Board of Directors

Pat Coughlin:  Pat is a hospice social worker with Constellation Hospice in Newburyport, MA.  She brings 25+ years experience in hospice to HHF. Pat began her social work career in SLC, UT as a community organizer for Crossroads Urban Center. From there she went on to graduate school receiving a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. After moving back to her home state of New Hampshire she worked for various mental health agencies eventually opening a private practice in Dover, NH.  Pat fell into hospice work while running a small volunteer program for Rockingham County VNA and Hospice-Pets and Elders Together- which matched certified visiting and therapy dogs and their owners with patients both at home and in facilities.  It was there she and her visiting dog Tyson met their first hospice patient and Pat found her true calling as a social worker.  She has been working in hospice ever since and has received further training as a Death Doula through the Inelda organization.   Pat is honored to be on the board of HHF and furthering the mission of supporting those at end of life

Marta Hurgin:  Marta Hurgin is an attorney admitted in Maine and New Hampshire. She spent the first part of her legal career working for the New Hampshire Public Defender. She is now a staff attorney at 603 Legal Aid representing clients in housing and benefits matters. She is passionate about public interest legal work. She lives in Portsmouth with her partner, Lisa, and rescue dog, Roo. She enjoys running, cycling, and baking. 

Janice Kanteres: Janice is a retired hospice nurse, having served those with terminal illness since the early 90s. Before relocating to NH three years ago, she worked for Pathways Hospice & Palliative Care in St. Louis, MO. In her 16 years with the company, she served as triage, case manager, Clinical Supervisor, Hospital Liaison, Community Educator, Intake/Referrals & Quality Assurance staff. Her desire to be an educator led her to choose a nursing career in home health/wellness patient education; eventually leading her to assisting patient & family through the end-of-life journey with comfort and compassion. Her interest in the HHF charitable cause to assist those with unmet financial needs in their final terminal stages was sparked by a friend. She is a firm advocate for early hospice care intervention. She currently volunteers for Beacon Hospice, Gather, & serves on the board of the Seacoast Newcomers Club. She lives with her husband & Shih Tzu, “Sherlock”, in Hampton. Her favorite interests include travel, crafts, & entertaining.

Michele Lovell , APRN, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire and an active member of the Supportive and Palliative Care team at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, caring for patients and families in her role as a nurse practitioner. Her clinical area of interest is the care of the older adult and those with serious illness, specializing in symptom management, advance care planning and goals of care discussions. She served as faculty on the 2020-2021 AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network and presented Advance Care Planning: Translating wishes, values, and preferences to actionable items. She is an active member of the NH Health Care Decisions Coalition. She investigated the social model of care at Humanitas in Deventer, Netherlands, working with an honors student to conduct qualitative research, the completion of which won the Grimes Award at the University of New Hampshire. She also was guest faculty at Rotterdam University, presenting “The Cost of Aging in America” to Dutch nurse practitioner students.

Briana Marshall: Briana is a Founding Partner and Grant Writer at Brightspot Consultants, a firm that inspires and equips nonprofits to thrive. Briana has over 12 years of experience in grant writing and supports more than a dozen nonprofit organizations each year with their grant writing initiatives. Briana is proud to be a native of Downeast Maine and a graduate of Bowdoin College. In addition to Hospice Help Foundation, Briana serves on the board of The Sorrento Public Library and is the Past President of the Seacoast Rotary Club. Briana lives in Kittery, Maine with her fun, fabulous, and soccer-obsessed eight-year-old son, Max; and their golden retriever, Willow. Her favorite pastimes include playing tennis, board/card games, and spending time with family in her hometown of Sorrento, Maine.

Anne McSally – President: Anne is a retired pediatrician with a master’s degree in public health and additional experience in annual fund work. While her clinical background is in primary care and public health, Anne has received extensive training as a hospice volunteer and grief support peer facilitator for both children and their families. Anne has worked with several local hospice and regional groups where she has witnessed both professionally and personally the toll life threatening and life ending illnesses take on individuals and their families. She is honored to be a Board Member of Hospice Help Foundation and support its important vision and critical community mission.

Sareen Sarna: Sareen is the Director of Development and Growth at Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services. In her role, she is responsible for philanthropic strategies for multiple programs including Hospice, Home Healthcare, Meals on Wheels for 500 in Cheshire County, the Castle Enrichment Adult Day Center serving those with memory impairment, Healthy Starts funding through reimbursement sources, donations, and private grants. For almost 20 years, she has been a cross industry healthcare leader focused specialty programs and increasing education to expand access for quality end of life. In 2015, Sareen became a Certified End of Life Doula. Sareen has served on many boards, has a consulting practice where she had oversight for the operation and transition of the Lighthouse Hospice Foundation to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization when Beacon Hospice was acquired by Amedisys. A native of New York City, Sareen went to Colby Sawyer College and never left New Hampshire. She lives with her husband on the Seacoast where they share 9 God Children.

Steve Schwalje – Treasurer: Steve is a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual. He and his family live in Stratham, NH and enjoy spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee.  He is an Ambassador with the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, and Portsmouth Chamber Collaborative. He also sits as a member in the Seacoast United Sports Club Business Network, Pathways Thru Aging and Board Member of the United in Wellness Advisory Board of Core Physicians, Cornerstone VNA, and Exeter Hospital. He enjoys coaching both of his sons in Lacrosse and Flag Football.

Julie Stone – Vice President: Julie is the Director of Business Development and Strategy at Home Health & Hospice Care in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Her professional career has been focused in the areas of geriatrics, behavioral health and hospice. She is a strong community collaborator and works on community initiatives to ensure that under-represented populations needs are met. Her passion for hospice is driven by her positive personal experience which has significantly influenced her career. Julie is trained as a social worker, having earned her MSW from the University of New Hampshire, with a specialty in nonprofit management, community organizing and public policy. She serves on the Nashua Public Health Advisory Council and is a volunteer for Friends of Feral Cats New Hampshire. She is proud to serve as a board member for Hospice Help Foundation and work to further the organizational mission.

Kate Swenson Tuttle: Formerly a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care nurse (CHPN) at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Kate is now the Community Liaison at Brookhaven Hospice. Her focus is on helping improve quality of life for patients and their families in the setting of advanced illness, and she finds great reward in helping people pass with dignity. Kate sees first hand that meeting “small” needs for people in their most vulnerable moments makes a huge difference. This, coupled with her passion for community education and support for compassionate end-of-life care, led her to the Hospice Help Foundation. She previously served on the Board of the Seacoast Waldorf School where her children attended. She lives in Portsmouth with her husband and three sons.