our staff

Lisa Couture, MSW, Executive Director

Lisa joined Krempels Center in May of 2009. As executive director, she is responsible to the board of directors for leadership and management of the organization and its programs and managing financial and human resources. Lisa’s prior managerial positions include executive director of Fair Tide, outreach program director for Rockingham Community Action, and program coordinator of The Birchtree Center. She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of New England in 2000 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1994.





Becky Kates, Development Director

Becky joined Krempels Center in February 2018. Becky has held several roles in various nonprofits, including most recently as the Development Director of Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth, NH, and the Grants, Events and Marketing Manager at New Hampshire Public Radio. With a strong belief in building stronger communities through the work of nonprofits, Becky is thrilled be a part of an organization with such a profound impact. Working with her team, she is responsible for fundraising, events and communications that reflect the mission of Krempels Center. Becky is an alum of UNH, SNHU and Leadership Seacoast as well as currently active with the Portsmouth Chamber Collaborative, Leadership Seacoast, and the Association for Fundraising Professionals of New England.




Barb Kresge, OTR/L, CBIS, Program Director

Barb, an occupational therapist since 1991, joined Krempels Center in 2006. Her work as an occupational therapist has spanned the treatment spectrum from acute care through home care, working with adult clients with a wide range of diagnoses. Barb has worked at Tufts University as a lecturer in the occupational therapy department and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. In her role as Program Director, Barb works to develop and implement a program that has a profound and lasting impact on the quality of life of brain injury survivors.  Barb is an Assistant Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire.  She is involved in brain injury research via Krempels Center’s Program Evaluation Committee and as a member of Supportive Living Inc.’s Brain Injury Wellness Center Research Council.




Sarah Lovell, MSW, CBIS, Member Services Coordinator

Sarah joined Krempels Center in November 2017. She earned her master’s degree in social work from Boston University and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. As part of her social work degree, Sarah interned at Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge and gained experience working with brain injury survivors in an acute care setting. Prior to joining Krempels Center, Sarah worked with brain injury survivors at Advocates in Massachusetts for several years focusing on community integration. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Krempels Center community.  





Katie MacKinnon, Events and Marketing Associate

Katie joined Krempels Center in January 2020. Formerly serving in various roles at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, Katie is excited to bring her experience overseeing major community events and creating marketing strategies for local businesses and nonprofits to Krempels Center. Prior to the Chamber, she worked in business development and marketing for two emerging small businesses in Massachusetts. Katie is an alum of UNH and proud graduate of Leadership Seacoast and Dale Carnegie.





Susette Milnor, MSW/LICSW, Program Coordinator

Susette joined Krempels Center in July of 2015.  She is a licensed, independent, clinical social worker who earned her Master’s Degree from Simmions School of Social Work in 1986.  Susette has 30 years of experience working as a psychotherapist in a variety of mental health settings.  For the past 24 years she was a co-director and staff psychotherapist at Womankind Counseling Center, a non-profit, outpatient psychotherapy agency providing mental health services to women, men, children and families.





Betsy Oski, Operations and Development Associate

Betsy joined Krempels Center in April of 2015. Betsy brings ten years’ experience as a Human Resources professional, including recruitment, talent management, and systems administration. Betsy earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from William Smith College, Geneva NY. Betsy is looking forward to working with Krempels Center staff, board of directors, donors and members.





Erika Poulin-Carrigan, Program Assistant

Erika joined Krempels Center in August 2020 after a long career in banking and financial management. She is excited to have the opportunity to put her energies into supporting Krempels Center members in their post-rehab journeys. Erika has a passion for animals, nature, her family, helping others, and loves living on the coast of Maine.





Kelly Redwine-DePierre, MS, OTR/L, Program Coordinator

Kelly joined Krempels Center in October 2012. She has a Master’s of Science in occupational therapy and worked in the field of mental health for more than seven years. Kelly interned at Krempels Center four years ago and now enjoys her role as educator and mentor to the many students who complete their internships at the center. 






Craig Werth, M.Ed, Group Facilitator

Craig has been a friend of Krempels Center for more than 12 years, first as a visiting artist as a musician/songwriter and becoming a Group Facilitator in 2016. Craig offers classes to our members in Songwriting, Creative Expression, Acting/Improv, Reading Group and more. Craig holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from UNH, served as Associate Director of UNH's Center for Academic Resources at UNH, and toured internationally as a singer-songwriter and workshop presenter. On most workdays, Craig brings in his cheery assistant, “Sadie the Wonder Dog”. She is certified for pet therapy and is a beloved member of the Krempels Center community. Note: Her name changes to “Buddy” when she participates in “Man Cave” which Craig leads.