Director of Operations
What is your full name, title, and the location you work out of?
Matthew John Lee – Director of Operations at Bonfire.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Nashua, NH (still live there with my family).
Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?
I am currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University to receive my Associates in Business, with a focus on Healthcare Administration.
What is your passion for working in the treatment field? (You can share your own recovery story, or you don’t have to disclose).
My passion for working in this field comes from struggling with addiction myself. My sobriety date is 12/29/2015. I lost everything because of my addiction, including my children and home. Today I have my children back, and a new baby. My kids are 11 years, 7 years, and 9 months old. Their mother and I struggled for years, but work very hard every day to be the best parents we are capable of being.
What do you do for your job? List a few responsibilities.
My job is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility. I make sure that the employees function as a cohesive unit, and that together we provide the best care possible for our clients.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is seeing our clients begin to turn their lives around. The fact that I get to be a small part of that change means the world to me. I also enjoy learning daily, because if you’re not learning, you’re not growing!
What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?
What sets Amatus apart from other facilities is the family feel. You walk through the doors and just know that you are in the right place, surrounded by people who are truly there for you and who challenge you to be the best version of yourself daily.
Anything else you want to include in your bio?
I love being a father; it is the best gift that I have been given. In my spare time I enjoy camping, going to Red Sox games, hiking, skiing, and just being active. I am truly grateful for the fact that I can do these things today!
Regional Clinical Director
I joined the clinical team in 2021. I work with clients living with substance use and mental health disorders, offering a trauma-informed model of care that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, and family therapy. In using an eclectic approach, my goal is to develop a collaborative treatment team, providing a supportive recovery environment for our participants.
I have 25+ years’ experience implementing clinical care and program management within behavioral health systems. My areas of expertise are substance use, persistent behavioral health needs, trauma, families, and the military community. I am passionate about recovery that is truly person-centered. I aim to develop programming that is collaborative and creative.
I love the work and continue to find myself excited about opportunities to grow and learn. I find it very important to work in a system that resonates with my core values, including person-centered care. When I speak with the leadership and staff at programming, I am excited to be with like-minded people. There is a passion for excellence, continued growth, and dignity in the recovery process that made me want to work here.
Kali K. Guilmet-Talbot, LCMHC, MS is the Regional Clinical Director for New Hampshire. Guilmet-Talbot received her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Salem State University in 2005. She earned her initial clinical license in the state of Massachusetts as a LMHC in 2007, and recently moved to New Hampshire and obtained her license as a LCMHC. Her primary office is at Bonfire in Rochester, NH, but she can also be found at New Hampshire Detox in Bethlehem throughout the week.
My passion for this field comes from personal experience. I have been in recovery for five years and have worked in treatment for three. I have struggled with addiction and that feeling of hopelessness. I have been in the depths of despair, and if it wasn’t for the motivation and positivity of people in treatment centers, I may not have turned my life around the way I did. My goal is to give back the passion and dedication that was so freely given to me.
When I walked through the doors of this program as a Behavioral Health Technician, I immediately felt welcome. The energetic and positive atmosphere created by those who work here is unmatched. The people here truly have a passion for what they do.
The most rewarding part of my job is being the first person with whom clients have a meaningful interaction. I get to know so much about clients during the intake process, and I can help ease the transition.
Myriah A. Kenyon is the Intake Coordinator at Bonfire Behavioral Health in Rochester, New Hampshire. She also serves as a Behavioral Health Technician, and as such she works with both the clinical and operational sides. She is currently in the process of getting her CRSW certification to further her career in this field.
Shannon Snyder, BA
I joined the clinical team at Bonfire Behavioral Health in 2021. I am a solution-focused therapist who enjoys collaborating with clients to assist them in their recovery. I utilize motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, crisis intervention, and collaboration. I work with clients to create a treatment plan, observe their progress, and help them self-advocate.
Although I entered this profession in 2020, I have worked within the human service field for five years. The experiences I’ve had throughout my career and internship opportunities have been program coordination, crisis advocacy, case management, and now clinical care. I have expertise working with domestic violence, community services, severe and persistent mental illness, and substance use.
I am passionate about working within the recovery and mental health field because of the abundant opportunities to make meaningful connections, as well as the ability to witness clients’ personal growth. The most rewarding part of working at Bonfire Behavioral Health is being part of the recovery community in an area of New Hampshire that needs the substance use treatment resources.
Shannon Snyder, BA, is a clinician at Bonfire Behavioral Health in Rochester, New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020.