NOTICE OF ELECTION

All NNECOS active and associate members in good standing are invited to participate in the 2020  NNECOS Board of Directors election.

Online voting in the 2020 NNECOS Board of Directors Election is open through 9:00pm October 27, 2020. The election requires a minimum of 10 percent of the voting eligible members to participate to be valid. Eligible voters were sent an email with voting instructions and a personalized link from noreply@electionrunner.com on October 7th. Please contact NNECOS at info@nnecos.org if you did not receive this email. Results will be announced in late October.

Each director is elected for a term of three (3) years on a rotating basis. 



Candidates Eligible for Election

* indicates current board member


Active Associate Member Candidates


NNECOS Board Service
2017-present

  • NAHPAC member 

Matthew Marston, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCOP*
Associate Vice President at Northern Light Pharmacy

After completing my pharmacy education at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston and post-graduate residency training at Northern Light - Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, I worked the following 5 years as an oncology pharmacist in inpatient, outpatient, and palliative care settings and the last 3 years leading the outpatient pharmacy division of Northern Light Health as the Associate Vice President of Northern Light Pharmacy. During this time I achieved Board of Pharmacy Specialty certification in Pharmacotherapy and Oncology Pharmacy and led process improvement projects to better the care of oncology patients throughout the Northern Light Health system.

I first joined NNECOS four years ago and served on NAHPAC (Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals Advisory Committee) and subsequently served the last 3 years on the NNECOS Board of Directors. Collaborating with other healthcare professionals with a passion for delivering skillful and compassionate care in oncology and watching NNECOS grow over the last several years has been an honor and I hope to continue pushing the organization forward to deliver the greatest value possible to the patients and oncology professionals we serve.


 NNECOS Board Service
2017-present

  • NAHPAC Member

Kathleen McBeth, PSYCH-MA*
Clinical Psychologist UVM Medical Center

Kathleen McBeth is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, with a focus on health psychology, adjustment to illness, and psychosocial oncology.

Kathleen has been working with oncology patients and their caregivers since 2006 for the University of Vermont Cancer Center. Kathleen is a current Board member of NNECOS and an active member of the Nursing and Allied Health Professional Advisory Committee (NAHPAC). She is a member of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, on the steering committee for Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer, and the vice president of the Stowe Weekend of Hope. 

She has presented at the University of Vermont Women’s Cancer Conference, the Dartmouth Lymphoma Symposium, the Norris Cotton Center Survivorship Meeting, the Stowe Weekend of Hope, and at the Northern New England Oncology Society annual conference to name a few.

Kathleen’s focus is on the psychological impact of the cancer diagnosis and how understanding the emotional response can help to facilitate treatment and communication within the oncology team.

 
NNECOS Board Service
2014-present
  • Co-Chair NAHPAC


Nicole Messier, RN, BSN, OCN, ONN-CG* 
Clinical Program Coordinator/Nurse Navigator UVM Medical Center

Nicole Messier, RN, BSN, OCN, ONN-CG is the Clinical Program Coordinator/Nurse Navigator for the Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal (GI) and Genitourinary (GU) Multidisciplinary Care Cancer Clinics at The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT.

Nicole graduated from the University of Vermont in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing and since then has worked as an oncology nurse at The University of Vermont Medical Center in a variety of roles, including staff nurse on the in-patient oncology unit and as a primary nurse in the Department of Surgical Oncology. She has been in her current role as the Clinical Program Coordinator/Nurse Navigator of the GI Multidisciplinary Care Cancer Clinic since 2007 and for the GU Multidisciplinary Care Cancer Clinic since 2012. Nicole obtained certification as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) in 2015 and as an Oncology Nurse Navigator-Certified Generalist (ONN-CG) in 2016.

She has previously served as a Leadership Council member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) and participated on the AONN+ Evidence Into Practice Standardized Navigation Metrics Project Team. Nicole currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society (NNECOS) and serves as co-chair for the Nursing & Allied Health Professional Advisory Committee (NAHPAC) of NNECOS.

In addition to speaking at national conferences, Nicole has contributed to the Cancer Site-Specific Navigation chapter in the Oncology Nursing Society's 2014 publication, Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum Oncology, as well as a contributor to the companion publication by ONS, Oncology Nurse Navigation Case Studies, in 2017. Nicole was a nominee for Cure Magazine’s 2013 Extraordinary Healers Award for Oncology Nursing.


Active Physician Member Candidates


NNECOS Involvement

  • Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Abstract Review Committee

    Nirav S. Kapadia, MD, MS
    Radiation Oncology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

    Dr. Nirav Kapadia is a full time staff physician, the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Northern Cancer Center, and the inaugural Medical Director of the Levy Serious Illness Healthcare Delivery Incubator. In addition to clinical work, his research and administrative interests are focused on value creation in health care delivery, by focusing on intersection between quality improvement and health services research and policy.

    Before joining Dartmouth, Dr. Kapadia was chief resident of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan where he developed interests in health care administration and health service research. While on the faculty at Dartmouth, he has researched the variation in use of radiation therapy, while completing a Master’s degree in healthcare leadership from The Dartmouth Institute, focused upon integrating health services research methods, statistical and financial analysis, provider communication, quality improvement approaches and management skills to improve the value of health care delivery. Ongoing research with collaborators at TDI and around the nation focuses on financial toxicity experienced by cancer patients, the effects of bundled payments on cancer care, the use of Medicare claims data analysis to understand variation in cancer treatment among healthcare workers as well as the impact of structural norms on aggressive cancer care at the end of life. As Medical Director of the Levy Incubator, Dr. Kapadia oversees the selection and execution of multidisciplinary teams charged with rethinking how to deliver health care to seriously ill patients.

    Dr. Kapadia currently sits on three national committees tasked with payment reform and quality—the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology Payment Reform, Quality Measurement, and Payer Relations Committees. He earned his AB in Biophysical Chemistry at Dartmouth College, his MD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his clinical training in internal medicine and radiation oncology at the University of Michigan.


    NNECOS Board Service
    2014-present

    Leadership Positions:
    • Treasurer 2018-present
    • Finance Committee
    • Executive Committee
    • Education Committee
    • Annual Meeting Planning Committee

      Carl J. Nelson, MD*
      Radiation Oncologist, University of Vermont Medical Center
      Assistant Professor, Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

      I am a radiation oncologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and Assistant Professor at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. My clinical focus includes the treatment of breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and cancers of the central nervous system. Additionally, my research interests include patient quality of life, healthcare policy, and quality improvement and safety initiatives. As a radiation oncologist, I believe I can add to the diverse perspective on issues affecting cancer care in Northern New England. Collaboration with Medical Oncologists and Allied Health Professionals is paramount to the health and success of our patients and is a cornerstone of NNECOS. This collaborative approach is vital to supporting the oncology care providers in our region as well.

      Since joining the NNECOS Board of Directors in 2014, I have served on the Education, Finance, and Annual Meeting Planning Committees and as NNECOS Treasurer since 2018. I am honored to serve on the board of NNECOS and to contribute to the success of this great organization. NNECOS offers a unique and positive framework for collaboration between oncology care providers in our region. I hope to continue to serve as a board member and support the excellent work and oncology care our colleagues are providing in Northern New England.

       

      NNECOS Board Service
      2019-present

        Sheila Pascual, MD*
        Hematology and Medical Oncology
        Northern Light Lafayette Family Cancer Institute
        Dana - Farber Cancer Institute Collaborative Site

        I am living my best life in Maine!  Originally from the Philippines, I have relocated to Providence Rhode Island fresh out of medical school young, single, and eager to start my career in medicine.  I completed my Internal medicine residency at Roger Williams Medical Center then subsequently my Hematology-Oncology fellowship at Brown University.  Almost immediately my world transformed.  I was fortunate to have wonderful mentors who took me under their wing and introduced me to both clinical and bench research.  This helped foster my desire for continued learning and building of relationships.

        After living in Rhode Island for 6 years I knew I wanted to settle in New England.  I started my first job, 10 years ago as a certified hematologist-oncologist at Northern Light  Lafayette Family Cancer Institute and never looked back.  I am proud to be part of this Cancer Center.  It has allowed me to provide meaningful service to the community, it has given me the opportunity to meet a multitude of inspiring individuals.  I am the designated physician for the Genitourinary Multidisciplinary group.  I am part of the steering committee for our clinical practice.   I also am part of the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Medical group Nominations Committee. Last year, I was given the opportunity to serve for 1 year as part of the board for NNECOS. 

        Serving as part of the NNECOS board has been a wonderful experience.  I am very excited because it bridges the gap between the oncologic community, which in turn can provide better care and access for our patients, educational, and research opportunities for the young and old Hematologist and Oncologist.

        I am an avid runner, mother of 3.  Living in New England has made me a decent skier, a novice sailor, nature lover, Patriots fan!

         
        NNECOS Involvement
        • Annual Meeting Planning Committee 

        Julian R. Sprague, MD
        Hematologist, Associate Professor
        UVM Medical Center

        I graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2001. Subsequently, I performed my residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC). I started as an attending in hematology at the UVMMC in 2007 and became the Program Director of the hematology/oncology fellowship program in 2010.

        Recently, I worked in conjunction with the planning committee of NNECOS to increase fellow and trainee participation in NNECOS and the NNECOS scientific meetings, which would continue to be part of my focus as a board member. 



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