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Meet Our Board

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Kerry Laufer

President

Kerry Laufer

Kerry Laufer is a higher education administrator with over twenty years of experience in strategic planning, consulting project management, business development, international education, and experiential learning design and delivery. She is currently Deputy Director of the Dartmouth-American University of Kuwait program at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Erin Cote

Vice President

Erin Cote

Erin Cote is the Director of Business for Envoy Solutions. She has been in senior management for 25+ years. She had previously served as the executive director for Maynard house in 2021. Erin’s degree is in Behavioral science. She is passionate about substance use disorders and represents the underserved and underprivileged groups in our society. 

Hillary Halleck

Treasurer

Hillary Halleck

Hillary Halleck serves as the Director of People & Culture, Mikros Technologies. Hillary is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), past president of the River Valley Human Resources Association and past Treasurer for the VT SHRM State Council. She serves on the building committee in her hometown as well as volunteering time for Newport Recreation Center. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Stacey Lavallee

Secretary

Stacey Lavallee

Stacey Lavallee is Vice President of Commercial Lines at Colby Insurance Group, Inc. in New London, NH.  A highly accomplished insurance professional, she has been in the insurance industry since 2004 and holds several industry designations, including Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR), and Certified Risk Manager (CRM). She also holds a BS in accounting and an MBA from Plymouth State University. Stacey is a vital part of the Management Team, helping set operational standards and establish the strategic direction for the Agency.

Jeana Havidich

Board Member

Jeana E. Havidich, MD, MS

Jeana E. Havidich, MD, MS is double-boarded in Pediatric and Adult Anesthesiology with over twenty years of clinical experience and currently practices at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. Her academic career has focused on graduate medical education, pediatric anesthesiology in Non-Operating Room locations, safety and quality initiatives, and outcomes research. She has worked with regional and national organizations developing patient safety guidelines and legislation, simulation centers, graduate medical education programs, and quality/outcome databases.

Melissa Dalton

Board Member

Melissa Dalton

Melissa Dalton joined Alice Peck Day (APD) as the Director of Development in 2022.  Melissa has more than 20 years of non-profit experience and 12 of those years in health care fundraising. She is experienced at major gift solicitation and donor relations.  Melissa implemented and formalized a grateful patients program and is recognized for her ability to plan and execute successful fundraising events.  

Melissa worked for the  Baylor Health System Foundation for 11 years.  Prior to Baylor, she spent time as a fundraising consultant for Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and as Project Director at John B. Cummings Company, a non-profit consulting firm. Melissa received her B.S. in Psychology at West Texas A&M University.

Joseph Deffner

Board Member

Joseph Deffner

Joseph Deffner works at Thetford Academy, an independent school which serves as the public school for Thetford, Vermont and surrounding communities.  Joe has been on the faculty and coaching staff there as an English/social studies teacher and cross-country coach since 1994.  His past teaching lives include working in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, in inner-city schools as a substitute teacher, in a residential school for students with learning disabilities in Massachusetts, and in Fukuoka, Japan (2011-2012) during a sabbatical year as a part of the community of Fukuoka International School (FIS).

Thomas Hudson

Board Member

Thomas Hudson, CFA

Thomas Hudson, CFA joined Ledyard Financial Advisors in 2023 as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Investment

Strategist Tom has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. His primary

responsibilities include investing client portfolios and working with clients to help them meet their

objectives. He also helps develop investment strategy for Ledyard including asset allocation, manager

diligence research, security analysis and client communications.

Terri Lewinson

Board Member

Terri Lewinson, Ph.D., MSW

Medical social worker Terri Lewinson, PhD, MSW, is an associate professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Her research focuses on the experience of home environments for people who have been marginalized—whether that may be in an extended-stay hotel, assisted-living facilities, or senior housing—to gain an intimate understanding of what it’s like for them to reside there.  As her research has evolved, Lewinson’s focus has broadened to include determining the impacts of environmental factors—such as exposure to toxins in non-traditional home environments and forced housing evictions exacerbated by COVID-19—on health and well-being.

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Board Member

Margot Stephens

Margot Stephens, MD is a Board-Certified Family Physician who has lived in the area for 26 years.  She is in the primary care practice at Alice Peck Day Hospital where she enjoys delivering care to all ages. She is on the Peer Review Committee and the Provider Operations Council at the hospital and participates in teaching medical and nurse practitioner students on their clinical rotations. She was previously on the Maternal and Infant Care Committee at APD, and also on the same committee at Springfield Hospital where she was a staff physician prior to coming to APD. She was also a founding physician of Family Medicine Associates in Worcester MA just after completing her residency at U Mass Medical Center and before the family moved to Vermont. 

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