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.
Tom Ziegler, co-vice chair, retired after a 30-year career in commercial/corporate real estate. He worked for Texaco and GTE Corporation managing large-scale real estate projects domestically and internationally. He worked in leadership positions at Cushman & Wakefield and JLL. In addition to his professional work, Ziegler served as chair of the Salisbury School Annual Fund and helped transform the fund in ways that led to $55 million in growth to its endowment. Ziegler and his wife Nancy are members of the Dorset Field Club and the Green Mountain Horse Association.
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.
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.
Leslie Keefe has more than 25 years of marketing, management and strategic business consulting experience in the corporate and non-profit fundraising sectors. Keefe, who is a Vermont native, 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, raising several million dollars in annual, capital and endowment initiatives for several local 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 currently serves on the Board of the Southern Vermont Arts Center and served on the board of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation for several years assisting the organization with its vision of becoming a nationally recognized institution, as well as volunteering with various community organizations. She also serves an alternate commissioner on the District 8 Act 250 Commission, a position she has held since 2007.
The sole purpose of the SVHC Foundation shall be to engage in development and fundraising activities exclusively for the support of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporation.
12/9/2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A commitment to excellence and a patient-centered approach sets Southwestern Vermont Health Care apart.
12/9/2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
12/3/2020 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019, in its employee cafeteria.
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