Hospital Administrative District 4 (HAD 4) was formed in 1974 during the consolidation of small area hospitals with the selection of Mayo Memorial Hospital’s campus as the site for the new Mayo Regional Hospital. Abbot, Atkinson, Bradford, Cambridge, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Milo, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec and Willimantic are all HAD 4 members. The current Board of Directors is listed below:
Hospital Administrative District 4 Board of Directors:
Mrs. Linda Zimmerman
Linda Zimmerman is a Board member who represents Abbot. Linda was born and raised in the area and currently resides on Piper Pond. She and her husband enjoy sharing their rural life with their two children and three grandchildren.
Linda worked for Mayo Regional Hospital for 33 years and retired from the position of Surgical Services Manager. She feels her healthcare management experience will benefit Mayo, our patients, and the community.
Linda’s interests and hobbies include cooking and spending time with her family. She is the United Methodist Women’s President.
Mr. Tony Zambrano
Tony Zambrano lives in Atkinson on land abutting his wife’s parents’ 850-acre property which gives his family many opportunities to enjoy all that Maine has to offer. Tony has served on the HAD #4 Board since 2008 as a representative of the town in which he lives. He wanted to serve as a Board member in order to give back to the community, as well as to stay in touch with it as Tony’s job takes him away from the Dover-Foxcroft area. He is the Executive Director of Downeast Horizons, a non-profit corporation that assists adults and children with developmental disabilities in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Waldo counties. Downeast Horizons employs over 150 employees and operates 14 facilities.
Tony hopes to offer the Board his knowledge, wit, and expertise of overseeing and running non-profit corporations for over 16 years. He enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving, skiing, action movies, and boating.
Mr. Robert Young
Robert Young is a Board member who represents Bradford. Rob has lived in Bradford all of his life and currently resides with his partner Rebecca and two children, Cody and Abbey.
Rob is a supervisor/foreman and electrician for Hampden Electrical which is located in Hampden Maine.
Rob’s interests and hobbies include Tae Kwon Do. He currently serves on the Bradford Budget and Recreational Committees and the RSU 64/MSAD 64 Construction Building Committee.
Ms. Evelyn Farrar
Evelyn Farrar is the HAD #4 board member from Cambridge. Cambridge is the town where Evelyn was born, raised, attended school, and got married. After she was married in 1951, she moved to Ripley and then came back to Cambridge in 1957.
When Cambridge needed a representative to replace the one who was retiring, they asked her to serve in the position. That was in 2005 when she said yes and she has been on the board since. Evelyn says that she is glad that she said yes because she has learned so much and made many new friends. She hopes to offer her ‘down to earth’ knowledge to the Board.
Evelyn is semi-retired. She stitches part-time at ERDA in Cambridge. ERDA makes handbags from deerskin and fabric that are shipped all over the world. Genealogy is her hobby. For years she has been collecting data and has many notebooks with information collected when visiting cemeteries and from town records and libraries. She is in the process of putting all of this information in the Ancestry.com program.
Evelyn belongs to Ripley Grange #462, the East Somerset Pomona, the State Grange and the National Grange. She belongs to the Almeda Chapter OES (Order of the Eastern Star) and has been Worthy Matron three times, the District Deputy Grand Matron, and the Grand Representative twice.
Evelyn and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June. She enjoys her children, seven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
Kimberly Ellms and her husband Chuck live in Dexter where they own and operate C.M. Ellms & Son family business. She believes it’s important to maintain a high standard of care and to give all opinions the respect and consideration they deserve.
Kim worked in healthcare here at Mayo as an LPN. Areas of work included Med/Surg, ED, ICU, Central Sterile Supply, and Medical Records. She believes that her understanding of how things operate will bring another perspective to the Board.
Kim is also involved with the Sunshine Club in Dexter and serves on the Church Missions Board.
When Kim is not keeping books and assisting her husband with the business, she enjoys working in her small flower/vegetable garden and doing yard work in the summer. Kim hibernates in the winter and keeps busy with her black lab Mack. She enjoys playing scrabble against the computer, crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, and reading.
Sharron and her husband Rick own 50 acres of land in Dexter. Sharron was raised in Dexter and wanted to raise her three children there as well. She remembers how different Dexter was while growing up and would like to contribute to its revitalization.
Sharron is retired but worked for years in elementary education both teaching and tutoring students. She has also done other various types of work including most recently office management for an oil company. Her husband, Rick, is also retired from his career as a Materials Coordinator.
Sharron wants to represent Dexter in a useful way on the Board. Her open-mindedness, good listening skills, diverse background and history as a long time patient give her unique attributes and a broad perspective.
She enjoys her ten grandchildren, sewing, knitting, gardening and caring for their land which is a natural habitat for wildlife. She also enjoys Sudoku, jumble puzzles and reading.
Mike Curtis and his wife Wanda live in Dexter. He was born in Dexter and lived there until he was about nine. His family moved to Bingham where he lived and graduated from high school. After serving in the military, attending college, and working in the states and Saudi Arabia, he returned to Dexter where his elderly grandfather lived as he had always remembered the beauty of the area and growing up next to Lake Wassokeag. He thought it would be a nice place for his daughter to grow up as well.
After serving a year and a half on the Patient Advisory Committee at Mayo, when the opening on the board came up in Dexter Mike thought it would be a good transition to serving the town’s interests on the Board. He is prepared to listen well, learn from others, and offer suggestions as they present themselves. His background in education taught him well in the areas of reaching consensus on issues and collaboration with others on divided issues.
Mike is currently retired but worked as a middle school classroom teacher, coach, and Hunter Safety Instructor. He also served as an assistant principal and interim principal. This was over nearly a forty year period of time. His time is taken now with cooking, reading, following his grandchildren in their extracurricular activities.
Mike has been told he has an analytical way of approaching situations. He would like to think he can offer suggestions that are worthwhile and support others who have solid ideas and reasoning. He is a good listener and accepts different ways of reaching a solution. He likes to meet and talk with different people from different backgrounds and believes in forthright dealings and honesty. Mike believes it takes meaningful dialog that includes all parties to reach conclusions and solutions.
Mike also enjoys boating, both sail, and power; spending as much time as possible at Moosehead Lake in the summer; sailing out of Rockland on Penobscot Bay, and snowmobiling in the winter. He enjoys cooking good food and reading a good book. Mike and Wanda are also enjoying re-discovering the Great State of Maine with side trips here and there.
Mr. Chris Clukey
Chris Clukey is a Board member who represents Dover-Foxcroft. He also resides in Dover-Foxcroft and enjoys the rural community.
Chris is an Audiologist who received his M.A. degree from the University of Memphis and can be reached at Dover Audiology, P.A.
Chris enjoys traveling, practicing languages, and yard sales. He is a member of Kiwanis and Grange.
George Barton moved to Dover-Foxcroft in the summer of 2004 after being away from Maine for 36 years. He returned to Maine to pursue his retirement goals and settled in Piscataquis County as he had close family ties in the area. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and received a Commission in the US Army, retiring after 28 years of active and reserve service.
Following active duty with the Army, he became involved in the Medical Electronics industry as a sales representative for several suppliers. Over a sixteen year career, he became familiar with the Critical Care, Surgical, OB, IT and emergency care department of hospitals, as well as their capital budgetary processes.
In the 1990’s George transitioned into the human resources consulting field, where he specialized in career development strategies for managers and executives. Because of his experience in healthcare, George was able to assist many health care professionals in developing new career directions.
George and his wife, Janice, have been married for 45 years and have four children and ten grandchildren. George spends most of his time on home renovation projects, fishing, sailing on Moosehead Lake and community activities. George is longtime Kiwanian and has served as president of the Three Rivers Kiwanis of Milo and Brownville. George has also become engaged in local government, serving on several boards and committees. He is a member of American Legion Post 41 in Milo.
Mrs. Barbara Austin, Secretary
In 2009 Barbara Austin became a member of the Board of Trustees after she was asked by a retiring member of the Board to consider filling his position as a Dover-Foxcroft representative. As a member, she hopes to offer a unique perspective as she was educated and trained as an RN in a different part of the country. She offers good organizational skills and high energy.
Barb works part-time in her husband’s law office and is involved in several area community organizations. She is currently the president of the local GFWC/Miosic Women’s Club and is the State Chairman of the Presidents Special Project. She is a member of the Dover Foxcroft Kiwanis Club and currently sits on its Board of Directors. She is also a trained facilitator for Pine Tree Hospice’s Evergreen Center for Grieving Children.
For the majority of her adult life, Barb has lived in Northern Virginia where she raised her children. She married Jim Austin of Dover Foxcroft and moved to the area. She enjoys volunteering, as well as quilting, cooking, gardening, and traveling with her grandchildren.
Ms. Amanda Thomas, Member-at-Large
Amanda Thomas and her husband chose to build a house in Guilford a few years ago on land that has been in her family for three generations. One of the reasons they wanted to live in Maine was because her entire family loves the changing seasons.
Amanda believes it is important to be involved in your local community. She offers that one of her strengths is the ability to listen objectively to all sides of the situation and make well-informed decisions. She enjoys the challenge that comes with new experiences.
Amanda is a self-employed transcriptionist who keeps verbatim transcripts of meetings and conventions for several companies around the United States. She enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and their three rescue Boston Terriers.
Ms. Stephanie Doore
Stephanie Doore is a Board member who represents Guilford. Stephanie and her husband reside in Guilford with her two stepsons.
Stephanie was previously on the steering committee for Womancare. She believes her degree in psychology and work experience with health and counseling will benefit Mayo, our patients, and our community.
Stephanie interests and hobbies include photography, cooking, traveling. She and her family enjoy watching the men’s UMaine ice hockey team.
Walter Lougee is a Board member who represents Milo. He and his wife Linda have lived in Milo for many years.Walter wants to serve his community and offers years of experience to Mayo’s Board. He enjoys learning and sharing ideas and suggestions.Walter is a retired consultant for a food chain in which he helped to set up supermarkets. He started the World of Flags U.S.A. after his retirement.Walter’s interests and hobbies include spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren, coin collecting, square dancing and golfing.
Mr. D. Jensen Bissell, Treasurer
D. Jensen Bissell lives in Milo and was attracted to the area because of its small-town size and rural character. He serves on the Board as Treasurer and offers a positive approach to problems and issues, sound reasoning and judgment and, if appropriate, leadership. He believes that the value and quality of life of a community depend in some part on the contributions of community members. He tries to contribute in the ways that best match his skills and abilities. A good listener, he is honest, objective, and, in his words, “plays well with others”.
Jensen is the Director of Baxter State Park. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing, running, and reading. He has an enduring interest in science and the natural world, particularly forests and forest ecosystems.
Ms. Candice Cyr
Candice Cyr represents the town of Parkman on the HAD #4 Board of Directors. Parkman became her home in the late 1970’s when she and her husband decided to purchase land in Maine to raise a family and live a sustainable lifestyle. According to Candice, they made their decision with one eye closed and a finger on the map of Maine; they were among the first wave of hippies to arrive in Piscataquis County. They raised two children who became successful adults.
Candice was asked by the selectperson at the time if she would become a hospital trustee since no one wanted the job. Over time she has given her time and commitment to attending meetings and increasing her knowledge base regarding health care issues. She was part of the development and growth of the first new addition to Mayo Regional Hospital back in the 1990’s. She enjoys being part of a hospital family that is committed to providing affordable and quality health care to all the people of Piscataquis County.
Candice graduated from the Rhode Island School of Practical Nursing in 1964 and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1991. She is an active retiree. She is on the Board of Directors for Friends of Community Fitness, teaches a Yoga stretch class at the fitness center, and organizes a senior luncheon program in the community. She is a Master Gardner and volunteers with the Guilford Garden Club. Her family is where her heart is and she enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren.
Dr. Richard Cabot
Dr. Richard Cabot is a Board member who represents Sangerville. Dr. Cabot is a retired General Surgeon. Rick and his wife, Jody, moved to Sangerville to improve their quality of life a few years ago and are building their retirement home.
Dr. Cabot hopes to offer 30+ years of experience with hospital and medical staff interaction, leadership, and recruitment and retention. Rick would also like to enhance Board interaction with the medical staff and help to ensure the continued viability of the hospital in a competitive healthcare market.
Rick’s interests and hobbies include fine woodworking and general construction.
Mr. Gerald Nessmann, Vice Chair
Gerald Nessmann grew up in Austria and now lives in Sebec where he enjoys the open space of rural Maine. He began serving on the Board in 2011 as Sebec’s representative and wants to contribute to the community in which he lives in a meaningful way. Over time he hopes to add meaningful input in the areas of management, strategy, and finance. He has strong financial and analytical skills which he applies well to real-life situations. He sees himself as a pragmatist which helps him focus on the long-term perspective.
Gerald practices law and maintains an office in Dexter. He invests in real estate and owns a couple of small businesses.
Gerald holds a master’s degree in International Commerce from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria, an MBA with a certificate in Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Maine School of Law in Portland Maine.
He enjoys travel, history, philosophy, and politics. He is always up for a game of cribbage and does like kayaking (as long as it is on a quiet lake, pond, or bog), skiing and the odd game of golf. He also enjoys Sudoku and Kakuro puzzles.
Dale and his wife Mary first moved to Maine in 1975 coming from the Washington, DC area where he served with the United States Marine Corps. They moved to York County and lived/worked there for many years. Work transferred them to Florida, then Georgia, and in 2012 they had an opportunity to move back to Maine. They now live in peaceful Willimantic overly looked the Little Wilson Stream.
Dale retired from the IBM Credit Union in 2012 and upon returning to Maine got back into law enforcement. He currently serves as a patrol officer for the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office.
His diverse background, education, and experiences have served him well over the years. His goal is to draw upon those unique qualities to serve the residents and visitors to central Maine to the best of my ability.
He and his wife enjoy many outdoor activities such as golf, motorcycling, four-wheeling, and fishing to name a few.