New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


Board of Directors

James Culhane, President
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice
PO Box 2209
107 Newport Road
New London, NH 03257-2209

Julie Reynolds, Vice President
Cornerstone VNA
178 Farmington Rd
Rochester, NH 03867

Andrea Patrick-Beaudet, Secretary
Concord Regional VNA
30 Pillsbury St
Concord, NH 03301

David Emberley, Treasurer
Central New Hampshire VNA
780 N. Main Street
Laconia, NH 03246

Sandy Ruka, Member At Large
Visiting Nurse, Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County
P.O. Box 432
North Conway, NH 03860

Kristin Barnum RN, MBA
BAYADA Hospice
316 Main Street Unit EH-6
Norwich, VT

Diana Dedousis
Silver Touch Home Healthcare
P.O. Box 122
Merrimack, NH 03054

Rev. Mary Francis Drake
Pemi-Baker Community Health
101 Boulder Point Drive #3
Plymouth, NH -3264

Donna Frizzell
VNA of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire
1070 Holt Ave
Suite 1400
Manchester, NH 03109

John Getts
Home Health & Hospice Care
7 Executive Park Drive
Merrimack, NH 03054

Paula Gagne
Regency Home Health, LLC
8025 South Willow St. #206
Manchester, NH 03103

Dottie Gove
Child & Family Services of New Hampshire
464 Chestnut St
Manchester, NH 03105

Margaret (Peggy) Gilmour, RN, BS, MS
Healthcare Consultant, former State Senator
Hollis, NH

Jennifer Legassie
Central New HVNA and Hospice
Laconia, NH

Dimitri Panacopoulos
Berry Dunn
1000 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101-1730


Gina Balkus,

Gina Balkus joined the Home Care Association as CEO in 2011. She has more than 25 years of healthcare public policy experience. Prior to joining HCANH, Balkus was Director of Government Relations for Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a statewide hospital and physician health system, and Vice President, Public Affairs for the NH Hospital Association.

Janice McDermott, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care

Janice McDemott has been the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization since 2007. In June of 2018 the Home Care Association of NH and the NH Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance merged, and Janice accepted her current position as Director of the Hospice and Palliative Care. Janice brings an extensive background in end of life care from her years of experience with community hospice programs in the Nashua area. . During her 20+ years in that organization, Janice was instrumental in developing what became one of the largest hospice volunteer programs in New Hampshire.

Leslie Hammond, Education, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist

Leslie Hammond came to the Home Care Association to continue branding and marketing efforts for all of the member home care agencies in New Hampshire. She is responsible for HCANH’s education programs, website, and developing initiatives to enhance the visibility of home health in New Hampshire. Leslie has held public relations and public policy positions with the Vermont Health Care Association and the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Stacey Brown, Office Manager

Stacey Brown joined the Home Care Association of New Hampshire in December 2017 with the goal of streamlining workflow processes and updating and maintaining the member databases.  Stacey oversees office management, bookkeeping and invoicing, day-to-day operations as well as spear heads member relations by attending to meeting and conference registrations, membership renewals and applications. Prior to joining the Home Care Association, Stacey worked with the US Military, and is fluent in Farsi. She currently also works for the Concord Library Foundation.