Board of Directors—2018
Amy Smith – President
Rev. Joel Grossman – Vice President
Michael Murphy – Treasurer
Kate Swenson – Secretary
Marsha Filion—Executive Director
Marsha trained as a hospice volunteer in 2010 and joined HHF as a board member in 2013, serving in a range of capacities including Board Chair and marketing and development director, where she drove fundraising and development projects, community relations and outreach, and built and managed the website. After working as a publisher on both sides of the Atlantic for more than a decade, she turned her attention to helping local nonprofits including managing communications for the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, supporting the Cross Roads House development team, writing grants for Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, and serving a term on the Board of Directors at Families First Health and Support Center. She considers it an honor to be able to help bring dignity and comfort to people during such a critical time in their life.
Amy Smith—Board President
Amy has over 30 years of experience as a professional and technical writer for a variety of organizations, including IBM and Fidelity Investments. At IBM, she developed expertise in content strategy, community building, and social media, and became an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, where she taught graduate courses in implementing social media in organizations. Amy joined the Hospice Help Foundation’s Board of Directors to help promote awareness and advocate for HHF’s mission.
Rev. Joel Grossman—Vice President
Joel, an interfaith minister, has been a hospice chaplain for the past eleven years, and has served as a hospice volunteer coordinator and bereavement coordinator. He has also been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1976, and served as Health Promotion Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Boston for 13 years. Joel has been on the Board of Directors for his synagogue and on the initial Board of Directors for the Women’s Crisis Center of Newburyport. It is Joel’s experience in seeing the great benefits to hospice patients and their families that the Foundation assistance provides that brought him to want to serve on the Board of Hospice Help Foundation.
Michael is a CPA in New Hampshire, with extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations, both professionally and as a volunteer on various boards. His specialty areas are tax planning, tax preparation and audit review for individuals, businesses, trusts, non-profits, 401K plans and profit sharing plans. His prior experience in the nonprofit sector is instrumental to the leadership and growth of Hospice Help Foundation.
Kate is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care nurse (CHPN) at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. 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 two sons.
Don has a background in sales and management, marketing, product development and employee training. After retiring, Don became a hospice volunteer, working closely with patients and their families, and immersing himself in the hospice movement. An experienced public speaker, Don joined the board of Hospice Help Foundation as a way to put his experience in business to use, in order to help the Foundation continue to grow. He is a member of the Financial Committee for the Foundation.
Kathy brings 20+ years experience in public relations and marketing communications. She is founder of FastStartPR, a high tech boutique public relations agency based in Newburyport, Mass. Her previous positions include roles as a public relations strategist and program manager for organizations including IBM and Weber Shandwick. She brings expertise in media relations, analyst relations, inbound marketing, and content strategy. Kathy is also a Reiki Master and hospice volunteer visiting with patients. She joined Hospice Help Foundation’s Board of Directors to help drive awareness for the organization and give back to the community.
Jessica Lubowsky has over twenty years of experience working with families and elders. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire and has worked as a Family Advocate for Head Start, a Case Manager at a community mental health center, the Director of Social Services at a nursing home, and for the past seven years, she was a hospice social worker at a hospice agency in New Hampshire. It was there that she saw firsthand how the Foundation’s concrete assistance helped hospice patients and their families during a stressful and painful time. For her it was an honor to witness tears of gratitude and relief from patients and their families when a request was approved. She is excited to join the board of Hospice Help Foundation, and to remain connected to the life-enhancing mission of hospice.
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 join the board of Hospice Help Foundation and support its important vision and critical community mission.
Janet Prescott—Corporate Program Liaison
Janet is the founder of Hospice Help Foundation and retired from the ED position in 2017. She has worked in the field of end of life care and hospice since the late 1990s, when she started training community members to work with the terminally ill. Her background is in management, program development, business development, marketing, and nonprofit leadership. Prior to founding Hospice Help Foundation, Janet was Director of SolAmor Hospice Foundation, where she enhanced her knowledge about the needs of patients and families with dire financial need, and reinforced her belief that it is essential for communities to work together to support their most vulnerable members at the end of life.