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.”
Dr. Brown has held several staff physician positions over the years including time at Maine Medical Partners in Scarborough, ME; Cleveland Clinic in Ohio; Marymount Hospital in Ohio and at Family Medicine Associates in Worcester, MA. Dr. Brown has held key leadership positions over his career, including Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Medical Director and Research Director at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Residency Director at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA, and Chief Medical Officer at Maine Health from 2008 to 2014. Prior to joining Androscoggin, Dr. Brown served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Bassett Healthcare Network, a six-hospital system based in upstate New York.
“I am very excited to be joining Androscoggin at this time of significant growth. The organization is extremely well positioned to be a regional force in the delivery of high-quality home, palliative, and hospice care that I believe is an essential element of an effective health care system. I look forward to being part of a progressive team and organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in the community setting.”
Carol M. Weir R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A is an experienced healthcare executive who joined the Androscoggin team in 2023, bringing a solid 25 years of home care experience with her. Prior to joining Androscoggin, Carol served as Executive Director for Patient Care in LHC Group’s New Jersey market. LHC is the largest provider of home care in the United States. Prior to working with LHC, Carol directed home health, hospice, and other programs for Bayonne Visiting Nurse Association in NJ.
Carol studied and worked as an operating room R.N. in the U.K. before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she began her nursing career in America as an intensive care and flight nurse in Texas. She remained in intensive care settings when she moved to Louisiana and then Maine, where she held clinical and leadership positions at the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. While in Maine, Carol founded Core Charting Systems, Inc., a clinical documentation system that promoted the continuum of care. She sold Core to a home care digital platform and it is still in use today. Carol was also a contributing author on documentation for Springfield Publishing.
Carol furthered her education at St. Joseph’s College of Maine, earning master’s degrees in both nursing science and business administration, with a specialization in leadership. Carol has worked in public, private, for-profit, and non-profit sectors throughout her career. When she is not working, Carol is an avid sailor, animal lover, hiker and gardener who loves spending time in the great outdoors.
“I am incredibly excited to belong on such a dedicated team, and to work alongside individuals who are committed to enhance the quality of life, by providing the best medical care possible, with a focus on health through all of life’s stages to their patient populations and Maine communities. Through the organization’s innovation and leadership, Androscoggin has positioned its health care system as a beacon of efficacy and caring. I believe this is a necessary element to successfully address and solve health care challenges today and prepare for the future”
Dr. Gagnon is a two-time graduate of Thomas College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. RJ also holds a Doctorate degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. He has worked in all areas of financial management from the public, private, for-profit, and non-profit sectors.
RJ is the Chair of the Payment & Reimbursement committee at the National level, and a member of the Young Professionals committee of the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA). Additionally, he is a member of the HHFMA Advisory Board and Workgroup where he holds appointed positions nominated by other experts in the field of finance and management in the home healthcare & hospice sphere. RJ’s work also includes being a member of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Mentor Advisory Council where he is a facilitator to Mentors and Mentees of the program.
At the State level, RJ holds the Treasurer position at the Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine. While on the local stage, RJ is on the Board of Directors for the Dempsey Center in Lewiston while also sitting on the Finance Committee.
“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.”
Jillian earned her Bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Public Relations and Master’s degree in Communication & Media Technologies from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). During her final year of college, she unexpectedly found her career calling at an on-campus fundraising event where she discovered her natural skill for connecting with people from the heart and her unabashed ability in persuading others to donate to a worthy cause.
Throughout her career, Jillian has worked in all facets of professional fundraising at the regional and national levels including grassroots and distinguished events, peer-to-peer models, major giving, annual campaigns, grant research and writing, and planned giving. She is the owner of EleGrant Writing & Nonprofit Marketing Services, specializing in grant management and digital marketing consulting.
Jillian is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential and a 2023 honoree for the Uplift LA Finest Under 40 award in the Best in Mission-Based Organizations category. She is a contributing writer for LA Metro Magazine and has had short stories, poems, and personal essays published in various anthologies and literary magazines.
“My dad’s hospice journey was a beautiful experience for him as well as our family, one that I am forever grateful we had. When my family was planning our relocation to Maine, I knew I wanted to find a regional nonprofit organization with a mission close to my heart. When I found Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice, I knew it was where I was meant to be – every day, I keep my dad’s memory alive through the work Androscoggin does by ensuring all families receive the same compassionate care that we did, during the most vulnerable times when it is most needed.”
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
Elizabeth Keene – Chair
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Debra Fournier,RN – Vice Chair
Maine Veterans’ Homes
John Alexander, MD – Secretary
Central Maine Healthcare
Kenneth Albert, RN, Esq., President/CEO
Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice
Franklin Community Health Network
Phillip Crowell, Jr.
City of Auburn
Philip E. Harriman, CLU
Lebel & Harriman, LLP
Retired Business Administrator
O’Malley Associates Inc.
Christopher Pezzullo, DO
Maine Primary Care Association
Poland Spring Brand; Blue Triton Brands™
Royal Technology Management LLC dba Easy Payment Solutions
Elizabeth Keene, Chair
Debra Fournier, RN, Vice Chair
Jeff Gosselin, Treasurer
John Alexander, MD, Secretary
Kenneth Albert, RN, Esq., President/CEO – Ex-Officio
Christopher Pezzullo, DO, Interim Chair
John Alexander, MD
Vance Brown, MD, Chief Medical Officer – Executive Staff
Phillip Crowell, Jr.
Ann Curtis, RN
David Dixon, MD
Professor Tom Tracy
Jeff Gosselin, Chair
Kenneth Albert, RN, Esq., President/CEO – Ex-Officio
RJ Gagnon, Chief Finance and Operating Officer – Executive Staff
Debra Fournier, RN
Kenneth Albert, R.N., Esq, President – CEO, Ex-Officio
Jillian Netherland – Executive Staff