2020-2021 Board of Directors

Donna Goodrich

Chair, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Donna Goodrich has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2011.  She serves as Board Chair and is a member of the AVH Board Executive, Finance, Governance, and Professional Affairs Committees.  Donna has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing and has completed courses in Accounting at the White Mountains Community College.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Gorham, Donna enjoys the expansion of self through diverse new experiences, reading, hiking, and music.  She is past Chair of the Gorham School Board and has been a member of the Cooperative School Board, Gorham Booster Club, and United Way.

Jay Poulin

Vice-Chair, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Jay Poulin has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2009. He serves as Board Vice-Chair and is a member of the AVH Board Executive, Governance, and Planning Committees. Jay has a degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Berlin, Jay enjoys hockey and sports and is a member of BIDPA, Friends of Nansen Ski Jump, and Berlin Youth Hockey.

Martha Laflamme

Secretary, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Martha Laflamme has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2013. She serves on the AVH Board Governance Committees. Martha attended Keene State College for Public Affairs/Journalism. She earned her Master of Education in Counseling and is Certified Public Manager of Leadership North Country.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Berlin, Martha enjoys reading, boating, snow shoeing, and gardening. She has served on the boards of the Berlin Recreation and Parks Department, NH Council on Alcoholism, AV Chamber of Commerce, The Family Resource Center at Gorham, and Berlin Board of Education.

Alta Chase, D.Min.

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

This is the second period of Board service for Alta Chase, D.Min..  She served as the Board Secretary and as a member of the AVH Board's Ethics Committee from 2013 tol 2018. She also represents AVH as a member of the North Country Healthcare Board of Directors. Dr. Chase is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono (BS), Bangor Theological Seminary (M.Div.); and Boston University's School of Theology (D.Min.).

Currently a retired United Methodist Clergywoman and licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor in both NH and ME, Dr. Chase feels her broad personal and professional experience here in the North Country is a gift that she is able to give back to this community that she has come to call home.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Stratford, Alta enjoys the out-of-doors, hiking, kayaking, and raising their families of Black and Yellow Labrador Retrievers. She is an avid reader and enjoys cooking for family and friends. In addition to her volunteer role as Board Secretary, she served on the AVH Values Committee. She is a retired Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and was a member of the NH Behavioral Health Disaster Response Team.

Javier Cardenas, MD

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Dr. Javier Cardenas has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2013. He serves on the AVH Board Quality Committee. Dr. Cardenas attended Universidad del Norte, Barrangiuilla, Atlantico, Colombia - Medico Cirujano.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Milan, Dr. Cardenas enjoys reading, tennis, and dancing.

Tim Godin

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Mr. Godin has a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from New Hampshire Technical Institute.  He served as a full-time law enforcement officer for 24 years, retiring in 2019 as a Lieutenant.  Mr. Godin also served as a member of the NH Army National Guard for nine years.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Gorham, Mr. Godin enjoys hiking, biking, photography, woodworking, motorcycling, and spending time with his two children.

Eric Johnson

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Eric Johnson has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2015. He serves on the AVH Board Governance and Quality Committees. Eric graduated from UNH with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology and later received a Master of Science in Human Services Administration from Springfield College. He has over 36 years of professional and management experience in the provision of behavioral health and developmental services. He is proficient in contracting, budget development, grant writing and program development. Eric is currently the CEO of Northern Human Services, which is a large nonprofit agency that covers Coos, Carroll, and northern Grafton counties.

Personal Bio:

A lifelong resident of Berlin, Eric enjoys the woods; hunting and fishing are his passion. He is also an avid cook and enjoys carpentry. He spends as much time as he can at his camp in the Rangeley area of Maine. He has two grown daughters who are married and live in southern NH. Eric is a Board member of the NH Community Behavioral Health Association and the Vice President of the Board of the NH Community Support Network. His work with the AVH Board allows him the opportunity to give back to the community.

Attorney Thomas McCue

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Attorney Thomas F. (Tom) McCue has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2018. Tom serves on the AVH Board Finance and Governance Committees. He attended Boston College and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Franklin Pierce Law Center (n/k/a UNH School of Law).

Personal Bio:

A resident of Berlin, Tom enjoys riding his motorcycle, politics, and learning about the American Civil War. He serves on the Berlin Planning Board and the Coos County Planning Board and volunteers with the Berlin Main Street Program.

Joan Merrill

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Mrs. Merrill is a retired English teacher who taught in the Berlin and Gorham, NH school systems.  She is a former Board Chair of Coos County Family Health Services. Mrs. Merrill also served in the capacity of City Councilor for the City of Berlin, as well as former Commissioner for Berlin Water Works and the Berlin Housing Authority. She has also been active with the United Way of Northern New Hampshire and worked as a writer and editor at the Berlin Reporter newspaper.

Personal Bio:

Mrs. Merrill is an active volunteer for RESPONSE against Sexual and Domestic Violence, a program of Coos County Family Health Services.  She has been a longtime volunteer at Androscoggin Valley Hospital and local prisons.  Mrs. Merrill recently became a certified recovery coach assisting individuals working to overcome addiction.  She also enjoys reading, doing crafts and spending time with her family.

Jerry Rittenhouse, MD

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

A health care provider of AVH Surgical Associates since 2006, Dr. Rittenhouse earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University Medical School in Loma Linda, California in 1985.  He is a member of the American Medical Association and American Urological Association.

Daniel van Buren, MD, FACC

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Dr. Daniel van Buren has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2014, representing the AVH Medical Staff. Dr. van Buren, Cardiologist, New England Heart and Vascular Institute at AVH, joined the AVH Medical Staff in 2010. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Adult Echocardiography and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Bethel, Maine, Dr. van Buren enjoys music (guitar), ukulele, singing, rock 'n' roll, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hiking, and cooking.

Sarah Verney Frechette

Professional Bio:

Sarah Verney Frechette has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2020.  She holds an Associates Degree in Business Management from Granite State College, and is a graduate of both Leadership Mt. Washington Valley and Leadership New Hampshire.

Personal Bio:


A resident of the Mt. Washington Valley, Sarah is certified in ServSafe and Wilderness First Aid.  She has also participated in Maine Guide training. 
 

Tyler White

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Tyler White has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2021. He serves on the AVH Board Finance Committee. Tyler is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (BS in Management Information Systems) and the College of William and Mary (MBA). He joined Northway bank in 2015 and currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer. Prior to Northway, he held positions in operations and technology at a community bank in southeastern Virginia for 10 years. Professional interests include IT risk management, cyber security, process re-engineering, and helping financial organizations blend business operations with technology capabilities.

Personal Bio:

Tyler grew up in Cumberland, Maine. He currently resides in Bartlett with his wife, two daughters and three cats. His interests include skiing, biking, reading and travel. 

Sarah Baillargeon

Member, AVH Board of Directors

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Michael Peterson, FACHE

President, Androscoggin Valley Hospital

Professional Bio:

Michael Peterson joined AVH in 2015 as President. In addition to leading the AVH Senior Team, he serves on all of the AVH Board Committees including Executive, Finance, Planning, Governance, and Quality.  Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Orono, as well as a Master of Science in Business with a focus in Healthcare Administration from Husson College. He has served as a healthcare executive in community or Critical Access Hospitals for twenty four years. He serves on the Board of Directors, the Policy Advisory Task Force, and the Rural Health Coalition of the New Hampshire Hospital Association.  In 2020, He was recognized by New Hampshire Business Review magazine as one the Top 200 Most Influential Business Leaders in the state.  Mike has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2007. 

Personal Bio:

Residing in Bethel, Maine with his wife and two sons, Mike's interests include skiing, golf, hiking, cooking, travel, mountain biking, and spending time with his family. He serves on multiple community and industry Boards, including the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives, the North Country Health Consortium, and the Great Northwoods Community Foundation. An active Rotarian, Mike is the Past-President of the White Mountain Rotary Club of Berlin/Gorham.