Who We Are …

 

Mary Drew founded Reality Check in 2009 to help people and communities impacted by alcohol and drug addiction.  Reality Check opened its doors in October of 2016,  with the help of a White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drug-Free Communities grant.

Reality Check is a 501c3 nonprofit in NH offering scalable addiction services to NH communities.

We provide prevention plan development to school districts, support to access treatment, community-based recovery services, and holistic education.

We practice a "pay it forward" model and believe we are only truly successful as people - if we help others be successful.

 Mission

Reduce alcohol and drug use, addiction, and overdoses, and related social and economic costs, by providing comprehensive addiction services.  

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Vision

People and communities support and empower each other to build social connection.

Philosophy

We practice a “pay it forward”  philosophy encouraging people we serve to do the same.  Acts of kindness rekindle our basic instinct to care for other human beings, and replace individualism and competition with resiliency and social connection.  We believe these concepts in action immediately create positive social change for generations to come. 


Board of Directors & Staff


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Mary Drew, MEd, MS, CPS, Founder & CEO, Board Chair
Mary began her recovery in 2008, and in 2009 founded Reality Check to help reduce addiction, and overdose deaths.  Mary holds an MS in Community & Counseling Psychology and an MEd in Counseling Education, and completed her Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration fellowship assigned to the NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services. She is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist, a Recovery Coach, and a trainer of Substance Abuse Prevention Training Skills, Prevention Ethics, Prime For Life, and the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy.  Mary lives in Jaffrey with her son, Duncan.


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James (Jim) Beeler, MHSA, Vice Chair
Jim has worked in healthcare administration for 36 years in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and substance abuse treatment. Jim was most recently the Director at a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) facility utilizing methadone, buprenorphine, and Suboxone, combined with intensive outpatient counseling and drug testing, directing protocols for over a thousand individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse issues.  Jim has a MS in Health Services Administration from Arizona State University, and a BA English Literature from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jim lives in Dublin, NH with his wife.


Bradford Volz, RC, Board Member
Bradford is in recovery and is a US Army combat veteran and Department of Army civilian with over 100 months deployed in 14 years. As a result of obstacles accessing VA benefits when he returned to the US, he founded VETERANS RECOVER to help other veterans navigate and secure VA benefits and services and to secure recovery housing.  Bradford is the Executive Director for Addiction Recovery Coalition of New Hampshire in Hancock providing recovery housing for men, and is a Recovery Coach providing support to men. He lives in Wilton with his wife.


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Taylor Beaven, Board Member
Taylor has lived in Jaffrey, NH most of his life and currently attends Keene State College majoring in Political Science. At age 19, he founded a marketing company, Robot Bubble, helping businesses throughout the United States grow their online brand. In 2019, he began working with Reality Check to help raise awareness about its mission and services. Tayler coordinates internships for marketing interns for Reality Check and is developing and implementing an annual comprehensive marketing and communication plan for the agency. Taylor lives in Jaffrey, NH.


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Nicole Cullinane, Pharm.D., MHSA
Recovery Friendly Workplace Project Director  

Nicole’s experience includes working in emergency departments and outpatient clinics, with a special focus in electronic health records. She holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy, an MS in Healthcare Administration, and a BS in Biology. Nicole is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor and a Certified Recovery Support Worker. She has lived in Rindge, NH for most of her life.


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Sarah Johnston, BS, CPS, Recovery Coach
Director of Operations
Sarah is a person in long-term recovery and brings several years of experience working in substance use and mental health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Addictions Studies , is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist, and a Recovery Coach. Sarah is responsible for the Recovery Center Operations and leading its accreditation process. Sarah is working toward her Intervention Specialist and Certified Recovery Support Worker credentials, and she lives in Winchester, NH.


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Don Guiou, MPS, CISSP, Board Member
Don is a former technology executive, with cyber risk certifications as well as a MPS, Technology Management from Georgetown University. Don is a cybersecurity risk advisory consultant and resides in Jaffrey. He has made it part of his personal mission to make life-saving recovery resources freely available, as they were made freely available to him over 20 years ago.


 We are NOT:

  • a residential (in-patient) facility for treatment or recovery housing - check out the FIND HELP page for this.