Our Staff

Get to Know Our Staff

  (Thanks to Expressions4Ever Photography for some of these photos)

Lindsay Southgate

LindsayLindsay received her Bachelors Degree in History from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. Prior to working at Dover Children’s Home, Lindsay was a Residential Counselor at Antrim Girls Shelter in Antrim, New Hampshire.  Since starting at the Dover Children’s Home, Lindsay has been an active member of the agency, volunteering when she can at various fundraisers and gaining experience in many areas of the agency including serving as an Awake Overnight Counselor, a Case Manager, and the Acting Program Director.  Lindsay currently serves as the Home’s Academic and Vocational Coordinator. 

Susie Gordon
Susie is the Home’s Office Manager.  She has been employed at Dover Children’s Home since 1996 and has enjoyed her long history with the Home.  She manages duties such as payroll, financials, audits, and billing.  Susie loves to volunteer at fundraisers for the Home and has a special place in her heart for her co-workers and DCH board members.  During her time off from the Home, she loves spending time with her family and having fun with her husband, Dave, and their three grandchildren, Trey, Ellie, and Tucker.
Tom Waldron
 Tom has been a part of the Dover Children’s Home team since 2008.  He has had a dynamic role as a DCH team member, working in multiple capacities throughout the years including full-time and part-time positions.  Tom received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009, and his Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 2011.  He currently serves as the Home’s CPR/First-Aid instructor.  Outside of DCH Tom works full time as a guidance counselor in the Barrington school district, is the director of an NPO Counseling Center, and an assistant coach on the Dover Special Olympics swim team.  In his free time Tom enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and his Great Dane. 
Helen Kettenring 
Helen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Plymouth State University in December of 2011.  She serves as the Home’s Independent Living Coordinator and thrives on the rewards and challenges earned while working at Dover Children’s Home.  She was drawn to the Home because of the mission and focus on treatment to benefit the child, the family, and the community as a whole.  Working with teens is a passion for Helen.  Outside of work, she is a volunteer board member and facilitator for Concord Outright, another program dedicated to helping teens navigate life, especially when the obstacles they face are overwhelming.  Her future goals include earning a Master’s degree in Social Work; continuing to learn and be a part of the Dover Children’s Home team; and focusing on family, friends, mentors, and all the experiences that enrich life.
 Joanne Riley

Joanne works part-time as an Office Assistant and Fundraising Assistant for the Home.  She has over 10 years of customer service experience and feels very fortunate to work in a place that provides the highest quality of care.  Joanne enjoys being with her family and traveling.  

Sam Wheeler
Sam graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a dual Bachelors degree in Sociology and Justice Studies.  As a case manager at Dover Children’s Home, she enjoys her time working with adolescents.  She loves bringing out the best in every child and hopes that she can encourage goal setting and positive ways to transition independently into the community.  Sam hopes to someday pursue a Masters degree in Social Work and start a career in the field of Juvenile Probation and Parole. Some of her favorite things include baking cookies and cupcakes, the fall season, and bright colors!
 Marissa Labbe
Marissa graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a major in Family Studies and a minor in LGBTQ Studies. She is currently serving Dover Children’s Home as a full-time Awake Overnight Counselor.  Marissa is devoted to creating a supportive, healthy environment for the children to thrive in and promoting positive skill building to help children transition into the community.  Marissa is a Kappa Delta alumni and a SASS advocate. She hopes to someday earn a Masters in Psychology while continuing to grow with Dover Children’s Home. When not working at the Home, Marissa is also a nanny and enjoys spending time with her husband and her puppy, Odin
Mackenzie Brooks
Mackenzie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a major in psychology and minor in family studies.  Shortly after graduation, Mackenzie joined the staff at Dover Children’s Home as a Relief Adolescent Counselor. In October, she was hired as a full-time Awake Overnight Counselor. Mackenzie’s future goals include earning a Master’s in Social Work or a Doctorate of Psychology in School/Clinical Psychology. Outside of DCH, she spends her free time with family and friends. She also loves to cook, travel, snowmobile, and play basketball.
Elly Henderson
Elly graduated from Louisiana State University in General Studies with a concentration in psychology, sociology and kinesiology in 1999. She also received her teaching certificate in special education in 2007.  She has worked with children in many non profit and educational venues over the last 30 years. In May of 2013, Elly and her partner moved to New Hampshire from Louisiana for a change of climate and culture. New Hampshire has been an amazing experience! Outside of DCH, Elly loves creating multi-media art, gardening, cooking, bike riding and playing cards.
Tom Griffith
Tom graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1998.  He has worked as a Program Coordinator for two residential group homes as well as a counselor for almost ten years at a secure juvenile detention center.  Tom is an avid hiker who has sucessfully completed the entire Appalachian Trail twice.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Tom recently moved to New Hampshire to be close to Fawn, his baby girl.