Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

Julie Reynolds, President
Cornerstone VNA

Jennifer Legassie, Vice President
Central New HVNA and Hospice

Dimitri Panacopoulos, Treasurer
Berry Dunn

Donna Frizzell, Secretary
VNA of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire

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

Michelle August
Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services

Mary BendelĀ 
Healthy at Home, Inc., A Harbor Care Program

Johanna Beliveau
Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire

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

Andrea Huertas, RN, BSN, CHPN
Individual Member

Lauren Robison
Home Care Assistance

Suzana Makowski, MD, Medical Director
Rockingham VNA

Amy Moore, Director
Ascentria In-Home Care

Beth Slepian, MBA, PT
Concord Regional VNA

Gina Balkus, CEO

gbalkus@homecarenh.org

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

jmcdermott@homecarenh.org

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

lhammond@homecarenh.org

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 all of the Alliance’s education programs, website, marketing materials 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.