Staff

Jeff Nelson, Executive Director

Cell: (603)545-4642
Fax: (603) 669-8024
jeff@libertyhousenh.org

Jeff is a Manchester native, attending Manchester schools as well as earning a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm, an M.Ed. from Plymouth State and a Master’s of Public Administration from UNH.  He and his wife, Denise, live in the city.

Jeff’s connections to homelessness are varied. During his time working in adult and juvenile corrections, law enforcement, and teaching at Job Corps, he served many homeless. In each of his jobs that connected him to the homeless, his involvement was to help access local resources to create a short-term solution. He and his wife also volunteer at local nonprofits that serve the homeless.

Jeff said, “While I am not a veteran, I have had family members who served in the Military, including an uncle who died as a Prisoner of War in Germany during World War II. I have a deep regard and respect for those who have served our Country, and consider it an honor and privilege to serve those who have served.”


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, Marketing and Events Manager

Cell: (603)931-9471
Office: (603) 669-0761
jennifer@libertyhousenh.org

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, Operations Manager

Cell: (603) 391-8900
Office: (603) 669-0761
Ashley@libertyhousenh.org

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.


Sandy Chandler, Case Manager

Cell: (603) 986-0333
Office: (603) 669-0761
sandy@libertyhousenh.org

Sandy Chandler is a case manager at Liberty House.  With a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, Sandy has helped improve the lives of people with brain injuries, speech and language difficulties and a variety of other challenges.  Sandy is gifted at developing rapport with everyone she meets at Liberty House.  She is not currently (6/23/17) under indictment, although the future is a big place.


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.

Latest Post

A Bond Unbroken: 4 Paws 4 Vets

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Meet two wonderful individuals from the Manchester Animal Shelter: Ron and Martha. Ron and Martha have worked hard to change the lives of animals and veterans through a program called 4 Paws 4 Vets. This program connects veterans with shelter animals- free of cost! Both the animals and veterans have been through traumatic events in […]

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Veteran Resources

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

Friday, August 21, 2015

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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