John Burns, Director

John is a person in long term recovery and father of two daughters and two grandchildren and one of his daughters is in recovery as well.  John has his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He has been a resident of Strafford County for over 25 years and has been a volunteer and advocate in the community with prevention, treatment, recovery and harm-reduction issues for several years.    John was on the initial peer advisory board for SOS RCO to help shape the vision before SOS opened Recovery Community Centers in Strafford County.  He founded Families Hoping and Coping, a peer based family support group, in Dover in 2014 and they now have 4 chapters across Strafford County and the seacoast that meet weekly including one at SOS Recovery Center in Dover.  He also has been an active member of the OneVoice of Strafford County Opioid Taskforce for several years and sits on the Region Six Integrated Delivery Network Executive Committee on behalf of Recovery Supports.

Elizabeth Atwood, Capacity Building Specialist

Elizabeth is a person in long term recovery and the proud mom of a 12 year old son.  Elizabeth has been the Capacity Building Specialist for SOS Recovery Community Organization in the SOS Rochester Center since August of 2016 when it opened..  Elizabeth has been active in advocacy and volunteering throughout Strafford County in recovery supports for several years.  Elizabeth was pivotal in the start up and shaping of SOS Recovery Community Organization and her passion and dedication to the community in her position is evident when you meet her at our recovery centers.

Richard Salvati, Capacity Building Specialist

Rich Salvati is one of three Capacity Building Specialists at SOS Recovery Community Organization.  He first became involved with the Recovery Community at the 2016 Stratford County Addiction Summit when he was moved by the message to get involved.  He became a Recovery Coach with SOS shortly thereafter and was recently hired on as full-time staff.

When not at SOS, Rich is involved at Garrison Players Arts Center in Rollinsford where he is currently President of the Board of Directors.

Rich is proud to be a small part of the Recovery Revolution.

Laina Reavis, Capacity Building Specialist

Laina Reavis is a person in long term recovery. She heard about SOS through Recovery Coach Academy and loved the classes. Since she has a passion for recovery, volunteering at SOS was a perfect fit. Laina volunteered full time for over six months until she was hired on. She enjoys working closely with volunteers and recoveries building programming in the Dover office. She loves our TRSS program especially. In her free time she enjoys frequenting any and all recovery events and activities and is on the City of Dover Arts Council. Laina spends quality time with her family in Maine and North Carolina going to movies and Myrtle Beach. Music and art are close to her heart and she frequents concerts throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Laina’s motto, “I can only keep by giving away what was freely given to me.”

Rene Philpott, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

As the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for SOS Recovery Community, Rene Philpott brings more than 40 years of experience to the organization.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in journalism, Rene Philpott spent the first half of her career as a reporter/photographer for various newspapers, including the Portsmouth Herald and Rochester Courier in New Hampshire, and the Bellevue Leader in Nebraska. As a journalist, she covered city, town and county governments, school boards, and became known as well for her feature writing.

During the second half of her career, Philpott served as the Director of Community Relations for a nonprofit health care agency where she was responsible for community outreach, public relations, fundraising and development, marketing and grant writing.

She has been a part of the recovery community for 24 years.