Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

James Culhane, President
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice

Julie Reynolds, Vice President
Cornerstone VNA

Jennifer Legassie, Secretary
Central New HVNA and Hospice

Dimitri Panacopoulos, Treasurer
Berry Dunn

Tiffany Haynes-Hicks, MSN, RN, Vice President of Operations
North Country Home Health & Hospice

John Getts, Member -At- Large
Home Health & Hospice Care

Donna Frizzell
VNA of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire

Peg Gilmore

Individual Member

Andrea Huertas, RN, BSN, CHPN,

Individual Member

Amy Moore, Director

Ascentria In-Home Care

Suzana Makowski, MD, Medical Director

Rockingham VNA

Beth Slepian, MBA, PT
Concord Regional VNA

Gina Balkus, CEO

Gina Balkus joined the Home Care Association as CEO in 2011. She has more than 30 years of healthcare public policy experience. Prior to her position with the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire, 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, Director of Education & Communications

Leslie Hammond came to the Home Care Association in 2015 to build on the association’s communication, branding and marketing efforts. Since then she has become responsible for the Alliance’s education programs, website, as well as developing initiatives to enhance the visibility of home health & hospice 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.