Kelly Pilotte for International Vice President of Division 1
Alpha Upsilon Omicron, NHTI – Concord’s Community College, Concord, N.H.
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Empowering Change, One Step at a Time
I am a nontraditional, service-oriented, online, lifelong learner. After graduating high school, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps. I am employed as a mail carrier for the USPS. As a dedicated mother, I have raised three boys who have blessed me with three grandchildren. Together with my amazing husband, we form an unbreakable family unit that means the absolute world to me.
Four years ago, I lost my son Sgt. Michael Boyd to a Fentanyl overdose. He served as a Marine during Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed to the war in Afghanistan. I have since dedicated my life to the service of others, particularly those with substance use disorders and who are unhoused. I graduated last year with a degree in Addiction Counseling and am continuing my education in business administration/
non-profit with the goal of founding a recovery center.
In 2019, I began a nonprofit organization and serve as its CEO. In my role, I mentor high school students who serve as volunteers in my organization. Each week, my volunteers and I bring clothing, food, and other necessities to the homeless population in my area. Together we advocate for ending the stigma of addiction, homelessness,
and mental health disorders.
I have also established a scholarship at NHTI– Concord’s Community College to support the financial needs of students who pursue Addiction Counseling degrees and to inspire others to achieve their goals.
As an avid marathon runner, I understand the importance of dedication and commitment and incorporate these values into every undertaking. I write this not to bring attention to myself, but to show that one person can make a real difference.
My goal in sharing my experience is to encourage others to find their own way to offer service to those around them. The same people who work towards supporting the development and well-being of others are ultimately the ones who find success in their own leadership. These are the people who can and will change the world.
- NHTI Dean’s list
- AS – Addiction Counseling, high honors
- Certificate – Mindful Communication
- State License – Addiction Counseling Exam
- Glenn A. Brewster Award, presented to an outstanding student in Addiction Counseling
- Editors Choice award, The Eye, NHTI’s Literary Journal, for the story “Chicago”
- Authored “HIA, Fighting the Stigma of Addiction”
- Completed all PTK Edge courses
- Served as Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps
- Serve as CEO/founder, The Michael Stephen Boyd Memorial Foundation
- Initiated the NHTI Closet, which provides professional clothing free to all students
- Started the Michael Stephen Boyd Scholarship
- Ran survey to help find support services related to substance use for NHTI students
- Served 3+ years of homeless outreach and support
- With my fellow regional officers, planned, and ran the Fall 2022 New England Regional Conference
- With my fellow regional officers, implementing the Spring 2023 New England Regional Conference
- Attended and spoke at regional induction ceremonies throughout the region to promote active participation in PTK chapters
- Chapter President, Alpha Upsilon Omicron, NHTI 2021-2023
- Regional Vice President of Service, New England Region, 2022-2023
- Student Trustee, Community College System of New Hampshire, 2021-2022
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