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.
H.A.D. #4 Board Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday monthly at 5:30PM in the Piscataquis Room (Resource Center at Mayo Regional Hospital).
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.
Vittoria “Torri” Stevens
Torri Stevens has lived in Bradford for the past 30 years. She and her late husband moved to Bradford from Portland when her husband’s job was transferred to Northern Maine. She was also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education in the area. They fell in love with an old farm house in Bradford and spent time remodeling it to fit their family.
Torri has been the Town Manager of Bradford for the last three years. She also has a background in Psychology and Special Education.
She has known Greg Bowler, a previous HAD #4 Board Trustee, for many years and has enjoyed listening to him talk about the time he spent on the Board. She has an open mind and believes that this paired with the time that she has to dedicate to Mayo’s Board will be both rewarding and beneficial. Torrie is also strong with problem solving and thinking outside the box, which she feels will also add value the Board.
Some interests and hobbies of Torri’s are first and foremost spending time with her seven grandchildren and four children, traveling, gardening and cross country skiing.
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.
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.
Mrs. Barbara Austin, Member at Large
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.
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 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 health care, 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 long time 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.
Ms. Amanda Thomas,Chair
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, Secretary
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.
Andrew Walker lives in Milo with his partner Kasey and their daughters Madelynn (6) and Brooklynne, (13). Andrew was elected to the Board to represent Milo in October 2018. Andrew was raised in Milo and truly believes it is a great place to live, raise a family and recreate.
Andrew is currently the Director of Child Care Programming at the Old Town/Orono YMCA. He has worked for the past 11 years in YMCA’s throughout the State of Maine. He enjoys working every day with children of all ages. He also serves on the Penquis Foster Grandparent Advisory Board, The River Coalition Board of Directors, and is President of the Schoodic Lake Association.
Andrew believes healthcare is a key component of a healthy and sustainable community. He is pleased to serve on the Board because he believes Mayo Regional Hospital is a great resource not only for Milo but for Piscataquis County.
Andrew would like to offer his common-sense perspective on issues relating to healthcare, specifically as it relates to youth and families in the community he calls home. His experiences with working in the non-profit sector are an added benefit he has to offer on the Board. Andrew is open-minded and believes there is no roadblock that can’t be overcome with some critical thinking, common sense, and civility.
Andrew enjoys spending time with his family at their camp on Schoodic Lake in his free time.
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, Vice Chair
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
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.
Jeff Morin is the HAD #4 board member from Willimantic. Jeff has served on the Board for several terms from August 2003 to September 2009, September 2011 to September 2016 and he has began serving a new term in October 2018.
Jeff grew up in Auburn, Maine, and moved north for his work. His wife is from Willimantic. Jeff is the Superintendent of Mountain View Correctional Facility.
Jeff always has tried to stay engaged in activities outside of work that offer opportunities for learning. Involved in a leadership role with his organization, Jeff believes that it is a wonderful experience to learn from other organizations. He considers himself a good problem-solver and he has experience in the performance measurement arena. He appreciates being able to play an active role as a board member and knows that his input matters. Jeff says that he contributes to the board with his problem-solving skills, experience in staff development, and ability to see the ‘big picture’.
In his free time Jeff coaches ice hockey.