The Board of Directors of Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation is comprised of volunteer local citizens, who donate their time and energy to support the financial struggles of individuals and families, as they fight the battle of their lives against cancer. There is no paid staff at Jen’s Friends.
Erik Chandler: Erik joined the board in 2013. Like many others involved in Jen’s Friends, his family and friends have been touched by cancer. A life-long valley native and family friend of The Hill Family, Erik was thrilled to be able to lend a helping hand to a remarkable organization. When not operating his Property Management Company, he enjoys all that the valley has to offer including hiking and skiing with his two daughters.
Heather Phillips: Heather joined the board of Jen’s Friends in November 2014. She is a holistic health coach and wellness consultant in private practice in North Conway. A teacher and early intervention specialist originally from Connecticut, she and her family moved the Mt. Washington Valley after years of vacationing, to embrace everything that the area has to offer and a slower pace of life. Heather’s family has been touched by cancer for several generations so prevention, quality care and support to others are very close to her heart. Being able to be involved with Jen’s Friends and be a part of her community has been a true blessing. Heather is an avid health enthusiast, loves walking, hiking, yoga, continuing her health training and spending time with her husband Ted, three boys, and two dogs.
Joann Daly: Joann joined the board in January 2016. She has a B.S. in Management Advisory Services, and has worked for many years with software companies before becoming owner of Soyfire Candle. Originally from Lynn/Peabody MA, she came to NH for college and never left. She has resided in the valley since 1995. In the past few years, cancer has taken a number of her friends, which prompted her to want to be more involved in helping those who are currently dealing with this prognosis. She is an avid hockey player, skier, runner, and loves participating in triathlons.
Charlie Hanlon: Charlie joined the board in September 2011. He currently resides in Bartlett with his wife Maureen. He moved to New Hampshire in 1983 and worked at The Memorial Hospital as a Controller for over 28 years. Now semi-retired, he enjoys the many activities in the Mount Washington Valley, such as skiing, biking and golf. He previously served on the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Eastern Slope Ski Club as the treasurer.
Mary Anne Sledzinski: Mary Anne joined the board in January 2013, after having volunteered at the Climb Against Cancer for several years. She grew up in northern New Hampshire and has made her home in the Valley since 1988, where she lives with her husband John. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, and has a passion for problem-solving and helping people. She previously served on the board of the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association and enjoys volunteering at various events. Cancer has touched the lives of many of her family and friends, and she is grateful to have a way to help ease the burdens of patients and their families in their fight against cancer.
BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE
Ruth Ann Fabrizio: Ruth Ann, a board member since 1999, is an RN, directly involved with the Disbursement Committee. Professionally, she was a Social Service Representative/ Discharge Planner at The Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH, now working post-retirement on a per-diem basis. Her other volunteer activities included serving as a Board Member for the American Cancer Society and the Vaughan Community Service, Inc. Ruth Ann and her husband, Bill, reside in Bartlett, NH.
Wendy J. Holmes: Wendy joined the Board in June 2008. Wendy lives with her husband, Tom and daughter, Meredith, in Center Conway, and is a native to the Mt. Washington Valley. Wendy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, and has worked at Badger Realty since 1996 as its Closing Coordinator. Wendy is a Supervisor of the Checklist for the Center Conway Fire Precinct and is an avid photographer.
Sara Holtby: Sara joined the Jen’s Friends board in 2016. Raised in Fryeburg Maine, she graduated from Granite State College with an English Degree and has worked in the insurance industry for 15 years, currently for M&M Assurance in North Conway. Cancer has touched many of her loved ones, so Sara is very excited to work with this incredible organization and do anything she can in the fight against cancer. You can usually find her with her friends and family out on the trails hiking, biking, or skiing, or in the water on her paddleboard.
Stephanie Pavao: Stephanie joined the board of Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation in April 2013. She is a physical therapist, who moved to the valley from Martha’s Vineyard in 2011, and opened North Conway Physical Therapy in 2012. She takes great pride in being involved with Jen’s Friends and helping the community of Mount Washington Valley. A Northeastern University Hall of Fame member for her track endeavors, Stephanie now enjoys playing hockey, skiing, the beach and just enjoying all that the valley has to offer.
Barbara Theriault: Barbara joined the Board in 2014. She has lived in, and loved the Valley since moving from Salem, MA in 1972. She worked in the hospitality industry in many facets: from 1977 until 1998 at the Christmas farm inn; 1998 to 2013 at Citizens Bank. She has been a trustee for Jackson cemeteries for more than a dozen years, and is also now the Assistant Treasurer for the town. She has always volunteered for community events, starting with the Volvo Tournament days to the present. When she retired from the bank, she was ready to jump in to be an active year-round volunteer for something she really believed in. Jen’s Friends has filled her need to give back to the Valley that has been so very good to her. Volunteering with Jen’s Friends makes her heart and soul feel so good, and working with such an amazing group of people is so very rewarding.
Marta Ramsey: Marta joined the Board in 2004. An active board member focused on the Jen’s Friends mission, Marta spearheads the annual golf scramble. Marta is a Registered Nurse Manager having served a night Emergency Room Coordinator and Heart Health and Wellness Manager at Memorial Hospital.
Leslie Leonard: Leslie joined the board in January 2019 (is that right?). She has lived in the valley since January 2010 and lives in North Conway with her husband, a few cats, and a bunch of fish. She is a lawyer and partner at Cooper Cargill Chant, PA. She has serve don many boards during her years in the Valley, including the MWV Children’s Museum, the Ham Ice Arena, WMCHC, and currently, she continues to serve on the Gibson Center as well as maintaining membership with the Rotary Club of North Conway. She is proud to be a part of such an amazing, selfish and inspiring organization as Jen’s Friends. In her free time, she enjoys taking advantage of the Valley’s natural beauty, hiking, skiing, paddleboarding, golfing and just about anything else. She loves to travel to the oceans or just about anywhere, and particularly loves SCUBA diving when she has the opportunity to get out of town.
Connie Gagnon: Connie joined the board in the fall of 2019. She retired in January 2020 after 44 years of practicing as a Registered Nurse. Her last five years was spent at Memorial Hospital in the Infection Prevention Department. She lives in Bartlett with her husband Will and their two Labs, Humphrey and Sadie. They have two grown daughters that also live in Bartlett with their families. Connie enjoys hiking in the woods with her dogs, family vacations and spending time with their four grandchildren.
Connie is grateful for having this opportunity to work with such a wonderful organization that is able to do so much with the help of the community. Both Connie and her husband have lost friends and family members to cancer and this is one way to give back and honor them.
Mike Lynch: Michael joined the board in August of 2010. A native of Mount Washington Valley, he has owned Lynch’s Land Maintenance, a year round property maintenance company for over 25 years. Volunteer activities for many years include Eastern Slope Ski Club and Mud Football. Michael has two children and one granddaughter, and currently lives in North Conway with his girlfriend Jennifer Beane and their many loving pets.
Roxanne Major: Roxanne joined the board in January 2009. She has lived in the Valley since 1976, and is an Oncology Certified RN. In 1995 she spearheaded the Oncology Department at The Memorial Hospital in North Conway. She also co-facilitates the “Journey of Hope” cancer support group. Roxanne is an avid quilter, and she and her husband, Christopher, are active in their church and enjoy hiking. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Mary Thayer: Mary joined the Board of Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation in April, 2012.She was a Certified Adult Psychiatric and Mental Nurse Practitioner prior to her retiring in 2008. Since her retirement, Mary has been active in community and church activities. In addition to a love of hiking and cross country skiing, she has been active in the Taoist Tai Chi Society. Mary and her husband Brad have lived in Intervale since 2004.
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