Chandra, a positive energy person, brings a unique blend of clinical and leadership expertise to her role as the Executive Director for Pemi-Baker Community Health. She strives to create a “culture of excellence” in the work place where staff are engaged, enjoying the work they do, and treating others as they would want to be treated. Chandra earned a B.S. in Nursing at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and her MBA from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. Currently Chandra serves on the Home Care Association of NH and the Central New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Boards, Central NH Health Partnership, Rural Healthcare Association, Plymouth State University Nursing Honor Society and Nursing Advisory Board, and the Central Service Health Network. She is a member of the NH Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association and has been active in the Emergency Nurses Association, and White Mt Chapter of Critical Care Nurses. Chandra participates in emergency preparedness efforts and public health initiatives in New Hampshire. Chandra’s inspiration is rooted in being part of establishing and sustaining a pro-active work culture in which there is respect of each person as an individual. One of her goals is to keep healthcare local and to collaborate with others to make positive improvements. In her own words, “It is energizing to be part of an organization that offers programs and health care covering prevention to treatment and support from infancy through to the last stage of life.” Born in Massachusetts, she spent seven years of her early life in Kenya, Africa. Chandra was home schooled by her mother until fourth grade when she attended a local missionary school and then moved on to boarding school in Nairobi for grade six. Without the presence of television, she spent much time out of doors with her siblings enjoying the creativity of outside play that Africa offered and developed a love of books and making doll clothes. A mother of two boys, she enjoys hiking, quilting, and is an avid reader. Chandra’s professional expertise includes: Nursing in Medical Surgery, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Recovery Room, Home care and Hospice. Profit and nonprofit administrative background includes management of home care and hospice, Vice President of Diagnostic Services at LRGHealthcare and ICU/ED Manager at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster, NH.
Amy is the Human Resource (HR) and Administrative Director and has been with the organization since April 2002. She is a native of NH having grown up in Plymouth and is now residing in Campton. With a soft heart for all four legged creatures, it is not surprising she now has four wonderful rescue dogs, 4 rescue cats including one diabetic foster and is a strong advocate for all animals. As a proud mom, she is very involved in her son’s many extracurricular activities including the local youth hockey league. She graduated from Plymouth State College with her BA in English – writing, received her HR certificate from Southern NH University, obtained her MBA from Walden University and just recently passed her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) Exam. Amy’s responsibilities are diverse and include work with the Board of Trustees, to credentialing and grant writing. She appreciates the way Pemi-Baker’s four programs give back to the communities, and enjoys a family focused and family –like work environment that values a balance of work and home life.
Barbara received an Associate Degree in Accounting at Lakes Region Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Minor in Mathematics from Plymouth State University. She was on the Dean’s List and the President’s list and received the Outstanding Business Student Award. She has worked for PBCH for since first in Home Health and Hospice Billing and now as the Finance Director. As an employee, Barbara is very dedicated, self-motivated, and the go to person for many of the IT questions for the organization. Barbara was born in southern New Hampshire and as a young child enjoyed hiking, bike riding, and collecting animals. These activities continued to be a part of her life along with the added interest in Yoga, snow showing and walking. Barbara’s family consists of her husband, four children, grandchildren and cats. She enjoys doing many activities with her family while, also, appreciating the quietness of her own person.
Kara Hamill inspires excellence in her staff in her role as the Operations Director overseeing PBCH’s Outpatient Rehab, Aquatic & Fitness program as well as Home Care and Hospice rehab therapies. She was born in North Carolina. Her education includes a BA in Biology/Psychology at Hartwick College in 1990, a BS in Physical Therapy in 1993 from Russell Sage College and an MBA from the University of Buffalo in 1998. Employment at a Buffalo facility included outpatient senior therapist, followed by Director of the facility. She worked at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor as a staff clinician. In 1998, she achieved Board certification in Geriatrics. Effective communication with patients and staff is a primary challenge for Kara, as the importance of matching goals with receptive intake is vital to the success of any program. Inspiration for Kara comes from the determination and fortitude of patients who strive to reach a difficult challenge. In turn, her challenge is to take a complex problem and break it down to small steps, enabling patient success. As a youngster, Kara’s favorite recreational activities were ice skating and horseback riding. Now a mother of five children, three boys and two girls, she has become a permanent cheering mom, enjoying their sports activities. She likes to cross-country ski in the winter months while the summer time offers sailing in Maine where she can watch her children learn the sport with their grandparents. Camping vacations in Montauk, NY are always enjoyed as family time.
A Center Harbor native, Danielle is a graduate of Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith, NH. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in recreation management from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and her associates degree in nursing science from Lakes Region Community College in Belmont, NH. She began her nursing career as a Licensed Nursing Assistant and then became a Registered Nurse. In addition to nursing she has past experience as a lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, Ski patroller, Wilderness First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician. Her nursing experience includes eldercare, OBGYN, long term care and hospice. Danielle was the founder of Sanctuary Home Health Nursing, a home health agency that was licensed by the State of New Hampshire to provide home health care services. Danielle is proud to be part of the Pemi-Baker Homecare, Palliative and Hospice team and is excited to assist with the continued growth and success of the agency. When not working, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, skiing and landscaping.
Matt joined the PBCH Rehab Therapies staff in 2010 after earning his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Franklin Pierce University. The breadth of his practice continually expands and includes his knowledge in manual physical therapy. He is certified in Upper & Lower Extremity Active Release Techniques (ART), Trigger Point Therapeutic dry-needling using acupuncture needles to treat soft tissue trigger points and nerve related symptoms, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and is currently enrolled in MedBridge Online PT seminars, always striving to stay up to date with the most current treatment trends and research in the field. For Matt, “Rehabilitation is a collaboration between the patient and the therapist. I believe that excellent outcomes are to be expected if both parties fulfill their roll and bring honest effort to the equation. I am inspired by my patients who truly put forth their time and effort to help themselves succeed. It is the ultimate reward for both myself as a physical therapist and for a patient when they are able to return to doing the things they enjoy.” Matt had clinical affiliations in Maine working in a sports facility and in Utah where he was employed in a spine facility. His wife and 2 sons keep him busy, and he enjoys hiking, biking, skiing going to the beach and the many recreation sports that the White Mountains offer.
Ernie Roy joined and PBCH in 2010, bringing his vast knowledge, a great sense of humor, and his commitment to his profession to the home health clientele. He has numerous areas of special clinical interest including home health, orthopedics, industrial rehabilitation, functional capacity evaluation, and strength training. Over the past 30 years, Ernie has many published topics and has created and taught a variety of educational presentations both for colleagues as well as clients, on subjects ranging from Treatment of Lower Back Pain, Assessing Physical Function in various populations, Challenges of an Aging Workforce, and Evidence Based Chronic Care Management. Ernie’s educational background includes a BA in Sociology from Bates College in 1983, a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 1987 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2006. He is always learning, always researching, and sharing that knowledge with his clients and coworkers. During the course of his work week, Ernie’s inspiration often comes from the patients who refuse to give up in spite of their medical conditions. He believes that, “you can always do a little more than you think you can, but the challenge to do so can sometimes be awesome.” For the future, he hopes to stay active in his profession well into his 70’s, pursuing the constant stream of professional learning and discovery. In his own words, “I still get a real boost from seeing people making progress and striving to recover. After all these years, this is still something I never tire of.” For Ernie, life centers on his 5 children and his wife. Favorite activities include spending time with his family, reading, weightlifting, home repair projects and being competent in the specialized areas of his profession. His love of the ocean is strong and deep. As a teenager, Ernie held a Maine state record in power lifting with a 500 lbs. dead lift, a special accomplishment for anyone and his love of the sport continues!
Lisa’s passion is helping people live out their lives with the dignity and grace they deserve, in the way they choose. She loves to garden, hike, read and exercise in her free time.
Crystal became our membership and program supervisor last year. She can often be found helping out at the front desk when she’s not keeping everything running smoothly behind the scenes!