At Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice we are united in a dedication to make each of our patient’s here and now the best it can possibly be.
A Maine native, Ken’s background is rich in medical experience, including 17 years of clinical practice in emergency and intensive care settings. He served as Director of Emergency Services at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC), as the Administrator of the Occupational Health Center affiliated with CMMC, and as the Lewiston Site Manager for LifeFlight of Maine.
For five years, he traveled across the United States providing critical care nursing in metropolitan, rural and tribal communities. He also taught Legal Issues in Health Care Administration as an adjunct faculty member at New England College.
Ken is a graduate of the CMMC School of Nursing and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine, Magna Cum Laude, and a degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law with honors in health law.
“The mission at Androscoggin focuses on improving the quality of life for members of the Maine community by providing innovative and compassionate health care. This aligns beautifully with my professional objectives, and I get to work with a team that is incredibly competent, talented and dedicated to our mission.”
Leann brought more than three decades of healthcare experience to Androscoggin when she joined us in 2018. She attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and Millersville University (Pennsylvania) and holds degrees in nursing and science.
After graduation, Leann worked in a variety of settings, including trauma, pediatrics, emergency care, and leading mobile advanced life support at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Lancaster, PA. She later served as a Medical Flight Nurse at Brandywine Hospital and Trauma Center in Caln Township, PA., and was the Trauma Clinical Coordinator for the Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center at Temple University Hospital.
In 1996, Leann began to focus on home care and hospice in the Maine health system. She joined their team as RN Case Manager, Pediatric Specialist and Director of Nursing from 2006 to 2014. Prior to joining Androscoggin, she served as the Clinical Director of Maine Health Care at Home’s Coastal Division.
A published author, Leann is a member of the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives; the American Organization of Nurse Executives; the National Association for Home Care and Hospice; the Society of Pediatric Nurses and the American Holistic Nurses Association.
“Home health is one of the answers to our national healthcare dilemma. Being in the comfort of home with family, friends and the help of quality home care aids leads to speedier recoveries and a return of independence. For hospice patients and their loved ones, being at home during end-of-life care can be comforting, and we make a difference by managing symptoms and helping with the grief of loss.”
Gagnon joined Androscoggin in 2017 as the Director of Finance. Previously he was employed at Pine Tree Society, Inc. where he served as that organization’s CFO from 2014. At Pine Tree Society, Gagnon led the successful acquisition of another non-profit as well as marshalling upgrades to IT systems and network organization-wide.
A graduate of Thomas College with a Masters of Business Administration, Gagnon is currently working on completing his Doctorate in Business Management, with a specialization in Healthcare Administration. He is also an active member of the Young Professional and Payment & Reimbursement committees of the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association.
“It’s an honor to be part of an organization with such strong values that have employees, like myself, striving to do their part in providing the best quality care to our patients. I’m excited to share my strategic and financial knowledge with our organization and the industry at large, in hopes to drive change for patients and providers alike.”
Katherine (Katy) Sperl joined Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice in November of 2018 bringing with her 28 years of experience in all aspects of human resource management. Katy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising and Business from Valparaiso University, and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from New England College.
Finding her first job as an HR Assistant and moving into other areas of HR, Katy decided, quite by accident, that this was a vocation she could enjoy. To aid in further learning she gained certification as a Professional in Human Resources in 2004 and then in 2015 a certified professional with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP). Both require ongoing education and learning which helps keep her focus in human resources fresh and up to date. Katy also found a passion in process improvement, clinical microsystems and facilitation. “Helping a team work to find the root of a problem and then facilitating resolution and continued success has been some of my most rewarding work.”
While working within the Central Maine Healthcare system, Katy had the opportunity to work in small hospital administration which turned into a professional sweet spot for her in the ease of communication, decision making and managing change. This environment also enabled her to have the opportunity to manage and work closely with clinical departments and support staff.
Katy is well known and respected for being an individual that is well-grounded in values and professionalism with years of progressive leadership experience. She possesses a passion for constructive thinking and problem solving always with a focus on the culture of an organization to achieve alignment with strategy and vision. Katy says that “doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons and with the right people is vitally important to supporting the most important resource, an organization’s people.”
A longtime resident of the greater Lewiston / Auburn community, Katy is dedicated to community involvement and has served holding office on several non-profit and charitable boards. Katy is currently involved on the Steering Committee and Operations Team for Sophia’s House, a residential community to open in Lewiston December 2019 for woman who have experienced trauma and imprisonment from drug addiction, abuse and human trafficking. When not at work, you may find her in the garden, reading, or searching out old and interesting things.
“When I arrived at Androscoggin I realized that my understanding of home healthcare and hospice care was very limited. The more that I work with our staff and listen to their days’ work, my appreciation grows for the high level patient focused care that is provided with compassion and integrity in our communities. It is not easy work. At Androscoggin, as with most organizations, our mission and values are posted on the wall. What makes us different, is that the mission and values are also written on the hearts of our employees. I am so happy to be a part of it all.”
Board of Directors
Kenneth Albert, RN, Esq., President/CEO
Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice
Bangor Savings Bank
Mavis Dubord, RN
Franklin Community Health Network
Retired Business Administrator
O’Malley Associates Inc.
Mary-Anne Ponti, RN, MSN, DBA, FACHE
Central Maine Medical Center
Christopher Gagnon, Vice-Chair
Elizabeth Keene, Secretary
Jeff Gosselin, Treasurer
Michael R. Martel, Officer at Large
Kenneth Albert, CEO, Ex-Officio
Ann Curtis, RN
Brenda Czado, RN
Mavis Dubord, RN
Jacqueline Fournier, NP
Karen Flynn, RN
Elizabeth Hart, MD
Shauna McElrath, DO
Mary Anne Ponti, RN
Susan Rich, RN
Leann Sebrey, RN
Professor Tom Tracy