Staff Members

Steven R. Michaud

President
Steven Michaud, President, joined MHA in 1987 and became President in 1999. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the Association and its affiliates.

Jeffrey Austin

V.P., Government Affairs & Communications
Jeffrey Austin, Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications, joined MHA in 2010. Jeffrey is the Association's principal lobbyist, responsible for advocacy activities at the state and federal level. Jeffrey is also responsible for the Association's communications. He staffs the Public Policy Council and the Hospital Public Relations Directors meetings and is the treasurer of MHA's political action committee, Friends of Maine Hospitals.

Tamara Butts

Director, Business Development & Admin.
Tamara Butts, FHFMA, CPA, Director of Business Development and Administration, joined MHA in 1991. She manages MHA's Associated Health Resources, Inc., MHA's environmental initiatives and supervises business office functions. Tamara has overall responsibility for the MHA Corporate Affiliate Program and Desk Reference Guide. She also assists MHA members on financial and reimbursement issues.

Leslie Gagne

Education Assistant
Leslie Gagne, Education Assistant, joined the staff of MHA in the fall of 1996. Leslie is responsible for the administrative support of the Research & Education Trust where she assists in the coordination of educational programs and maintenance of the Education section on the MHA Web site. She also provides support for the Hospital Trustee Delegates, Healthcare Trustees of Maine and allied health professional associations.

Paula J. Gagnon

Executive Assistant
Paula Gagnon, Executive Assistant, joined MHA in the spring of 2002. She provides administrative support to the President and the Vice Presidents where she coordinates legislative information, MHA’s political action committee, MHA Board of Directors and MHA’s councils and committees. Paula also coordinates regional roundtables and the AHA Annual Meeting. In addition to providing administrative support for MHA staff, Paula performs other daily functions in the office including maintaining office databases and answering incoming calls.

Carlene Haggerty

Staff Accountant
Carlene Haggerty, Staff Accountant, joined MHA in 1995. Carlene is responsible for the day-to-day business office functions and preparation of internal financial statements. She also coordinates and compiles information for clinical and financial data reports and member surveys. Carlene is Network Administrator for MHA's computer system.

Sandra Parker

Vice President & General Counsel
Sandra Parker, Vice President and General Counsel, joined MHA in 1998. She serves as general counsel to the Association and provides legal information to MHA members. Sandra is also responsible for policy analysis and development for key health policy issues, such as quality of care and patient safety.

Rebecca Schnur

Director of Communications
Becky Schnur, Director of Communications, joined MHA in early 2002. Becky is responsible for researching, writing, editing, designing and coordinating production of MHA newsletters, fact sheets, brochures, news releases and other printed materials. She is responsible for maintaining the MHA website.

Carol Sinclair

Director of Education
Carol Sinclair, MPA, Director of Education, joined the staff of MHA in 1996. As Director of Education, she has overall responsibility for the development of MHA's educational programs, including membership meetings, workshops, Trustee education, web conferences and Joint Commission programs. Carol also spearheads MHA's Care Learning training initiative and coordinates the activities of Trustee Delegates.

David Winslow

Vice President of Financial Policy
David Winslow, MBA, Vice President of Financial Policy, joined MHA in 2003. David staffs the Health Care Finance Council and works with hospital financial officers and reimbursement managers on financial concerns including Medicare, Medicaid and private insurer reimbursement. David also advises members on Certificate of Need and health planning-related issues and works to develop strategy for financial policy.