Leadership Team


Howie Chandler, Executive Director

For over 40 years, I’ve 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 services with the construction of our new building.

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.

Learn more about Howie’s vision for Peabody Place in this Q&A


Catie Gaudreault, Director of Nursing Services

I’m a proud New Hampshire native, born and raised. I graduated from NHTI – Concord’s Community College with an Associate of Science in Nursing and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I started my healthcare career as a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA). Working at Concord Hospital proved to be the foundation for my nursing career. I spent 10 years on the medical/surgical unit prior to pursuing my passion for eldercare. I’ve since earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walden University and am working toward my Master of Science in Nursing Education.

I am a strong advocate for the aging population. During my time as a case manager at Bayada Hospice, I received the first Hero Award and earned my National Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN®), and during my time at Peabody Place, I was named a NH Healthcare Hero by the New Hampshire Health Care Association.


Marylee Gorham, Director of Admissions & Marketing

I was born in London and moved to the United States not long after college. As a military spouse, I’ve lived in some rather diverse locales, but the Granite State is now my permanent home. I’ve spent over 20 years working in the non-profit arena and bring development, fundraising, events management, public relations and marketing experience, as well as staff and volunteer management skills to Peabody Place.

My role at Peabody Place is to facilitate the process by which families make the decision to move a loved one into our home and all that decision will entail. Additionally, I manage all aspects of our public relations, promotional needs and community outreach.

Servant leadership is encoded into my DNA. I have deep empathy for the vulnerable and enjoy working with people from all walks of life. 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.”


Becky Joachim, Business Office Liaison

I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts but grew up and attended schools in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. After completing my education, I worked at Franklin Savings Bank and, more recently, the Bank of New Hampshire before coming to the business office at Peabody Place. My work is challenging but knowing we have such a strong culture of care and compassion in a home-like atmosphere makes my work meaningful.

The business office at Peabody Place is a center of activities. Invariably over the course of the day, I’m likely to interact with just about everyone, staff and residents alike, because my financial and accounting management tasks touch all aspects of the culture at Peabody.

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 Resident Life & 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 NHTI – Concord’s Community College, and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Franklin Pierce University.

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. I’m also an active board member of Choose Franklin, a citizen’s group focusing on promoting Franklin.

​The activities at Peabody Place focus on supportive, enriching experiences for our members that focus on music expression, exercise, pet therapy, arts and crafts and community events in our Franklin community. We’ve designed a wide-ranging platform of daily activities to bring a spark to each day and a smile to each person’s face.

The volunteer program at Peabody Place supports all the fun for our Peabody community members. I encourage those interested to consider joining our volunteer team.

Teresa Dube, Concierge, Admissions & Medical Records Coordinator​ at Peabody Place in Franklin NH

Teresa Dube, Concierge, Admissions & Medical Records Coordinator

After relocating to New Hampshire from Connecticut back in 2000, a family member 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 team at Peabody Place

​Peabody represents home to me especially as I have worked in a variety of departments over the course of my almost two decades here. I’ve had the pleasure of providing direct care, organizing community trips and activities and coordinating the paperwork for all our community members.

Most recently, I work under the direct supervision of the Director of Nursing Services to coordinate appointments and professional services visits and manage the patient care database.

Perhaps one of the more joyous aspects of my job is welcoming the many four-legged pet therapy volunteers and really getting to know the family of our community members.


Stephen (Steve) Kulacz, Director of Environmental Services

I joined the Peabody Place 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, my knowledge ensures that the Peabody 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.

Learn about the experience of our team members.