Nathalie Ahyi, PhD Nathalie works with community and statewide partners in New Hampshire collaborating to create the NH Health & Equity Partnership, seeking to advance health equity for NH's racial, ethnic and linguistic minority. Nathalie's role is to coordinate the work and the vision of partnership leadership. Before joining the Foundation, Nathalie was a researcher at Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Direct Line: (603) 415-4270
Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director, has more than 20 years experience in planning and implementing projects to address community health issues in the foundation, government and private sectors. He completed the Health Forum's national Creating Healthier Communities Fellowship Program in 2004 and was a member of the Leadership New Hampshire Program in 2000. Shawn did his undergraduate work at UNH and holds master's degrees in Urban Planning and Public Health Administration from Columbia University.
Nathalie Ahyi, PhD
Director, NH Health & Equity Partnership
Direct Line: (603)-415-4272
Active Living Coordinator
Direct Line: (603) 415-4263
Nik Coates, Active Living Coordinator. Longtime community health activist Nicholas "Nik" Coates, has joined HEAL NH as the organization's first active living coordinator. Prior to joining HEAL, Nik served as principal planner and PATH program coordinator with the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, where he helped employers develop incentives to encourage employees to carpool, bicycle, walk, and use public transportation to get to work. He also led the Commute Green New Hampshire initiative, the statewide collaboration to improve access to active transportation options.
Program & Grants Manager
Direct Line: (603) 415-4275
Noreen Cremin, Program & Grants Manager. Noreen joined the Foundation in September of 2011. Noreen’s role is to work closely with the Executive Director, as well as work with data for programs with the Associate Executive Director. Noreen also does grants and program management with Foundation staff. Noreen’s educational background is in psychology, education and accounting. She has over 20 years of administrative, non-profit and human services experience, previously working with New Futures in Concord.
Associate Executive Director/Vice President for Quality & Patient Safety
Direct Line: (603) 415-4271
Anne Diefendorf, Associate Executive Director/Vice President for Quality & Patient Safety. Anne joined the Foundation for Healthy Communities in September of 2011. Anne began her hospital career as a clinical dietician after graduating summa cum laude from UNH. She earned her MS in Clinical Evaluative Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2000. Anne is actively engaged in the NH Health Care Quality Assurance Commission and other quality initiatives of the Foundation. She most recently served as the Director of Quality Performance at Concord Hospital.
HEAL Program Director
Direct Line: (603) 415-4253
Terry Johnson, HEAL Program Director, brings 23 years of experience developing and directing health promotion and clinical programs in community, medical and worksite settings to lead the New Hampshire Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative. He works with many state and community partners to establish environments, policies and programs that support healthy eating and active living where New Hampshire’s residents live, learn, work and play. Previously, Terry was Executive Director of New Hampshire Celebrates Wellness, whose mission and reach closely paralleled HEAL’s. He received a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Louisiana.
Direct Line: (603) 415-4262
Patti Nichols, Consultant, POLST Patti works with community and state-wide partners throughout New Hampshire providing consultation in the development and implementation of POLST (Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). Patti brings 30 years of healthcare management and clinical practice in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of New England, an Advanced Certification in End of Life Care from Smith College, and is a licensed independent clinical social worker in New Hampshire.
Manager, NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration
Direct Line: (603) 415-4276
Judy Proctor, Manager, NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration. Judy works with partners across the state who pool resources and collaborate through task forces and committees to reduce the incidence of suffering from and mortality due to cancer in New Hampshire. These efforts encourage foster communities and systems that support healthy lifestyles, promote recommended cancer screening to prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stage, and optimize quality of life for those affected by cancer. Judy, a registered nurse with a degree from Georgetown University, worked for over 15 years in the field of oncology nursing. She also has a strong public health background and is a Certified Public Manager.
Director, NH Health & Equity Partnership
Direct Line: (603) 415-4277
Rebecca Sky, Director, NH Health & Equity Partnership. Rebecca works with community and statewide partners in New Hampshire collaborating to create the NH Health & Equity Partnership,seeking to advance health equity for Nh's racial, ethnic, and linguistic minority communities. Through encouraging leadership and coordinating project work, Rebecca facilitates this Partnership bringing her extensive previous work experience in non-profit governance. Her previous work at the Foundation for Healthy Communities focused on improving access to quality healthcare for New Hampshire’s limited English proficient and deaf and hard of hearing residents via promoting the provision of communication access in medical encounters. Rebecca is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Health Policy and Administration.
Director of Communications
Direct Line: (603) 415-4255
Vanessa Stafford, Director of Communications. Vanessa joined the New Hampshire Hospital Association & Foundation for Healthy Communities in July 2015. In her role, Vanessa is responsible for executing the Association & Foundation’s communication strategy in support of the organizations’ objectives, overseeing the member and public outreach efforts related to strategic, public policy and programmatic initiatives. A senior communications professional, Vanessa has 15+ years experience in driving marketing & communications strategy through branding, messaging, public affairs, and media & community relations. Prior to joining the Association & Foundation, Vanessa served as the Marketing & Communications Manager at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, MA, and the Director of Marketing & Communications at Lamprey Health Care in Newmarket, New Hampshire. Vanessa received her Bachelors Degree from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, and serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Society of Healthcare Communications.
Director of the Rural Quality Improvement Network
Direct Line: (603) 415-4274
Greg Vasse, Director of the Rural Quality Improvement Network. Prior to joining the FHC in September of 2011, Greg served as Senior Vice President for American Red Cross blood services in Washington, D.C. where he had oversight responsibility for regulatory and operations issues for 19 Regional Blood Centers in the Midwest and Western United States. He also served as Regional Chief Operating Officer in the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan and was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Henry Ford Cottage Hospital in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Ann Walls, M.Ed.
Direct Line: (603)-415-4299
Ann Walls is one of the team members of the Foundation’s Marketplace Assister Program, helping individuals and families to learn about and enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Ann has been with the Program since its inception in November 2013. The Program partners with hospitals and other community based organizations statewide to connect with NH residents who are uninsured and in need of coverage. Ann has over 20 years of experience with NH’s Department of Health and Human Services, leading public health initiatives within tobacco prevention and control, family planning and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). Before joining the Foundation, she was a project manager for the National Health Care Transition Center, a federal maternal and child health resource center focusing on children’s transition from pediatric to adult focused health care. Ann has a Master’s Degree in Health Education from Plymouth State University.
Dan Walsh, MS
Program Coordinator, NH Med Bank
Direct Line: (603) 415-4258
Dan Walsh, MS, Program Coordinator, NH Med Bank. Dan works with hospitals, clinics, and pharmaceutical companies across the state to donate their unused and unexpired medications to the NH Med Bank (formerly NHRx Connects Pharmacy) which is NH’s only charitable pharmacy that serves those who cannot afford their medications. By coordinating a team of volunteer pharmacists and technicians, Dan has helped the NH Med Bank serve hundreds of patients in over 86 towns and cities across NH since opening in 2012. Previously, Dan was an orthopaedic drug researcher for UC Davis School of Medicine. He holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Cornell University and an M.S. in biophysics and physiology from Georgetown University.
Beth Gustafson Wheeler, MS
Director of Community Health
Direct Line: (603) 415-4278
Beth Gustafson Wheeler, MS, Director of Community Health, works in NH cities and towns to establish environments, policies and programs that support healthy eating and active living with a special focus on childhood obesity prevention. With more than 20 years of experience in health promotion, Beth has worked in a variety of areas including community organization, quality improvement, worksite health and fitness, and education. She holds a BS in Community Health and earned her Masters in Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire.