West Central Leadership

Board of Directors

Our Board Members are vital to our mission. Here are some reasons why they serve on our Board.
William C Torrey, MD, Board Chair
Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Health
Etna, NH

To improve timely access to high quality psychiatric care for people in our community.

Robert Hansen, PhD, Board Vice Chair
Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

Mental illness is one of our greatest social issues, causing tremendous suffering. I have time, energy and some experience, and I will do my best to help West Central in its mission to provide care for those with mental health issues.

Aimee Claiborne, DA, MBA, BSW
Chief Human Resources Officer, Dartmouth Health
New London, NH

As a former psychiatric case manager for a community mental health center like West Central, I have a passion for our community members that WCBH serves and for quality mental health services that are provided where people it most at home and locally. Mental Health affects us all in our lifetime and I am honored to serve on WCBH’s Board supporting the organization’s mission and viability for adults and children in need.

Lisa Cohen
Chief Financial Officer, The New London Hospital Association, Inc.
Newport, NH

It is important to me to give back to my community to help ensure that essential services are available to all who need them.   The work of not-for-profits like West Central fills vital needs and supports our friends and neighbors.  I am grateful to utilize my knowledge and time to help support this essential work.  

AJ Horvath, Ex-Officio
Interim President & CEO
Enfield, NH
Matthew Houde, JD, MHCDS
Vice President of Government Relations, Dartmouth Health
Cornish, NH

Comprehensive health care advocacy has to include advocacy for mental health, which is what I hope to elevate in connection with my service on the West Central Behavioral Health board.

Darrell Hotchkiss, JD
Retired Attorney, Hotchkiss Law Office, PLLC
Hanover, NH

Mental health affects most aspects of our lives, including our physical, emotional and social well-being. My volunteer involvement with a free health clinic, a regional cancer center and as an advocate for abused and neglected children has brought me full-circle to the Board of West Central Behavioral Health.

Brian Lombardo, MD
Medical Director, Primary Care, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
Thetford Center, VT
Charlene Lovett
Retired Army Officer, Former Claremont Mayor and NH State Representative
Claremont, NH

Good mental health is as important as good physical health to an individual's overall well-being and productivity.  I serve on the Board to help facilitate better access to mental health services and remove the stigma that too often exists around this issue.  

Brian Marsicovetere, JD
President & Shareholder, Marsicovetere & Levine Law Group, P.C.
Woodstock, VT

I serve on the Board because the mission of community mental health agencies is so very important to our community as a whole and the clients my office frequently represents.

Courtney Porter, MSW, M.Ed., LSSW
School Social Worker
Claremont, NH

As a career educator, my main goal has been to remove barriers that may impact the ability of young children and teenagers  to thrive and become agents for change!   My service to the board will help increase those opportunities while assisting in removing the stigma associated with mental health. 

Sally Rutter
Retired Real Estate Professional
Lebanon, NH

I’m an advocate for mental health awareness, acceptance, support, and understanding.

Susan E. Seidler
Executive Director, Stepping Stone & Next Step Peer Support Centers
Lebanon, NH

I believe in West Central’s mission and want to do my part to support people in my community.

Sheila Shulman, LLB, MPH
Retired Professor of Law & Attorney
Grantham, NH

Mental health issues increasingly confront all of us at some level in our lives. As part of its outreach, West Central provides professional support to vulnerable individuals experiencing mental health problems, many of whom are unable to access help elsewhere. By serving on the Board, I work to support the essential mission of the Agency and its staff.

Andrew Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine
Hanover, NH

I am passionate about community mental health, and in particular Veterans mental health and their families. This is the role I was approached to serve (to advocate for veterans and their families).

Phillip Stocken, PhD, Board Secretary/Treasurer
Professor of Accounting, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

Mental health is at the heart of so much suffering in the Upper Valley.

Leadership Team

Bob Gonyo
Chief Financial Officer
Laurie Mudge, LICSW
Chief Operations Officer
Matthew Squires, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Susan White, PHR
Chief Human Resources Officer

WCBH Advisory Group

We are listening!

The WCBH Advisory Group held its inaugural meeting this summer and continues to meet monthly to support our efforts to increase the involvement of individuals with lived experience, behavioral health issues, their family members and community stakeholders and partners to support our leadership and to ensure our services are culturally competent, accessible to all, and of the highest quality. The group gives participants the opportunity to have a voice in order to better impact the way we meet their needs and the needs of the community by:

  • Informing West Central staff and leadership, including the Board of Directors
  • Focusing its efforts on the mission of the organization
  • Advocating for clients and the needs of the community with respect to the services delivered by WCBH
  • Connecting people experiencing behavioral health issues to WCBH when appropriate

Jake Ross, Chair

Lori Harriman, Secretary
Hanover, NH

Charlene Lovett, Board Liaison
Claremont, NH

Elaine Palmer
Hanover, NH

Pete Bleyler
West Lebanon, NH

Stephanie Bergeron, WCBH Staff Representative

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