Our Board helps us maintain one of the best retirement communities in NH.

Our Board shapes Birch Hill into the type of independent living retirement community our residents and their families can be proud of. Our board members, many of whom you may know, serve as an experienced, voluntary group made up of lawyers, doctors, local politicians, business owners and current residents.

Meet our Board:

Joan Alayne Stevens, M.Ed., Trustee and Chairperson
Ms. Stevens graduated from the University System of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education, and a Masters of Education in Health Education.  She brings many years of experience in both health and wellness, and senior services.  Ms. Stevens was the Program Director for the American Heart and American Lung Associations in New Hampshire, and most recently was Executive Director of Community Health and Wellness for the Elliot Health System.  She is very active in community service activities, and has been a volunteer for AARP, a member of the Greater Manchester YWCA Board of Directors, Chair of NH Celebrates Wellness, Child and Family Services Regional Board member. She is currently on the Board of the Goffstown Network Food Pantry Board, volunteer for Breathe New Hampshire, Senior Warden of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Vice Chair of the Goffstown Democrats. She lives with her husband, Jeffrey, in Goffstown.

Donella Lubelczyk, Trustee and Vice Chair
Donella earned her BS in Nursing from Rivier College – St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. She began working for Catholic Medical Center shortly thereafter as a Medical/Surgical Registered Nurse. Today, she is the Director of Revenue Cycle at CMC, where she works with the CFO to develop strategic plans and programs for the Revenue Cycle Team to ensure goals and objectives. She is an Accredited Case Manager through the National Board for Case Management and a member of the American Case Management Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, as well as the American Medical Billing Association. Using her Lean Six Sigma skills, she works with all departments at CMC to improve efficiency and maximization of reimbursement opportunities as well as decreasing errors and payment denials.

Judith Bomster, Trustee and Secretary
Judith received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College, and her J. D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire (n/k/a UNH School of Law), graduating magna cum laude. She practices in the areas of Trusts and Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Trust Administration and Elder Law. She is a member of the NH Bar Association and former vice chair and current chair (9/2015-present) of the NH Bar Association Ethics Committee. She is an associate member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national invitation-only association of special needs planning advisors, and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and former director of the NH Chapter of NAELA. Judith is a frequent lecturer and educator in the area of Estates, Trusts and Special Needs Trusts, including the NH Bar Association and private CLE programs, Boston Tax Institute, NH Society of CPA’s and local business and community groups, exhibiting her dedication to educating people on the benefits of proper estate and special needs planning.

Richard Alton Elwell, Jr., Trustee and Treasurer
Mr. Elwell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Elwell is employed by the Elliot Health System in Manchester New Hampshire as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Elwell is a Certified Public Accountant with a license issued by the State of New Hampshire and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Dr. James Aiken, Resident Trustee
Dr. Aiken received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his doctorate at Northwestern University. As a physician specializing in radiology, Dr. Aiken was Chairman of the Radiology Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence, RI, as well as President of the medical staff. He served both on the Board of St. Joseph’s Hospital and on the Advisory Board of Mass. Hospital School. Dr. Aiken moved to Birch Hill from Canton, MA in 2013 and has quickly become an active member of the community and a trusted friend to many residents.

Janet Bamberg, Trustee 
Ms. Bamberg is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Moore Center Services, Inc. of Manchester New Hampshire. Ms. Bamberg formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Association of Middlesex East of Massachusetts, was employed as Chief Operating Officer of VNA Care Network of Waltham Massachusetts and was employed as Vice President of Massachusetts Easter Seals. Ms. Bamberg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Park College in Chicago, Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ms. Bamberg holds a license as a registered nurse issued by the Massachusetts Board of Registration.

Carol Barrett, FHFMA, CPA,  Trustee
Carol is the Director of Nursing Finance at The Elliot.  Elliot Health System (EHS) is the largest provider of comprehensive healthcare services in Southern New Hampshire. The cornerstone of EHS is Elliot Hospital, a 296-bed acute care facility located in Manchester (New Hampshire’s largest city). Carol supports many nursing initiatives as a member of the Executive Nursing Leadership team such as budgeting and financial reporting, hiring plans to ensure appropriate short and long term staffing, staff scheduling of the inpatient units and the emergency department, a $1.5 million education grant, as well as the many data needs of the division.    Carol’s support of the Nursing Division included the development of a budget and productivity tool that utilizes the same staffing matrixes used by nursing each day as well as a dashboard linking financial, volume, quality and competency data.  Carol also works with the Managed Care Department in analyzing and negotiating payer contracts.

Carol began her career with Ernst & Young as a member of the audit and consulting team with a focus on healthcare.  She has worked in hospitals for over 20 years.  Some of her experiences include development and implementation of cost accounting systems, development of a case-based budget process, system-wide distribution of a productivity management system as well as the management of various accounting functions.  Carol’s philosophy has always been one of clinical and financial collaboration. Educating clinical staff on what “the financials mean” and educating the financial staff on “the daily challenges” of managing a clinical department has been the cornerstone of her career.

She is a Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire.  She has also achieved designation as a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA) and was awarded the Follmer Bronze Award through the NH/VT Chapter of HFMA.  As a member of HFMA, Carol serves on the New Hampshire-Vermont chapter’s newsletter committee.

Teresa Dainesi, Trustee
Teresa earned her BA in Communication from the University of New Hampshire. For the last 10 years, she has worked as a marketing and public relations consultant and freelance writer for a variety of clients. Previously, she was Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing with Elliot Health System where she was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing communications program for the hospital and its affiliates. Presently, she works as Project Manager for Cookson Strategic Communications, a firm that helps clients increase their visibility with public relations, social media, marketing and government relations services. She is the author of a nationally-recognized blog that chronicles her parent’s journey with Alzheimer’s and was featured on Huffington Post and other online and print publications.

Michael R. Dupuis, R.Ph, MHA, Trustee

Mike received his Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University. Mike has served in various leadership roles in pharmacy, hospital administration and local non-profits for over 36 years. Mike is currently serving as the Vice President of Clinical Services at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director for the NH State Board of Pharmacy and the VP of Clinical and Support Services at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Mike has served on numerous nonprofit Boards including the NY Heart Association, The Merrimack Rotary Club, and the NAVAC Volunteer Ambulance Co. in North Syracuse and the National Association of Board of Pharmacy.

Mike and his wife Terry reside in Merrimack, NH and have two grown children and a wonderful granddaughter Ella.

Stephen McPherson, Trustee

Steve is the former President and CEO of Masonicare, Connecticut’s largest provider of healthcare services to seniors. Its continuum of care includes skilled nursing, long-term and dementia care, assisted living, home health and hospice care, as well as physician practices and retirement communities.  Under Steve’s leadership, Masonicare experienced significant growth, especially in its retirement communities and in its home and community-based services.  He joined Masonicare in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and President and CEO in 2005, retiring in September 2016.  Prior to joining Masonicare, he was the Chief Financial Officer of a large integrated delivery system that included a 500 bed major teaching hospital. Among his professional activities, Steve most recently served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of LeadingAge, the Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization for seniors and senior care providers.  He has also served as President of LeadingAge Connecticut, which in 2014 presented him with their Distinguished Service Award.  Steve is past president of the Masonic Communities and Services Association, board member of two retirement communities, The RiverWoods Group in Exeter, NH, and Birch Hill in Manchester, NH, a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association of which he is a past president of the Connecticut chapter.  Steve has served on a number of statewide committees in Connecticut addressing healthcare issues including the State Rightsizing Strategic Plan for Long Term Care. He is a former faculty member in the Masters of Public Health program at the University of New Haven.  In 2016 Steve received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University. Steve has two grown daughters and resides with his wife Nancy in East Falmouth, MA.

John Prochilo, Trustee
John Prochilo received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is the Chief Executive Officer/Administrator of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network (NRH) whose main campus is in Salem, NH. NRH consists of three inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and a Network of over 20 outpatient centers located in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Hospital Association and throughout the course of his career has worked with community groups who represent the disabled populations treated by Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital.

Patty McCartan Prue, Trustee
Patty McCartan Prue is an Executive Coach and Management Consultant. Prior to forming McCartan Consulting, Patty was an accomplished Senior Vice President of HR for a 36B global company, with extensive expertise in international human resources and mergers and acquisitions. Patty’s overall industry experience includes healthcare, pharmaceutical, electronics, engineering and financial services. Her professional certifications include Executive Coaching-Behavioral Coaching Institute, Leadership Versatility Index 360, Emotional Intelligence (MSCEIT-Testing) and is a graduate of Stonehill College, North Easton, MA-honors graduate and Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree. Patty is an active volunteer having served as a Trustee of Exeter Health Resources for 8 years and continues to serve on not-for profit organizations’ boards, college committees and is a Global Volunteer Trainer. Patty has volunteered in Ghana and Ecuador. Patty resides in Exeter with her family.

Charles Smith, Resident Trustee
A graduate of Western Michigan University and an Officer in USMC, Chuck worked for Union Carbide Corp. in sales and marketing, with the last 8 years as a National Sales Manager. During his retirement, he has been involved as a fundraiser for the United Way and Chairman of an ecumenical church organization called Lend-A-Hand for 10 years. He and his wife Doris and moved to Birch Hill in 2007. Chuck is in his second term on the Board of Trustees. In addition, he taught classes on the history of religion; history of Britannia and will undertake a 48-week class on the history of civilization.  In addition, he also serves on the Birch Hill Development Committee. The Smiths have 6 children, 9 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Susan Woods, Trustee
Susan has over thirty years of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital experience. Her industry experience was acquired in companies spanning insurance, reinsurance, healthcare, direct marketing, and technology. She is currently Principal of Chartworth, LLC strategy consulting and investment banking for business owners in northern New England. Susan serves on the Board of Directors of Delta Dental of Plan of New Hampshire, Associated Grocers of New England and the New Hampshire High Technology Council. Susan has an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and a BA from Colby College. Susan resides in Manchester with her husband, Peter Breu. They have twenty-something children gainfully employed in Cambridge, MA and San Francisco, CA. Susan enjoys cross-country skiing, gardening, hiking and her two cockapoos.

Justine Vogel, President and Trustee, The RiverWoods Group
A graduate of Rutgers University School of Business with a B.S. in Accounting, Justine began work at RiverWoods as part of the pre-opening team in June 1994. Her tenure at RiverWoods began as the Director of Accounting, with growth into the role of CFO in 1997, COO in 2005, and President/CEO in 2007. Ms. Vogel’s prior experience includes several years in auditing and financial analysis with Arthur Andersen & Co., Ernst & Young, and Chubb Life Insurance Company. Ms. Vogel is a certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey and serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for LeadingAge of Maine and New Hampshire.  Ms. Vogel has lectured at the University of New Hampshire and is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national industry conferences on topics including strategic management, growth planning, culture development and financial oversight.

Gary M. Zabierek, President/CEO, Birch Hill
Gary has been President and CEO of Birch Hill since 2002. He describes his dedicated staff by saying, “Our entire Birch Hill Management Team shares the same goal of providing the best possible retirement experience to our residents. Every member of the staff takes pride in what they do – and it shows.” Gary’s background includes positions in hospitals and nursing facilities, the latest of which was as the Administrator of Health Services for The Sisters of Notre Dame’s Boston and Ipswich Massachusetts Religious Provenances. He holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In addition, Gary is a former member of the Board of Directors of LeadingAge of Maine and New Hampshire, a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Club, and a member of the Manchester Rotary Club.