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.

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.

  • Board Members

    Kelly Aschbrenner, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
    Professional Biography
    Roberta Berner, MA
    Executive Director, Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
    Professional Biography
    Maureen Boardman, APRN, MSN
    Little Rivers Health Care Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
    Professional Biography
    Trinity Dix, MEd
    Community Representative, Claremont, NH
    Professional Biography
    Aurora Drew, PhD
    Sullivan County Public Health Advisory Council
    Professional Biography
    Alice R. Ely, MPH
    Executive Director, Public Health Council of the Upper Valley
    Professional Biography
    Dietre Feeney, BS
    Community Representative, Bethel, VT
    Professional Biography
    Kyle Fisher, MBA
    Executive Director, LISTEN Community Services
    Professional Biography
    Nancy Frank, MPH
    Executive Director, North Country Health Consortium
    Director, Northern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center
    Professional Biography
    Richard E. Lee, MPH, MA
    Program Analyst, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Rural Health – National Rural Studies Team
    Professional Biography
    Peter Mason, MD
    Family Physician, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
    Professional Biography
    Rosemary Orgren, PhD
    Community Representative, Thetford, VT
    Professional Biography
    Anna Thomas, MPH
    Deputy Public Health Director, City of Manchester, NH
    Professional Biography