Support Staff

The following people come to Malley Farm regularly to provide healing services and teach wellness to our residents. We cannot thank them enough for their generosity and kindness!


Colette Catlin – Reiki

Colette Catlin is a shamanic practitioner and a Certified Level 1 and 2 Reiki Practitioner. Shamanic drum healing is included in all of her Reiki sessions.

Colette reached out to Sober Sisters Recovery soon after our opening. She has been support staff since the fall of 2017, providing one-on-one weekly reiki treatments for our residents and staff.

Colette is an amazing, ongoing spiritual support to everyone here at Sober Sisters Recovery.

Samantha Merritt – Per Diem House Manager

Samantha Merritt joined the Sober Sisters support staff in October of 2019. Samantha is a Sober Sisters alumnus and works as per diem house manager, filling in for our director when needed. Samantha has a bachelors degree and over 10 years of experience working in the field of disability insurance, advocating for individuals in pursuit of disability benefits. Samantha currently works for a top insurance company where she manages employer-sponsored disability claims.

For the past 3 plus years, Samantha has been active in the recovery community, attending AA retreats throughout New England including annual weekend retreats at the Wilson Home in Vermont. Samantha has a strong passion for the mission of Sober Sisters Recovery and the opportunity to provide mentorship, support, and guidance to current and prospective residents battling with substance use disorder.

Kate Knox – Carpentry, Handywoman

Kate joined the team at Malley Farm in 2020 as the Sober Sisters handy woman. With 13+ years of recovery experience, 10+ years of working with the disabled community and 20+ years of old home renovation experience, Kate is grateful for the opportunity to bring her skills to beautiful Malley Farm, and WE are grateful to have her!

Kate received her BFA in painting and printmaking from the New England College Institute of Art and Design in 2015. She is a working artist whose work focuses on the miracles of recovery. Her mixed media work can be found in many public and private collections. Kate's work has also been featured in Iru Magazine, The Cafe Review, Ayris and Luna Luna magazines. You can view Kate’s artwork on her website, kate-knox.com.

Kate has already done so much for us – she is truly amazing!

Lorrie Rowan, MMHC

Lorrie Rowan has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and is an Interfaith Pastor. She is happily married and the mother of two adult children.

Baking bread in the Malley Farm kitchen

Lorrie has been extremely instrumental in the operations of Sober Sisters Recovery since 2016. She provides the women with transportation to church and fills in as house manager when our executive director travels. She is also a fantastic baker and cooks with us in the Malley Farm kitchen!

Lorrie has 18+ years of experience with her own recovery from substance use disorder. She supports Sober Sisters Recovery spiritually and emotionally and is a godsend to this home.

Melissa Borges – Recovery Support

Melissa Borges joined Sober Sisters Recovery’s support staff in 2019. An alumni of SSR with five years of experience in the recovery community, Melissa works a 12-step program of recovery and is celebrating over three years of continuous sobriety.

Melissa is very caring and has a huge heart. She takes pride in being a part of the Sober Sisters Recovery mission and feels that SSR truly saved her life. By serving on our support staff, Melissa is generously giving back what she feels was so freely given to her. She is passionate about supporting women on their recovery journey.

Melissa's other passion is baking! She makes and decorates cakes for a local Seacoast area bakery. She is also the mother of two rescue dogs whom she loves more than anything in the world.

Larry Holman – Guided Meditation

Larry provides guided meditation to our residents to help them relax and develop a peaceful sense of self. The deep state of relaxation found in meditation can help bring about healing of the body and mind by learning to analyze one’s own thoughts and actions; thus, through the application of mindfulness in their everyday life, discover opportunities to bring about positive change in their life.

Larry taught meditation at the Dover Adult Learning Center for a number of years and has also run monthly meditation sessions for other recovery programs prior to volunteering at Sober Sisters Recovery.

Miss Violet Della Penta – Comfort Dog

Violet is Malley Farm’s visiting compassion dog.

Her parents, David and Karen Della Penta, have been a huge support to Sober Sisters. David and Karen believed in the mission while it was still just a dream, and they continue to champion our cause today.