Our Board. Of the medical community. And in service
to the medical community.
At Medical Mutual, more physicians and hospital administrators serve on the Board than at any other company in the market, including other mutual companies.
Moreover, these active Board members live and work here in the communities we serve and represent a wide array of specialties. Which is to say the Medical Mutual Board is a true reflection of its policyholders, which gives them unique insight into and understanding of your needs and challenges. Passionate about medicine and both protecting and enhancing the practice environment, these distinguished individuals dedicate significant time and talent to the Company and the cause for your benefit as a healthcare provider.
Members of the Board:
William L. Medd MD ChairInternal Medicine Norway, ME
College: Wesleyan University
Medical School: University of Rochester
William F. D'Angelo MD Vice ChairNeurosurgery Scarborough, ME
College: Holy Cross College
Medical School: Tufts Univ. School of Medicine
Frank W. Lavoie MD, MBA President & CEOEmergency Medicine
College: McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Medical School: University of Vermont
O. Robert Stevens MD TreasurerRadiology Portsmouth, NH
College: Bowdoin College
Medical School: University of Vermont
Cynthia Allen DeSoi MD SecretaryNephrology Lewiston, ME
College: Mt. Holyoke
Medical School: University of Rochester
Peter W. Bates MD DirectorPulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Portland, ME
College: University of Washington
Medical School: University of Washington, Seattle
Matthew C. Dugan DO DirectorOncology Portland, ME
College: Wilkes University
Medical School: UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rebekah J Gass MD DirectorInfectious Diseases Bangor, ME
College: Mount Allison University, Canada
Medical School: Dalhousie University, Canada
Sean T. Hanley MD DirectorOrthopaedics Portland, ME
College: Bowdoin College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Wendy J. Jones DirectorCFO, Maine Coast Memorial & Blue Hill Memorial Hospitals ME
College: Husson College
Hospital affiliation: Eastern Maine HealthCare Systems
Adam W Kunin MD DirectorCardiologist Morrisville, VT
College: Columbia University
Medical School: University of Vermont Medical Center
John A. Marzinzik DirectorCEO, Frisbie Memorial Hospital Rochester, NH
College: University of MA - Amherst
Hospital affiliation: Frisbie Memorial Hospital
David B. McDermott MD, MPH, CPE, FAAFP DirectorEmergency Medicine Dover-Foxcroft, ME
College: University of Rochester
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Jeremy R. Morton MD DirectorCardiothoracic Surgery (Retired) Portland, ME
College: Princeton University
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Robert D. Sansonetti MD DirectorOB/GYN Scarborough, ME
College: Trinity College
Medical School: University of CT
Lois Skillings DirectorCEO, Mid Coast Hospital Brunswick, ME
College: University of Southern ME
Hospital affiliation: Mid Coast Hospital
James M. Totten CPA DirectorPartner, Baker Newman Noyes (Retired)
College: City College of New York, BBA
Meet the Management team — people you may very well get to know by name.
At the Board and Committee levels, Medical Mutual is led by a distinguished group of physicians and hospital administrators. Similarly, a physician and longstanding member-policyholder leads the Company as President and CEO — with the help of accomplished professionals in every facet of insurance operations.
Sharing the Company mission and guided by its core principles, these talented specialists have helped Medical Mutual become one of the premier medical professional liability insurance carriers in New England. And they help set the tone for the caring, compassionate and responsive customer service that is the hallmark of Medical Mutual’s day–to–day operations.
Frank Lavoie MD, MBA
President/Chief Executive Officer
As an MD with an MBA and a deep, varied background in healthcare, Frank brings a unique set of skills and experience to his leadership position at Medical Mutual. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, he served five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Maine Medical Center. He had previously served as the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer.
Frank has held numerous faculty positions at leading institutions, including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Hospital, the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He developed and implemented the emergency medicine residency program at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Frank received his BSc from McGill University in Montreal, earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont and completed his Residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Hospital. He earned his MBA at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Vice President - Marketing & Administration
John brings a career's worth of experience in the medical professional liability insurance business to his position as Vice President of Marketing and Administration at Medical Mutual. He came to the Company in August 2001 from Cleveland, Ohio after having spent 10 years working at a large physician-owned regional medical professional liability insurance carrier and another four years developing a medical professional liability unit in one of Ohio's largest independent insurance agencies.
His combination of agency and carrier experience, along with the relationships he has fostered with Medical Mutual's member-policyholders, authorized agents and the medical societies of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont give him valuable insight into the needs and challenges of the Company's core stakeholder and prospective clients.
John received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dayton in 1986 and an M.B.A from Lake Erie College in 1991.
Vice President - Chief Information Officer
A technology specialist, Steve is responsible for overseeing Medical Mutual’s information systems and ensuring data integrity for the Company’s various business units. His long tenure at Medical Mutual includes experience as a programmer/analyst and managing the Company’s Applications Support team, giving both broad exposure to the professional liability industry and comprehensive insight into the Company’s data and business processes. Steve’s experience also includes three years with an enterprise software development company where he led a team of Software Application Support Engineers.
Steve was instrumental in the implementation and configuration of the Company’s Oasis System, a comprehensive policy management decision support program and oversees its continual enhancement as the Company seeks to identity opportunities for operational and client –facing improvements through the application of technology. He was named Chief Information Officer for Medical Mutual in 2008.
Dave Johnson CPCU
Vice President - Underwriting
Dave is a career insurance professional who brings diverse experience to the Medical Mutual team. He began his career in direct sales for a national carrier before moving into an operational role in underwriting for a regional worker's compensation carrier. He began applying his underwriting skills to the Professional Liability market when he joined Medical Mutual in 1999 and managed a book of business that included Individual Physicians, Physician Groups, Hospitals, Health Care Systems, Nursing Homes, Allied Healthcare Facilities and Alternative Risk Structures. After another two-year stint back in the Worker's Compensation Industry as a Senior Underwriter with MEMIC, a leading carrier in that market, Dave returned to Medical Mutual in 2005 to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Company's Underwriting Department and to take on the role of Vice President, Underwriting.
Dave is an active member of the Maine Chapter of the CPCU Society and functioned as the organization's President from 2006-2007. He is also active in his community and serves on the Board of the Kennebunkport Parks and Recreation Department.
Mary Elizabeth Knox
Vice President - Claims
A native of Caribou, Maine, Ms. Knox has a long history of working on behalf of the physicians of the State of Maine. After graduating from Wellesley College in 1982, she worked for ten years with Medical Mutual Insurance Company's lead defense counsel, Bob Hanson (Norman Hanson & DeTroy). In 1993, she moved to Medical Mutual Insurance Company, first as a Senior Claims Representative – and later as Claims Supervisor, Claims Manager, and Assistant Vice President of Claims. Now the Vice President of Claims, Mary Elizabeth continues to work closely with Maine physicians on a wide variety of topics and provides oversight for all claims reported to Medical Mutual.
Cheryl Peaslee RN, BSN, MBA, CPHQ
Vice President - Risk Management
Chery is currently the Vice President of Risk Management at Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine (MMIC) . She has been at MMIC since 1999 and has worked in the field of quality and risk management since 1986. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration. She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). She is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), Northern New England Society for Healthcare Risk Management (NNESHRM), National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and Maine Association for Healthcare Quality (MAHQ).
Vice President - Chief Financial Officer
The breadth and depth of her experience in Medical Mutual’s financial operations, coupled with her experience in the financial services industry in the banking and mutual fund services provider arenas, made Barbara a natural choice when she was appointed CFO in 2013. Having begun her Medical Mutual career as a Financial Analyst in 2006, she spent seven years in a role that encompassed all key areas of the Company’s financial management – analyzing and advising on everything from reinsurance treaties, reserve balances and investment accounting, to regulatory compliance and rate setting, as well as assessing claims experience versus actuarial projections.
Barbara received her BS in Accounting and then went on to earn her CPA designation and a Masters of Business Administration degree. Her years of experience also include accounting and controller positions with a mutual fund services provider and two additional banks.