About Us

Mission,
Vision & Values

Strengthening individuals and families by providing them with the education and resources needed to lead, healthy, self-sufficient lives.

It is our vision that we work to create a strong, vibrant and self sustaining community where conflict and hunger, homelessness and poverty, and ignorance and intolerance no longer exist. We look to the day where all families thrive and children have within their reach the tools to succeed. We will work to achieve our vision by living our mission and honoring our values each day.

We aspire to be an organization that:

  • Is responsive to the community
  • Is compassionate and non-judgmental
  • Respects diversity
  • Empowers each individual and family
  • Works as a team
  • Encourages innovative and creative ideas
  • Maintains strong ethics and integrity


The Board

2017 Board of Directors

The Upper Room has an exceptional group of community leaders that make up our Board of Directors. From all walks of life, businesses and levels of involvement, our Board actively guides the Upper Room in areas of financial management to legal matters and marketing communications.


Our Staff

Brenda Guggisberg, M. Ed, Executive Director  x11


Ruth Marie Kay, M.Ed., Grant Writer, Parent Educator x21 


Diane Casale, A.S., Certified Prevention Specialist, Administrative Coordinator, Program Coordinator - Greater Derry Juvenile Diversion Program (GDJD), Program Coordinator - Community Service Learning Opportunities (CSLO)  x14


Kate Briggs,  Marketing Director  x17  


Michelle BrauchB.A., HiSET Program Coordinator  x18 


Janis Lilly, M.Ed., Program Coordinator, Teen Information for Parenting Success (TIPS), Healthy Families America (HFA), Fatherhood Project   x12


Sue Schick, M.A., Therapist, Preventive Counseling Services x16  


Pam Miller-Sallet, M.A., Program Facilitator, Families Reaching our Goals (FROG) x22


Michelle James, M.S., LMHC, Program Coordinator/Home Visitor, Greater Derry Family Outreach (GDFO) and Child Health Support Services   x22 


Elaina Wheaton, M.Ed., Instructor - HiSET Program, Facilitator - Challenge Course x19


Cheryl Fruin, M.Ed, Adolescent Wellness Program Coordinator, YES Program Facilitator, Rejuven8 Program  x15


Kelsey Myers, Educational Youth Mentor, Community Service Learning Opportunities (CSLO), HiSET Program x26


Kortney Yasenka, LCMHC, Clinical Supervisor, Preventive Counseling Services, x16

Sharon T. Bray, LSW, Facilitator,  UR Parents   x18

Sheila Allen, Facilitator, Take Control Course, Challenge Course  x18

Nicole Smith Martin, Facilitator, Take Control Course  x18

Sister Juliann Parent,  Childcare - Families Reaching our Goals (FROG)  x22

Alicia Triplett, LMHC,  Clinical Supervisor, GDFO    x22

Andrea Younie, Database Specialist/Auction Assistant   x23

Ann Marie Roy, TIPS Childcare x12




Funders and Supporters

The Upper Room gratefully acknowledges the numerous grants and financial support from local, regional and national organizations. We couldn't perform our outreach programs without their generous support.


  • NH State Advisory Group
  • Bank of America
  • Oak Foundation for Child Health and Education
  • The Women's Fund NH
  • Greater Derry Track Club
  • Crop Walk for Hunger
  • Pinkerton Academy Class of 2017
  • Annual Turkey Trot


And dozens of Community Food Drives, and donations from our generous businesses and community partners.


We are always looking to build new community partnerships with businesses. To learn more about joining forces with The Upper Room, call Brenda Guggisberg at 437-8477 x11.

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