Board of Directors
Mauret Brinser – President
Anne McSally – Vice President
Michael Murphy – Treasurer
Kate Swenson Tuttle – 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.
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.
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.
Jenny joins the Hospice Help Foundation with 25 plus years experience in the banking and finance industry and an affinity for all things Excel. She graduated from University of Utah with a Finance Degree and has contributed her finance and project management skills in leadership training, education and non profit industries. She has a lifelong passion to support others and balances her time with various community initiatives and with her husband and son in Portsmouth, NH.
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.
Sareen Sarna 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, VNA, Meals on Wheels for 500 in Cheshire County, the Castle Enrichment Adult Day Center, Healthy Starts and transportation funding through reimbursement sources, donations, and grants. For over 15 years, she has been a cross industry healthcare leader focused on growth, specialty programs and process implementation. She is a Certified End of Life Doula. Sareen has served on many boards and was a fundraising consultant for the Lighthouse Hospice Foundation which transitioned to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization when Beacon Hospice was acquired by Amedisys Hospice. A native New Yorker, Sareen went to Colby Sawyer College and never left NH for good, but moved to the Seacoast where she lives with her husband.
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.