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Thomas Bartol, NP
Thomas Bartol, NP
Family Nurse Practitioner, Richmond Area Health Center
Tom Bartol is a Nurse Practitioner working at the Richmond Area Health Center, part of HealthReach Community Health Centers where he has been employed since 1998. He received his Master of Nursing degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1994 and his Bachelor of Nursing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Besides his clinic work, Tom is a speaker, writer, and an optimist. He states, "Being an NP is the best job in the world!" and he believes NPs are the answer to many of the health care problems in this country. Tom Speaks nationally on several topics including recreating healthcare, motivating patients, creating healing relationships, diabetes, and understanding research among other topics. An avid writer, he writes a regular column for the American Journal of Nurse Practitioners about promoting the NP profession, a viewpoints column for Medscape online and, also writes periodically for other journals. He has a vision of a culture change in health care where patients actively participate in decisions about their health care based on their unique circumstances, needs, goals and values. Putting the health and caring back into health care, it would not be “done to” patients but would become a dialogue, more of a dance with patients than a wrestling match. He has created a website, www.recreatinghealthcare.net, inspired by the model of open source software on which individuals can share information about how they have improved health care and see what others have shared. Tom lives with his wife, Barbara Moss, and two sons in Manchester. He enjoys tennis, gardening, sailing and just about anything else that comes across his path.
Deqa Dhalac
Deqa Dhalac
Human Services Counselor, The Opportunity Alliance
Deqa is originally from Somalia East Africa and came to the Unites States in 1992. She lived in Atlanta, GA, where my three children were born. Her 23-year-old is student at USM and works at the Multicultural office at the University. Her 17-year-old is a senior at Deering High School, and her 15-year-old daughter is sophomore at Deering High School. Both younger children are part of the King Fellows, a program founded by the NAACP, MAYLA, Seeds of Peace and Youth court. Deqa works for The Opportunity Alliance as a community builder where she connect parents whose children are having difficulties at Small and Kaler elementary schools in South Portland with resources such as, health care (PCP), food pantries to make difference for these family’s lives. Deqa worked as Human Service Counselor for the City of Portland Social Services Division and worked closely with Survivor of Torture clients, including refugees and asylum seekers that are seeking assistance from the City of Portland’s Refugees Services Program. She also worked as a CHOW for the Minority Health Program for the City of Portland where she connected clients with health care providers. Deqa has a Master’s degree in Development Policy and Practice from University of New Hampshire, and is a second year graduate student at UNE’s MSW program. She is a certified language tester and cultural skill trainer and has been providing broad mediation for patients/clients in different settings with service providers to ensure that they get their needed services. Deqa sits on various boards of directors and advisory boards in private and government sectors. Her social services background experience and being member of the immigrant and refugee community in greater Portland area make it easy to contribute to any community. She has a passion to give back, so that her children can one day give back to their communities wherever that might be in this world.
Ann Gahagan, RN, BSN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FNP-C
Ann Gahagan, RN, BSN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FNP-C
Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator,
Ann Gahagan, a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, has a passion for Diabetes. For more than 40 years she has crusaded for comprehensive, patient centered care for people with diabetes. Her work and the support of colleagues established one of the most recognized Diabetes Education Programs in the Nation. Ann, who began her career at Cary Medical Center and now practices with Pines Health Services, has devoted much of her career to improving diabetes care. She has received national recognition for her leadership in developing innovative and effective treatment, care management, and patient education programs that have made a real difference in improving the lives of diabetes patients in her community and beyond. Ann also is founder and director of Camp Adventure, an innovative diabetes education camp that makes it possible for teenagers with Type I Diabetes to live in the wilderness while they learn the lifelong skills necessary to successfully live with diabetes. Young people from throughout Maine have attended the camp since its founding in 1997. “In founding Camp Adventure, Ann saw a need, had an idea and has collaborated with staff, physicians and other healthcare professionals, local supporters, and parents to make this camp a reality,” explained Cary Medical Center CEO Kris Doody, RN. In recognition of her leadership, Ann was named as the Caribou and Mane State Business and Professional Women’s “Woman of the Year” in 2005. Ann also was the recipient of the Dr. Daniel Hanley Leadership Award in 2006. While raising a family of three daughters and working as a licensed practical nurse at Cary Medical Center, Gahagan pursued certification as a registered nurse. She later earned an undergraduate degree in Nursing in 1998 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing and designation as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004. Ann earned her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management, one of very few healthcare professionals in Maine to hold this unique certification, ADM the most advanced certification for the management of Diabetes.
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung
Chief Executive Officer, Eastport Health Care Inc.
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung is the Chief Executive Officer at Eastport Health Care Inc. (EHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center located in rural Downeast Maine. Holly’s academic profile includes receiving her BSN with a minor in public health from Molloy College (NY) and her MBA from Long Island University (NY). Her professional experience has been to provide direct care to medically underserved people in various care delivery settings: public health, skilled nursing, out-patient dialysis, forensic psych, intermediate care facility serving developmentally disabled adults and Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. Holly has held numerous progressive leadership roles, including her current position at EHC. Additionally, she has actively contributed to policy and regulatory development at both the state (NY and ME) and federal level. Leading transformative change in healthcare delivery systems, Holly presents an active voice focusing on patient centered care and the culture of relationship. Holly has written numerous articles focusing on the critical importance of including the peer voice and the presence of mindfulness as key drivers in the process transformative change. Holly is an alumnus of the Hanley Leadership Development Program (HLD IV), and has served on several Boards and Coalitions: Maine Primary Care Association (current President); Maine Quality Counts (founding member); NAMI Maine (represented Washington County); Sunrise Healthcare Coalition (current President). Additionally, Holly has participated in numerous ad hoc committees at both the state and federal level: Blue Ribbon Commission (Baldacci administration), Emergency Preparedness in Rural Communities (2007) and others. Holly resides in Eastport, with her beloved husband, Bob (Retired Economics Professor Emeritus Wilkes University); hobbies include writing, reading, hiking, bringing circles of friends and colleagues together to celebrate relationship. She has two grown sons and three grandchildren.
Tracey Hair
Tracey Hair
Executive Director, H.O.M.E., Inc.
Tracey is the Executive Director of H.O.M.E. Inc. where she has worked for the last 12 years. H.O.M.E. Inc. provides services to low-income and homeless families in Hancock County. H.O.M.E Inc. services include, 5 shelters for the homeless, 18 transitional housing beds, a food pantry and soup kitchen, thrift store, affordable day care, an adult learning center, low-cost automotive repair, organic gardens, a craft coop for the sale of items such as, weaving, stained glass and pottery, plus programs to support a major house construction and repair effort that has built 53 homes for low-income families. Tracey has volunteered in partnership with H.O.M.E. Inc. at a homeless charity located in Harlem, NY, where she and her partner worked doing street outreach, handing out sandwiches and distributing organic produce to low-income families. In addition to street outreach, Tracey taught basic computer skills to undocumented and low-income families in the Bronx and has spent time advocating for Immigration Rights for LGBT couples. Tracey is a member of the Board of St Francis Community / Mandala Farm, a homeless shelter where homeless people live and work together. She is also a member of Emmaus International, a global movement addressing poverty and homelessness. Tracey holds a lifelong passion for helping underserved populations. She and her partner live in Bucksport where they enjoy gardening and tending to life in their little cottage.
Philip Heywood
Philip Heywood
Executive Director , Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network
Philip A. Heywood is the Executive Director of the Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network (NEOMEN), the Osteopathic Post Doctoral Teaching Institute (OPTI) most closely aligned with the University Of New England College Of Medicine. An OPTI is a community -based training consortium comprised of at least one college of Osteopathic medicine and one or more hospitals. An OPTI provides quality assurance for the AOA approved postdoctoral training program and acts as the formal sponsor for that education. It allows for sharing of curriculum across training sites, manages the compliance functions, and works as a sharing forum for Program Directors and Directors of Medical Education. OPTI’s encourage research opportunities and provide training for those programs that may not have enough local resources--this is typically Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment courses, system based knowledge, or subject matter sui generis to the program. As many Osteopathic residencies exist in Community hospitals the added weight of a consortium of other like minded institutions helps bootstrap less well resourced institutions. There are 27 OPTI's (the number is always in flux as they merge, fade, et cetera) nationwide and NEOMEN manages over 400 graduate medical education slots at 15 sites across the northeast. Prior to his work with NEOMEN, Phil was a Senior Executive with several hospitals within Massachusetts and the Director of Network Development and Physician Services for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA. A Northwestern University alumnus, with graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Phil is currently completing an MS at UNECOM. The proud Dad of three great children who are now thinking of college themselves and live in Massachusetts, he resides in lovely Cape Porpoise, Maine, where he looks out on the sea and reminds himself that as a Montanan and a sea sick survivor, looking is all he should ever do.

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