The Board Blog

Chris Kebalka


Greetings from the Board of Directors.

Community Alliance has a ten-member Board of Directors. We are all volunteers who believe in the power of collective effort and the importance of giving back. Although the Directors come from many different professions and life experiences, we all share a common purpose: a commitment to community service and to helping this organization meet the needs of the residents of Sullivan County.

As Board Chair, it is my responsibility to lead the Board in fulfilling its duty in governance, fiduciary responsibility and oversight for Community Alliance and our varied programs.

Community Alliance of Human Services has been a part of the greater Sullivan County community since 1991, when the agency was incorporated. Our stated mission back then was to “act as a holding company of associated social service agencies in order to provide a coordinated planning mechanism, provide better quality services and identify unmet needs in the region.”  The economic and social landscape of the region has changed in the past 23 years, and as the needs of the community have changed and evolved, so has Community Alliance.

Our most recent mission statement, adopted over ten years ago, is this: “Providing the resources, expertise, and commitment to assist people in meeting their needs to maintain quality of life, productivity, and independence.” We do that by providing compassionate, competent healthcare for folks in their homes; operating bus routes between Claremont, Charlestown and Newport and through our volunteer driver program; we also provide a variety of educational and support services to area youth and their families including court diversion, parenting education, and drug and alcohol awareness programs.

Over the course of the next several months, the Board of Directors will undertake the process of strategic planning for the future of Community Alliance. We will articulate our mission, and develop a vision for the agency and where we hope to be in 3-5 years. At the end of this process we will have a strategic plan – a clearly articulated vision and the steps necessary to make that vision a reality. It is an exciting time to be on the board!

We invite you to be a part of shaping the future of Community Alliance.  Please let us know what we are doing well, what we can do better, and what you – a member of our community – envision for our future. Together we can continue to provide the services and supports that allow residents of Sullivan County to maintain quality of life, productivity and independence. Please email me your thoughts with “Board Chair” in the subject line to, or send a letter to me at the Community Alliance office P.O. Box 188, Newport, NH. You can also give the office a call at 863-7708. I look forward to hearing from you.

My Best,

Chris Kebalka, Chair

Board of Directors