The Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation Board of Directors is a volunteer Board of local citizens, donating their time and energy to support the financial struggles of individuals and families as they fight the battle of their lives against cancer.
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 and Relocation Coordinator. Wendy is also a Trustee of the Trust Funds for the Town of Conway, and a Supervisor of the Checklist for the Center Conway Fire Precinct.
Kathleen E. Sweeney: Kathy joined the Board in 2004. She is the president and owner of Kathleen E. Sweeney, CPA, a full-service accounting office based in Center Harbor, NH, with a satellite office in North Conway. Prior to buying her own firm, Kathy had worked for ten years with a Boston-based CPA firm and two years with a local small firm. She is a member of the AICPA, New Hampshire Society of CPAs, National Society of Public Accountants, and the New England Quality Review. She is also an incorporator with the Meredith Village Savings Bank, and a Board member for Advice the Players, a theater group.
Ruth Ann Fabrizio: Ruth Ann, a board member since 1999, is an RN, directly involved with the Disbursement Committee. Professionally, she is 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 include 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.
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.
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.
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 Easter Slope Ski Club and Mud Football. Michael has 2 children and 1 granddaughter and currently lives in North Conway with his girlfriends Jennifer Beane and their many loving pets.
Erik Chandler: Erik joined the board in 2013. Like many others involved in Jens Friends, his family and friends have been touched by cancer. A lifelong 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.
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.
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.
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 & 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 BS 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 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.
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 herretirement, 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.