With a broad and extensive range of experience and skills, the leadership team at the Partnership for Public Health (The Partnership) provides strategy and day-to-day operational oversight for an agency dedicated to improving the health and well-being of those who live in, work in, or visit the Lakes Region.
Tamera “Tammy” Carmichael serves as the Partnership for Public Health’s Executive Director, a role she began in May 2020.
At the Partnership, she provides program oversight and management for all facets of the organization’s operation including the procurement of resources, development of organizational policies and procedures, execution of programs, and the evaluation of strategies and processes. All of which can only be accomplished by implementing best practices, cultivating community partnerships, and empowering diverse team members individually and collectively.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Tammy brings over 25 years of leadership experience mainly in non-profit healthcare settings. Most recently, she served at the Florida Department of Health (DOH) for more than twelve years as Program Development and Regional Contract Administrator in Alachua County Florida. In that role she: administered grant programs, managed contracts, and encouraged and empowered teams to achieve individual and systems outcomes. She also directed a partnership between Tobacco Free Alachua and the Alachua County Tobacco Control Program leading to the first ordinance in the Southeastern U.S. that increases the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21; achieved American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) accreditation for the Alachua County Diabetes Self-Management Education Program; initiated Green Dot GNV program to promote violence prevention; partnered with the United Health Foundation to open the Alachua County Health Department’s Dental Facilities, and served on the Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan steering committee. In addition, she is well versed in emergency preparedness, a requirement for DOH employees, and was tasked as a special needs shelter manager during deployment.
She is an honor graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa obtaining a Human Services degree, with a Sociology concentration as well as completing many professional certification programs over the years in leadership, contract management, and emergency preparedness.
“I look forward to using my passion for public health and my knowledge, skills, and abilities to build upon the strong foundation of commitment and collaboration towards community health and empowerment that already exists in this region!”
Marie Tule, CPA, MSA
Director of Finance
Marie Tule serves as the Partnership for Public Health’s Finance Director, a role she has held since 2013.
In this position, she supervises the accounting staff and leads the agency’s financial and budgeting operations which includes preparing and analyzing financial statements, budgeting and forecasting and overseeing contracting and billing activities and reporting.
Prior to joining the agency, Marie managed federal compliance and financial statement audits for many years, and also held finance positions in commercial entities.
Marie is a Certified Public Accountant CPA) and holds an MS in Accountancy from Bentley University in Waltham, MA and a BA from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.
An active volunteer, she serves as Treasurer and Finance/Audit Committee Chair for the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, and on the NH Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Nonprofit Committee.
“I believe in the public health mission of the Partnership and the staff’s positive impact on the lives of people in the region.”
Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response
John Beland serves as The Partnership’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager, a role he has held since 2017.
At the agency, John is responsible for all areas of emergency preparedness and training and works closely with area town officials, health officers, emergency management directors, fire/rescue workers, police, schools and others to: limit illness and death, preserve continuity of government/business, minimize social disruption and minimize economic loss.
Prior to joining the Partnership, he served as Deputy Coordinator, Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid (LRMFA), which provides emergency communications and other value-added services to 35 communities across central NH. Prior to his work at LRMFA he served 30 years with the Gilford Fire-Rescue Department retiring as Chief of the Department in 2011. He also currently serves as Senior Staff Instructor at the NH Fire Academy.
John holds an A.S. in Fire Protection from New Hampshire Technical College in Laconia, is a Certified Public Manager and holds a number of professional certifications including from the Center for Domestic Preparedness, National Fire Academy and state and regional programs.
He serves on several community boards including Leadership Lakes Region, the Gilford Rotary Club, and the St Baldrick’s Foundation Childhood Cancer Fundraiser as event organizer.
“I have been involved with the Partnership for Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness Council as an emergency responder. The work of the Partnership for Public Health, the Winnipesaukee Public Health Region is critical to the region should there be a public health emergency. I enjoy working collaboratively with our local community partners, and emergency responders to make a positive impact in the communities we serve.”
Carissa Elphick, MA, CIRS-A/D
Director of Human Service Programs
Carissa Elphick serves as Director of Human Service Programs and is responsible for leading all aspects of the agency’s efforts to support social determinants of health in the region through direct services. In addition, she has served as the Director of ServiceLink programs in Belknap and Carroll counties since 2017 and Interim Executive Director of Community Health Services Network, LLC.
Carissa joined ServiceLink in 2014 working as an Options Counselor for the Belknap County office. Prior to joining the organization, she was a forensic interviewer with the Merrimack County Advocacy Center in Concord.
She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire in Durham and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, ME.
Carissa holds a broad range of professional certifications and is a graduate of Leadership Lakes Region (class of 2017). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Gilford Neighbors, a community group supporting aging in place, social engagement, and volunteerism among older adults. She is also a parent representative for Laconia Youth Alliance.
“I love working in the community where I live and serving the older adults within our region. We are all aging and it’s important that we empower our community members with education, supports, and resources to make informed decisions regarding healthy aging and wellness.”
Director of Prevention Strategies
Kimbly Wade is the Substance Misuse & Suicide Prevention Manager for the Partnership for Public Health and serves as the Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator for the Winnipesaukee Region within the NH Regional Public Health Network (RPHN). She has also carried out work as the Young Adult Strategies Coordinator and the Continuum of Care Facilitator for the Partnership within the RPHN.
At the Partnership, Kimbly is responsible for substance misuse and suicide prevention work, which can also include social, emotional, and mental health as these often impact and influence substance use and suicide. She works directly with all sectors of the community to ensure that appropriate information, effective approaches, and evidence-based practices are being implemented. Her work for communities in the region supports prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery across the life span.
Prior to joining the Partnership in 2017, Kimbly was employed by LRGHealthcare in Laconia for several years as an Insurance Enrollment Coordinator and Patient Financial Counselor, helping those uninsured or under insured obtain health coverage and minimize their out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Prior to that, she worked for NFI North in Concord in a supervisory role preparing and transiting individuals from life within a residential group housing program into living independently in a community-based setting.
Kimbly graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration that had a concentration in Organizational Leadership and a minor in International Business (Magna Cum Laude). She also holds an Associates degree in Business Management (Summa Cum Laude) from New Hampshire Community Technical College.
Kimbly is a member of the Gilford Rotary, the Partners in Community Wellness (PiCWell), the Suicide Prevention Conference Planning Committee, and the Survivor of Suicide Loss Subcomittee. She also participates in the planning and leadership of several other startup programs within the region.
“I value the meaningful work of the Partnership, especially as it is entirely collaborative in nature and inclusive in its approach. I firmly believe that when we work together, we accomplish so much more than we ever could when we endeavor alone.”