Board of Trustees

Our Board shapes Birch Hill into the type of independent living retirement community our residents and their families can be proud of. Our board members, many of whom you may know, serve as an experienced, voluntary group made up of lawyers, doctors, local politicians, business owners and current residents.

Stephen McPherson, Trustee and Chairperson

Steve is the former President and CEO of Masonicare, Connecticut’s largest provider of continuing care healthcare services to seniors including skilled nursing, long-term and dementia care, assisted living, home health and hospice care, as well as physician practices and retirement communities. Under Steve’s leadership, Masonicare experienced significant growth, especially in its retirement communities and in its home and community-based services. He joined Masonicare in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and President and CEO in 2005, retiring in September 2016.

Prior to joining Masonicare, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer of a large integrated delivery system that included a 500-bed major teaching hospital.

Among his distinguished professional activities, Steve has also served as:

  • Treasurer on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of LeadingAge, the Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization for seniors and senior care providers.
  • President of LeadingAge Connecticut, which in 2014 presented him with their Distinguished Service Award.
  • Past President of the Masonic Communities and Services Association.
  • Diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
  • Advanced Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
  • Former President of the Connecticut chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association.
  • Former faculty member in the Masters of Public Health program at the University of New Haven.
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University.

Steve has served on several statewide committees in Connecticut addressing healthcare issues including the State Rightsizing Strategic Plan for Long Term Care.

Donella Lubelczyk, Trustee and Vice Chair

Donella earned her BS in Nursing from Rivier College, St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. She began working for Catholic Medical Center (CMC) shortly thereafter as a Medical/Surgical Registered Nurse. Today, she is the Director of Revenue Cycle at CMC, where she works with the Chief Financial Officer to develop strategic plans and programs for the Revenue Cycle Team to ensure goals and objectives.

Donella is an Accredited Case Manager through the National Board for Case Management and her memberships include:

  • American Case Management Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • American Medical Billing Association.

Using her Lean Six Sigma skills she works with all departments at CMC to improve efficiency and maximization of reimbursement opportunities as well as decreasing errors and payment denials.

Judith Bomster, Trustee and Secretary

Judith received her BA from Rhode Island College, and her law degree magna cum laude from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire (now the UNH School of Law).

Her practice areas include:

  • Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Trust Administration
  • Elder Law

Ms. Bomster is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and former Vice Chair and current Chair (2015-present) of the NH Bar Association Ethics Committee. She is an associate member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national invitation-only association of special needs planning advisors, and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and former director of the NH Chapter of NAELA.

She is a frequent lecturer and educator in Estates, Trusts and Special Needs Trusts, including the NH Bar Association and private CLE programs, Boston Tax Institute, NH Society of CPA’s and local business and community groups, exhibiting her dedication to educating people on the benefits of proper estate and special needs planning.

Richard Alton Elwell, Jr., Trustee and Treasurer

Mr. Elwell holds a BS in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

Mr. Elwell is retired, now an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire and is a partner with Sprouts International in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was previously employed for 17 years by the Elliot Health System in Manchester, New Hampshire as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Elwell is a Certified Public Accountant with a license issued by the State of New Hampshire and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Janet Bamberg, Trustee

Ms. Bamberg is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Moore Center Services, Inc. of Manchester, New Hampshire. Ms. Bamberg’s previous positions included:

  • Board of Directors, Visiting Nurse Association of Middlesex East, Massachusetts
  • Chief Operating Officer, VNA Care Network, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Vice President, Massachusetts Easter Seals

Ms. Bamberg holds a BS from North Park College in Chicago, Illinois and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Ms. Bamberg holds a license as a registered nurse issued by the Massachusetts Board of Registration.

Carol Barrett, FHFMA, CPA, Trustee

Carol is the Director of Nursing Finance at Elliot Hospital. Elliot Health System (EHS) is the largest provider of comprehensive healthcare services in Southern New Hampshire and includes Elliot Hospital, a 296-bed acute care facility in Manchester.

Carol began her career with Ernst & Young as a member of the audit and consulting team with a focus on healthcare. She has worked in hospitals for over 20 years, some of her experiences include development and implementation of cost accounting systems, development of a case-based budget process, system-wide distribution of a productivity management system as well as the management of various accounting functions. Carol’s philosophy has always been one of clinical and financial collaboration.

Carol is a Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire. She has also achieved designation as a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA) and was awarded the Follmer Bronze Award through the NH/VT Chapter of HFMA.

Teresa Dainesi, Trustee

Teresa earned her BA in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. For the last 10 years, she has worked as a marketing and public relations consultant and freelance writer for a variety of clients.

Previously, she was Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing with Elliot Health System, where she was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing communications program for the hospital and its affiliates.

Presently, Ms. Dainesi works as Project Manager for Cookson Strategic Communications, a firm that helps clients increase their visibility with public relations, social media, marketing, and government relations services.

Ms. Dainesi is the author of a nationally-recognized blog that chronicles her parent’s journey with Alzheimer’s. Her writing has been featured on Huffington Post and other online and print publications.

Michael R. Dupuis, RPh, MHA, Trustee

Mike received his Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University. Mike has served in various leadership roles in pharmacy, hospital administration, and local non-profits for over 36 years.

Mike is currently serving as the Chief Pharmacy Officer for Winchester Hospital in Winchester, MA.  Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Clinical Services at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH. Mike also served as the Executive Director for the NH State Board of Pharmacy and the VP of Clinical and Support Services at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Mike began his career working in various senior leadership roles at both Catholic Medical and the Elliot Health System.

Mike has served on numerous nonprofit boards including:

  • New York Heart Association
  • The Merrimack Rotary Club
  • NAVAC Volunteer Ambulance Co. in North Syracuse
  • National Association of Board of Pharmacy

Dennis McMann, Resident Trustee

Dennis was raised in Groveton, NH and attended UNH. After his freshman year he enlisted in the US Army; while in the Army, he continued his education and received a BS in Business Administration in 1982.

Building on his Army computer experience he joined Houghton Mifflin as a computer operator, and then programmer. He then moved to Mailways Inc. as a Programmer Analyst, followed by Honeywell Information Systems as a Customer Systems Engineer. Digital Equipment Corp., DEC, hired him as a Software Specialist, and over the next 28 years, he moved through technical support, marketing, and product management to engineering management, becoming Group Manager for DEC Security Products Architecture and Engineering.

He retired in 2003, but soon joined two friends in starting Moisture Mapper International, Inc. to develop software applications for the water damage remediation industry. As VP/General Manager he handled day-to-day operations including product development and customer support. He turned the business over to the other partners, and then was recruited as Contract Administrator by MIT Lincoln Labs for a Top Secret Air Force program, retiring in 2012 when the project was completed.

Dennis came out of retirement once again to be hired by Windmill International, a Nashua NH defense contractor as Chief Operating Officer. He retired in 2015 for the last time.

Dennis has been a Rotarian for 13 years, serving as Club President, Treasurer, BOD member, and International Project Manager; District Governor, Secretary, Web Site Administrator, and Editor of the District Directory and Newsletter. He is a Rotary Leadership Institute Graduate and Instructor.

Dennis and his wife Donna moved to Birch Hill in 2017.

John Prochilo, Trustee

John received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is the Chief Executive Officer/Administrator of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network (NRH) whose main campus is in Salem, NH. NRH consists of three inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and a network of over 20 outpatient centers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

John has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Hospital Association and throughout the course of his career has worked with community groups who represent the disabled populations treated by NRH.

Patty McCartan Prue, Trustee

Patty McCartan Prue founded McCartan Consulting and is certified as an Executive Coach. Patty’s overall global business expertise includes executive coaching, Human Resource strategic leadership and oversight and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to establishing her coaching business, Patty was employed as The Vice President of Human Resources for Tyco International, which grew to become a 36B global company with over 240,000 employees.

As a graduate of Stonehill College, Ms. Prue now welcomes the opportunity to serve as a Trustee. Patty has also enjoyed serving locally in NH as Vice Chair, Governance Chair, Riverwoods of Exeter and previously at Exeter Health Resources. Patty is a member of Stonehill College’s Visiting Business Committee and has volunteered with Global Volunteers in Ghana and Por Cristo in Ecuador as well as other non-profit boards.

Joan Alayne Stevens, M.Ed., Trustee

Ms. Stevens graduated from the University System of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and a Masters in Health Education. She brings many years of experience in both health, wellness, and senior services. Ms. Stevens was the Program Director for the American Heart and American Lung Associations in New Hampshire, and most recently was Executive Director of Community Health and Wellness for the Elliot Health System.

Ms. Stevens is active in community service activities and has been a volunteer for AARP, a member of the Greater Manchester YWCA Board of Directors, Chair of NH Celebrates Wellness, and a Regional Board member for Child and Family Services. She is currently on the Board of the Goffstown Network Food Pantry Board, volunteer for Breathe New Hampshire, Senior Warden of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and Vice Chair of the Goffstown Democrats.

Susan Woods, Trustee

Susan holds an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and a BA from Colby College and brings over thirty years of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital experience to the Birch Hill Board of Trustees. Her industry experience was acquired in companies spanning insurance, reinsurance, healthcare, direct marketing, and technology. She is currently Principal of Chartworth, LLC strategy consulting and investment banking for business owners in northern New England.

Susan serves on the Board of Directors of the Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire, Associated Grocers of New England, and the New Hampshire High Technology Council.

Justine Vogel, President and Trustee, The RiverWoods Group

A graduate of Rutgers University School of Business with a BS in Accounting, Justine began work at RiverWoods as part of the pre-opening team in June, 1994. Her tenure at RiverWoods began as the Director of Accounting, with growth into the role of CFO in 1997, COO in 2005, and President/CEO in 2007.

Ms. Vogel’s prior experience includes several years in auditing and financial analysis with Arthur Andersen & Co., Ernst & Young, and Chubb Life Insurance Company. She is a certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey and serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for LeadingAge of Maine and New Hampshire.

Ms. Vogel has lectured at the University of New Hampshire and is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national industry conferences on topics including strategic management, growth planning, culture development, and financial oversight.