Mountain Health Center Board
We are a group of citizens from the Five Town area in northeastern Addison County, Vermont: Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, and Starksboro. We come from a variety of backgrounds within and outside of healthcare. We are interested in community building and furthering the wellness of our families, neighbors and friends through improving access to primary care, dental care, and mental healthcare services.
We believe that healthy communities begin with healthy families, neighbors and friends, and that receiving support from a primary care physician, dentist or mental health clinician should not be limited by the ability to pay. We recognize that healthcare is a basic right to which all are entitled, and we are motivated to turn this belief into reality.
Barbara Torian, President: Barb has worked as Town Treasurer for the Town of New Haven for the last 17 years. Prior to working for the Town she owned and operated her own bookkeeping service. She is also a certified business and life coach, energy worker and BARS Facilitator.
Paul Forlenza, Vice President and Treasurer: Paul has been working in the fields of public Health Policy and Information Technology for over 20 years. Since 2010, Paul has managed a federal grant to expand the use of health information technology in Vermont. He is the chair of the Addison County Democratic Committee. Previously, he served on the boards of the Addison County Counseling Center (now CSAC), the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, and the Lincoln Library.
Nancy Marnellos, Secretary: Nancy has 26 years experience working in non-profit, community based organizations. She has worked as a mental health provider in both rural and urban settings and has extensive experience directing multi-site, county level social service programs.
Peter Heinz: Peter Heinz is retired and lives in Bristol with his wife JoAnn. Both use MHC when they need medical attention. Peter’s background is in managing hi-tech companies with a focus on marketing and finance. He is still active as mentor and board member for a software company.
Lee Bryan: Lee has over 25 years of experience implementing change initiatives in manufacturing and healthcare environments. He is currently Director of Operations for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care where he assists medical practices in identifying and implementing improvement projects and recognition programs arising from membership in the CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. Lee has worked remotely using all current virtual platforms (Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx etc.) for the last 15 years and has developed many technologies and protocols for online training, including Moodle based online university systems and Limesurvey based survey instruments. Lee is a trained executive coach, GE trained six sigma black belt and Change Management curriculum developer for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership University.
Robert Borden: Robert Borden’s professional background includes many years of experience in management, public policy formulation and implementation, teaching, consulting and marketing. He has worked in the private sector as a group pension and medical plan specialist with two major insurance companies, operated his own consulting business, served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Advisory Council on Vocational – Technical Education, and as Director of Church and Alumni Relations for the Episcopal Divinity School. After moving to Vermont in 1992, he was 12 years as a Case Manager for the Central Vermont Council on Aging and also served on its Board of Directors. His last position before retiring was Care Manager at Menig Nursing Home in Randolph, Vermont. He currently chairs the Vermont Department of Disability, Aging and Independent Living Advisory Board.
James Dumont: Jim graduated from Columbia Law School in 1978, clerked for the Honorable James S. Holden, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, for one year, and then served as a Public Defender in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties before joining Robert Keiner and Bill Sessions’ law firm in Middlebury in 1981. Jim has been providing legal services in Addison County since then, and has served on the Board of the county’s free medical clinic for nearly 20 years.
Bob Donnis: Bob is a retired Bristol resident. He was employed by IBM for 32 years, as a Systems Analyst, Project Manager, and Sales Rep. He worked for Efficiency Vermont for 7 years as Retail Account Mgr, and Business Account Mgr. Previously, Bob was a member of the Mt Abraham Union MS/HS Board, the 5-Town Drug and Safety Alliance, and the Bristol Energy Committee. Bob is currently a member of the Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Board, the United Way Community Impact Funding Team, and the Lake Iroquois Association Board.
Norma Norland: After many years in Lexington, Massachusetts, Norma Norland came to New Haven, Vermont, in 2011. She was an administrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for twenty years where she served as Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. While serving as Director, she also taught freshman seminars and collaborated in a number of educational studies.
Carol Clauss: Carol Clauss came to Bristol in the hippie wave of the early 1970’s after spending a year in VISTA in southern Maryland. As a patient of Dr Bouchard since the 1990’s, she moved with her doctor when Mountain Health became an FQHC and is a user of both the medical and dental services. She retired in 2009 after working 20 years as a school library media specialist in the Addison Central Supervisory Union. While working as a town librarian in Michigan she trained as an EMT and volunteered with the local ambulance service. She serves on Bristol’s Zoning Board and is a hospice volunteer in Addison Co.