Foundation Board

The success of the SVHC Foundation is made possible only through the efforts and guidance of many dedicated volunteer leaders. They provide ideas to improve our health system, serve as ambassadors in the communities we serve, provide opportunities for others to learn of our health system's exciting work, organize and host events, and drive the success of our fundraising efforts. 

Marny Krause, Executive Committee Chair


Marny Krause is the Senior Gift Officer at Skidmore College. She has served as a senior executive in healthcare and higher education and is known for 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. 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.

Bruce Mullen, Executive Committee Vice Chair


Bruce P. 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.

Fredricka Kimball, Executive Committee Secretary


Fredricka Kimball, originally from Evanston, Ill., moved to Vermont in 1971 and has been supporting SVHC since 1993. She has served in various leadership roles for several prominent local organizations, including the Northshire Day School and Long Trail School, where she was instrumental in raising funds for expansion and scholarships.

David Newell, Immediate Past Chair


David Newell earned a bachelor’s from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as an independent insurance agent with Wills Insurance since 1979. He spends his free time leading local service organizations in positions including past president for the Bennington Rotary Club, past president of the Better Bennington Corporation, past chair of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Board, and past trustee of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. Currently, he is a trustee of the Bennington Free Library and Southern Vermont College. David has been married to Carol Newell for 41 years. They have three children: Lindsay, Peter, and Andrew.

Board of Directors


Carolyn Blitz is the president of Mountain Media LLC and publisher of Stratton Magazine. She began her career as an executive with the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and served as its vice president of Community Relations. During her tenure there she was involved in many projects undertaken to revitalize the community and its downtown. In 1987 Blitz moved to New York to take a position with the National Basketball Association, where she served in a number of capacities, including vice president of Community Relations and vice president of Special Events, during her 20-year career. She purchased her first home at Stratton in 2001. After enjoying Vermont as a weekend destination, in 2007, she decided to spend the majority of her time at Stratton and became immersed in the community. Today, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Stratton Mountain Urgent Care at the Carlos Otis Clinic and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mountain School at Winhall. In addition, she serves as president of the Stratton Foundation Board of Directors. Blitz has one daughter, who is a graduate of Vermont Academy and Dickinson College. Carolyn is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of Vermont and general manager of Stratton Real Estate.

Katie Adams

Kathryn Brooks draws on rich experience in advertising and sales. She founded, owned, and operated Cat Country Radio and cofounded Vermont Wood Pellet manufacturing plant in Rutland County, VT. In addition to her work on the SVHC Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board, she has served on several community boards and advisory boards, including The Women’s Business Owners Network, Manchester Parks and Recreation, Riley Rink, The Collaborative, Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, The Dorset Theatre Festival and the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Jonathan M. Cohen has lived in Bennington since 1990. He attended the University of Vermont, where he received his B.A. in 1985 and then attended Albany Law School of Union University, receiving his J.D. in 1989. Jon was admitted to the bar in Vermont and New York in 1990. He was the Deputy State’s Attorney in Bennington County from 1990 – 1994 and has been in private practice in Bennington since 1994. Jon is a member of the Vermont Bar Association and has served as President of the Bennington County Bar Association.


Thomas A. Dee joined Southwestern Vermont Health Care as its chief executive officer in 2009. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a master's in Healthcare Administration, both from Xavier University in Ohio. Tom came to SVHC from Health Alliance in Kingston, NY, an integrated health system of three hospitals. Tom was president and chief executive officer of the 222-bed Benedictine Hospital for more than 17 years. He oversaw the implementation of a variety of new services in the hospital’s community, including a cardiac catheterization testing center, an outpatient imaging center, and several primary care centers.


Crista Gannon, a marketing executive with more than 25 years of experience in solutions marketing at Unisys and IBM. Most recently she was responsible for strategy, messaging, and marketing plans in support of the IBM’s Global Government division. Gannon is currently Co-Owner of Happy Dog Farm LLC, in Wilmington, Vermont. She is vice chair of the Wilmington Trails Committee and a member of Deerfield Valley Rotary Club. Gannon also served for six years as Commissioner of Youth Lacrosse in Falls Church, Va. and has volunteered with numerous community organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar.


Roby Harrington, III, earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1951 and served as a Marine officer during the Korean War. He began his business career in brand management at Procter & Gamble and joined Young & Rubicam, the international advertising agency, in 1961. After 31 years, he retired as chairman of the United States company and sat on its Board of Directors. He has been married for 64 years to Carol Whitney Harrington and has four children and ten grandchildren. Roby serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Board of Directors, and supports quality health care, education, and arts organizations region wide. Roby is an avid golfer, voracious reader, a happy traveler, and a proud grandfather. He and his wife live in Manchester Village, VT, and Boca Grande, FL.


Orion Howard, MD, is the medical director of the Cancer Center in Bennington. He received his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City and his undergraduate education at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He completed both a residency and an internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellowship Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both in Boston, in association with Harvard Medical School, in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Howard is a board certified Medical Oncologist. He has served on the medical staff at SVMC since 2008.


Charles La Fiura grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, a suburb of New York City, where he met his wife, Judy, while they attended the public high school. Judy and Charles have two sons and three grandchildren and in July of 2016 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Charles graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and in 1968 with a juris doctor degree from New York University Law School. Following active duty service with the U.S. Army reserves, he began a 40 year practice of law as a partner with law firms in northern New Jersey. He advised businesses and financial institutions on a broad range of commercial and business law matters involving mergers and acquisitions, day to day business operations, raising capital, securities law compliance, corporate governance, real estate acquisitions, tax exempt bond financing, and commercial lending. In 2005, Charles and Judy retired to East Dover, Vermont where for a few years Charles continued to practice law on a limited basis for his New Jersey law firm. In Vermont, Charles has been active in community affairs, serving on the Board of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity as the chairman of its real estate acquisition committee, on the Dover and Wilmington Bi-Town Economic Development Committee, and as the President of the Rotary Club of the Deerfield Valley.


John Larkin is an attorney with over 40 years’ experience, admitted to practice in NY in 1966. Upon completion of active duty in the US Army, he joined an established law firm in New York City where he specialized in professional liability defense of law firms and accounting firms. He retired from equity partnership in the firm at the end in 2013. He and his wife Deborah maintain a home in North Pownal. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College (’63), JD from Albany Law School, Union University (’66) and an MA in English Literature from Hunter College (’13). He was previously a member of the Union League Club in NY and served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Re, a subsidiary of what today is ING, B.V.


Stephen D. Majetich joined Southwestern Vermont Healthcare in 2010 as its Chief Financial Officer. He has a Bachelor's degree from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Stephen has nearly 35 years’ experience in the Healthcare industry both in public accounting for nearly 10 years and the remaining in senior financial officer positions in small stand-alone hospitals in and in regional and multi-state health care systems.


Michael McKenna is a financial advisor at D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc. in Bennington. Michael graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School in 1983, and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. He spent six years as a district manager and major account district manager for Automatic Data Processing, Inc., before joining D.B. Mckenna & Co. in 1994. He serves his community as a director for the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, and is a director of the Bennington Catamount Rotary Club. Past community positions include president of the local Dollars for Scholars chapter, president of Hospice of Bennington County, Inc., director of Bennington Lions Club, and director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Michael resides in Bennington, Vermont, with his wife, Susan, and two boys, Michael John and Peter.


Dr. Keith Michl is an internal medicine physician in private practice in Manchester, VT, and a member of the Department of Medicine at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.  He is an affiliate of MDVIP, a network of physicians providing personalized primary care medical and wellness services. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio. He completed his residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Michl is particularly interested in geriatric medicine and aging management, preventive cardiology, nutrition and weight management issues, and integrative health.   


Robert Ruhl, DDS, is originally from Pennsylvania and received his doctor of dental medicine degree from Temple University of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. He opened his dental practice in Wilmington in 1979. He is a founder of Vermont’s Adult Dental Care Day, which offers free dental care for those with no insurance or high deductibles. Ruhl was named as a fellow of the International College of Dentistry in 2012.


Scott Seidel divides time between Arlington, VT and Springfield, NJ. He has been a commercial real estate broker and developer with Cardinal Land Properties, his family company, since 1979. He also has been a licensed real estate broker in Vermont since 1993. In addition, he is the emergency management coordinator for the Town of Springfield. In that role, he oversees the town’s emergency operations plan; heads the auxiliary police unit and other volunteers; and coordinates police, fire, department of public works, and administration resources and chairs the Fourth of July committee. He is a founding member of Springfield H.O.P.E., a non-profit that aims to provide financial aid to those in need, and the chairman of the Springfield Mayor’s Day at Baltusrol committee, which provides scholarships to high school seniors in Springfield. He is a trustee of the Arlington Rescue Squad Board and serves on the board of the Battenkill Valley Health Center.


Alan N. Wiegand is a retired sales and marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in the fixed income capital markets division, primarily at Paine Webber and Prudential Securities. Wiegand was responsible for the sales and marketing of municipal bonds to the retail sales force. He also designed and presented a training for all capital markets fixed-income products for domestic and international financial advisors. He is a member of the SVHC Foundation Board and was the chair of the Northshire Regional Advisory Board from 2004 – 2016. He has spent the last 15 years working for not-for-profits, including serving on the executive committee of the Green Mountain Academy of Life Long Learning, which offers adult educational programs. He has a bachelor’s in English from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, and a master’s in Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

Leslie Keefe, Vice President of Corporate Development


Leslie Keefe has more than 25 years of marketing, management and strategic business consulting experience in the corporate and non-profit fundraising sectors. Keefe is a Rutland native, who ran a successful consulting business focusing on organizational development, including strategic planning, governance, fundraising, training and marketing before joining Southwestern Vermont Health Care as the Vice President of Corporate Development in January, 2014.

Keefe, who lives in Manchester, has a long history of successful marketing and fundraising in Bennington County. She served as development director at Long Trail School in Dorset and directed the capital campaign for the Northshire Day School in Manchester, raising several million dollars in annual, capital and endowment initiatives for the organizations. As executive director of the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce for seven years, she quadrupled membership and led a variety of successful economic development initiatives.

Keefe launched her career in the retail industry, completing the Bloomingdale’s executive training program in New York City before spending nearly a decade with San Francisco-based clothing chain, Esprit De Corp. Keefe oversaw the entire East Coast and Midwest operations, opening numerous outlet stores and managing over 200 employees and several million dollars in revenue.

Active in the both her local and statewide community, Keefe serves on the board of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, as well as volunteers with various community organizations. She also serves an alternate commissioner on the District 8 Act 250 Commission, a position she has held since 2007.