SVHC Foundation Welcomes Gannon and Parent

September 16, 2015

BENNINGTON, VT—September 16, 2015—Crista Gannon of Wilmington, Vt. has joined the Board of Directors and the Deerfield Valley Regional Advisory Board. Willian Parent of Rowe, Mass. has joined the Deerfield Valley Regional Advisory Board.

“We are so pleased to have these remarkable women working with the SVHC Foundation. Crista’s extensive marketing experience will be a tremendous asset, and she is a joy to work with,” said Leslie Keefe, SVHC’s vice president of corporate development. “And with years of business experience and deep roots at Mount Snow, Willian is a perfect fit for this important advisory role.”

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.

“I am excited to join the Foundation Board mostly because it is such a worthwhile cause. The doctors and nurses, the whole health system does so much for our community,” Gannon said.

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. She has volunteered with numerous community organizations.

Parent has been in Mount Snow’s human resources department for eight years, but her association with the mountain goes back decades.

“I was 12 when my mom started to work here,” Parent said. “So I have been around the area for many years.”

“The SVHC Foundation Board does so much worthwhile work here and at the hospital in Bennington,” Parent said. “The community relies on their work, so I am pleased to have been invited to join them.”

“We are delighted that both Crista and Willian have chosen to use their talents to support the Foundation’s efforts,” Keefe said.

The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation is the charitable giving and fundraising arm of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, Eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and Northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. In addition to the SVHC Foundation, SVHC consists of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington; SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, and SVMC Mountain Medical at the base of Mount Snow in West Dover. It also includes Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. To learn more, visit