UVCNP Board of Directors
Ellen Thompson, RN
Ellen is the former Lyme Parish Nurse from 2012-2018. She spent her professional career at Dartmouth Hitchcock including the last 15 years in the Office of Care Management as a Community Case Manager, Senior Care Manager and Clinical Director. Ellen's interests include travel and quilting.
Donald Kollisch, MD
Family Physician, 40 years of practice including private practice, academia, and the VA
Patricia Button, EdD, RN, MS, BSN
Dr. Button is an experienced professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the health care industry. Throughout her career, Dr. Button’s passion has been the improvement of the safety and quality of patient care. Her knowledge, skills and experience include clinical practice, education, quality improvement, clinical informatics, as well as product and project management. In addition, she has frequently served as a clinical subject matter expert in the sales, implementation and client relationship arenas. Leveraging the combination of these skills, she has held operational management and senior leadership positions in a variety of educational, for profit and not for profit organizations. Her understanding of the key characteristics of effective leadership and the complexities of change management combined with the critical need for systematic project planning, teamwork, and partnerships within and across organizations has been the basis for her effectiveness in diverse roles. Dr. Button has thrived in fast paced, creative environments and projects. She has particular depth of knowledge of the critical success factors of effective systems development and implementation, as well as experience in managing large, complex projects. She has led diverse teams in the development and implementation of creative, effective, and profitable software, clinical decision support, and evidence-based practice projects. Her experience includes many years at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Nursing Department, as well as time at Strong Memorial Hospital, Syracuse University, Beth Israel Hospital, PKC Corporation, Cerner Corporation, Zynx Health and The Advisory Board Company. Dr. Button has also held Adjunct Faculty positions at Loyola University and the University of New Hampshire, and consulted at Colby Sawyer College and AVIAHealthInnovations. Finally, Dr. Button has held various consulting positions outside of the health care industry and enjoyed a “sabbatical” when she owned and ran The Heart of the Village Inn in Shelburne, Vermont.
Beth O'Donnell, MPH
Beth O’Donnell joined The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) in May of 2020 as a Research Project Manager with the Coproduction Laboratory team. Previously, Beth was the Palliative Care Program Manager at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center leading the co-design of peer-to-peer support solutions to serve the region. Currently, Beth leads the testing and implementation of a peer-to-peer facilitated health network to connect persons who share similar lived experiences and a point-of-care dashboard specifically for patients, families, and care teams that are impacted by a serious illness. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Beth worked at Boston Medical Center as a Quality Improvement Project Manager for the Department of Surgery. In this role, she managed large-scale results driven surgical quality initiatives, including programs designed to enhance recovery after surgery, reduce post-operative pulmonary complications and encourage smoking cessation. Beth’s experience also includes working for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as a Relationship Project Manager, managing multi-million-dollar strategic partnerships with large health systems in the US, UK, and Sweden working to transform the health and health care of their populations. Beth earned her Master of Public Health degree from TDI.
Laurie Harding, MS, RN
Immediate Past Chair
RN with a masters in Community Health. Clinical experience includes acute care, home care (VNH), international health- Kosovo/Honduras, Colby Sawyer College Department of Nursing (Community Health & Health Policy) x 10 years. NH State Legislature x 10 years. Founder of UVCNP in partnership with Dennis McCullough in 2012.
Sarah Jo Brown, RN, PhD
Career interest in evidence-based practice
Jill M. Lord RN MS
As Director of Community Health, Jill Lord, serves as the executive team member responsible for Community Health Needs Assessment and subsequent Community Health Improvement plans to address gaps in services and programs based on community need. She is also responsible for oversight of the disease prevention and health promotion programs for the Windsor Health Service Area. Prior to her role as Director of Community Health, Jill worked for 24 years as the Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patient Care for all clinical Services at Mt. Acutney Hospital and Health Center. In September 2011, Jill was appointed to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Nursing and in 2014, Jill was named the Vermont Medical Society Citizen of the Year. As a nurse leader, Ms. Lord has a strong community health influence through Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, the Windsor HSA Coordinated Care Committee, the Windsor Area Community Partnership, the Blueprint for Health, the Windsor Area Drug Task Force, and the PATCH Network, in addition to a myriad of other community health initiatives. Jill works to foster high-quality patient-centered care through administrative supervision and support for the Community Heath Team and a network of community partner agencies. Additionally, she leads the Multi-facility Ethics Committee and is administratively responsible for the Windsor Community Health Clinic, School Nurse program, Volunteers in Action and the Complementary Alternative Medicine Program.
Michele Blanchard, MSW ACM-SW
Michele has been a Social Work Manager in the Office of Care Management at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for the past 23 years. Prior to that, Michele was a Social worker in the critical care and surgical services at DHMC since 1988 and the VA Medical Center in White River Jct., VT for a year prior. The human spirit is remarkable, in both the patients and families but also for all of those wrapping themselves around to provide care and support.