HNH Foundation Names Gail Garceau of Bedford, NH as new President

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Concord, NH –Gail M. Garceau of Bedford, NH has been named the new President of the HNH Foundation. Board Chair Martha McLeod, in making the announcement, called Ms. Garceau “an energetic, multi-talented leader with a demonstrated ability to build strong, collaborative community relationships. Her deep professional roots in New Hampshire were a strong factor in the Search Committee’s decision.”

Ms. Garceau previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the former New Hampshire Healthy Kids Corporation.  Prior to her work with Healthy Kids, she served in consulting, leadership and project management positions in the fields of higher education, health care and community services, including CEO of the Heritage United Way (Manchester) for 10 years. She most recently served as the General Manager of Well Sense Health Plan, one of three managed care organizations selected by the NH Department of Health and Human Services to provide health care coverage to New Hampshire’s Medicaid recipients.

In accepting the HNH Foundation leadership position, Ms. Garceau stated that “It’s an honor and a privilege to join the HNH Foundation and its dedicated Board and staff. The Foundation has a well-earned reputation as a collaborative, nimble and approachable organization that truly understands community needs. Those needs are reflected in funding priorities that help make life healthier for vulnerable children and their families throughout the State.”

Over the past two years, since the retirement of the Foundation’s first President, Sandi Van Scoyoc, the HNH Foundation Board has carefully assessed the health needs of New Hampshire children and identified many opportunities to make a significant impact. “Interim President Patti Baum’s effective, competent leadership allowed us to simultaneously conduct a statewide health needs assessment and a national search for a new executive while continuing our core grant-making activities,” stated Martha McLeod.  “With Gail Garceau as our new President and Patti Baum returning to her position as Program Officer, we can hit the ground running with our current and new grant-making priorities.” 

The HNH Foundation’s Board of Directors’ Search Committee included Kathleen Thies, Martha McLeod, Steve Paris and Elaine Van Dyke.

2014 HNH Foundation Annual Report(Click the image to download the Annual Report)

The HNH Foundation awarded $720,924 in grants during its 2014 program year. The awards benefitted 24 health-related initiatives and projects at non-profit and community organizations across the state.The HNH Foundation, NH’s children’s health funder, uses its resources to address systemic issues affecting the health of New Hampshire’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. Grants were awarded in 2014 to assess the oral health and weight status of NH’s third grade students, support outreach and enrollment planning to increase access to health insurance coverage, pilot models for oral health prevention services for young children and pregnant women, and foster grass-roots efforts to make Nw Hampshire communities healthier for children and families.

According to HNH Foundation Interim President Patti Baum, these grants, several of them multi-year awards, address the Foundation’s core mission: “We look to support innovative ways to advance our three goals: preventing childhood obesity, promoting oral health prevention, and improving access to children’s health and dental insurance coverage.Many of the 2014 grants focus on policy, system and environmental changes to achieve these goals, including safe places to walk and bike in both urban and rural areas of the state, and establishing data collection systems of oral health prevention services throughout New Hampshire.

HNH Foundation Board Chair Martha McLeod added: “The HNH Foundation provides a variety of grants including planning and convening, capacity building, and project grants for tax-exempt entities, especially if those funds can be leveraged to secure additional funding from other resources. We also look carefully at providing funding in towns or regions with highest need, as identified in the latest NH Healthy Smiles Healthy Growth Survey.”

2014 HNH Foundation Grant Recipients include (for statewide activities, unless otherwise indicated):

$391,499 for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity

  • Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
  • Cheshire Medical Center/DHMC Keene
  • YMCA of Greater Nashua
  • City of Manchester Health Department
  • Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
  • Early Learning NH - Manchester
  • Foundation for Healthy Communities

$45,960 for Increasing Access for Health and Dental Insurance Coverage

  • NH Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Bunnell Consulting
  • JSI Research and Training Institute

$210,603 for Oral Health Prevention

  • UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice
  • Coos County Family Health Services
  • NH Public Health Association
  • Health Resources in Action
  • Goodwin Community Health Services – Strafford County
  • Valley Regional Healthcare – Newport
  • Foundation for Healthy Communities

Other Support: $72,862

  • NH Food Bank
  • NH Fiscal Policy Institute
  • NH Housing Finance Authority
  • UNH Farm to School Program
  • Girls Inc.

We Celebrate Their Commitment to Improving the Health of Young Children


2015 Legacy Award winners The HNH Foundation has announced the recipients of the first Sandi Van Scoyoc Annual Legacy Award: Roberta Abodeely, school nurse at the Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, and Tammy Levesque, Coordinator of the Laconia Health and Wellness Academy for the Laconia School District. The Legacy Award’s annual prize of $2500 is presented to a New Hampshire organization or an individual who exemplifies the Foundation’s founding President’s commitment to improving the health of young children.


Photo (left to right): Former HNH Foundation, President Sandi Van Scoyoc,

and Board members Elaine Van Dyke and Martha McLeod (Chair), present $2500 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Awards to Tammy Levesque (Laconia) and Roberta Abodeely (Nashua) for their work to improve the health of children.

Roberta Abodeely

Roberta Abodeely was nominated for the award by Stacy Hynes, Director of Grants and Community Development, Nashua School District, who stated that the School District’s Wellness Committee, under Roberta’s leadership, “now unifies school leaders and school families in encouraging healthy choices, not only at school but at home. She is a catalyst for bringing community resources together to improve nutrition and physical activity.” These programs include daily healthy snacks, activities that promote walking or biking to school along with the purchase of bike helmets, and community partnerships that better meet children’s dental and oral health needs.

Tammy Levesque

Tammy Levesque was nominated by Timothy W. Goossens, Director of Food and Nutrition for the Laconia School District, who stated that “Tammy is the driving force behind all of the wellness activities happening in the city, bringing diverse groups together to improve the health and wellness of Laconia’s children.” Ms. Levesque’s efforts have increased access to health and dental care (including finding “dental homes” for children who do not regularly see a dentist), consumption of affordable healthy meals, and redistribution of needed clothing left in lost and found bins at local health club and dance studios through her “care closets.”


According to HNH Foundation Board Chair Martha McLeod, “The quality of the people and organizations represented by this year’s nominees was truly impressive. We could not pick a single winner, and decided instead to recognize Ms. Abodeely and Ms. Levesque who both exemplify the spirit and intent of the Legacy Award. We are honoring two individuals who are doing the hard work on the ground, and supporting their communities in new and innovative ways.”

HNH Foundation 2015 Annual Meeting 

hnh girl w hat smallWednesday, June 24, 4:30-6:00pm
Red River Theatre, Concord, NH

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At the Annual Meeting, we will announce the innaugural Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award.  This annual prize of $2500 will be awarded each year to a New Hampshire organization or an individual who exemplifies Sandi's commitment to improve the health of young children.

In August 2013, the HNH Foundation funded the development of a Plan for Outreach and Enrollment for the NH Health Insurance Marketplace.  This plan resulted in The New Hampshire Affordable Care Act Enrollment Resources Map, an online, interactive tool that identifies health insurance coverage throughout the state. On the heels ofNew Hampshire’s very successful ACA outreach and enrollment efforts, Michael Degnan, Executive Director of the NH Health Plan, and Aaron Holman, of Public Consulting Group, will present an update of the remaining uninsured in the state.

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HNH Foundation Announces New Members of the Board of Directors


The HNH Foundation has announced three new members of the Board of Directors. Joining the Board are: Pamela J. Brown of Moultonborough, NH; Dr. Kathleen Mongan Thies of Bedford, NH; and State Representative John B. Hunt of Rindge, NH.


According to HNH Foundation Board Chair Martha McLeod, “These new members’ broad perspective and wealth of knowledge will help us maximize the impact of every grant we make to support effective children’s health initiatives across the state.”

Pamela Brown is the founder and President of Brown Performance Group, a management consulting firm with 25 years of experience in assisting nonprofit and for-profit executives and boards with strategic and business planning, revenue enhancement, and capacity building. She currently serves as co-founder and Chair of the Board of Granite Pathways, a nonprofit organization in Manchester formed to provide improved employment, education, and recovery outcomes for adults with mental illnesses.  

Kathleen Mongan Thies, PhD, RN, is a consultant to health care organizations for research, quality improvement and program evaluation. A nursing educator, clinical researcher and author of three text books on human growth and development, she applies systems thinking to improve nursing practice and teamwork in health care. Dr. Thies is a fourth generation native of New Hampshire; she grew up in Manchester and currently lives in Bedford.

John B. Hunt has been a NH State Representative for 28 years and currently serves as Chairman of the NH House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee. He has also served on the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight (ACA) Committee and the Charter School and Open Enrollment Legislative Oversight Committee. Seven NH House Speakers appointed him to serve on the Board of Directors of NH Healthy Kids, the successful children’s health insurance program that recently merged with the NH Children’s Medicaid program. Mr. Hunt lives in Rindge, where he is Treasurer of the Rindge Historical Society.