Carol Anderson, Advisory Board Member
Carol Anderson joined Revive’s Advisory Board in 2019, and is proud to represent the
organization as an advocate for those struggling with substance use disorder, as well as those in all stages of recovery.
In 2014 she discovered a dire need for recovery and treatment support after learning a loved
one was struggling with SUD, and sought out opportunities to educate herself on the topic and
hopefully help others. This led to years of street outreach experience throughout Boston,
supporting those living on the streets with SUD and other mental health disorders. The
experience taught her the importance of meeting people where they are, whatever stage of
active use or recovery, and reinforced her belief in harm reduction.
Carol discovered Revive Recovery Center in 2018 through her journey, and immediately began
volunteering for the organization. Here, she has gained invaluable insight into the process of
SUD and recovery, enabling her to support others who have SUD in the family. She credits the
entire staff and other volunteers for her ability to better understand and support her own
family member in his experience.
Carol earned her Bachelor's' of Science degree from Simmons University, and currently works at Point32Health in Canton, Massachusetts as a Senior Proposal Specialist. She is the mother of
three grown sons, and lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts with her husband, Paul.
Catherine Burns – BSW, M.A. CMHC, Advisory Board Member
When humans experience trauma or serious life stressors, it’s not uncommon for their lives to become unmanageable. Often times struggles with mental or physical health can lead to self-medication and substance misuse. I have found that addictions in all forms do not discriminate, and I have seen that recovery from those addictions is possible and I believe in every person having the opportunity to recover and gain a life of value and wellbeing.
I have found my passion in working with individuals and their families who seek recovery and wish to maintain it long-term. In addition to my work on the advisory board at Revive Recovery Resource Center as well as the NHADACA Board of Directors, I remain committed to serving our community and its most vulnerable population. I have worked to re-open The Solution House women’s sober living community in addition to my on-call shelter support work at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and most recently completed my clinical internship at The Farnum Center as a substance use treatment clinician.
I believe that there is not one approach that is the right treatment for everyone and therefore continue to learn and appreciate all pathways to recovery, including those within the frameworks of the Matrix Model, the Cognitive Model, and the Sociocultural Model. Ultimately my goal is to support individuals in finding balance, value, and peace in their lives. I advocate and support my community in reducing stigma around mental health and substance use disorders, including education around harm reduction and complete abstinence to create a safer, healthier community.
My education background includes my bachelor’s degree in social work through Plymouth State University and I recently graduated from the master’s program in clinical mental health counseling at Southern New Hampshire University. Additionally, I have been accepted into the master’s program in criminal justice with an emphasis on public administration.
Christopher L. Carter, AS, PST, FSC, Advisory Board Member
Chris Carter joined Revive's Advisory Board in 2020 and is honored to represent the organization as a peer support advocate for those in recovery and/or suffering from mental disorders. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization as having previously served as an EMT, a Paramedic, and presently is
a Senior Dispatcher with Nashua Fire Rescue where he is also an important member of the department's Member Assistance Team (peer support).
Born and raised in Cape Cod, Mass, Chris is a member of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe and graduated from Barnstable High School - Class of '89. He went on to attend UMass Lowell and earned his Health Science degree from Granite State College. Chris has continued to earn numerous certifications related to his career and work as a peer support member.
By the summer of 2018, Chris realized he needed to change his unhealthy lifestyle before it was too late. He left his job and went to a Safe Station. At that time, he was admitted to the Respite, then to rehab before settling into sober living here in Nashua, NH. Chris became an active participant in the community by going to daily meetings, performing service work, becoming a sober house manager and an active member of this organization. On August 21, 2023, Chris will have 5 years of continuous sobriety, which also happens to be his birthday!
Today, Chris resides in Nashua with his girlfriend and has two teenage sons, which are his pride and joy. Chris has discovered in sobriety that he loves to travel and his love for the ocean has returned.