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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. Ambassadors and the Copley Hospital Board of Trustees.

Ambassadors 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. Ambassadors are asked to serve a three year term and are expected to attend the annual meeting in January and any special meetings of the membership. People interested in serving as an Ambassador 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 Hospital and be a member of the medical staff. A written application for membership must be submitted by November 1. The application is also available by contacting the Executive Assistant to the President of Copley at 802-888-8291. Ambassadors are nominated by the Copley Health Systems Board of Trustees and elected by the Ambassadors.

The hospital is governed by bylaws and a volunteer Board of Trustees. Each trustee is a 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:
the Executive Assistant to the President at (802) 888-8291 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) 888-8291 or write to
Board of Trustees
Copley Hospital
528 Washington Highway
Morrisville, VT 05661

Copley Health Systems, Inc. Board of Trustees

Nancy Banks, Morrisville

Nancy joined the board in January 2021.  She moved to Vermont in 2014 with her husband from the Boston area.  Nancy has served on the Morrisville Food Coop Board for 5 years including a year as President and 4 years as Treasurer.  Nancy is Treasurer of the Friends of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and served as Secretary of the Copley Hospital Auxiliary.  Her real love is the outdoors – hiking, biking, skiing, photography, and time with family.

Henry Binder, MD, Stowe 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.

Bob Bleimeister, Stowe

Bob Bleimeister is the owner of REB Consulting, LLC and has more than 20 years of experience designing and executing successful Human Resources transformation programs. His current work includes being an advisor to Deloitte’s Government Sector Consulting business and he advises several startup companies developing new HR service platforms. Bleimeister is a frequent speaker on HR issues at DoD and Intelligence Community forums. He is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and received his MBA in management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the US Military Academy, West Point. Bleimeister resides in Stowe with his wife and has two sons.

Anne Watson Bongiorno, Stowe

Anne holds a Master of Science specializing in Population Based Health Care in Nursing, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, and is a Board Certified Advance Nurse Specialist in Public Health Nursing as well as  Certified Nurse Educator.  She is a local college professor in public health and nursing, and teaches at the State University of New York and Simmons College, Boston.  Presently she serves on the Ethics Committees at Meadowbrook Healthcare and Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital University Vermont Medical Center. Anne resides in Stowe with her husband Phil.  She joined the Copley Hospital Board of Trustees in 2020.

Diane Cote, Elmore

Diane joined the board in January 2021.  She is the Secretary of Blow & Cote, a family owned business located in Morrisville. For 19 years she served as a foundation member of Lamoille County 4-H.  She is active in the community and in addition to volunteering for Copley Hospital Auxiliary, she has served as a Copley Ambassador since 2019.  Diane has experience in management, bookkeeping, and small business operations.  She enjoys her horses and interacting with others.

Kathy Demars,  Morrisville

Kathy Demars is the Executive Director of Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, a role she has held since 2010 having served with the organization since 1992. She is a Registered Nurse, having graduated from the University of Vermont. She currently serves as the chair of the Visiting Nurses Association Health Systems of Vermont. Kathy is a member of the Children’s Integrated Services steering committee and Providers in Partnership of Lamoille County, and the Executive Committee of Health Care organizations working with the local Blueprint for Health. In addition to her health care experience, she served on several local school boards and is a volunteer delivery person for Meals on Wheels. 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

Walter Frame is the Executive Vice President of Trapp Family Lodge & Resort. He has been serving on the Board since 2012. Previous to Trapp Family Lodge, he served as Vice President and Director of Real Estate Development at Spruce Peak Realty. Walter 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 joined the board in 2002. She previously completed three three-year terms as trustee on the Copley Health Systems Board, and then began serving as Governance Committee Member at Large, a community representative position in 2004. Sharon held the position of Chair for a number of years while serving on the Governance Committee. She currently serves on the  steering committee for the Lamoille Region  Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lamoille Program.  Sharon is semi-retired and working part time for Stackpole & French Law Offices doing transactional work. She lives in Morrisville with her husband.

Joseph McLaughlin, MD, Stowe

Joe is a member of our orthopedic team and is the Medical Staff President.

Dan Noyes, Wolcott

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. Noyes is active in the community and has received several awards for his community service. 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. Dan was the Wolcott Planning Commission Chair from 2012-2015. He joined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2018.

Deborah Pomeroy, Jeffersonville

Deborah’s background is in teaching, specifically English and Science.  Her professional experience includes both International and US.  Her work in International consulting (in Egypt) has included the coordination of US technical support to the Ministry of Education via the USAID Education Development Project, of which she continues to serve in this role.  Prior to that, she served as Director of STEM Integrated Curriculum Development from 2012-2017.  Deborah also served as Consultant Science Curriculum for the USAID Education Development Project in Bosnia Hirzagovena. Deborah currently serves as Director of STEM Curriculum for the 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education and has served as Associate Professor Emerita since 2006 at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Deborah knows the value of community hospitals and has great respect and admiration for Copley and its staff.

Jan Roy, Wolcott

Jan 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 took the mandatory one year hiatus from the Board but her desire to serve continues. 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. David 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.

Carl Szlachetka, Hyde Park

Carl 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 has volunteered 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. Carl holds a degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut. He joined Copley’s Board of Trustees in 2015. He and his wife Diane reside in Hyde Park.

Christopher Towne, Morrisville

Chris was elected to the Board in September 2019 to fill a vacant position. In 2020 he was elected to fill his first three year term. Chris grew up in Morrisville and has a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Champlain College.  He is currently the Director of Primary Care at Northern Counties Healthcare Inc. in St. Johnsbury.  Chris lives is Morristown and is a member of the Lamoille Home Health & Hospice Board.

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. Westman is employed at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and oversees the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan, a 529 College Saving Program. He 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. He and his wife Joan live in Cambridge.

Joseph Woodin, Morrisville

Joe is the CEO and President of Copley Health Systems.  He joined team Copley in October 2019.  Joe has a distinguished career in hospital leadership and administration, most recently serving as president and CEO of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Homer is approximately a four-hour drive south of Anchorage and is an independent Critical Access Hospital serving a rural community.

To those who know Vermont’s healthcare systems, Joe is a familiar name thanks to his 17 year tenure at Gifford Health Care and Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vermont, where he served as president and CEO for 16 of those years. During his time with Gifford, he helped increase gross revenue by approximately 600 percent, created a Federally Qualified Health Center to oversee the hospital and its affiliates, spearheaded the acquisition of seven clinical sites in neighboring communities, and introduced several new service lines that allowed Gifford to better address the healthcare needs of its community.

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