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. 


Bruce Mullen, Executive Committee Chair

MullenBruce140x190Bruce 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.

John Larkin, Executive Committee Vice Co-Chair

LarkinJohnJohn 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.

William T. (Tom) Zieglar, Executive Committee Chair

ZieglarTomTom Zieglar  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. In addition, 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 the organization’s endowment. Ziegler and his wife Nancy are members of the Dorset Field Club and the Green Mountain Horse Association.

Fredricka Kimball, Executive Committee Secretary

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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.

Marny Krause, Past Chair

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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.

Board of Directors

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Caren McVicker is co-founder of PowerWeekWorkshops, a social media and business productivity consulting group in Dorset, VT. Caren has been self-employed for more 25 years. Her consulting career began as a software documentation and training consultant on Wall Street. Working with clients such as Lipper Analytical Services (now a Reuters Company), The Associated Press, Goldman Sachs, Frito Lay, and Nabisco. She developed her passion for training and development against the backdrop of big business and now brings that enthusiasm to small businesses and nonprofits in Vermont and Massachusetts. Currently, Caren is consulting as the Operations Coordinator at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester as well as working with GNAT-TV, KURA Project, and The Dorset Chamber of Commerce. Caren lives in Dorset with her husband, Joe, and their two sons. She sings in the Dorset Church choir and serves on the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation’s Northshire Regional Advisory Board. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.A. in Communication Arts from Southern Methodist University.

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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.

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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.   

 Palmiter  

Arlene Palmiter was born and raised in New Jersey, moved to New England to attend college at UNH. She completed her masters at Boston University. Her family settled in Vermont in 1985. Arlene currently lives in Wilmington, and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle. She loves the Vermont countryside and for since 1987 has shared it with customers and helped many find their special Vermont home. Arlene can frequently be found enjoying life at the lake with her Labs, Jenny and King. She also has a passion for cooking, gardening, and yoga. Arlene is a charter member of the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club, a State Director for the Vermont Association of Realtors, and stays active in community groups. Arlene was voted by her Realtor peers Realtor of the Year both in 2007 and 2013. Arlene was Broker/Owner of Palmiter Realty Group from 1987 until 2016 when she merged her company with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International. From 2006 thru 2015 Palmiter Realty Group remained the top office in sales volume in the Mount Snow area.

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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.

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Themarge Small, MD, is president of the SVHC Medical Staff and a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Small received her medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles’ Geffen School of Medicine and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Geisel School of Medicine in Lebanon, NH. Dr. Small is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been a member of the SVMC medical staff since 2008.

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Bob 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.

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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.

 NewellDavid140 David Newell is an emeritus member of the Foundation Board of Directors. He 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.

Leslie Keefe, Vice President of Corporate Development

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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.