About the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association

About LRVNA – The Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association

Your Local Area Nurses – Serving the Lakes Region Area since 1923

The History of The Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association

Incorporation occurred July 31st, 1923 and that October, Miss Marion Thompson was hired as the first nurse at a salary of $25 per month. She visited 370 individuals in 1924. The only employee of the agency, the nurse was also responsible for the school children in the area helping with vaccinations and physicals for 360 children.

Multiple nurses have come and gone at the agency – some for brief stays, others with longer tenures – but all helped the agency become what it is today. In 1926 the history shows that the nurses assisted with 8 tonsil and adenoid surgeries and 6 deliveries of babies.

Housed in several locations over the years – the agency finally moved to its permanent home in 2011 at 186 Waukewan Street in Meredith. That same year Meredith Public Health Nursing Association became the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor. The client numbers have grown into thousands of visits each year and a staff of nurses, nursing assistants, and therapists and office personnel is needed. Although the changes are many over the last 90 years, the core values of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association remain the same – to provide health care services to the citizens of our rural communities within their homes.

Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association proudly serves the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association – Our Dedicated Staff


Cheryl Gonzalo

Cheryl Gonzalo

Executive Director of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association

I couldn’t be more proud of the LRVNA team members!

Each and every day I can see the overwhelming compassionate care that my team offers our community. Providing quality nursing care at home is one of the most rewarding experiences.  At the end of everyday, we feel good, knowing that we have made such a difference in people’s lives.

“There’s no place like home.”  Right?


Debra Peaslee

Debra Peaslee

Clinical Director

Bio

RN and Oasis Certified Deb Peaslee grew up in Massachusetts where she graducated from nursing school. She became a Registered Nurse in 1980. She began her home health career after moving to New Hampshire in 1991 with the Moultonborough Visiting Nurse Service, where she served for 32 years. Unlike most home health agencies, MVNS was a department of the town and provided services only to Moultonborough residents. When the Town made the decision in 2013 to close MVNS, Deb joined the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association and serves as Clinical Director

Mary Elliard

Mary Elliard

Finance Director

Bio

Mary Elliard is in her 3rd year working with the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association. Starting as the Office Administrator, Mary quickly became the Finance Director in which she is responsible for the efforts, results, and success of the organization’s finance department. Mary Provides financial advice and support to help senior executives and board members make key decisions. Her many responsibilities also include overseeing, reviews, and adheres to the budgets for each business department, ensuring that all the company’s financial practices are in line with statutory regulations and legislation, and supervises financial assistants and other employees in the facilitation of day-to-day operations, including tracking financial data, invoicing, payroll, etc.

Mary also has had a distinguished career as an independent.  She owned and operated AccountAbility Plus for 18 years where she was a Public Accountant (PA), and a certified Enrolled Agent (EA) with the IRS.  AccountAbility Plus was a bookkeeping, payroll and tax preparation firm. Mary’s exceptional attention to detail helped countless individuals and Businesses deal successfully with a multitude of IRS issues. Mary’s tireless and effective methods saved her clients from the loss of thousands of dollars and many sleepless nights.

Mary attended Springfield College and got her degree in Exercise Science.  For many years, Mary was a personal trainer and taught various levels of aerobic conditioning at local gyms and YMCA’s. Mary became a Certified Matter of Balance Coach in 2015. She eventually became interested in business and tax preparation, so much so she worked for H&R Block for many seasons and moved into their Premier office to work with high-end clients and businesses. Mary has gone on to garner many hours of Continuing Education and certifications in Bookkeeping, Management Accounting, HR and is a certified QuickBooks® ProAdvisor.  Mary, being a life learner, is currently enrolled and expects to complete her MBA in Business Administration.

Mary’s interest in sports and fitness is self-evident and you will often find her cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer with her dog Koda always by her side.  Mary is an active member of the local gym participating in workout classes and yoga, and Mary will be the first to tell you that her greatest accomplishments are her family. She and her husband Ron have been together for 30 years and have two beautiful children Jonathan (26) and Alysha (25).  Mary and Ron are active Motorcycle riders, skiers and golfers. You will often find them walking Koda around the streets of Meredith where Koda is better recognized than either Mary or Ron!

Rhonda Thompson

Rhonda Thompson

Biller

Bio

Rhonda works in the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association office as a very important Biller/Coder.

Susan McGarry

Susan McGarry

Intake

Bio

Susan was trained at the Tewksbury State Hospital School of Practical Nursing for her LPN. She joined the health care industry because she wanted to work within her community. She lives in Meredith and works in the office and finds the LRVNA staff to be a supportive and caring team. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and walking her Bernese Mountain Dog Razz!

Jeri King

Jeri King

RN

Bio

Jeri is a Registered Nurse with an Associates Degree from NHTI and an NAWCO Wound Care Certification. She lives in Moultonborough and serves patients in Sandwich, Moultonborough, Center Harbor and Meredith. Jeri likes to focus her skills one on one in the at home environment and enjoys the ability of providing healthcare at home.

Danielle Paquette-Horne

Danielle Paquette-Horne

RN

Bio

A Meredith native, Danielle is a graduate of Inter-Lakes High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in recreation and management from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and an associate degree in Nursing Science from Lakes Region Community College in Belmont, NH. She became a Registered Nurse in 2009. In addition to home health nursing, Danielle has experience in back country emergency medicine, OBGYN nursing, geriatric nursing and end of life care. She takes great pleasure in caring for members of her community and is an integral member of the LRVNA nursing team.

Sheila Grad

Sheila Grad

LNA

Ellen Chamberlain

Ellen Chamberlain

LNA

Bio

Ellen has been with the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association since 2014. She has worked in home care for 13 years and in doctors office for 12 years. She is a Licensed Nurses Aid and lives in Moultonboro. She serves clients in the Moultonboro, Meredith and Center Harbor areas. Her special interests include cross country skiing, snowshoeing and making seaglass jewelry!

Carolynn Bergeron

Carolynn Bergeron

RN

Bio

Carolynn is an RN, with Career Certifications in : Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Medical Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (CGRN).

 

In 1990 she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has been in the home health care since 2005. For over 15 years, she worked in a variety of areas at the Concord Hospital. She has found that providing in home services a luxury with the ability to focus on each client until their needs have been met. She loves the New Hampshire wilderness, gardening and volunteering in the community. She finds her team members at Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association to be professional and compassionate with each other, as well as the community!

Michael Cosgrove

Michael Cosgrove

LPN

Bio

Michael is an licensed LPN trained at Lakes Region Community College. Michael enjoys travel, gardening and building, and most importantly finds the ability to provide health care services directly in the community at patients homes very rewarding.

Krista Loring

Krista Loring

RN

Bio

Krista has been a nurse for 30 years and has lived in Laconia for 45 years. She is married with 3 children and has 3 grandchildren. Her experience includes Cardiology, Fastract & Pre-op at LRGH and also OBGYN family practice and pediatrics. She returned to college in 2011 to earn her BSN from the Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her other interests include managing a seasonal club with her husband and teaching skiing at Gunstock.

Renee Colby

Renee Colby

Physical Therapy

Bio

Renee received a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Lowell in 1985. Working at the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association for over 10 years, training includes: Cardiac Rehab, orthopedics, school system PT and 1/2 years at Rehab at GVHCC. A Meredith resident, Renee has a deep love of helping people stay in their homes for as long as possible and improve their quality of life. When asked what do you like most about the LRVNA? Renee’s answer was “Awesome people to work with!”

Judy Cook

Judy Cook

Occupational Therapy

Bio

Judy Cook has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years in the Lakes Region and over 30 years within the New England area. Judy’s skills as an Occupational Therapist include working with multiple diagnoses or complaints. The philosophy behind Judy’s practice is grounded in offering her clients a holistic balanced approach. She focuses on the whole person, which is what maximizes the results she assists her clients in achieving. Through her extensive experience in the filed of Occupational theraphy she is nown to have an amazing ability to see the needs of her clients from varied perspectives. She has a warm, friendly rapport with clients and is willing to meet them where they are at. Judy is an educator and lecturer on topics including body mechanics, ergonomics, nutritional choices and mindfulness. Judy is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment.

Paula Hurvitz Moulton

Paula Hurvitz Moulton

RN

Bio

Paula received an Associates In Nursing from NHTI, and BSN from Franklin Pierce University and is currently enrolled in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Rivier University. She lives in Meredith and has been with the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association since 2011. After working ten years in the hospital environment, it took only one home visit to understand the meaning of “health begins at home”. Paula feels lucky to to be a part of the LRVNA team that is truly the bridge between the “village and the individual”. Her special interests involve anything to with friends and family, hiking, bicycling, skiing, cooking and entertaining!

Judy Stoecklin

Judy Stoecklin

Speech Therapy

Bio

Judy holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) in Speech, Language Pathology (ASHA), and NH State License in Speech Pathology.  She received her training at Michigan State University (B.A.) and the University of Washington in Seattle (M.S.P.A.)

Judy has been with the LRVNA for 29 years providing speech therapy services.  She joined the home health care industry to bring her passion for helping people communicate meaningfully.  She helps patients and their families express their needs, wants and ideas in the home setting.

She loves bicycling, traveling, reading, and the piano. She loves using farm fresh veggies to stir fry, blanch, bake or grill!

Britney Waldrip

Britney Waldrip

RN

Bio

Coming Soon…

Joanne M. Mclean

Joanne M. Mclean

PT, M.ED

Bio

Joanne has 39 years of experience providing physical therapy in outpatient orthopedics and home health in the Lakes Region.

Health and Well-being Resources

www.Medicare.gov
Medicare.gov is the official U.S. Government site for a person who uses Medicare. The website is an online resource for important information such as prescription drug plans, Medicare billing, long-term care, enrollment information and much more.

www.drugwatch.com/seniors/
Drug watch is an awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription/OTC drugs, medical devices, and the numerous health issues affecting the elderly.

www.cancer.org
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer, by helping people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. Cancer.org provides information on cancer, ways to stay healthy and support and treatment and even ways to get involved to make a difference in fighting back against cancer.

www.diabetes.org
The American Diabetes Association has been around for over 75 years improving people’s lives by providing information about the different types of diabetes, how to live with diabetes, good food and fitness tips, and much more.

https://www.acls.net/health-library-diabetes.htm
The ACLS Training Center is an online resource for thousands of medical professionals. Diabetes is an important issue that faces nearly 1 in 10 people in the country.

www.heart.org
Learn about the American Heart Association’s efforts to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke. This website provides information on warning signs, getting healthy and is a great resource for healthcare caregivers and research.

www.lung.org
Learn how to improve your lung health, but continuous efforts to living smoke free and clean air lifestyle. The American Lung Association is a great tool for educational and support resources for patients with lung cancer or knows someone with lung cancer.

www.aarp.org
AARP is a membership organization that delivers positive values to people ages 50 and over.

www.asaging.org
The American Society on Aging provides education, online information and training resources that are nationally recognized.

www.retirement-living.com
Retirement Living is an online source for retirement communities and senior housing information to assist individuals in planning and making decisions about retirement.

www.dhhs.nh.gov/index

New Hampshire Health and Human Services provides information for seniors on safety, wellness, and diseases and also provides support services.

Careers and Positions available at the LRVNA

Want to make a difference?

At Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, making a difference is just another day at the office. Our nurses, nursing assistants and therapists work 1:1 with their patient’s right in their own homes, building relationships and truly changing lives for the better. We care deeply for our patients and also for each other. Indeed, many of our current staffers have been with us for a decade or longer.

Want to be a valued part of our growing family?

Volunteers needed:

Office volunteers needed

Hospice volunteers needed

Career openings:

Part-Time Evening Nurse – Must be skilled in IV therapy, home care experience preferred.

 

Part-Time Physical Therapist

 

““Their care was outstanding and I have made a full recovery from my hip replacement. The joy of skiing with my grandchildren cannot be described. Thank you for all your help.”