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Copley Hospital Welcomes New Trustees Demars, Hogan, Miller and Szlachetka; Honors Retiring Trustees John Steel and Dana Wildes

January 23, 2014

Morrisville – Community leaders Kathy Demars of Morrisville, Charles (Chuck) Hogan of Cambridge, Harry Miller of Craftsbury Common, and Carl Szlachetka of Hyde Park were elected to the Copley Health Systems, Inc. Board of Trustees during the Annual Meeting held on January 12th. They join fellow Trustees Henry Binder, MD of Stowe, Willa Farrell of East Hardwick, Walter frame of Stowe, Sharon Green of Morrisville, Elaine Nichols of Stowe, Nancy Putnam of Jeffersonville, Jan Roy of Wolcott, David Silverman of Morrisville, Joseph Subasic, MD, Jamey Ventura of Hyde Park, Richard Westman of Cambridge, and David Yacovone of Morrisville. The Trustees, representing communities served by Copley Hospital, volunteer their time to govern the non-for-profit community hospital, ensuring access to quality health care that meets the needs of our community.

Retiring Trustees John Steel of Stowe and Dana Wildes of Morrisville received a standing ovation for their years of service to Copley and to our community. While they are no longer serving as Trustees, both Steel and Wildes will continue to serve on an ad-hoc facilities committee assisting with the planned construction of a new surgical suite.

Serving as officers for 2015 are: Nancy Putnam, Chair; Elaine Nichols, Vice Chair; Sharon Green, Secretary; Walter Frame, Treasurer and David Yacovone as Member at Large.

“We are grateful for the thoughtful guidance and leadership provided by our Trustees,” says Melvyn Patashnick, President and CEO of Copley Health Systems, Inc. “We welcome our new Trustees, honor our retiring Trustees and thank all of our Trustees and committee members for their commitment to improving the health of our community.”

Kathy Demars is the Executive Director at Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, a role she has held since 2010. She is a Registered Nurse, having graduated from the University of Vermont. She currently serves as the President of the Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies as well as Vice President of the Visiting Nurses Association Health Systems. In addition to her health care experience, Demars served on several local school boards. Another hat she proudly wears is that as chair of the annual LACiNg Up For Cancer, a fundraiser for Lamoille Area Cancer Network.

For the past 16 years Chuck Hogan has served as the Controller/CFO of House of Troy, a specialty lighting manufacturer located in Hyde Park. Hogan is very active in a number of community organizations including the Boy Scouts and Lamoille Economic Development Corporation. Many may know him for his role in the Cambridge Rotary, having founded the club in 2008.

Harry Miller is the owner of HHMillerbuilder, Inc., a company that specializes in building custom homes and barns. Miller has experience at the board level having served on the Craftsbury Academy School Board for a number of years. While serving on the school board he oversaw the $3million dollar renovation project for the school’s new gymnasium. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dairy Production from the University of Vermont.

Carl Szlachetka of Hyde Park 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 a number of community organizations including the Lamoille North School District, Vermont School Board Association, Green Mountain Access Television and the Lamoille Restorative Center. He holds a degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut.

Elected to their second three-year term as Trustees were Sharon Green, Jan Roy and Richard Westman. Green is the principal attorney at Williams and Green, P.C. in Morrisville where she also resides. She has a long history with Copley Hospital, having 15 years of experience as a Trustee, as well as serving on the Governance Committee between terms. Jan Roy has been a committed member of the Copley Hospital community, having joined the Board in 1999 serving 12 years, including 3 years as Chair of the Board. She lives in Wolcott and has a background in education and non-profit work. Representative Richard Westman has extensive community service, having served on the Copley Hospital Board in the past, before rejoining in 2012. He is a member of the Vermont Senate and an employee of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.

David Yacovone was elected to his third three-year term as Trustees. David has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006. He brings extensive community service experience having served a combined thirty years in various positions including School Board, Select Board, Town Moderator, Planning Commission and State Legislator. He currently serves as Executive Director at Sterling Area Services in Morrisville.

Serving on the Governance Committee as Community Member at Large for another one-year term is Mary Paul (Pixie) Loomis of Hyde Park. Pixie brings extensive background in health care having served on the Copley Health Systems Board of Trustees, Fletcher Allen Board of Trustees, Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley’s 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.

Copley and our community are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers guiding our community hospital.