Meet Our Care Team
Howie Chandler, Executive Director
For over 40 years now I have had the good fortune to work with elders in a variety of settings including Assisted Living Homes, Nursing Homes and Continuing Care Retirement Communities. I joined the Peabody family in February 2021 to continue Peabody’s legacy of providing the Greater Franklin community with the best in affordable long-term care while also helping to prepare for a new century of service with the construction of the New Peabody!
By way of background I have my Masters in Human Service along with post graduate studies in theology and doctoral studies in organizational management. I am active in community and elder services groups and have served as past president of Laconia Rotary, past president of the New England Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and past president of the New Hampshire Association of Counties Nursing Home Affiliate. I am presently the Treasurer of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators.
On a personal note, I have lived in Laconia for over 40 years. I have four children and five grandchildren. My hobbies include working in stained glass and motorcycling where you find my wife Carrie on her bike with me taking our Newfoundland dog along in my sidecar. In the past resident rides in my sidecar have proved to be very popular and I am sure will continue to be at Peabody Home!
As we move to the “New Peabody,” we will take with us the same commitment to great care for our residents, the same commitment to taking care of our staff, along with an expanded commitment to being able to serve elders in the Greater Franklin area.
I encourage you to contact me directly with any question, compliment or concern that you might ever come to have about what we do and how we do it! I want to hear from You!
Catie Gaudreault BSN, RN, CHPN®
I’m a proud New Hampshire native, born in Concord and received the majority of my education right here in the granite state. I graduated from NHTI with an Associate of Science in Nursing degree, inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. While a student at NHTI I captained the women’s Cross-Country team from 2011-14 and a two-time USCAA All-Academic. Named MVP on the Cross-Country team in 2011 and received the Lynx award 2012-2013. I enjoy running, although have yet to complete a marathon!
Concord Hospital was the proving ground for my nursing career. Like many, I started my healthcare career as an LNA. I spent ten years on the medical/surgical unit prior to pursuing my passion for elder care. I’ve since graduated magna cum laude from Walden University where I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
Some have difficulty attaining work-life balance, certainly there are days I’m not entirely sure how it all fits in; marriage to my soulmate Rickey, raising three active children, and baseball.
Currently I am working toward earning my Masters of Science in Nursing Education – inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and The National Society of Leadership and Success. I am passionate about education, teaching others attracted to the field, imparting leadership qualities in others, so still find time to teach at Lakes Region and Manchester Community Colleges as a Nursing and LNA clinical instructor.
I am a strong advocate for the aging population. During my time at Bayada Hospice, as a case manager, I received the first Hero Award and earned my National Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN®).
Through it all ‘Gramp’ has quite possibly been my biggest fan. Honestly, Leland French has always provided encouragement and support. His influence has molded me into the person I am today, a compassionate healthcare professional, a passionate nurse educator, a champion for elder and hospice care.
If there is any down time in my life, I relish the sunshine and outdoors and if I’m sitting still long enough, enjoy a bit of crocheting.
Marylee Gorham, Director of Admissions & Marketing
Originally from the UK, born in London, raised and schooled in the county of Suffolk, I moved to the US not long after college and have lived in some rather diverse locales while a military dependent. The Granite State is now my permanent home, a place where I appreciate the rural landscape and space between neighbors!
My function at Peabody Home is facilitating the process by which families make the decision to move a loved one to us and all that entails from discussion, touring the house, connecting incoming residents and their families with our team and the initial phase of assimilation into life at Peabody Home. Additionally, I manage all aspects of our public relations and promotions needs and community outreach. I host “Eldertyme” a program geared towards senior living in New Hampshire, on Lakes Region Public Access TV, and work closely with all departments in a support capacity in addition to forging strong community connections.
I’ve spent over twenty years working in the Non-Profit arena and bring development, fundraising, events management, public relations and marketing, staff and volunteer management skills to Peabody Home. Non-profit, servant leadership is genetically encoded into my DNA. I have a deep empathy for the vulnerable and enjoy working with people from all walks of life.
When not promoting Peabody, I enjoy cooking and baking, home improvement projects, gardening, reading, watching true crime thrillers and motorcycling.
I’m am honored to be part of the team at Peabody where we take the approach that “it takes a village to care for our elders”. If you’d like to learn more about us, please do reach out for a personal tour – I’d love to show you what we do every day.
Becky Joachim, Business Office Liaison
The Business Office is at the very center of activities at Peabody Home. Invariably over the course of the day, I’m likely to interact with just about everyone, staff and residents alike. Connecting with department supervisors, working with the Administrator, Admissions, Nursing, Activities, Dietary and Maintenance, means my financial and accounting management tasks touch all aspects of the culture at Peabody Home. We accountant types are often accused of being introverted math nerds who sit alone in a cubicle pouring over spreadsheets all day. I can honestly say my work at Peabody is never dull, I’m rarely alone, my day is consumed with many projects, special assignments, rotational tasks, and yes, many spreadsheets!
I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts but grew up and attended schools in the Lakes Region. After completing my education, I gravitated towards a career in finance working at Franklin Savings Bank and more recently, Bank of New Hampshire before coming to Peabody Home as the Business Office Liaison. The home-like atmosphere here makes my work challenging but fun knowing we have such a strong culture of caring and compassion.
When not crunching numbers and analyzing financial data I enjoy spending time with my teenage son, trail walking with our dog Buddy, and generally appreciating the great outdoors.
Angela Mundy, Director of Activities and Volunteers
I have lived in Franklin my entire life and attended local schools before going on to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from New Hampshire Technical Institute. My affinity for the caring professions led me to pursue a Human Services career path and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree which I hold from Franklin Pierce University.
The Activities focus at Peabody Home is one of supportive, enriching experiences centered around music expression, exercise, pet therapy, arts and crafts and outings. I’ve designed a wide-ranging platform of daily activities that are meaningful to our residents whether they are fully cognitive and ambulatory, or coping with various stages of dementia. Wants, needs and abilities are given careful consideration to bring a spark to each day and put a broad smile on our residents faces. Staff and residents work together on our Resident Council where new ideas and conversation offers a space for those that call Peabody ‘home’ a venue to speak up about anything and everything that affects their lives here.
Additionally, managing the Volunteer Program links so well with coordinating all the fun at Peabody; I encourage those who have a special affiliation with the elderly, identify they have some free time, or a talent they’d like to share, do consider joining us.
In 2012 I received the Business & Professional Women Young Careerist Award. I hold a Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners certification and have completed Level 1 Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals. Additionally, I am an active board member of Choose Franklin.org.
My husband Jason and I are raising three children; we both volunteer on Franklin Girls Softball and Franklin Cal Ripken Three Rivers Baseball Leagues. Leisure activities for me include spending quality time with family and friends, cooking, and mining the treasurers to be found at Thrift shops and yard sales.
Teresa Dube, Concierge, Admissions & Medical Records Coordinator
After relocating to New Hampshire from Connecticut back in 2000, it was a family member who said to me “I know exactly where you need to work”. Possessing a Medical Assistant diploma provided the next career step I wanted to follow my vocation into Long Term care and join the Peabody Home team.
Peabody represents ‘home’ to me especially as I have worked in a variety of departments over the course of my almost two decades tenure here. I’ve had the pleasure of working on the Assisted Living neighborhood providing direct care, had a hand in organizing shopping trips and activities, and coordinating some would say, a mountainous hill of paperwork that comes with daily life in a Continued Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Most recently however, I work under the direct supervision of the Director of Nursing Services coordinating appointments, professional services visits, managing the Patient Care database while handling a very busy switchboard channeling incoming calls and greeting visitors and guests. Perhaps one of the more joyous aspects of my job is welcoming the many four-legged Pet Therapy volunteers and really getting to know resident’s family members.
I enjoy spending time with my own extended family when not working at Peabody.
Stephen (Steve) Kulacz, Director of Environmental Services
I joined the Peabody Home team in 2012 after working for many years in the building and maintenance field. I’m a native of the Granite State, and graduated from Franklin High School.
My career in facilities has included owning and operating my own home improvement company in both residential and light commercial projects. I have many years of experience working directly in maintenance in addition to providing technical support for a company that installed and serviced generators throughout New England. I held a commercial power generation certification. Needless to say, all this accumulated knowledge has ensured that Peabody Home’s 20,000 sq. ft building, and grounds run smoothly. When not managing the rolling lists of work orders to keep the house functioning, I oversee our Housekeeping and Laundry Departments and Chair the Safety Committee. I also coordinate Life Safety and Disaster Planning in compliance with State of New Hampshire Codes.
Peabody Home is a unique place well entrenched in the local landscape; with my local roots I feel the same way since I often knowing the families of residents creates a special kind of interconnectedness you may not find or see elsewhere. I take pride in ensuring a clean, safe and warm home for our residents and their families.
Mariah Gauthier, Director of Dietary
Working at Peabody Home has been a wonderful career opportunity for me since I began as a part-time dishwasher in 2015; I could never have imagined the impact that first dietary position would have on my life. Peabody has encouraged and supported my professional growth as I acquired the skills that have allowed me to assume running the food service department as the Director.
I grew up right next door in Hill, New Hampshire, attended Franklin High School and New Hampshire Technical Institute to study Business Administration. I am proud to say that just last year I purchased my first home in Franklin and am so happy to work and live in such an amazing community. In 2018 I was awarded Business & Professional Women’s Young Careerist for Franklin and went on to win the regional title.
The mission of the food service department is to provide wholesome nutritious home cooked meals to residents, visitors and staff in a safe, clean, and sanitary environment.
I take time to work with each resident to ensure they receive meals that are of the highest quality and nutritionally balanced. If the menu doesn’t tickle their taste buds then special preferences are accommodated. Meal planning and preparation, monthly luncheons and other events that have a food component, staff mentorship and training keep me very busy. We strive to deliver food that makes our residents happy- something that could not happen without the amazingly dedicated team that I am very proud to lead!
When I'm not here at Peabody I can be found at home with my two fur babies, or on the slopes at Ragged Mountain teaching snowboard lessons. During the warmer months I enjoy hiking New Hampshire's beautiful mountains and spending time outside at home or at the Franklin Falls Dam playing disc golf.