Welcome New Board Members

March 27, 2012
Keene, NH

Cheshire Medical Center/Cheshire Health Foundation welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees: William Kelleher, Mary Ann Kristiansen, Geoffrey Molina, and Gregg Tewksbury.

William "Bill" Kelleher, MBA, PE 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 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.

Geoffrey Molina, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), now retired, 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.

Gregg Tewksbury, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 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.

"We are proud to announce our four newest members of the Board," said Art Nichols, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene’s President and CEO. "We are fortunate to have such a dynamic group of talented individuals representing Cheshire Health Foundation."

The Board of Trustees serves as the hospital's governing body and provides strategic direction which upholds the mission of the non-profit community hospital and clinic. Currently, the Cheshire Health Foundation Board (CHF) is comprised of twenty members. Dr. Jay Kahn, Vice President for Finance and Planning for Keene State College, serves as chair.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a non-profit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation's healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Vision 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. For information, please call (603) 354-5400 or visit For more information about the Cheshire Medical Center/Cheshire Health Foundation's Board of Trustee members, visit and click on the 'About Us' page.

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