2018-2019 Board of Directors

Donna Goodrich

Chair, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Donna Goodrich has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2011.  She serves as Board Chair and is a member of the AVH Board Compensation, Executive, Finance, Governance, and Professional Affairs Committees.  Donna has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing and has completed courses in Accounting at the White Mountains Community College.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Gorham, Donna enjoys the expansion of self through diverse new experiences, reading, hiking, and music.  She is past Chair of the Gorham School Board and has been a member of the Cooperative School Board, Gorham Booster Club, and United Way.

Jay Poulin

Vice-Chair, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Jay Poulin has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2009. He serves as Board Vice-Chair and is a member of the AVH Board Compensation, Executive, Governance, and Planning Committees. Jay has a degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Berlin, Jay enjoys hockey and sports and is a member of BIDPA, Friends of Nansen Ski Jump, and Berlin Youth Hockey.

Max Makaitis

Treasurer, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Max Makaitis has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2011. He serves as Board Treasurer and is a member of the AVH Board Compensation, Executive, Finance, and Governance Committees. Max has a Bachelor of Science in Business Analysis and a Master of Business Administration in Finance.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Hales Location, Max enjoys snow shoeing, cross country skiing, chess, gardening, science astronomy, ancestry, and hiking with his wife Karen. He is a past member of AVER (Chair), BIDPA, CEDC, Cornerstone Housing, NH Housing Planning Council, and NH Brownfields Advisory. Max is active in philanthropic fund-raising.

Alta Chase, D.Min.

Secretary, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Alta Chase, D.Min., has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2013. She serves as the Board Secretary and as a member of the AVH Board's Ethics Committee from 2013 tol 2018. She also represents AVH as a member of the North Country Healthcare Board of Directors. Dr. Chase is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono (BS), Bangor Theological Seminary (M.Div.); and Boston University's School of Theology (D.Min.).

Currently a retired United Methodist Clergywoman and licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor in both NH and ME, Dr. Chase feels her broad personal and professional experience here in the North Country is a gift that she is able to give back to this community that she has come to call home.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Stratford, along with her husband, Jim Brown, Alta enjoys the out-of-doors, hiking, kayaking, and raising their families of Black and Yellow Labrador Retrievers. She is an avid reader and enjoys cooking for family and friends. In addition to her volunteer role as Board Secretary, she served on the AVH Values Committee. She is a retired Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and was a member of the NH Behavioral Health Disaster Response Team.

Louise Belanger

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Louise Belanger has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2018. Louise serves on the AVH Board Professional Affairs and Quality Committees. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Home Administration.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Gorham, Louise enjoys health care, reading, crafts, camping, and four-wheeling.

Javier Cardenas, MD

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Dr. Javier Cardenas has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2013. He serves on the AVH Board Quality Committee. Dr. Cardenas attended Universidad del Norte, Barrangiuilla, Atlantico, Colombia - Medico Cirujano.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Milan, Dr. Cardenas enjoys reading, tennis, and dancing.

Arthur Couture

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Arthur "Sonny" Couture has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 1990. He serves on the AVH Board Compensation and Professional Affairs Committees. Sonny attended ICS Scranton for Building Construction, received a Certification of Achievement from Construction Estimating Institute of America, and is a Licensed NH Waste Disposal System Installer.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Berlin, Sonny enjoys building design, antiques, and sports cars. He is a lifetime (20+ years) member of the Hundred Club of NH and a 20-year active director of ALPC.

Sonny is President/CEO of AR Couture Construction, Jimtown Sand and Gravel, SSC Timber Corp., Arthur Couture DBA Northern Enterprises, and SDC Realty, Inc. He is a General Partner of C&I Investments, as well as President of ARC Real Estate Holding Co. LLC.

John Guertin

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

John Guertin has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2018, and he serves on the AVH Board Finance and Professional Affairs Committees. John's diverse experience rests upon a a lifetime of work in real estate, ranging from physical construction to ownership and management of multiple hospitality properties.  John graduated from Whittier Regional Technical High School in 1985, and has since pursued continuing education through various programs and seminars.  In 2013, John received his Component Communicator award from Toastmaster International.

Personal Bio:

A resident of East Kingston, John enjoys reading, collecting cars, and automobile memorabilia. He is a Master Mason with a passion for philanthropy and humanitarianism.  For example, John's Essex Street Inn has been integral in programs that supply new mattresses, shoes, and local discounts to veterans in the communities we serve.  In response to his own childhood experiences, John has been a monthly donor to the Massachusetts General Hospital Fund since 2006.  In 2007, the Massachusetts General Hospital pediatric orthopedic waiting room was named in honor of John and his wife, Lori.  John also has a keen interest in flight, having attained fixed wing and rotorcraft student licenses.

Eric Johnson

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Eric Johnson has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2015. He serves on the AVH Board Governance and Quality Committees. Eric graduated from UNH with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology and later received a Master of Science in Human Services Administration from Springfield College. He has over 36 years of professional and management experience in the provision of behavioral health and developmental services. He is proficient in contracting, budget development, grant writing and program development. Eric is currently the CEO of Northern Human Services, which is a large nonprofit agency that covers Coos, Carroll, and northern Grafton counties.

Personal Bio:

A lifelong resident of Berlin, Eric enjoys the woods; hunting and fishing are his passion. He is also an avid cook and enjoys carpentry. He spends as much time as he can at his camp in the Rangeley area of Maine. He has two grown daughters who are married and live in southern NH. Eric is a Board member of the NH Community Behavioral Health Association and the Vice President of the Board of the NH Community Support Network. His work with the AVH Board allows him the opportunity to give back to the community.

Randall Labnon

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Randall Labnon has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 1990. He serves on the AVH Board Ethics and Finance Committees. Randy graduated from Berlin High School in 1971 and is a 1975 graduate of the University of New Hampshire for Music Education.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Gorham, Randy enjoys music performance, golf, and travel. Since 1990, Randy has been a board member of Northway Bank and its Human Resources Committee, as well as past Chair of the Board of the St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts and a member of the Board of the Business and Industry Association of NH.

Martha Laflamme

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Martha Laflamme has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2013. She serves on the AVH Board Compensation and Governance Committees. Martha attended Keene State College for Public Affairs/Journalism. She earned her Master of Education in Counseling and is Certified Public Manager of Leadership North Country.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Berlin, Martha enjoys reading, boating, snow shoeing, and gardening. She has served on the boards of the Berlin Recreation and Parks Department, NH Council on Alcoholism, AV Chamber of Commerce, The Family Resource Center at Gorham, and Berlin Board of Education.

Attorney Thomas McCue

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Attorney Thomas F. (Tom) McCue has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2018. Tom serves on the AVH Board Finance and Governance Committees. He attended Boston College and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Franklin Pierce Law Center (n/k/a UNH School of Law).

Personal Bio:

A resident of Berlin, Tom enjoys riding his motorcycle, politics, and learning about the American Civil War. He serves on the Berlin Planning Board and the Coos County Planning Board and volunteers with the Berlin Main Street Program.

Michael Peterson, FACHE

President, Androscoggin Valley Hospital

Professional Bio:

Michael Peterson joined AVH in 2015 as President.  Mike serves on all of the AVH Board Committees including Compensation, Ethics, Executive, Finance, Governance, Professional Affairs, and Quality. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Orono, as well as a Master of Science in Business from Husson College.  Mike has served as a healthcare executive in community or Critical Access Hospitals for over two decades.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a TPS Lean-trained facilitator.

Personal Bio:

Residing in Bethel, Maine, with his wife and two sons, Mike's interests include golf, skiing, hiking, cooking, travel, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family.  Mike serves on the Board of the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives and is Chair of The Rural Health Coalition of the New Hampshire Hospital Association.  He’s the President-elect of the White Mountain Rotary Club in Berlin/Gorham, and is the 2018 New Hampshire Business Review recipient of the “Business Excellence Award” for leadership in the category of Large Healthcare organizations.

Arthur Ruediger, DO

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Arthur Ruediger, DO, joined the AVH Board of Directors on October 1, 2018, representing the AVH Medical Staff as President for a one-year term.  Dr. Ruediger is an AVH Emergency Medicine physician who joined the AVH Medical Staff in 2000.  He received his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, MO, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practitioners.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Dummer, Dr. Ruediger enjoys paddle board, hiking, camping, broomball, softball, board and card games, gardening, recycling, bee keeping, exercise, travel, and concerts.

Daniel van Buren, MD, FACC

Member, AVH Board of Directors

Professional Bio:

Dr. Daniel van Buren has been a member of the AVH Board of Directors since 2014, representing the AVH Medical Staff. Dr. van Buren, Cardiologist, New England Heart and Vascular Institute at AVH, joined the AVH Medical Staff in 2010. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Adult Echocardiography and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Personal Bio:

A resident of Bethel, Maine, Dr. van Buren enjoys music (guitar), ukulele, singing, rock 'n' roll, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hiking, and cooking.