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.

For Fiscal Year 2021, members of SVHC’s Board of Trustees are:


Kathleen Fisher, chair, had a four-decade career in the financial services industry. In 2020, she retired from AllianceBernstein as National Managing Director and Head of Wealth and Investment Strategies for Bernstein Private Wealth Management. In this role, she led the team responsible for developing asset allocation and investment strategies for high net worth individuals as well as for endowments and foundations, and was a frequent commentator regarding market trends on Bloomberg and CNBC. Before joining Bernstein in 2001, Kathy spent 15 years at JPMorgan as a Managing Director advising banks and investment management firms on acquisitions, divestitures and financing techniques. Earlier in her career, she was an equity analyst at Morgan Stanley, covering bank stocks, and an economic research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Kathy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College with a BA in Economics, magna cum laude, and earned an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. She currently serves on the board of Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home and is a former trustee of Bates College, the Aloha Foundation, and the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service. Kathy and her family have had a home in southern Vermont since 1986.


Stephen Kelly, vice chair  works as the Chief Financial Officer for The Boma Project, a 106-employee international non-profit headquartered in Manchester, VT working to relieve poverty in East Africa. In the past, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Meals on Wheels of Rockland and as president of Heron’s Ghyll Builders, a custom home builder, both in New York State. He lives in Andover, VT. 


Lara Shore-Sheppard, Ph.D., secretary, 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.


Richard Ader is the founder of U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC and a recognized real estate expert. He has acquired and operated more than 20 million square feet of office, retail and industrial property as well as 36,000 residential units throughout the United States and 5,000 hotel rooms during his career. Ader is a graduate of the University of Vermont and serves on the Board of the University of Vermont Foundation and as Chairman of the Advisory Board to the College of Arts and Sciences. He is the owner of the Bennington Tennis Center and has owned a home in Bennington for 18 years. He became aware of the hospital when a family member was a patient in the emergency department.

Brian Barefoot’s background includes education management, financial management, investment banking, and investment management. He currently serves on the Investment Committee of Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Massachusetts; as vice chair of the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation in Vero Beach, FL; as a trustee of Burr and Burton Academy; and as President of the Board of Governors of Ekwanok Country Club. Brian and his wife Pam divide time between Dorset, VT; Vero Beach, FL; and Boston, MA. Brian's full list of experience can be reviewed on his LinkedIn profile.

Michael Brady, D.D.S. is a dentist specializing in children’s dentistry at SVMC Dentistry. He has more than 30 years’ experience in dental medicine and is a leader in the community and his profession. Dr. Brady is an Examiner for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners. Dr. Brady 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.  


Carol Conroy, DNP, RN, CENP, is a consultant at Healthcare Excellence Unlimited in Arlington, VT, a company she founded in 2017. She worked at SVHC as vice president for operations and chief nursing officer for 8 years. During her tenure, she led the nursing team to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition® twice and their acknowledgement as an ANCC Magnet Prize recipient in 2017.

Previously, Conroy served in nursing leadership roles at Caritas Christie Healthcare, Nashoba Valley Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center, all in Massachusetts. She received her bachelor of science in Nursing from Cornell University School of Nursing in New York, her master of science in Nursing Administration and master of business administration (MBA) from Anna Maria College in Massachusetts, and her doctor of nursing practice from Regis College in Massachusetts. In addition to SVHC, she serves on the board of Southern Vermont College and the regional board of the Organization of Nurse Leaders. She serves as a Magnet® appraiser for the ANCC, surveying applicant organizations around the country for Magnet® designation.


Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, joined Southwestern Vermont Health Care as its chief executive officer in 2009. Since then, he has led SVHC to several national and regional recognitions, including as a four-time Magnet for Nursing Excellence designee, a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, one of Vermont Magazine’s Best Places to Work, and one of the “Top 150 Places to Work in Health Care” as noted by Becker’s Hospital Review. Among the notable projects of the past three years, Tom has worked with his team to expand the health system’s partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, increase access to primary care, improve patient safety and experience, enhance employee engagement, and maintain a strong financial operation. Before SVHC, Tom worked for 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 has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a master's in Healthcare Administration, both from Xavier University in Ohio.


Dimitri Garder is co-founder and CEO of Global-Z International, a data management company serving global brands for the past 30 years.  In his work, he has developed and implemented complex global data quality assessment and improvement solutions for many Global-Z clients, ranging from small companies to Fortune 100s.  His 30 years of experience with complex global data makes him one of the leading experts in the data management industry.  His approach to data quality is pragmatic, statistically focused, and metrics driven.  He believes in solving complex problems through simple, clear, analytical thinking. 

Dimitri is active in community development in Southwestern Vermont.  He is co-founder and a director of The Lightning Jar, a co-working space and business incubator located in Bennington.  He founded The Bennington Idea Fund, a micro-grant fund focused on economic advancement and poverty alleviation projects.  His board positions include Bennington County Industrial Corporation, Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, Bennington County School and Workforce Council, and the Vermont Business Roundtable. He is also an investor in the Bennington Redevelopment Group, a team of local investors who are revitalizing the downtown Bennington economy. Dimitri holds a bachelor of arts in Music Theory from the University of Vermont, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Marie George is an infectious disease specialist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Infectious Disease and chairs Antibiotic Stewardship at SVMC. She received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and attended University of Connecticut as an undergraduate. She completed her residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and a fellowship at Tufts University/New England Medical Center, both in Boston. Dr. George is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Wayne Granquist is graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School. His career in government included posts as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff (1964 – 1969) and as Associate Director of the US Office of Management and Budget in the Carter White House (1977 – 1981). His business experience includes positions as a Vice President of the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, President of the Fairfield County National Bank of Connecticut, co-owner and President of the Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont, and partner and managing director at Manchester Capital Management, from which he retired in 1996. He is currently a consultant to non-profit organizations on strategic planning, governance, and management-board relations, and was named by the Governor to chair the Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone Committee in 2015. Granquist serves on the Board of Directors of Vermont Public Radio and is a Trustee and Chair Emeritus of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, where he leads the company’s current $13.5 million capital campaign. He was a Trustee of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from 2000 – 2012, and chaired that Board from 2007 – 2012. He and his wife Deborah live in Weston, VT, where he is Town Moderator.


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.

Kristyn D. Harrington is the owner of KDH Counseling PLLC, which provides mental health and substance abuse evaluations and treatment. For nearly 20 years, she worked in various positions within the Mount Anthony Union School District in Bennington, including as a school-based clinician, a clinical coordinator, and the assistant principal. In addition, she was a school board member for 5 years, serving both Union District #23 and the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Ithaca College in New York, her master’s in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and a master’s in education leadership from Castleton State College in Vermont.


Connie A. Jastremski, RN, MS, MBA, ANP-C, FCCM, has nearly five decades of nursing experience. She received her diploma from Presbyterian-University Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh in 1969, her bachelor's in Nursing from University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1980, her master's in Nursing from University of Maryland School of Graduate Studies in 1982, and a post-master’s certificate for Adult Nurse Practitioner from the College of Nursing, SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY, in 1998. Her special certifications include those in neurosurgical nursing, nursing administration, and hospice and palliative care. In addition, she holds a master's in Business Administration from Syracuse University. From 2003 until 2014, Jastremski worked in various nursing administration positions, including as the chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services, for Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, NY. During her last year at Bassett she also worked as a Nurse Practitioner on the Pain and Palliative Care Service until her retirement in 2015. In addition to consulting work, she has also held academic teaching positions within the State University of New York system, including SUNY IT, College of Nursing in Utica and the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, College of Nursing. She has published nearly 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has served on the editorial boards of journals including Critical Care Medicine, the Journal of Trauma Nursing, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, and others.


Sue Maguire, a native of Hoosick Falls, NY, has lived in North Bennington, VT, for nearly 40 years. She recently retired as principal of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington and a leader in the full-service community school model, in which health care services play a significant role. She has presented on the full-service school to audiences at Harvard University; to the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, DC; and on ABC News. In addition, she is the author of Inside Full Service Community Schools, 2002, with Joy Dryfoos. During her career, she secured more than $1 million in grants to develop services including preschool, mentoring, health services, child care, and parental involvement initiatives.


Angeline M. Marano,  has more than thirty years of healthcare executive management experience. She began her career as a hospital executive with Humana in South Florida, Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She also worked for the University Hospitals of Cleveland, a major academic institution and primary teaching affiliate for Case Western Reserve University. She later served as the chief operating officer (COO) of University of Vermont Medical Center and returned to South Florida as the COO for the Memorial Healthcare System. Additionally, she worked for Williams College as the director of Health Services. Marano joined Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) as its vice president of Ambulatory and Continuing Care Services in 2017 and retired in 2019.


Christine Miles has lived in Manchester, Vermont for almost 30 years. She completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and after graduation taught French in the Williamstown school district. After the birth of her first son, Ms. Miles stopped teaching and focused on her family business and participating in local non-profits. She created and fundraised for the Manchester Elementary School’s language program. Has sat on the Board of Burr & Burton Academy and The Mark Skinner Library. And, Ms. Miles ran the capital campaign to build the Manchester Community Library. She and her husband Joe have three children.

O'Grady Brian

Brian O’Grady  has more than 20 years of health insurance leadership experience and serves as executive vice president of commercial and Medicare business and chief marketing officer for Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP®). He is responsible for initiating, developing and successfully executing CDPHP’s overall marketing and sales objectives and is accountable for the business performance of the commercial and Medicare business segments. He joined CDPHP in March 2014. Prior to joining CDPHP, O’Grady held various leadership positions at HealthNow New York, Inc., known as BlueShield of Northeastern New York, where he worked for 15 years from 1995 to 2006 and again from 2010 to 2014. Most recently he served as vice president of commercial group accounts. From 2006 to 2010, he was regional vice president of sales for Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield of New Hampshire. O’Grady earned an MBA in health care administration from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany. He serves on the board of directors of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region.


Scott W. Rogge, MD, FACC is a board-certified cardiologist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, specializing in cardiovascular disease. He received his undergraduate degree from McGill University and his medical degree from St. Georges School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Hospital of St. Raphael.


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 in Manchester, Vt. and Hilton Head, S.C. 

Robert Van Degna grew up in Niskayuna, NY; attended Cornell University; served in the U.S. Army; graduated from Harvard Business School; and worked for Fleet Bank, where he spent 15 years as the managing director of the company’s private equity group. Bob is an aspiring artist, working primarily as a photographer and documentarian of Turning Pages. In addition, he is a board member of the Southern Vermont Arts Center. He and his wife Mary-Anne have four children and six grandchildren.

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 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.

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.

SVHC’s Board of Trustees meets regularly. 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.

Community members 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

As Chair of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Board of Trustees, I am committed to ensuring that the SVHC Board conducts business in an open, transparent and inclusive manner. Accordingly, the Board holds quarterly meetings that include a public session, in which the community is given an opportunity for comment. In addition, SVHC’s Board of Trustees, the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Regional Advisory Boards are comprised of individuals with close ties from the communities we serve. They are ambassadors for SVHC in each community, actively engaged in dialogue with each region and bring public comments and feedback to the health system.

Below is schedule of the SVHC Board meetings. The SVHC Board encourages members of the public to attend its public sessions, and welcomes comments and feedback. Each quarterly public session starts promptly at XX p.m. and lasts for one-half hour. For those individuals who cannot attend a public session, comments can be emailed in advance to Open Board Meeting Comments and will be brought up at the next immediately scheduled session.


Tommy Harmon

Chairman, Southwestern Vermont Health Care Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018

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