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.
Shelley Carita. MBA, CFRE
Shelley Carita serves as the Partnership for Public Health’s Executive Director, a role she has held since 2017.
At the Partnership, she oversees daily operations and directs strategy and growth for the organization. Shelley also serves as a significant public “face” of the organization by representing the Partnership in regional health care projects, with board volunteers, elected officials, business leaders and other key stakeholders.
Prior to joining the organization, she served as Vice President for Development for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. In that role, Shelley led marketing and development strategies and initiatives for the state’s preeminent organization serving NH’s blind and visually impaired. Other leadership positions have included Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Laconia and Concord, Case Management Supervisor for Lakes Region Community Council and Director of Social Services for Dover Housing Authority.
She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, a Master of Science Degree in Community Development from SNHU and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from New Hampshire College (Now known as SNHU).
Shelley holds a number of professional certifications and is active in the community including membership in the Gilford Rotary Club (Past President).
“As a long-time resident of the Lakes Region, I am happy to be working locally, helping to make a difference in improving the health and well-being of all who live in this wonderful community.”
Kelley Gaspa, MS, CPS
Assistant Director/Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives
Kelley Gaspa serves as the Partnership for Public Health’s Assistant Director/Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives, a role she has held since 2016.
In this position, she leads the agency’s initiatives around substance misuse and suicide, working with local and state organizations in this endeavor. She represents the Partnership in local and regional meetings and conferences and is a frequent public speaker on the opioid issue. She also serves a critical role on the Winnipesauke Public Health Council.
Prior to assuming her current role, Kelley was the agency’s Continuum of Care Coordinator and Regional Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator. Before joining the Partnership, she served as Outreach/Employment Specialist for the Health Profession Opportunity Project at Ascentria Care Alliance. She has also held leadership positions in the Laconia School District and the Children’s Exploratorium.
She holds a Master of Psychology Degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, a Bachelor of Science Degree (cum laude) from Granite State College in Concord and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Castle College in Windham. Kelley is a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) and was recognized in 2017 for her outstanding contributions in the field of substance misuse prevention as New Hampshire’s Prevention Specialist of the Year.
She serves on a number of community boards including: Winnipesaukee Partners in Community Wellness, NH Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly and the NH Prevention Certification Board.
“I enjoy being part of the outstanding team here at the Partnership for Public Health. We are deeply committed to collaborating with our community partners to develop a comprehensive continuum of care that includes prevention, identification and early intervention, treatment, and recovery supports. Our work in substance misuse and suicide prevention is critical in cultivating well-informed and healthy communities throughout the Winnipesaukee Region of New Hampshire.”
Marie Tule, CPA, MSA
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.”
Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager
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 (current president) 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 Healthy Aging Initiatives
Carissa Elphick serves as Director of Healthy Aging Initiatives. In addition, she has served as the Director of ServiceLink programs in Belknap and Carrol counties since 2017.
At the Partnership, she is responsible for leading all aspects of the agency’s efforts around healthy aging and wellness.
Carissa joined ServiceLink in 2014 working as an Options Counselor for the Belknap County office. Prior to joining the organization, she was a Program Assistant/Forensic Interviewer with the Merrimack County Advocacy Center in Concord. Other positions have included serving as a Court Assistant for the State of New Hampshire Judicial Branch in Franklin and as a Residential Youth Counselor at Mount Prospect Academy in Plymouth.
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).
“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.”