Our Staff

From left to right: Robert Gasser, Cheri Bryer, Janice Dunnet, Pam Ashton, Heidi Postupack, Ashley Hutton, Gene Kadish, Kara Toms

Heidi Postupack, Executive Director

Pam Ashton, M.Ed., LADC, Counselor, Student Assistance Program

Pam is a licensed clinical addictions therapist and alcohol and drug counselor with a master’s degree in counseling from Florida Atlantic University. She has been a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Vermont since 2009 and has more than 12 years of experience at many levels, including case management for the chronically mentally ill, inpatient rehabilitation, and medicated assisted therapy clinical case management. Pam specializes in opiate addiction as well as assessment, relapse prevention, skill building and cognitive behavioral therapy. You can reach Pam at pamashton@secondgrowth.org.

Nichole Gagnon, Administrative Asst., Coaching for Captains Coordinator

Robert Gasser, Recovery Coach

Cheri Bryer, Recovery Coach

Gene Kadish, M.S., Counselor

With over three decades of service in public education, Gene brings a wealth of practical experience to the task of coaching young people through difficult choices. His extensive knowledge of schools and systems of learning blended with his skills as school counselor have helped Gene become an accessible professional resource for many students of all abilities as well as for the parents and educators who teach them. He was the highly respected Director of the Guidance Department at Hanover (NH) High School for many years as well as a middle school counselor and special educator in Hartford (VT). His work with families has helped parents to navigate the stormy seas of adolescence as their children move through the middle and high school years into college and career. Gene was a long-time member of Second Growth’s Board of Directors, but he has now left that role to assume counseling duties for the organization. You can reach Gene at genekadish@secondgrowth.org.


Sarah Little, Coaching for Captains Coordinator

Nina Newcity, Bookkeeper

Kara Toms, M.Ed, Student Assistance Program

Kara Toms earned her B.A. from Colby College and M.Ed. from Saint Michael’s College. She has extensive experience developing and implementing programs for both adults and diverse populations of youth based in experiential education. She is interested in education that works to reduce risk-taking behavior through leadership training and community building. Her background as a successful athlete in highly competitive arenas (NH High School Gymnastics State Champion, Top 10 NESCAC Diver, captain of track & field, gymnastics, rugby, and ice hockey) as well as coaching experience give her a firsthand understanding of the pressures that student athletes face, both on and off the field of play. She incorporated her experience and boundless energy into developing the Coaching for Captains program. You can reach Kara at karatoms@secondgrowth.org.

Greg Somerville, Coaching for Captains Boys Program Coordinator

Greg Somerville studied Wellness Management at SUNY Oswego, where he was a member of the track and field team. As a sports massage therapist, and track and field coach, Greg combines his passion for athletics with his experience in injury prevention and the wellness field. He is excited to encourage “off the field” skills with the Coaching for Captains Program, building better athletes and community members. You can reach Greg at gregsomerville@secondgrowth.org.

Simone Framson, Coaching for Captains Intern

Simone Framson is a sophomore at Dartmouth College from Seattle, Washington. This is her seventh year rowing and she is a member of the women’s crew team at Dartmouth. She will be majoring in psychology. Simone is eager to work with the participants of C4C to help them develop skills that will make team environments as fulfilling as they can be, and she hopes to learn from them at the same time. Simone can be reached at simone.j.framson.18@dartmouth.edu.

Robert Madden, Coaching for Captains Intern

Robert Madden is a senior at Colby-Sawyer College where he is a member of the Progressive Scholars. Robert is majoring in Athletic Training with a focus on Pre-Med with a minor in Chemistry and he is a pitcher for the Colby-Sawyer baseball team. Robert is passionate about helping athletes reach their potential and providing the support network necessary to keep them from making decisions that can negatively impact them, their career, and their education all while working to cultivate a fun and interactive learning environment. You can reach Robert at robert.madden@my.colby-sawyer.edu.

Katie McCarthy, Coaching for Captains Intern

Katie McCarthy is currently a junior at Colby-Sawyer College, where she is studying exercise and sport science. She is also a member of the Colby-Sawyer Women’s Basketball team. Katie has been involved with coaching high school athletes for several years now, and it has become a passion of hers. She looks to continue coaching after graduation. She is very excited to get involved with the Coaching for Captains athletes and hopefully be able to help them and their teams become successful in their seasons and have some fun along the way! You can reach Katie at kaitlyn.mccarthy@my.colby-sawyer.edu.

C4C crew
2015/16 Coaching for Captains Crew


Consultants and Advisors:

Tom Gamble, PhD

Tom Gamble, PhD, clinical psychologist in the Upper Valley since 1989, trained at the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Gamble has been the school psychologist at Hanover High School since 1992 and previously worked for many years in a private practice that provided services to many Vermont and New Hampshire schools. His clinical interests include loss, trauma and mood disorders in children and adolescents.

Margaret Dunn, MA, LADC, PLLC

Margaret Dunn is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor who specializes in substance abuse recovery and strength based therapy for individuals and couples.