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





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





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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  George Devoid
  Grants Accountant
 (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.



Kerri Federico,PharmD, BCPS, CPPS
Director, Rural Quality Improvement
(603) 415-4261






Dr. Kerri Federico, Director of Rural Quality Improvement, joined the Foundation for Health Communities in October of 2021. Kerri will serve as the primary contact for all survey readiness needs to our rural health members as well as coordinate the peer review network. Kerri began her career as a clinical pharmacist after receiving her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from UNH in 2010 and then her Doctorate in Pharmacy from MCPHS in 2013. She started as a clinical pharmacist at LRGHealthcare and transitioned her role to become their Patient Safety Officer in 2019 and then their Pharmacist-in-Charge at the Laconia campus in 2020.


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






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.

Kris Hering, MSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE







Kris joined the Foundation as the Vice President of Quality Improvement, replacing Anne Diefendorf who recently retired in October of 2020. Kris provides leadership and support in the areas of quality, patient safety and performance improvement to hospitals' executive and clinical leadership and leads the development and implementation of strategies to advance the quality performance of hospitals.  She joins the Foundation from Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth where she served as the organization’s Chief Nursing Officer since 2009 and was the Director of Nursing of the Medical / Surgical and ICU units prior to that.  Kris received her BSN from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and her MSN from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.


Adrian Jaison
Director, Health Insurance Navigator Project Federally Certified Marketplace Navigator
(603) 415-4256






Over the past nine years, Adrian specialized in Medicaid and Concord Hospital’s financial assistance program.  She focused her knowledge to help the under insured and uninsured community members.  Adrian provided education on the multiple Medicaid programs to patients, families, community members and medical offices.  Along with providing education, she also assisted with the application process so patients were able to obtain the appropriate insurance coverage

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  Caroline Lavoie
  Director, Health Information & Analytics
  (603) 415-4260 




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




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





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





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
  Senior Director, Patient & Family Engagement 
  (603) 930-2632



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 (


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




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



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.


Chelseas Headshot  Chelsea St. George
  Exercise & Training Officer, Granite State Health Care Coalition
  (603) 415-4298




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.

Beth Gustafson WheelerBeth Gustafson Wheeler, MS
Director, Population Health
(603) 415-4278




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.



Luellyn Valtin, MHL, CPPS, CPHRM, CPHQ
Senior Director, Rural Quality Improvement
(603) 415-4274






Luellyn Valtin, Senior Director of Rural Quality Improvement, supports New Hampshire’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) as they address access to care in the rural and medically underserved areas of New Hampshire, financial viability, enhanced patient safety and continuous improvement in the quality of patient care services.  Prior to joining the Foundation for Healthy Communities, Luellyn spent much of her career in positions at hospitals in New Hampshire and New York dedicated to patient safety and quality.  She spent time at a Critical Access Hospital in New York before returning to her home state of New Hampshire to be closer to her children and grandson.  Luellyn holds a Master of Health Leadership degree, an undergraduate degree in Community and Public Health, and certifications in Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management.