Three New Members Join Home Health & Hospice Board of Directors
Scott Comeau, Pam Mackenzie and Jan Demers Bring Deep Experience to Organization
COLCHESTER, Vt. – The University of Vermont Health Network - Home Health & Hospice is pleased to welcome three new members to its 2021 board of directors. The trio — Scott Comeau, Pam Mackenzie and Jan Demers — brings diverse professional and volunteer experience gathered over many years supporting their respective communities.
“We’re thrilled to welcome these dedicated public service professionals and the expertise they bring to the Home Health & Hospice team,” said Adrianne Johnson Ross, Home Health & Hospice’s president and chief operating officer.
Scott Comeau is Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)’s chief financial officer, where his team tracks the organization’s financial, information technology and legal operations and he contributes to long-term strategic planning. Comeau believes that through transparency and broader financial understanding, organizations become more effective and collaborative.
In addition to his VEIC responsibilities, Comeau has served on the board of the Vermont Energy Education Program since 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and master’s in business administration from Bentley University. He lives in Richmond with his wife Angela and three daughters.
Pam Mackenzie, born in Grand Junction, Colo., was raised in an Air Force family, which offered multiple travel opportunities. Mackenzie reports enjoying traveling, exploring and living in northern California, Arizona, Connecticut, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C., until finding her forever home in Vermont.
Mackenzie enjoyed a career in telecommunications and in 2008, was recruited to Vermont to build 300 miles of fiber and chose to remain here when the project concluded in 2010. During her time in Vermont, Mackenzie has served as interim chief executive officer at the Greater Burlington YMCA, chair of the South Burlington City Council, and on the boards of Vermont PBS and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. Mackenzie currently serves as vice president of Strategic Planning and Implementation for C2 Competitive Computing and regularly welcomes family to her South Burlington home.
Retiree Jan Demers joins us after a varied career in education, domestic violence prevention and intervention, hospice and palliative care, and economic development across Vermont and northern New York, most recently leading the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Demers previously served as executive director of High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care and brings with her extensive public relations, customer service, marketing, public speaking, grant writing and funding experience.
Demers, a resident of Burlington, was invited to become a community intern at The University of Vermont Medical Center, with a focus on addressing the effects of poverty upon health and wellness. Demers received 2016’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, and with partners UVM Medical Center and Champlain College, was awarded 2015’s United Way of Northwest Vermont’s Community Impact Award. She received the Con Hogan Award in 2019.
Demers’s board leadership experience includes with the Vermont Council on Homelessness, Pathways from Poverty Council, the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, Continuum of Care – Chittenden County (Housing and Homeless Prevention) and Adirondack Medical Center.
About The University of Vermont Health Network - Home Health & Hospice
We are a 117-year-old organization dedicated to delivering health care to patients wherever they call home in Chittenden or Grand Isle counties. Especially during this global pandemic, providing care in the familiar, comfortable, convenient home environment not only meets patients’ and families’ preferences, it is also cost effective and ensures the greatest safety.
Our visiting nurses, physical, occupational and speech-language therapists, licensed nursing assistants and personal care attendants bring high-tech professional clinical care directly to patients’ homes. Compassionate end-of-life care is provided at Colchester’s McClure Miller Respite House, Vermont’s only Medicare-certified inpatient hospice facility. Home Health & Hospice is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network, an integrated system established to deliver high-quality academic medicine to every community it serves. The network includes:
- The University of Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice
Home Health & Hospice is also a member of VNAs of Vermont, a not-for-profit trade association representing the state’s independent, not-for-profit home health and hospice agencies and the people they serve. For more information, please visit us at www.UVMHomeHealth.org or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.