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

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC), has elected eight new members to its Board of Directors.  Cheryl Bernier of Hooksett; Scott Colby of Londonderry; Donna Dubuc of Manchester; Lee Gilman of Brunswick, ME; Elizabeth McGrath of Manchester Center, Vermont; David Nalepinski of Sharon, VT; Roshani Patel of Hookset; and Terry Steiner of Concord, were welcomed to the Board as new members on Friday, August 7, 2015, joining 13 other colleagues.

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration is an initiative of the Foundation for Healthy Communities, 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.  The Cancer Collaboration 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 excited and appreciative of the commitment these new board members bring to our mission of reducing the burden of cancer in New Hampshire. Their respective skills, experiences, and interests will enhance our ability to meet successfully the challenges of our mission,” said Board Chair Robert Gerlach, who assumed the role of Board Chair in July after serving two years as Vice Chair.  Gerlach currently is the Associate Director for Administration and Scientific Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon.

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Cheryl Bernier (Hooksett) has been a Certified Tumor Registrar since 2010 and is the Cancer Registry Coordinator at Concord Hospital.  Prior to this work, Cheryl was a Special Education Teacher. Like many families, in recent years her family has been touched by cancer, inspiring her to be a part of initiatives like NHCCC, where she can integrate her cancer registry experience with the goals of the NHCCC.

Scott Colby (Londonderry) has more than 20 years of health care experience.  Since January, 2015 he has served as Minuteman Health’s Vice President of Regional Operations and Executive Director. Prior to this position, he served as Executive Vice President of NH Medical Society, manager of the NH Medical Society Insurance Services, LLC., and  Director, Government Affairs and Managed Care for Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H.

Donna Dubuc (Manchester) is a seasoned health care communicator with more than 25 years of experience, most of which was devoted to supporting NH-based nonprofit hospitals. She has served as marketing director at critical access, community hospitals, and the state’s only National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center. Currently, Donna is Director of Marketing and Communications at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.  Previously she served as Director of Communications at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and in this role, joined NHCCC’s Communication Committee.

Lee Gilman, MS CHES (Brunswick, ME) is the Senior Director of Health Education and Research for the American Lung Association of the Northeast (ALANE), working in Maine and New Hampshire.  Lee joined the staff of ALANE in 2002 and oversees the health education initiatives in both states, including tobacco prevention and control initiatives.  Previously, Lee was an active member of NHCCC’s Tobacco work group for many years. She has facilitated the Tobacco Free NH Network for the past several years which works on public policy initiatives to address tobacco use in NH. Most recently, Lee planned and executed the NH Lung Cancer Screening Summit held in June of this year.

Elizabeth McGrath DNP, AGACNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN (Manchester Center, VT) is an advanced practice nurse currently employed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Lebanon as a nurse practitioner in the Gastrointestinal Program in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). She co-chairs the NCCC Survivorship Steering Committee and leads the Distress Subcommittee. She has over thirty year’s oncology experience and has worked in a variety of practice settings, including radiation therapy and medical oncology.  Elizabeth has extensive clinical expertise and holds certification as an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, as well as an Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner, and an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse.  Most recently, Elizabeth served on the NHCCC’s Palliative Care work group.  She has been very involved in advocacy issues through active membership in organizations such as NNECOS, as well as the ANA, ONS, HPNA, ASTRO, and ASCO.

David Nalepinski (Sharon, VT) is the Director of the Oncology Service Line and Business Operations for Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC).  He has been in healthcare administration since 1999, primarily with surgical sections at academic medical centers.  He joined NCCC in 2009 to focus on further development of comprehensive and well-coordinated patient care.  David holds leadership roles in interdisciplinary care, tumor boards, survivorship, supportive services, tumor registry, COG development, and system level value metrics.  David was a 2012 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Board of Trustees scholarship recipient for The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) at the Geisel School of Medicine, and co-leads the Shared Decision Making Task Force for cancer screening for the NHCCC.

Roshani Patel, MD (Hooksett) is a general surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)- Manchester, and recently assumed the role as State Chair of the Commission on Cancer’s (COC) Liaison Program, succeeding Teresa Ponn MD who served on the NHCCC Board since 2009.  Specializing in breast surgery, Dr. Patel works with plastic surgeons and other breast surgeons to find innovative approaches to breast conservation and reconstruction rather than mastectomies.  Since joining the academic medical center in 2010, Patel has served as a key player in establishing the breast cancer program at DHMC-Manchester.  She has been instrumental in developing care pathways for the newly diagnosed that provide a seamless transition between diagnosis and treatment, using targeted therapies to decrease toxicity and improve tumor response, and incorporating support services, rehabilitation, and nutrition into the treatment plan to improve patient outcomes and wellbeing.

Terry Steiner (Concord) is Program Manager of the Elliot Breast Health Center at Elliot River’s Edge, Manchester, NH and has over 25 years’ experience in leadership and management. Terry has been an integral part of the Elliot Breast Health Center for the past seven years, and contributed to its designation as the first Breast Center to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers in New Hampshire.  Prior to her time at Elliot, Terry spent nearly 17 years at New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology PA in Hooksett.   Terry has been working with the NHCCC as a co-chair for the Treatment and Survivorship workgroup for the past several years contributing toward the goals of the NH Cancer Plan.

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