Meet The Staff
REGINA RICE BARKER, Executive Director
Regina hails from the Midwest but has lived in NH since 1980. She feels lucky to live in NH and work in VT, enjoying the best of the two worlds. You can find her gardening, visiting with her daughter and grandsons, hiking and traveling. Regina has worked in the field of alternative justice programs for 21 years and appreciates the strong and creative team at Valley Court Diversion Programs.
LYNDSAY PORRECA, Assistant Director and Victim Liaison
Lyndsay is originally from the Upper Valley. She has a Master’s Degree in Victimology and has worked with children and adolescents for several years. She loves working in Restorative Justice because each participant is treated as an individual based on their own needs. In her free time she loves watching hockey, going to Starbucks, and reading.
MAUREEN BOGOSIAN, Program Coordinator Windsor County
Maureen began working at Diversion in 2009 after working in the restaurant business for 25 years. She became interested in the judicial process after being a Guardian ad Litem in Windsor County. Two years ago she became a licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor. Maureen grew up on Cape Cod with ten brothers and sisters and has made her home in Weathersfield,VT. She has four grown children and enjoys road trips, playing Scrabble, gardening, and cooking.
ERIN KEEFE, Program Coordinator Windsor County
Erin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. After graduating in 2008, Erin worked in case management and family services. Erin came to Valley Court Diversion in 2016. She enjoys working in Restorative Justice because the goal is to make sure that everyone who is involved gets the opportunity to participate and be made whole. In her free time, Erin loves spending time with her family. During the summer they love to spend time at the beach and find local swimming holes.
AMBER RICARD-PITTMAN, Program Coordinator Lower Grafton County
Amber is originally from the Upper Valley. Amber became interested in alternative programs when she started as a volunteer. She is grateful for the fact that Lower Grafton County has adopted a Diversion program, and enjoys being able to work with people and guide them before they have contact with the formal judicial system. Amber enjoys spending with her family, watching movies, and trying new types of cuisine.
KAYLA MILLER, Program Coordinator Balanced and Restorative Justice
Kayla was born in Massachusetts but mainly grew up in New Hampshire. Kayla is about to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Granite State College. Kayla has worked with youth for many years including in a school and residential setting. Kayla loves working with high risk youth to try and help make a positive difference in their lives. In her free time she loves to go on hikes and outdoor adventures with her significant other and their dogs.
ELLEN WICKLUM, Pre-Trial Services Coordinator
Ellen joined the Valley Court Diversion team with an extensive and unique professional background.; from serving in the Canadian Military, being an editor, and a case manager in social services. Her interest in law and justice, combined with her ability to help people make change is what she enjoys most about working in alternative justice. Ellen came to the United States in 1995 after growing up in Canada and spending some time in England. In her free time, Ellen likes to garden, read, and eat candy.
SARA DEGENNARO, Clinical Coordinator
Sara is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, and Certified Clinical Supervisor in Vermont and New Hampshire. She majored in Philosophy at the University of Vermont and graduated from Antioch University Graduate School with a degree in Counseling Psychology.
Practicing since 1990, Sara currently has a private practice in White River Junction, Vermont. In addition to being the Clinical Supervisor of Valley Court Diversion Programs, Sara has supervised a large number of counselors to obtain their AAP and LADC, and Mental Health Counselor licensure. Sara has been involved developing restorative justice programs for fifteen years, partly as a result of working in Vermont prisons for more than seven years where she came to the belief that the incarceration model did not change behavior or make our communities safer. She lives on a family farm where she gardens, works on art projects, and practices the martial arts that she has studied for more than twenty-five years.