Board of Directors

Meet Our Board of Directors

Our Board Members come from all walks of life and from all across New Hampshire. Many are breast cancer survivors or have experienced the disease through a friend or family member. Our diverse backgrounds allow us to operate from a place of experience, knowledge, and compassion.

Tammie Larocque

President

Tammie serves as the president of NHBCC. Her breast cancer journey began in 2015 when she was diagnosed and had a double mastectomy. She is “extremely proud of the work the NHBCC does in advocating for and providing assistance to breast cancer residents of NH.” Tammie worked as an RN for 20 plus years and continues her work with breast cancer patients at a wig and mastectomy shop. In her free time she enjoys painting and making jewelry. Tammie is always available to help people through the tumultuous breast cancer journey.

Betsy Westgate

Vice President

Betsy is Vice President of NHBCC and a 20-year survivor of stage 3 lobular breast cancer. She was diagnosed at age 49, as her mother had been.  Betsy joined the Board in 2018 to help administer the Support Services Fund for women in treatment for breast cancer who are struggling financially.  She worked for six years as a lawyer in the NH Attorney General’s Office, after which she raised and homeschooled two children, now wonderful adults.  Now she divides her time between the SSF, her two grandchildren, her women’s a capella chorus in Nashua, and lots of walking and hiking.  She is inspired both by the memory of her mom’s 12-year battle with cancer and by the desire to see her 39-year-old daughter’s generation be breast cancer free.

Kristi Hallowell

Secretary

Kristi was diagnosed with breast cancer in Fall of 2021 and had a unilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. She is cancer free today. Her experience led her to reach out to NHBCC to help others who find themselves in a similar situation. Kristi received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Maine and her MBA from Rivier University. Presently, she is the North American Marketing Director for EMS at ZOLL Medical. She is a native of the seacoast of New Hampshire and currently calls Bedford home with her son Josh.

Jacqueline Staiti

Treasurer

Jackie is Treasurer of NHBCC. She joined the coalition in 2011 and has served on many committees including lobbying. As founder and owner of Amanda Thomas, a wig & mastectomy boutique in Merrimack, Jackie sees the financial stress that treatment can bring to women diagnosed with breast cancer and wanted to do her part to help.

Sally Heuchling

Sally joined NHBCC in 2020 and is the board secretary.  As a 30- year breast cancer survivor, she has experienced the physical, emotional, and financial challenges brought on by breast cancer surgery, treatments, and recovery. Previously, Sally was trained as a gerontologist and worked in the field of aging – teaching courses and advocating for elders. Her second career was in Middle School Special Education.  She states that her life passion is supporting and making a difference in the lives of others. Sally enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her grandchildren, playing pickleball, and traveling.

Jane Edmunds

Jane, a 21-year breast cancer survivor, has served on the NHBCC Board of Directors since 2002. In 2006, she was instrumental in developing the Support Services Fund (SSF) that she has managed since then. “I’m so proud that the SSF can provide qualified breast cancer patients with a short-term financial safety net so that they can focus on getting well.”  Jane is a retired high school English teacher, college writing center director and hospital marketeer. When Jane is not working on the SSF, she spends time on her other passions … horseback riding, travelling and visiting grandkids.  She lives in the Nashua area with her husband, two horses and dog.

Nancy Snell

Nancy has served on the NHBCC Board of Directors since 2012. As a nurse working with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, she became familiar with NHBCC and their work in advocacy and patient financial support.  “My parents instilled in me the importance of volunteering for something you are passionate about. NHBCC has proven to be a great fit.  I love receiving the heartfelt notes of thanks from the patients and families we have helped.” Nancy lives with her husband in the Manchester area.

Wendy Lambert

Wendy joined the Coalition in early 2022. After serving on her town’s school committee, Supervisor of the Checklist, Trustee of the Trust Funds, CASA, and other boards in her community for many years, an opportunity opened on the NH Breast Cancer Coalition board and Wendy couldn’t think of a more important and honorable board to serve on. Knowing many important people in her life who both have, and have had, breast cancer, she is motivated and believes this is beyond important work. Supporting women and men during and after breast cancer with the ultimate goal of a cancer free future is something she very much looks forward to one day.

Denise Jeffrey

Denise joined the Board of Directors in November of 2023. Denise graduated from Boston University with her degree in nursing. In 2007 she obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire. Since 2010 Denise has worked as a Nurse Practitioner at the Elliot Breast Health Center where she sees women who are at high risk for breast cancer. She also provides genetic risk assessment consultations and genetic testing. Denise’s passion has always been taking care of people diagnosed with cancer. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cycling and travel. She resides in southern New Hampshire.

Julie Parolin

Julie joined the NHBCC board in December of 2023. Recently retired, she had spent the last 25 years teaching students from kindergarten through high school levels. Her most recent teaching experience was as a mathematics teacher at the middle and high school level. Julie has lived through the breast cancer journey with very close relatives and has witnessed first hand the challenges and stresses of a diagnosis and then the treatment of breast cancer. Julie’s perspective is also from the viewpoint of family and friends supporting from the outside looking in. “When I first learned about The New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition, I was amazed at the broad range of help and positive support available to NH patients and their families. It is such an important causes”. Julie resides in Nashua with her husband where together they have raised three wonderful children. They also enjoy time with their spunky twin grandchildren. Julie enjoys reading, baking, swimming, and time boating on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Kristen Vachon

Kristen Vachon

Kristen was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2019 and had a bilateral mastectomy in January 2020. She is now cancer free. Since then, she has been actively spreading the word to family, friends, and others to get screened for breast cancer. Kristen has a bachelor’s degree in business management with a Certificate in Project Management, and has been in the project management field for 20 years. She is currently an IT Project Manager in the healthcare industry. Kristen loves travel, sightseeing, and learning about historical places. She also has a strong interest in medical science. She lives in Pembroke with her husband, two Standard Poodles, two ferrets and five chickens.