Community Engagement Advisory Board

The Community Engagement Advisory Board (CEAB) advises the SYNERGY Executive Committee, providing feedback on SYNERGY's impact in the community and efforts to address community health concerns.

The CEAB consists of health professionals, community leaders, and government representatives. It meets quarterly to discuss health-related issues in regional communities, community-academic partnerships, and SYNERGY's success in addressing community health concerns. The CEAB aims to support collaborative, sustainable, and mutually beneficial research projects, achieved through discussion among academicians and community groups.

Board Members

Paul Barr, PhD
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Maureen Boardman, APRN, MSN
Little Rivers Health Care Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
Trinity Early, MEd
Community Representative, Claremont, NH
Alice R. Ely, MPH
Executive Director, Public Health Council of the Upper Valley
Dietre Feeney, BS
Community Representative, Bethel, VT
Kyle Fisher, MBA
Executive Director, LISTEN Community Services
Sara Kobylenski, MSW
Former CEO, The Upper Valley Haven
Kathleen Lyons, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Peter Mason, MD
Family Physician, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
Ardis Olson, MD
Medical Director of PBRN Co-op
Carol Stamatakis, JD
Executive Director of Senior Solutions, Southeastern VT
Marcos Stafne, PhD
Executive Director, Montshire Museum of Science
Matthew Vincenti, PhD
Director of the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center-White River Junction (VRHRC-WRJ)

The CEAB provides advice and direction for all community engagement research activities. We aim to:

  • Serve as an advocate for community interests in the community-engaged and community-placed research process.
  • Promote equal participation of community members and researchers in the interpretation and dissemination all research findings.
  • Prepare and disseminate to communities, researchers, and the SYNERGY Executive Committee an annual Community Engagement Research Advisory Report.
  • Provide oversight to ensure that community engaged research projects adhere to accepted principles and that it represents local community interests and protects vulnerable populations.
  • Recommend activities and structures that will foster the development of equitable community-academic research partnerships that result in sustainable change.
  • Identify community health priorities from available community health assessments or other health data and make recommendations on the use of SYNERGY resources to address them.
  • Sponsor community-academic exchanges and training to enhance communications, partnership building, and implementation and dissemination methodology.