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Board of Trustees

Front row (left to right): Steve Dobieski, M.D.; Michael Jones; Gene Bergoffen; George Isaacson (chair); Sandy Matheson; Bill Caron; Susannah Swihart; David Warren; Middle row (left to right): Thomas Ryan, M.D.; Kathryn Barber; Sara Burns; Rick Hull; Frank Frye; Back row (left to right): Peter Hayes; George Hissong; Not Pictured: Chris Emmons; Richard Penley
  • President: Bill Caron, MaineHealth 
  • Chair: George Isaacson
  • Past Chair: Sara J. Burns
  • Secretary: Robert S. Frank, MaineHealth
  • Treasurer: Frank McGinty, MaineHealth
  • Assistant Secretary: Don Quigley, MaineHealth


Kathy Barber has spent her career in medical/biotech industry sales and marketing. A Skidmore College and University of Chicago Graduate School of Business graduate, she worked for Abbott Laboratories in a management development program and at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook in marketing positions in the food safety, human diagnostics and veterinary medicine divisions.

Barber is a past board member of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Barber Foods.  In 2007, she joined the board of trustees at Bangor Savings Bank and sits on the Human Resource, Audit and Governance Committees.  She is also a board member for Piper Shores LLC a lifecare community in Scarborough, Maine as well as the Robotics Institute of Maine.

Bergoffen-Gene.jpg GENE BERGOFFEN

Gene Bergoffen is the immediate past chair of the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, and serves on its Executive and Governance Committees. He is also the Principal of MaineWay Services, performing research studies on truck safety for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association. He is an attorney, completing his degree at Georgetown University Law Center. Initially trained as a forester, with a BS in Forestry and MS in Public Administration, he has worked for the US Forest Service as Director of Legislative Affairs, and the National Forest Products Association. Before relocating to Fryeburg, Maine, he was President and CEO of the National Private Truck Council, representing the nation's private truck fleet community. Active in community affairs, Bergoffen was chair of the Fryeburg Planning Board, and served on the board of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in the Mount Washington Valley, and is now a member of the Eastern Slopes Airport Authority Board.
Sara J. Burns SARA J. BURNS
Past Chair

Sara J. Burns is president and chief executive officer of Central Maine Power (CMP) Company. She began her career with CMP as manager of risk management in 1987 and in her years with the company, Burns has served as chief operating officer, vice president of human resources and director of financial services. She serves on the boards of Maine & Company, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the board of overseers at Colby College, the George Mitchell Institute and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Burns is a graduate of Colby College.
Steven Dobieski, MD STEVEN DOBIESKI, M.D.
Dr. Dobieski graduated from Bates College and received his MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center and became board-certified in internal medicine. He joined the Greater Portland Medical Group and subsequently took a position at InterMed. Currently, he is a shareholder and full-time internist with InterMed. Dobieski is a member of the InterMed board and the Quality Improvement committee at InterMed. He also is a member of the InterMed Best Practices Work Group. He has been a long-standing member of the American College of Physicians and is an active member in the Maine chapter of the ACP.
Christopher Emmons CHRIS EMMONS

Chris Emmons is the president and CEO of Gorham Savings Bank. The Massachusetts native graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, and began his banking career at Maine National Bank in 1977. After stops at BayBank and TD Banknorth, he joined Gorham Savings Bank in 2003. A strong community supporter, Chris is involved with the Maine Bankers Association as well as several local non-profit organizations. He serves as chairman of MMC's Board of Trustees, board member and former chairman of the University of Southern Maine Foundation, and chairman of the United Way of Greater Portland. Chris' 30+ years of service to United Way began as a loaned executive in the late 1970s. He served as chair of the 2006 Annual Campaign, raising more than $8.5 million. Chris was selected as a 2007 laureate and inducted into the Maine Business Hall of Fame.

 Robert F. Frank

Robert S. Frank
Robert Frank has served as deputy general counsel for MaineHealth since July 2009. In that capacity, he has provided legal advice in connection with strategic initiatives and acquisitions, competition laws compliance, payor contracting, data security and breach matters, risk management and insurance, federal and state healthcare provider licensing, and has overseen professional liability, regulatory  and business litigation and dispute resolution matters. Prior to his work at MaineHealth, he was an associate at the Morrison & Foerster law firm in San Francisco (1979-82);  an assistant attorney general at the Maine Department of Attorney General (1982-1987); an associate and then partner in the law firm VerrillDana (1987-1995), and a founding member and partner of Harvey & Frank (1995-2009).  He served as a visiting lecturer of antitrust law for three terms at The University of Maine Law School (1997-1990 ), and currently serves as a panel member on the Grievance Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.

Over the course of his legal career prior to coming to work for MaineHealth, he has represented various hospitals, physician practices and health insurance carriers, the Maine Hospital Association, and special assignment to the American Hospital Association on antitrust and health care guidelines. He was a principal draftsman of the Maine Hospital Cooperation Act of 1991, which permitted hospitals and health care providers to opt for a regulatory process and thereby gain relief from federal and state antitrust laws. This Act was utilized successfully by MaineHealth in the transactions by which Southern Maine Medical Center and Pen Bay Medical Center became members of MaineHealth. 

Bob is a graduate of Emory University (B.A. Physics), and Yale Law School (J.D.) He is a member of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, and a past board member, treasurer and founder. He also served as treasurer and board member of the LARK Society for Chamber Music, and a board member of Young Peoples' Theater in Brunswick.

He currently resides in Falmouth, Maine. His oldest daughter Emily is a 4th year student in the Tufts University School of Medicine-Maine track program, and his younger daughter Kaela serves as study abroad counselor in the Dean Rusk International Studies Program at Davidson College.

Frank H. Frye FRANK H. FRYE

Frank H. Frye, an attorney, is "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry. Frank practices in the areas of Corporate, Business and Tax/Estate Planning Law, and specializes in serving closely-held business entities and non-profit organizations. Before joining the firm, he served as Attorney and Assistant Branch Chief, Interpretative Division in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, Washington D.C., and practiced with a large law firm in New York City. He has been selected for inclusion in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law and New England Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate and Tax. His community work includes serving on the Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees. He has been selected for inclusion in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law and New England Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate and Tax, and  is a past Chair of the Maine State Bar Association Tax Section. His charitable and civic work included service on the Town of Scarborough Planning Board, and as aTrustee of the  Portland, Maine  chapter of the American Red Cross and  Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls. Frank currently serves on the Board of Directors of  Down East Magazine, the magazine of Maine.
Peter L. Haynes PETER L. HAYNES

Peter L. Haynes served as president and CEO of Consumers Water Company from 1992 to 1999, when the company merged with Philadelphia Suburban Corporation. He served as president and CEO of NYNEX Enterprises, and he's held various operations, planning and marketing positions with New England Telephone and AT&T. Haynes is a member and former chair of the board of governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He has served as trustee and president of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and trustee and chair of Maine Medical Center and is a member of the board of visitors of the University of Maine. Haynes was the chair of MaineHealth's board from 2005 to 2009. He has served as the chair of the Business Advisory Council of the National Puerto Rican Coalition and as a director of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

He is a native of Ellsworth, Maine, and graduated from the University of Maine and earned his MBA at Cornell University.

George E. Hissong, Jr. GEORGE E. HISSONG, JR.

George (Ted) Hissong serves on the Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Board of Trustees as vice chairman and is chairman of the SMHC Governance Committee. He is president and CEO of Stafford Systems, Inc. located in Kennebunk, Maine, a position he has held since 1988. Hissong has served as a trustee of the Kennebunk Light and Power District, two years as chair as well as a trustee of the Kennebunk Sewer District. He is currently a member of the Sanford Industrial Development Commission and serves on the board of Port Opera.

Hissong graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in physical chemistry from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH and attended graduate school at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN.

Richard A. Hull, lll RICHARD A. HULL, III

Richard (Rick) Hull serves on the Southern Maine Health Care board of directors and is the chairman of the governance committee. He's currently the secretary of the board of directors and recently served a term as vice chairman of the board. He maintains a law practice in Biddeford and is the chief operating officer of H & D Title & Closing Services. He began practicing law in 1975 and has been providing secondary market closing services since 1978. He maintains a private law practice limiting its practice to real estate and real estate-related matters.

Hull graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and completed his law degree at the University of Maine School of Law. He's on the boards of the Biddeford & Saco Water Company and the McArthur Library Association.


George Isaacson is senior partner at Brann & Isaacson and serves as general counsel to L.L. Bean. His law firm represents Maine businesses, catalog companies and internet merchants throughout the United States, and he's frequently testified before congressional committees regarding interstate commerce issues. Isaacson served for eight years as a trustee of Maine Medical Center and is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He's also an adjunct faculty member at Bowdoin College, where he teaches constitutional law.
Michael F. Jones MICHAEL F. JONES

Michael F. Jones is the immediate past chair of the Pen Bay Healthcare board of trustees and sits on the executive committee. He previously served as chair of the Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation board and chair of the investment subcommittee. He is a member of the Community Business Partners Executive Committee. Jones is a vice president and commercial loan officer at Camden National Bank. Raised in Bath, Maine, Jones received his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College.

Sandy Matheson is the executive director of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. She was previously the director of the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems. Matheson’s career has been in management, healthcare and financial services. She served as the president and CEO of Hanford Environmental Health Foundation, the board chair of Kennewick General Hospital, consulted and acted as interim CEO for various organizations, and taught as an adjunct instructor for the Washington State University business program. Matheson has been involved with a broad range of civic and charitable activities and in 2003 was named the Tri-Citian of the Year in Washington State for her community service.

Matheson graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a MBA from Washington State University.

Richard H. Penley RICHARD H. PENLEY

Richard H. Penley is the president of Penley Corporation, One Pie Canning Company and Penley Timberlands. He grew up in the Paris Hill area and joined the Coast Guard after college. Commissioned as an ensign, Penley attained the rank of lieutenant and received the Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. After working in Boston, he returned to Maine and became sales and marketing director at Penley Corporation. In 1990, he was named president and reshaped the company from a Maine-based wood products manufacturing company to an international consumer products distribution company. He's also served as a member and chair of the board of trustees of Western Maine Health.
Thomas J. Ryan, JR, MD, FACC THOMAS J. RYAN, JR., M.D., FACC

Thomas J. Ryan, Jr., M.D., has served as medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Maine Medical Center since 2003. Ryan's awards and honors include being twice elected One of the Best Doctors in America as well as Cardiology Teacher of the Year at MMC. He's a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology and The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He sits on many committees, including the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group. His research includes dozens of published works, and his academic appointments include Harvard Medical School and Vermont School of Medicine.
Susannah  Swihart SUSANNAH SWIHART

Susannah Swihart spent two decades at BankBoston Corporation in a wide variety of leadership, operational, and strategic roles, including Vice Chairman and CFO. Previous responsibilities at BankBoston included management of a variety of corporate banking businesses, operations, and risk functions. During that period, Susannah was a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, ran BankBoston's $3+ million United Way campaign in 1998, and later chaired the $1 million Women's Leadership Breakfast for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. Since returning to Maine in 2000, she has committed her efforts to a variety of corporate and community boards. In addition to MMC's Board of Trustees, Susannah serves on the boards of directors of the Dead River Company and MaineHealth and is the former board chair of Common Good Ventures and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. Susannah is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
David E. Warren DAVID E. WARREN

David E. Warren is the president of Tranzon, LLC, and Tranzon International, LLC. He maintains a relationship as counsel to the law firm of Verrill Dana, LLP, one of northern New England's largest law firms. Warren is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of corporate law. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Columbia University Law School.
Active in community affairs, he is currently a director of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the Portland Chamber, ITN America and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and is a trustee of North Yarmouth Academy. He has served as campaign chair for the United Way of Greater Portland, campaign chair for the statewide Campaign for Justice, chairman of the Portland Regional Chamber, board chair of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (formerly known as the Gulf of Maine Aquarium Development Corporation), and trustee and vice chair of the Bowdoin College board of directors.

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