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Meet the Team!

A talented team of statewide leaders and specialists have guided this unique all-volunteer program since April 2020. 

Thomas M. Sherman, M.D., State Senator - District 24, serves as Chairman and liaison to the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the COVID Alliance Senior Support Team (SST). As a State Rep from 2012-2016 and now in his second term as the New Hampshire State Senate’s only physician, Dr. Tom Sherman has been a leader for healthcare and public health in Concord. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Sherman’s leadership, experience and expertise is being put to good use. The Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has appointed him to serve on the state’s Crisis Standards of Care State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee. The Secretary of State asked him to bring his healthcare and election law expertise to the Select Committee on 2020 Emergency Election Support, making recommendations for ensuring the safety of both voters and election workers in the 2020 elections. Dr. Sherman is a co-founder of the SST. Senator Sherman serves on the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and the Senate Transportation Committee as well as more than fifteen committees, commissions and councils.

Daniel Curtis serves as the Executive Director of the SST. Daniel is a campaign data expert, prolific organization builder, academic research leader, and policy analyst with experience in several sectors. Daniel recently served as the Illinois Data Director for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign, data consultant to the Vote Yes for Fair Tax campaign in Illinois, and Deputy Data Director for the 2020 Maine Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Before his campaign work, Daniel managed research labs in the MIT Sloan School of Management focused on AI policy and US economic policy. Daniel also studied electricity markets, energy policy, thermal engineering, and nuclear plant design in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Daniel is a co-founder of the SST.

Judith Joy, PhD, RN serves as the Statewide Volunteer Coordinator of the SST. Judy’s nursing history includes critical care, informatics consulting, and education. Her volunteer history includes several leadership roles, most recently in the NH Nurses Association as President of the Board and currently as President of the Nursing Education Multistate Division, a business collaborative of American Nurses Association constituent states. She has been with the SST since its start in April 2020. Most recently she has joined many other nurses in volunteering as a vaccinator at several sites.

Shelly Kayser, MSN, RN currently serves as a Deputy Statewide Coordinator, Outreach Director, and Liaison for the SST. Nursing is her second career with her first being in Marketing/Sales. Shelly graduated from nursing school in 1998 and has a background in acute care and school nursing and has worked in Medical/Surgical/Orthopedic units as well as Cardiac/Telemetry, Intermediate Care and Observation. Most recently she has been employed as a school nurse. She earned her Master's degree in Nursing Education in 2017. She has been with the SST since its start in April 2020. She has most recently been a volunteer vaccinator at one of the NH state-run fixed vaccination sites.

L. Renee Solomon, BSN, MBA currently serves as a Deputy Statewide Coordinator and Liaison in the SST; she formerly served as a Regional Coordinator. She has been a nurse for forty five years, starting her career as a kidney transplant and cranio-facial reconstruction nurse at Children’s Hospital in Boston and an in-patient oncology nurse at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. After obtaining her MBA from Northeastern University in 1984, she shifted her career focus to occupational health and the business side of healthcare. She completed her career in 2017 as a Major Case Nurse Consultant and Nurse Case Manager for The Hartford Insurance Company, (working remotely) overseeing 38 states in workers’ compensation. She has been with the SST since its start in April 2020. She has most recently been a volunteer vaccinator at one of the NH state-run fixed vaccination sites.

Carole T. Boutin, DNP, MS, RN, CNE, serves as a Deputy Statewide Coordinator, Regional Coordinator, and Liaison in the SST. She has been a nurse for over forty years with experience in Management, Perioperative Nursing, School Nursing, Nursing Education, Community Health Nursing, Pediatrics, and Gerontology. She is a published author and has been a nurse peer reviewer. She has been with the SST since its start in April 2020. Currently she also serves as a Co-Lead for the NH Action Coalition.

Mitch Hankin currently serves as a Deputy Statewide Coordinator in the SST; he formerly served as a Regional Coordinator and Liaison. He retired after a successful career with Stryker Medical EMS as a territory manager. He has been involved in EMS for over 40 years, 25 as a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic. He has been with the SST since August 2020. Mitch is still actively volunteering with the Seacoast Medical Reserve Corp (SMRC), Covid-19 vaccination clinics, and as a volunteer tax aide with the AARP. Mitch earned a BA in Management from Granite State College.  

Deb Baker, MLIS, MS serves as the Chief Librarian of the SST. She built and manages the SST’s COVID-19 FAQ Library. She is library director at Manchester Community College and volunteer coordinator for Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home, a household carbon footprint tracker.

Carla Smith, MSN, RN, NCSN currently serves as an Onboarding Coordinator in the SST; she formerly served as a Regional Coordinator. Carla has been a nurse for 18 years, with experience in school nursing, public health, emergency trauma care, critical care, and cardiac telemetry. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at MCPHS University in Manchester and has brought the SST core principles of leadership, advocacy, and collaboration into her classroom. She has been with the SST since its start in April 2020. In addition to her volunteer SST role, Carla serves as the co-chair of the NHNA Commission on Government Affairs and is the legislative liaison for the NHSNA.

Stephanie Laurendeau, MSN, RN serves as an Onboarding Coordinator and Liaison with the SST. Stephanie has practiced nursing for twenty years in the state of New Hampshire. She has worked in the fields of community health, perioperative services and school nursing. Throughout her career Stephanie has enjoyed working as a mentor to new nurses. Stephanie has been with the SST since its start in April 2020.

Katie Lajoie currently serves as a Supply Coordinator and Liaison for the SST. Katie is a registered nurse from Charlestown. She worked for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for thirty-one years, the majority of time as a public health nurse with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.  That role nourished a longstanding interest in the relationship between public health and exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment.  Katie left state service in 2016 but remains active in environmental and public health causes.  She is a member of the New Hampshire Nurses Association and serves on the Commission on Government Affairs. She is also on the Board of Trustees at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. She has been with the SST since its start in April 2020. Katie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire.  

Jackie Baek developed and maintains the daily text message and daily update email system that has been in use since the launch of the SST. She is currently a PhD student at MIT, where she works on machine learning research. Prior to this, she studied computer science at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She has worked as a software engineer at several tech companies including Dropbox, Snapchat, and Bloomberg. 

April Phelps, DNP, MSN, RN served as Deputy Statewide Coordinator, Supply Coordinator, and Regional Coordinator for the SST from April 2020 until November 2020.  April has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years.  She started her career as an Army Nurse. She has a background in Maternal/ Child, Public Health, and Pediatrics. April deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a Congressional Taskforce on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response as a Nurse Victim Advocate Educator.  She currently works as a Clinical Adjunct Faculty at MCPHS and is transitioning to be a Nurse Educator for Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital.  She serves as a Health Officer for the Town of Fremont, educating the community about health threats and wellness.  As a prior foster parent for the State of New Hampshire, April is passionate about the needs of vulnerable populations such as children who have experienced trauma from abuse and neglect and elderly populations who are marginalized. 

Joe Haas served as the SST Data Director from April 2020 until August 2020. Joe has served in senior data management and analysis roles in many major political campaigns, including the Maine 2020 Coordinated Campaign, Warren 2020 Presidential Campaign, and Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign.

Wade Yount, MPAS, PA-C served as the Deputy Statewide Coordinator and as a Regional Coordinator for the SST from April 2020 until June 2020, during the disruption to his graduate studies at MCPHS University caused by COVID-19. Previously, Wade worked in IT as a Database Administrator and Technology Systems Administrator before becoming a member of Chicago EMS. He is currently a Physician Assistant in neighboring Vermont and still fixes GAS bugs as needed.

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