Board of Trustees Biographies
2016 Board of Trustees & Leadership Group
Edward Bergeron, Jr.
Edward (Ed) Bergeron joined the board in 2009, deciding 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 which celebrated 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.
John Birkmeyer, MD
John Birkmeyer is the Executive Vice President of Enterprise Support Services and Chief Academic Officer across the Dartmouth-Hithcock Health System. In this newly created position, he works directly with key members of the senior management team to create a sustainable health system. Prior to joining the leadership team at D-H, Dr. Birkmeyer directed the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan. A graduate of Boston College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Birkmeyer received his general surgery training at Dartmouth. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1996 and was subsequently appointed Chief of the Section of General Surgery. Reflecting his entrepreneurial interests, Dr. Birkmeyer is founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ArborMetrix, a venture capital-funded analytics and services company. With 50 employees based in Ann Arbor, the company helps health systems and health plans enhance quality and cost-efficiency in acute and specialty care.
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.
Wendy Fielding, MBA
Wendy Fielding has been Vice President of Financial Planning for Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) since 2009. Wendy’s responsibilities include providing business and analytical decision support to D-H Operations, overseeing the annual financial planning cycle for the organization, and developing long-term financial projections which align with D-H’s strategic vision. Prior to joining D-H, Wendy held positions as the Chief Financial Officer at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine, and the Director of Financial Reporting & Analysis at Boston Medical Center. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bentley University. Wendy lives in Etna, New Hampshire with her husband Ed, teenage son Caffrey, and dog Tiki. She enjoys the outdoors, gardening (especially vegetables!), cross country skiing, and baking.
Timothy Fisher, MD
Dr. Timothy Fisher currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Surgical Services at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene. Dr. Fisher is a graduate of Union College and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He completed his Ob/Gyn internship and residency at Naval Medical Center, San Diego and had tours of duty at Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida. He has participated as a member of numerous committees and initiatives at the local, regional, and national level including serving as a member of the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network, delegating to the Home Birth Summit, and a variety of leadership roles with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. His professional interests include perioperative and obstetrical patient safety, quality and process improvement, delivery model redesign, and physician leadership. Tim’s wife, Kathy, is a fellow Geisel graduate who attends to the needs of both her pediatric practice and their two children, Elizabeth and Jackson.
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.
Nathalie Houder is Vice President, Finance and Strategic Sourcing for C&S Wholesale Grocers. Since joining C&S in 2000, Nathalie has managed strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning and treasury functions of the organization. Prior to working at C&S, Nathalie worked in public accounting and banking. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Treasury Professional and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Maryland Association of CPAs and the Association for Financial Professionals. Nathalie attended the University of Delaware and earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting (with a minor in German studies) and her Masters in Business Administration with a Finance concentration. Nathalie has previous non-profit experience as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Sophia’s Hearth and of Child First, both early childhood education organizations in Keene.
Michael Kapiloff has been in the insurance industry for 30 plus years, primarily as a business owner/agent of Kapiloff Insurance Agency in Keene, N.H. The Kapiloff Insurance Agency was founded by his parents Edward and Charlotte Kapiloff in 1968 and purchased by Michael in 1997. He is an independent agent of Property & Casualty, and Life & Health insurance, with the following credentials: Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU 1986); Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC 1987); Certified Life Underwriter (CLU 1992); Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC- 2013). Michael has dedicated over twenty years of service to the Congregation Ahavas Achim community as President, Treasurer and Trustee. He graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors in Finance and Insurance in 1983, Summa Cum Laude.
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.
Steven Paris, MD
A board certified physician since 1979, Dr. Steven Paris is the current Medical Director for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester. After graduating with honors from Harvard University in 1970, he earned his medical degree with honors from Duke University Medical School in 1974. Dr. Paris has over 25 years of experience in medical management of multispecialty group practices, including Health Plan negotiations and risk contracts, implementation and planning for electronic systems, hospital and medical group mergers and affiliations and creating new ways for access to care for vulnerable populations. Paris serves on the boards of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, of which he is chairman, Child Health Services, and Heritage United Way. He is also a member of several community organizations, including the Healthy Manchester Leadership Committee, the Manchester Sustainable Action Project, and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
Leslie Pitts, MD
Dr. Pitts graduated from McGill Medical School, Montreal, Quebec, in 1992, and performed his residency at the University of Western Ontario in Family Medicine. He joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in May, 1996. Dr. Pitts has served as the Chair of Family Medicine and is currently serving as the Associate Medical Director for Quality and Informatics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene . He is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Pitts also is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and is a Past President of New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians.
Kary Shumway is the Chief Financial Officer for Clarke Distributors, inc. and g.housen and company, inc. beverage distributors serving New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Since joining Clarke in 2003, Kary has helped the company acquire and integrate four additional companies, expanding the distribution footprint and portfolio of product offerings. Kary lives in Hancock, NH where he is Chair of the Recreation Committee, a board member on the Hancock Depot association, and board member for the ConVal Cal Ripken youth baseball league. Kary is also a licensed CPA, and member of the New Hampshire Society of CPAs.
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.