Community Bridges

START Leadership Team and Partners

University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability National Center for START Services

Joan Beasley Ph.D., UNH/IOD Research Associate Professor, Director National Center for START Services
Robert Scholz, M.S., LMHC NH START Project Manager, Program Consultant


Jennifer McLaren, M.D., DHMC, Multidisciplinary Consult Team Medical Director, Consulting Psychiatrist
Sherman Fox, M.D., Clinical Education Team, Consulting Psychiatrist
Stephanie Griffin, PHD, Clinical Education Team, Consulting Neuropsychologist

NH START Coordinators

Barb Drotos, NH Statewide START Director

Valarie TretreaultTeam Leader
Beverly Richardson, Team Leader
Emily Hatch, START Coordinator, located at Northern Human Services
Steffanie Baillargeon, START Coordinator, located at Pathways of the River Valley
Jodie Fennessy, START Coordinator, contractual
Joanne Ukraine, START Coordinator, located at Lakes Region Community Services
David Cote, START Coordinator, located at Community Bridges
Samantha Field, START Coordinator, located at Community Bridges
Michelle Bieliunas, START Coordinator, located at Community Bridges and Moore Center
Cecile Bonvouloir, START Coordinator, located at Gateways Community Services
Michelle Lawrence, START Coordinator, located at the Moore Center
Marcia Flinkstrom, START Coordinator, located at Community Partners
Lisa Klaud, START Coordinator, located at Community Crossroads

Resource Center Team

Darlene Disaverio, BSN, RN, START Center Associate Director
Kelsey Grasskamp, Program Manager
Derek Edge, M.S., LMHC, Resource Center Clinical Director
Van R.  Silka, M.D., Medical Director NH START Resource Center


Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.