Gifford is governed by bylaws and a volunteer board of directors. Each member of the board is unpaid and is a professional, or retired professional, who lives or works in Gifford’s service area. Members come from a variety of walks of life from farmers to bank executives and from business owners to investment managers. Many have long-standing ties to their communities, others have moved to the region by choice and all are focused on their communities’ well-being.
Born in New York City, raised in Connecticut and Virginia, and a graduate of Middlebury College, Lincoln Clark spent his career in the publishing and marketing, communications and research industries in New York City.
He moved to Vermont full-time in 1984, first working for a New York-based company and then running his own business. He retired in 2002. He joined Gifford’s board in the late 1990s and then again in 2010.
A Royalton resident, he has served as a trustee of public funds, and member of the Revolving Loan Fund committee and the Royalton Planning Commission. He has been active with the South Royalton School and served on the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and Dartmouth Hitchcock Alliance boards. He was also an alumni interviewer for Middlebury College for 25 years. He has been married to his wife Louise for 53 years and they have two children.
Matt Considine grew up in Waltham, Mass. He attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut studying finance and then earned his master’s in business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. A distinguished career working in analyst, portfolio management and vice president positions at investment management companies followed.
He had visited Vermont for years and finally in 2008, he and wife, Melanie, moved to Vermont in search of some elbow room. He worked as a programmer until being named to a new position, director of investments for the state of Vermont in 2011. He continues in that role and joined the Gifford board in 2014 to contribute to his community hospital. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and astronomy.
Jody Davignon is a Bethel native who now lives in Randolph. She is managing partner and co-owner of Farrow Financial, a financial planning and money management firm in Randolph.
She studied economics at UVM and Strayer University in Virginia and earned her master’s in investment management from Boston University. She is a Certified Financial Planner and a Charted Financial Analyst.
Jody first joined Gifford’s investment subcommittee in 2011, then its finance committee in 2013, and finally its Board in 2014.
In her free time, Jody enjoys being active and supporting her family in their many pursuits.
Barbara Rochat moved to Chelsea in 1980 to escape the “suburbia” of New Jersey. The property Barb and her family bought was an old farm, but Barb had no plans of farming. That is until her husband bought her a couple of sheep one year for her birthday. In the decades since, the Rochats have seen their herd grow to more than 50 sheep, started selling meat, added chickens, and bought Rutland-based Vermont Quality Meats, which ships a variety of Vermont food products to primarily New York and Boston markets.
Barb is also a past EMT in Chelsea and in 2008 joined the Gifford board. Like sheep farming, volunteering in health care came with a learning curve, but Barb is happy to be affiliated with such a “shining star in the field.”
Brad Atwood grew up on Cape Cod and moved to Vermont in 1987 to attend Vermont Law School. A father of four and attorney with Hughes Smith Hughes Atwood & Mullaly in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Brad now lives on a farm in Sharon.
He served on the Sharon Selectboard for six years (including as its chair during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene), and The Sharon Academy Board of Trustees for nine years (the last four as its president). Brad is currently on the board of Tri-Valley Transit, formerly Stagecoach Transportation Services.
Dan Bennett has served as president and chief executive officer of Gifford Health Care since September of 2016. He previously worked for eleven years at Waldo County Healthcare in Belfast, Maine where he served as their director of community services (3 years) and chief operating officer (8 years). Prior to that Dan was the executive director and chief financial officer at the Mid-Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland, Maine.
Raised in Brandon, Vermont, he held staff-level accounting positions at Gifford Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont before accepting a management-level position with Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, VT. He and his wife, Jane live in Randolph.
Carol Bushey grew up in Tunbridge, moving to Randolph Center as a teen and soon heading off to the Thompson School of Practical Nursing. She went on to work as a nurse, including at Gifford, until transitioning to a long career in real estate and then insurance. In 2001, she bought and still operates The Frankenburg Agency in Randolph.
Carol now lives in Randolph and invests significant time and effort in bettering her community. She spent more than a decade helping to coordinate a golf tournament for Make-a-Wish Vermont, serves on the board of the Randolph Area Food Shelf and joined the Gifford board in 2013, quickly getting involved in charity events like Gifford’s Last Mile Ride as a participant and as a business sponsor.
Rick Hauser grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and Avon, Conn., and earned his degree in economics from Colby College and MBA from Cornell University. He held management positions in Foreign Exchange and Derivatives middle offices, with firms including Salomon Brothers and Union Bank of Switzerland, before becoming a management consultant focusing on bank merger and remediation-related process re-engineering; he’s worked with clients including JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, and BNP Paribas. Rick is also a partner with the Duffy Agency, a strategic marketing firm helping midsize companies grow their brands internationally.
From the time he was a boy, Rick has been a frequent visitor to Vermont. Captivated by the Green Mountains, he finally “retired” from Wall Street and moved with his wife Rebecca and two young boys to Randolph in 2010 where he began his second career as coach and volunteer. He currently is treasurer of the Playhouse Theatre in Randolph, the Randolph Union High School Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, Randolph Middle School Basketball Head Coach, and is founder and player/manager of the Randolph Jays men’s baseball team.
Sheila Jacobs had an early start with Gifford. She was born at Gifford and her first job was staffing the switchboard in the evenings.
In 1984, she started what would be decades-long career in banking, climbing through the ranks and leading to her current role as assistant vice president and branch manager for Mascoma Savings Bank’s historic Bethel location. Her move to the Bethel branch meant an opportunity to return to the community she loves and, after 22 years spent living in White River Junction, Sheila moved back to her native Randolph in 2000.
Since then, she has gotten involved her community. She is a member of the Randolph Area Hospice, is on the board of the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Randolph Rotary Club, a justice of the peace and joined the Gifford board in 2013.
After growing up in Brookfield, Vt. and graduating from Randolph Union High School, Ben Jickling was elected to the state legislature to represent the greater Randolph community. He serves on the House Health Care.
In addition, he runs the R.A.M.P, a community based adult-youth mentoring program and works at Montague Golf Club as a greens keeper. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, traveling, and volunteering as an assistant basketball coach for the Randolph boy’s varsity team. Ben lives in Randolph.
A Royalton native, Theron Manning has been a South Royalton resident for 45 years. Now retired, he worked at Gifford for 44 years (first as director of Plant Operations and then as director of Strategic Planning).
He is currently the moderator of the South Royalton Prudential Committee (which oversees district fire, water, and rescue services) and has served on that board for 11 years. A community member of Gifford’s strategic Planning Committee from 2015 to 2017, he joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and brings an interest in strategic planning for long-term growth.
Born and raised in West Windsor, Peter Nowlan studied history at the University of Vermont before being drafted in 1968. He entered officer candidate school, serving for five years as an infantry captain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
When he returned to Vermont, Peter read a Rutland Herald article about the Vermont Law School being established. He was a member of the charter class of 1973, graduating in 1976. He spent a couple of years as an assistant attorney general before opening his own practice in Randolph in 1981. He still operates that practice today.
A Randolph resident, Peter has served the community as a past village trustee and then a selectman, school board member, Town Meeting monitor and joined the Gifford board in 2012.
Dr. Joseph Pelletier is a general pediatrician in the Randolph Primary Care Division. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the University of Wisconsin, and his residency was at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.
A pediatrician for over 13 years, he joined Gifford in 2003 and has served as chief of Pediatrics since shortly after his arrival. He is board certified in pediatrics, and lives in Randolph.
In 2014 Peter Reed retired to his Braintree home after more than 20 years as Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank. Looking for work with a community focus, he soon found a position at the Northfield Savings Bank in Randolph. He is also on the board of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, the Advisory Board of the Randolph Technical Career Center, and is a member of the Randolph Sunrise Rotary.
Peter graduated from Earlham College and received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He had considered a career in medicine and throughout his life has remained interested in healthcare issues.
Victor Ribaudo is a hospital executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in operations, planning, and business development. He most recently worked for 14 years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where his positions included Vice President for Affiliations, Executive Director of the Regional Care Network, and Associate Hospital Administrator. He previously worked with the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, Inc., in Maryland; Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del. His professional affiliations include the University of Michigan Health Policy and Management Program Alumni Board, American College of Healthcare Executives, and service on several governing boards in New York, Ohio, Maryland, and Delaware.
Victor and his wife grew up in Rochester, NY, and retired to Rochester, VT, in 2015, after having visited Rochester and Hancock over many years. In addition to his interest in Gifford, Victor serves as President of the White River Valley Ambulance Board of Directors and Rochester’s Director of Emergency Management. He enjoys skiing, biking and music.
A RUHS graduate, Clay Westbrook is now president of American Flatbread. He received a BS in Restaurant and Hospitality Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, and stayed active in the Vermont food community while a student. After graduation, he worked as a cook on tall ships, specializing in vocational sail training for youth, and then as a chef on a privately owned, 124′ yacht. He returned to RIT to complete his MS in Service Management in 2008.
Clay is also currently president of the Vermont Lacrosse Officials Association and officiates both high school and college lacrosse games throughout the state. He lives in Randolph with his wife Meghan.
Todd Winslow grew up in Randolph and helped in his family’s business, Magee Office products, throughout high school—always in ragged jeans. After majoring in business management at New England College in Henniker, N.H., Todd went out west to follow his dream in the ski industry.
He had been there a little over a year when he returned to Magee to help with a business project. He had intended this to be a temporary stay. However, he never left and presently has a dual role at Magee as president and sales manager.
Todd is past president of the Whiter River Junction Rotary Club, is an incorporator at Mascoma Savings Bank, is involved in volunteer work at the Vermont Food Bank and Randolph Community Dinners, and (of course) is a participant in Gifford’s Last Mile Ride.
Todd lives in Wilder Vermont, but from an early age he knew how important Gifford was to the community: “My mom told me there were two places in town that you need to take care of because they can’t be replaced. Those are the hospital and Chandler,” he said.
The Gifford Board of Directors provides an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of each Board meeting. The public comment period takes place during the first 15 minutes of each Board meeting.
To find out more about our governance or to schedule time on the Board agenda, please contact the executive assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at (802) 728-2304.
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