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Coalition of Caring

11th Annual Caregiver’s Conference


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Courtyard Marriot,

Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

About the Caregiver’s Conference Presenters:


Polly Bernard is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in NH.  For the past 21 years, she has worked as a social worker in various settings including hospitals, in the school system and currently at the VA where she enjoys her role as Caregiver Support Coordinator. 


Beverly Bolduc, has worked has a Registered Nurse for 39 years, primarily in psychiatry. Over the years she has done a variety of things, from case management to working in both inpatient and outpatient settings for mental health. She has been in the US Army Nurse Corps for 30 years, now inactive. She was a direct commission in psychiatry. As an Army nurse she had the benefit of working with both, individuals with mental illness and veterans with substance abuse issues.  In her present role as caregiver support coordinator she provides support to those that provide care and support to veterans who have physical and/or psychological problems. She lives in Concord, NH with her youngest daughter and dog, Opie. She attended nursing school in Maine and New Hampshire.


John S. Kitchen is an attorney with offices in the Lakes Region and in the Manchester area. John prepares powers of attorney, wills and trusts, including revocable trusts, special needs trusts, family gift trusts and charitable trusts. John graduated from Williams College and Boston University School of Law. John served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire, and also as a member of the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association. John has written articles published by NH Bar Journal, the National College of Probate Judges and the Research Institute of America (RIA). He has also participated in drafting legislation enacted into law by Congress and the New Hampshire Legislature.



Jeannine Leclerc is a member of the NH Brain Injury Executive Board, and is co-chair and founder of the Monadnock Regional Brain Injury Steering Committees.   She has taught in the Monadnock Regional school district and is currently a High School Integration Specialist.  Jeannine is a fitness Instructor at the Keene Family YMCA. In 1999, Jeannine's eleven year old son suffered a moderate head injury from an 18 passenger van hitting them.  Later that same year, her fifteen year old son was riding a three wheeler at his friend’s house without a helmet, the brakes failed and he suffered a traumatic head injury.  Since these accidents, Jeannine has tried to encourage, promote awareness, support, and educate others about brain injuries and the effects on survivors and their families. Yoga and mindfulness is a vehicle Jeannine uses to help cope with stress, share her experiences with others, and balance her mind, body, and spirit.”


Saundra Maisey is a Certified Laughter Leader (CLL), associated with the World Laughter Tour since August, 2005.  Upon completion of training as a CLL she established her organization – Granite State Giggles, Laugh Free and Live!  She has led Laughter Clubs and workshops for businesses and organizations across the country and internationally.  She makes laughter a daily activity in her life and is a catalyst for laughter with family and friends. Saundra is not a humorist or comedian; she merely loves to laugh, and to share the benefits of laughter with others.   Prior to becoming a CLL, Saundra’s professional life has included public school music teacher, retail sales, and systems development and design for a Fortune 500 Company for 30 plus years. 


Rebecca Rule is a storyteller and story collector. For ten years she hosted the NH Authors Series on NH-PBS. She currently hosts Our Hometown also on NH-PBS. Each program features a different New Hampshire town, its stories told by its citizens. She says what she learned in hospice training and over the years at this conference from workshops and participants helped her be a caregiver to her mother.


Kathleen Rusnak is an ordained Lutheran pastor with a doctorate in Psychology and Religion. She has been the pastor of three Lutheran congregations, a hospice chaplain in two hospices, and the director of spiritual care and bereavement at The Connecticut Hospice (the first hospice in the United States).  She lived and worked in Israel for over two years as the director and study coordinator of the theological department at a post-Holocaust Christian European kibbutz in the Galilee, which focused on repentance and renewal towards the Jewish people.


Bernie Seifert is the Director of Adult Programs at National Alliance on Mental Illness NH (NAMI NH) in New Hampshire.   She is also on staff at the Northern New England Geriatric Education Center at the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging in Lebanon, NH.  She earned her MSW degree from Boston University in 1984 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Hampshire since 1988.  Over the past several years, she has conducted numerous trainings for varied audiences, including programs focusing on care giving, dementia, mental health and suicide prevention.  She facilitates a twice-monthly, caregiver support and education group for family members of individuals with dementia at the Aging Resource Center in Lebanon, NH.   



Donna McCarten White is a consultant Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She holds an MSN from the University of Massachusetts/Boston.  She is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor with an additional certification in advanced Drug and Alcohol Counseling, is certified in Chemical Dependency and Addictions Nursing, and is certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health Nursing.  She is certified by the Green Cross Foundation as an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue concerns and is a specialist in Addictive Disorders, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals.  In addition, she is a member of the International Trauma Specialists.   Dr. White is a Clinical Instructor for Boston Area Colleges of Nursing, graduate NP programs as well as baccalaureate level for Community Health Clinical work, and is a Visiting Scholar for local colleges.