Board of Trustees


  • President: Bill Caron, MaineHealth
  • Chair: Susannah Swihart
  • Secretary: Robert S. Frank, MaineHealth
  • Assistant Secretary: Beth Kelsch, MaineHealth

The following individuals have been elected to the Board of Trustees of MaineHealth for a term expiring on December 31, 2018:



Kathryn Barber


Kathy Barber has spent her career in medical/biotech industry sales and marketing. A Skidmore College and University of Chicago Graduate School of Business graduate, she worked for Abbott Laboratories in a management development program and at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook in marketing positions in the food safety, human diagnostics and veterinary medicine divisions.


Barber is a past board member of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Barber Foods. In 2007, she joined the board of trustees at Bangor Savings Bank and sits on the Human Resource, Audit and Governance Committees. She is also a board member for Piper Shores LLC a lifecare community in Scarborough, Maine as well as the Robotics Institute of Maine.


Bergoffen GeneGene Bergoffen


Gene Bergoffen is the immediate past chair of the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, and serves on its Executive and Governance Committees. He is also the Principal of MaineWay Services, performing research studies on truck safety for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association. He is an attorney, completing his degree at Georgetown University Law Center. Initially trained as a forester, with a BS in Forestry and MS in Public Administration, he has worked for the US Forest Service as Director of Legislative Affairs, and the National Forest Products Association.


Before relocating to Fryeburg, Maine, he was President and CEO of the National Private Truck Council, representing the nation's private truck fleet community. Active in community affairs, Bergoffen was chair of the Fryeburg Planning Board, and served on the board of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in the Mount Washington Valley, and is now a member of the Eastern Slopes Airport Authority Board.


Bujold JoeJoseph M. Bujold


Joe Bujold has served on the Board of Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network since 2007, and has held his current role of board chairman there since 2009.


A native of Maine and a graduate of Middlebury College, Bujold has served in a number of professional leadership roles. He lived in Farmington for 11 years during the 60s and 70s at which time he served as president of Bass Shoe Co., then based in Wilton, Maine. He later joined an international consulting firm, Alexander Proudfoot, which works with major companies of the world to improve business processes and performance. For 18 years, Bujold ran various units of the company and was based in Brussels, Belgium; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore. He returned to the United States in 1989 to serve as chief executive officer of Alexander Proudfoot Company worldwide.


Bujold has also been an advisor and consultant to the law firm Holland & Knight and Dexter Shoe Company. He and his wife Lee reside in Farmington and are the parents of two grown children, Noelle and Marc.


Burke BillBill Burke


Bill Burke is an experienced media executive who held various positions at Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner, including president of TBS Super Station and general manager of Turner Classic Movies. He also served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Weather Channel Companies. Burke also co-authored Call Me Ted, the autobiography of Ted Turner. He is a graduate of Amherst College and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. In addition to being current vice-chair of the Maine Medical Center board, Burke is chairman of the Portland Sea Dogs and the US Biathlon Association, a director of Simulmedia, Inc., and serves on the advisory board of Specific Media, Inc.


Dufour GregGreg Dufour

Vice Chair


Greg Dufour is president and CEO of Camden National Corporation, Maine’s largest publicly traded community bank and the parent company of Camden National Bank and Acadia Trust, N.A. Dufour is also president and CEO of Camden National Bank, a $2.6 billion community bank headquartered in Camden, Maine and is chair of the board of directors of Acadia Trust, N.A., which is headquartered in Portland, Maine. Dufour was named to his current role in 2009 after serving as president and CEO of Camden National Bank since 2004. Prior to joining Camden National, Dufour was managing director of finance for IBEX Capital Markets in Boston, MA, a specialty investment advisor, and held several positions in the finance division at Fleet/Boston Financial Group. His community service includes serving as the current chair of the Maine Bankers Association, a member of the board of trustees and secretary of the board of Pen Bay Healthcare. He also is a member of the advisory board of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Dufour and his wife Doreen reside in Rockport, Maine.


Emmons ChristopherChris Emmons


Chris Emmons is the president and CEO of Gorham Savings Bank. He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, and began his banking career at Maine National Bank in 1977. After stops at BayBank and TD Banknorth, he joined Gorham Savings Bank in 2003. He is a Board member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Advisory Council on Community Banking.

A strong community supporter, Emmons is involved with the Maine Bankers Association and a number of local non-profit organizations. He is a trustee of MaineHealth (past vice chair) and Maine Medical Center. He is also a board member of Educate Maine, the University of Maine Board of Visitors, and the Alfond Scholarship Foundation, and co-chair of the Maine Early Learning Investment Group. Emmons’ 30+ years of service to United Way of Greater Portland began as a loaned executive in the late 1970s; he has served as past campaign chair and past board chair. Emmons was inducted into the Maine Business Hall of Fame in 2007.


Gaines BernardBernard Gaines


Bernard Gaines has served on the board of trustees for Southern Maine Medical Center, and now Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), since 2001. He has served as chairman of the board of trustees at SMMC/SMHC since 2011. He has also served previously on the MaineHealth board.


Gaines is a retired executive from Unum. He currently owns BSG Properties, LLC. He is married and living in Saco.


Gaines volunteers his time as a member of the SMHC Physician Services board of directors, the Thornton Academy Board of Directors, is a member of the Saco Lodge (Masons), the Order of the Eastern Star and the BPOE Elks.


Ted HissongGeorge Hissong


George (Ted) Hissong serves on the Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Board of Trustees as vice chairman and is chairman of the SMHC Governance Committee. He is president and CEO of Stafford Systems, Inc. located in Kennebunk, Maine, a position he has held since 1988. Hissong has served as a trustee of the Kennebunk Light and Power District, two years as chair as well as a trustee of the Kennebunk Sewer District. He is currently a member of the Sanford Industrial Development Commission and serves on the board of Port Opera.


Hissong graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in physical chemistry from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH and attended graduate school at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN.


George IsaacsonGeorge Isaacson


George Isaacson, a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is a senior partner in the law firm of Brann & Isaacson. He serves as General Counsel to L.L. Bean, Inc. and represents direct marketing companies throughout the United States. He has regularly been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” a peer-selected referral guide. George is a Senior Lecturer on the Bowdoin College faculty, teaching courses on Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of MaineHealth and its Strategic Planning Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. He is a past President of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and a former member of the governing boards of Maine Medical Center, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Casinos No!, Livermore Falls Trust Company, Friends of Retarded, Inc., and Congregation Beth Abraham.


Kumaki DavidDavid James Kumaki, MD, FACP


David James Kumaki, MD, is an active member of the medical staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital specializing in Internal Medicine. He simultaneously served as chair of both the Stephens Memorial Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) and the Maine PHO. Kumaki is a physician leader on MaineHealth’s Shared Health Record project (SeHR) and a member of the SeHR executive committee. He is also chief medical information officer for Western Maine Health. Previously on the staff at New Hampshire’s Androscoggin Valley Hospital, his experience extends well beyond New England. Kumaki is a long-time member of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nepal Studies Association. His experience includes several positions in Kathmandu, Nepal: staff physician for Canadian International Water and Energy Consultants’ International Clinic; acting medical officer and consultant in Internal Medicine for the Peace Corps; and volunteer physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association. He also spent time in Greater Boston, first as an Intern and resident at Boston City Hospital, and later on the staff at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, New England Baptist Hospital and Symmes Hospital.


Matheson SandySandy Matheson


Sandy Matheson is the executive director of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. She was previously the director of the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems. Matheson’s career has been in management, healthcare and financial services. She served as the president and CEO of Hanford Environmental Health Foundation, the board chair of Kennewick General Hospital, consulted and acted as interim CEO for various organizations, and taught as an adjunct instructor for the Washington State University business program. Matheson has been involved with a broad range of civic and charitable activities and in 2003 was named the Tri-Citian of the Year in Washington State for her community service.


Matheson graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a MBA from Washington State University.




Jere Michelson is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Libra Foundation, with oversight responsibility for all financial aspects of the Foundation’s interests.


Prior to joining Libra Foundation, Michelson was a member of the management group at the accounting firm of Baker Newman Noyes, LLC in Portland, where he consulted primarily on closely-held corporations and shareholders with multi-state operations in that firm’s corporate tax department. In 2001, he left public accounting to join Libra Foundation in its pursuit for the betterment of Maine’s citizenry.


Michelson is the vice chairman of the Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees and a member of the Executive Committee. He also sits on the Audit and Finance committees at MaineHealth. Through appointment from Sen. Susan Collins, Jere serves on the Military Service Academy Selection Committee.


He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Maine in Portland and his master’s degree in taxation from Thomas College in Waterville. Mr. Michelson serves on the boards of Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc., Pineland Farms Potato Company, Inc., and Gorham Savings Bank.


Ryan ThomasThomas J. Ryan, Jr., MD, FACC


Thomas J. Ryan, Jr., MD, has served as medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Maine Medical Center since 2003. Ryan's awards and honors include being twice elected One of the Best Doctors in America as well as Cardiology Teacher of the Year at MMC. He's a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology and The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He sits on many committees, including the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group. His research includes dozens of published works, and his academic appointments include Harvard Medical School and Vermont School of Medicine.


Melissa SmithCropMelissa Smith


Melissa Smith, the President and CEO of WEX, a global corporate payments company. A finance expert by training, Smith joined WEX in 1998 and played a pivotal role as WEX’s chief financial officer, leading the company through a highly successful initial public offering and focusing on its growth as a public company. Her record of execution, continuous improvement, and increased responsibilities for WEX’s business operations led to her appointment as president of the Americas, and ultimately as president and CEO of the entire company. As CEO, Smith has responsibility for the company’s day-to-day global operations and its long-term strategic growth. She also serves as a WEX board member.


Smith is an active member of her community and was named The Girl Scouts of Maine’s 2013 Woman of Distinction, and a Mainebiz 2012 Woman to Watch. Recognized as an industry leader, Melissa was named the 2014 Most Innovative Woman in Payments and a PaymentsSource 2014 Most Influential Woman in Payments. She serves on the Center for Grieving Children’s Board of Directors and participates in the Executive Women’s Forum, which she co-founded to provide a support network for female executives in her local community.


Melissa began her career at Ernst & Young and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine.


Swihart susannahSusannah Swihart



Susannah Swihart spent two decades at BankBoston Corporation in a wide variety of leadership, operational, and strategic roles, including Vice Chairman and CFO. Previous responsibilities at BankBoston included management of a variety of corporate banking businesses, operations, and risk functions. During that period, Susannah was a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, ran BankBoston's $3+ million United Way campaign in 1998, and later chaired the $1 million Women's Leadership Breakfast for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. Since returning to Maine in 2000, she has committed her efforts to a variety of corporate and community boards. In addition to MMC's Board of Trustees, Susannah serves on the boards of directors of the Dead River Company and MaineHealth and is the former board chair of Common Good Ventures and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. Susannah is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.




Frank RobertRobert S. Frank



Robert Frank has served as deputy general counsel for MaineHealth since July 2009. In that capacity, he has provided legal advice in connection with strategic initiatives and acquisitions, competition laws compliance, payor contracting, data security and breach matters, risk management and insurance, federal and state healthcare provider licensing, and has overseen professional liability, regulatory and business litigation and dispute resolution matters. Prior to his work at MaineHealth, he was an associate at the Morrison & Forester law firm in San Francisco (1979-82); an assistant attorney general at the Maine Department of Attorney General (1982-1987); an associate and then partner in the law firm Verrill Dana (1987-1995), and a founding member and partner of Harvey & Frank (1995-2009). While in private law practice, he represented various hospitals, physician practices and health insurance carriers, the Maine Hospital Association, and on special assignment to the American Hospital Association in connection with the drafting of federal antitrust and health care guidelines. He also served as a visiting lecturer of antitrust law for three terms at The University of Maine Law School (1997-1990), and currently serves as a panel member on the Grievance Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.


Bob is a graduate of Emory University (B.A. Physics), and Yale Law School (J.D.). He is a member of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, and a past board member, treasurer and founder. He also served as treasurer and board member of the LARK Society for Chamber Music, and a board member of Young Peoples' Theater in Brunswick.

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