Janet Hunt is the first Executive Director for the Upper Valley Community Nursing Project.
Prior to this role, Janet was the Executive Director for the Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A). In this role, Janet worked in conjunction with the five area agencies on aging to enhance the public understanding of the area agencies’ role, resources and expertise. She was a lobbyist for V4A, having advocated on behalf of older adults with policy makers and other stakeholders to support healthy aging.
Janet worked most of her career as a leader in New Hampshire to empower individuals who experience disabilities. Her career parallels the growth of New Hampshire’s community-based service system, starting with her commitment to the deinstitutionalization process of Laconia State School. Janet was the co-founder of People First of New Hampshire and was the statewide coordinator for twenty years. In this role, she was awarded the One Sky Leadership Award in 2012. Just prior to her role with V4A, Janet was the Director of the Servicelink Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Belknap and Carroll Counties. She holds an associate degree in Occupational Therapy and a bachelor’s & master’s degree in human service administration from Southern NH University.
“Having worked as a consultant on a very part-time basis over the past year for UVCNP, I am so excited to now be able to increase my time with the organization and be the first Executive Director. I am so impressed with the hard-working board of directors; with their passion and dedication to the community and parish nursing model, with the focus on the care of older adults to live in their own homes.
My career comes full circle. My very first job out of college was as an Occupational Therapy Assistant working with the oldest population at New Hampshire Hospital. As a young professional, I knew then that the situation of keeping human beings behind locked doors was a horrific mistake and that I would need to be a part of making a significant difference in how communities responded to the care of our own members. My focus over the last decade has been on older adults, having first-hand experience in the challenges of care for my own parents as they aged. I am honored to be working with the board of directors of UVCNP to embrace the community and parish nursing model of care and support – at home.”
Kristin Barnum RN, BSN, MBA has worked in community health for over 20 years. She began her nursing career at Emerson Hospital in Concord MA in Oncology. As she entered into her BSN program at Rivier College she completed an internship in hospice at Home Health and Hospice in Nashua, NH where she was involved with the opening of the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. Soon her career brought her to Home Health Foundation in Lawrence MA as a clinical manager and educator. At Home Health Foundation she was co-creator of preceptor program that encouraged new nursing grads to come to community health. Kristin also created cultural diversity training for the organization which she presented at state and national conferences.
Soon after her son Robbie was born, Kristin transitioned closer to home as Hospice Director for Nashoba Nursing Service a governmental agency in Shirley MA. At Nashoba she was instrumental in the implementation of their first Electronic Medical Record and realized her passion for using data for quality improvement. She enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program at Rivier. In 2007 her husband’s new career brought the family to Enfield, NH in the Upper Valley. She completed her MBA online at Phoenix University as she worked as a Community Liaison with VNH engaging with the Palliative Care Team at Dartmouth then lead by Dr. Ira Byock to implement the hospice general inpatient level of care. In 2009, Kristin was hired to work with Dr Adam Groff to create the hospice program for BAYADA Nurses now BAYADA Home Health Inc. Most recently she was Division Director at BAYADA. Throughout her career, Kristin has established various support programs for at risk populations who did not qualify for traditional home health or hospice programs to help people stay safely in their homes. Kristin, her husband Matt and son Robbie love to spend time on their boat named Waterlily motoring up and down the Intercoastal Waterway.