Ames Headshot  Peter Ames
  Executive Director
  Direct Line: (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, RD
Associate Executive Director / Vice President for Quality & Patient Safety 
Direct Line: (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.


nathalieNathalie Ahyi-Amendah, PhD
Director, NH Health & Equity Partnership
Direct Line: (603) 415-4272


Nathalie Ahyi-Amendah, PhD, works with community and statewide partners in New Hampshire collaborating to create the NH Health & Equity Partnership, seeking to advance health equity for NH's racial, ethnic and linguistic minority. Nathalie's role is to coordinate the work and the vision of partnership leadership. Before joining the Foundation, Nathalie was a researcher at Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Noreen CreminNoreen Cremin
Program & Grants Manager
Direct Line: (603) 415-4275


Noreen Cremin, Program & Grants Manager, works closely with the Executive Director, as well as work with data for programs with the Associate Executive Director. Noreen also does grants and program management with Foundation staff. Noreen’s educational background is in psychology, education and accounting. She has over 20 years of administrative, non-profit and human services experience, previously working with New Futures in Concord.

devoid george

  George Devoid
  Grants Accountant
  Direct Line: (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.


Terry JohnsonTerry Johnson
Director, NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration
Direct Line: (603) 415-4276



Terry Johnson, Director, NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC), brings 23 years of experience developing and directing health promotion and clinical programs in community, medical and worksite settings to his new role as NHCCC Director, which he assumed July 1, 2017. The NHCCC works with partners across the state who pool resources and collaborate through task forces and committees to reduce the incidence of suffering from and mortality due to cancer in New Hampshire. These efforts foster communities and systems that support healthy lifestyles, promote recommended cancer screening to prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stage, and optimize quality of life for those affected by cancer.Terry just joined the NHCCC, having spent the previous 10 years with HEAL NH, where he worked with state and community partners to establish environments, policies and programs that support healthy eating and active living where New Hampshire’s residents live, learn, work and play.  Terry received a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Louisiana. He serves on the board of the New Hampshire Public Health Association.


Linda Levesque  Linda Levesque
  Director, Finance
  Direct Line: (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 
  Direct Line: (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 (


Rebecca 001 cropped resizedRebecca Sky, MPH
Director, Opioid Use Disorders Treatment
Direct Line: (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
Direct Line: (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  
Direct Line: (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
Direct Line: (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.


cassindubord resize

Kristen C. DuBord, MBA
Health Data Analyst

Direct Line:  (603) 415-4260




Kristen C. DuBordHealth Data Analyst, joined the New Hampshire Hospital Association and Foundation for Healthy Communities in July of 2017, and is responsible for providing healthcare data support for NHHA and the Foundation for Healthy Communities.  She is the primary point of contact for member hospital representatives for a variety of national, state, and local data reporting requests.  Kristen is also the Project Manager for the Uniform Health Facility Discharge Data System contract, serving as the liaison between State offices, contractors and all NH acute and specialty hospitals.  Kristen carries a strong healthcare background having spent the last 15 years at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua where she worked on several software implementation teams and served as an integral member of the Electronic Medical Records Implementation Team that led the Physician Practices’ conversion to Centricity, ending her tenure as the Laboratory Compliance and Billing Analyst.  During her time at St. Joseph Hospital, Kristen was awarded the Nashua Rotary Club’s 2000 Employee of the Year.  Kristen volunteers for the Merrimack Community Hospice House and is the President of the Sigma Rho Upsilon Alumni Association.  Kristen received her B.A. from Keene State College and her MBA in Healthcare Management from New England College and is also a Lean Greenbelt.