SVHC announces new board members


BENNINGTON >> Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has announced the appointment of Richard Ader, Kathleen Fisher, and Sue Maguire to its Board of Trustees.

"These individuals have unique skills and experiences and will make tremendous contributions to our Board of Trustees," said David Meiselman, the board chair. "I am delighted to welcome them and eager to see what we can accomplish together."

Ader is the founder of U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC and a recognized real estate expert. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and serves on the Board of the University of Vermont Foundation and as Chairman of the Advisory Board to the College of Arts and Sciences. Ader is the owner of the Bennington Tennis Center. He became aware of the hospital when a family member was a patient in the emergency department.

"I was impressed with SVHC's service, doctors, and leadership. This is a very exciting time in the health care industry, and hospitals are right at the center of it," Ader said. "I am eager to bring my experience in business to this distinguished group."

Fisher is head of the Wealth and Investment Planning at Bernstein Private Wealth Management in New York City. In this role, she leads the team responsible for developing and communicating asset allocation advice and investment strategies for the firm's high-net-worth clients. Fisher joined the firm in 2001 as a senior portfolio manager and member of Bernstein Private Wealth Management's Private Client Investment Policy Group. She was appointed a National Managing Director in 2009.

"With my background in investment management, I've seen how industry change affects industry participants, and I can draw on my past experiences in thinking about issues that are relevant to SVHC," Fisher said. "I'm very excited and honored to have the opportunity to get involved with this important organization."

Maguire, a native of Hoosick Falls, NY, has lived in North Bennington, VT, for nearly 40 years. She recently retired as principal of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington and a leader in the full-service community school model, in which health care services play a significant role. She has presented on the full-service school to audiences at Harvard University; to the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, DC; and on ABC News. In addition, she is the author of Inside Full Service Community Schools, 2002, with Joy Dryfoos.

"Health care has been an interest of mine for many years. Easing access to health care for students, which is so fundamental to their ability to learn, was a big part of my work in education," said Maguire. "I am pleased for this opportunity to represent the interests of children and families while serving on the hospital board."

Board members are nominated by the board's Nominating Committee and voted on by the entire board. In selecting new SVHC board members, the nominating committee looks for candidates who exemplify SVHC's values, can be counted on to actively participate in board work, and have leadership capabilities. SVHC looks for candidates who represent the communities the health system serves and have special expertise in fulfilling board duties.


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