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.
Shawn LaFrance, MS, MPH
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 is a former program officer at The Commonwealth Fund and has worked has worked in state and local government in New York and New Hampshire. Mr. LaFrance’s community work includes service on the boards of NH Voices for Health, AARP-New Hampshire and Concord Public Library Foundation. He completed the HRET Quality Improvement Leader Fellowship, is certified as an instructor for Respecting Choices Last Steps program and is a certified mentor in the Education for Ministry program from University of the South. He received the 2014 Milham Leadership Award from Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice and was awarded the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the NH Pediatric Society. Mr. LaFrance received his B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Public Health and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Anne Diefendorf, MS
Associate Executive Director
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.
Nathalie Ahyi, PhD
Director, NH Health & Equity Partnership
Direct Line: (603)-415-4272
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.
Direct Line: (603) 415-4257
George Devoid, Grants Accountant, joined the New Hampshire Hospital Association and Foundation for Healthy Communities in August of 2016, and is responsible for all aspects of the Association's and the Foundation's accounts receivable and accounts payable functions, as well as assisting FHC program staff with various financial grants management requirements and financial reports. A Senior Accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience, George has extensive experience in accounting system development, report design, federal programs and reporting, among many other accounting functions, and previously held positions at Liberty Utilities and the NH Housing Finance Authority.
Associate Director, Health Information
Direct Line: (603) 415-4260
Gwen Duperron, Associate Director of Health Information, joined the Foundation in April 2012. Prior to joining the Foundation, the University of New Hampshire graduate served as a financial analyst for Boston Children's Hospital, where she was also the reporting coordinator for Epic Resolute Professional Billing. Most recently, Gwen managed the operations of four surgical offices with the Elliot Hospital.
HEAL Program Director
Direct Line: (603) 415-4273
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.
Director of Finance
Direct Line: (603) 415-4259
Linda Levesque, Director of Finance, is responsible for all aspects of the NHHA and the Foundation for Healthy Communities’ accounting functions, including financial statements, state and federal grants and payroll, and she also serves as benefits administrator. Prior to joining the NHHA in March of 2008, her accounting degree was put to use in the construction and manufacturing industry for 22 years, during which she held positions with the Kollsman Instrument Company’s sites in Merrimack and Nashua.
Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH
Director, Patient and Family Engagement
Direct Line: (603) 930-2632
Tanya Lord, Director, Patient and Family Engagement. Recognized nationally for her work in patient & family engagement, Tanya has shared her son’s story of medical error and the importance of engaging and communicating with patients & families with audiences across the country. Upon realizing that her son Noah’s death provided many opportunities for healthcare improvement, including the importance of engaging patients and families at the bedside, as well as within the organizational structure, she created the Noah Lord Patient & Family Engagement Award to recognize the innovative work being done in NH to better engage patients and families in improving healthcare.
Tanya is currently the Director of Patient and Family Engagement at the Foundation for Healthy Communities, and also works as a patient safety, quality improvement, and patient/family engagement consultant nationally with organizations including AHA HRET HEN, Tufts Medical Center and the Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of New Hampshire and a Doctorate in Clinical and Population Health Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also a co-founder of The Grief Toolbox which offers tools to help those along the grief journey (www.thegrieftoolbox.com).
Judy Proctor, RN
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.
Direct Line: (603) 415-4277
Rebecca Sky, Project Director. Rebecca works with community and statewide partners in New Hampshire to establish evidenced-based community falls prevention programs. Rebecca has 20+ years experience in project management at various non-profit organizations. Rebecca's previous work at the Foundation for Healthy Communities was with the NH & Equity Partnership with a particular focus 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.
Vanessa Stafford, MBA
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 more than 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 Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Hampshire, her Master's in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, and serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Society of Healthcare Communications.
Greg Vasse, MBA
Director, 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.
Dan Walsh, MS
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, 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 Master's in Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire.
- Save the Date: 2017 New Hampshire Immunization Conference - March 22nd
- FHC & NHHA Hold Successful Annual Meeting
- New Hampshire Selected to Continue Improvements in Patient Safety
- Foundation for Healthy Communities Honors NH Housing Finance Authority’s Ben Frost with Innovator’s Award
- Catholic Medical Center Recipient of 2016 Noah Lord Patient & Family Engagement Award