Staff

Shawn1-cropped-resizedShawn LaFrance, MS, MPH
Executive Director
slafrance@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4270

Experience

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.

Anne DiefendorfAnne Diefendorf, MS
Associate Executive Director
adiefendorf@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4271

Experience

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.

nathalieNathalie Ahyi, PhD
Director, NH Health & Equity Partnership 
nahyi@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603)-415-4272

Experience

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.

Nik Coates 006 cropped resizedNik Coates
Active Living Coordinator
ncoates@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4263

Experience

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.

Noreen CreminNoreen Cremin
Program & Grants Manager
ncremin@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4275

Experience

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.

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  Gwen Duperron
  Healthcare Data Analyst
  gduperron@nhha.org
  Direct Line: (603) 415-4260

Experience

Gwen Duperron, Healthcare Data Analyst, 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. 

Terry JohnsonTerry Johnson
HEAL Program Director
tjohnson@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4253

Experience

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.

Patti NicholsPatti Nichols, MSW
Consultant, POLST
pnichols@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4262

Experience

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.

Judy ProctorJudy Proctor, RN
Manager, NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration
jproctor@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4276

Experience

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.

Rebecca 001 cropped resizedRebecca Sky
Project Director
rsky@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4277

Experience

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.

VanessaVanessa Stafford, MBA
Director of Communications
vstafford@nhha.org
Direct Line: (603) 415-4255

Experience

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.

Greg VasseGreg Vasse
Director of the Rural Quality Improvement Network
gvasse@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4274

Experience

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 websizeAnn Walls, M.Ed.
Marketplace Assister
awalls@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603)-415-4299

Experience

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 002 websizeDan Walsh, MS
NH Med Bank Coordinator
dwalsh@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4258

Experience

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 WheelerBeth Gustafson Wheeler, MS
Director of Community Health
bwheeler@healthynh.com
Direct Line: (603) 415-4278

Experience

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.