Teen Challenge Vermont | Staff
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Executive Director                      

Vermont & Connecticut

In 1997 Rick Welch was desperate to change his life after years of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Hopeless and destitute, he decided to give Teen Challenge a try.  At the Teen Challenge center in New Haven, Connecticut, Rick found new life and new purpose. Eternally transformed, he longed to bring God’s healing touch to those who are as hopeless as he once was. Upon completion of the program, Rick decided to stay on and serve in the ministry, first as an intern and then moving to a staff position. He soon realized that he would never desire to do anything with his life except to serve God and to passionately bring the inspirational message of the Gospel to the addicted and to their hurting families.  After years of visiting and ministering in Vermont with the Connecticut choir, Rick desired to expand the ministry there and in 2003 he was appointed Executive Director of the first Teen Challenge in Vermont. Today, Rick oversees both the Connecticut and Vermont Teen Challenge campuses.  Rick attended Global University and is credentialed with the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God. He and his wife, Carrie, live in Johnson, Vermont with their son, Timmy.

To contact Richard Welch: rwelch@tcvermont.org



Program Supervisor


Well before the doors opened in 2005 on the Vermont Campus, Lloyd Alcon has been working with Pastor Rick to break ground and help achieve the vision of a Teen Challenge campus in Vermont.  Since the days the doors opened he has been faithfully serving in Johnson, helping from the ground up to establish it.  Lloyd walked through the doors of Teen Challenge in New Haven, CT in September of 1999, having lost everything to alcohol and cocaine.  Since graduating in 2000, he has been working in the Teen Challenge ministry and answered the call to begin the work in Vermont. As Program Supervisor, Lloyd is in charge of scheduling, residents’ medical needs, visitation, property maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and what ever else is needed.  A gifted musician and singer, he also leads praise and worship.

To contact Lloyd Alcon: lalcon@tcvermont.org


Development Supervisor


Larry came into the program of Teen Challenge in 2008 desperate to make a change in his life after almost a decade of severe alcoholism robbed him of everything.  He quickly found everything he needed to truly change his life.  At the Teen Challenge Vermont he is in charge of Contract Work, Drug Awareness Teams, Choir Ministries, outreaches to the community, as well as many other areas. It is his heart’s desire is to help those who are feeling hopeless and lost.

To contact Larry McGraw: lmcgraw@tcvermont.org


Program Development


Michael graduated Teen Challenge in 2014. His convictions and commitments have led him to serve full time as staff at Teen Challenge Vermont. Michael truly loves Teen Challenge for the work the ministry does in so many troubled lives. He works in the Public Relations and Marketing Department, establishing professional relationships with local organizations, to promote community participation and awareness. He has a sincere love for God and reaching the lost with the Gospel and is passionate about studying Theology and Christian Apologetics. He wants to continue his education at an official capacity in the near future. Michael will always remain fervently connected to the ministry of Teen Challenge no matter where the will of God takes him, for Teen Challenge is where he found truth, hope and freedom!

To contact Mike Bouffard: mbouffard@tcvermont.org 

mike-duarte-pictureMIKE DUARTE

Resident Life Supervisor


Mike came through the doors of Teen Challenge New England In 1995 from the Dartmouth House of Corrections. In 2003 Mike was instrumental in implementing a full Teen Challenge Program in the same institution that housed him as an inmate.  In 2005 Mike received his ministerial credentials and license diplomas through Global University. After leaving the ministry in 2007, Mike came back to Teen Challenge New England’s Vermont campus in 2015, and has become a formidable pillar as part of the Senior Staff. His function and role directly correlates with his multifaceted gifting of seeing men embrace the call of God through a consecrated lifestyle empowered by the Holy Spirit and grounded in the Word of God.  Now as the Resident Life Supervisor, he is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the program, including: Admissions, Spiritual Care, Learning Center, Recreation, Student Transitioning, and Family Support. He provides pastoral care to residents, interns, and staff in the program through chapel services, prayer, life coaching and mentoring.

To contact Mike Duarte: mduarte@tcvermont.org 

Ian CunninghamsterIAN CUNNINGHAM

Drug Awareness Coordinator



Ian came to Teen Challenge in 2013, broken from a heroin addiction and alcoholism. His entire life has been changed by the grace and mercy of God. He serves as the Drug Awareness Team leader and attends Northpoint Bible College online. He wants to become a pastor and labor in kingdom work for the rest of his life.

To contact Ian Cunningham: icunningham@tcvermont.org 


Admissions Coordinator


Robert came to Teen Challenge Vermont in 2015, after spending two years at the Boston Teen Challenge Center.  He walked through the doors of Boston facing a choice of life or death because of his crack cocaine addiction.  Soon, after coming back to Jesus, he found purpose, and a new life.  Robert runs the Admissions Department at the Vermont Campus. He screens crisis calls, determines eligibility for the program, and keeps all records up to date.  He is also involved in our Choir ministry, community outreaches, public relations, and organizes physical fitness activities for our men.

To contact Robert Giles: rgiles@tcvermont.org


Facilities Maintenance


Greg is 33 years old and was born and raised in Massachusetts.  He came to Teen Challenge Vermont in 2016 after previously serving at Teen Challenge Boston. Before coming to Teen Challenge, Greg suffered from the grips of opiate and cocaine addiction.  Greg changed his life at Teen Challenge and now serves the ministry overseeing off-campus contract work, supervision assistance, and facilities maintenance on our campus.

To contact Greg Alphonse: galphonse@tcvermont.org


Administrative Assistant


Carrie has been an integral part in the workings of Teen Challenge Vermont for many years with her husband, Rick. She is a great support to all. She helped establish the Star Tree Program for the men at Christmas time. Carrie officially came on staff in 2014 and works in Administration overseeing record keeping, depositing and tracking donations, bookkeeping, data entry, and check requests.

To contact Carrie Welch: cwelch@tcvermont.org


Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor


Tom Croteau, LCMHC serves as the Clinical Counselor at Vermont Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge realizes that its residents not only struggle with the issue of addiction, but they may also have other co-occurring disorders.  Tom is here to extend and complement the treatment of the whole person at Teen Challenge. He studied at Antioch University, New England in Keene, NH, and has been practicing counseling since 2007.  Tom specializes in both group and individual therapy, both are offered and encouraged. With Tom’s help, Teen Challenge has made it possible to bring faith-based counseling to the residents at no additional cost to them.