NHPHA Board of Directors

Above: NHPHA's 2018-2019 Board of Directors posed at the Community Health Institute/JSI offices.

Lisa Bujno, MSN, APRN, is Immediate Past President and the Assistant Medical Director at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Ms. Bujno is a family nurse practitioner who earned undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She has practiced in clinical settings that include three New England health centers. Ms. Bujno previously worked at New Hampshire’s Division of Public Health Services where she served in various roles, most recently as Deputy Director. At DPHS, Ms. Bujno worked with many dedicated public health staff to direct key community- and population-based health programs that have improved the health of New Hampshire’s residents. She is passionate about health programs that improve access to healthcare for vulnerable people and committed to protecting the public’s health.

Gail Tudor is President. Gail currently serves as Associate Dean at Southern New Hampshire University, overseeing the public health programs. Her former roles include Professor and Chair of Mathematics and Science, and Director of Institutional Research at Husson University; Biostatistical Consultant at Eastern Maine Medical Center; Assistant Professor and Assistant Director for the Biostatistics Consulting Laboratory at the UNC School of Public Health. Dr. Tudor has over 25 years of experience in higher education and over 30 years of experience in providing statistical consultation for research in medicine and public health.

Tory Jennison is President-elect. Tory is also the Director of Population Health for Connections For Health, the Integrated Delivery Network agency in the Seacoast/Strafford County region, where she works to build stronger, more resilient networks of clinical care and social support for vulnerable populations including Medicaid enrollees. She has clinical and leadership experience in emergency medicine, conflict medicine, public health, home care, ambulatory care and emergency management up and down the East Coast. Tory has served in Coordinator roles in both Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Continuum of Care positions in two New Hampshire Public Health Networks. She served as a contracted grant writer and analyst to NH’s Department of Health & Human Services in adolescent health, tobacco management, and emergency management for almost 2 decades. She has mentored nursing students in public/community health rotations from NH schools for over 7 years and maintains an active research effort that includes network resilience, community public-private partnerships, homelessness healthcare, and health system value-based metrics.

Ashley Ithal, BS, MPH, is Vice President of NHPHA. She has been an active member of NHPHA since 2010, serving on the Board as well as on several committees. Ashley is a Senior Consultant with Helms & Company, Inc. and also an Online Adjunct Professor with Southern New Hampshire University. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Master's degree in Public Health, both from the University of New Hampshire.

Sharon Beaty, a native of rural Texas, is the Treasurer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Texas Tech University. After working as a hospital laboratory technologist and administrator, Sharon obtained her Master of Business Administration from Baylor University and began consulting for professionals including physicians, dentists and attorneys. Sharon is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and an active member of Medical Group Management Association. She began the management and administration of medical practices in 1994 and has managed private, hospital-owned and independent non-profit practices in Texas, Kansas and New Hampshire. She has also served on advisory groups for the governor’s office, the New Hampshire Department of Insurance and Department of Health and Human Services as well as advisory councils to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Until 2019, she served as a board member for the North Country Health Consortium and the Grafton Regional Economic Development Council and remains on the advisory council for the Citizens Health Initiative in New Hampshire.

Nancy Frank is Secretary. Nancy is the CEO of the North Country Health Consortium (NCHC) and the Director of the Northern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center. Nancy has worked in public health for over 30 years with a focus on rural and community health, healthcare workforce development and education, systems design and transformation, and advocacy. She has a Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health, and Community Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Nancy has been the CEO of the North Country Health Consortium (NCHC) for the past eight years and has been responsible for oversight of all financial, operational and programmatic aspects of the organization.  NCHC is a rural health/public health network in northern New Hampshire that leads innovative collaborations to improve the health status of residents in the region. As Director of the Northern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Nancy has provided oversight to all aspects of the Center and has worked closely with regional health and human service organizations, and academic institutions to advance programs and services that enhance workforce development, including pipeline programs for middle school students through professionals.  Nancy also has experience working with the Northeastern Vermont AHEC, the Vermont Department of Health, the University of Illinois Prevention Research Center, and the Cook County Department of Public Health. 

Jennifer Alford-Teaster, MA, MPH, is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Data Science (BMDS) in the Geisel School of Medicine and within the Community Outreach and Engagement core of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography followed by a master’s degree in Applied Geography along with a post-baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). As a mapping specialist at the Fire Department in Greensboro, North Carolina Jennifer developed a deep interest in the application of GI Science to areas of health and medicine. Jennifer ultimately complimented her geography degree with a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). At the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) Jenn advances the science of geography by focusing on methods to measure disparities related to geographic access to health care services with a particular focus on rural cancer care. A native of NH, it brings her great joy to apply herself to promoting environments that support the health and wellness of every Granite Stater.

Catherine Bardier is the Vice President of Wellness and Population Health at New London Hospital, a Dartmouth Hitchcock Health member hospital. She has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources Administration and Population Health in New Hampshire. Catherine is active at both the local and state level in Public Health. Catherine currently serves as the chair of the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Advisory Council, and chair of the New Hampshire Governor’s Council for Physical Activity and Health. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Partners for Community Wellness. She also serves as adjunct faculty member at Granite State Community College in the Health Care Management, and Health and Wellness curricula. Catherine attended Rivier College in Nashua, NH where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Behavior and a Master’s degree in Human Resources.

Jonathan Stewart, MA, MHA, served as the Director of the New Hampshire Community Health Institute for 20 years. Jonathan’s work focuses on development of sustainable public health and rural health care delivery systems. Jonathan’s other professional experience includes serving as the first Operations Director of Ammonoosuc Community Health Services and later the founding Director of the North Country Health Consortium. In addition to serving on the board of the NH Public Health Association, Jonathan is a past Board Chair of the National Network of Public Health Institutes. He holds Master’s Degrees in Health Administration and Biochemistry from Duke University.

Dr. Sai Cherala is the Bureau Chief for Population Health and Community Services in Division of Public Health Services at New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. In her current role she oversees all NH DPHS’ population health programs including Nutrition Services (WIC, CSFP), Maternal and Child Health, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening. Dr. Cherala also holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She enjoys working directly with students, staff, and peers as a mentor and coach and has a passion for continuous improvement and goal achievement.

Marilee Nihan worked for the State of New Hampshire for 22 years in health administration and senior financial management positions for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Corrections. At the time of her retirement from the state, she served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Nihan now works as a consultant in the health policy arena and serves as a board member for the state’s Personnel Appeals Board. Prior to joining the state, she worked at a substance use treatment hospital performing quality management and administrative functions.

Bryan L’Heureux, MPH, is a public health professional who focuses on increasing access to care and community resources for underserved populations. His interest in this work derives from his passion to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across New Hampshire and Vermont. Bryan has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for 6 years, including the past three years with the Population Health team. In this role, Bryan oversees the development, infrastructure, training, and evaluation of the Community Health Worker program across the health system. Bryan also provides supervision of the D-H recovery coach program, assists with the design and implementation of two initiatives aimed at identifying and addressing food insecurity in the primary care setting, and has recently helped to manage the COVID-19 vaccination response in coordination with the state of New Hampshire. Bryan has a BS in medical biology with a minor in philosophy and a MPH from the University of New England.

Denise K. Pouliot is the Sag8moskwa (Female Head Speaker) of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki People and a traditional Abenaki artist. She currently serves as Treasurer for COWASS North America and as Treasurer for the Abenaki Nation of Vermont and is a member of the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs (NHCNAA), Affiliate Faculty member of the UNH Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor at the University of New Hampshire, a member on the New Hampshire Department of Justice Steering Committee for the Violence Against Women Act - Domestic Violence, and a member of the Race & Equality in NH Series Advisory Group, New Hampshire COVID-19 Equity Task Force (NHPHA), and New Hampshire Food Alliance. Ms. Pouliot is also an Indigenous religious advisor for the United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and currently provides religious services to inmates that are incarcerated in federal and state prison systems. In 2017 she received an award from the BOP for her many years of contributions and service.

Jayme H. Simões manages client accounts and directs strategy and marketing efforts. He founded Louis Karno & Company in 1999 and has grown it from two clients to more than 50. Mr. Simões received the Advertising and Public Relations Award from the New Hampshire Travel Council twice; is past president of the Public Relations Society of America-Yankee Chapter; and in 2003 was named one of the state’s young leaders in the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” recognition. He has served on several local and statewide nonprofit boards, including the Concord Chamber of Commerce and Arts4NH. Jayme is a Chicago native, a Boston University graduate, and fluent in Portuguese. He is a frequent public speaker, addressing PRSA, international wine conferences, chambers of commerce, and meetings.

Lisabritt Solsky has made a career in the public interest. A lawyer by trade, she graduated from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, a public interest law school recognized for the diversity of its student body. After several years working in legal aid in Massachusetts, Lisabritt worked for 15 years for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services in a variety of roles including Deputy Medicaid Director. The time and experience at DHHS reinforced the undeniable link between public health and health/wellness, especially for our most vulnerable citizens. Lisabritt believes that strengthening connectivity between public health services and publicly funded health care will improve the health and quality of life of Granite Staters. She is the proud mom of three teens and lives in Concord with her husband, children, and a menagerie of rescue animals.

Tamera Carmichael has over 25 years of leadership experience mainly in non-profit healthcare settings and is currently the Executive Director for the Partnership for Public Health. Prior to joining the State of New Hampshire, Ms. Carmichael served at the Florida Department of Health (DOH) for more than twelve years as Program Development and Regional Contract Administrator in Alachua County Florida.  In that role, she administered grant programs, managed contracts, and encouraged and empowered teams to achieve individual and systems outcomes. She is also well versed in emergency preparedness, a requirement for DOH employees, and was tasked as a special needs shelter manager during deployment. 

Melissa Ray is originally from Coventry, Rhode Island, and made the move to New Hampshire in the fall of 2019 when she began her studies at Keene State College. Miss Ray is now entering her senior year majoring in public health and dance. She finds joy in being involved in many things at school. On-campus she most notably is the secretary of the Public Health Club, a wellness ambassador with the Wellness Center, a restorative justice facilitator, and an orientation leader during the summer. In her free time, you can find her being very active lifting weights, dancing, or hiking. In the future, she hopes to participate in an Americorps Vista service program before attending an MPH program.


Suzanne Gaulocher is an Associate Professor in Public Health and is the Director of the Center for Healthy Communities at Plymouth State University. She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she was a part of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment focusing on the intersection of human and environmental health. She also holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a Master of Arts from Oregon State University in Applied Medical Anthropology. Her research and teaching centers around the intersection between human health and the environment with focus on community engagement, social justice and health equity

Joseph Lascaze believes we can do better by communities that have been historically marginalized, mistreated, or left without a seat at the table. As the Smart Justice Advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, Joseph collaborates with community members, lawmakers, and key stakeholders to identify systemic problems within the community and strategize about how we can both create equitable systems for communities of color and end mass incarceration, with a holistic approach to how combatting injustice betters community health for all people. Joseph’s deep knowledge of the criminal justice system and understanding of the experiences of those directly impacted, as well as lessons learned from his time serving on the Governor’s Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency (LEACT) have taught him that the best way to formulate lasting solutions is to not shy away from our differences but rather to confront those differences head on and do the work to find common ground. A lifelong resident of New Hampshire, Joseph is deeply invested in building a future for the granite state where all citizens are afforded the same opportunities and second chances regardless of their background or the color of their skin.