Governance - Porter Medical Center
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Hospital Governance, Process For Openes And Public Participation

UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center is an affiliate of the UVM Health Network and is governed by a board of directors comprised of local citizens of our region, who volunteer their time to establish policy, create and monitor a strategic plan, approve budgets and make critical decisions regarding the implementation of Porter’s community mission. Through the direct participation of community members on our board, our community has input into both setting and monitoring the strategic direction and decision making of Porter.

Above and beyond membership on the hospital board, local citizens may become members of the Porter Hospital corporation through an annual donation of $5 to the organization. This entitles an individual to vote at the PMC annual meeting, receive publications and other information from the organization and play an active role in the important community mission of Porter. Individuals may also volunteer or serve on our Auxiliary Board of Directors as another avenue of participation and support. In addition to the Annual Meeting, Porter hosts other events and meetings throughout the year that allow members of our community to be directly involved in our work.

Anyone interested in learning more about the many opportunities which exist to become involved in our organization as a volunteer may call our volunteer department at 388-4790. Information about other public meetings or upcoming events can be obtained by calling the public relations office at 388-4744 or email

Board Composition

Porter Hospital seeks board members who are willing and able to volunteer their time to attend monthly meetings to discuss a variety of issues of critical importance to our organization and our community. Porter Hospital looks for individuals with a range of life experiences, professional attributes and a history of community service which contribute to a strong and diverse board of directors. Additionally, the following list relates to the other general characteristics to be considered by the Nominating Committee when discussing possible board candidates, who also should meet the basic threshold for board membership as described in the organization’s bylaws:


  • Balance of gender representation
  • Socio-Economic diversity
  • Age diversity
  • Balance of Employed/Retired individuals
  • Racial/Cultural diversity
  • Geographic Representation
    • Middlebury,  Brandon, Vergennes
    • Bridport,  Bristol and Elsewhere

The Porter Hospital board generally meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Collins Building Conference Area. Other meetings may be called from time to time by the chairman, as allowed by the bylaws, to conduct business or make decisions in a more timely manner. Anyone interested in learning more about board meeting schedules should contact the Public Relations Office at 115 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753. Copies of Porter Medical Center’s annual report may be obtained sending an email to the Public Relations Office at

The Porter Medical Center Board of Trustees recognizes the value and importance of conducting its business in an open and transparent manner. Accordingly, the Board will include a public session at the beginning of its full Board meetings quarterly in February, May, August, and October, in which the public is given an opportunity for comment. Another business that involves confidential or proprietary information is conducted in private session. For more specific information please call 802-388-4741.

Porter Medical Center Board of Directors 2018

Biographical Info

Board MemberTown of ResidenceOccupationEmployerTitle
Dr. Kristofer Anderson
Jud Bartlett
MiddleburyConsultantSelf EmployedConsultant
Anne Haynie Collins
CornwallAuthor & Retired EngineerSelf EmployedResearcher
Sivan Cotel*
VergennesOperations DirectorStone Cutter SpiritsCo-Founder
Matt Curran
MiddleburyDirector of Business ServicesMiddlebury CollegeDir. Bus. Services
Kim Downs-Burns
MiddleburyFinancial AidMiddlebury CollegeAVP
Richard Foote
BridportAttourneyConnelly & Foote
Lewis Holmes, MDDoctorPorter Medical Primary Care VergennesDoctor
Dr. Fred Kniffin
MiddleburyPhysician LeaderPorterCEO
Dr. Stephen Koller
Linn Larson, MD
MiddleburyDoctorMiddlebury Family HealthPhysician
Nick Lovejoy
Staple Health, Inc.CEO
Maureen McLaughlin
WalthamAccountantSelf EmployedAccountant
Alix O’Meara
WeybridgePresident of Porter Auxiliary
Cheryl Mullins
Director of HRMiddlebury CollegeDir. HR
Linda Schiffer
MiddleburyOffice CoordinatorMiddlebury CollegeCoordinator
Stephen Terry
MiddleburyConsultantWorth Mountain ConsultingConsultant
Bill TownsendMiddleburyProperty MgmtJ.P.Carrara