Meet the Team
Hi, I'm Beth O’Donnell, and I work with the Coproduction-Laboratory at The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) for Health Policy and Clinical Practice located in Lebanon, NH (same campus as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center). I am a graduate of the TDI Masters of Public Health program, where my capstone was focused on providing education and support to care partners of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. I currently lead initiatives focused on the serious illness population and, recently, long COVID, specifically facilitated health networks and point-of-care dashboards, which include pre-visit health questionnaires. ConnectShareCare was born out of the work of a twenty-member, multi-stakeholder team, including care partners/ caregivers, community members, clinical team members, and facilitators- who identified the top priorities, functions, and vendor platform for an online, local network.
Before coming back to Dartmouth/the Upper Valley, I worked at Boston Medical Center (BMC) as a Quality Improvement Project Manager for the Department of Surgery and, before that the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as a Relationship Project Manager, managing multi-million-dollar strategic partnerships with large health systems working to transform the health and health care of their populations.
I grew up in Hanover, NH. I am one of four children whose father is a retired oncologist at the VA hospital in White River Junction and former Dean at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and whose mother was a Physical Education teacher at the local elementary school. I am a mother of two kids under six. I realized the power of peer support after attending Al-Anon to cope with my husband's alcoholism. The support worked like nothing else I had ever tried.
In my free time, which is very limited with young kids, I love to be outside and active. I enjoy connecting with others and continuous learning.
Hi, I'm Martha Brass, and before moving to the Upper Valley four years ago, I had a 30-year career as a social worker and psychotherapist. During that time, I worked in several areas; community mental health, non-profit family service, hospice social work, bereavement counseling, and geriatric care management. I was the executive director of a home care agency before going out as a consultant to seniors and their adult children as they navigated their healthcare and living situations during challenging times.
I have been a patient and family support volunteer and a vigil volunteer at the Jack Byrne Center since 2018.
In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Upper Valley on hikes with my husband and my grandchildren when they visit. I am an avid adventure traveler and lover of good books and jigsaw puzzles, but I get more joy from our 8lb. Maltipoo, who follows me wherever I go.
Hi, I'm Stephanie Carney and a retired elementary school teacher, yoga teacher, and Reiki Master/practitioner. After retiring from teaching fifth and sixth graders, and over the course of more than a decade before the advent of Covid, I volunteered at DHMC providing Reiki treatments for patients pre-and post-surgery. Currently, I offer weekly complimentary Reiki treatments through Lyme's Community Care Organization.
Many years ago, I was active in Hospice, offering training for Hospice volunteers in Lyme, NH, and Thetford, VT. I opened and chaired a Lyme Chapter of Hospice as well. I was a primary caregiver for my mother, who died in 2016 after 27 months in Hospice with end-stage COPD/emphysema, kind of a record in that area for one living that number of months with Hospice support.
I love to garden, draw, paint, hike, and spend time with my husband, our two dogs, our grown children, and four athletic grandsons. My biggest personal passion right now is sending out daily poems to an ever-growing list of subscribers in practice I call Words That Fly.
Hi, I’m Sarah Berman and I am a student at Dartmouth College, originally from San Francisco, California. At Dartmouth, I am majoring both in Biology and Studio Art, and I am interested in integrating my passion for visual art with healthcare. I am an aspiring M.D.-PhD, and my eventual goal is to become an oncologist while also conducting molecular biology research and helping develop cancer drugs. On campus, I do research at the Dartmouth Cancer Center, am an R.A., and also design art for a feminist magazine.
When I was eighteen, my father passed away in a sudden car accident and my grandmother passed away the same week from late-stage Alzheimer’s. During that time, I drew on my friends and family for resources pertaining to the logistics surrounding death, but also for emotional support and help with healing after a significant loss. I am drawn to ConnectShareCare as I believe it fills a massive hole in healthcare by providing a personal and human space to grieve and tap into the community as a resource.
In my free time, I love to read, write poetry, and paint.
Why and How We Moderate
At ConnectShareCare (CSC), we recognize the value of peer-to-peer sharing. Patients/ persons with illness, care partners, family, and friends know things — about themselves, their family members, treatments, and choices — and want to share what they know to help others. By sharing our health experiences together, we build collective knowledge and a community of support. CSC is a private forum. CSC Moderators and our volunteers are committed to keeping the community: safe, supportive, inclusive, and useful
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Please remember that discussion topics on CSC are public, and the content can be found via internet search engines. This means the community can be found by other people needing support and information. However, for your safety and privacy, we strongly advise you not to post personal information such as phone numbers, street addresses, email addresses, social security numbers, or any other private information. Personal information will be removed from public posts.