Board of Directors

Board of Directors—2017

Amy Smith – President
Rev. Joel Grossman – Vice President
Michael Murphy – Treasurer
Donna Lawrence – Secretary
Don Beeson
Kathleen Keating
Colleen Kurlansky
Jessica Lubowsky
Kate Swenson

Janet Prescott—Executive Director

Janet is the founder and Executive Director of Hospice Help Foundation. 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.

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 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.

Donna Lawrence—Secretary

Donna is a former teacher, who returned to the workplace after her six children were grown. Her second career was as a professional trainer and coordinator for hospice volunteers in the nonprofit sector, teaching hospice philosophy, and eventually becoming a hospice volunteer upon retirement. Donna’s commitment to advocating for hospice patients and her belief in the hospice philosophy extend beyond her membership on this board, and into her life’s work. Donna is an artist and designer, and is currently involved in numerous community organizations.

Don Beeson

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.

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.

Colleen Kurlansky

Colleen has over 25 years experience in marketing/business development, working with two of the largest law firms in NH (Devine Millimet and Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green). In 2013 she began a new career as a Strategic Marketing and Event Consultant. One of her clients is Phaneuf Funeral Homes/Cremation Society of NH,  where she provides services as their Caregiver Liaison. In this role, she connects with VNAs, Hospice Houses, Hospitals and other related facilities throughout northern New England. She also provides Community Outreach services for the Cremation Society of NH including “Understanding Cremation” Presentations at Senior Centers and Assisted Living Communities. Throughout her career, Colleen has been active in community engagement serving on various committees and has coached others to do the same. In addition to being a Board Member of the Hospice Help Foundation, she is a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association and serves on the NH Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s Golf Committee. She is a past member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Advisory Committee. She resides in Bow, NH with her husband, a 32 year veteran of the Manchester Police Department.

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.

Kate Swenson

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 modest 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.


Marsha Filion—Marketing and Development Director

Marsha worked for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic for over 15 years before returning home to the Seacoast area with her husband and two children. She now uses her editing skills and drive to support outstanding causes, including the Hospice Help Foundation, which makes such a tangible difference to people at a time when they are most vulnerable.