A Message from Our Founder
Kristen Williams Haseotes
Board of Directors / Treasurer
Welcome to our Foundation,
I am one of many who have had enough of the rhetoric about addiction and am asking anyone who’ll listen, and even those who don’t want to hear, to raise your voice Above the Noise and support recovery. Above the Noise Foundation was formed with the hope of bringing a community of people together who want to make a difference in the National Addiction Crisis. Our goal is simple.
“To support recovery, those who still suffer, and those who are committed to making a difference.”
Our organization includes musicians, actors, athletes, recognized leaders in business, politics and nationally recognized recovery advocates. Our organization also includes those who’ve made saving lives their profession of choice, police, firefighters and first responders. But most importantly, we’ve been graced with the support of individuals who’ve lost loved ones, whose loved ones are currently battling this disease and by those who are in recovery.
I have been active in the addiction and recovery field for over 30 years, beginning while I attended The University of Notre Dame, where I helped found the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education. I was a founding member of a residence that housed ex-offenders and people struggling with addiction. I worked alongside students, inmates, adolescents, corporate executives, and homeless loved ones struggling with substance use disorders. My intention was, and remains to be, to reduce the stigma and be an advocate for treatment. That being said, I have never before felt the urgency to do something as strongly as I do now.
Tom Petty once wrote: “Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life…it’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates, and does all those incredible things.” The Above the Noise Foundation recognizes the power music has to bring communities and generations together. We’re banding together to replace the words shame, stigma and judgment with care, support, and compassion. Together we will stand side-by-side to raise each other Above the Noise. I welcome you to join us.
Founder, Above the Noise Foundation
Kristen serves on many business and non-profit boards. She is a philanthropist, private investor, and an award winning real estate developer / designer. Her work has received numerous awards and has been highlighted in various publications. Currently she runs a real estate and design firm, and a retail operation that showcases her award-winning designs. She is also a principal of a regional magazine and a real estate brokerage firm. Kristen has consecutively been profiled as a Business Person of Distinction and Women of Distinction in Naples, Florida. Prior to that, she worked in the finance sector including Bank of Boston, Fleet and Merrill Lynch.
Kristen currently lives in Naples, Florida, and is a mother of two and a mother-in-law of one.