News & Updates


Welcome HLD XII

Kenneth Albert, RN, Esq., President and CEO, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice

Lee Averill, MHA, System Director of Quality Services, Central Maine Medical Center

Seth Blanchard, Marketing Director, MaineHealth

Rebecca Brown, PA-C, Clinical Director, Oasis Free Clinics

Michael Burke, Director of Operations, Tri County Mental Health Services

Melissa Cantara, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing Services, Seal Rock Healthcare

Ravi Chandrasekaran, DO, Medical Director Hospital Medicine, Mercy Hospital/Eastern Maine Health Systems

Jeffry Davis, Regional Senior Director of Support Operations, Waldo County General Hospital

Paula Dube, RN, Director of Clinical Support and Quality Improvement, HealthReach Community Health Centers

Joanna Duncan, PhD, CPC, Director of Data Analytics and Operations, Onpoint Health Data

Charles Dwyer, Program Officer, Maine Health Access Foundation

Sharon Economides, LM, CPM, MMiD, Program Manager Lactation Consultation & Childbirth Education, Maine Medical Center

Scott Edgecomb, BSN, RRT, CCRN, Clinical Operations Manager, Martin’s Point Healthcare

Edith Flores, Program Coordinator, Mano En Mano

Nancy Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor and Department Chair, University of Maine

Su-Anne Hammond, DO, Family Physician and Lead Provider, Mercy Hospital, Eastern Maine Health System

Valens Hasubizimana, MEd, Refugee Health Promotion Coordinator, Catholic Charities of Maine Refugee & Immigrant Services

Pamela Hepburn, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, LincolnHealth

Emily Keller, MD, Preventive Medicine Fellow, Maine Medical Center

Anita Kolisch, MD, Internal Medicine Physician and Chief Medical Information Officer, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

Robert G. Kutzer III, Clinical Systems Manager, Maine Medical Center

Brian Laderbush, Healthcare Designer, e4h Environments for Health

Sarah Anne Lewis, Global MBA, Program Director, Maine Access Immigrant Network

Meghan Libby, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist and Supervisor, Maine Medical Center

Melissa Loiselle, Practice Manager, InterMed

Esther Mitchell, Tribal Health District Liaison, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians

Rilwan Osman, MSW, Executive Director, Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services

Stephanie Podolski, MPH, MSPA, PA-C, Hospitalist PA, Maine General Health

Dianna Poulin, BS-CHE, Coordinator for Peer Review and Quality, Maine Medical Association

Jeanette Pretorius, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, NE-BC, OCN, Nurse Manager Outpatient IV Therapy Program, Maine Medical Center

Sr. Elsa Veronica Roldan, RSR, Assistant Coordinator of Diocesan Hispanic Ministry, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

Jared Sawyer, Business Intelligence Analyst, Maine Medical Center

Amanda Sidell, LCSW, Director of Innovation and Community Care Services, Acadia Hospital

Matthew Somma, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS, Senior Physical Therapy Manager, OA Centers for Orthopedics/Spectrum Healthcare


Vanessa Santarelli, HLD VI alum and Executive Director of the Maine Primary Care Association, receives long overdue graduation plaque from Judiann Smith, Hanley Center Executive Director and HLD III alum.

Derek Ahl Named Facilitator-Trainer

We are very excited to announce the addition of a new staff member to the Hanley team, Derek Ahl, Facilitator-Trainer.
Derek Ahl is a Facilitator-Trainer and Executive Coach with the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, where he is involved with the Health Leadership Development (HLD) program and the Physician Executive Leadership Institute (PELI), among others. For the past 20 years, Derek has been working with leaders across a variety of industries including healthcare, to drive individual and organizational effectiveness through the implementation of systems thinking, applied learning and interpersonal behavior practices and solutions.
With a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership, his specialties include process facilitation, performance management, strategy implementation and leadership development. He is a certified Executive Coach as well as in a variety of training, personality and leadership assessment tools. Derek served in the USAR as a Combat Medic, and began his leadership career as an Instructor with Hurricane Island Outward Bound. Subsequent roles include Sr. Consultant/Facilitator with The Cradlerock Group and Impact International, Adjunct Faculty at UNH, Educational Consultant with the Institute on Disability, and Associate Education Director at the Browne Center for Innovative Learning. From these experiences Derek developed the conviction that leaders who focus on building depth in connection and understanding of and among their constituents demonstrate enhanced capability in achieving meaningful and sustainable impact.
Please join us in welcoming Derek!

Hanley Center Names New Executive Director

Judiann Ferretti Smith has been named Executive Director of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, the Portland-based nonprofit working to support the transformation of health and healthcare in Maine and northern New England.

A resident of Yarmouth, Smith is a highly experienced healthcare executive and attorney who has held key leadership roles at Spurwink for the past 18 years. She succeeds James Harnar, who was a key figure in the founding of the Hanley Center in 2002 and who has served as its Executive Director since 2005. Harnar will retire in May following a 30-year career in Maine’s health sector.

Smith currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Government Relations at Spurwink, a large behavioral health organization with more than 800 employees serving children, families & adults from most of Maine’s counties. She previously held senior management positions as Director of Human Resources and Director of Regulatory and Legislative Analysis. Smith’s key focus over much of the past decade has involved building trusting collaborative relationships aimed at positive changes in healthcare across organizations, governmental entities and industry silos, important work that will transfer well into Hanley Center’s mission and future.

A graduate of the Hanley Center’s statewide Health Leadership Development program, Smith currently serves on the boards of the Maine Health Management Coalition and the Southern Maine Midcoast Chamber. She also serves on the MaineCare Advisory Committee, as the Vice President of the Child & Family Provider Network, and co-chairs the Children’s Coalition of the Maine Association of Community Service Providers.

Smith’s experience also includes six years on the Yarmouth School Committee as well as participation on various advisory groups and committees impacting healthcare, education and non-profits including the Maine Quality Counts Behavioral Health Committee and the Portland Regional Chamber Advocacy Committee. A native of New Jersey, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Bonaventure University and a law degree from Suffolk University School of Law. Smith resides in Yarmouth with her husband and three children.

“Judiann Smith is a highly respected leader who is known throughout Maine for her intelligence, integrity, energy and passion,” said the chair of the Hanley Center Board of Directors, Dr. Sean Hanley. “We believe Judiann is the right person to lead our organization toward further growth and greater impact in the years ahead.”


The Hanley Center is named for the late Dr. Daniel Hanley, a nationally-known leader who headed the Maine Medical Association for a quarter century and served as Bowdoin College's physician for 34 years. Over the past dozen years, the Hanley Center has established a presence as Maine's leading health leadership organization. It is believed to be one of the nation's only independent, statewide organizations focused on the goal of building a culture of greater trust and collaboration as the health sector undergoes a period of unprecedented transformation.

The Center’s retiring Executive Director, James Harnar of Portland, was Vice President of Public Affairs at the Maine Hospital Association beginning in the mid-1980’s, later served as President of the Maine Health Information Center and was a key member of the team that built HealthInfoNet, Maine’s statewide electronic health information exchange. A retired U.S. Navy officer, Harnar was transferred to Maine in 1982 and has led many statewide initiatives. He plans to serve as a consultant to the Hanley Center, focused primarily on efforts that are now under way to build similar health leadership programs in other states.

Jim's Retirement Celebration

HLD Alumni memories and well wishes

Your leadership of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership has been essential to its success and the high regard everyone holds for this institution. HLD alumni are now completely across the state. It’s difficult to imagine anywhere your efforts haven’t had an impact. Thank you for helping everyone involved in Maine’s healthcare get outside and beyond their silos. You have made an enormous contribution to Maine’s healthcare by furthering collaboration and communication among all of us.Terry Kungel HLD V


Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement! Many thanks for your professional expertise and outstanding leadership. May you live your retirement in good health, happy days, and safe travels! Sonia Maxwell, HLD VII


"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less". Thank you so much Jim for being such an excellent leader of the HLD program. Like Outward Bound, and in line with this quote from it's founder Kurt Hahn, my HLD experience has helped me to see and live into my best. With much gratitude and well wishes," Poppy Arford HLD VI



Jim is the epitome of professionalism; strength wrapped up with honest unaffected caring, patience with perseverance. His genuine manner demonstrates first-hand the essence of collaboration. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Jim and will forever value having the Hanley spirit instilled in me. Kris Perkins HLD IV


• Always recognizing the folks from the county for making the trip south
• Puns, puns and more puns
• Willingness to listen, especially about professional challenges
• Serving as the connector and linking people together for jobs, skill building, etc
• On a personal note, Jim has been a trusted colleague who has helped me grow professionally, has shared personal stories of how decisions impact our lives, and how important it is to do the things that are hard.
Anita Ruff HLD I


For years I've watched you interact with health care professionals around Maine. I've noticed that people look at you with a smile on their face and a sparkle in their eyes. I've heard comments that reveal those who have the privilege of knowing you have tremendous admiration and respect for not only what you have done to promote collaborative leadership in Maine, but how you have done it. You lead with grace and finesse, and I know I'm not alone in feeling blessed that I had the opportunity to learn from you.
From the first time I worked with you on the TR Reid program in 2010, I felt your support and encouragement surround me. Being in the HLD program only reinforced what I know - you are a genuine and passionate leader who cares deeply about promoting health and nurturing future leaders. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication!
I wish you the very best in the next chapter of your life. Perhaps you will have some time on your hands and invite me to lunch! (LOL)
Dee Kerry deHaas HLD VII




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Health Disparities Ambassadors

Health Disparities Ambassadors Program:
Kicking off an exciting new opportunity for HLD Alumni

Twenty one new Ambassadors gathered in Bar Harbor for initial training with Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation’s Culture Insight, the Maine Office of Minority Health, and the Maine Community Foundation. Over the next 15 months, these Ambassadors will be leading various projects across Maine to reduce the impact of health disparities.
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