The Coalition currently has a ten member Executive Board. The board is designed to provide oversight to the Coalition by meeting monthly to discuss and vote on current issues, review progress and strategize steps to reduce substance abuse among our youth. The board consists of:

Executive Board

Dover Coalition for Youth - Executive Board

Bill Simons

St. John’s United Methodist Church

Melissa Silvey

ONE Voice for Southeastern NH Regional Network

Christine Boston

Dover High School Principal

Sally Thorn

Dover High School Guidance Department

Dana Mitchell

Dover Youth to Youth

Stephanie Retrosi

Atlantic Gymnastics

David Terlemezian

Dover Police Department

Steve Pappajohn

Dover Teen Center

Kim Lyndes

Dover Middle School Principal

Thad Mandsager

Seymour Osman Community Center and Youth Safe Haven


Vicki Harris

Coalition Coordinator

Vicki Harris is a lifelong Dover resident and active participant in the community’s drug prevention initiatives for over 12 year. Vicki was a member of Youth to Youth for seven years during middle school and high school. During that time she taught “Media Awareness” in DARE classes, created and recorded radio PSAs, performed theatrical skits with an anti-tobacco message, testified before the state legislature, and participated in numerous other community anti-drug projects. She was elected by her peers as the president of the NH Youth Network Opposing Tobacco as a senior in high school.

After graduating for Dover High School Vicki went on to graduate from Granite State College where she studied Non-Profit Management. She has also received her associates from the University of New Hampshire in Community Leadership. While in college Vicki served as an advisor to advanced Youth to Youth teams where she specializes in teaching presentation skills and media development. Vicki also worked with the Clean Air Works for New Hampshire Campaign and completed an internship with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, DC.

When Vicki graduated from college (talk about perfect timing) the Coalition was awarded a 5 year federal drug free communities grant. Vicki was hired to be the full time coalition coordinator.

Dana Mitchell

Prevention Coordinator, Dover Police Department

Dana Mitchell has been with the Dover Police Department since 1977. He was a sworn officer for 26 years rising to the rank of Captain. He retired from a sworn position in 2003 and has remained with the DPD since then, as a civilian employee, coordinating the Youth to Youth Program.

Mitchell has a BS in Criminal Justice from Boston’s Northeastern University and a Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University of San Francisco.

Mitchell is the Chairman of the Dover Coalition for Youth and is a certified DARE Officer. He continues to teach DARE classes in his current capacity. Mitchell has instructed at drug prevention conferences throughout the country on topics relating to youth empowerment and advocacy.

Mitchell has served on the staff of the New Hampshire Teen Institute and staffed the TRUTH conference in Seattle in 2000. He is a past member of the NH Attorney General’s Underage Drinking Task Force and currently serves on the Partnership for a Drug Free NH Advisory Board.