Board of Advisors

James HesterJames Hester, Ph.D., Chair of the Board of Advisors
James Hester 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, Emerita Faculty, Columbia University School of Nursing
Nancy Graham and her husband retired and moved to Vermont from New York City at the end of 2000 to be near family. She had been a Vice President at two NewYork City Hospitals for about 18 years as well as a member of the faculty at Columbia University School of Nursing and School Public Health. Nancy's education included a BS and RN from Columbia as well as a Master and Doctorate of Public Health also from Columbia, in addition to a MA from New York University. She has written three textbooks regarding research methodologies and other issues in evaluating the cost and quality in healthcare. In retirement, Nancy has been involved in a number of organizations such as a member of the Advisory Board for Nursing and Health Sciences at UVM, President of the Women of UVM for four years. She is now getting involved with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Nancy's other interests include her grandchildren, friends, reading, hiking and piano.

Brian HarwoodBrian Harwood, Alumni, English, News Director - WDEV
Brian Harwood is a seventh generation Vermonter. In 2003 he retired from more than fifty years in advertising and media, but still produces a daily classical music program on a station in Burlington. He was founder of three successive ad agencies in Stowe and owner of two radio stations. Brian is active in social and civic groups. He is a trustee and former chair of the Northfield Savings Bank. He is currently vice chair of Vermont Public Television, co-vice chair of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and chair of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice. He was Administrative Aide to former U.S. Representative Richard Mallary in the early 70's. He and his wife Janet are in the 48th year of a marriage which produced three daughters, each of whom gave them a grandson. They live in Waterbury, Vermont, near the Ben and Jerry ice cream factory.

Martha HoughtonMartha Houghton, Audiologist, Emerita Faculty, University of Vermont
Martha (Marty) Houghton is emerita faculty from UVM's Department of Communication Science. She did her undergraduate work at UVM and graduate work at Boston University. She has 32 years experience as a clinical audiologist, teacher and statewide consultant for children with hearing loss and their families. Following her retirement from UVM in 1995, she continued her statewide consulting, teaching and work with interdisciplinary faculty at UVM. She was instrumental in developing grants through the University that eventually led to a statewide program for deaf and hard of hearing infants, children and their families. More recently, she is enjoying being a new grandparent, supporting a family business and dividing her time between Vermont and Maine with her husband.

Jane KaufmanJane Kaufman, PT, M.Ed, BCIA-PMDB
Jane Kaufman 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, Retired Nurse, Public Health, Maternal-Child Health, Health Education
An eighth generation Vermonter and Montpelier resident for the past 33 years, Charlotte MacLeay 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, Director of End-of-Life Care Services, Visiting Nurse Association
Angel Means 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 Nurse Association
Patty Motch's most recent career was with The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties as Director of Development and Community Relations (1991-2002). Current volunteer service includes The Vermont Community Foundation (Director) and Wake Robin Continuous Care Retirement Community (Director). She was a council member and chair, The Vermont Women's Fund; and board member, The Stern Center for Language and Learning, VNA of Cleveland, Hathaway Brown School (Cleveland), and The Benjamin Rose Institute (Cleveland). A native Vermonter, she studied nursing and psychology at Duke University, graduating with a major in psychology, and received her M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from John Carroll University in Cleveland.

Judy PetersonJudy S. Peterson, Former President & CEO, Central Vermont Home Health
Judy Peterson, MS, BSN, is the President/CEO of the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice in Barre, VT. Judy has served on numerous Boards over the years, including the VT State Board of Nursing, VT Professional Standards Review Organization, Project Independence, Cerebral Palsy Association, Washington County Drug and Alcohol Council, Woodridge Nursing Home and the Mid-State Business and Professional Women's Organization. Judy received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Vermont.




Mary SteigerMary Steiger, Physical Therapist
Mary 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 five 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, Emerita Faculty, University of Vermont
As emerita faculty from UVM's Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences department, Anne 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. TampasJohn P. Tampas, Executive Secretary of the UVM Medical Alumni Association
A native of Burlington, John Tampas 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 eight grandchildren.

Ed TuckerEdward S. Tucker, Neurologist
Ed Tucker, MD, has practiced neurology in Essex, Ct. for over 30 years. He has a degree in biology from Stanford, an MD degree from Tulane and has completed a residency in neurology and psychiatry at Yale. Between Tulane and Yale, Ed was a Submarine and Diving medical officer in the US Navy. This included a tour of duty in general medicine at the US Navy Hospital, Oakland, CA. during the Vietnam War. Serving aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, SSBN 602, Ed made two patrols underwater in the North Atlantic off the coast of Russia for 2 months at a time. For the last 30 years, to balance his day, Ed trains and races in triathlons including two finishes in the Hawaiian Ironman. Ike Tucker, his son, is a freshman at UVM and has raced cross-country skiing at a national and international level while living in France. Jeanne-Yvonne, his wife, is a medical software specialist and world class triathlete.

Kate WebbKate Webb, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Vermont
Kate Webb received her BS and MS degrees from UVM and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (SLP-CCC). She was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives for the 2009-2010 term representing Chittenden 5-1, Shelburne and served on the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee. Kate also currently works for the Williston School District in the SLP Preschool Program EEE as a supervisor.