Board of Advisors

James HesterJames Hester, Ph.D. Chair, is the Director of the Health Care Reform Commission for the Vermont State Legislature. The commission is charged with overseeing the implementation of the comprehensive package of health reform legislation passed in 2006 and recommending the long term strategy to ensure that all Vermonter's have access to affordable, quality health care. Dr. Hester has 35 years experience in the health care field, and has held senior management positions with MVP Healthcare in Vermont, ChoiceCare in Cincinnati, Pilgrim Health Care in Boston, and Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. He began his managed care career as Director of Applied Research for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Hester earned his Ph.D. in urban studies, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a Masters of Education degree from St Michael's College. He has a continuing interest in health services research and teaching, and has held faculty appointments at the University of Vermont, University of Cincinnati, Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts. He has served on the boards of Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), the Vermont Program for Quality Health Care, UVM's College of Nursing and Health Science, the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, and the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is a former member of the Vermont Business Roundtable. He and his family live in Jericho, Vermont where he pursues his hobbies of backpacking, photography and cross country skiing.

Nancy Graham, Public Health Nursing & Admin, Emeriti Faculty, Columbia University School of Nursing

Brian Harwood, Alumni, English, News Director - WDEV

Martha Houghton, Audiologist, Emeriti faculty, University of Vermont

Jane KaufmanJane Kaufman, PT, M.Ed, BCIA-PMDB has been a practicing Physical Therapist for more than thirty years. She is a graduate of the Ithaca College Physical Therapy program and earned her Master's degree at the University of Vermont. In 2005, Jane became certified in the use of biofeedback for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Jane is President of Phoenix Physical Therapy, PLC with offices in South Burlington, VT, at the Health Center in Plainfield, VT, and at Vermont Women's Wellness in Williston, VT. Jane's career has included practice at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont, and at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont where she supervised the Department of Physical Therapy. She has also worked with and managed Burlington area physical therapy practices. Jane has been an adjunct faculty member in the University of Vermont's Department of Physical Therapy for more than thirty years. She has served on many professional boards and committees and her most recent focus is as a member of the Advisory Board for UVM's College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Regional Board for the University of Vermont. In recent years Jane has focused on men's and women's health issues which are positively resolved through appropriate physical therapy treatment using surface EMG biofeedback as part of her treatment. Jane has also been the "consummate volunteer" in the community, serving on various South Burlington public school committees, youth hockey team parent, and the University of Vermont Parent's Council, to name just a few.

Marcelle Leahy, Professional Nursing

Charlotte MacLeayCharlotte MacLeay 8th generation Vermonter and Montpelier resident for the past 33 years, Charlotte is a graduate of the College of Nursing, Class of '71, who worked in public health and maternal-child health nursing and health education prior to becoming a school library-media specialist. Now retired, Charlotte is a volunteer with her local home health agency and a tour guide at the Vermont State House. Along with husband, Tom, she spends much of her leisure time golfing, skiing and on Long Pond in Maine with her grandkids.

Angel MeansAngel Means, RN, MS is the Director of End-of-Life Care Services at the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties and Adjunct Faculty for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont. Ms. Means has been working in health care since 1983. She completed her MS degree in Nursing at the University of Vermont in 1998 and has focused her nursing career on end-of-life care and nursing administration. She has extensive experience in Hospice and palliative care in both the acute care and home care settings.

Patty Motch, former Director of Development & Community Relations, Visiting Nurses Association

Judy S. Peterson, Former President & CEO, Central Vermont Home Health

Mary SteigerMary Steiger graduated from St. Michael's College with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She then received her Graduate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Mary has 27 years experience in the practice of Physical Therapy and management. She worked as the Chief of a Physical Therapy department at St. Mary's Hospital in New Jersey. In addition, Mary also owned and worked at Alpha Physical Therapy, a private practice for 16 years. She has been an APTA member for 27 years and a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences for 5 years. Mary was the Director of the Physical Therapy Center of Vermont. Mary is a member of VERG (Vermont Elder Resource Group) and is on the community assessment team for the Blueprint for Health.

anne sullivan Anne Sullivan As emerita faculty from UVM's Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences department, Ms. Sullivan advises students and alumni who express an interest in pursuing careers in health care. Working in Career Services offers her the opportunity to counsel and guide committed individuals as they seek to find meaningful direction for their work in a medical or dental setting. She encourages and supports clients to challenge themselves academically and explore and seek out experiences which will help unfold their ambitions and provide guidance in their quest. Ms. Sullivan's background in the health sciences provides a platform for this work. Outside of work she enjoys golfing, paddling with Dragonheart Vermont, and gardening.

John P. Tampas John P. Tampas A native of Burlington, was educated and trained at UVM and MCHV. Since 1962 he has continuously served as an attending in radiology at FAHC. He was appointed Professor of Radiology in 1970 and served as Chair of Radiology from 1970 to 1996. He continues to practice and teach on a per diem arrangement and presently is Executive Secretary of the UVM Medical Alumni Association. Nationally, he has served as President of the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society and Radology Centenniel. He has been honored to receive the Gold Medal of the ACR and the ARRS and was twice elected Teacher of the Year at UVM's College of Medicine. He is an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church and presently is President of the Parish Council. He is past President of Lyric Theatre and serves on the Governing Board of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Weather permitting, he enjoys cycling on the bike path in Burlington and boating on the lake. He loves spending time with his 8 grandchildren.

Edward S. Tucker, Neurologist, Essex, CT