Council for a Healthier Community Membership

Executive Committee

Current Members

Susan Ashworth is Director of Community Relations at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services.  She also oversees the agency’s nutrition programs for seniors and transportation programs.  She has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.  Susan has been on the Council for a Healthier Community since its inception.

Ellen Avery serves as the Executive Director of Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC). Ellen has more 37 years of experience working and volunteering in the region in the areas of higher education, education administration, arts management, special event production, institutional advancement, and social service administration. She served as an incorporator and vice chair of the CVTC Board until 2010. Residing in Jaffrey Center, Ellen has served on the boards for the Jaffrey Center Village Improvement Society, the Jaffrey Historic District Commission, and the Park Theatre.

LeeAnn Clark is the Philanthropy and Community Relations Associate at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, NH.  She currently co-chairs Be the Change-Behavioral Health Task Force for the Eastern Monadnock Region and sits on many state and local committees including the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter board, ConVal Substance Use Task Force, Impact Monadnock and is the VP of the Peterborough Women’s Club. With her degree in sociology and women’s studies and her involvement in the Community Health Needs Planning, LeeAnn has a passion for helping the community in any way possible.

Chris Coates is the County Administrator for Cheshire County. Prior to joining Cheshire County, Chris served as the Director of Community Services at Monadnock Developmental Services where he had served in a variety of roles since 1993. Chris has actively served the community for many years, including time spent as a Keene City Councilor, Chairman of the Keene School Board, and presently serves on the Southwest Region Planning Commission board.

Mary Lee Greaves, RN, BSN, is the Public Health Nurse Liaison to the southern regions of New Hampshire. She has been employed with NH Department of Health and Human Services for 25 years.  Mary Lee has served on numerous advisory boards including the Commissioner’s Employee Advisory Board and the Public Health Improvement Action Plan Advisory Committee.  She has been on the Council for a Healthier Community since its inception.

Shawn LaFrance, MPH began as the Vice President of Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center in March 2017. He has more than 20 years’ experience in planning and implementing projects to address community health issues in the foundation, government and private sectors.  Prior to joining CMC, Shawn spent almost 20 years at the Foundation for a Healthier Community. He completed the HRET Quality Improvement Leader Fellowship, is certified as an instructor for Respecting Choices Last Steps program and is a certified mentor in the Education for Ministry program from University of the South. He received the 2014 Milham Leadership Award from Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice and was awarded the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the NH Pediatric Society.  Mr. LaFrance received his B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Public Health and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Tim Murphy serves as Executive Director of the Southwest Region Planning Commission based in Keene, NH where he has served since 1995. He has 30 years’ experience as a regional planner. In his current position, Tim has worked to establish effective planning programs to benefit the 34 towns of the Monadnock Region while conducting research and analyses to identify trends and conditions and working toward a desired future. Tim holds a master’s degree in geography with a concentration in city and regional planning and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies focused in geography, environmental sciences and sociology.

Michele Babineau works as a family and community support specialist in Cheshire County for NAMI-NH as part of the Monadnock region System of Care grant. A parent of a child with serious emotional disorders, she also acts as a family representative for the grant. A writer and editor, Michele most recently held the editor’s post at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough. She has previously worked for the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor. She is on the board at TEAM Jaffrey, a nonprofit designed to support downtown businesses. She is also a trainer of Youth Mental Health First Aid USA and has co-taught a number of trainings in the Monadnock region.

Terry Choate is a full-time Lt. with the Jaffrey Police Department where he has served for the past 13 years. Terry is equally passionate about finding unique and effective ways of dealing with the out-of-control drug problem. He teaches and attempts to find solutions to the drug problem through compassion and changing the ways in which people typically see those fighting addiction diseases. He serves on the Board of Directors for Reality Check, a nonprofit in Southwestern NH offering drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services to residents.

Cathy Gray has served as the Executive Director of Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities for more than 20 years. She previously served as the Director of Programs at Vermont Achievement Center. Cathy is a current member of the Keene Rotary Club, a board member of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, and a chairwoman on the education committee of Pediatric Complex Care Association. Cathy received her MA in Rehab Education from New York University and a certificate in Community Healthcare Management from Antioch University New England.

Elizabeth A. LaRose, APR joined the Monadnock United Way as president in November 2016. Prior that, she was the director of marketing and communications for six years at Crotched Mountain Foundation, in Greenfield, NH-a multi-service nonprofit serving people with disabilities. Liz is an active member of her community, most recently serving as the 2016 president of the Public Relations Society of America Yankee Chapter. Liz is a 2011 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire and she holds an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America in New York. She received her bachelor of arts in communications from Rivier University in Nashua, NH.

Rev. John Reilly has served as the Senior Minister of the Keene Church of Nazarene since 1999. Prior to working full time in pastoral ministry, John worked as a Test Engineering Analyst and taught business at Eastern Nazarene College. He received his MBA from University of Massachusetts, Lowell and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Phil Suter is the President/CEO of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce where he oversees a small staff and about 500 member organizations. The Keene Chamber works to promote its members, collaborate with stakeholders in the public, private, nonprofit, and education sectors, and to promote economic development in the Monadnock Region. Phil also provides management and marketing consulting for public, private, and nonprofit organizations through Riverside Consulting. He holds an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

Ed Walker is the Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director for the Town of Peterborough (NH), a position he has held since May of 2014. Prior to joining Peterborough, Ed served for six years as the Director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and 23 years with the Weston (MA) Fire Department where he rose through the ranks to Fire Chief. Ed holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Maine, a BS in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from Northeastern University. Ed is active in many community groups including the Rotary Club of Peterborough, Monadnock at Home, and the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force. In 2016 Ed was named the New Hampshire Emergency Manager of the Year.

Philip F. Wyzik, MA has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Monadnock Family Services since 2012. MFS serves the Monadnock Region by providing outpatient behavioral health counseling and prevention services for adults and seniors. Prior to joining MFS, Phil served as the president and CEO of The Mental Health Association of Connecticut. He received his Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College.

Current Membership

The Council seeks representation from all sectors in our region. Current members represent the following organizations and sectors.

All Saints Church
American Red Cross – NH West
Antioch University New England
Blue-U Defense
Cheshire County
Cheshire County Drug Court
Cheshire County System of Care
Cheshire Medical Center/ Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
City of Keene
Community citizens
Contoocook Valley Transportation Company (CVTC)
ConVal School District (SAU 1)
Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center
Dental Health Works
Department of Health & Human Services – Keene
Franklin Pierce University-Head of Health Services
Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services
Impact Monadnock
Keene Church of the Nazarene
Keene Family YMCA
Keene Housing Authority
Keene Kids Collaborative
Keene Serenity Center
Keene State College
MADAC – Monadnock Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coalition
MAPS Counseling Services
Monadnock at Home
Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention
Monadnock Community Hospital
Monadnock Developmental Services
Monadnock Family Services
Monadnock Peer Support Agency
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monadnock United Way
Monadnock Voices for Prevention
Monadnock Worksource
NH Catholic Charities
Reality Check
SAU 29
Southern NH Services
Southwestern Community Services
Southwest Regional Planning Commission
Team Jaffrey
The Grapevine
The River Center
Touchstone Farm
Town of Harrisville
Town of Peterborough
University of NH Cooperative Extension