Staff

Shawn1-cropped-resizedShawn LaFrance
Executive Director
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Direct Line: (603) 415-4270

Experience

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 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.

Noreen CreminNoreen Cremin
Program & Grants Manager
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Direct Line: (603) 415-4275

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 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.

Anne DiefendorfAnne Diefendorf
Associate Executive Director/Vice President for Quality & Patient Safety
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Direct Line: (603) 415-4271

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 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.

Terry JohnsonTerry Johnson
HEAL Program Director
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Direct Line: (603) 415-4258

Experience

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 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.

Rick PollakRick Pollak, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor for Clinical Affairs
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Senior Advisor for Clinical Affairs, is a family physician with Concord Family Medicine and advises the Foundation on a number of clinical initiatives. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He has served as medical director for Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association hospice for 13 years, and as associate medical director for HealthsourceNH and CIGNA-NH. Rick is well known in the state for his teaching and advocacy in end-of-life care, motivational interviewing for behavioral change, and quality improvement.

Judy ProctorJudy Proctor
Manager, NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration
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Direct Line: (603) 415-4276

Experience

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Manager, NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration. Judy works with partners across the state who pool resources and collaborate through workgroups to reduce the incidence of suffering from and mortality due to cancer in New Hampshire. These efforts encourage healthy lifestyles, promote recommended cancer screening, increase access to quality care, improve quality of life for survivors of cancer and promote an awareness of emerging issues related to 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.

Rebecca 001 cropped resizedRebecca Sky
Director, NH Health & Equity Partnership 
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Direct Line: (603) 415-4277

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 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.

Greg VasseGreg Vasse
Director of the Rural Quality Improvement Network
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Direct Line: (603) 415-4274

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 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.

Beth Gustafson WheelerBeth Gustafson Wheeler
Director of Community Health
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Direct Line: (603) 415-4278

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  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.