About Us

Interlakes Community Caregivers was founded in 1998 as an outreach program of the Center Harbor Congregational Church in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.  The first group of 25 volunteers included six who served as coordinators. Working from their homes, these coordinators received requests from neighbors and contacted the volunteers who provided services for these neighbors.

In 1999, grants were received from The United Church of Christ and the Lakes Region Charitable Trust.  Volunteers were recruited and an office was set up in the church, where it remained until 2003 when the first annual appeal for funds was made. Caregivers incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in January 2004. In 2012, Caregivers added the town of Sandwich to the communities it serves.

A Board of Directors governs the organization, and offices and staff are now located in Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

 

Our Mission

Interlakes Community Caregivers, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization that provides supportive services and information for our neighbors to assist them in their daily lives.

Staff

Pamela A Joyal

Pamela A Joyal

Executive Director

Amy Blongy

Amy Blongy

Lead Coordinator

Kathryn Holt

Kathryn Holt

Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

2021 -2022

David Hughes, President

David Hughes, President

Center Harbor

David Hughes was born and raised in Laconia and Center Harbor. After graduating from Inter-Lakes High School, David attended the Florida Institute of Technology, Canaan College, and Windham College in Putney Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, with minors in History and Math. Growing up, he always learned to “help thy neighbor” as this was a family ethic and, in 1975, David began his career in Social Work for the State of New Hampshire, advancing to Adult Protective Social Worker III in the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, retiring in April 2011. David served as a Selectman for the Town of Center Harbor from 2011-2014 and has been a Firefighter/EMT for the Center Harbor Fire Department since 2004. David has worked with various agencies throughout Belknap, Carroll, and Grafton Counties. With good working relationships and experiences with various local Caregiver agencies, it was inevitable that a relationship with Interlakes Community Caregivers developed. David has served previously on the Board and looks forward to continued service. David has four adult children and three grandchildren all living in New Hampshire.

2nd 3 year term, expires May 2022

Marie Samaha, Vice President

Marie Samaha, Vice President

Moultonborough

Marie is a retired elementary school principal from Elm Street School, Laconia, with a Masters – Administration & Supervision (Education). Other nonprofit Board experience includes Moultonborough Conservation Commission, St. Charles Church Council, and the Sandwich Women’s Club. She currently serves as the Supervisor of the Checklist for Moultonborough. Her interests and skills include conservation of public lands, teaching and technology. She lives in Moultonborough with her husband, Greg.

1st 3 year term, expires May 2022

George Jewell, Treasurer

George Jewell, Treasurer

Meredith

George has been volunteering for ICCI since 2011. George is a tax accountant, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and two Master’s Degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Taxes. Other volunteer interest includes history and he is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Meredith Historical Society after a long term as its President. When not sharpening his pencil and counting numbers, George enjoys woodworking in general and specifically working on the house he built with his wife Nancy in Meredith. George is a Long Distance Volunteer Driver and serves on the Finance Committee, as well as Treasurer.

2nd 3 year term, expires May 2022

Robin E. Woodaman, Secretary

Robin E. Woodaman, Secretary

Moultonborough

Robin Woodaman was born and raised in Massachusetts where she began a career in bookkeeping and office management. In 1982, Robin married and moved to Center Harbor where she and her husband, Greg, raised two children. After being a stay-at-home mom for a few years, Robin went back to work at two local nonprofit organizations, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and Lakes Region Family Services. Since 1999, she has been employed as the Center Harbor Board of Selectmen’s Administrative Assistant, including serving as the Town’s Welfare Officer. She volunteers for the Circle of Hope K9 Rescue and is a past member of the Meredith Altrusa Club. Robin looks forward to helping members of our community through Interlakes Community Caregivers.

1st 3 year term, expires May 2021

Darlene M. Fritz

Darlene M. Fritz

Moultonborough

Darlene M. Fritz was born and raised in New Jersey where she enjoyed a career in multi-unit retail management. Darlene, along with her husband Charlie, now own and operate an industrial electrical contracting business, Electrical Installations, Inc. in Moultonborough. The business has grown over the course of 30 years, developing a unique specialty, instrumentation and controls for the water and wastewater treatment industry. She is a 25-year volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire working as a “wish granter” and public speaker. She also serves on the board of the Moultonboro/Sandwich Meals-on-Wheels program and is active in numerous church activities.

2nd 3 year term, expires May 2020

Connie Cunningham

Connie Cunningham

Sandwich

Connie is an active ICCI volunteer and was a long time member of The Sandwich Caregivers. She is a retired educator with an M.A. degree. Besides her ICCI volunteer work, her volunteer experience includes the Benz Trust Scholarship Committee, President and Food Coordinator of the Community Food Center, and Treasurer of the Friends of the Wentworth Library. Her special skills include Fundraising, Human Resources and Finance. She lives in Sandwich with her husband, Howard.

1st 3 year term, expires May 2022

W. Lee Woodworth

W. Lee Woodworth

Center Harbor

Lee’s professional background is in finance and business management having been the general manager of J.L. McIntosh in the greater Boston area. Other volunteer experience includes serving on the Long Range Planning Committee for the Center Harbor Congregational Church and as Trustee of the Trust Funds for the town of Center Harbor. His hobbies include woodworking, fishing and gardening. A former Community Caregivers Volunteer Driver, Lee is returning in this capacity as well. Lee is retired and lives in Center Harbor.

1st 3 year term, expires May 2022

Harry “Hank” Offinger

Harry “Hank” Offinger

Sandwich

Hank grew up on a farm in Connecticut and earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from Smith College. He made a career selling management consulting services to Fortune 500 companies for over 30 years and is an actor, performing in theatre, television and movies. Hank and his wife Maureen moved permanently to New Hampshire in 2014 and he became the Director of Care Management at the Taylor Community in Laconia. Hank and Maureen have two adult children, Ross and Kaitlyn.

Filling vacant term, expires May 2022

Susan Gutchess

Susan Gutchess

Sandwich

Susan has been a life-long summer resident of Sandwich, and since retirement she lives there six months each year. She graduated from Smith College and the Yale School of Management. Her professional career focused on financial management and planned giving, first at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and later at The Nature Conservancy. She also serves on the Boards of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and the International Student House in Washington, DC. She believes in service to the community and is delighted to be asked to serve on the ICCI Board.

1st 3 year term, expires May 2022

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Meredith

Chris Kelly was born and raised in Waltham, MA, graduated from Waltham High School in 1983 and Westfield State
College in 1987. Chris moved to Meredith NH in 1988. In 1991 Chris became licensed as a REALTOR and has been helping people buy and sell real estate since that
time.
Chris met his wife Doreen in 1992, married
in 1994, they have two children, Taylor (1995) and Ryan (1998).
Chris is the owner/broker of RE/MAX Bayside in Meredithand Laconia NH. Chris is an active parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo in Meredith, NH. Chris is an active board member on the Greater Meredith Program and Belknap Economic Development Council.
Chris considers his family his number one joy in life. Chris likes to travel, snow and water ski, hike in the woods, play golf, and read.

 

Notes from Neighbors

I’m so blessed by Caregivers who give my rides so often lately and never expected my small gift.  

I certainly appreciate your services- transportation is my largest problem as my children do not live close by.  Whenever I call for a ride, I can count on a pleasant voice on the phone and an interesting conversation on the road!

L.N.

Thank You from the bottom of my heart for helping me.  You and your drivers are very nice and kind and I appreciate you all very much.  I really enjoyed my ride and the people are great! So again, I thank you and God Bless you all.

N.P.