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



Ed SargoodJust six short years ago our health center began the journey to become the first and only Federally Qualified Health Center in Bennington County, and what a journey it has been! Our mission to provide compassionate, responsive, comprehensive health care through a committed team of professionals ensuring access to all has been in motion and embraced by the communities we serve.

We are proud of our accomplishments since being designated a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2013 and our opening on February 27, 2014. We have taken measurable steps toward providing excellent patient-centered care and we have enhanced health outcomes for patients, families, and our communities. We are excited for a bright future, a revitalized medical campus, and a strong and caring staff.

BVHC continues to strengthen its foundation and solidify its role in the community. We are so thankful for the generous support, local collaborations, and many continued relationships we have as we build a brighter future together in local healthcare.

Kind Regards,


Edward Sargood
Chair of the Board of Directors



Ed Sargood

Edward Sargood

Ed is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Bank of Bennington. He has been with the Bank since 2002. Previously, he served in the United States Air Force. Ed has volunteered to support banking literacy at Hoosick Falls Central School. He and his wife, Nicole, have been married since 1994, and have two children, Jennifer and Adam.

Lee Spivey

Lee Spivey

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

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.

George Carpenter

George Carpenter

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.

Brian Cunningham

Brian Cunningham

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.

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.

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.

Olavi Wirkki

Olavi Wirkki

Olavi has been a Senior Project Manager with Design Group Facility Solutions since 2008. He has been involved with the buyout and construction of 20+ projects from $500K to $100M in value. Previously, he held the position of Director of Construction at C&S Wholesale and Vice President of Russell Corporation in Rutland, Vermont. Olavi has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity since 2001 and has spent many years on the board of the East Arlington Federated Church. Together, he and his wife, Susan, have four adult children, Andy, Kate, Sharon and Samuel.