Comprised of thought leaders from across the state, the NHAHA Steering Committee provides strategic direction and insight for the organization, serving to formulate our plan of work. The Committee represents numerous organizations which serve older adults and all counties across NH, contributing critical feedback from the communities they serve.

Beyond Committee involvement, many of the members serve on other NHAHA work groups and committees and as external ambassadors for the cause of healthy aging.

We thank them for their hard work and dedication and are pleased to introduce them to you!

Bobbie D. Bagley

City of Nashua

Bobbie is the Chief Public Health Official for the City of Nashua. She serves in the role of the Director for the Division of Public Health and Community Services. She has worked in this position for the city since 2016. In this role she supervises and provides oversight over dedicated staff that promotes, protects and preserves the health of the public.

Prior to returning to the City of Nashua, she worked at Rivier University as Faculty and was the Director of the Public Health Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. During her time at Rivier she taught in the Nursing and Public Health to enhance and strengthen the public health and nursing workforce.

Bobbie serves on a number of boards, commissions and advisory groups: including the NH Charitable Foundation, Southern NH Health Services Board of Directors, Solution Health Board of Directors, and The Boys and Girls Club of Nashua Board. She also serves on the Opioid Abatement Trust Fund Commission and the Opioid Fatality Review Commission. She participates on the Nashua Community College Advisory Board and the Rivier Nursing Advisory Board. She is a Master Trainer of the Diversity and Culture Training Group in NH.

As a new member of the NHAHA, she is very interested in ensuring our older populations are prioritized and visible in all public health efforts.

Tom Blonski

Catholic Charities New Hampshire

Tom Blonski has been President/CEO of Catholic Charities New Hampshire since March 2006.  In this position, Tom lives out the mission of CCNH to meet the increasing needs of the poor and vulnerable through transformative social services (NH Food Bank; Liberty House, New Generation; Immigration Legal Services; St. Charles School, Counseling Services, Our Place, etc.) and senior care services (7 nursing homes, 1 ALF, 4 IL Apts for senior living, etc.), serving more than 125,000 people throughout NH each year. Prior to this, he worked for various nursing home chains in Connecticut.

A graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut, Tom also holds a MBA with a specialization in healthcare from The University of Connecticut. He currently serves on the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Character and Fitness Committee (for new applicants to the NH bar); the board of NH Center for Nonprofits (Governance chair); the Executive Committee for Diocesan Directors for CCUSA (Convening Committee chair); The NH Alliance for Healthy Aging steering committee; the LTC-100 national advisory board and the public policy committee of the Diocese of Manchester.

Tom lives in Brentwood, NH, with his wife and three children.  He’s a certified youth minister, a third-degree Knight and leads the homeless ministry program at his church in Exeter.

Scott Bogle

Scott Bogle

Rockingham Planning Commission

Scott Bogle is a transportation planner for the Rockingham Planning Commission, where he focuses on assisting communities to improve options for people who cannot drive or choose not to drive, for twenty-seven of thirty-six Rockingham County communities. This includes working to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety as well as public transportation and options like volunteer driver programs. Like many others on the Steering Committee, Scott recognizes that the strategy of aging in place only works if people can get from their homes to medical appointments, grocery shopping, social/civic opportunities, and other basic life needs.

Scott chose to work with NHAHA because of the opportunity to learn about innovative work around the state to make communities more age friendly. He also understands that the unmet needs of elders is a growing disparity in New Hampshire, and as a senior caregiver himself, he is keen on bridging the gaps to ensure that the seniors of New Hampshire have the tools they need to continue to live a full life.

When Scott is taking a break from his work with the Rockingham Planning Commission and Steering Committee, he enjoys some quality family time with his wife and kids, and their tandem bikes!

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NH Oral Health Coalition 

Gail Brown is a Director for the NH Oral Health Coalition where she works on advocacy and policy development for the coalition statewide. The NH Oral Health Coalition is dedicated to advancing oral health public policy and services. Her work focuses on the integration of oral health and overall health with a focus on equitable and affordable access to care for all.

She joined NHAHA in the hope of bringing information and resources to providers, programs, and seniors within the NH community to help improve health, oral health, quality of life, and opportunities for our senior population.

In her free time, Gail enjoys painting and ice skating.  

Dick Chevrefils

Dick Chevrefils

Steering Committee Chair/Community Advocate

Dick Chevrefils is an AARP volunteer and has a background in social work. He worked with the Department of Health and Human Services (NH) for 35 years, as well as 9 years with AARP in both New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Dick has a strong background in volunteering as well and actively works with AARP (NH), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH), Adoptive Families for Children Foundation, and serves on the advisory board to the Center for Aging and Community Living. In addition to these roles, he is also a part of the AHA Caregiving Group.

When he has spare time from all of his volunteer efforts and hard work, Dick enjoys travelling, which he hopes to do more of in the future!

Nancy Dorner

Nancy Dorner

NH Alliance for End-of-Life Options

Nancy Dorner is a member of the New Hampshire Alliance for End-of-Life Options, where she assists the senior community of New Hampshire ensure that they have the resources and information they need to make some of the most important decisions of their life.

Nancy also has experience in the mental healthcare field, and worked for a Community Mental Health Center, where she was their point person for the Referral, Education, Assistance, and Prevention (REAP) program which provided short-term home counseling services for older adults.

Nancy is pleased to be working with the NHAHA Steering Committee, which has allowed her to contribute and learn more about the issues affecting the state’s growing aging population. In addition to these roles, Nancy is also a part of the AHA Advocacy Workgroup.

When Nancy is not aiding the senior communities of New Hampshire, she enjoys birdwatching; she has been an avid birdwatcher for years.

Jon Eriquezzo

Jon Eriquezzo

Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County

Jon is the president of Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County, where he helps meet the needs of adults and seniors who are at risk of food insecurity or isolation.

Recognizing that food insecurity is a growing issue for many, and already working in a role that looks to bridge the gap, Jon brings vital experience to the Steering Committee.

He has worked in the nonprofit field for more than 40 years and has provided housing and support services to people with disabilities and seniors throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and New York.

Jon is also the chair of the New Hampshire VOAD, which stands for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, and a member of the Milford Rotary Club.

In his free time Jon enjoys tending to his chickens and doing stained glass art.

Christina FitzPatrick

AARP New Hampshire

Christina FitzPatrick is the State Director of AARP New Hampshire where she leads work to improve the lives of people 50 and older and their families. This involves advocating for strong public policies, providing valuable educational resources and information, helping to build and strengthen communities, and facilitating volunteer involvement in all aspects of the organization’s work.

Before assuming her role at AARP New Hampshire, Christina spent 15 years in AARP’s national office. She led the development of cutting-edge public policies to propel AARP’s social mission, coordinated the recruitment, selection, and training of national-level volunteers, and managed cross-organization working groups that have developed the substantive foundation for action on a variety of topics. She also provided expert analysis and guidance to AARP senior leadership about income security policy.

During her career she has focused on public policy related to financial security. Among these topics are identifying ways to strengthen the Social Security program, promoting fair and efficient tax policy, ensuring the smooth functioning of labor markets that balance worker protections with employer needs, and most recently examining how artificial intelligence can improve government efficiency and effectiveness and increase the ability of people to age in community while maintaining privacy and preventing unintended consequences.

Christina holds a master’s degree in public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard University. She has a long history with Toastmasters International and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games with her family, knitting, and trying out new recipes.

Larry Flint

Larry Flint

NH Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and Health

Larry Flint wears a multitude of hats in his local health and wellbeing communities. He is a member of the NH Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and Health, the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, the New London Hospital Wellness Coalition, the Dartmouth Hospital Partners for Community Wellness, the VP Newport Senior Center Board of Directors, and the Town of Newport Recreation Advisory Committee. On a statewide level Larry is a part of the Granite State Games organization.

Larry chose to be a member of the Steering Committee because he makes sure to not represent any one organization. He considers himself a volunteer community activist, and being affiliated with many organizations – on each, he is the older adult promoting healthy aging.

Larry also brings valuable internal NHAHA experience, as he has been involved with NHAHA since its very first meeting decades ago.

Betty Gilcris

Betty Gilcris

Tri County Community Action Program, Inc.

Betty Gilcris works for Tri County Community Action Program, Inc. where she is the Health & Nutrition Department Head, and oversees the TCCAP Family Dentistry, Senior Meals, RSVP, ServiceLink and Head Start programs within the agency.

She is actively involved in, and continues to advocate for, our aging community through the work she does as a member for the past two years on the NHAHA Steering Committee as well as through her role at TCCAP.

Betty is the grandmother of a 4 ½ year old little boy.  She spends a great deal of her spare time with this little guy learning about and exploring his love of dinosaurs.  Every now and then you can find her enjoying “me” time playing the slot machines at Oxford Casino.

Noah Hodgetts

Noah is a Principal Planner at the Office of Planning & Development (OPD) within the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA). He has worked at OPD since March 2018, where he provides technical assistance and training on planning and zoning matters to a diverse range of stakeholders, tracks planning and zoning legislation, and is BEA’s point person on housing policy. Most recently he coordinated the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Program with the state’s nine Regional Planning Commissions and the development of the New Hampshire Housing Toolbox.

Noah currently serves on the New Hampshire Council on Housing Stability, the New Hampshire Zoning Atlas Leadership Team, the InvestNH Planning & Zoning Grant Steering Committee, and the New Hampshire Planners Association Executive Committee. Noah was named the 2023 Professional Planner of the Year by the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association and the New Hampshire Planners Association. Prior to working for the State of New Hampshire, Noah worked as a research analyst for a Boston-area affordable housing consulting firm. He received a M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University and a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic.

Meredith Kolodze, DSW, LICSW

Meredith is a Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience. Meredith has worked with individuals of all ages, but she currently works with adults. Meredith’s areas of interest include supporting individuals and families through chronic health conditions and end-of-life, caregiver distress, grief/loss, anxiety and depression. She owns a private practice where she sees clients from NH, ME, & MA. She is the Older Adult Services Program at NAMI NH where she provides training, education and support to older adults and their loved ones about mental health issues. She also partners with the DHMC Aging Resource Center to support dementia care partners providing support groups and education.

Meredith is passionate about mental health for older adults and is excited to be part of the NHAHA steering committee. She will bring a strong background in mental health alongside her experience working in medical settings with patients and families.

When Meredith is not at work, she enjoys spending time on the lake with her husband and three dogs, yoga, baking, and reading a good book.

Shawn LaFrance

Community Health Advocate

Shawn retired in 2023 from Cheshire Medical Center, where he served as Vice President of Population Health.  In joining NHAHA, he brings a strong focus on Public Health, Healthcare, Spiritual Care Ministry.

In joining the NHAHA Steering Committee, he brings strong experience as family caregiver as well as a strong interest in issues of advocacy and policy.  He is part of NHAHA Reframing Aging Strategy Team.

He has hiked all of New Hampshire’s 48 ‘4,000-Footers’

Cassandra Mason

NH Council on the Arts

Cassandra Mason works for the NH State Council on the Arts, whose mission is to ensure that every citizen and community in New Hampshire enjoys the cultural, civic, economic, and educational benefits of the arts.

Cassandra and her team bring incredibly valuable experience to the Steering Committee, as their programs bring creative experiences to schools, nonprofit organizations and communities across the state. Specifically in 2006, their Arts in Health program focused on bringing artist residency programs into NH residential healthcare facilities.  They now partner with health agencies, organizations, and artists to support effective and accessible arts experiences that serve NH’s most vulnerable populations: individuals and families whose lives are impacted by chronic disease, disability, behavioral health and substance misuse, aging and dementia, and incarceration.

They continue to explore opportunities to expand their support of key public health priorities that affect the well-being of NH citizens, including collective/intergenerational trauma, racism and equity, behavioral health and substance misuse, social exclusion/isolation, chronic disease, housing and neighborhood disparities, income instability, homelessness, and climate impact in public health.

Cassandra was drawn to the Steering Committee after attending quarterly meetings as an opportunity to inform her work and engage health professionals. Then, after becoming a care partner for a parent with early onset dementia herself, she knew she could bring that lens of experience to the work of the committee. With both her professional and personal experiences, Cassandra will bring a wealth of knowledge to the table.

When Cassandra is not seeking new ways to support the state’s most vulnerable, she loves trying new foods.

Janice McDermott

Janice McDermott

Community Health Advocate

Janice McDermott has recently retired from Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of NH, where she ended her 35 years of experience of working in hospice and palliative care. During her career she recruited, trained, and supervised hospice staff and volunteers. She also helped form Hospice House in Merrimack. In addition, she also provided ongoing education and advocacy work to hospice providers statewide as State Hospice Associate Director, and also served as hospice social worker and has been certified as an end-of-life Doula.

Janice got involved with the Steering Committee after attending NHAHA quarterly meetings for a few years and quickly loved the goals of the group.  Janice’s decades of experience in the senior care field will prove invaluable to the committee, as she has first-hand work with countless senior citizens and has a broad scope of their needs and requirements when providing care and services.

Janice is a natural born caregiver to all and rescued and raised a pet tortoise in her family’s backyard for almost 30 years.

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Ritamarie Moscola, MD

Manchester VA Medical Center

Dr. Moscola works in the Geriatric Medicine department for the Manchester VA Medical Center which covers the greater Manchester area. She is well versed in both routine senior healthcare, as well as aging related illnesses.

Dr. Moscola chose to get involved with the Steering Committee because she knew that she could bring valuable insight to the committee as well as her passion to make positive impacts on the quality of life of New Hampshire’s elderly population.

Since joining the Steering Committee, she has served as a UNH PROJECT ECHO Subject Matter Expert and joined the No Wrong Door System Task Force.  She also met her goal of obtaining her Amateur Radio license and certification in Morse Code transmission.

Maureen O’Leary

Maureen O’Leary

Portsmouth Senior Activity Center & National Council on Aging

Maureen O’Leary has retired from her career, and now volunteers at the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center as a watercolor teacher. In addition to her volunteer work, she also is a part-time consultant for the National Council on Aging, where she coordinates the national senior center accreditation program.

Maureen has been involved with the NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) for the past 15 years. NISC focuses on sharing best practices, standards, and networking with senior center professionals to strengthen these community focal points. Prior to that she was the Director of the Portsmouth Senior Center where she saw first-hand the importance of this older adult community engagement resource. She chose to get involved with the Steering Committee after hearing their mission to make NH a great place to live as you age.

Maureen is not only an advocate for the elderly community, but also an entertainer! She plays ukulele in a rock band made up of 50- and 60-year-olds called June and the Honey Badgers.

Debra Perou

Debra Perou

Community Advocate

After 44 years of running an aging services nonprofit in New Hampshire, Debra retired from that full time position in January of 2023.

She has maintained connections with several aging groups that will not conflict with her successors running of Rockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels Program.  While making this transition to a next life chapter, lots of doors, ideas, and journeys are open.

She looks forward to blending what has been, with what is, and helping to build a better present and future for persons aging in New Hampshire.

Debra brings years of experience working in aging fields, specifically meals on wheels, senior community dining, older adults’ transportation, and older adult support services.  She offered to become a part of the Steering Committee because of NHAHA’s uniqueness and success in what it does, and feels that working on the AHA Steering Committee combines efforts to make a difference to real people now, in ways that matter.  In addition to the Steering Committee, Debra also works on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work group.  The idea of helping all people, in ways that count for them, is also very important to her.

Sue Ruka

Sue Ruka

Memorial Hospital, North Conway & MWV Health Collaborative

Sue Ruka works for North Conway’s Memorial Hospital and the MWV Health Collaborative, which serve the Mount Washington Valley region. Her work in healthcare and rural communities, as well as a specialty with quality-of-life care for individuals with dementia and memory loss.

Sue was drawn to the Steering Committee by her passion for working on issues impacting older adults. She believes older adults have a wisdom and expertise that adds richness and value to our communities. She was interested in working with other individuals and organizations within the state to listen, share, and work collaboratively to enhance quality of life and enable people to remain in their communities of choice on a wide scope. She hopes to bring representation of issues that particularly concern more rural communities in which aging seniors hope to stay. She is also a member of the NHAHA Advocacy work group.

Sue is no doubt hard working, and definitely has her hands occupied at home as well with her two greyhound dogs, who bring the same warmth and love to her home that she hopes to help seniors maintain as they age.

Jennifer Seher

Jennifer Seher

NH Care Collaborative & NH ServiceLink

Jennifer Seher works for the New Hampshire Care Collective and the New Hampshire ServiceLink, who serve the Southwestern New Hampshire Regions. Here she specializes in care coordination and access to care, which allows all individuals and families regardless of age or disability, to have access to community-based information, services, and support. Additionally, she works on cross partner care coordination, particularly during the transition from a hospital or nursing facility to home.

Jennifer chose to become a member of the Steering Committee because she knows the importance of all those hoping to make options for healthy aging in New Hampshire coming together to understand all perspectives, plan for system changes collaboratively, and to raise awareness about age discrimination, barriers to healthy aging, and ways that to be an advocate. She is also a member of the NHAHA Reframing Aging work group.

Jennifer is a multi-faceted person and is not only vocal about doing what she can to help the aging community of New Hampshire, but also is a musician and plays the viola.

Martha Tecca

Martha Tecca

Community Care of Lyme & WIN (Well-being in the Nation) Network

Martha Tecca works for Community Care of Lyme and the Well-being in the Nation Network, where she focuses on building community – connections, partnerships, and a generous neighborly spirit – so that everyone can live the healthy life they choose. Additionally, she has experience in measurement and management to improve individual and collective well-being, as well as organizational start-up and strategy. She has a specialty in rural communities, aging and intergenerational populations, and end-of-life care.

Martha joined the Steering Committee because of its positive, well-coordinated, and powerful network of leaders, who are committed to listening and learning together. She aims to make a difference where it matters in New Hampshire and across New England and serves as a model for collaborative efforts across the country. Martha is no stranger to NHAHA’s efforts, as she also is a member of the Measurement and Strategic Planning work groups.

Martha is committed to helping the senior community of New Hampshire maintain their quality of life as they age, and she also practices what she preaches! She is a part of the “Wild Mountain Mama” group which consists of herself and fifteen other women who’ve been together 25+ years and enjoying hiking, sharing experiences, and growing older together.

Cathleen Toomey

Vice President of Mission Advancement, RiverWoods Group

Cathleen led the sales and marketing efforts of the RiverWoods Group from 2007-2023, during a period of expansive growth. Today, RiverWoods has three not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Communities, RiverWoods Exeter, RiverWoods Manchester and RiverWoods Durham.  Cathleen is known for her TEDx talk, “Secrets to Successful Aging” and is a frequent presenter.  In 2021, she launched a podcast, Seniority Authority, “Let’s Get Smarter About Growing Older” to answer questions on aging. New Hampshire PBS has aired a short series on Cathleen’s content, and in 2024, Cathleen anchored a half hour Seniority Authority television show for NHPBS that aired in January,2024, and is being offered nationally to PBS stations.

Cathleen’s new role as Vice President of Mission Advancement is focused around building a community of philanthropy at RiverWoods, as well as finding new ways to advance RiverWoods’ mission to reach more older adults living outside of our RiverWoods communities.

Prior to RiverWoods, Cathleen’s extensive brand building experience included work for Timberland, Stonyfield Farm, Babson College and Bentley University. A graduate of Fordham University (MA) and Fairfield University (BA), Cathleen began her career in ad agency work in New York City. A resident of Exeter, Cathleen is a voracious reader and library patron, and is an outdoor enthusiast.

Sylvia von Aulock

Sylvia von Aulock

Southern NH Planning Commission

Sylvia von Aulock works for the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, which serves fourteen communities in the Greater Manchester area. Here she works on land use planning and collaboration, in order to help guide communities in becoming age friendly.

Sylvia is thrilled to be part of the Steering Committee and has a special interest in age-friendly collaboration and jumpstarting the discussion to expand age-friendly community planning to all of New Hampshire. In addition to being on the Steering Committee, Sylvia also belongs to the Transportation NHAHA work group.

Sylvia does not just extend her efforts and influence on the senior community, but also to the children’s community, and has even written and illustrated her own children’s picture book titled The First Zebra, which she hopes to publish in the future.