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Board of Trustees

OFFICERS
 
  • President: Bill Caron, MaineHealth 
  • Chair: George Isaacson
  • Secretary: Robert S. Frank, MaineHealth
  • Treasurer: Frank McGinty, MaineHealth
  • Assistant Secretary: Beth Kelsch, MaineHealth

 
Kathryn Barber KATHRYN BARBER

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.
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Joseph M. Bujold

Joe Bujold has served on the Board of Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network since 2007, and has held his current role of board chairman there since 2009. 

A native of Maine and a graduate of Middlebury College, Bujold has served in a number of professional leadership roles.  He lived in Farmington for 11 years during the 60s and 70s at which time he served as president of Bass Shoe Co., then based in Wilton, Maine.  He later joined an international consulting firm, Alexander Proudfoot, which works with major companies of the world to improve business processes and performance.  For 18 years, Bujold ran various units of the company and was based in Brussels, Belgium; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore.  He returned to the United States in 1989 to serve as chief executive officer of Alexander Proudfoot Company worldwide.

Bujold has also been an advisor and consultant to the law firm Holland & Knight and Dexter Shoe Company.  He and his wife Lee reside in Farmington and are the parents of two grown children, Noelle and Marc.

Bill Burke

Bill Burke

Bill Burke is an experienced media executive who held various positions at Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner, including president of TBS Super Station and general manager of Turner Classic Movies. He also served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Weather Channel Companies. Burke also co-authored Call Me Ted, the autobiography of Ted Turner. He is a graduate of Amherst College and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. In addition to being current vice-chair of the Maine Medical Center board, Burke is chairman of the Portland Sea Dogs and the US Biathlon Association, a director of Simulmedia, Inc., and serves on the advisory board of Specific Media, Inc.

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.
Dufour.Greg.jpg Greg Dufour
Greg Dufour is president and CEO of Camden National Corporation, Maine’s largest publicly traded community bank and the parent company of Camden National Bank and Acadia Trust, N.A.  Dufour is also president and CEO of Camden National Bank, a $2.6 billion community bank headquartered in Camden, Maine and is chair of the board of directors of Acadia Trust, N.A., which is headquartered in Portland, Maine.  Dufour was named to his current role in 2009 after serving as president and CEO of Camden National Bank since 2004.  Prior to joining Camden National, Dufour was managing director of finance for IBEX Capital Markets in Boston, MA, a specialty investment advisor, and held several positions in the finance division at Fleet/Boston Financial Group.  His community service includes serving as the current chair of the Maine Bankers Association, a member of the board of trustees and secretary of the board of Pen Bay Healthcare.  He also is a member of the advisory board of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks.  Dufour and his wife Doreen reside in Rockport, Maine.
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
Secretary
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.
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Bernard Gaines
Bernard Gaines has served on the board of trustees for Southern Maine Medical Center, and now Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), since 2001.  He has served as chairman of the board of trustees at SMMC/SMHC since 2011.  He has also served previously on the MaineHealth board.

Gaines is a retired executive from Unum.  He currently owns BSG Properties, LLC.   He is married and living in Saco. 

Gaines volunteers his time as a member of the SMHC Physician Services board of directors, the Thornton Academy Board of Directors, is a member of the Saco Lodge (Masons), the Order of the Eastern Star and the BPOE Elks.

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.

George Isaacson GEORGE ISAACSON
Chair

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.
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David James Kumaki, MD, is an active member of the medical staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital specializing in Internal Medicine.  He simultaneously served as chair of both the Stephens Memorial Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) and the Maine PHO.  Kumaki is a physician leader on MaineHealth’s Shared Health Record project (SeHR) and a member of the SeHR executive committee.  He is also chief medical information officer for Western Maine Health.  Previously on the staff at New Hampshire’s Androscoggin Valley Hospital, his experience extends well beyond New England.  Kumaki is a long-time member of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nepal Studies Association. His experience includes several positions in Kathmandu, Nepal:  staff physician for Canadian International Water and Energy Consultants’ International Clinic; acting medical officer and consultant in Internal Medicine for the Peace Corps; and volunteer physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association.  He also spent time in Greater Boston, first as an Intern and resident at Boston City Hospital, and later on the staff at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, New England Baptist Hospital and Symmes Hospital.
SANDY MATHESON

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.

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.

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