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.

Heather Blumenfeld

Executive Director

Heather has been leading the Triangle Club since February of 2021 and helping others in the recovery field since 2016.  A licensed CRSW, Heather helped put peer-led recovery on the national map in her time as Director of Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  In her 3-year tenure with the Triangle Club she has expanded programming, fostered a warm and welcoming environment, overseen major club renovations, and helped attract new donors to the club.  The Triangle Club’s position as a respected community asset has been bolstered and outreach to the court system and social service agencies promises to further expand and deepen ties with the community.  Heather volunteers in the NICU as an infant cuddler, helps new mothers in recovery, and advocates on behalf of people in recovery from alcoholism and substance abuse disorder throughout the New Hampshire Seacoast.  Away from the club Heather enjoys cooking, gardening, flower arranging, hockey, and spending time with her husband and 4 children in Eliot, Me.

Rebecca Throop

President

Rebecca has been working in marketing strategy within healthcare for over 25 years, and she currently is the Vice President, Marketing & PR at Envision Health. Her business background has focused on a mix of analytical marketing and storytelling for both traditional and digital branding solutions for organizations from startups, national companies, and non-profits. In her personal time, she gives time to educate the greater community about the real lives of those in recovery or suffering from the disease of addiction. Her TED talk in 2019 focused on how to remove stigma-and safe a life-via simply shifting the language we use to discuss addiction. Rebecca graduated with a BA in Political Science from Bates College and a MBA from the John M Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. She is an avid skier, hiker and kayaker, and loves to spend time with her husband, sons and two Australian Cattle Dogs.

Marybeth Schofield

Vise President

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.

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.

 

Darren Ramsden

Secretary

Darren and his family moved to Barrington, NH from Massachusetts in 2006. Darren attended Franklin Pierce College and majored in Marketing and Computer Science. Darren had a successful career in the technology industry for 35 years and is currently employed at RedFin Corp., a national real estate broker. Darren and his wife are the proud parents of three adult children and five grandchildren. Darren is an avid snowmobiler and loves to hike in the White Mountains.

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.

 

Jason Howard

Advisor

Jason Howard has been a lifelong resident of the Dover area. He is busy running his family’s business, Ross Furniture which has been a pillar of the community for 80 years.
Jason, and his wife Tina have raised 4 children.
Jason enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family.

Samai Cartier

Advisor

Samai is a New England native with over 17 years of accounting experience, having worked with both large corporations and small business on a wide variety of accounting related projects. Samai most recently worked for Liberty Mutual as a Financial Analyst focusing on innovation, policy/procedure development, and financial compliance. Samai has her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and brings a diverse mix of financial and managerial experience to the Peak team.
In her free time, Samai enjoys learning about different cultures, reading and spending time here on the Seacoast with her family.

Bob O’Connell

Business Manager 

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.

Rebecca Balok-Searles

Advisor

Rebecca has lived in the Dover/Rochester area since 1972. Rebecca has been working within the mental health recovery field for over 20 years. Running a private practice in Rochester for 10 years supporting adults, children, and families. Currently is clinical supervisor for Mount Prospect Academy-Rochester, supporting children and families in the community involved with the juvenile justice court system. Rebecca has held various service positions to support the recovery community, to include corrections, functions committee, and district committee member (DCM). Married for 20 years and has 3 stepchildren and 5 grandchildren who she always adores. Rebecca lives in Brookfield with her husband and enjoys hiking/backpacking the WMNF, hot yoga, weightlifting, kayaking, and swimming. 

Alex Blumenfeld

Advisor

Alex lives in Eliot, Me with his wife of 25 years, Heather, and their 4 children.  Personal interests include cooking, hiking, meditation, sports, and volunteering.

Alex has spent the last 20 plus years as a sales professional in the financial services and technology sectors.  He has been with Cisco Systems Inc for the last 18 years and currently leads sales efforts in collaboration and unified communications for the New England South region.  Cisco is known for adapting to changing markets and the ability to “listen, learn, and innovate” to maintain competitiveness.

“I’ve been fortunate to work for a company that encourages its employees to focus on family first and to embrace and support all manner of charitable endeavors” says Alex of his time at Cisco.  He attributes his success at Cisco to being focused, passionate and, most importantly, having great listening skills.  “No matter who you are communicating with I’ve found that the most important thing in being effective is having people understand that they have been heard- if you give them the opportunity, they will tell you precisely what will be required to earn their trust and build a mutually beneficial partnership”.

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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