Project Leadership

Peter Janelle, LCMHC, Executive Director, Network4Health

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 Peter has been involved with the NH community mental health system of care for over 40 years. After working as a Mental Health Worker at New Hampshire Hospital for three years, he joined the staff of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester where he worked until his retirement in 2015. From 1999 until 2015, Peter served in the role of President and CEO of MHCGM. Following his retirement, he worked as a consultant until returning to full time employment with Network4Health in April of 2016. Peter has served on multiple boards and community action initiatives. Currently, he is on the Board of NAMI NH and serves as that Board’s president 

Geoffrey Vercauteren, Director of Workforce Development

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Geoff has nearly 25 years of experience in workforce development, career counseling and professional coaching. He has worked in both the public and private sectors and has dedicated his career to expanding opportunities for people to find meaningful work and family sustaining jobs. Geoff has held a number of positions in various boards and committees.  However, he has devoted his time as a Director of Workforce Development for multiple regions; including the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. As Director of Workforce Development for Network4Health his focus is on building the behavioral health workforce by increasing the pipeline of professionals entering the field; providing access to professional development opportunities to create a competent and confident behavioral health workforce; encourage the educational advancement of incumbent workers, and implement retention strategies to increase engagement and decrease turnover within the region. 

Laurie Diggins, RNC, BSN, MS,PMP. Director of Health Information Technology

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Laurie comes to the IDN with more than 30 years experience in healthcare, information technology and project management.  Post graduate work in multiple sectors including vendor, client, technology and clinical positions has given her a unique perspective to support the waiver program.  As a Registered Nurse and Certified Emergency Room nurse Laurie understands integrated healthcare at the ground level and has used that experience to drive innovative ideas for partners to enhance care through technology.

Ann Turner, MS, RN, CCM, Clinical Director Integrated Healthcare

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Ann received her BSN from Georgetown University, her MS in Health Informatics and Management from the University of Massachusetts, and is a past National Rural Health Association Fellow. She has more than 25 years’ experience in provider, payer and community-based environments bringing a comprehensive knowledge of vulnerable populations and patient centered care coordination. Additionally, Ann  has experience successfully building collaborative relationships across multi member systems, improving processes and stakeholder engagement with an innovative, systems thinking approach; specializing in integrated health care delivery. She previously worked for Accenture, Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma, Tufts Health Plan and McKesson Health Services, and in clinical roles both in the acute care and community based settings.

Meaghan Johns, LICSW, Director of Care Transitions

Meaghan graduated from UNH with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has been working in direct clinical service for almost 10 years, primarily at The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. Her roles within MHCGM have ranged from working in their Supported Employment department, to the Court Liaison for the Mental Health Court to the ACT team as a clinician and most recently as the ACT Assistant Coordinator. Her experience ranges from community based case management, providing various Evidence Based Practices (IDDT, DBT, IMR) to individuals in the community, to Emergency Services. Her experience with Evidence Based Practices and community based case management has prepared her for this role as the Director of Care Transitions as she is uniquely aware of the nuances of utilizing an EBP, and the resources and challenges that exist within our community for individuals who are at points of critical transition.

Carol Furlong, Director of Partial Hospitalization Program

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Carol graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and from Rivier College with a Master’s in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration. With over forty-four years of professional experience, she has worked in a variety of settings nationally and internationally. Working as a Department of the Army employee in Europe, she developed both educational and substance use programs, working collaboratively with Army leadership. She was requested to return to Europe as a presenter, identifying the need for family therapy for those individuals presenting with substance use difficulties. She has continued to develop both substance use and mental health programs over the last thirty-six years in both Partial Hospitalization, outpatient settings and Emergency Room settings. More recently, Carol developed a fully-integrated Federally Qualified Healthcare Center for the Homeless providing a comprehensive continuum of primary care, behavioral health and dental services. Additionally, she was an adjunct faculty member of both Rivier College and Springfield College for over twenty years. She was identified as one of the 25 Extraordinary Women of Nashua, NH in 2014 and has been a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations. Currently, Carol is the Director of Substance Use Services for Elliot Hospital and is expanding an array of services including the Hillsborough County North Drug Court, a co-occurring Partial Hospitalization Program (for both substance use and mental health issues), a Medication Assisted Treatment program and the development of substance use services in the Emergency Department.

Katie Sawyer, LICSW, MLADC, Director of Integrated Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

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Katie graduated from UNH with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has been working in direct clinical service for over fourteen years, in numerous locations throughout NH. Her experience includes working in a number of host settings including the legal and correctional system(s), a primary care office, and numerous school settings. For the last 8 years, Katie has been employed by the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester; initially as the Court Liaison for the Mental Health Court Program, to most recently as an Outpatient Clinician, providing direct care to individuals with numerous co-occurring disorders.  Her experience has allowed her to be involved in integrated care in numerous capacities, leading to an increased awareness and appreciation of the complexity and benefit that such a model provides for both care providers and consumers.