The PMC Board of Trustees is made up of community members who are dedicated to helping our medical center achieve high quality compassionate health care services for our community.
Kim Downs-Burns, Associate Vice President of Student Financial Services, Middlebury College
Kim Downs-Burns grew up in Western New York, graduating with her BA in Political Science and German from Canisius College and her Master of Science in Education from St Bonaventure University. Kim began her higher education career in the Student Finance Office at Hilbert College. After seven years at Hilbert, she left her Director role to accept the Financial Aid Director position at Boston College. After a promotion and six years as Director of Student Financial Services at Boston College, Kim left to accept the Student Financial Services leadership position at Middlebury.
Kim has served on numerous national and regional financial aid committees and task forces for organizations such as the College Board and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
Kim currently chairs the Presidents’ 568 Group Technical Committee (a group of 28 highly selective colleges upholding a need-blind admission policy while meeting the full financial need of every admitted student). Kim also serves as a trustee of the Porter Medical Center Board.
James R. Keyes is the Chairman of the Porter Medical Center Audit and Compliance Committees, Jim has been Middlebury College's Vice President of Advancement for the past five years. He led and recently completed their largest-ever fundraising campaign, raising $535 Million. Prior to working for Middlebury, he was on the Board of Directors of Middlebury College for 11 years and was Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. He has with extensive knowledge of financial reporting and expertise in maximizing market presence while improving customer satisfaction. He is a past Chairman of the Vermont Bankers Association as well as an American Institute of Banking Instructor. He spent 11 years in Boston as a commercial lender at The First National Bank of Boston before becoming President of First Vermont Bank in Brattleboro, VT and later President of Citizens Bank of Vermont in Burlington.
While in Brattleboro, he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Southern Vermont Health Services / Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, chairing their Finance and Ethics Committees. Jim graduated from Middlebury College and earned his MBA in Finance from Northeastern University. He completed a full set of terms on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Chittenden County, chairing the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance Committee. Jim and his wife, Kim, live in Charlotte with their twin sons.
Mike Kiernan, MD, is an emergency medicine physician at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, VT, USA. He was the field medical director for Global Outreach Doctors for the Nepal earthquake in 2015. He was also Chief Medical Officer at L’hopital de Sacre Coeur, Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. Mike was the former president of Medical Staff at Porter Hospital. He is an instructor in Crisis Management, Leadership, Design Thinking and Persuasive Speaking at Middlebury College . Mike served as the executive counsel for the Vermont Medical Society and Vice Chair of the Town Hall Theater Board of Directors. He is the founder of Bee the Change, establishing habitat for pollinators in solar fields. He also enjoys acting in local theater.
Richard P. Foote 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.
Sivan Cotel is the Co-Founder and Director of Operations for Stonecutter Spirits. Obsessed with aging methods, Stonecutter Spirits ages gin and whiskey in Middlebury, Vermont. Stonecutter's Single Barrel Gin was released in summer 2015 and won Double Gold and Best in Category at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This success was followed with the release of Stonecutter's Heritage Cask Whiskey in summer 2016 to rave reviews!
A craft spirits veteran focused on growing startups into businesses, 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, Sivan also continues as an independent business consultant and enjoys helping new craft spirits companies develop their operational and business planning.
Sivan spent the first part of his career in financial services at Bear Stearns, J.P.Morgan, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, after graduating with honors from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree double-majoring in Psychology and Music and a Master's degree in Psychology. He currently lives in Vermont, and continues to play music in his spare time.
Cheryl Mullins has extensive experience in Human Resources in a variety of industries. Currently she is the Director of HR for Middlebury College; previously she worked in HR leadership positions for Touche Ross, The Merchants Bank, Fletcher Allen Health Care and OMYA Industries. 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.
Peter DeGraff is a licensed professional civil engineer, president and founding partner of Otter Creek Engineering in East Middlebury. His professional career has been primarily focused on the design and construction of public community water systems throughout Vermont and he has volunteered his experience to assist with water supply projects in rural communities in Central and South America.
Peter is an active participant in a number of community organizations, having served on the Porter Hospital Board since 2009, Ilsley Public Library, Sheldon Museum, and Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. He has also been a board member of the Vermont/Honduras chapter of Partners of the Americas and the Vermont Professional Chapter of Engineers without Borders, and a technical advisor to the University of Vermont’s Student Chapter.
He graduated from the University of Vermont and has lived and worked in Middlebury, since 1990.
Maureen McLaughlin, has served on the Board since 2012 and as PMC Board Chair as of May 2015, is a CPA who has worked in the area since 1985, and believes strongly that people should contribute to and serve their local community. She has actively served on various local Addison County Boards throughout her professional life. She runs her own tax practice, serving individuals and small businesses which makes her disappear from January through April.
A Massachusetts native who graduated from UVM, and now lives in Waltham VT. She has raised three Vermonters who share her love of the beach on Cape Cod. She is a gardener, a reader, an Airstream camper owner, a (slow) runner, a wife, a mom, a Bruce Springsteen fan, a Red Sox enthusiast, a dog and cat lover, and not a golfer.
Bill Townsend is the managing partner of Remora, LLC and Vermont Industrial Parks, LLC, commercial real estate development and investment companies located in Middlebury, Vermont. Bill attended the United States Naval Academy, earning a BS in Mathematics in 1989, and served twelve years as an F-14 pilot in the United States Navy before moving to Vermont.
Steve Terry is a veteran observer and commentator of the Vermont political scene as a result of life-long experience in journalism, business, politics, and non-profit and civic organizations in Vermont.
He has been a member of various Porter Boards since 1999. He is a resident of Middlebury.
Dr. Kristofer Anderson is the current president of the Porter Hospital Medical Staff and is a General Otolaryngologist at Porter ENT. He earned his undergraduate degree at Denison University and his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Anne Haynie Collins is the current president of the Porter Auxiliary; the president of the Auxiliary has been an ex officio member of the PMC Board since 1957. Anne has degrees in engineering and a professional background in aerospace and defense, and in medical research. She serves on the boards of the Addison County Parent Child Center and the Middlebury Garden Club, is on the Cornwall Cemetery Commission, and volunteers with Town Hall Theater. 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, a third-year dental student at Tufts.
Linda Schiffer started her public relations career at the Medical Center of Delaware after a stint as a radio reporter. She worked her way to the director’s position and was responsible for a staff of five, a $5 million budget.
Following a move to Baltimore, Maryland, Linda became director of Public Relations at Franklin Square Hospital Center and later opened her own public relations firm. In addition to a variety of physicians, Linda also worked for the Governor's Office, State of Maryland, on the Governor's Commission for Crime Control and Prevention. Following Baltimore, Linda and her family spent five years in Israel where she expanded her marketing and new business development skills with Trendlines, a new business development firm located in the Galilee. Linda currently works for Middlebury College in their Residential Life area. She continues to work with Trendlines on a per project basis on a variety of product development programs.
Linda has extensive background in non-profit organization board work and has been on the board of Jewish Family Service (Baltimore MD, 1993-1996), Circus Smirkus (Greensboro, VT; president 2003-2009); United Way of Addison County (Middlebury, VT; president 2011-2012); Porter Hospital (Middlebury, VT; 2014- present), and the New England Center for Circus Arts (Brattleboro, VT; 2014-present). Linda and her husband Ira currently serve as the 2016-2017 Community Chairs for the United Way of Addison County's annual campaign.
Linn Larson, MD is a Family Practice Physician at Middlebury Family Health; a practice she founded in 1992 with two colleagues. She earned her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Class of 1985 and completed her Family Practice Residency at Tacoma Family Medicine, Tacoma, WA in 1988. She is married to Ren Barlow and has 2 grown children, Esthena and Graham.
Her hobbies include cross country skiing, swimming, hockey and biking, playing piano and singing in choirs.
Judson Bartlett has been a Porter board member since 2014 and has worked extensively with non-profit leaders and boards throughout his professional career. With a background in corporate advertising, marketing and publishing, Judson founded the New Hampshire-based marketing communications agency Square Spot Design in 2000 to bring top-shelf strategy, design and production to non-profit organizations, primarily in the healthcare and education sectors. After 15 years as president of Square Spot Design, he sold the company to the firm's employees who continue to help non-profit organizations improve their performance. Judson is currently CEO of Best Practice Printing, a specialty print service provider that assists large medical and dental practice groups with brand management and online print sourcing solutions.
Simultaneously, Judson provides creative consulting for a handful of for-profit clients representing national brands. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Judson has enjoyed teaching in the department of Fine and Performing Arts at Colby Sawyer College and in Middlebury College’s MiddCORE program on creativity and innovation. Judson served for five years as a Trustee of the Killington Mountain School in Killington, VT where he was development chair and is currently vice president of the Middlebury Ski Club. Judson holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University. He lives in Cornwall, VT with his wife Karen and their two children.
Robert Thorn, Ph.D. has served as the Executive Director of the Counseling Service of Addison County since 1994, and also serves as an Instructor in Non Profit Management at Southern New Hampshire University and as a private consultant. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of CSAC, he served as their Director for the “Community Associates” program and as the Director of the Skill Training and Educational Programing at the Mansfield Training School in Connecticut. He earned his undergraduate degree and Master’s Degree at the University of Connecticut and Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Vermont.
Dr. Kate McIntosh is currently the Primary Managing Partner of Rainbow Pediatrics in Middlebury and the owner of McIntosh Medical Consulting. She is currently a Clinical Instructor at the University of Vermont and Chief of Pediatrics at Porter Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and her medical degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She completed her Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. She has in the past or currently serves on a variety of advisory committees.
Dr. Fred Kniffin is the President/CEO of Porter Medical Center having joined the organization in 1990 as a staff physician in the Emergency Department and subsequently serving as Porter’s first Chief Medical Officer. He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Vanderbilt University and completed his medical training at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Internal Medicine. In addition to his service on the Porter board, he has served extensively as a volunteer and board member for the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association and other area EMS organizations.
Dr. Stephen Koller has been a Diagnostic Radiologist at Porter Hospital since 1996 and is the Managing Member of Middlebury Radiologists and Chief of the Porter Department of Radiology. He will become the president of the Porter Medical Staff in the spring of 2017 and has served on a number of medical staff committees over the years. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and a Fellow with the American College of Radiology. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.