January 10, 2018
Community leaders Bob Bleimeister of Stowe, Ira Marvin of Hyde Park and Dan Noyes of Wolcott were elected to the Board of Trustees during the January 8th Annual Meeting of Copley Health Systems, Inc. The Trustees, representing communities served by Copley Hospital, volunteer their time to govern the not-for-profit community hospital, ensuring access to quality health care that meets the needs of our community. They join fellow Trustees Henry Binder, MD of Stowe, Kathy Demars of Morrisville, Walter Frame of Stowe, Sharon Green of Morrisville, Harry Miller of Craftsbury Common, Elaine Nichols of Stowe, Nancy Putnam of Jeffersonville, Jan Roy of Wolcott, David Silverman of Morrisville, Joseph Subasic, MD of Wolcott, Carl Szlachetka of Hyde Park, Jamey Ventura of Hyde Park, and Richard Westman of Cambridge.
Retiring Trustee Dave Yacovone was recognized by Copley President and CEO Art Mathisen for his many years of service to Copley and our community, having been a member of the Board since 2006.
In addition, five new Corporate Members were elected: Bruce Comiskey of Morrisville, Adam Howard of Jeffersonville, Robyn Masi of Morrisville, Max Neal of Stowe, and Dan Noyes of Wolcott. Corporate Members guide the governance of the hospital by approving proposed bylaw changes and electing trustees representative of the community to govern the hospital.
“We are grateful for the thoughtful guidance and leadership provided by our Trustees,” says Mathisen. “We welcome our new Trustees and thank all of our Trustees, Corporate Members, and committee members for their commitment to improving the health of our community.”
Guest speaker Al Gobeille, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, opened the meeting by providing an overview of the Agency of Human Services and how the work they do helps to improve the conditions and well-being of Vermonters. Secretary Gobeille answered questions from the audience, after which updates were presented by Copley leaders including Board Chair Elaine Nichols, Copley President Art Mathisen, and co-Chief Medical Officer Donald Dupuis, MD.
Bob Bleimeister owns REB Consulting, LLC and has 20 years of experience designing and executing Human Resources (HR) transformation programs. He is currently an advisor to Deloitte’s Government Sector Consulting business, as well as serving as an advisor to several startup companies developing HR service platforms. He received his MBA in Management from Columbia University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the US Military Academy, West Point. Bob is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and resides in Stowe with his wife and two children.
Ira Marvin is the farm and facility manager at Butternut Mountain Farm, a family business focused on maple syrup production, processing and distribution in Morrisville and Johnson. Working on the land and in the woods, Ira has grown the company’s home farm operation to over 20,000 taps. In addition to the farm, Butternut Mountain works with 350 sugar makers to supply maple syrup to their operation. Ira is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Science. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Community Loan Fund. He and his wife Katie Marvin, MD of Stowe Family Practice reside in Hyde Park with their three children.
Dan Noyes is the Director of RSVP of Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom, and is currently serving in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing the towns of Belvidere, Johnson, Hyde Park and Wolcott (Lamoille-2) in the Legislature. He was appointed by the Governor in 2015 to the Vermont Commission on National Community Service with SerVermont. Since 2014 he has served as Board Chair and past President of Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts. From 2012 – 2015 Dan served as Chair of the Wolcott Planning Commission.
Corporate Members also re-elected several trustees to serve additional terms. Those elected to serve their second term as trustees were Kathy Demars, Harry Miller and Carl Szlachetka.
Kathy Demars is the Executive Director of Lamoille Home Health and Hospice in Morrisville. She serves as the chair of the Visiting Nurse Association Health System of Vermont. In addition to her experience working in a health care environment, she delivers meals on wheels and is the chair of the annual LACiNg Up for Cancer walk.
Harry Miller is the owner of H.H. Miller Builder, Inc., a company that specializes in building custom homes and barns. His experience at the board level includes serving for a number of years on the Craftsbury Academy School Board.
Carl Szlachetka is an accountant who retired to Vermont after spending much of his career at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company where he was the Vice President of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Operations. He volunteers with the Lamoille Restorative Center.
Those elected to their third year term include Sharon Green, Jan Roy and Richard Westman.
Sharon Green, who is semi-retired, works part time for Stackpole & French Law Offices performing transactional work. She serves on the steering committee for the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lamoille Program.
Jan Roy was first elected to the Board in 1999 and served three terms. Her interest in serving remained, and after taking a mandatory one-year hiatus, she was re-elected to serve again. Her background is in education and she has experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Rich Westman is currently a member of the Vermont State Senate serving on the Transportation and Appropriations Committees. He works for the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation as Manager of the Higher Education Investment Plan and serves on the Vermont Electric Cooperative Board of Directors.
Mary Paul (Pixie) Loomis of Hyde Park was elected by the membership to serve as Community Member at Large on the Governance Committee for a one-year term. Loomis brings extensive background in health care having served on the Copley Health Systems Board of Trustees, the Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley Board of Trustees and has been involved with the American Hospital Association. Pixie has served as the Governance Committee Member at Large since 2012 and provides a valuable community perspective.
Following the annual meeting, the Board of Trustees met to elect officers. 2018 Board of Trustees Officers/Executive Committee are: Carl Szlachetka, Chair; Kathy Demars, Vice Chair; Sharon Green, Secretary; Walter Frame, Treasurer; and Elaine Nichols, Member at Large.
Copley Hospital and our community are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers guiding our community hospital.