About Us

A Lifeline for a Lifetime

We are a meetinghouse and community for peer-driven recovery support groups, providing hope and support since 1984. We offer individuals, families and friends struggling with a substance use disorder or its impact a place to meet, a place to share, and a place to recover.

Healing, Hope, and Solutions

Our mission is to promote the spiritual, physical and mental health of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol, heroin, and other substances, and to provide a safe place for those who acknowledge that staying substance-free is of primary importance. Within this safe, nurturing environment, substance misusers learn acceptance, self-love, coping strategies, and how the support of a community brings them hope for a new way of life.

Our Team

The members of our team come from diverse backgrounds throughout the New Hampshire Seacoast community, united in their commitment to support those in the recovery community.

Michelle Murch

Executive Director

Michelle is a well-respected community leader who has developed strong partnerships with many local groups, organizations, and individuals. She graduated from Westfield State College with a degree in Criminal Justice, and subsequently served on the Durham and Dover Police Departments. In Dover, she has coordinated the city’s Mounted Patrol Unit, a community outreach division created to break down barriers between the police and the public, for 14 years. It is here where she gained an understanding of addiction, especially among the city’s most vulnerable population. Michelle is a recipient of The Community Champion Award, given by Community Action Partnership of Strafford County (CAP), for her ability to network with agencies to acquire the services people need to survive.

Mark Bowen

President

Mark, one of five boys, was raised in a military family. He attended Keene State College briefly before starting a real estate business and has been a business owner since 1985. He currently owns and operates Dover Bowl. Mark has been involved in recovery efforts since 1982 and has been a dedicated contributor to the Triangle Club. He uses his passion and his business acumen to help others who are recovering from addiction.

Pete Pettengill

Vice President

Born in New York City in 1958 and raised on Long Island, Pete served three years in the United States Army Military Police Corps and earned a BA in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1984. After 33 years of distinguished employment with Liberty Mutual, Pete retired in 2018. He is looking forward to part-time employment and being available for service work, especially in the recovery community. Pete has been in long-term recovery since May 2005. He’s been married to Sylvia since 1996, has two stepchildren, and three grandchildren.

Sandra Jalbert

Advisor

Born and raised in Dover, Sandra graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied Spanish, Linguistics, and Writing. She served on the board of directors of My Friends Place, is currently on the advisory board for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and has coordinated meals for a local church at the Portsmouth Salvation Army soup kitchen for the last 13 years. Sandra, as past board chair and acting executive director, led the Triangle Club in the recent expansion of its facility and infrastructure, powered by passion and an understanding of the importance of community-based recovery. She has two grown sons and lives in Rollinsford with her husband Jim and three dogs.

Ellen Arrigoni

Treasurer

Ellen is a finance professional with more than 30 years of experience in accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, and management. She is the Senior Director of Global Accounting & Financial Reporting at IDEXX Laboratories, which provides medical diagnostic and information technology-based products and services to veterinarians. Ellen aspires to apply her professional and personal experience to contribute for the benefit of others in need and to positively impact our community. She lives in Rollinsford with her husband, teen-aged daughter and son, and a dog and cat.

Marybeth Schofield

Advisor

Marybeth graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006, ran the low-income weatherization program for Strafford County Community Action Partnership, and has worked for New Hampshire Department of Labor as a Safety Inspector for several years. After a friend passed away from a heroin overdose, she co-founded Sober Sisters Recovery, a 501c3 transitional home based in Somersworth for women fresh out of treatment for addiction and learning to live life without drugs or alcohol. Marybeth lives in Rochester and has two grown daughters.

Francis X. Bruton

Advisor

“F.X.” has been practicing law since 1989, starting Cambridge, Massachusetts and moving to Dover in 1994, where he joined the firm, McNeill, Taylor and Gallo, P.A. He started his own firm, Bruton & Berube, PLLC in 2010. He specializes in civil litigation, acquisitions, business law, commercial real estate development, employment law, zoning law, municipal law. F.X. has been the President of the Board of Trustees of My Friend’s Place for 12 years and also held positions with the Strafford County Bar Association and St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish. F.X. lives in Dover with his wife Cathy and his three children and cares deeply about his community.

Kristen Yates

Advisor

Kristin is a physician at Garrison Women’s Health Center in Dover. She was born and raised in New Hampshire but left for several years for school and residency training, knowing she would always return. Since being back in New Hampshire, she has looked for ways to give back to her community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family. She lives in Dover with her husband and (soon to be) 3 daughters.

Suzanne Miller

Advisor

In 2017, Suzanne became a graduate of Leadership Seacoast, where she discovered her academic knowledge was best utilized in the nonprofit world. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in the Salem and Lawrence, Massachusetts Court systems, cooks a weekly dinner for the residents of Mitch’s Place Homeless Shelter at Emmaus in Haverhill, Massachusetts, serves on the Board of Governors for the Haverhill Country Club, and is joining the Berwick Academy Board of Trustees. She has two adult children and resides in Atkinson, NH with her husband and golden retriever.

Bob O’Connell

Employee

Bob O’Connell has worked with the Triangle Club since May 2019. Bob’s recent experiences include homeless outreach and intervention with Strafford County Community Action, Director of My Friend’s Place homeless shelter in Dover, and as an EMT with Gunstock Mountain Ski Patrol. Bob holds a master’s degree from Lesley Univerity in Cambridge and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club, Dover Adult Learning Center, The Homeless Center for Strafford County, and John Ashford Link House in Newburyport MA.

Meetings 365 Days a Year

We are a home for hundreds of people every day, holding 55 peer-driven recovery meetings each week. We were the first organization in New Hampshire to hold Heroin Anonymous meetings, now available seven days a week. No matter the day or time of year, we offer a warm, welcoming space where coffee and fellowship await.

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