The University of Vermont Health Network's Board of Trustees is comprised of up to 22 members. Up to 20 members are nominated by the Network’s governance committee through a nomination process designed to select trustees with diverse skills and experiences who are dedicated to the Network’s mission and vision. The two ex-officio members are the President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Vermont Health Network and the Dean of the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Trustees are elected to serve four-year terms and may serve up to two terms. The board’s role is to provide oversight of the Network’s management in order to ensure that it is faithfully carrying out the Network’s mission. The board is committed to being an antiracist board, aligning its board practices with those of the organization and creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive board.
- John R. Brumsted, MD
- Sivan Cotel
- Michelle Cromwell, PhD
- Michael Dellipriscoli
- John Dwyer
- Victoria Duley
- Dominic Eisinger, PhD
- Kathleen Emery-Ginn
- A. Donald Gilbert
- Deena Giltz McCullough
- Thomas Golonka
- Joseph Hameline
- Kevin Hart
- Virginia Hood
- Robert Laskowski
- Debra Leonard, MD, PhD
- Richard Page, MD
- John Rugge, MD
- Kerin Stackpole, Esq.
- Allie Stickney
- Kara Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS
John R. Brumsted, MD
John R. Brumsted, MD, has served as CEO of UVM Health Network since 2012. A 30-year veteran of the organization, Dr. Brumsted has served in a number of roles at UVM Medical Center, including chief medical officer, chief quality officer, interim CEO and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the UVM Larner College of Medicine. He received his BA in Liberal Arts from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 1978. He did his residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine from 1981-1985, and then joined the medical staff and completed a fellowship in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 1987. He is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and is a member of the UVM Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a tenured professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Larner College of Medicine. He has published extensively, both nationally and regionally.
Porter Medical Center Board Chair
Sivan Cotel is a strategic executive and board leader with more than 15years of experience, including eight years launching new startups and five years managing profit/nonprofit governing boards to drive business performance and client service excellence.
A startup veteran focused on growing early-stage companies into businesses, he was the Co-Founder and former Director of Operations of Stonecutter Spirits, which was successfully acquired at the end of 2020. The Vermont producer of gin and whiskey was founded in 2013, and won top industry awards after launching its Single Barrel Gin in 2015 and Heritage Cask Whiskey in 2016 to rave reviews. Both products won the prestigious Good Food Award.
Before launching Stonecutter Spirits, Sivan was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of WhistlePig Whiskey, producer of one of the highest-rated rye whiskies ever. With experience building and developing ideas from concept to fruition, he also continues as an independent business consultant and enjoys helping growing companies develop their operational and business planning.
He serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan, Main Street Alliance of Vermont and is Chair of the Porter Medical Center Board. He spent the first part of his career in financial services at Bear Stearns, J.P.Morgan Chase and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, after graduating with honors from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree double-majoring in Psychology and Music and a master's degree in Psychology. He currently lives in Vergennes, Vermont, and continues to play music in his spare time.
Michelle Cromwell, PhD
Dr. Michelle Cromwell is an equity-minded educator, scholar-activist, conflict coach, circle facilitator, integrative nutritional coach, yogi and Reiki practitioner. Described as a pracademic, which is a scholar-practitioner, who has one foot in the academe and the other in the wider community as an activist-partner, Dr. Cromwell believes in building bridges between their integrative practice and the surrounding community.
Dr. Cromwell serves as the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SUNY Plattsburgh since July 2019. Prior to SUNY, Dr. Cromwell served as the AVP for Inclusive Excellence at Regis College in Weston Massachusetts, and as the Chief Diversity Officer at The School for International Training in Brattleboro Vermont.
Dr. Cromwell has a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a specialty in Ethnic Conflicts and an MS in Dispute Resolution, both from Nova Southeastern University in Florida where they were inducted as a Distinguished Alumni in 2018 for work in social justice and restorative practices. Dr. Cromwell’s B.Sc. in Social Work is from the University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago, where Dr. Cromwell was born. In their spare time, Dr. Cromwell enjoys teaching Kundalini yoga and Reiki, and developing whole food plant based recipes to mimic favorite foods from a West Indian childhood.
Chair, UVMHN Audit Committee; Central Vermont Medical Center Trustee
Mike Dellipriscoli is retired from the National Life Group in Montpelier, Vermont, where he most recently served as Assistant Vice President – Strategic Analysis. He joined the National Life Group in 1988 and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Since retiring from National Life, Mr. Dellipriscoli has been a lecturer in the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont, teaching undergraduates as well as graduate students in the Sustainable Innovations MBA (SIMBA) program and the Master’s in Accounting (MAcc) program.
A native of Philadelphia, he graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Mathematics and earned his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Dellipriscoli and his wife, Sue, live in Montpelier, where they have raised their five children. He is a longtime member and a past president of the Montpelier Rotary Club and has served on the boards of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Trustee
Victoria Zinser Duley is Executive Director at the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation in Saranac Lake, New York. She has held positions in economic development, planning, higher education and research in the North Country, and before that in south Florida, for more than 20 years. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, including serving as the Dean of Research and Planning at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, New York before returning to the economic development field.
She has a BS from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Albany, and is a certified Economic Developer and a certified Planner.
She lives with her family in Clinton County, New York and is active in many community interests, including board or leadership positions in the Sunrise Rotary Club of Plattsburgh, the First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh, the Turner Board Foundation, Cumberland Head Elementary School PTO, Girl Scouts and the Adirondack North Country Association.
Chair, Finance Committee
John Dwyer is President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Federal Credit Union, located in Williston, Vermont. He has been with the Credit Union since 1987, when he was hired as Vice President of Finance. In 2006, he was named President and Chief Operations Officer and stepped into his current role in 2010. He has a BS in business administration from the University of Vermont (1984) and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2000). Mr. Dwyer became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987. He is a Certified Credit Union Chief Executive and serves on national and regional committees for credit union trade groups. He has also served on a number of local nonprofit Boards including The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital’s Community Advisory Council, University of Vermont Medical Center, and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. From 2010 to 2013, he served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Financial Institution Advisory Council.
Dominic Eisinger, PhD
Dominic Eisinger, PhD, is a biotechnology executive and entrepreneur who combines his scientific expertise with business insights to achieve sustained commercial impact and value.
In his current role at Myriad RBM (a subsidiary of Myriad Genetics), Dr. Eisinger leads global sales, marketing, customer support, new product development, and partnership strategies to position the company as a top provider of protein biomarker testing services for drug development clinical trials. He is the company’s lead scientific speaker on pharmacodynamic protein biomarker research in oncology, inflammation, cardiovascular, kidney, and autoimmune disease therapies.
Dr. Eisinger’s commercial success is grounded in his experiences as an entrepreneur. He co-founded, raised capital, and built Multiplex Biosciences, a contract research laboratory in Lake Placid, New York, which was acquired by RBM in 2006. Prior to that, he started and grew a business within a business at Upstate Cell Signaling Solutions, helping the company enter a new market and develop a reputation for innovation.
Dr. Eisinger previously served on the Board of the UVMHN-Elizabethtown Community Hospital for nine years, including three years as Vice Chair and two years as Chair. Over this period, the hospital more than doubled its revenue and profitability, quadrupled the number of remote primary care clinics, and expanded or renovated all of its facilities.
Dr. Eisinger earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and his PhD from the University of Vermont, prior to completing post-doctoral training at Dartmouth Medical School.
A. Donald Gilbert
Don Gilbert is the Retired President and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems, where he served in that role from 2001- 2014. During his 28 years at the company, he held a variety of positions spanning marketing, finance, business planning and regulatory affairs. His prior work experience includes engineering and production supervision with E.I. Dupont, electric power planning and project management with the Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, and positions as a financial analyst and hearing examiner at the Vermont Public Service Board. Don earned a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Rochester.
Mr. Gilbert was a member of the American Gas Association’s Leadership Council and served as a Board Member and past Chair of the Northeast Gas Association Board of Directors. He has been very active in many community organizations, including United Way, the Vermont Business Roundtable, The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Fletcher Allen Health Care Board of Trustees, The Vermont Children’s Hospital, The Stern Center for Language and Learning, Pine Ridge School and The University of Vermont’s Vermont Regional Board.
Mr. Gilbert lives in Hinesburg with his wife, Sue, where they operate an organic farm raising bees and producing maple sugar products.
Deena Giltz McCullough
Chair, Planning Committee
Deena Giltz McCullough is a third generation and first female president and CEO of Northern Insuring Agency. Headquartered in Plattsburgh, New York, Northern has a staff of 38 and two branch offices in Potsdam and Glens Falls. Under her leadership, NIA has won numerous awards including being recognized as a Best Company to Work in NYS by NYS-SHRM. She holds several professional designations and is most proud of completing the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Coach Certification Program. She is also an International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach.
Ms. Giltz McCullough believes that our community is a better place to work, live and play if we all contribute our talents by volunteering. She lives that every day and is involved in organizations ranging from health care to education and banking to suicide prevention. In her own words she says “my strength and resiliency comes from authentically connecting with people, making a meaningful difference in our community and knowing the positive difference that one person can make in another person’s life.”
A generally curious person, personal passions include quality time with family, friends and her schnoodle puppy, Zoom, plus time in nature especially if it involves a water or snow activity.
Kathleen “Scottie” Emery-Ginn
Chair, Governance Committee
Scottie Emery-Ginn of Essex, New York, spent 29 years with IBM in Vermont and New York, retiring as a vice president of engineering. She led large engineering teams working on IBM's technology development and was responsible for organizational management, business development, strategy development and financial management. She was co-chair of IBM's Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Executive Task Force, which guided the company in the implementation of inclusive employment and business practices. Ms. Emery-Ginn currently serves on the standing committee of the Episcopal diocese of Vermont, the vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church, and the boards of the New England Federal Credit Union, among other organizations.
Chair, Investment Committee, Central Vermont Medical Center Board Chair
Thomas J. Golonka is a managing partner with the investment firm of Silverlake Wealth Management in Williston and Montpelier, Vermont. Prior to joining Silverlake in 2005, Mr. Golonka was with Wachovia Securities Private Client Group for 12 years. Tom specializes in portfolio management and advanced planning strategies for high net worth individuals and corporations, and is a CFA® charterholder as well as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner. Mr. Golonka is Chair of the Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC) and Trustee of the University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center Board as well as a past City Councilor for Montpelier, Vermont. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Union College. Tom resides in Montpelier with his wife, Cyndy Bashara Golonka, and their five children: Chloe, Kelsey, Joshua, Gregory and Kenzie.
Joe Hameline is currently the Senior Vice President of Hameline Wealth Management of Raymond James. Joe has more than 20 years of experience in financial planning and human resources benefits counseling. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from St. Lawrence University in 1991. He has served as a volunteer or board member with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, Champlain Valley Crime Stoppers, Leadership Champlain, the United Way of King County, and the University of Vermont Health Network - Home Health & Hospice. Joe lives in Shelburne with his wife Dawn, an occupational therapist at UVM Medical Center, and two children.
Kevin Hart retired from Alice Hyde Medical Center in 2015 after 30 years of service, with a combined 40 years of health care experience throughout his career. At Alice Hyde, Mr. Hart served in roles of progressive responsibility, including Purchasing Director, Materials Management Director, Senior Director of Support Services and Vice President of Support Services, with senior oversight of both clinical and non-clinical areas throughout his tenure.
Mr. Hart held responsibility for all hospital construction and renovation projects, including full oversight of the construction of The Alice Center, Alice Hyde Medical Center’s $35 million premier building project including a 135 Bed skilled nursing facility and 30 Bed ALP; management of supply and capital purchases, served as the hospital’s safety officer, and was an integral part of the Senior Management team of the hospital. Mr. Hart is a past member of the Iroquois Board of Directors, past member of the Iroquois Purchasing Group, and National Incident Management System.
Mr. Hart currently serves as Secretary of the AHMC Board of Directors, is Chair of Board Quality Council Committee and is a member of its Board Finance Committee. He received his degree from the State University of New York at Delhi. He resides in Chasm Falls, New York, with his wife Mary, has three grown children, and is an avid outdoorsman.
Virginia Hood, MD
Chair, Population Health & Quality Committee, University of Vermont Medical Center Trustee
Dr. Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, MACP, FRACP, FRCPE, a physician from Burlington, Vermont, is a Professor of Medicine Emerita in the Robert E. Larner MD College of Medicine, University of Vermont, and a nephrologist at University of Vermont Medical Center. She is President Emerita of the American College of Physicians and a member or the Executive Committee of the International Society of Internal Medicine.
She cares for patients with kidney disease and high blood pressure, teaches physiology, epidemiology, ethics and internal medicine to medical students, residents and community physicians and makes presentations nationally and internationally on kidney disease, professionalism and high value care.
Her scholarly activity has included acid-base metabolism research, health promotion research in diabetes prevention, blood pressure control quality improvement activities and high value care.
Dr. Hood is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney, and completed internal medicine residency training at Mater Misericordiae Hospital, North Sydney and a nephrology fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia. She received a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA, USA.
Robert Laskowski, MD, MBA
Dr. Robert (Bob) Laskowski is a retired physician executive, consultant, writer and educator. A three-time graduate of the University of PA (BA, MD and MBA), he is board-certified in internal medicine with additional certification in geriatrics. Dr. Laskowski retired in 2014 as President and CEO of Christiana Care, one of the nation’s largest health systems, based in Wilmington, Delaware. Trained as a health services researcher, Dr. Laskowski has a long-standing interest in viewing the health care system from the vantage point of the people the system is privileged to serve. He is co-editor of the blog www.yourhealthperspectives.com.
Dr. Laskowski currently serves as a board member of Healthy Aging MV and is a member of the Dukes County Health Council. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He holds professorial appointments at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Delaware. Bob and his wife Kathy are seasonal residents of Waitsfield, Vermont. When not in Vermont, they live on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Debra Leonard, MD, PhD
Dr. Debra G. B. Leonard, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and the University of Vermont Health Network. Dr. Leonard completed her undergraduate education at Smith College and her medical and scientific training at New York University. She has been on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Leonard is an expert in molecular pathology and genomic medicine. She has developed a team to implement genome-informed medicine, including cancer, pharmacogenetics and genome population screening for the University of Vermont Health Network.
Richard Page, MD
Dr. Richard Page became Dean of the UVM Larner College of Medicine in October 2018, joining UVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he was the George R. and Elaine Love Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Duke University and completed his specialty training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Duke University Medical Center. He is a nationally recognized specialist in cardiac arrhythmias, serving on the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines Task Force, and as Chair of the Circulatory Devices Panel of the US Food and Drug Administration.
John Rugge, MD
John Rugge is a practicing family physician, as well as the founding CEO, and now Executive.
Chairman, of Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center that is the only local medical provider for much of the Adirondacks and the primary care safetynet for the Glens Falls “micropolitan” area. From a single site in Chestertown in 1974, Hudson Headwaters has grown to include 18 health centers caring for some 100,00 patients. The most recent center, Plattsburgh Family Health, was conceived and constructed in partnership with CVPH and UVMHN.
Following an appointment to Governor Carey’s Health Advisory Council in 1979, Dr. Rugge has become a regular commentator and contributor to health policy in New York State with participation on 27 councils and commissions over the years. Additional activities include board membership of the Community Health Care Association of New York State, the Primary Care Development Organization, the Adirondack Health Institute, and the Adirondacks ACO for which he currently serves as President.
All these pursuits are in service to a life-long interest and commitment to what is now termed population health. Dr. Rugge prepared for medical practice in the mountains by earning degrees at Williams College (BA), Harvard (MTS), and Yale (MD), and by writing articles and books on wilderness canoeing in Labrador.
Kerin Stackpole, Esq.
Chair, Compensation Committee, University of Vermont Medical Center Trustee
Kerin Stackpole is a Director at Paul Frank + Collins in Burlington, and is the leader of the
Employment and Labor Law Group. Her practice areas include employment law, business counseling and general civil litigation. She is a native of Burlington, and is admitted to practice law in Vermont, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is an honors graduate of the Washington College of Law, American University and Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She has been recognized by her peers for her skill in labor and employment law through inclusion in Chambers & Partners (USA), Best Lawyers of America and Super Lawyers. She has served on numerous community Boards, including the VNA, Wake Robin and Wheaton College.
Vice Chair, Chair, Ventures Committee, UVM Health Network-Home Health & Hospice Trustee
Allie Stickney is the retired President/CEO of Wake Robin Life Care Community, located in Shelburne, VermontT. She previously had a decades-long career with Planned Parenthood, successively serving in senior leadership and CEO positions in Vermont, Oregon and New York City. Her positions have included responsibility at the local, state, national and international level, and she has directed the provision of reproductive health care services in rural and urban areas of the United States as well as countries in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central/South America.
She serves on the Boards of Directors of UVM Health Network Home Health and Hospice, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and is the President of the Vermont Women’s Forum, a chapter of the International Women’s Forum.
Ms. Stickney first moved to Vermont in 1968. Her career has brought two out-of-state moves in the intervening years, but she has continually been drawn back to the Green Mountain State. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and resides in Shelburne, Vermont.
Kara Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS
Dr. Kara Odom Walker is Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer of Nemours Children’s Health System. Dr. Walker leads the Nemours National Office, Advocacy and Public Policy, as well as all aspects of Population Health Strategy, Research, Innovation and Implementation. Her scope of responsibility includes advancement of the overall health and well-being of children, both broadly and among the populations served by Nemours. Dr. Walker collaborates with operational leaders and shares accountability for managed care initiatives, to include medically complex case management, school-based wellness programs and other services for specific populations. From January 2017 to August of this year, Dr. Walker served as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services under Governor John Carney. She was previously the Deputy Chief Science Officer at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and is a board-certified practicing family physician. Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Walker holds a Medical Degree from Thomas Jefferson University, a Master of Science in Health Sciences from UCLA, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.
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