Meet The Board
Alfred Gobeille, Chair. As Chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, Al Gobeille is tasked with directing the board’s charge of curbing health care cost growth and reforming the way health care is provided to Vermonters. In addition, he owns Gobeille Hospitality, a Burlington based 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 served on the Town of Shelburne Select Board and has negotiated with the Town’s union employees on health insurance benefits. He was a board member of the Visiting Nurses 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 served as an officer in the United States Army. He lives in Shelburne.
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.
Jessica Holmes, Ph.D. is a Professor of Economics and the Director of MiddCORE, an award-winning leadership and innovation program at Middlebury College. Her teaching portfolio includes courses in microeconomics, health economics, the economics of social issues and the economics of sin. She has published several articles in areas such as philanthropy, economic development, health economics, labor economics and pedagogy. Prior to joining the Middlebury faculty, she worked as a litigation consultant for National Economic Research Associates, conducting economic analyses for companies facing lawsuits involving securities fraud, product liability, and intellectual property. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University and her PhD in Economics from Yale University. She is a past Trustee of Porter Medical Center, having served as Board Secretary and Co-chair of the Strategy Committee. Jessica lives in Cornwall.
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.