Meet The Board
The rising cost of healthcare and complexities of insurance are an enormous challenge for employers. As a Vermont business owner who must meet a payroll every week, I understand how urgently we need to reform all facets of this system. Vermont’s small size and unique character, together with the passage of Act 48, make our state ideal to lead the way to an improved, less costly health care system"
Based in Burlington, Vermont, Al Gobeille owns and operates Gobeille Hospitality, a restaurant and hospitality business that includes four popular restaurants and catering businesses: Shanty on the Shore, Burlington Bay Market and Café, Breakwater Café and Grill, and Northern Lights Cruises. Gobeille Hospitality employs 230 people.
Al serves on the Town of Shelburne Select Board and has negotiated with the Town’s union employees on health insurance benefits. He is a board member of the Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, and serves 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.
"My participation on this team will be dedicated to the people of Vermont, to improving their health and having them as partners as we go forward."
- Karen Hein, M.D.
Dr. Karen Hein 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 at Columbia University and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, where she trained pediatric residents and fellows and focused her research on adolescent HIV and AIDS. During the Clinton health reform effort, Karen served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with the United States Senate Finance Committee. Dr. Hein then served as Executive Office of the Institute of Medicine from 1995-98 and was hired by the Grant Foundation in 1998.
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.
“The primary way we can address the escalating cost of health care is to spend less by wasting less. Vermont is uniquely positioned to address the complexities of health care today and position our state for the future."
- Con Hogan
The former Secretary of the Agency of Human Services (AHS) for the State of Vermont under both the Snelling and Dean administrations, Con Hogan has been a leader in health care and welfare reform. 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 President of International Coins and Currency based in Montpelier, VT for over ten years.
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 Degree 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., RN
“I am honored to serve and look forward to adding my expertise to this endeavor that is so vital to Vermont families, businesses, and health professionals.”
-Betty Rambur, Ph.D., R.N.
Dr. Betty Rambur is a 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.
These experiences build on Betty’s substantive leadership history in health policy and finance. From 1991-1995 she 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 author of about 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.
Betty is also an accomplished teacher in both classroom and online venues. In May of 2013 she received the UVM Graduate Student Senate Excellence in Teaching Award and is now nominated for 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.
“If we shift the paradigm to focus on primary care that enables Vermonters to achieve better health and eliminate barriers to providing quality care, the foundation is set to support each and every patient as well as the overall health of our state. That’s what we all want.”
- Allan Ramsay, M.D.
Dr. Allan Ramsay is a Colchester-based primary care physician who has practiced in Vermont for 30 years. Dr. Ramsay’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 Services and the founder of the Rural Palliative Care Network.
Allan had a long career in academic medicine. He had served as Residency Director and Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont and 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. Ramsay lives in Essex Junction.