NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) recently welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors.  Beginning their terms on July 1st are newly elected members Nancy Kane of Concord; Shawn LaFrance of Concord; Jenna Schiffelbein of Keene; and Karen Servacek of Brookfield. 

In addition to their 16 colleagues already serving on the board, welcoming the new members was Robert Gerlach of Lebanon and Chair of the NHCCC Board of Directors who was re-elected to serve another year term, and Elizabeth B. McGrath, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN of Rochester, who was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NHCCC Board by her peers.

The NHCCC is an initiative of the Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC), a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve health and health care in New Hampshire by addressing quality of care, access to care and community prevention.  NHCCC developed the state’s 2015-2020 Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and works with its partners to reduce the burden of cancer, which is the leading cause of death in New Hampshire.

“We are thrilled to have such talented and committed individuals joining our board and look forward to working with each of them in reaching our mission of reducing the burden of cancer in New Hampshire together. Their skills, experiences, and interests will enhance our ability to implement the NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan,” said Robert Gerlach, NHCCC Board Chair and Associate Director for Administration and Scientific Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon.

Nancy Kane, MS, RN, AOCN, is the Executive Director of the Anticancer Lifestyle Foundation and works as a nurse educator with the Palliative Care program at Concord Hospital. After 12 years, she retired in 2015 as the founding director of the Payson Center for Cancer Care at Concord Hospital. She has been a long-time volunteer with the NHCCC, serving as the Board Chair 2011-2013, and currently as co-leader of the Public Policy Education Committee. 

Shawn LaFrance, MPH, MS served as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord for nearly 20 years before moving into his current position in March as Vice President, Population Health & Health Systems Integration, at Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.  He was a member of the original Steering Committee for NHCCC and a previous Board member.

Jenna Schiffelbein, MPH, RD, LD, CHES is the Community Health Educator for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) conducting community outreach in New Hampshire and Vermont to reduce the burden of cancer among disparate populations in our communities.  Jenna co-leads NHCCC’s Equity Task Force, the NH HPV Vaccine Stakeholders Working Group, and is a member of the national Comprehensive Cancer Control Technical Assistance Steering Committee.

Karen Servacek, CTR is currently the Cancer Registry Quality Lead at Seacoast Cancer Center/Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.  She is a participating member of the NHCCC’s Quality of Life Task Force.

Robert Gerlach, MPA is Associate Director for Administration and Scientific Affairs at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon where he is a member of the center’s senior leadership team. Robert earned his MPA from Princeton and has worked for over 40 years in cancer research, administration and grants administration. He has worked in the past in this role at other cancer centers, including the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo and the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center. Robert joined the NHCCC Board of Directors in 2011 and initially was elected Chair of the Board in 2015.

Elizabeth B. McGrath DNP, AGACNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN is an advanced practice nurse with over 35 years’ experience in oncology nursing and is currently employed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Lebanon in the Medical Oncology-Gastrointestinal Program in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), and an Instructor in Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  She chairs the NCCC Survivorship Steering Committee and the Psych-oncology Subcommittee. Elizabeth joined the NHCCC in 2014 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015 and serves on the NHCCC Quality of Life Task Force, recently assuming the role of Task Force Co-Leader. 

 

About the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) was established in 2004 to address the leading cause of death in New Hampshire. The NHCCC is a dedicated partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The NHCCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: foster communities and systems that support and reinforce healthy lifestyles, prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stage, and optimize quality of life for those affected by cancer.  For more information about the NHCCC and the New Hampshire Cancer Plan, visit www.NHCancerPlan.org.