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Governance

Summary of Process for Openness and Public Participation

Copley Health Systems is private non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of the State of Vermont. We believe in holding ourselves accountable to the community we serve and our governance structure reflects those values.

We achieve openness, inclusiveness and public participation in our strategic planning and decision making through the Copley Health Systems, Inc. Corporators and the Copley Hospital Board of Trustees.

Corporate Members guide the governance of the hospital by approving proposed bylaw changes and electing trustees representative of the community to govern the hospital.

Copley strives for membership representative of the community with a range of skills and talents pertinent to the governing of a community non-profit health care resource. Corporate Members are asked to serve a three year term and are expected to attend the annual meeting in January and any special meetings of the Corporators. People interested in serving as a corporate member must be 18 years or older and live part or full time in Copley’s service area or be employed in Copley’s service area. In the case of physicians or other health care professionals, they must also be credentialed by Copley. A written application for membership must be submitted by November 1. The hospital promotes the application process each fall in local newspapers. The application is also available by contacting the Executive Assistant to the President of Copley at 802-888-8157. Corporators are nominated by the Copley Health Systems Board of Trustees and elected by the Corporators.

The hospital is governed by bylaws and a volunteer Board of Trustees. Each trustee is a corporate member and lives or works in Copley Hospital’s service area. Each Trustee provides professional expertise pertinent to the governing of a community non-profit organization.We strive for trustees to be representative of the communities we serve. Trustees serve as volunteers; they are not paid for their service on the board. The full board of trustees meets monthly (except August) to discuss and make policy decisions.

Copley staff members also participate in ongoing committee and board meetings, events, and activities of local organizations to give and receive input on community health needs.  Representatives from social service agencies and community organizations also serve on Copley Hospital committees.

Copley also offers community members a variety of volunteer opportunities. Click Volunteer Opportunities for details, or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 802-888-8302.

Copley Hospital holds open public meetings at least annually, and as interest and/or need arises.

To learn more about opportunities for public participation, contact:
contact the Executive Assistant to the President at (802) 888-8157 or write to
Community Relations
Copley Hospital
528 Washington Highway
Morrisville, VT 05661

To contact the Board of Trustees, contact the Executive Assistant to the President at (802) 888-8157 or write to
Board of Trustees
Copley Hospital
528 Washington Highway
Morrisville, VT 05661

Copley Health Systems, Inc. Board of Trustees

Henry Binder, MD, Stowe, VT and New Haven, CT
Henry Binder, MD of Stowe and Connecticut, is a Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) and a Senior Research Scientist at Yale University in New Haven.  Most recently, Dr. Binder has focused his work toward the establishment of a major modification of oral re-hydration solution.  He and his wife Joan live part time in Stowe.  He joined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2013.

Kathy Demars,  Morrisville, VT
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. She joined the Copley Hospital Board of Trustees in 2015.

Walter Frame, Stowe, VT
Walter Frame is the Executive Vice President of Trapp Family Lodge & Resort. He has been serving on the Board since 2012 when tapped to fill a vacated position. Previous to Trapp Family Lodge, he had served as Vice President and Director of Real Estate Development at Spruce Peak Realty. Frame holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Babson College, and an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He and his wife Kristina reside in Stowe.

Sharon Green, Morrisville
Sharon Green has been serving as Copley’s Governance Committee Member at Large since 2004.  She currently serves on the Board of the Lamoille Regional Chamber of Commerce and is on the Steering Committee for the Chamber’s Leadership Lamoille Program.  Green is the principal attorney with Williams & Green, P.C. in Morrisville. She joined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2012.

Art Mathisen, Elmore, VT
Art Mathisen was named Chief Executive Officer of Copley Hospital in May 2016.  He joined Copley in July 2015, serving as Chief Operating Officer, bringing more than 16 years of experience in healthcare administration.  Prior to joining Copley, he had served as COO of two healthcare centers in the military, and in physician practice management. In the private sector, he had been responsible for the multi-specialty physician practices of Bon Secours Medical Group in Virginia. Art holds a Bachelor of Public Management Degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Health Administration from Baylor University. He has been certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He is a nationally ranked triathlete.

Harry Miller, Craftsbury Common, VT
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. He joined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2015.

Elaine Nichols, Stowe, VT
Elaine Nichols brings extensive legal experience and board experience to Copley Health Systems. She is president of Nichols & Associates, P.C. Previously she had served as an associate in the Corporate/Commercial Department of Darby, Laundon, Stearns & Thorndike. Her career began as a Senior Associate with Downs Rachlins & Martin in Burlington and St. Johnsbury. Nichols graduated magna cum laude with a BA from the University of Vermont and received her law degree from Boston College Law School. She is an active member of our community, serving on various boards and committees, including the Stowe Land Trust board and the Stowe Education Fund. Her husband and two children were all born at Copley Hospital. She joined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2009

Nancy Putnam, Jeffersonville
Nancy Putnam of Jeffersonville has been a Certified Public Accountant with Marckres Norder and Company since 1996. Previously she served as a Vice President and Trust Officer at Franklin Lamoille Bank and Vice President, Tax and Estate Officer for Howard Bank in Burlington, Vermont. She serves on the Development Review Board for Cambridge and mentors at the Cambridge Elementary School. Nancy received her BA in Political Science from the University of Maine. She furthered her career with studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Northwestern University. She joined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2009.

Jan Roy, Wolcott
Roy was first elected to the Copley Health Systems Board in 1999 where she completed three three-year terms as trustee and served as the Board Chair from 2006 – 2010.  A retired educator, she brings experience in the non-profit sector as well as a background in higher education.  She rejoined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2012.

David Silverman,  Morrisville
David Silverman, President of Union Bank, has been serving on the board since 2013. He has been with Union Bank since 1986 serving in various roles including Senior Loan Officer, Senior Commercial Lender and Senior Vice President. Silverman is very active in the community and has served on numerous boards including Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley (CHSLV), Stowe Area Association, Morrisville Development Review Board and Lamoille County Mental Health Services.

Joseph Subasic, MD, Wolcott
Dr. Subasic specializes in emergency medicine and has been in practice since 1987.Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, he served his internship at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Temple University Medical School.

Carl Szlachetka, Hyde Park
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. He joined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2015.

Jamey Ventura, Hyde Park
In 2013, Jamey began serving on the Copley Hospital Foundation Committee, and was elected to the Copley Board of Trustees in 2014. He joined Johnson State College in 2011 as Director of Athletics & Recreation.
Previously he had served as athletics director and women’s soccer coach at Wells College in Aurora, NY and Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT.  He earned an MBA with a specialization in corporate finance and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He and his wife Elly reside in Hyde Park.

Richard Westman, Cambridge
Senator Richard Westman served on the Copley Hospital Board in the 1990s and returned to serve on the Board in 2012.  He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1983 to 2009, serving on various committees as well as being Chair of Appropriations and Chair of Transportation. He served for four years as the Assistant Republican Leader and four years as the Republican Leader. He served as Tax Commissioner from 2009-2010 and has been a member of the Senate since 2011. He is employed at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and oversees the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan, a 529 College Saving Program. Rich has been a member of various nonprofit boards, including the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, Vermont Center for the Book, and the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. He is presently on the Board of Vermont Electric Cooperative.

David Yacovone, Morrisville
David Yacovone has lived in Lamoille County since 1961. He graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville and from Johnson State College. A dedicated public servant, he has served with the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; Sterling Area Services; the Vermont Department for Children and Families; the Vermont Agency of Human Services; and the Vermont Association for Hospitals and Health Systems. He served for four years in the Vermont House of Representatives.

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Copley Hospital
528 Washington Highway
Morrisville, VT 05661
Attention Community Relations