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About Trauma Responsive Monadnock

Trauma Responsive Monadnock

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“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”

– S. Kelley Harrell,
Gift of the Dreamtime

Building a Trauma-Informed Monadnock Together

Healing from the Pain of Trauma Individually and Collectively

In connection with Monadnock Family Services, Trauma Responsive Monadnock is helping to foster a new perspective on trauma and bring awareness to the greater Monadnock Region. We’re a community-wide initiative that’s open to all.

About Us

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Healthy Monadnock Alliance

An extension of these organizations, Trauma Responsive Monadnock started as a small group of community members meeting on Zoom to discuss what it would look like to bring a trauma-informed perspective to our region. Interest in the initiative grew through the COVID crisis, and the coalition applied for grant funding from the NH Children’s Health Foundation in 2022. After receiving a three-year grant, we hired a Community Outreach Coordinator to work out of the Monadnock Family Services (MFS) office, and we continue to work together as a community-led team.

Trauma Responsive Monadnock is the first organization of its kind in New Hampshire, but far from the first nation-wide.

Our desire is to raise awareness of what it means to be a trauma-informed community and to share how individuals and organizations can get involved as we rewrite the narrative around trauma and change lives in our region and beyond.

About the Monadnock Region

The Monadnock Region is named after Mount Monadnock, a dominant geographic landmark in the area, famously considered the most-climbed mountain in the world. The Abenaki word “Monadnock” refers to a mountain that stands on its own. Generally thought of as encompassing all of Cheshire County and the western portion of Hillsborough County, the Monadnock Region in this case specifically comprises the 33 towns of the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network of southwestern New Hampshire.

Ask any local resident and they’ll tell you the Monadnock Region is a hidden gem, rich with history, bursting with arts and culture, and replete with breathtaking views and outdoor recreation. There is currently a drive to promote the region as a business, tourism, and relocation destination through the Brand Monadnock initiative.

In a shared vision for promoting all the region has to offer and making it the best place to live, work, and raise a family, Trauma Responsive Monadnock is working to promote health and resilience throughout our community so that every individual can discover hope, experience healing, and realize their potential.

Trauma Responsive Monadnock

Meet our Members

Anena Hansen

Anena Hansen was born and raised in the Monadnock Region. She lived in a quarter of the US prior to running away to Kenya. Over the next decade, Anena drank, adopted a baby, chased monkeys from her kitchen, and once fell down a flight of stairs in front of a regiment of South Sudanese soldiers. In 2019, New Hampshire called her home and she and her daughter moved back to the town where Anena was born. Anena’s been sober since 2016, and it was through her work in the recovery field that she received the opportunity to spearhead the Monadnock-wide trauma-informed community initiative. She’s a writer and real estate agent and she lives and breathes the idea of healing old wounds and turning adversity into thriving.

Phil Wyzik

Since May 2012, Phil Wyzik has been the CEO of Monadnock Family Services, the designated community mental health center in the greater Cheshire County. Beginning his mental health career in 1986, he has previous professional experience as a therapist, addiction counselor, teacher, and religious education coordinator. He’s the past Chair of the Leadership Council for a Healthy Monadnock and has collaborated in the publishing of ten professional journal articles as well as numerous Op Ed articles in regional newspapers. Phil has presented at mental health conferences in the US. His most recent publication is a work of fiction entitled Pushed Down, Then Out.

Reba Clough

Reba Clough is an active member of the Trauma Responsive Monadnock workgroup and joins our team as a retired ARNP (Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse). Reba is a twenty-six year Veteran of the US Air Force and enjoyed a long tenure with the Veteran's Health Administration as well. Having relocated to Keene in 2019, Reba's goal in retirement is to focus on volunteer work with community organizations (such as Trauma Responsive Monadnock) to promote mental health initiatives. She will begin her role as Chair of the Monadnock Family Services (MFS) Board of Directors in October 2023, and is passionate about transforming our community through trauma-informed care and practices.

Dennis Calcutt

Dennis Calcutt has been part of Trauma Responsive Monadnock since its inception. He is a member of the communication committee and comes to Trauma Responsive Monadnock as the Director of Connected Families NH and the Monadnock Expansion grant. Dennis has 30+ years of experience focused on children and families, with a particular interest in building communities around youth mental health. Dennis is a New Hampshire Listens Fellow in the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Francestown with his wife Tiffany and their three girls, Eva, Holland, and Liesl.

Sophie Carney-Brenner

Sophie Carney-Brenner chairs the Communications Subcommittee and works as the Associate Director of Development at Monadnock Family Services (MFS). She enjoys uplifting the mission and services of MFS through communications and fundraising and supporting the work of Trauma Responsive Monadnock as an active team member. Sophie holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Clark University. Sophie is passionate about striving to make equity and accessibility foundational to resources and programs that serve our communities' most vulnerable populations.

Gina Burke

Gina Burke leads the Coordinating Committee for Trauma Responsive Monadnock workgroup and joins the team as an active community member. Gina heard Phil Wyzik speak on behalf of Trauma Responsive Monadnock and was so moved by the work she immediately reached out to join the team. Gina’s the Vice Chair at The Community Kitchen, is part of the leadership team for the Monadnock DEIB Coalition, serves on the Human Rights Committee for the City of Keene, and is on the Advisory Committee at Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities. Gina has her master’s in Community Engagement from Merrimack College and believes we don’t heal in isolation but in community.

Charlotte Guyer

Charlotte Guyer joins Trauma Responsive Monadnock as a retired lawyer and family mediator. She’s lived in Keene since 1991 and is a proud grandmother of five. Charlotte brings a deep understanding of trauma, seeing it firsthand and being in a supportive role for those in her family who’ve experienced traumatic events. She’s always brought an openness and curiosity in her work with others that leads her to ask, “What happened to you?” to gain understanding and awareness about their perspectives and experiences. Charlotte is a community worker at heart. In addition to her work with Trauma Responsive Monadnock, she also volunteers as a prep cook at the Community Kitchen, a financial resource counselor at Cheshire Medical Center, and spends time actively involved in a life partner loss support group.

Emily Alexander

Emily Alexander is the Education Committee Chair for Trauma Responsive Monadnock and joins the workgroup as the Worksite Wellness Advisor for Wellpowered Worksites, a program offered through the Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center. She’s a Keene native with a Masters of Education in Health Education and Promotion, and has been deeply involved in the Monadnock Region’s community and mental health services throughout her entire professional career. Emily’s passionate about creating a more compassionate and trauma-informed community, and is grateful to be a part of a community workgroup whose mission is to do exactly that.

Ways to Get Involved and Learn More


Find information on events and educational resources as we actively work to help individuals in our community heal from trauma. Access local help with trauma, addiction resources, anxiety resources, depression, resources, and more.

Get Involved!

Our initiative started with thirty community members passionate about seeing the Monadnock Region become a trauma-informed community. As we seek to collaborate and work together, we welcome your support!

When we come together, there is hope.

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”
– Buddha