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For more information and a complete list of our current Board of Directors, click here Full Board Roster

  • President:  Michael Peterson, FACHE
  • President-Elect: Michael Towle, FACHE, MBA, FHFMA
  • Past-President: Marie Vienneau, FACHE
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Towle, FACHE, MBA, FHFMA
  • Vermont Regent: Kelly Watson, DNP, FACHE
  • New Hampshire Regent: Michelle Buck, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE
  • Maine Regent: Tyson Thornton, PharmD, FACHE
Michael Peterson, FACHE

Michael Peterson, FACHE


President & CEO
Androscoggin Valley Hospital

Michael Peterson Bio

Michael Peterson, FACHE, joined Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) in late 2015 as President & CEO.

A healthcare professional with 25 years of leadership experience in all aspects of hospital and health systems administration, he is responsible for all functions of the hospital and its specialty physician practices.

Prior to AVH, Mike served in numerous leadership positions within Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (now Northern Light Health).

Mike earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Orono, and a Master of Science in Business with a focus in Healthcare Administration from Husson College. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2007.

Mike was the recipient of the New Hampshire Business Review 2018 Leadership Excellence award for the category of Healthcare, and was recognized by the same publication as one of the Top 200 Most Influential Business Leaders in New Hampshire for 2020 and 2022, and was recognized by the American Hospital Association as the “Grassroots Champion” for the State of New Hampshire in 2022.

Michael Towle, FACHE, MBA, FHFMA

Michael Towle, FACHE, MBA, FHFMA

President Elect/Secretary/Treasurer

VP of Finance & Strategy
UVMHN Home Health & Hospice

Michael Towle Bio

Michael Towle joined the leadership team of The University of Vermont Health Network Home Health & Hospice in July 2021 as their Vice President of Finance & Strategy. Prior to joining the Home Health & Hospice team Michael worked for The University of Vermont Medical Center for 8 years and held numerous roles including Network Business Director of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine & Radiology over the entire UVM Health Network, Medical Group Director of Pathology, Interim Medical Group Director of Radiology and Interim Medical Group Finance Director of Surgery. Michael holds a BS in Accounting from Plattsburgh State University and an MBA from Clarkson University. He holds the designation of Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Fellow of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Michael currently serves as the Treasurer and Board Member of Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives (NNEAHE) Chapter of ACHE, and as an audit committee member at New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU). Previous to joining the UVM Health Network in 2013, Michael held a variety of finance roles including VP of Finance & Revenue Cycle at Alice Hyde Medical Center and Controller at Tarbell Management Group, LLC. A major accomplishment in Michael’s career is graduating from GE’s Financial Management Leadership Program.

Marie Vienneau, FACHE

Marie Vienneau, FACHE

Past President

Sr. VP Northern Light Health & President Northern Light CA Dean Hospital
Northern Light Mayo Hospital

Marie Vienneau Bio

Marie is currently a Sr. Vice President of Northern Light Health and the President of Northern Light CA Dean Hospital in Greenville, Maine, and Northern Light Mayo Hospital in Dover Foxcroft Maine. A Registered Nurse by training, she has served in progressive administrative roles in rural hospitals for 34 years, 20 of them as a rural hospital and critical access hospital CEO & President. Throughout her career Marie has worked with Boards and communities to retain and expand access to rural healthcare clinical services, through recruitment and retention of high-quality providers, enhancing reimbursement, and ensuring efficient operations to sustain care. Collaboration with other partners has been key to this work.

Marie serves her profession and community in many capacities including being the past American College of Healthcare Executives Regent for Maine, Past -Chair of the Maine Hospital Association, Maine Hospital Solutions Board of Directors, Past-President of the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives and past AHA RPB member, along with many local clubs and organizations.

Marie is a Mainer, born and raised in the Katahdin Region. When not at work or volunteering Marie spends time with her husband Dave and her two golden retrievers!

Mark Bonica, PhD, MBA, MS

Mark Bonica, PhD, MBA, MS

Education Chair

Associate Professor
Department of Health Management & Policy
University New Hampshire

Mark Bonica Bio
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Mark Bonica is an associate professor in the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Health Management and Policy. He joined the UNH faculty in January of 2015 after serving in the Army Medical Department as a Medical Service Corps officer for 23 years. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he retired as the Associate Dean of the Army Medical Department Graduate School, and the Deputy Director of the Army-Baylor Graduate Programs in Health and Business Administration. Some of his operational roles included Chief Financial Officer for DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Chief Financial Officer for Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, and Chief of Manpower for Tripler Army Medical Center. He holds a PhD in Economics from George Mason University, an MBA with a focus in organizational behavior from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MS in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also the host of the healthcare leadership podcast, The Health Leader Forge (http://healthleaderforge.org ) and the author of the weekly leadership newsletter, Reading, Watching, Listening (https://markbonica.substack.com/ ).
Tyson Thornton, PharmD, FACHE

Tyson Thornton, PharmD, FACHE

Maine Regent

Vice President of Operations
Pen Bay Medical Center
Waldo County Hospital

Tyson Thornton Bio

Tyson Thornton is the Vice President of Operations at Pen Bay Medical Center, and Waldo County Hospital. A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Tyson has worked in both clinical and operational leadership roles during his 14 year tenure at Northern Light Health. Tyson is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a 2013 graduate of the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy. Tyson earned his Masters degree in Business Administration with a focus on healthcare from New England College and Fellowship designation (FACHE) with the American College of Healthcare Executives. Tyson is the current Maine Regent and resides in Bangor with his wife and four children, enjoying all things outdoors in the State of Maine.

Michelle Buck, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE

Michelle Buck, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE

New Hampshire Regent

Vice President Inpatient Nursing
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Michelle Buck Bio
Dr. Michelle Buck is an executive nursing leader with more than 25 years of nursing experience. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She serves as Rotarian and the Past President of Rotary and is also a current Autism Speaks Ambassador. She is currently the Vice President of Inpatient Nursing at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Dr. Buck received her DNP in Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University in Arizona as well as Masters of Science in Nursing. She was born and raised in Maine and enjoys the outdoors, yoga, meditation, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Kelly Watson, DNP, FACHE

Kelly Watson, DNP, FACHE

Vermont Regent

Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
Rutland Regional Medical Center

Kelly Watson Bio
Currently serving as vice president and chief nursing officer at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont, as well as part-time faculty at Castleton University. Dr. Watson also serves as an ex-officio board member for ACHE’s Northern New England chapter and is the interim ACHE Regent for Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2022, Dr. Watson held chief nursing officer roles in Colorado and California. She started her nursing career as a labor and delivery nurse in a Los Angeles area hospital, and has spent the last decade in leadership roles in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Watson earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Southern California, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Regis University, and has been an ACHE Fellow since 2015. Outside of healthcare she enjoys spending time with her husband and three young sons.
James Alvarez, FACHE

James Alvarez, FACHE

Board Member

Vice President of Support Services
The University of Vermont Medical Center

James Alvarez Bio
An accomplished healthcare leader with over 30 years of leadership experience focusing on the alignment of an organization’s mission with strategy and operational excellence to build highly reliable organizations.
Jill Berry-Bowen, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE

Jill Berry-Bowen, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE

Board Member

Let’s Lead, LLC

Jill Berry Bowen Bio
Jill Berry Bowen, RN, MSN, MBA, PCC, FACHE, Health Care Change Management Consultant, Executive and Team Coach, Interim CEO. Co-Founder Let’s Lead LLC forming a physician – executive dyad partnering to coach and mentor emerging/current leaders, and practitioners to realize their best results for self, work, and life. I have had a remarkable 30-year career in healthcare/hospital leadership where relationships and communication are essential to aligning an organization to realize extraordinary results. Ultimately creating vibrant healthy communities inspired by accomplished leaders. Actively participating as a Board of ACHE of New England and Spectrum Youth Services. And for fun I love to cycle, golf, spend time with family and friends and being an active member of my community. www.letsleadllc.com
Stephen Merz, FACHE

Stephen Merz, FACHE

Board Member

Chief Operating Officer
Sheppard Pratt Solutions

Stephen Merz Bio

Stephen Merz, FACHE, is Chief Operating Officer, Sheppard Pratt Solutions, a division of Sheppard Pratt, one of the largest behavioral healthcare organizations in the nation. Stephen’s career spans nearly 30 years including roles as Interim President and CEO and Executive Vice President, Operations at Diamond Healthcare, President/CEO of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, and as Vice President & Executive Director of Behavioral Health at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Stephen’s work focuses on integrating behavioral health care into the overall healthcare system, including establishing alternatives to acute care settings, developing novel approaches for chronic conditions such as depression and ensuring behavioral healthcare services are financially strong.

Stephen has served on national and regional boards, including the National Association of Behavioral Healthcare, chair of the Behavioral Healthcare Councils of the Maine and Connecticut Hospital Associations, and as ACHE Regent for Connecticut and Chapter President for the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives. Stephen holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Tiffany Love, PhD, APRN, FACHE

Tiffany Love, PhD, APRN, FACHE

Board Member

Chief Executive Officer​
Love Leadership Foundation

Tiffany Love Bio

Dr. Tiffany A. Love, is an award-winning board-certified healthcare executive, former Regent, and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) with over 26 years of healthcare experience. Love is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the advancement of women and diverse healthcare executives. She is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Diversity Council and serves as a national Key Note Speaker and faculty for many prestigious organizations. She serves as coordinator, nurse planner & guest faculty for the Harvard Medical School CME on Career Advancement Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare and faculty, judge, & pitch coach for the Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Executives. Dr. Love also serves as a consultant providing executive consultation to many national organizations including Academy Health Delivery System Science Fellowship Advisory Committee, the National Institute of Health Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science and the Executive Diversity Career Navigator. With a passion for creating inclusive environments for healthcare researchers, executives, and the healthcare workforce, Dr. Love has truly dedicated her career to promote, protect and advance health equity and an inclusive environment for all.

Glenda Dwyer, RN, FACHE

Glenda Dwyer, RN, FACHE

Board Member

Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations
Northern Light Health

Glenda Dwyer Bio

Glenda E. Dwyer, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE is senior vice president of Clinical Operations for Northern Light Health.

Glenda is responsible for the effective operation of clinical services spanning the system and reports to the president and CEO of Northern Light Health. She acts as chief access officer, oversees assigned service lines and clinical services such as pharmacy, labs, telehealth, medical transport, infection prevention, emergency preparedness, integrated care management, safety and security ensuring efficient services that are designed to meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders and advance system integration performance.

Glenda is passionate about all things relating to patients and quality of care. As a nurse, nothing is more important to her than ensuring the best experience possible for all patients.

Glenda is active in both professional associations and community organizations such as:

American College of Healthcare Professionals, Fellow
Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives, board member
Advent Christian Retirement Community, board chair

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, University of Maine
Master of Science and MBA, Husson University

Glenda became vice president of clinical operations for Northern Light Health in 2020.

Jessica Hendela, MBA

Jessica Hendela, MBA

Board Member

Director of Financial Reporting & Budgeting
UVMHN Home Health & Hospice

Jessica Hendela Bio
Jessica Hendela joined The University of Vermont Health Network Home Health & Hospice in January 2022 as their Director of Financial Reporting and Budgeting. Prior to joining the Home Health & Hospice team, Jessica worked for The University of Vermont Medical Center for 10 years, beginning as a Junior Financial Specialist supporting the Departments of Anesthesia, Radiology, Pathology and Radiation Oncology, and later as a Senior Financial Specialist supporting the Department of Medicine. Jessica holds a BS in Accounting from Champlain College and an MBA in Finance from Hawaii Pacific University.
Courtney Tanner

Courtney Tanner

Board Member

Senior Director, Government Relations, Dartmouth Health

Courtney Tanner Bio

Courtney has worked to improve access to necessary healthcare and supportive services for various populations.  Courtney joined Dartmouth Health’s Office of Government Relations in 2018.  Courtney advocates for Dartmouth Health’s providers, patients, and communities in state and federal legislative and executive arenas. 

Courtney is an active member in her community.  Currently, she is serving as the founding Chair, working with a diverse and skilled Board, to establish a residential treatment to pregnant and parenting women seeking recovery from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health challenges with their children in NH – Families Flourish Northeast.  She also serves on the NH Humanities Board of Directors.

Courtney attended Saint Anselm College and obtained a bachelors in classics and in business administration.  Following, Courtney earned her a dual degree in law (JD) and social work (MSW) at UNH School of Law and College of Health and Human Services.  She lives in Bedford with her husband, two young daughters, and energetic collie.

Jennifer Peers, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE

Jennifer Peers, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE

Volunteer Coordinator

AVP Telehealth Services Admin
Northern Light Health

Jennifer Peers Bio
Jennifer Peers, RN BSN MBA FACHE, has been a member of the Northern New England Chapter of ACHE since 2017, advancing to Fellow in 2021. She has been a member of the board since Fall of 2022. Her health care career began as a Staff RN in the Emergency Department at AR Gould hospital in Presque Isle, Maine, a member of Northern Light Health. She would continue her career there for ten years in varying roles including Infection Preventionist, Manager of Infection Prevention and Employee Safety, and finally as the Director of Medical Group specialty practices. Over the past two years in her most recent role as Associate Vice President of Telehealth for the Northern Light Health system, Jennifer has enjoyed leading the system through their digital journey of Telehealth solutions. Jennifer is the proud mother of three children and resides in Presque Isle. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling to new destinations.

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