Board of Trustees Biographies
2011 Board of Trustee & Leadership Group
Edward Bergeron, Jr.
Edward (Ed) Bergeron is one of the recent members to join the board in 2009. Ed decided it was important to give back to the growing community. He is a resident of Chesterfield and has spent all his life in the Keene area. Ed is the President and Treasurer of Bergeron Construction Co, INC - a three generation family business celebrating its 100th year in 2009. Ed attended Keene State College and has been active in many community activities and projects. Such community work includes his volunteer work for various charities and organizations and coaching a youth hockey and baseball team.
Mary Louise Caffrey
Mary Louise Caffrey brings her expertise as an attorney to the board and long history with our region. Mary Louise has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar since 1978. She primarily practices with the Bradley & Faulkner, PC firm in the Real Estate Group and the Estate Planning and Probate Group. Ms. Caffrey's civic involvement has included service as a Monadnock Region Board Member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Board Member of Monadnock Regional Foundation for Family Services; Former Commissioner of Keene Housing Authority; Former Member of Board of Directors of the Keene Family YMCA; and Former Member of the Board of Directors of Rise…For Babies and Family. She also served as law clerk to the honorable Hugh H. Bownes, First Circuit Court of Appeals, and served on the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association from 2005-2007. She is a member of the New Hampshire and Cheshire County Bar Associations. Ms. Caffrey graduated from Smith College and Boston College Law School.
Don Caruso, MD
Don Caruso has provided medical care to Keene area families for 20 years. He served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at DHK from 1993-2005 and as Associate Medical Director from 2005 until his recent appointment as Medical Director. Concurrently, Dr. Caruso served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Physician Champion of Electronic Medical Records, Medical Director of Medical Home Clinical Performance, and Co-Medical Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Regional Primary Care Collaborative. Prior to coming to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, Dr. Caruso also cared for patients and served as Medical Director of Harrington Family Health Center in Harrington, Maine from 1987-1991. Dr. Caruso received his doctorate in medicine at New York Medical College and completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency program. He earned his Master's degree in Public Health from the Dartmouth Institute in June, 2011.
Roger Hansen, MD
Now retired, Dr. Roger Hansen, brings a wealth of healthcare knowledge including over 32 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery. As a physician, surgeon and medical educator, Dr. Hansen offers a unique perspective and strength to navigating the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and the importance of a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to deliver care to improve the health of those within the community. Hansen is an important asset within our community, as well, volunteering with the Monadnock United Way, Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities, and serving on the Board for Giving Monadnock and as a Dartmouth Alumni Volunteer. He attended Dartmouth College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA for his postgraduate work, and completed his medical training and residency at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH.
Steve Horton is new to the board, but has a 25-year history with Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. As the former chief operating officer at MacMillin Company, Inc., Steve oversaw the facility's major renovation project in 2003 to construct the central building. Steve's appointment to the board advances his connections with our staff, facility, and mission. Steve was the former president of Ford Panel, an engineering design company manufacturing and installing structural insulated construction panels. Currently, as an independent consultant, Steve continues to help nonprofit organizations with building projects including the Keene Family YMCA, Connecticut River Transit, Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Sophia's Hearth, and Valley Regional Hospital. Steve is an adjunct professor at Keene State College, teaching construction management and is a board member of High Five adventure program in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Lawrence Jaeger, MD
Larry Jaeger has been a practicing ophthalmologist at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene for 15 years providing general eye care to the community. As a doctor, he brings the perspective of a practicing clinician to board level decisions. He hopes to improve the care at Cheshire Medical Center by offering the experience of caring for thousands of patients. Larry has served on the hospital board since 2007 and was Chief of the medical staff from 2001 to 2003. Other committee work includes the building, professional affairs, credentials, and surgery committee. He attended Hamilton College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and completed his medical training at New York Medical College and completed his ophthalmology residency at Mount Sinai, New York. Larry was recognized as a, “Top Doc” by New Hampshire Magazine in 2002 and again in 2007.
Jay Kahn, PhD
Jay Kahn has worked at Keene State College for 21 years as the Vice President for finance and planning. As a board member since 2006, he brings over 36 years of experience in higher education for policy and administration. Jay joined the board to fulfill his concern for the quality of health care with a desire to contribute to the quality of life for the community. He attended Northern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. He went on to complete his Master's in public administration and received his Ph.D from the University of Illinois-Chicago in political science. Community work includes Monadnock Economic Development Council and New Hampshire Workforce Opportunity Council.
Judy Kalich serves on the hospital board and is dedicated to the enrichment of the community and the advancement of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. She has a great appreciation for the quality of health care provided. Judy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a minor in Spanish at Penn State University and abroad at University of Salamanca, Spain. She completed a Master's in higher education administration and counseling from Michigan State University. Over the past 30 years, Judy has held management positions in higher education administration serving as admissions director, director of development and college relations, and director of advancement at Penn State University and at Keene State College. Judy is now president and executive manager of Moose Hollow Properties, LLC. She has been a member of the hospital board since 2006. Additional community work includes serving as president of Kiwanis Club of Keene, membership in the Keene chapter of the American Association of University Women and founding member of Giving Monadnock.
William "Bill" Kelleher, MBA, PE
Bill Kelleher is Plant Manager for The Timken Company in Keene. Since joining Timken in 1980, Mr. Kelleher has run several manufacturing operations around the world including locations in the United States, United Kingdom and France. He also served as Director of Manufacturing Strategy and Lean6Sigma at Timken, leading the acquisition and affiliation work which led to the development of manufacturing plants in the United States, India and China. He earned a Bachelor's in Production Engineering from Coventry University, UK, and a Master's in Business Administration from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, and attended an Executive Development program at the University of Virginia Darden Business School. Mr. Kelleher is a Six Sigma Black Belt and is certified in Lean, continuous improvement methodologies to reduce process variant and eliminate waste. Mr. Kelleher is also a member of the Keene YMCA Board and Chair of its Board Facilities Committee.
Mary Ann Kristiansen, MPA
Mary Ann Kristiansen is Founder and Executive Director of the Hannah Grimes Center, based in Keene, NH. Hannah Grimes provides a marketplace for locally made and grown products; educational programs to help small business people start and grow their businesses; low-cost office space and a supportive environment in which emerging businesses can be developed and launched into the community; and community projects that foster a supportive environment to advance entrepreneurship. Ms. Kristiansen's concept for the Hannah Grimes Center emerged from her own home-based business, Buckminster Farm in Roxbury, NH, making soap and other hand crafted goods sold in New York, California, Denmark, Italy and Tokyo, and online across the United States. She also worked as Administrative and Marketing Consultant to small and medium-sized businesses in New Hampshire and New York, and was Medical Administrator for Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. in New York, NY. Ms. Kristiansen holds a Bachelor's in Communications/Public Relations and Geology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and a Master's in Public Administration from New York University Graduate School of Public Administration in New York, NY.
As a board member, Sylvia McBeth brings a wealth of passion, knowledge and dedication to improving health care for the region. She has an impressive background in community work including her service on the board of Savings Bank of Walpole, and former board member of JA Wright and Co. She is currently a member of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, Keene Heritage Commission, Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, and former chair of New Hampshire Public Radio and Monadnock United Way and Cedarcrest Children Center. Sylvia's professional career spans over 20 years in the healthcare field, mainly in hospital administration as a member of senior management. She was responsible for strategic planning, marketing, public relations and development. Sylvia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and a Master's of public administration from Temple University.
Geoffrey Molina, (CPU)
Now retired, Geoffrey Molina worked most recently with The Main Street America Group (NGM Insurance) as Vice President, Internal Audit. He was with the company for 12 years. Prior to joining MSA Group, he held field and home office positions in underwriting, marketing, product development and product management at several other insurance companies, including Peerless. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Upon graduation, Mr. Molina served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve on active duty as navigator and Officer of the Deck from 1967-1970 and in 1970 pursued his career in property/casualty insurance. In addition to his service on the CMC/CHF Board, Mr. Molina volunteers by monitoring property for The Monadnock Conservancy and water quality for the State of NH Volunteer Lake Assessment Program. He is also a member of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce as well as the Keene Lions Club where he serves on the Eyesight and Hearing Committee.
Robert Mucha, CPA
Robert Mucha joined the Board with 39 years of professional experience in public accounting, in which he provides various accounting services, including auditing, tax preparation, litigation support services, and financial planning. Mucha graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a business degree. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also Trustee and Chair of Keene School District Trust Funds, and is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Monadnock Economic Development Corp. Other community organization activities include membership on Keene Rotary Club, United Way, youth sports programs, and he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Newbold is Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel, for C&S Wholesale Grocers. Since joining C&S in 2005 Newbold has worked on many of the Company's largest customer relationships, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic initiatives. Newbold brings legal and business acumen to the hospital's board and helps represents the perspective of the region's major employers. In his oversight of C&S legal department, Newbold manages general corporate, compliance, labor and employment law and litigation management. Newbold brings additional experience as a private practice attorney for two major Washington, D.C. law firms. He earned a B.A. in History from Yale University, cum laude, and graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law.
Arthur Nichols, CEO, CMC/DHK
With over thirty years of healthcare administrative experience, including 20 years as a Chief Financial Officer, Art is acknowledged for his commitment to the community and Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene's Vision 2020 initiative. As Chief Executive Officer at Cheshire Medical Center for the past five years, he has engaged the community in the importance of giving back, and has reached out to local schools, businesses, seniors, and hospital staff to participate. As a devoted community supporter, Art is involved in several community organizations—as a trustee at the Keene Family YMCA, immediate past board chair of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, board member of the Monadnock United Way, board member of the NH Hospital Association, and vice chair of board of Voluntary Hospitals of America, Northern New England and in 2005, was appointed to New Hampshire's Judicial Selection Commission. Art represents New Hampshire on the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Board. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in economics and received his Master's in business administration at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Walter Rohr is a respected businessman and avid community supporter. His continuous efforts are an important and valuable community resource. He is the founder and president of IPG Employee Benefits, a corporate benefit brokerage and consulting firm located in Keene since 1985. His past community experience includes former Board of directors of the Colonial Theatre, the Keene Family YMCA, board member and chair of Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, Keene Chamber of Commerce and former Selectman for the T own of Nelson. Walter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Katherine Snow joined the Board with more than 30 years of professional experience in the non-profit setting, including 20 years as past President of the Monadnock United Way. Her expertise as a philanthropy consultant to businesses and as a management consultant to non-profits is a great benefit to the CHF Board. Snow volunteers in multiple community non-profit organizations such as Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, City of Keene Juvenile Conference Committee and Keene Rotary Club. Her past volunteer activities have included Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Colonial Theatre, Hannah Grimes, Women's Crisis Services, Giving Monadnock, to name a few. She is Past Chair of United Ways of New Hampshire, a Paul Harris Fellow of the Keene Rotary Club, and a founding partner of Monadnock Partnership.
Gregg Tewksbury, CPA
Gregg Tewksbury is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW), a $310 million mutual savings bank based in southwestern New Hampshire. He has been with SBW since 2005 and has also served on its Board of Trustees for several years. Prior to joining SBW, Mr. Tewksbury worked seven years for Merriam-Graves Corporation as its CFO, nine years for CFX Corporation as its CFO, and two years for Ernst & Young. In addition to being a CPA, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Whittemore School at the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Tewksbury also serves as a board member for New Hampshire Bankers Association (Director); Community Bankers Association of NH, Inc. (Director); Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services (Director); and New England Automated Clearinghouse (NEACH) (Director). He is an advisor to several community groups and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.