Keith Howard, Executive Director

Cell: (603) 361-6266
Fax: (603) 669-8024

Stealing a line from Lou Gehrig’s famous speech, Keith refers to himself as “the luckiest man on the face of this earth,” because of his chance to help fellow veterans recover from substance abuse, bad breaks and even worse choices. A formerly homeless veteran himself, Keith began his career as a military journalist, moving on to radio news, teaching, school administration, improvisational theater acting and directing, and novel writing. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in school administration.


Bill Zarakotas, Director of Community Relations

Office: (603) 669-0761

A graduate of Notre Dame College in Manchester, Bill has been at the heart of Liberty House since he began as a Vista volunteer 10 years ago. Bill is adept at developing immediate and lasting bonds with veterans. As a Coast Guard veteran himself, Bill’s current role flows naturally from his military work; he is still doing search and rescue, only this time for lost and foundering veterans rather than ships at sea. Before coming to Liberty House, Bill taught high school and college American History, worked for the State of New Hampshire, and the Department of Social Security. A well-connected pillar of the community, Bill works tirelessly to maintain and increase financial and human support of Liberty House.

Jennifer Kilar, Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Office: (603) 669-0761

Jennifer is pleased to have returned to the world of non-profits. As a graduate of Simmons College, Jennifer majored in Graphic Design and Integrated Media. Upon graduation she enjoyed a brief stint in “The Big Easy” honing her graphic design and exploring the southern culture through photography. In 2014 she returned to New Hampshire, accepting a position as PR/Marketing Coordinator for the New Hampshire Food Bank and found it very rewarding to pay it forward.

After a writing and self-awareness hiatus Jennifer is thrilled to be working for a cause close to her heart. “My dad is a Vietnam vet and I am witness to the struggles our vets face each and every day.”

Ashley Kitchell, Case Manager

Cell: (603) 391-8900
Office: (603) 669-0761

Ashley is a Manchester native who graduated from Granite State College with a degree in human services.  Before coming to Liberty House, Ashley was a case manager at Veterans Inc. and a housing advocate at Families in Transition.  She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Southern New Hampshire University.  A closet carpenter, Ashley has completely remodeled her own home.

Libby, Resident Feline

Office: (603) 669-0761

Meet our “extended-stay” resident, Libby. Libby has been with Liberty House since she was a malnourished, near-death stray kitten wandering around the backyard ten years ago. After being nursed back to health by Bill, Libby was adopted by the Liberty House. She always makes her presence known, perching on the banister waiting to be brushed, meowing at visitors as they walk through the front door and providing comfort to the residents.

If you’d like to become a part of the Liberty House community and help your local veterans, please visit our Ways to Help page to learn more about getting involved.

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Another View

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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With the help of our dedicated staff, veterans in residence, and local community organizations, Liberty House is working to make positive, successful changes in the lives of the brave men and women who have served our country.


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Episode 019: Watching Them Fly

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At 17, Mike ran away to join the Army. After enduring years of abuse from his mother, Mike felt liberated, living a “normal” life for the first time.


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