Jeff Nelson, Executive Director

Cell: (603)545-4642
Fax: (603) 669-8024

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.

Ashley Kitchell, Operations 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.

Sandy Chandler, Case Manager

Cell: (603) 986-0333
Office: (603) 669-0761

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.

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