Melissa Silvey holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Colorado State University (CSU)-Pueblo and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. Melissa has been working in Strafford County and surrounding communities since 1996.
Ms. Silvey’s career started at the Dover Housing Authority’s Seymour Osman Community Center where she worked with at-risk youth and families and developed several targeted interventions for elementary, middle and high school students. She went on to work for the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation which replicated the Youth Safe Haven, Quantum Opportunities Program and Full Service Community School models throughout NH and other sites throughout the United States. Melissa then became the area’s Substance Misuse Prevention Regional Network Coordinator–first with United Way of the Greater Seacoast and then with Goodwin Community Health.
She currently oversees the Strafford County Regional Public Health Network and coordinates the County’s Continuum of Care work. She is passionate about reducing health disparities existing within Strafford County and works to reduce the impact of substance misuse and dependence. She is pursuing her Masters in leadership and has a teenage daughter, two cats and a dog that keep her very busy.
Alissa has been working in the community outreach and prevention fields for the last 13 years, in both Louisiana and New Hampshire. Having worked in and closely with almost all of the sectors represented, she has knowledge and insight to successful ways of engaging businesses, educators, law enforcement, and community organizations. She has a passion for people, and she loves getting to know how she can help mobilize and empower them to create positive changes in their homes, communities, and workplaces.
Having been born and raised in south Louisiana, Alissa brings a bit of experience with culture differences and has used that experience to understand that there are more ways than one to reach someone. She feels that we just have to find out what they fight for. Once we do that, we can tailor our efforts toreach them and engage them. She decided that New Hampshire was where she officially wanted to plant her own roots and has built a home in Barrington with her wife and their two rescue dogs–Conrad and Gronk.