Meet The Board
Alfred Gobeille, Chair, owns and operates Gobeille Hospitality, a Burlington- based restaurant and hospitality business that employs 230 people at Shanty on the Shore, Burlington Bay Market and Café, Breakwater Café and Grill, and Northern Lights Cruises.
Al has served on the Town of Shelburne Selectboard. He is a past board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, and served on the State of Vermont’s Payment Reform Advisory Committee. Al is a graduate of Norwich University and has served as an officer in the United States Army. He lives in Shelburne.
Karen Hein, M.D., is Adjunct Professor of Family & Community Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and immediate past president of the William T. Grant Foundation. Since 2003, Karen has served on boards that focus on health care reform, as well as on youth development, global health and the professionalization of humanitarian assistance in other countries, including RAND Health, Consumers Union, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, the International Rescue Committee, and ChildFund International.
Karen spent 25 years on the faculty of Columbia University and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, where her focus was adolescent HIV and AIDS. During the Clinton health reform effort, Karen served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. She then served as Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine from 1995-98. Karen holds a medical degree from Columbia University and is a board certified pediatrician. She has owned a home in Jacksonville, Vermont for 40 years and has lived there full-time since 2004.
Cornelius Hogan served as Secretary of the Agency of Human Services (AHS) for the State of Vermont under both the Snelling and Dean administrations. Since his retirement from state service in 1999, Con has consulted internationally with governments on human services and health care management. He has co- authored several books on Vermont’s health policy. Prior to serving as AHS Secretary, Con was for more than 10 years President of International Coins and Currency based in Montpelier.
Con served in leadership positions at the Vermont Department of Corrections and previously worked for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Con holds a Master’s of Governmental Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Vermont. He lives in Plainfield.
Betty Rambur, Ph.D., R.N. is Professor of Nursing and Health Policy at the University of Vermont (UVM). From 2000-2009 she served as an academic dean at UVM, where she led the merger of the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences to establish the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
From 1991-1995 Betty led the statewide health financing reform effort in North Dakota. She maintains an active research program focused on health services, quality, workforce, and ethics. She has led or participated in research, education, and public service grants exceeding $2 million and is the author of approximately 40 published articles and numerous invited presentations on her research, health care economics and policy, and leadership development. In 2007, her research was honored by Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2013, Betty received the UVM Graduate Student Senate Excellence in Teaching Award and the Sloan Consortium Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning Award. Her teaching expertise includes the organization, finance and policy of health care and evidence-based practice. Betty is currently writing a textbook designed to explain health care finance, economics, and policy in an easy-to-understand, reader- friendly manner. A registered nurse, Betty received her Ph.D. in nursing from Rush University in Chicago, IL. She lives in South Burlington.
Allan Ramsay, M.D. is a Colchester-based primary care physician who has practiced in Vermont for 30 years. Allan’s signature work is in the area of palliative care, where he has been a leader in developing models for assuring that patients’ wishes are followed at the end of their life. He is past Medical Director of Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Palliative Care Service and the founder of the Rural Palliative Care Network.
In his long career in academic medicine, Allan served as Residency Director and Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at UVM, where he is now Professor Emeritus. Allan is a past member of the board of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties and the Board of the Community Health Center of Burlington. Prior to moving to Vermont, Allan served in the National Health Service Corps in rural Colorado. He was also President of an HMO Professional Service Corporation in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. Allan holds a medical degree from Emory University and is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative medicine. He lives in Essex Junction.
Susan J. Barrett, J.D., Executive Director, an attorney, was formerly Director of Public Policy in Vermont for the Bi-State Primary Care Association. She joined Bi- State in 2011 after nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry with Novartis, Merck, and Wyeth. Susan’s health care experience also includes pro bono legal work and an internship with Health Law Advocates (HLA), a non-profit public interest law firm in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of New England Law Boston and Regis College. She lives in Norwich.