Community Outreach and Engagement Team

Faculty leadership

Judy Rees, BM, BCh, PhD, MPH
Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

Dr. Rees is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology for the Geisel School of Medicine and the Director of the New Hampshire Cancer Registry. Her research interests include the analysis and interpretation of local and population-based registry data and the development of data infrastructures that can be used by researchers. In her role as Dartmouth Cancer Center's Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, Dr. Rees leads the COE team to ensure the cancer-related needs of our New Hampshire and Vermont catchment area are identified and addressed through research, outreach, and engagement.

Christine Gunn, PhD
Health Equity Liaison

Christine Gunn serves as the Health Equity Liaison to the Dartmouth Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement Program. She has a background in health services research on delivering patient-centered interventions to historically marginalized patient populations. In her role, she will consult with researchers, patients, and regional organizations to identify and address cancer-related disparities in the catchment area.

Ardis Olson, MD
Primary Care Liaison

Dr. Olson is a Professor of Pediatrics and of Community and Family Medicine and has been involved in preventive health research activities in Vermont and New Hampshire for over 20 years. She has experience conducting research with community-based primary care practices as well as conducting studies in rural parts of the Dartmouth Cancer Center catchment area. Dr. Olson chairs our Primary Care Advisory Panel as they identify opportunities to engage primary care providers in our cancer research and outreach activities.

Office of Community Outreach and Engagement

Lisa Purvis, EdD, MPH, MBA
Director, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement

Lisa Purvis manages the day-to-day operations of Dartmouth Cancer Center's community-focused initiatives that focus on developing opportunities for engagement with community organizations and community members in our research and outreach work. Dr. Purvis leads the planning and implementation of education and outreach projects to address the cancer burden in our catchment area and to improve the health of residents of NH and VT. Dr. Purvis has a background in community-based practices, education, public health, and research management.

Regina-Anne Cooper, MPH, LSSCGB
Program Specialist

Since joining the COE team as Program Specialist in 2021, Ms. Cooper has led several projects for the COE team, including initiatives to educate patients and community members about clinical trials, research and outreach projects about HPV vaccination and lung cancer screening, as well as ongoing efforts engaging survivors and caregivers into our cancer center's innovative research (CREATE). Ms. Cooper holds an MPH from The Dartmouth Institute and is a Licensed Six Sigma Certified Green Belt.

Stephanie Papas, MPH, MCHES, CPH
Program Specialist

Stephanie Papas works closely with internal and external stakeholders to improve the health of our communities. Stephanie leads projects focused on reducing tobacco use among patients of the Dartmouth Cancer Center (Cancer Center Cessation Initiative or C3i) and increasing residents’ knowledge of the health impacts of Radon exposure and usage of at-home Radon test kits (Healthy Homes Initiative). Stephanie is also part of a team that organizes and facilitates Community Engagement Studios which foster community feedback on clinical research projects and public health campaigns.

Kathy Stroffolino
Research and Administrative Assistant

Kathy Stroffolino is our Research and Administrative Assistant for the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. Kathy is responsible for administrative support, communication within the team and with external partners, and day-to-day operations within projects. Kathy is passionate about the health care for the community and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy in moving projects along. In her free time, Kathy likes to hike, garden and spend time with her family and granddaughter.

Administrative and Operations support team

Jenna Schiffelbein, MPH, CHES
Administrative and Operations Director

Ms. Schiffelbein has been part of the Dartmouth Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement team since 2015. In her role as the Administrative and Operations Director, she leads the infrastructure that supports our Community Outreach and Engagement initiative, such as our Community Advisory Board. In addition, Jenna leads efforts to increase catchment-relevant needs in Dartmouth Cancer Center’s research portfolio and to provide mechanisms to our investigators to support their engagement of community members in research. Jenna is also tasked with identifying and pursuing grant funding to support our team.

Jenn Alford-Teaster, MA, MPH
Senior Research Scientist

Ms. Alford-Teaster's research focuses on methods to measure disparities related to geographic access to health care services, with a particular focus on rural cancer care. She leads the expansion of the COE Cancer Data Portal, which maps data for our catchment area.

Heather Carlos, MS
Geospatial & Catchment Area Data Specialist

Ms. Carlos's role utilizes resources at Dartmouth Health system, state tumor registries, and Census data to conduct geographic analyses that represent the Dartmouth Cancer Center catchment area. These analyses help in identifying geographic areas that are experiencing cancer disparities.

Martha Goodrich, MS
Director - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics Tumor Registry

Ms. Goodrich oversees the management of academic research studies with a focus on population-based health studies, and a deep understanding of the design, development, and oversight of large multi-center studies and collaborations. Ms. Goodrich brings important insights from her role as Director of the DH-H tumor registry, including an understanding of the flow of data from Dartmouth Health facilities that serve the catchment population.

Julie Weiss, MS
Statistical Analyst

Ms. Weiss analyzes data for the COE team, including data to describe the cancer burden in our catchment area.

Scientific advisory board

The Scientific Advisory Board provides guidance for the COE team from a clinical and research perspective. The board meets regularly to discuss how scientific research and community needs can be brought together in a meaningful way. Our scientific advisors include:

Konstantin Dragnev, MD
Associate Director for Clinical Research

Yolanda Sanchez, PhD
Associate Director for Basic Sciences

Anna Tosteson, ScD
Associate Director for Population Sciences