Officers & Board

MMC Board Rules of Procedure

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Lisa Almeder, M.D.

Dr. Lisa Almeder grew up in Atlanta, Ga., earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency Program at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center and served as Chief Resident at the Boston VA Medical Center.

She joined the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine, practiced general internal medicine at Dorchester’s Neighborhood Health Center and taught students and residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After a decade in Boston, she relocated to Maine.

Dr. Almeder joined the MMC Medical Staff and introduced the hospitalist model of medicine to our community, founding the Maine Hospitalist Service — now MMP Hospital Medicine — and serving as Director for 10 years.

Currently, she is Director in Clinical Integration at MaineHealth and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts-MMC School of Medicine. She is Board certified in Internal Medicine. Her clinical interests include medical education, geriatrics, palliative care and systems improvement.


Kathryn Barber

Kathy Barber

Kathy Barber has deep experience in the medical/biotech industry in sales and marketing, with a far-reaching career that includes numerous prominent companies.

After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Business, she spent two years in sales with Ventrex Laboratories, a biotech company, selling diagnostic testing kits to doctor’s offices. Following graduation from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1988, she worked for Abbott Laboratories in a management development program, with responsibilities including Sales, Market Research and Marketing. Kathy graduated from the program as a product manager in the Pharmaceutical Division.

At IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Kathy held various upper level marketing positions in the Food Safety, Human Diagnostics and Veterinary Medicine Divisions. While at IDEXX, she created marketing programs that increased sales and usage and gained market share for the biotech company.

Kathy is a past board member for Barber Foods, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Piper Shores LLC and the Robotics Institute of Maine. In 2007, she joined the Board of Trustees at Bangor Savings Bank and Chairs the Human Resource Committee and is a member of the Audit, Governance and Nominating Committees. She is a past member of MaineHealth’s Board of Trustees where she was Chair of the Finance Committee. Post system unification, she joined Maine Medical Center’s board where she is a member of the Board Quality and Safety Committee.

Kathy enjoys the outdoors with her husband and two children and three farm dogs.


Joel L. Botler, M.D.

Non-voting

Dr. Joel Botler serves as Maine Medical Center’s Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, overseeing all clinical, medical management, and programmatic aspects of health care delivery. In this role he also serves as the primary liaison between MMC management and the private physician practice community. In addition, Dr. Botler is President of Maine Medical Partners, a subsidiary of MMC.

Dr. Botler’s relationship with MMC dates to 1979 when he began his Internal Medicine internship and residency after earning his medical degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Brooklyn. Since that time, he has served the southern Maine community as a primary care internist for 30 years; helped to found InterMed in 1995; and held numerous leadership roles at MMC focusing on areas such as Family Medicine, Geriatrics, and Adult Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Botler held the title of MMC Vice President, Adult Medicine Service Line, and co-chair of the Maine Medical Partners Finance Committee.

Dr. Botler is well regarded as a “physician’s physician” throughout the community, earning praise from peers and patients alike. He is a four-time winner of the MMC Family Medicine Residency Program Inpatient Attending of the Year award and has also been recognized as the Maine Alzheimer’s Champion for 2011.


Margaret M. Bush

Margaret M. Bush

Margaret Bush was born and raised in Richmond, Va., where she attended St. Catherine’s School and the University of Virginia. She met her future husband, Marvin, at the university and they were married after graduation in 1981. Bush spent 13 years as a teacher, the first at The Park School in Brookline, Mass., then 12 years in Alexandria, Va.

In 1995, Margaret made a career change and has become an actress on stage, in film, and on television. She also has a floral design business.

She has served on numerous boards, including The National Children’s Museum, Prevent Cancer Foundation, St. Catherine’s Alumnae, and Very Special Arts. For many years, Margaret has spoken on behalf of The Gladney Center, the adoption agency where her children were born. Margaret has a passion for pediatric patients and has visited and read to patients at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, named for her mother-in-law.


Chris Cary, M.D.

Chris Cary, M.D.

Dr. Christopher W. Cary is the current President of the Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He has served the Anesthesiology department, the hospital, and the state and national anesthesiology societies in varying capacities over his career.

He is the former anesthesiology residency Program Director at MMC, the former President of the Maine Society of Anesthesiologists, and a former member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Board of Directors.

Dr. Cary received his bachelor of science and medical degrees at the University of Massachusetts. He also completed a year of research with the Anesthesiology department at UMass Medical School after graduation. His residency training in anesthesiology was started at Duke University with his final year of completion at Maine Medical Center.

Prior to his return to Maine in 1998, Dr Cary was the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Anesthesiologists PC, in Pittsfield Massachusetts. He and his wife, Mary Anne, are the parents of 2 grown sons and reside in Cape Elizabeth. They are the proud grandparents of Finnegan, age 3.


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Christopher Claudio

Christopher Claudio is Board Chair, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Winxnet, a leading IT outsourcing and consulting firm in the Eastern United States; Chris is primarily responsible for corporate direction, business development and growth strategies. Chris’ broader vision for Winxnet was to assemble a team which shared his values of customer service, excellence and integrity. He has instilled in the culture of the company the simple concept of “do the right thing” by the customer, and the rest will follow.

Entrepreneurship struck Chris early as an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland where prior to graduation, Chris launched his first of numerous technology ventures initially focusing on web and database driven architecture applications. In addition to managing his first startup, Chris joined Computer Sciences Corporation as a Senior Technical Architect and Systems Engineer where he helped architect and support the global technology infrastructure for General Dynamics. In 1999, Chris officially launched and co-founded Winxnet, a leading provider of Outsourced IT, Managed IT Services and Strategic Technology Consulting services. Winxnet has grown to service a global customer base with offices throughout the United States, with a focus on applying sound business process and governance to technology strategy. Chris holds multiple engineering and technical certifications and continues his work with clients today focusing on IT governance and organizational excellence in the delivery and management of IT.

Chris is passionate about serving his community. In addition to serving on the MMC Board and the MaineHealth Board of Trustees, he also served on The University of New England Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Gorham Savings Bank and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Katherine B. Coster

Kathy Coster has experience as a board member at both for-profit and nonprofit institutions. She currently is Vice Chairman of the Board of Gorham Savings Bank and serves on a number of committees.

She has had a long affiliation with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and was appointed President of the Board of Directors in 2015. Kathy has also held a number of roles as a volunteer for her alma mater, Dartmouth College, including representative to the Alumni Council and President of the Dartmouth Alumni Club of Maine. She is also active in her church and serves on the Pastoral Council of Parish of the Holy Eucharist.

A member of Maine Medical Center Board since 2013, Kathy chairs the Board Education and Research Committee and is a member of the Finance, Performance Improvement, Governance, and Credentials committees.

Professionally, Kathy worked as a commercial banker at institutions in New York, California, and Massachusetts. She and her husband Mike live in Falmouth and have three adult children.


Christopher W. Emmons

Chris Emmons is the President and CEO of Gorham Savings Bank. He graduated from the University of Maine 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, Chris is involved with the Maine Bankers Association and a number of local non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Maine Medical Center Board and MaineHealth (past vice chair) and also sits on the boards of Educate Maine, the University of Maine Board of Visitors and the Alfond Scholarship Foundation, and co-chairs the Maine Early Learning Investment Group.  

Chris’ 30-plus 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.


Morris Fisher

Morris Fisher is President, Boulos Asset Management. His experience includes real estate development, operations, leasing, and finance. In addition to providing strategic real estate advice to clients, he is responsible for directing a property management company with 50 employees and real estate projects under management totaling 5 million square feet of commercial space. His experience includes the development, marketing, leasing, and sale of major retail, office, and industrial properties in both downtown and suburban locations.

In addition to his service as an MMC Board Member, Morris is a former officer and board member of The Park Danforth, Portland Public Library, Catholic Charities of Maine, and Portland’s Downtown District. Prior to joining Boulos Asset Management, Morris was a senior accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick.


Robert S. Frank

Secretary – Non-Voting

Bob Frank has served as deputy general counsel for MaineHealth since July 2009, and as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for MaineHealth and Maine Medical Center since October 2014. In these capacities, 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 health care 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 Office of the 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, Bob represented various hospitals, physician practices and health insurance carriers, and the Maine Hospital Association. He also served as a visiting lecturer of antitrust law for three terms at The University of Maine Law School (1997-2000), 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 a past treasurer and board member of the LARK Society for Chamber Music.


Frank H. Frye

Frank H. Frye, an attorney, is “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry. Frank practices in the areas of Corporate, Business, and Tax/Estate Planning Law, and specializes in serving closely held business entities and nonprofit organizations.

Before joining the firm, he served as Attorney and Assistant Branch Chief, Interpretative Division, in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C., and practiced with a large law firm in New York City. He has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law and was selected for inclusion in the New England Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate and Tax. Frank also is a past Chair of the Maine State Bar Association Tax Section.

His community work includes serving on the Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth Boards. His charitable and civic work has included service on the Welch Charitable Fund at the Maine Community Foundation and the Town of Scarborough Planning Board, and as well as time as a trustee of the Portland chapter of the American Red Cross and Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls. Frank currently serves on the Board of Directors of Down East Magazine, the magazine of Maine.


Heidi N. Hansen

Heidi N. Hansen has been a member of the Maine Medical Center Board since 1998 and is currently chair of the Board Quality & Safety Committee. She also currently serves on the Board Executive Committee and the MMC Clinical Ethics Committee.

Heidi was on the Board Education & Research Committee from 1998-2018, chairing the committee from 2003-2008. She’s a former member of the Board Finance and the Planning and Program Committees. She was a trustee of MaineHealth in 2009 and served on the MaineHealth Audit Committee from 2003-2015, and as chair of the Audit Committee from 2009-2015. Her relationship with MMC began as a weekly evening volunteer in the Emergency Department from 1981-1995.

A graduate of Colby College, Heidi founded Letterworks International, a database marketing services firm, and operated the company through its sale in 1995. In 1999, she was a founder of BlueTarp Financial, which provides innovative information and financial services to the building material industry. Since 2004, she operated HN Hansen & Co., a business consulting firm specializing in product development, project management, and innovation/new market entry.

Heidi has served on numerous business and nonprofit boards, including Portland Ovations, Portland Museum of Art, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Compass Project, Ingraham and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. In addition to MMC, she currently serves on the board of Hospice of Southern Maine. Her honors include YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry and the Ad Club of Maine’s Conwell Award for Achievement. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, loved sailing the coast of Maine, and in retirement enjoys her playful super-mutt, Raven.


Dan Loiselle, M.D.

Dr. Dan Loiselle is the Chief Medical Officer of InterMed, where he has practiced internal medicine since 1998.

Dr. Loiselle grew up in Eddington, Maine. He completed undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College, is a 1995 graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and completed his residency at Maine Medical Center before joining InterMed in 1998.

He provides general internist preventive medicine for adult patients and enjoys the longitudinal care of multiple family members and trying to improve the health of our patient population, as well as the lives of InterMed’s providers and staff.

In addition to Dr. Loiselle’s Maine Medical Center board seat, he also serves on the Board of MaineHealth and InterMed. He is a member of the Maine Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

In his free time, Dr. Loiselle enjoys skiing at Sugarloaf, and inventing new recipes for his backyard smoker.


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Jennifer McCarthy

Non-voting

Jennifer McCarthy is Maine Medical Center's Chief Operating Officer, responsible for day-to-day operations of the hospital. She serves as a key strategic advisor to the President, other senior executives, and physician leaders. Jennifer oversees Maine Medical Center’s Facilities, Human Resources, Imaging Services, Patient Care Services and Patient Care Support Services, and Service Line operations. She plays a critical role in the effective collaboration and integration with physicians, developing strong relationships and initiatives aimed at strengthening market presence and integrating services and practice sites. She brings more than 20 years of health care experience to Maine Medical Center. Previously, Jennifer served as Chief Operating Officer of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital (Orlando Health) in Orlando, Fla., and before that as Vice President of Operations at Palm Bay Hospital (Health First) in Melbourne, Fla. She is board-certified in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE). She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla., and a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.


Jere G. Michelson

Jere Michelson is President of Libra Foundation, with oversight responsibility for all operating and financial aspects of the Foundation’s interests.

Prior to joining Libra Foundation, Jere 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.

Jere is the chairman of the MMC Board Finance Committee and is also 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.



Amanda Rand

Amanda Rand

Amanda Rand is President and CEO of Spinnaker Trust, a Portland based Wealth Management Firm. In her role at Spinnaker, Amanda oversees all aspects of the client experience, team development and strategic direction of the firm. More directly, Amanda works with clients to solve complex and often multi-generational financial, trust and gifting challenges.

Prior to joining Spinnaker in 2008, Amanda worked as a Trusts & Estates lawyer, focusing her practice on complex estate planning and trust and estate administration. Amanda began her career at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston before returning home to Maine to work at Pierce Atwood LLP and McCandless & Coburn LLC, a boutique estate planning firm.

She is active in the community, serving as a Director for the Welch Fund at the Maine Community Foundation, a Corporator at MaineHealth and a Director of the Alfond Scholarship Foundation. She is past President of the Board for the Center for Grieving Children and is a member of the Maine Estate Planning Council and the Maine Bar Association.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

A native of Falmouth, Amanda lives there with her husband, Mark, and their three children.


Jeffrey D. Sanders

Jeffrey D. Sanders

Jeff Sanders was named President of Maine Medical Center in 2018. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for day-to-day operations of the hospital. In that role, he served as a key strategic advisor to the President and CEO, other senior executives, and physician leaders. Jeff plays a critical role in the effective collaboration and integration with physicians, developing strong relationships and initiatives aimed at strengthening market presence and integrating services and practice sites. Before joining MMC, Jeff was the operating officer at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, where he oversaw cardiovascular services, imaging services, sleep services, hyperbaric medicine, surgical services, transplant services, and medical research. Prior to his role at the flagship of Intermountain Healthcare, he was at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, in charge of a number of programs including surgery, critical care, rehabilitation, laboratory services, information systems, and behavioral medicine. Jeff also played a key role in Intermountain Healthcare's partnership with GE Healthcare, leading numerous projects as part of the development of an integrated electronic medical record.


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Stuart Watson

Stuart is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of zFlo Inc., a medical device and software distribution company with offices in Westbrook.

In addition to serving on Maine Medical Center’s Board, Stuart is an overseer of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as a member of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Nutrition Round Table and Dean’s Leadership Council. He also serves as a director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.

He is a former Chairman of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and a former Trustee of the Hotchkiss School, an independent boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Stuart also served on the corporation of Mass General Hospital.

He is married to Karen, and they have five children and four grandchildren.


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Heidi Wierman, M.D.

Dr. Heidi Wierman has been a practicing Geriatrician at Maine Medical Center (MMC) since 2002, and is the division director for Geriatrics at MMC and Medical Director for Healthy Aging at MaineHealth. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Tufts University School of Medicine and formerly the Director of the Geriatrics Fellowship at MMC.

She is Board Certified in both Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine, and received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon, Magna Cum Laude, and her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University. She completed residency at Maine Medical Center and Geriatrics Fellowship at University of Rochester.

Dr. Wierman is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a member of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs and of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She is a founding member of the Dirigo Maine Geriatrics Society (a local chapter of AGS). She participated in the J.T. Gorman Fellowship in 2015 and received the David Scotton Teaching Award in 2010.

Dr. Wierman is clinically active at the outpatient Geriatrics Center at Maine Medical Center, working with individuals and their care partners/families as part of an inter-professional team to navigate the challenges of memory loss and other issues related to aging.

She lives in Portland, ME with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, reading, and playing with her family.


Marjorie S. Wiggins

Non-voting

Marge Wiggins is Chief Nursing Officer of Maine Medical Center. An Adjunct Faculty in USM's School of Nursing, Marge has published numerous articles and several book chapters on care delivery models. She led MMC's development of the evidence-based Partnership Care Delivery Model, and consulted in the US and abroad on the topic. She served on several committees for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's efforts to implement the Clinical Nurse Leader role and delivered nearly 40 presentations in 14 states. Marge maintains membership in several professional organizations, including American Organization of Nurse Executives, Organization of Maine Nurse Executives, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science-Eastern Nurses Research Society, and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association.