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




Peter Ames recently joined the Foundation for Healthy Communities 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.


Anne Diefendorf

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


Anne Diefendorf, Associate Executive Director / Vice President for 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.

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


Shaylin Deignan, 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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  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.


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.


Tanya Lord Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH
  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
Director, Granite State Health Care Coalition
(703) 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.



Rebecca 001 cropped resizedRebecca Sky, MPH
Director, Opioid Use Disorders Treatment

(603) 415-4277



Rebecca Sky works with hospitals in New Hampshire to increase access to treatment for people with Opioid Use Disorders.  She works  with hospitals on emergency department initiatives to better connect patients who have overdosed with community-based treatment and services after discharge.  She also works with hospitals to embed medication-assisted treatment services in hospital-based primary care practices.  Rebecca has 20+ years experience in project management at various non-profit organizations. Rebecca's previous work at the Foundation for Healthy Communities included establishing evidence-based community falls prevention programs in NH and co-leading the formation of the NH Health & Equity Partnership, a multi-sectorial, multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural collective impact initiative to advance health and equity in the State of New Hampshire.   Prior to the establishment of the Partnership, Rebecca worked on a Cultural Effectiveness and Quality Healthcare project focused on improving access to quality health care for New Hampshire’s limited English proficient and deaf and hard of hearing residents. Rebecca is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Health Policy and Administration and the University of New Hampshire where she received her MPH. She currently is serving as the President of the New Hampshire Public Health Association.


VanessaVanessa Stafford, MBA
Director, Communications
(603) 415-4255


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


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


Beth Gustafson Wheeler, MS, Director of Population Health, works with stakeholders and leaders to support the advancement of population health in NH. With a strong focus on advancing equity for all, the FHC Total Population Health model works at the intersection of health care, public health and the social determinants of health to understand, preserve, and improve the health and well-being of NH residents in the communities where they live, learn, work, and play.   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.