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Madawaska leader joins NMMC board

FORT KENT, Maine — Northern Maine Medical Center has announced the appointment of Gisele A. Dionne to its Board of Trustees for a five-year term.

John Ezzy, president of the board, said, “Gisele brings a fresh perspective; her vast experience in the field of education and her strong ties with the community will be very beneficial in her participation on the NMMC board. We look forward to drawing from her insight to help move the hospital forward as we journey to become a high reliability organization.”

NMMC President and CEO Peter Sirois said, “We are very fortunate that Gisele has accepted the nomination. Her strong leadership background and knowledge of the area and its residents will be a tremendous asset to the board.”

Dionne fills the board seat vacated by Dan Vaillancourt, who recently completed a second five-year term and a total of 21 years of service.

Dionne currently serves as the superintendent of the Madawaska School Department. She is a 1984 graduate of McGill University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in anatomical sciences. In 1985, she obtained her teacher certification in secondary service education from the University of Maine in Orono. In 1997, she completed a master of science degree in educational leadership at the University of Southern Maine, and she is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of New England.

Dionne has been engaged in the community in the past several years, serving on the Madawaska Public Library board for more than 20 years, the Mizpah board for several years and the Acadia Federal Credit Union board. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

As part of the Valley Unified Board, she writes grants and organizes with her colleagues the requirements to launch the Valley Unified school. Although her busy schedule and family responsibilities leave little room for hobbies, she takes great pleasure in worldwide travel.

Submitted by the Communications Office of Northern Maine Medical Center.

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