Dorset residents Van Degna, Ziegler join SVHC Foundation board

BENNINGTON — Dorset residents Bob Van Degna and William T. (Tom) Ziegler have joined the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Board of Directors, the health system announced last week.

"The SVHC Foundation's board of directors is comprised of experienced and compassionate individuals," Leslie Keefe, SVHC's vice president of corporate development, said in a news release announcing the appointments. "Bob and Tom are exceptional additions to this group, and I know our efforts together will further the Foundation's mission to engage our community to support our health system."

Van Degna previously worked for Fleet Bank, where he spent 15 years as the managing director of the company's private equity group. A native of Niskayuna, N.Y., he attended Cornell University, served in the U.S. Army and graduated from Harvard Business School.

A board member of the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Van Degna is an aspiring artist working primarily as a photographer and documentarian of Turning Pages. He and his wife Mary-Anne have four children and six grandchildren.

Ziegler retired after a 30-year career in commercial/corporate real estate. He worked for Texaco and GTE Corporation managing domestic and international large-scale real estate projects. He also held leadership positions at Cushman & Wakefield and at JLL. In addition to his professional work, Ziegler served as chair of the Salisbury School Annual Fund and helped transform the fund in ways that led to $55 million in growth to the organization's endowment. Ziegler and his wife Nancy are members of the Dorset Field Club and the Green Mountain Horse Association.

The SVHC Foundation Board of Directors consists of 20 members. Directors are nominated by members of the board. The SVHC Foundation's mission is to engage in development and fundraising activities exclusively for the support of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporation.


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