The SVHC Board of Trustees

As a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. The trustees come from all walks of life and have close ties to the communities SVHC serves. SVHC's board is a working board, requiring a considerable investment of a board member's time. Board members are not paid for that time; they serve as volunteers.

The SVHC Board of Trustees provides strategic leadership for the health system. The board has several responsibilities:

  • Establish the health system's mission and vision.
  • Select the president and CEO and regularly review CEO and organizational performance.
  • Provide guidance and oversight for organizational planning.
  • Oversee the management of the organization's finances and overall assets.
  • Represent the needs of the community and ensure that the health system considers those needs in the programs and services it provides.

Board members serve on committees that oversee the various operations of our health system. As with most boards of directors, the board only has authority when it meets. SVHC's president and chief executive officer, acts on behalf of the board, leading the SVHC’s executive management team in running day-to-day operations.

Board members are nominated by the board’s Nominating Committee and voted on by the entire board. In selecting new SVHC board members, the nominating committee looks for candidates who exemplify SVHC's values, can be counted on to actively participate in board work, and have leadership capabilities. SVHC also looks for candidates who represent the communities the health system serves and who have special expertise that will be useful to the board in fulfilling its duties.

For Fiscal Year 2014, members of SVHC’s Board of Trustees are:


David Meiselman, Esq., Chairman

David Meiselman, Esq., is a founder and senior partner at Meiselman, Packman, Nealon Scialabba & Baker P.C., a nationally recognized litigation firm located in White Plains, New York. After serving in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps in 1968 and 1969, David went on to graduate Brooklyn College and New York Law School. After a few years honing his courtroom skills with some of New York’s finest law firms, David began his own law firm. Since then David has been consistently selected by his peers as one of the “Top Trial Lawyers in America” and as one of the “Super Lawyers in New York State”. David has held numerous leadership roles in professional societies as well as not-for-profit organizations. David currently serves on the Board of the Southern Vermont Arts Center and lives in Dorset with his wife Myra, also a partner in the firm.

Marny Krause, First Vice Chair

Marny Krause is the Senior Gift Officer at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She has served as a senior executive in the fields of healthcare and higher education and is known for her experience in establishing comprehensive, and successful, institutional development programs. Ms. Krause served as Vice President of Marketing and Development for this hospital and led a successful effort to increase leadership giving to the healthcare system. For many years she served colleges in senior development and alumni affairs positions. While at Bennington College she successfully implemented a $30 million campaign. Her campaign at Skidmore College exceeded the $78 million fundraising goal by 10 percent. Ms. Krause is recognized for her volunteer leadership with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the alumni association at Connecticut College. She holds a Master’s degree from Antioch New England Graduate School and a Bachelor‘s degree from Connecticut College. 

Sean Casey, Second Vice Chair

Sean Casey is a Managing Partner and Director of Public Affairs at Eric Mower and Associates (EMA), a multi-service public relations, public affairs, advertising, and brand management firm. Sean has had a distinguished career as a communications counselor, elected official, political consultant, state legislative aide, media trainer and patient advocate. In his position at EMA, he advises senior executives and oversees public affairs programs for a variety of clients in the energy, financial, environment, health care, and technology industries. Sean specializes in crisis communications and communications training. His volunteer work has included serving as a Patient Advocate for Teva Neuroscience’s Shared Solutions, a board member of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and as a member of the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Capital District Chapter. Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University.


Bruce P. Mullen, Secretary

Bruce Mullen is a Certified Financial Planner with more than 25 years’ experience in financial and treasury management, pensions, securities, investments and insurance. He established, and manages, an office of Cambridge Investment Research in Wilmington, Vermont. Mr. Mullen served as Vice President and Treasurer of the $300 million company VANTICO INC., and as Controller for the Polymers Division of CIBA-GEIGY CORP in New York and Switzerland. He is a member of this hospital’s Foundation Board and has volunteered with numerous community organizations. Mr. Mullen served two terms as President of the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley, as Chair of the Deerfield Valley Regional Advisor Board, and as a member of the select board for the Town of Wilmington. He holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.


Board Members

Michael Algus, MD 

Dr. Michael Algus is president of the SVHC Medical Staff and a board-certified pulmonologist and sleep specialist in private practice in Bennington. Dr. Algus also serves as the medical director of SVMC’s respiratory therapy program, the sleep laboratory, and the intensive care unit. In addition, he serves as the medical director of the SVMC Quality Improvement and Assessment program. Dr. Algus received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, NY, and completed his internship and residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York. In addition to board certification in pulmonology and sleep medicine, he also is certified in internal medicine. He holds a teaching appointment with the University of Vermont College of Medicine where he received the Dean’s Primary Teaching Award in 2002. Dr. Algus also is the 2012 recipient of the SVHC Richard Guerrero Safety Award

Michael Brady, DDS

Michael Brady, D.D.S. is a dentist specializing in children’s dentistry at Molly Stark Children’s Dentistry in Bennington, Vermont. He has more than 30 years’ experience in dental medicine and is a leader in the community and his profession. Dr. Brady serves on the dental staff of this hospital and is an Examiner for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Brady served as the chairman of the SVHC Board of Trustees and has volunteered numerous hours on the boards of organizations including the Bennington United Way, Bennington Home Health, and the Sacred Heart St. Francis Parish Council. Dr. Brady has held senior leadership positions in the Vermont State Dental Society, the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners and the Vermont Delta Dental Insurance Company. He is the recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Service Award of the Vermont Dental Society for Molly Stark Children’s Dentistry. Dr. Brady received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from Villanova University and his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.


James Brown

James Brown is President and CEO of The Bank of Bennington in Bennington, Vermont. He has more than 20 years’ experience in senior banking positions, responsible for loan portfolios, commercial loans, credit risk analysis and strategic planning. He is a member of the Catamount Rotary, a Trustee at the Bennington Museum, a Director of the Bennington County Industrial Corp., and is active in coaching youth hockey and baseball. Mr. Brown holds an MBA from the State University at Albany, and a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Lawrence University.


Christopher Casey, CIC

Christopher Casey is a partner with Taconic Insurance Partners LLC in Williamstown, MA, a firm specializing in brokering commercial insurance products. Mr. Casey has more than 30 years’ experience with commercial, property and casualty insurance and is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). Under Mr. Casey’s leadership two separate insurance firms expanded their operations and opened multiple new offices in Northern Berkshire County. He has served on the board of the Berkshire County Independent Insurance Agents and was elected President of the board in 1991. Mr. Casey has volunteered his time as a member of the Northern Berkshire United Way Red Feather Board and the Board of the Taconic Golf Club. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hartwick College and completed training at the CNA Insurance Sales & Technical Training School in Chicago, Illinois.


Tommy Harmon

Tommy Harmon is President and CEO of Sonnax Industries in Bellows Falls, a firm that provides components for rebuilding automatic transmissions to the worldwide market. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial management of manufacturing firms and their operations. Mr. Harmon acquired Sonnax in 2005 and he sold 100 percent of the company to its employees in 2011. He has served as Chief Financial Officer and Controller for international manufacturers, including CFO for North America AGIE AG, a Swiss based machine tool manufacturer. He is an active volunteer in the community and has served on SVHC's Board of Trustees' Finance Committee, the Vermont Business Roundtable Board of Trustees, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center Advisory Board, and the Manchester Vermont School Board. Mr. Harmon holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.



Patricia Komline

Patricia Komline (R) is a State Representative serving her fifth term in the Vermont State House of Representatives. She served two years as Assistant House Minority Leader and three years as Minority Leader. Ms. Komline also works as a Special Projects Coordinator for Stratton Mountain Resort and Campaign Manager for Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott. During Hurricane Irene relief efforts Ms. Komline served as a Project Director for the Stratton Foundation, working with individuals impacted by the storm and educating Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials. For many years she has volunteered in support of education, serving on the Dorset School Board of Education, the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Board, the Safe Drug Free School Committee and Healing the Children Advisory Board. Currently Ms. Komline is a Board of Trustee Member at Burr and Burton Academy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Claire Murray

Claire Murray is a renowned professor, healthcare executive, and registered nurse who currently serves as Executive Director of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives. Ms. Murray is highly regarding for her leadership in state and national nursing associations and in the field of nursing education. Her work improving nursing practice has been recognized with no less than 16 awards, including honorary recognition from the American Nurses Association, the New York State Nurses Association, and the New York State Senate Women of Distinction. Ms. Murray has held senior executive positions as Chief Nurse Executive and Senior Vice President of Patient Services for Seton Health System in Troy, NY. She was an Instructor at Excelsior College and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Sage Graduate School. Ms. Murray holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from the Russell Sage College of Nursing, and a Diploma from St. Mary's Hospital Nursing.


E. Wilbur Rice

E. Wilbur Rice is founder and owner of Equipe Sport & Mtn. Riders, a group of four ski, snowboard, bike, boat and outdoor apparel stores located in Southern Vermont. Prior to starting his business, he was vice president of Stratton Corporation and worked as commercial director for Stratton Mountain and Bromley Mountain Resorts. In these roles, Rice managed commercial real estate and participated in the development, construction and operations of the Stratton Village Square. Rice started his career as one of the original 12 employees at ski industry supplier Salomon North America. Rice has served in leadership positions for several industry organizations, including the National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association and the Adirondack Landowners Association. His experience includes fisheries biology, silviculture and resort and real estate operations. Locally, Rice has chaired the board of the Northshire Day School and has served on the Manchester and Sunderland Planning Commissions.

Eric Seyferth, MD

Eric Seyferth, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician in private practice in Bennington, providing comprehensive inpatient, office, rehabilitation, and nursing home care. His practice is certified as a Level III Medical Home. Dr. Seyferth is a long-time leader at SVMC. He has served as President of the Medical Staff and ICU Director and currently is Chairman of the Department of Medicine and is on the Cardiology Committee, ICU Committee and Medical Executive Committee. He serves as Chairman of the board of the physician-hospital organization, United Health Alliance. He is on the Board of Managers of One Care, a statewide accountable care organization. He has participated in international clinical trials in the office and hospital settings regarding hypertension and heart attack care. Prior to joining the staff at SVMC, he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University. He completed his residency and internship at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College and his Bachelors degree from Williams College.


Lara Shore-Shepard, Ph.D.

Lara Shore-Sheppard, Ph.D., is a professor, researcher, prolific writer and speaker. Currently she serves as Professor of Economics and Chair of the Program in Political Economy at Williams College and as a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Shore-Sheppard has been a visiting scholar, research fellow, or professor at universities across the country, including Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Chicago, and has presented her research at numerous symposia, conferences, and public lectures. Her work, which has focused on assessing the impact of Medicaid and other public programs on low-income families, has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Labor. She has volunteered in numerous administrative and student mentoring capacities and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Ecu-Health Care in North Adams, MA. Dr. Shore-Sheppard holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.A. from Amherst College.


Stanley Stroup

Stanley Stroup is a director of H5, a San Francisco-based company that provides e-discovery, technology-assisted legal reviews and case preparation support to the legal profession. He retired in 2004 as executive vice president and general counsel of Wells Fargo & Company, where he was responsible for legal affairs and government relations. Prior to that Stroup was general counsel of Norwest Corporation in Minneapolis. He was a member of the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C. and was an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. Stroup received a history degree from the University of Illinois and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He lives with his wife Sylvia in Manchester, Vt. and Hilton Head, S.C. He and his wife enjoy their three children and nine grandchildren. They spend time traveling, golfing and gardening.

Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace is President and CEO of GW Ski, Inc. and co-owner of First Trax Sports Shop. Mr. Wallace is a Certified Property Manager (A.R.M.), with extensive experience in real estate sales and development. He has served as Director of Business Development and Marketing of TPW Management, and President and CEO of Wallace Properties. He has dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to Make-a-Wish of Vermont where he served as board member at large and past Vice-Chair. Mr. Wallace has also served as Vice Chair of the Deerfield Valley Transit Association (Moover), past Chair of the Dover School Board, and the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. He has served SVHC as a member of the Regional Advisory Board and a board member at large. Mr. Wallace holds a Bachelor’s degree from Keene State College.

SVHC’s Board of Trustees meets bi-monthly. These meetings are not public. However, board members are always willing to discuss issues with the community. Community members should feel free to address any SVHC board member. Southwestern Vermont Health Care does not publish an annual report. In addition, any community member who wishes to speak with the SVHC Board of Trustees or would like more information about our board may contact

Heather Moses
President’s Office
100 Hospital Drive
Bennington VT 05201
(802) 447-5236
FAX (802) 447-5013