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.

Barbara Dugan, MLADC, SAP, MDiv – Therapist

Barb provides our residents with weekly one-on-one counseling and process group right on site at Malley Farm. We are blessed to have her calm, healing professional services.

Barbara Dugan has been a substance abuse clinician since 1991. She received a master's degree from Yale University in 1988, received clinical training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and later began a career as a substance abuse clinician at the Yale Psychiatric Institute and as a research associate for the department of psychiatry at Yale Medical School in the area of addiction prevention and treatment.

As a research associate at Yale Medical School, Barbara worked on several projects, including the development of a medical detoxification protocol for opiate dependence. She has also worked collaboratively to develop models for outpatient and hospital-based intensive outpatient programs. She has a broad range of experience, working with adults, families, and adolescents at all levels of ASAM care.

Barbara is a strong advocate of body-centered therapies where traditional therapy modalities are paired with body-centered therapies that give rise to a sense of well-being, self-awareness, and calm. These therapies include, but are not limited to, EMDR, Deep Brain Re-orienting, infra-slow neurofeedback, meditation, breath work, and yoga.

Tracie Murphy & Micki Walsh – Yoga

Sisters Tracie and Micki have shared yoga classes with Malley Farm since spring of 2018. We feel truly blessed to have their energy at Sober Sisters Recovery.

Together, Tracie Murphy and Micki Walsh are Sister Soul Yoga. They share a passion to teach yoga for wellness, balance, and healing. Yoga has affected their lives in so many positive ways that they have decided to pay it forward.

Tracie and Micki believe yoga saves lives, builds strong bodies, and connects people with themselves and others. Sister Soul Yoga's mission is to share wellness with communities like Sober Sisters Recovery.

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 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.

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.

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.

Kathy Ford – Guided Meditation

Kathy Ford facilitates guided meditation sessions at Sober Sisters Recovery. We are blessed to have her calming presence in the house.

In addition to guided meditation, Kathy is a Reiki Master and has performed Reiki on post-surgery patients at Wentworth Douglass Hospital. Kathy is a Pet Partners pet therapy handler formerly at the Seacoast Cancer Center with her two Pekingese dogs. She lives in Rochester and enjoys spending her free time outdoors in nature with her dogs, her daughter and her grandson.

Kathy is the VP of Business Systems at Eastern Propane and Oil, recently celebrating her 40th anniversary with Eastern. She is past president of the Board of Trustees for the Strafford County Homeless Center where she served for eight years. She is the co-founder of Hope for a Brighter Future, a non-profit charitable organization for orphaned children in Haiti.

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.