Cooley Dickinson Hospital Announces New, Returning Trustees

NORTHAMPTON — At the recent annual meeting of the Cooley Dickinson board of trustees, voting members of the board elected the following new trustees:

• Laurie Fenlason, vice president for public affairs and strategic initiatives at Smith College, serves as the chief public-affairs officer of Smith College and counsel to the president on matters of institutional strategy and planning, strategic communication, visibility, and constituent relations. She oversees the Office of College Relations/Public Affairs, which is responsible for campus communications, media relations, alumnae and development communications, publications, digital communications and social media, special events, community relations, and government relations.

• Eliza Lake, executive director, Hilltown Community Health Centers, is responsible for the oversight of a federally qualified community health center that is the only provider of medical, oral-health, behavioral-health, optometric, and community services in rural Western Mass. Under her leadership, she ensures that the Hilltown Community Health Centers move forward in achieving its clinical, strategic, and operational goals. These include the provision of patient-centered quality care, organizational sustainability, and expansion into new markets.

• Nancy Reeves, fund-raising consultant, currently oversees the planning and implementation of a comprehensive, $9 million 50th-anniversary campaign for New England Public Radio. She returns to the Cooley Dickinson board of trustees after previously serving from 2001 to 2014. Earlier this year, she chaired the Hospice Gala, a fund-raising event that celebrated 35 years of hospice care in the community.

• Kumble Subbaswamy assumed the office of chancellor of UMass Amherst in 2012. One major new initiative has been the establishment of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, with a $95 million investment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Apart from his duties on the Amherst campus, he serves on the board of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and coordinates the UMass System Cybersecurity Task Force.

“It is my pleasure to announce three new trustees and welcome back one returning trustee to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital board of trustees,” said Sanford Belden, board chair. “Their insights and commitment, coupled with the skills and experience of our existing trustees, will contribute to Cooley Dickinson’s mission of providing high-quality health care to our community.”

Joanne Marqusee, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, said she is impressed by the caliber of the new members. “They each excel professionally in their fields and have a track record as dedicated community advocates and leaders.”

Other local trustees who were re-elected at the annual meeting include Dr. James Donnelly, Kevin Lake, James Nunnelly, and Charles Staelin.

Massachusetts General Hospital trustees who were re-elected by Mass General or are continuing their terms are Tony James, vice president of network development; and Dr. Peter Slavin, president of Mass General.

Also recognized were those trustees whose tenure ended: William Gorth, Margo Welch, Matthew Pitoniak, Danielle Ramdath, and John Todd.

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