New Futures

Michele Merritt, president and chief executive officers of New Futures; Schelley Rondeau of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, and Jess Wojenski of New Futures. (Courtesy photo)

LACONIA — This month, several Lakes Region health service providers were honored by New Futures, a New Hampshire health policy and advocacy organization, for their work to support children and families locally and throughout the Granite State.

At its annual awards event in Concord, New Futures recognized Schelley Rondeau of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Daisy Pierce of Navigating Recovery, Kelley Gaspa of the Partnership for Public Health, and Erin Pettengill of the Lakes Region Community Services Family Resource Center for their efforts to expand access to family supports and services.

“Together and separately, these women have impacted the lives of thousands in the Lakes Region and around the entire state,” said Michele Merritt, New Futures president and chief executive officer. “They have provided critical supports and services to children and families in need, and have helped to build a network of services that will only grow in the years to come. Their work embodies New Futures’ mission, and sets an important standard for all of New Hampshire to follow.”

Schelley Rondeau, pediatric nurse program coordinator for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, was awarded the New Futures Jennifer Wierwille Norton Advocacy in Action Award. Throughout the 2019 legislative session, Rondeau worked to advocate for the state’s Medicaid Home Visiting programs and inspired others to get involved. Due in part to her efforts, lawmakers voted to expand eligibility for these critical family support programs.

Daisy Pierce, executive director of Navigating Recovery, received the New Futures Health and Wellness Scholarship. Through her work, Pierce addresses the ongoing addiction epidemic, educating recovery coaches to support patients and hosting trainings to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder.

Kelley Gaspa, assistant director and director of behavioral health initiatives at the Partnership for Public Health, was awarded the New Futures Madeline Demuele Behavioral Health Scholarship. Gaspa works with school districts and community partners to improve the health and wellness of kids in the Winnipesauke region through targeted prevention initiatives.

Erin Pettengill, vice president of the Lakes Region Community Services Family Resource Center, received the New Futures Kids Count Scholarship. Pettengill helps the center support more than 500 families and 1,000 children each year. She focuses on moving New Hampshire health and wellness forward, by working to amplify family voices and improve civic engagement among her clients.

To learn more about New Futures, visit www.new-futures.org.

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