2 new members join SVHC board

BENNINGTON — Bob Van Degna and William T. "Tom" Ziegler, both of Dorset, have joined the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Board of Directors.

"The SVHC Foundation's board of directors is comprised of experienced and compassionate individuals," said Leslie Keefe, SVHC's vice president of corporate development. "Bob and Tom are exceptional additions to this group, and I know our efforts together will further the foundation's mission to engage our community to support our health system."

Van Degna grew up in Niskayuna, N.Y., attended Cornell University, served in the U.S. Army, graduated from Harvard Business School and worked for Fleet Bank, where he spent 15 years as the managing director of the company's private equity group. He is an aspiring artist, working primarily as a photographer and documentarian of Turning Pages. In addition, he is a board member of the Laumeister Art Center, formerly the Southern Vermont Arts Center. He and his wife, Mary-Anne, have four children and six grandchildren.

Ziegler retired after a 30-year career in commercial/corporate real estate. He worked for Texaco and GTE Corp., managing large-scale real estate projects domestically and internationally. In addition, he worked in leadership positions at Cushman & Wakefield and JLL. In addition to his professional work, Ziegler served as chair of the Salisbury School Annual Fund, and helped transform the fund in ways that led to $55 million in growth to the organization's endowment. Ziegler and his wife, Nancy, are members of the Dorset Field Club and the Green Mountain Horse Association.

The SVHC Foundation Board of Directors consists of 20 members. Directors are nominated by members of the board. The SVHC Foundation's mission is to engage in development and fundraising activities exclusively for the support of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corp.


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