Chief Goonan is appointed to several national and regional organizations including the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Stakeholders Board.

Cheri Bryer

Recovery Coach
Moms in Recovery

Cheri Bryer is the Recovery Coach at the Moms in Recovery Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock where she provides peer support recovery services and advocacy to pregnant and parenting women. She is a member of the interdisciplinary pediatric and OB teams at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she works with women and families with substance misuse disorders. In her inpatient and outpatient role she provides individualized advocacy, support, and referrals to community recovery resources. As a person in long term recovery herself she often accompanies individuals to medical appointments, recovery meetings, court hearings and treatment. Cheri is a certified CCAR recovery coach and Ethics trainer, leading many trainings in the Upper Valley. She is certified to supervise recovery coaches and CRSWs and has been an integral part of mentoring and teaching medical providers and care givers throughout New Hampshire. She has appeared in documentaries and speaks at public forums on behalf of herself and people with substance misuse disorder. She is inspired to speak out and uses her own personal story of addiction to help reduce stigma and bring a voice to those who have been silenced. Her experiences and recovery are proof that people can change.

Robert “Bob” Purvis

Executive Director
Turning Point Center of Central Vermont

Bob Purvis is a person with more than sixteen years of long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. He has been executive director of the Turning Point Center of Central Vermont since November 2010 and served as the treasurer of the Vermont Recovery Network for 3 years. He is a certified recovery coach. Bob also serves on the board of directors of the Barre Community Justice Center. His first position in Vermont was as executive director of the Vermont League of Conservation Voters.

Prior to moving to Vermont in 2006, Bob co-created and directed for thirteen years an addiction recovery residence in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also practiced law and served as legal policy director for the National Institute Against Prejudice & Violence. Also while in Maryland Bob served on the Governor’s Executive Advisory Committee on Drugs as well as the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Religious Tensions. He began his professional life as a corporate lawyer in Pittsburgh.

Ashley Homstead

Executive Director
Substance Use Disorder Counselor
A Time to Rise – Counseling & Wellness, LLC

Ashley is a woman in long-term recovery and the Executive Director of A Time To Rise - Counseling & Wellness LLC. She has recently graduated from UMaine with a Master's in Social Work and looks forward to putting that degree and license to good use by bringing another service to her agency and clients soon. She is an active member in the Bangor Area Recovery Network Board of Directors and the Board of Jail Visitors for Penobscot County Jail, using both personal and professional experience to help others in and not in recovery. When she is home, Ashley enjoys relaxing with her 5 cats and small dog. They complete her.

Ryan Fowler, CRSW

Harm Reduction Coordinator
The HIV/HCV Resource Center

 A native of New Hampshire, Ryan Fowler is a person in sustained recovery and a Certified Recovery Support Worker. He is a former injection drug user and credits being alive and his clean bill of health to harm reduction and evidence-based treatment. After working in addiction treatment and recovery for several years, Ryan began focusing on harm reduction, public health strategies, and overdose prevention efforts. Using both his negative lived experience and positive professional experience, he has grown in effectiveness and is passionate about helping other people who use drugs to stay alive and find recovery. 

In January 2020, Ryan began his current position as the Harm Reduction Coordinator for the HIV/HCV Resource Center (H2RC) in Lebanon, NH. He operates the Claremont Exchange, a legal syringe service program in Claremont, New Hampshire. He will be expanding this program within Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. Ryan’s goal for this project is to ensure that everyone in these counties has access to life-saving Harm Reduction Services. 

Eva Quirion, NP, PhD

Pain Care Provider
St. Joseph Healthcare

Lecturer of Nursing
The University of Maine School of Nursing

The Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement (Mi-CCSI) and the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME)

Committee Member
Schmidt Institute’s committee for controlled substance stewardship

Eva Quirion, NP, PhD is a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono and the University of Phoenix. She joined an interventional pain practice after receiving her FNP certification. She then joined St. Joseph Healthcare in 2014 as a Pain Care provider embedded in primary care. Eva has been working with patients to help them manage chronic pain. The focus of her work has been to improve patient safety related to controlled substances. She has become an expert at compassionately de-prescribing controlled substances.

The uncovering of undiagnosed substance use disorder led Eva to work with the St. Joseph’s MOUD team. At this time, Eva manages about 100 patients who are on buprenorphine for substance use disorder. The St. Joseph’s MOUD program provides XR injectable buprenorphine to over 100 patients, more than any other program in the state of Maine.