Alexandra VanZandt, BS
Barbara comes to us from a Colorado where she spent most of her career in the legal field. Originally, she spent 10 years in social work assisting with sexual assault and domestic violence victims through the criminal justice system working for the District Attorney’s office, where she worked as a Victim Assistant specialist. After 10 years she transitioned into the probation department and began managing offenders as a probation officer. In the probation department she primarily worked with dual diagnosis offenders with addiction for 12 years. In 2018 she made the move to the Upper Valley New Hampshire/Vermont and received her Licensed Drug and Alcohol license in New Hampshire. Her current goal is to receive her licensure in Vermont. She encourages self-awareness, mindfulness and compassion. She is certified in the “Strategies for Self-Improvement and Change”, which is a CBT model which she has introduced to the probation and parole department in New Hampshire. She can meet the client where they are at in their recovery and is educated and experienced in addictions and would be pleased to help anyone find their motivation for recovery.
I recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2018 with my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I started working at HALO with hopes of furthering my education in the mental health and substance treatment field. I am fascinated with people and how the human brain works, I look forward to working with others as I expand my education and abilities. It is my goal to make an impact on others as I help them reach their personal goals. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors doing things like hiking, gardening, and sun bathing.
Courtney Vorachak grew up in the Upper Valley/Lakes Region and began her career as a Peer Coach in middle school. Upon graduating from high school, she expanded her commitment to helping others by pursuing nursing education and providing outreach as a Home Health Aid. As the demand for substance use education and intervention services has grown in the past decade, Courtney’s focus shifted to Peer Recovery Coaching to help others in the community. A Recovery Coach is defined as anyone interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles to recovery and serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery. Recovery Coaches have been trained through the Recovery Coach Academy. This training allows Courtney to assist clients with skills needed to access services and supports that will maintain and sustain recovery. In addition to providing one on one Home Health and Recovery Coach Services, Courtney facilitates CCAR courses in the community on a regular basis, that is when she is not working at our local Hospital Emergency Room helping others there. Her willingness to be of assistance to the community is unparalleled.
Barbara Roderick, LADC
Courtney Vorachak, CRSW
Kathryn Marshall MS, MLADC
This profession seems to have picked me, helping people is my career pattern. Long ago, I learned that money never losses value. If I asked you, do you want $20, your answer would probably be, yes. I could fold it, crumple it, and or stomp on it with my dirty shoes and I would imagine you would still want the bill. At many times in our lives we fold, we crumble, or we feel that life has stomped on us. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances, we feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, remember as I have learned- you will never lose your value. Helping people learn from life’s lessons is a part of who I am.Although I have had personal life experience, my professional training has created my role as Managing Director here at HALO. My professional training ranges from Trauma work such as Seeking Safety, DRE Drug Recognition Expert, MET/CBT Motivational Enhancement & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, MBTI- Myers Briggs Type Indicator, mindfulness, and Co-occurring Disorders. With 28 years of clinical and facilitation experience, I have had the pleasure of working with many different people, some of the finest active combat veterans to community members that allow me to be a part of their support. I love the outdoors, gardening, and cats. I work with all age groups across the New England region.
Kristian Jovanovich, Intern
Meet the Team:
Kristian is completing his New Hampshire Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (MLADC) supervised work experience requirement (i.e. Internship) at H.A.L.O. He will graduate from Southern New Hampshire University this Spring with a Masters’ Degree in Clinical Mental Health. Additionally, Kris works as a Substance Use Counselor at a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program in Concord, NH and has extensive clinical experience at both inpatient and transitional house settings. Kris’ passion lies in giving others the same help that he received to overcome addiction. He comes from a peer background and has been in personal recovery for many years. Kris recently obtained certification as a SMART Recovery Facilitator and will be Co-hosting meetings at HALO. SMART Recovery is a mental health and educational program, focused on changing human behavior. SMART Recovery meetings implement behavioral techniques to enhance motivation, deal with urges to use, managing life’s problems in a sensible and effective way without substances, and developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle.
Elena VanZandt, MLDAC
Kathryn has lived in the Upper Valley for the past 30 years. Originally, she came to Vermont to work with horses and teach riding lessons. She owned her own business for 23 years.Kathryn has also worked as a paraprofessional for children with severe disabilities and as an elementary school teacher. For 10 years, she worked with a community service agency working with children and their parents on reunifying their families following an intervention by the NH Division of Children youth and Families. Twelve years ago, Kathryn was introduced to substance use treatment which changed her life. She continues to work in this field and is currently a licensed clinician in both New Hampshire and Vermont. Kathryn recently became a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vermont. She values a true human connection with her clients. She encourages mindfulness and self-compassion in her practice, Kathryn is interested in the way early childhood experiences and family dynamics shape our view on our life experiences. She can work with you on issues involving addiction and recovery, from depression, anxiety regulating your emotions. She enjoys working with people through all stages of the life process.