Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mauret Brinser – President
Anne McSally – Vice President
Michael Murphy – Treasurer
Kate Swenson Tuttle – Secretary
Whitney Gagnon
Kathleen Keating
Jeannette Lloyd
Jessica Lubowsky
Sareen Sarna

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.

Mauret Brinser — Board President

Mauret is the Executive Director at The ALS Association Northern New England Chapter. In her role, Mauret is responsible for the overall operations of the chapter as well as implementing strategic initiatives to provide care and support to those impacted by ALS in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Mauret has dedicated over 20 years of her career in health care including, most recently, her role as Vice President of Business Development at Concord Regional VNA, where she was responsible for raising awareness and utilization of hospice in the greater Concord region. Mauret has seen first hand the benefits of hospice to those in need of support at end of life. It is these benefits that inspired her to join the board of directors at Hospice Help Foundation. Mauret lives in Hampton with her husband and two pugs. In her spare time, she enjoys exercise, time with family and visiting a local skilled nursing facility with her therapy dog, Magoo.

Anne McSally – Vice 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 join the board of Hospice Help Foundation and support its important vision and critical community mission.

Michael Murphy — Treasurer

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 Swenson Tuttle — Secretary

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 two sons.

Whitney Gagnon

Whitney is an attorney at McLane Middleton focusing her practice in estate planning and elder law, including Medicaid planning. Whitney assists clients in establishing comprehensive estate plans, including advance directives to ensure that an individual’s financial and health care wishes are followed later in life or in the event of incapacity, and sophisticated tax planning strategies and trusts. She advocates for individuals with special needs and helps to develop and implement special needs trusts designed to support these clients. Whitney is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). As part of the NAELA’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee, she represented New England in a team of practitioners throughout the nation to co-author the Second Edition of the NAELA Aspirational Standards, which are ethical guidelines and best practices for elder law and special needs law attorneys. Whitney is excited to join Hospice Help Foundation’s Board of Directors and to support enhancing quality of life for those in need.

Kathleen Keating

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

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.