What would you like to tell us about your profession?
I am a retired United Church of Christ pastor. Since I was ordained in 1972, I served churches in South Royalton, Vermont; Lima, Ohio; St. Johnsbury, Vermont; and Medford Lakes, New Jersey. During the twenty-year pastorate in St. J, I also served as the hospice chaplain for Caledonia Home Health Care and Hospice. Meeting and working with remarkable volunteers was a joy in each and every setting.
Why did you decide to serve on our Board of Directors?
Through the years I have received health and dental care in Concord, Island Pond, and Hardwick—all under the Northern Counties umbrella. Thus, I have seen the operations of the agency both from the perspective of a client and, when serving as chaplain, as a staff member. I have nothing but gratitude and admiration for the quality of care I have received. That said, I have witnessed some of the challenges facing those seeking to deliver care in rural settings. I believe those challenges can only be overcome through communities coming together. Northern Counties has been a leader in building the community-based approach to providing care.
What interests or hobbies do you have?
My wife and I play pickleball. We have enjoyed the chance to play together, and, in addition to getting some exercise, opportunity to meet new people; in the community. Also, with my wife’s encouragement, I have reconnected with the St. Johnsbury Town Band. I began playing drums when I was 10 years old. The opportunities to play have resurfaced a few times over the years, and I cannot express how much enjoyment I have received when I have found myself playing with a band.
What are you most excited to learn about through NCHC Board service?
Simply, how Vermont communities can continue to address health care issues in the midst of ever-increasing costs and a political climate where funding options continue to be hot-button issues.