New Hampshire Children's Health Foundation History

The New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation was formed as the result of the merger between Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire and Matthew Thornton Health Plan. The Foundation, incorporated in October of 1997 (and originally known as the Healthy New Hampshire Foundation and then HNH Foundation), is organized and operates exclusively for charitable purposes.

Our Mission

To improve the health and wellness of New Hampshire’s population, with a focus on its most vulnerable children.

Our Values

We believe that vulnerable children should have the opportunity to thrive and grow to their full potential.

We support innovation creating positive systemic change.

We empower our stakeholders to make children’s lives better.

We fund proven, evidence-based strategies to improve children’s health.

We promise to deliver on our mission in a financially responsible manner.

We pride ourselves on being responsive, nimble and flexible.

Our Staff

Our staff members pride themselves on being responsive, collaborative and respectful. We welcome your call or email to answer questions or assist in other ways.

Gail Garceau


Patti Baum

Program Director

Leslie Craigen Headshot

Leslie Craigen, MHA

Finance/Administration Manager

Our Board

Our board is comprised of influential policy makers, health experts and advocates for children. Their continued imagination and guidance have inspired us to become a leading funder for children’s health in the state.

Alisa Druzba Headshot

Alisa Druzba, Chair

Director, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, NH Department of Health and Human Services

Keith J. Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP, Vice Chair

Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Lisa Kaplan Howe Headshot

Lisa Kaplan Howe, JD, Secretary

Senior Advisor, Public Consulting Group

Matthew Boyle Headshot

Matthew Boyle, CFP®, Treasurer

Empower Retirement

Bobbie Bagley Headshot

Bobbie Bagley, , MS, MPH, CPH, RN

Director, Division of Public Health and Community Services, City of Nashua

Mary Bidgood-Wilson, FNP CNM

Owner and Principal, Meredith Bay Consulting

Lisa Bujno, MSN, APRN

Assistant Medical Director, Ammonoosuc Community Health Center

Ben Chan Headshot

Benjamin Chan, MD, MPH

State Epidemiologist, NH Division of Public Health

Pamela Dinapoli

Pamela DiNapoli, PhD

Executive Director, New Hampshire Nurses Association


Kassie Eafrati

Director of Behavioral Health, Northern Health Services

Erin Hennessey

New Hampshire State Senate

AJ “Skip” Homicz, DDS, FAGD

Oral Health Access Champion

Roland Lamy Headshot

Roland P. Lamy, Jr., MBA

Principal, Helms and Company

Jonathan Oglebay

Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Bellwether Community Credit Union

Barb Wauchope Headshot

Barbara Wauchope, Ph.D.

Education Consultant