Kristofer Anderson, MD, FAAOA
Dr. Anderson is a General Otolaryngologist who practices at Porter ENT. He got his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and did his Otolaryngology residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Anderson has done additional fellow training in treatment of allergic disorders and provides allergy skin testing and subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy treatments through the Middlebury office. As a general otolaryngologist he also provides treatment for a broad range of ear and hearing disorders, nasal airway and sinus issues, voice and throat concerns and tonsil, adenoid and ear issues in children.
Judson is vice chair of the Porter Board and a strategic communications consultant specializing in non-profit organizations. He has worked extensively with non-profit leaders and boards throughout his professional career, primarily in the healthcare and education sectors. Judson holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University. He lives in Middlebury, VT with his wife Karen and their two children. Judson has been a Porter board member since 2014.
Megan Osterhout Brakeley
Megan Osterhout Brakeley has worked in farming and education for the past 15+ years. She currently serves as the Food and Garden Educator of the Knoll, Middlebury College’s student garden and community space. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College (Spanish, 2006) and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry (Food Systems and Water Resource Management, 2015). Megan moonlights as an instructor with the Middlebury Snow Bowl’s Snow School and a volunteer with Unlikely Riders. She also serves on the board of the VT Releaf Collective working to advance racial equity in issues around Land, Environment, Agriculture, and Foodways. Megan, her partner Gus, and their two young children reside in Middlebury.
Anne Haynie Collins
Anne Haynie Collins has degrees in engineering and a professional background in medical research, and in aerospace and defense. She serves on the boards of the Addison County Parent Child Center, the Early Care and Learning Partnership, and the Porter Auxiliary, and is on the Cornwall Cemetery Commission. She is also the author of “Vintage Pies.” Anne is married to Brian Collins, DDS, a pediatric dentist with a practice in Middlebury. Anne & Brian live in Cornwall, and have one child, Andy, who has recently joined Brian in practice.
Sivan Cotel is the former Co-Founder and Director of Operations of Stonecutter Spirits, which was successfully acquired at the end of 2020. The Vermont producer of gin and whiskey was founded in 2013, and won top industry awards after launching its Single Barrel Gin in 2015 and Heritage Cask Whiskey in 2016 to rave reviews. Both products won the prestigious Good Food Award.
Before launching Stonecutter Spirits, Sivan was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of WhistlePig Whiskey, producer of one of the highest-rated rye whiskies ever. With experience building and developing ideas from concept to fruition, he also continues as an independent business consultant and enjoys helping growing companies develop their operational and business planning.
Sivan spent the first part of his career in financial services at Bear Stearns, J.P.Morgan Chase, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Before working in finance, he graduated with honors from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree double-majoring in Psychology and Music and a Master’s degree in Psychology. Sivan currently lives in Vergennes, Vermont, and continues to play music in his spare time.
Bill Cunningham is the Regional Director of Tri Valley Transit Addison Region overseeing its Operations and Programs. Prior to joining Tri Valley Transit, Bill helped to start a new mission for the Vermont Air National Guard, developing an Information Operations and Cyber School House. Bill retired after 34 years with the Vermont National Guard as Superintendent and Chief of the 139 IOS.
Bill spent the first part of his career in Manufacturing management. Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. He has a Master of Public Administration from Norwich University with his concentration in Non-Profit Management.
Bill has been heavily involved in his community for many years. He is a Rotary and Lions club member and very much enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics Addison County. Bill lives in Middlebury with his wife Heidi.
Matthew Curran grew up in Central Massachusetts, graduating with a BA in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from Assumption College. Matt then began his career at Stowe & Degon LLP, a regional public accounting firm in MA. After six years at Stowe & Degon, he accepted the Assistant Controller and Treasurer position at Small Dog Electronics, in Waitsfield, VT. Matt is currently the Director of Business Services for Middlebury College, overseeing the auxiliary operations, liability and property insurance, as well as real estate holdings of the institution.
In addition to the Porter Medical Board, Matt serves on the Board for the United Way of Addison County and serves as the Treasurer for the Addison County Economic Development Corporation. Matt currently resides in Middlebury with his wife Megan and two sons Theodore and Timothy.
Benj Deppman is an attorney practicing in Middlebury and represents individuals and business entities. He has been practicing law for 28 years and was raised in Middlebury. Benj is currently co-chair of the Real Estate Law Section for the Vermont Bar Association, and currently serves as President of Porter Auxiliary Board and is past president of the Town Hall Theater Board of Directors. He is also currently the Vice President of the board of Addison County Fair and Field Days, Inc. Benj lives in Cornwall with his wife, Lesley, and children. When not practicing law or volunteering, Benj can be found spending time with family, or in his yard, doing yardwork.
Sunil “Sunny” Eappen, MD, MBA
Dr. Eappen’s bio here.
Originally from Centerville, Massachusetts, Kim Farnham first came to Vermont to attend Castleton University from 1971-1975. She fell in love with Vermont because it’s a reflection of the wonderful, kind and hardworking people that live here. After several years of working as an educator in Massachusetts, Kim moved back to Vermont with her husband Eric in 1991 because she felt it was the perfect place to raise a family. Inspired by her late father’s involvement with many local organizations, she has always been passionate about advocating for her community.
Kim became a member of the Bristol Elementary School Board when her two children began attending school. Following their progression through high school, Kim Farnham was elected to the Mt. Abraham Union High School Board. This opportunity led Kim to represent Mt. Abraham Union High School on the Hannaford Career Center Board. She continues to serve on this board as a community-at-large member. After beating Breast Cancer in 2016, Kim felt strongly about helping other patients navigate the emotional treatment process so she became a Patient/Family advisor for the UVM and Porter Medical Centers. On a personal level, Kim Farnham has lived in New Haven, Vermont for the last 16 years with her husband and three dogs, Jules, Scarlet and Janie.
Richard P. Foote
Richard is a graduate of Middlebury College (Bachelor of Arts Degree 1980) and Albany Law School (Juris Doctor Degree 1985). Since 1986, he has served as a Partner with Conley & Foote, Attorneys at law, in Middlebury. His areas of practice include: Civil Litigation, Estate Planning, Real Estate and Business and Nonprofit Counsel.
His past and present board affiliation include: Porter Medical Center – since March, 2015 Addison County Home Health & Hospice – 7 years (4 years, President) VT Youth Safety Counsel – 8 years (6 years, President) Hospice Volunteer Services – 6 years (3 years, President) Cooperative Insurance Companies (14 years) East View at Middlebury – Since May, 2015.
Alicia Grangent is the Chief Executive Officer for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. Alicia is an experienced program director with over 20 yrs of experience, working with vulnerable populations to include at-risk youth, disabilities and mental health. Alicia has a BSW in Social Work from MacMurray College and a M.S. in Criminal and Social Justice from Lewis University both colleges are located in Illinois. Alicia resides in Vergennes with her dog Leia.
A resident of Weybridge, Lovejoy is currently the Director of Analytics at Unite Us, an outcome-focused technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. Before Unite Us, Nick was co-founder and CEO of Staple Health, a software platform that used artificial intelligence to identify the clinical and social drivers of risk in a patient population. Staple Health was successfully acquired by Unite Us in 2020.
Lovejoy is a 2009 graduate of St. Lawrence University, earned a Master’s in Health Management at Yale University in 2016, and a Master’s in Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley in 2021. He has co-authored three publications which have appeared in Population Health Management, the Diabetes Care Journal, and the Journal of Academic Pathology.
Andrew Mahoney, MD
Dr. Mahoney is a urologist and has practiced in Middlebury and operated at Porter Hospital since 2001. He earned his BA in Chemistry at the University of Virginia and his medical degree in his native state at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He did an internship at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and his Urology residency at Georgetown University.
Drew practices general urology primarily in Middlebury, but also works one day a week at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. He was in private practice with Green Mountain Urology for 12 years before joining the UVM Medical Group in 2013. He and his wife Andrea Green, MD, live in Charlotte and have 3 grown children.
Cheryl has extensive experience in Human Resources in a variety of industries. Currently she is the Director of HR for VELCO; previously she worked in HR leadership positions for Touche Ross, The Merchants Bank, Fletcher Allen Health Care, OMYA Industries and Middlebury College. Cheryl has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Castleton University and a graduate degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. A long-time resident of Addison County Cheryl lives in Orwell with her husband Scott and son Jesse; her older daughter Jade lives in NYC. Cheryl is especially interested in how health care providers and businesses can collaborate to optimize the health of the citizens of the communities in which they operate.
Linda Shrier Schiffer is chair of Porter’s board and has served since 2015. Linda began her career in radio news and moved into public relations in hospital settings including The Medical Center of Delaware, which later became Christiana Care (Christiana, DE), and Franklin Square Hospital Center (Baltimore, MD). She joined the staff of Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer’s Commission on Crime Control and Prevention where she worked on community programming. She expanded into marketing and new business development while living in Israel, working with incubators, and newly emerging companies seeking venture capital funding. Linda returned to the U.S. to Vermont where she worked for Fletcher CSI doing marketing research and later at Middlebury College in residential life and programming. She has an extensive background in non-profit board participation both as a member and in leadership positions, including Jewish Family Services (Baltimore, MD), Circus Smirkus (Greensboro, VT), the United Way of Addison County (Middlebury, VT), and the New England Center for Circus Arts (Brattleboro, VT).
Linda is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA, and an MA in Communications. She lives in Middlebury, VT with her husband Ira.
Tom Thompson joined Porter in February, 2021, as Interim President and COO and was named to the permanent role in October, 2021. Tom has served in President roles in a wide variety of community hospital and health system settings for over 30 years, mostly in the Upper Midwest. His professional interests lie in governance, strategy management, community and employee engagement, and operational improvement. His teams have a consistent track record of enhancing organizational capabilities, strengthening relationships, and achieving performance goals. Tom’s wife Lori is a university professor and they have two adult sons, one daughter in law, and two grandsons. When not working, Tom and his wife enjoy hiking, travel, fitness, skiing, yard work, and anything outdoors.
Elya Vasiliou, MD, FACS
Dr. Vasiliou is a General Surgeon at Porter Medical Center. She has been board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is certified by the Vermont Board of Medicine. She earned her medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed her Residency at Summa Akron City Hospital in 2017. Dr. Vasiliou also completed a fellowship in Head & Neck Endocrine Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2018.
Helena Van Voorst
Helena D. Van Voorst is the Executive Director of United Way of Addison County. She has extensive experience with nonprofit management, Board development, strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, and grant making. Helena earned her BA in Communication & Public Relations from Dordt College and her MA in Communication & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. In addition to the PMC Board, Helena serves on the Vermont Women’s Fund Council and the United Ways of Vermont Board. Helena lives in Vergennes with her husband, two children, and a recovering barn cat.