Helping reduce drug & alcohol use in Cheshire County
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Helping to reduce drug and alcohol use in Cheshire County.




MADAC was founded in 2003, as a result of the NH Governor's Commision on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment.
MADAC is a Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant recipient from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. It is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Influence public awareness, policy, and funding to support alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, treatment, and recovery especially as it pertains to youth, in Cheshire County, NH.  By using comprehensive prevention activities, and the donated time of volunteers, we work to reduce youth and adult misuse of alcohol and drugs. We also build new partnerships with organizations to create healthier environments. MADAC also advocates for policy change and prevention funding, offers prevention trainings and college internships, and sponsors lots of fun events.


Reduce substance use among youth and adults, and strengthen collaborative partnerships within communities.

We offer prevention activities and education to reduce youth and young adult alcohol and substance use; advocate for policy change and increased funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery; and offer prevention training, internships, and substance-free events all year.

With the donated time of volunteers, we are able to help reduce youth and adult use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. We continue to build new partnerships to create a healthy environment for our families. MADAC is a volunteer coalition with one paid staff. Our volunteers include students and educators, business owners, people in the medical field, members of law enforcement and local government, and employees from other local organizations. We also:

  • Provide prevention education curriculum to schools and agencies.
  • Partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration on Prescription Drugs Take-Back events twice a year.
  • Organize substance free events and activities with and for youth.
  • Conduct retailer compliance checks to be sure retailers aren’t selling tobacco or alcohol to underage buyers.
  • Collaborate with several community partners to provide a wide range of prevention activities and education to raise awareness around alcohol and drug use and abuse.

MADAC also advocates for policy change and prevention funding, offers prevention training and college internships, and sponsors many substance-free fun events.

MADAC Executive Committee Members

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Sarah Johnston

Sarah has worked in the prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery aspects of the Behavioral Health field in various capacities over many years. She has been involved with MADAC since 2012 and became our Director/ Coordinator in 2016.


Jeff Saari

Creator of Jeff Saari Coaching/executive committee chairperson

Jeff Saari

Jeff Saari created Jeff Saari Coaching, LLC in 2008 and coaches many local small to medium sized organizations in the Keene, NH area on strategy, communication, teamwork, and leadership.  Jeff is the coach of the 2011 and 2012 Entrepreneurs of the Year recognized by The Hannah Grimes Business Center in Keene.  Jeff additionally is a life coach focusing on positive mindset, life and social skills.  He is a faculty-adjunct at Keene State College as well as the author of the recent book Zero Stress Leadership.  He has certifications in coaching, mindfulness mediation, mediation, Gentle Teaching and Structural Thinking and is an avid weightlifter, golfer, and drummer.  He lives in Keene with his wife and daughter.  His website is:


eli rivera

Cheshire County Sheriff/executive committee member

Eliezer (Eli) Rivera

Sheriff Eli Rivera, is a retired Keene Police Lieutenant with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He has been an advocate for education,  having served on the Keene school as board chair and a board member. His vision as a member of the MADAC Board of Director is to provide additional insight and perspective to the issues law enforcement is facing regarding alcohol and substance abuse and to increase MADAC’s overall impact in the prevention of these issues for our youth and young adults.


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Terry Clark

Terry Clark is a Keene city councilor representing Ward 3, where he serves on the Finance, Organization and Personnel Committee and Cities For Climate Protection Committee. He recently chaired the city’s Ad Hoc Drug Addiction Solutions Task Force.

After retiring as a marketing agent representing firms in the tri-state region for the past 30 years, he is now a residential and commercial Realtor for the Masiello Group in Keene. He holds a bachelor degree in Public Affairs/Journalism from Keene State College, has training as a paralegal and is a Justice of the Peace.

He is a singer/songwriter with an interest in local history, lives in Keene with his wife, Dr. Skye Stephenson, and has four grown children and a grandson.


ashley cossette

Coordinated Access Point Specialist and Manager of the Monadnock Regions 24/7 Substance Use Helpline (CHAARI program)/executive committee member/ MONADNOCK FAMILY SERVICES ACT TEAM MEMBER

Ashley Cossette

In 2009 Ashley with a BA in Art Therapy. Post-graduation she continued working at the Brattleboro Retreat and as a Mental Health Worker and Program Assistant on the Acute Psychiatric Unit for children for 3 years. Ashley moved on to the adult mental health field where she stayed for 5 years as the MSAS Case Manager for Adults with severe and persistent mental illness who are also living with substance related disorders. From May 1st 2016- October 2017, she had a role at Southwestern Community Services as the Monadnock Regions Coordinated Access Point Specialist and Manager of the Monadnock Regions 24/7 Substance Use Helpline the CHAARI program. In August 2016 Ashley received a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Adults from Southern New Hampshire University. Her professional internship experiences consist of Art Therapist at the Brattleboro Retreat, Clinical Case Manager at the Cheshire County Behavioral Health Court, and Mental Health Clinician at the Cheshire County Department of Corrections. Ashley is currently on the Monadnock Family Services committee as an Act team member.
Ashley is a Certified Recovery Support Worker under The State of New Hampshire’s Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals, Trained Trainer of Narcan and Trained Trainer of CCARS Recovery Coach Academy.  In addition, she actively continues to work on completing her master’s degree and will graduate December 2017, with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for Adults with Substance Use Disorder. Ashley continues to pursue her LADC under a Masters Level Licensed Drug and Alcohol Clinician and Licensed Clinical Supervisor. Once she acquires a master’s degree, Ashley will embark on a journey to attain her Masters Level Licensed Drug and Alcohol Clinician license.


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Southwestern community services chief financial officer/executive committee member

Meg Freeman


Meg has been with Southwestern since 2000. She has her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has been working in the field of affordable housing and social services for 25 years. Meg has been involved with MADAC since 2011. She feels passionate about the work of MADAC and the coalition and is proud to volunteer her time. Meg and her partner own and operate a local retail consignment store, Penelope’s Consignment.


Erin Rushalko

 Executive Committee secretary

Erin Nichols

Erin has been a volunteer with MADAC for the past 2.5 years – she has taken two grant classes and enjoys working on sustainability to find grants for this coalition to continue this important work.  Erin is a person in recovery from substance misuse and mental health.  She worked at Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency from 2010-2017 as Administrative Assistant and Peer Support Staff.  She is trained in Intentional Peer Support and is also a Certified Mental Health & Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator.  Erin attended the Recovery Coach Academy in November 2016 and is currently working on getting her Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) certification.  She started working at Monadnock Family Services as a Peer Support Specialist in January 2018 and will be taking the exam to become certified as one later this year.  Erin is very empathetic about the correlation between mental health and substance misuse.  As the mother and step-mother of 2 teenage girls, the youth movement towards prevention and education about substances is of great importance to her.