Ames Headshot  Peter Ames
  Executive Director
  (603) 415-4270

 

 

Experience

 

Peter Ames joined the Foundation for Healthy Communities in 2018 from the American Cancer Society, where he served in various roles working with health care leaders and community partners to advance quality improvement and health promotion.  As a vital of member the American Cancer Society's leadership team, Ames most recently served as the Senior Director of State Health Systems where he led the organization's regional efforts to promote quality improvement, public health intervention efforts and health promotions through strategic partnerships.  In addition, he has extensive background in grant acquisitions and management, as well as program oversight, delivery and evaluation, ensuring continued success in program and organizational goals.

 

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  Dan Andrus, MS, MPA
  Director, Substance Use Disorder Treatment Project
  (603) 415-4272

 

 

 

Experience

Dan Andrus joined the Foundation as the director of substance use disorder treatment projects and works with health care systems in New Hampshire in primary care and emergency department settings to enhance their capability to provide effective treatment to patients.  Dan came to the Foundation for Healthy Communities in March 2020 after a 40 year career in the fire and emergency services.  He most recently served as the Fire Chief for the City of Concord for 11 years.  Prior to that, he served for 29 years with the Salt Lake City (Utah) Fire Department as a firefighter, paramedic, company officer, public information officer, division chief for communications and emergency management, fire marshal, battalion chief, and deputy chief for administration.  Dan has extensive experience in collaborative relations with community organizations and non-profit agencies in improving health care for persons experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and substance use disorder, as well as in non-profit governance for a home health care and hospice agency and a community health care center.  Dan holds undergraduate degrees in business management and fire services administration from the University of Utah and Western Oregon State College, respectively,  and master’s degrees in public administration and economics from the University of Utah.

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Anne Diefendorf, MS, RDN, LD
Associate Executive Director / Vice President, Quality & Patient Safety
(603) 415-4271

 

Experience

Anne Diefendorf, Associate Executive Director / Vice President, Quality & Patient Safety, 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.

 

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  George Devoid
  Grants Accountant
 (603) 415-4257

  

 

Experience

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.

 

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Nancy Fennell
Director, Behavioral Health Clinical Learning Collaborative
(603) 415-4276

 

 

 

 

Experience

Nancy Fennell joined the Foundation for Healthy Communities as its Program Director of the Behavioral Health Clinical Learning Collaborative in 2019.  Nancy led the initiation of the learning collaborative using her collaborative skills to bring together stakeholders dedicated to addressing the behavioral health crisis in New Hampshire.  Nancy is passionate about helping to improve the care and patient experience for those dealing with behavioral health issues, as well as to support health systems that are caring for patients who are boarded in hospital emergency rooms while they await placement for appropriate care.  Prior to joining the Foundation for Healthy Communities, Nancy had an extended career working in health care project management, health information data exchange, and advancing meaningful use for clinical practices.  Nancy is an avid skier and resides in Bedford, NH.

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  Caroline Lavoie
  Health Data Analyst
  (603) 415-4260 

  

 

Experience

Caroline Lavoie, Health Data Analyst, is responsible for data collection, processing, and reporting for both the New Hampshire Hospital Association and the Foundation for Healthy Communities. Prior to joining the NHHA in April 2019, Caroline co-founded a data services company in the Concord area. Before moving to New Hampshire, Caroline lived in Rochester, NY and worked for several years as an administrator in a healthcare facility that serves the uninsured.  Caroline earned her B.A. in Public Administration from Miami University and her M.S. in Analytics and Data Science from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Linda Levesque  Linda Levesque
  Director, Finance 
  (603) 415-4259

 

 

Experience

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.

 

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  Coordinator, Granite State Health Care Coalition
  (603) 415-4263

 

 

 

Experience

Shaylin Lipman, MSEM, Program Coordinator, Granite State Health Care Coalition, is responsible for coordinating and administrating tasks associated with the Health Care Coalition grant administered by the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services with funding provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Shaylin provides technical assistance to health care coalition members and assists in completing program reporting requirements. Shaylin previously worked at the City of Worcester as the Regional Hospital Coordinator coordinating health care system preparedness initiatives for all ten hospitals in the region. Shaylin also worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire as Enrollment and Matching Supervisor. Shaylin received a Bachelor’s Degree in U.S. History from Keene State College and Master of Science in Emergency Management from Anna Maria College.

 

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Carrie McFadden, MPH
Coordinator, FORE Grant Project
(603) 415-4275

 

 

 

Experience

Carrie McFadden, MPH, Program Coordinator, started with the Foundation for Healthy Communities in May 2020, and is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of a new grant funded by the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts, Improving Hospital Inpatient Management of Opioid Use Disorders in Rural Communities.  Carrie previously worked as the Training Director at the NH Training Institute on Addictive Disorders and has worked in the public health field for over 25 years in a variety of roles with the goal of improving the health and well-being of communities and the individuals living in those communities.  Carrie earned her B.S. with a dual major in Biology and Psychology from Trinity College and an M.P.H. in Health Policy & Resources from Yale University.  Outside of work, Carrie enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and pursuing creative endeavors.

 

 

 

Tanya Lord Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH
  Director, Patient & Family Engagement 
  (603) 930-2632
 

 

Experience

Tanya Lord, Director, Patient &Family Engagement, is 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 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).

 

Scott NicholsScott Nichols
Director, Granite State Health Care Coalition
(603) 415-4299

 

 

Experience

Scott Nichols, Director, Granite State Health Care Coalition, works to bring together and provide opportunities for providers and health care and community stakeholders to plan, prepare, and train for catastrophic events through collaboration essential to integrated disaster response. Scott joined the FHC in December of 2017 with extensive public safety and planning experience with a diverse background. He has previously worked for the City of Concord New Hampshire as a police officer, a regional emergency planner for the City of Boston writing regional strategic response plans for New England, and an emergency management planner for New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency management.

 

 

VanessaVanessa Stafford, MBA
Vice President, Communications
(603) 415-4255

 

Experience

Vanessa Stafford, Vice President of Communications, 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 program initiatives. With more than 15 years experience in driving marketing and communications strategy, Vanessa has worked in a variety of industries, including education, consumer packaged goods, retail and healthcare, developing and executing public relations, brand and communications campaigns.  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.

 

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  Exercise & Training Officer, Granite State Health Care Coalition
  (603) 415-4298

 

 

Experience

Chelsea St. George, MPH, MSEM (candidate), Exercise & Training Officer, Granite State Health Care Coalition, is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of regionalized exercise, training, and education strategies for the purposes of emergency preparedness planning, response, and recovery across the healthcare coalition. Chelsea provides technical assistance and aids HCC members in all aspects of exercise development and implantation and is also responsible for developing strategies to meet training and exercise needs. Chelsea has spoken nationally around initiatives to increase community resilience, healthcare readiness training and exercise programs, and the use of the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) protocol in pre-disaster settings. Prior to joining FHC in October 2019, Chelsea worked as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Greater Nashua Public Health Network and as an Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Nashua, NH. Chelsea received a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Medical and Health Studies with minors in Applied Public Health and Molecular Biology from MCPHS University, Boston.

 

Greg VasseGreg Vasse, MBA
Program Director
(603) 415-4274

 

 

Experience

Greg Vasse, Director, Rural Quality Improvement Network, works with New Hampshire's Critical Access Hospitals serving the state's most underserved populations in our rural communities.  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, MS
Director, Population Health
(603) 415-4278

 

 

Experience

Beth Gustafson Wheeler, MS, Director of Population Health, leads state-wide efforts to unite leaders in population health and hospital community benefit practices in New Hampshire. Convening stakeholders such as NH hospitals, community organizations, and state government; she facilitates the establishment of systems, environments, and policies that utilize evidenced-based and promising practices in supporting healthy people in healthy communities.

Beth has 30 years of dedicated service in improving the health and well-being of NH residents and the communities in which they live. Her work has spanned the private and non-profit sectors, as well as the geography of New Hampshire; including over 25 NH communities and a variety of settings such as health care, managed care, worksite health, and educational institutions. Currently, Beth serves on the State of NH Public Health Improvement Services Council and the Governor’s Council for Physical Activity and Health.