Leading us and guiding us.

BVHC’s Board of Directors is comprised of devoted individuals who volunteer their time and energy to provide the Center with ongoing guidance and leadership. The majority of our Board members have been BVHC patients, so their leadership reflects the interests, issues, and concerns of the people we serve. The Board of Directors are vested with ultimate responsibility for the fiduciary management of BVHC, and to ensure that the Center fulfills its mission. Volunteers often work behind the scenes without much recognition. We would like to publicly thank our incredible Board.

I was a founding member of the BVHC Board and after a few years respite, rejoined because I believe in the importance of a permanent health center in our community. Lynn Williams



Brian Cunningham

Brian Cunningham, Chair

Dr. Cunningham spent 36 years at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as an Internist. After retiring in 2014, Dr. Cunningham has kept busy teaching at the Department of Medicine Residence Program at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. He previously served as a board member of the Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, as well as the board of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. He and his wife, Janice, have four grown children, Christine, Deborah, Kathryn, and Daniel. They enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren.


George Carpenter

George Carpenter, Vice Chair

George retired in 2009 as Superintendent of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union. He has previously volunteered with Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice for Vermont and was a board member of the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union. He and his wife, Patricia, have three adult sons, Sean, Christian, and David. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.


Lee Spivey

Lee Spivey, Treasurer

Lee is a Principal CPA at Spivey, Lemonik, Swenor PC. He joined the firm in 1990 and later became a lead partner. Lee is on the Board of Directors at Burr & Burton Academy and enjoys being involved in his community. In 2016, Lee married Janice Nadeau, together they now have four adult children, Elizabeth, Hillary, Eric, and Brian.

Denise Colety

Denise Colety, Secretary

Dee has worked per diem for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center since 2003 as the 3D-Dartmouth Device Development Office Coordinator. Through her position as President of Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit #69, Dee volunteers hundreds of hours a year to various organizations in our community. Married to Marc, they have five children and 10 grandchildren.

MaryAnn Carlson

MaryAnn Carlson

MaryAnn is currently a self-employed psychotherapist and Reiki Master Teacher and practitioner. Previously, she worked as a Clinical Psychologist for children and their families at United Counseling Services for 14 years. MaryAnn volunteers her time to the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, and at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as a Reiki volunteer. She has two children, Amie and Will, and is the proud grandmother to Anna, Sawyer, and Owen.

William Jerome

William T. Jerome

William (Bill) Travers Jerome is a Vermonter, reformed lawyer/arbitrator/mediator, President of Off Road Solar, Ltd., a principal in Vermont Solar Farmers, a representative of Recovered Energy Technologies (Canada – solar street lights, waste to energy initiatives, energy efficiency) and Powerstar/Virtue (U.K. – voltage optimization, battery storage) with a particular interest in local solutions to governing, managing, health care. Living in Shaftsbury with his wife, Lori who recently retired as a nurse-manager at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, he and she have dogs, cats, children, a large family, their homestead and full lives.

Peter King

Peter King

Dr. King was the director of the Bennington VA Clinic from 1997-2015. During his time at the VA, Dr. King oversaw the growth in the Clinic from a small office on a bus to a 25 employee practice. Practicing primary care, Dr. King has a special interest in long-term care and the medical care of older adults. In the past, he has volunteered as a United Way board member and he ran an afterschool music program at Molly Stark School. He and his wife, Dawn Dayton, have two adult children, Heather and Jessica. They thoroughly are enjoying grandparenthood.

Carol Kirkland

Carol Kirkland

Carol is a retired instructor from Penn State University where she taught courses in statistics and quantitative business methods. She volunteers at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester. She has served on the national board of The American Chestnut Foundation, as well as the board for the VT/NH Chapter. She is also a long-time board member of the Trust for Wildlife, a local non-profit that promotes protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat through conservation, research and education. She often travels to North Carolina to visit with her son.

Janet Nolan

Janet Nolan

Jan has been a Procurement Specialist at Mack Molding since 2004. She brings her progressive and comprehensive experience in purchasing, negotiating, and cost management as well as previous experience in sales, marketing and general management areas of office administration, to the board. Jan and her husband, Rob Lemonik, live in Manchester and have six adult children between the two of them; Jennifer, Jessica, Jon, Julie, Ashley, and Stephanie.

Lynn Williams

Lynn Williams

Lynn spent 29 years as a school nurse in Arlington and Sunderland. She has also worked as a visiting nurse and medical surgical nurse in hospitals. Lynn spends her free time volunteering for local organizations including the Arlington Community Public Health Nursing Service, Arlington Community Club, and the Summer Lunch Program. Previously, she was a trustee of Southwest Vermont Area Health Education Center. Lynn and her husband, Tim, have two daughters, Laura and Karen, and five grandchildren.