Officers & Board of Trustees
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Lisa Almeder, M.D.
Dr. Lisa Almeder grew up in Atlanta, Ga., earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency Program at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center and served as Chief Resident at the Boston VA Medical Center.
She joined the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine, practiced general internal medicine at Dorchester’s Neighborhood Health Center and taught students and residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After a decade in Boston, she relocated to Maine.
Dr. Almeder joined the MMC Medical Staff and introduced the hospitalist model of medicine to our community, founding the Maine Hospitalist Service — now MMP Hospital Medicine — and serving as Director for 10 years.
Currently, she is President of the MMC Medical Staff, Medical Director in Clinical Integration at Maine Health and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts-MMC School of Medicine. She is Board certified in Internal Medicine. Her clinical interests include medical education, geriatrics, palliative care and systems improvement.
Joel L. Botler, M.D.
Dr. Joel Botler serves as Maine Medical Center’s Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, overseeing all clinical, medical management, and programmatic aspects of health care delivery. In this role he also serves as the primary liaison between MMC management and the private physician practice community.
Dr. Botler’s relationship with MMC dates to 1979 when he began his Internal Medicine internship and residency after earning his medical degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Brooklyn. Since that time, he has served the southern Maine community as a primary care internist for 30 years; helped to found InterMed in 1995; and held numerous leadership roles at MMC focusing on areas such as Family Medicine, Geriatrics, and Adult Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Botler held the title of MMC Vice President, Adult Medicine Service Line, and co-chair of the Maine Medical Partners Finance Committee.
Dr. Botler is well regarded as a “physician’s physician” throughout the community, earning praise from peers and patients alike. He is a four-time winner of the MMC Family Medicine Residency Program Inpatient Attending of the Year award and has also been recognized as the Maine Alzheimer’s Champion for 2011.
Bill Burke is an experienced media executive who held various positions at Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner, including president of TBS Superstation and general manager of Turner Classic Movies. He also served as president and CEO of The Weather Channel Companies. Bill also co-authored “Call Me Ted,” the autobiography of Ted Turner.
He is a graduate of Amherst College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. In addition to being a trustee at Maine Medical Center, Bill is Chairman of the Portland Sea Dogs and the U.S. Biathlon Association, a Director of Simulmedia, Inc., and co-founder of Argos Pictures, LLC.
Margaret M. Bush
Margaret Bush was born and raised in Richmond, Va., where she attended St. Catherine’s School and the University of Virginia. She met her future husband, Marvin, at the university and they were married after graduation in 1981. Bush spent 13 years as a teacher, the first at The Park School in Brookline, Mass., then 12 years in Alexandria, Va.
In 1995, Margaret made a career change and has become an actress on stage, in film, and on television. She also has a floral design business.
She has served on numerous boards, including The National Children’s Museum, Prevent Cancer Foundation, St. Catherine’s Alumnae, and Very Special Arts. For many years, Margaret has spoken on behalf of The Gladney Center, the adoption agency where her children were born. Margaret has a passion for pediatric patients and has visited and read to patients at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, named for her mother-in-law.
William L. Caron
Bill Caron is President of MaineHealth. Prior to his current position, Bill was Executive Vice President and Treasurer at MaineHealth, as well as Vice President and Treasurer at Maine Medical Center. He previously was a Partner with Ernst & Young and headed the East Region health care consulting practice in Philadelphia.
Bill is a long-time member of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Chamber, and has held several officer positions with the Portland Community Chamber, including President.
He has long supported the Greater Portland United Way, serving on its Board from 2004 - 2010 and as Annual Campaign Chair in 2005. The organization honored him with its Legacy Award in 2009.
Christopher Claudio is co-founder and CEO of Winxnet, a national leader in IT consulting, outsourcing, and software development with a particular expertise in Health Informatics.
Chris started Winxnet in 1999 and has helped guide the company to provide strategic IT direction for hundreds of organizations, including medical practices and hospitals throughout the country. Prior to Winxnet, Chris held roles as Senior Technical Architect and Systems Engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), servicing General Dynamics’ global technology infrastructure. Chris has since launched several technology ventures and now focuses on IT governance and compliance, strategic planning, and organizational excellence in the delivery and management of IT.
Chris holds multiple technical and engineering certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and Citrix. He is a badged Microsoft engineer assisting in strategic customer engagements around the country.
A believer in active community involvement, Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters (Chair - Corporate Partnership Committee), has been a United Way volunteer, and is an active member of his local community in Yarmouth, where he lives with his wife Alyson and their two children, Emerson and Dalton.
Katherine B. Coster
Kathy Coster has experience as a board member at both for-profit and nonprofit institutions. She currently is Vice Chairman of the Board of Gorham Savings Bank and serves on a number of committees.
She has had a long affiliation with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and was appointed President of the Board of Directors in 2015. Kathy has also held a number of roles as a volunteer for her alma mater, Dartmouth College, including representative to the Alumni Council and President of the Dartmouth Alumni Club of Maine. She is also active in her church and serves on the Pastoral Council of Parish of the Holy Eucharist.
A Trustee of Maine Medical Center since 2013, Kathy chairs the Board Education and Research Committee and is a member of the Finance, Performance Improvement, Governance, and Credentials committees.
Professionally, Kathy worked as a commercial banker at institutions in New York, California, and Massachusetts. She and her husband Mike live in Falmouth and have three adult children.
Christopher W. Emmons
Chris Emmons is the President and CEO of Gorham Savings Bank.
The Massachusetts native graduated from the University of Maine in 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 nonprofit organizations. He has served as past Chair of the Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees, University of Southern Maine Foundation, and the United Way of Greater Portland. He presently serves as vice chair of the University of Maine Board of Visitors and is a trustee of Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth. Chris was inducted into the Maine Business Hall of Fame in 2007.
Morris Fisher is President, CBRE/Boulos Asset Management. His experience includes real estate development, operations, leasing, and finance. In addition to providing strategic real estate advice to clients, he is responsible for directing a property management company with 50 employees and real estate projects under management totaling 4 million square feet of commercial space. His experience includes the development, marketing, leasing, and sale of major retail, office, and industrial properties in both downtown and suburban locations.
In addition to his service as an MMC Trustee, Morris is a former officer and board member of The Park Danforth, Portland Public Library, Catholic Charities of Maine, and Portland’s Downtown District. Prior to joining CBRE/Boulos Asset Management, Morris was a senior accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick.
Robert S. Frank
Bob 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 health care 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 & Forester 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 Verrill Dana (1987-1995); and a founding member and partner of Harvey & Frank (1995-2009). While in private law practice, Bob represented various hospitals, physician practices and health insurance carriers, the Maine Hospital Association, and on special assignment to the American Hospital Association in connection with the drafting of federal antitrust and health care guidelines. He also served as a visiting lecturer of antitrust law for three terms at The University of Maine Law School (1997-2000), and currently serves as a panel member on the Grievance Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.
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.
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 nonprofit 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 named one of The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law and was selected for inclusion in the New England Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate and Tax. Frank also is a past Chair of the Maine State Bar Association Tax Section.
His community work includes serving on the Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth Boards of Trustees. His charitable and civic work has included service on the Welch Charitable Fund at the Maine Community Foundation and the Town of Scarborough Planning Board, and as well as time as a trustee of the Portland 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.
Heidi N. Hansen
Heidi Hansen has been a trustee of Maine Medical Center since 1998 and is currently chair of the Board Quality & Safety Committee.
She chaired the Board Education & Research Committee from 2003-2008 continues to serve on that committee. She’s a former member of the MMC Clinical Ethics Committee, the Board Finance Committee and the Planning and Program Committee. Heidi was a trustee of MaineHealth in 2009 and served on the MaineHealth Audit Committee from 2003-2015, and as chair of the Audit Committee from 2009-2015. Her relationship with MMC began as a weekly evening volunteer in the Emergency Department from 1981-1997.
A graduate of Colby College, Heidi founded Letterworks International, a database marketing services firm, in 1981 and operated the company through its sale in 1995. In 1999, she was a founder of BlueTarp Financial, which provides innovative information and financial services to the building material industry. Since 2004, she has operated HN Hansen & Co., a business consulting firm specializing in product development, project management and innovation/new market entry.
Heidi has served on numerous business and nonprofit boards, including Portland Ovations, Portland Museum of Art, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Compass Project, Ingraham and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. In addition to MMC, she currently serves on the board of Hospice of Southern Maine. Her honors include YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry and the Ad Club of Maine’s Conwell Award for Achievement. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas and loves sailing the coast of Maine.
Brett M. Loffredo, M.D.
Brett Loffredo, M.D., is a primary care physician for Maine Medical Partners – Westbrook Primary Care.
Born and raised in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., Dr. Loffredo has been affiliated with Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Partners since starting his family medicine residency at MMC in 2004. Since that time, he has pursued leadership roles within the organization, serving as the Chief Resident of Family Medicine in 2007 before becoming the Medical Director of Maine Medical Partners – Gorham Family Medicine. Dr. Loffredo completed his MaineHealth Physician Leadership Development Fellowship in 2011 and is currently pursuing coursework toward an MBA through the American Association for Physician Leadership.
Dr. Loffredo has been an active member of the MMP Board of Trustees, including serving on both the Operations Committee and Finance Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys restoration carpentry, organic farming, boating, and fly fishing.
Marie J. McCarthy
Marie McCarthy is Chief Human Resources Officer at L.L. Bean and has been with the company since 1993.
In addition to HR, she oversees the Customer Satisfaction, Facilities and Health, Safety and Wellness Units. She is a member of the company’s Executive Team and Investment Committee, is Chair of the Benefits Committee and is a member of the Real Estate Committee, which governs store selection and construction.
Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her Masters of Science in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Rhode Island.
Marie has served many organizations in the Portland community and is a part of the Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute Leaders’ Network.
Jere G. Michelson
Jere Michelson is President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Libra Foundation, with oversight responsibility for all operating and financial aspects of the Foundation’s interests.
Prior to joining Libra Foundation, Jere was a member of the management group at the accounting firm of Baker Newman Noyes, LLC in Portland, where he consulted primarily on closely-held corporations and shareholders with multi-state operations in that firm’s corporate tax department. In 2001, he left public accounting to join Libra Foundation in its pursuit for the betterment of Maine’s citizenry.
Jere is the chairman of the MMC Board Finance Committee and is also a member of the Executive Committee. He also sits on the Audit and Finance committees at MaineHealth. Through appointment from Sen. Susan Collins, Jere serves on the Military Service Academy Selection Committee.
He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Maine in Portland and his master’s degree in taxation from Thomas College in Waterville. Mr. Michelson serves on the boards of Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc., Pineland Farms Potato Company, Inc., and Gorham Savings Bank.
Adrian M. Moran, M.D.
Adrian Moran, M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Moran is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology. He is board certified in pediatric and adult congenital cardiology with subspecialty interests in fetal echocardiology, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, cardiomyopathy management, and adult congenital cardiology. His research has been widely published, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, Science, Pediatrics, and the American Heart Journal.
Dr. Moran graduated medical school at University College in Dublin, Ireland. He has previously held staff cardiologist positions at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Ireland, as well as Children’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Moran has previously worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Brian H. Noyes
Brian Noyes serves as Vice President and Shareholder of R.M. Davis, Inc.
Brian has a long and distinguished history in financial planning and investment. He has earned numerous professional distinctions, including a designation of Certified Investment Management Consultant in 1988, Chartered Financial Analyst in 1993, and Chartered Investment Counselor in 1996.
He was educated at Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., then went on to earn bachelor of science degrees in Business Administration and Communications from the University of New Hampshire.
He is a member of numerous investment organizations such as the Maine Security Analysts Society. His other board affiliations include the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and Baxter State Park Investment Committee Chair.
Brian lives in Freeport with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys hunting, fishing, Nordic skiing and other sports.
Richard W. Petersen
Rich Petersen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Maine Medical Center. Prior to his appointment, Rich served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MMC for nine years.
Before joining Maine Medical Center, Rich served as Senior Vice President for Kaleida Health Systems, located in Buffalo, N.Y., a l,600-bed system with a $1 billion annual budget.
Rich currently serves as a board member for The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, The John T. Gorman Foundation and the Board of the Maine Hospital Association. Rich is also a Corporator of MaineHealth and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Katherine Stoddard Pope, M.D.
Dr. Katherine S. Pope is an anesthesiologist with Spectrum Medical Group, a large multi-specialty private practice serving hospitals and health care facilities in Maine, including Maine Medical Center.
She received her undergraduate degree from Colby College with a major in English, her medical degree from the University of Vermont College Of Medicine, and her residency training in anesthesiology with a subspecialty focus in pediatric anesthesia at Maine Medical Center.
Although her professional training is in the field of anesthesiology, Dr. Pope has a strong interest in palliative and hospice care, was a co-founder of Hospice of Southern Maine, and chaired its board for several years. Dr. Pope also has a long-standing interest in international medical service, and over the past 20 years has been a volunteer on international medical mission trips to serve the indigent in developing countries in Asia, South America, and Africa.
Dr. Pope’s past community board service includes Maine Cancer Foundation, Maine Historical Society, Audubon Alaska, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. She also currently serves on the Board of Overseers at Colby College. In the past, she served on the board and as chair of the Legislative Committee of the Maine Medical Association. Dr. Pope also served for many years on the corporate board of Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine.
Honors and awards include the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Alumni Award for Service to Medicine and Community from the University of Vermont, Home Care Advocate of the Year Award from the Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine, the Champion award from the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, and induction into the Deborah Morton Society at the University of New England.
Jeffrey D. Sanders
Jeff Sanders is MMC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for day-to-day operations of the hospital. He serves as a key strategic advisor to the President and CEO, other senior executives, and physician leaders. Jeff plays a critical role in the effective collaboration and integration with physicians, developing strong relationships and initiatives aimed at strengthening market presence and integrating services and practice sites.
Before joining MMC, Jeff was the operating officer at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, where he oversaw cardiovascular services, imaging services, sleep services, hyperbaric medicine, surgical services, transplant services, and medical research. Prior to his role at the flagship of Intermountain Healthcare, he was at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, in charge of a number of programs including surgery, critical care, rehabilitation, laboratory services, information systems, and behavioral medicine. Jeff also played a key role in Intermountain Healthcare’s partnership with GE Healthcare, leading numerous projects as part of the development of an integrated electronic medical record.
Michael Q. Simonds
Mike Simonds is President and Chief Executive Officer of Unum US, responsible for Unum Group’s largest business unit. Since beginning his career with Unum in 1994, Mike has served the organization in a number of leadership capacities, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. He also spent time as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, serving a range of clients within financial services.
Mike earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and anthropology summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mike lives in Falmouth with his wife, Ruby, and their four boys. He is active in coaching youth athletics and chairs the board of the United Way of Greater Portland.
Marjorie S. Wiggins
Marge Wiggins is Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, as well as Chief Nurse Executive of MaineHealth.
An Adjunct Faculty in USM’s School of Nursing, Marge has published numerous articles and several book chapters on care delivery models. She led MMC’s development of the evidence-based Partnership Care Delivery Model, and consulted in the United States and abroad on the topic.
She has served on several committees for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s efforts to implement the Clinical Nurse Leader role and delivered 40 presentations in 14 states. Marge maintains membership in several professional organizations, including American Organization of Nurse Executives, Organization of Maine Nurse Executives, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science-Eastern Nurses Research Society, and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association.