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Board of Directors 2018-2019

The Board of Directors is made up of individuals representing the Rutland community, elected by corporators of the organization. In addition, the Board includes the President and Vice President of the Medical Staff, two other Physicians, the Chair of the Bowse Health Trust Committee, the Chair or designee of the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, and the Chair or designee of the Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region.

Officers

Mike Solimano, Chair

Michael Solimano is the President and General Manager of the Killington/Pico Golf & Ski Resort where he oversees all operational aspects of the largest resort in the Eastern United States. Prior to his position, he was Vice President of Finance at Killington/Pico Resort. Mr. Solimano also served as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Skis Dynastar, managing sales, marketing and distribution for North America, and Audit Manager for Deloitte & Touche. He graduated with honors from Niagara University in Business Administration and earned his CPA certificate in 1992. Mr. Solimano is also serving on the board for Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT, Killington Mountain School, and Ski Vermont. Mr. Solimano resides in Killington, VT.

Joe Kraus, Vice Chair

Mr. Kraus is currently the Chairman of Project VISION. In addition, he has served on a variety of local boards including the Paramount Center, The Rutland Regional Field House, and the Mentor Connector. Mr. Kraus worked for Central Vermont Public Service from 1980 until its sale in 2012. During his tenure he served as Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, oversaw many of the Company’s unregulated ventures and played a large role in the development of renewable energy projects in North America and Europe. Later in his career there, he was responsible for all of the Company’s Operations. Mr. Kraus, a resident of Rutland, VT, graduated from Heidelberg University in 1977 and from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1980. Mr. Kraus resides in Rutland, VT.

Mark Foley, Jr., Secretary

Mark is the fourth generation owner of Foley Services, the leading linen, uniform and materials rental company in Vermont. Mark is also the owner of MKF Properties, a real estate management company which owns and manages commercial properties, primarily in Rutland’s Historic Downtown. Mark is active in the community, serving on several Boards, including the Rutland Economic Development Corp (REDC), the Vermont Business Roundtable and the Paramount Theatre. Mark lives in Rutland Town with his wife Kelly, and their three children.

Medical Staff

Eric Marsh, MD, President

Eric Marsh, MD has practiced orthopaedic surgery at the Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic since 2006. Dr. Marsh graduated from Bucknell University in 1995 and received an MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 2000. He completed his orthopedic residency training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, followed by an orthopedic traumatology fellowship through the Harvard Combined Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Marsh is currently the only surgeon in Vermont who is trained in and actively performs Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty using the hana™ operating table. A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Marsh is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and teaches on the faculty of AO North America, an international orthopaedic trauma teaching group. Dr. Marsh is an active member of the Rutland community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice and is a physician lead in the implementation of the hospital information system at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Originally from western Pennsylvania, Dr. Marsh lives in Rutland with his wife and two children. He enjoys living in central Vermont and taking advantage of all that the region has to offer, including hiking, golfing, skiing, running and fishing. Dr. Marsh is dedicated to using his education and training to help patients get back to the activities that they enjoy.

Philip Lapp, MD, FACE, ECNU, Vice President

Philip R. Lapp, MD, FACE, ECNU, founded the Rutland Diabetes and Endocrinology Center in 1995 after completing his Endocrinology fellowship at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Colby College and received his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, is board certified in Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism, and received Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound in 2009. Dr. Lapp is Vice Chair of the RRMC Medical Management Committee, a member of the RRMC Leadership Council, and has previously served as RRMC Chief Medical Information Officer from 2012-2014. His practice interests include thyroid ultrasound, thyroid biopsies and the management of thyroid cancer. Dr. Lapp lives in Ira, Vermont with his wife, Michele.

Board of Directors

Mary M. Beerworth, MD, FACOG

Dr. Beerworth is currently Medical Director of Rutland Women’s Healthcare, the obstetrics and gynecological department of Rutland Regional Medical Center. She has served as Section Chair since 2014. Dr. Beerworth is a graduate of the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont OB-GYN Residency Program. She graduated Magna cum Laude, with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received her MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Memberships and distinctions include Fellow, American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vermont State Medical Society, New England Society of OB/GYN, Vermont Council for New England OB/GYN Society. Dr. Beerworth continues to enjoy her OB/GYN practice which started in 1987. Dr. Beerworth lives with her husband in Shrewsbury, VT.

John W. Casella

John W. Casella has served as Chairman of Board of Directors of Casella’s since July 2001 and as Chief Executive Officer since 1993. Mr. Casella served as President from 1993 to July 2001, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1993 to December 1999. In addition, Mr. Casella has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Casella Waste Management, Inc. since 1977. Mr. Casella is also an executive officer and director of Casella Construction, Inc., a company owned by Mr. Casella and Douglas R. Casella. Mr. Casella has been a member of numerous industry-related and community service-related state and local boards and commissions including the National Recycling Coalition, Board of Directors of the Associated Industries of Vermont, The Association of Vermont Recyclers, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce and the Rutland Industrial Development Corporation. Mr. Casella has also served on various state task forces, serving in an advisory capacity to the Governors of Vermont and New Hampshire on solid waste issues. In 2017, Mr. Casella was inducted into the National Waste & Recycling Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the industry.

Mr. Casella holds an Associate of Science in Business Management from Bryant & Stratton University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Castleton State College. Mr. Casella resides in Rutland, VT.

Ron J. Cioffi

Mr. Cioffi is the CEO of Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, where he has been employed for the last 31 years. Mr. Cioffi is a Registered Nurse and received his degree from Castleton State College in 1975. He has served on a variety of Boards including the Rutland Country Club (serving as President), PACE Vermont (served as Vice President), Vermont Assembly of Home Health & Hospice Agencies (serving as President), VNA Health Systems of Vermont, Rutland Regional Medical Center and Rutland Health Foundation. Mr. Cioffi resides in Rutland, VT.

Denise A. Clark

Ms. Clark is a registered pharmacist at Wilcox Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Rutland, Vermont and an attorney. She earned her B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a registered pharmacist in North Carolina and Vermont. Ms. Clark was an adjunct professor at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services where she taught Vermont Jurisprudence. Ms. Clark earned her J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Vermont.

Since moving to Vermont in 1999, Ms. Clark has been very involved in her community. She has served as a Director of the Rutland Downtown Partnership and as a Director on the Vermont Achievement Center Board. Additionally, she served as a Mendon School Board Director and Barstow School Board Director for six years. During her tenure as school board director, Ms. Clark was appointed as Chair for one term, served as a member of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Board, and on the Executive Committee of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Board. Currently, Ms. Clark is a Director of the Vermont Pharmacy Association and sits as a Committee Member of the Governor’s Health Care Workforce Committee. Ms. Clark resides in Mendon, VT.

Dan Doenges

Dan Doenges is the owner and general manager of the award-winning Vermont Sport & Fitness Club located in Rutland VT. He is member of the Rutland Young Professionals (RYP) where he volunteers with Employer Relations and Community Outreach. He also represents RYP as board ex-officio for the Rutland Economic Development Corporation. There he serves on the joint marketing committee and nominating committee. Through REDC, he has joined both the steering and creative committees for the progressive Rutland Marketing Initiatives Real Rutland Campaign. 

He graduated with honors from Assumption College in 2007 with a BA in Marketing. Dan grew up in Mendon, VT and now lives in Rutland with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, taking on new challenges and having a healthy and productive lifestyle. 

Paul Gallo

Mr. Gallo has owned and operated Rutland’s Magic Brush Painting, one of northern New England’s largest commercial painting contractors, servicing four states. Paul is passionate about his community work and has been involved in numerous community projects such as the redevelopment of Center Street Marketplace, the creation of the Rutland Creek Path and the Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum. He has served as a Board member with Rutland Free Library, Rutland Head Start, the Paramount Theatre (VP), the Rutland Creative Economy (Chair), the Italian-American Club and numerous advisory committees for local non-profits. He is a proud graduate of Mt. St. Joseph Academy and serves on many committees at the local high school including chairing MSJ Diversity Committee. He received an Associate’s degree from Champlain College and a Bachelor of Science from Castleton University in Business Management and Marketing. He resides in Rutland Town with his wife, Ingrid and their teenage daughter, Lucia.

Joan Gamble

Joan Gamble is a strategic change consultant who helps organizations and teams thrive through difficult transitions. Through skilled assessment, facilitation and coaching, she helps organizations develop a clear motivational vision, focus on their key strategic goals, organize themselves with key action steps and accountability, and achieve high levels of employee engagement.

Joan was previously the Vice President of Strategic Change and Business Services at Central Vermont Public Service. In that capacity, she was directly responsible for a $37 million budget and 75 employees covering strategic planning, information technology, human resources, organizational development, market research and planning, corporate facilities, environmental and other support services. During her 23-year tenure at Central Vermont Public Service, she: co-led the integration planning for the merger of CVPS & Green Mountain Power, oversaw the company’s $62 million smart grid project, oversaw the company’s transformation and 33% reduction of workforce to prepare for industry restructuring, and led several successful negotiations with the union and with multiple entities when initiating efficiency programs and considering industry restructuring.

Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Environmental Studies focusing on Energy Issues from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She also completed Tuck Business School Executive Program.

Joan has lived in Rutland for 30 years and served on a variety of Boards and Commissions, including: Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Bowse Health Trust, the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Rutland Free Library, Vermont Achievement Center, Vermont Public Television, and the Vermont Judicial Restructuring Commission. She and her husband, Chip Paison, enjoy outdoor activities of all types and have two grown sons.

Robert G. Hedden

Bob is the President of the Hedden Company, a full-service management consulting, research, and education firm specializing in Efficient Home Heating.

Bob is the Board Chair for the Community Heath Centers of the Rutland Region and Education Director for the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA). He served as the Executive Director for the Oilheat Manufacturers Association from 1993 to 2014.

He served on the Vermont Thermal Efficiency Task Force, and is a consultant for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Above Ground Storage Tank Inspection Program. He is an instructor for the Vermont Fuel Education Center and serves on the Board of Directors for Harriett's Energy Services Inc. in New Jersey.

Bob has written three technical training manuals for NORA: Oilheat Technicians Manual, Efficient Oilheat – a Guide to Energy Conservation, and the new Gold Certification program's Advanced Efficiency workbook.

He teaches customer service, leadership and management, sales and marketing, and technical courses for energy and HVAC companies, trade associations, technical schools, and colleges in the US and Canada.

He graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with a dual major in Economics and Sociology. Bob lives with his wife Linda in Danby, VT.

Cort Jones

Mr. Jones is a Vice President at People’s United Insurance Agency, Inc., a subsidiary of People’s United Bank. He has been working in the insurance industry since 1985 and specializes in commercial property and casualty lines of business. Mr. Jones is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and an Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI). He is also a board member of the Rutland Health Foundation and is Chairman of the Rutland Regional Medical Center Ambassador Council. Mr. Jones is an Alpine Technical Delegate with the United States Ski Association. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Vermont Achievement Center from 2001 to 2009, serving as Chairman from 2005-2007. He lives in Mendon, VT, and also served on the Town of Mendon Select Board from 1987 to 2000, serving as Board Chairman from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Jones graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Marketing in 1985. Mr. Jones resides in Mendon, VT.

Michael Kenosh, MD

As a physiatrist, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor, Dr. Kenosh focuses on optimizing his patient’s function across a spectrum of musculoskeletal and neurologic diagnoses. His excellent training through the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle has been enhanced by continuing education and training through numerous professional organizations. He is an accomplished electro-diagnostician, and has been performing fluoroscopically guided spinal injections for sixteen years. His ultimate goal is to help patients navigate through a complex landscape of medical information and opinion, provide education and empowerment, and develop an individual and personal plan to gain control and mastery of their problems. Dr. Kenosh began practicing in 1996 in Cody, Wyoming. He moved to Rutland in 1997 to assume the directorship for the Rehabilitation Services line at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was Medical Director for the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit from 1997 until its closure in 2012 and Director of the Occupational Health/Employee Health program through 2012. Dr. Kenosh is strongly committed and dedicated to providing comprehensive rehabilitation services to the greater Rutland community. Dr. Kenosh resides in Rutland, VT.

Stephen Leffler, MD

Stephen Leffler, MD, is Chief Medical Officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center and a professor of surgery at the UVM College of Medicine. Appointed in 2011, he is responsible for medical staff affairs; the Jeffords Institute for Quality, technology management and ethics; and also participates in strategic planning and leads continued development of a regional integrated system of care, drawing upon his experience working with other hospitals and physicians in the area. Dr. Leffler served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department at the University of Vermont Medical Center, until October 2011 and served as President of the Medical Staff at University of Vermont Medical Center from 2010 to 2011. He has served on numerous clinical committees during his more than two decades as an emergency medicine physician, and has been a key collaborator on significant organizational initiatives, including UVM Medical Center’s regional STEMI project, an innovative program to ensure heart attack victims receive life-saving care as rapidly as possible. A past president of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Leffler received his medical degree from the UVM College of Medicine and completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of New Mexico before joining the UVM/Fletcher Allen faculty in 1993. Dr. Leffler completed his Masters in Health Care Delivery Science at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2016. Dr. Leffler resides in Hinesburg, VT.

Edward J. Merrens, MD

Edward J. Merrens, MD, has been at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) since 1998, where he worked initially in General Internal Medicine as a general internist and Director of Inpatient Medical Services. He developed the Hospitalist service at D-H in 2004 and, in 2005, established the Section of Hospital Medicine, where he served as its inaugural section chief from 2005-12. Merrens served on the D-H Boards of Trustees from 2006-12 and currently serves on regional affiliate hospital boards. He continues to practice as a hospitalist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.

Dr. Merrens served as Chief Medical Officer from 2012-16 when he assumed the role of System Chief Medical Officer. In October 2016, he was named Chief Clinical Officer for D-H. In this capacity, Merrens works closely with the CEO and Chief Officers, as well as the system integration team to develop, coordinate, and enhance clinical operations, service lines and care across the D-H system, from D-H’s academic tertiary care hospital, across the D-H Community Group Practice and D-H affiliate hospitals as they work to deliver efficient, high-quality care across the region.

Dr. Merrens is a 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College, and a 1994 graduate of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He completed his internship and residency in medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle in 1997. Merrens then served as the inpatient chief resident at University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. In 2013, he graduated from the Masters in Health Care Delivery Science Program at Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business.

He has a long-standing involvement in international sports, serving as team physician and medical director for the U.S. Biathlon Association from 1998-2014, as well as a team physician with the U.S. Olympic Committee for Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, USA (2002), Torino, Italy (2006), Vancouver, Canada (2010) and Sochi, Russia (2014). In 2017 he was named to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Board of Directors.

Michele Nelson

Michele Nelson is VELCO’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Since joining VELCO in 1995 she has advanced and served in several positions which have included Forecasting and Assistant Treasurer, Manager of Accounting, Treasurer, and Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining VELCO, Ms. Nelson was an Internal Auditor at Central Vermont Public Service Corporation from 1990 to 1994. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Nelson resides in Rutland.

T.J. Sabotka, CPA, MST

Mr. Sabotka is a Certified Public Accountant at O’Brien Shortle Reynolds & Sabotka, PC in Rutland, VT. He started with the firm in 1995, became a partner in 2001, and now serves as the manager of the Tax Department. He also does extensive work in various types of audits for commercial and non-profit entities. Mr. Sabotka graduated from Siena College with a BA in Accounting in 1995. He then went on to the Bentley College McCallum Graduate School of Business and completed his MS degree in Taxation. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Vermont Society of CPAs. He was born and raised in Rutland, and has stayed very active within the community. Mr. Sabotka was a member of the Board of Directors for the Paramount Theatre and is the current President of the Summit Futbol Club. He is a current professor of accounting at the Community College of Vermont, having been on the adjunct faculty since 2007. He has also been coaching basketball and football at Rutland High School since 1995. He remains very active with the area of youth sports. Mr. Sabotka lives with his wife, Traci, and their four children in Rutland, VT. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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