Henk Goorhuis, MD, FACEP, Board Chair
BS and MD, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California;
Residency in Emergency Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Physician for 25+ years. Emergency department director in New York for two years and served on a Brunswick, Maine, hospital board for five years. Moved to Maine 23 years ago, has worked at several urban and rural hospitals in Maine. Treasurer for a clean elections candidate in Auburn in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
Joined the Maine AllCare Board in 2015. Board chair 2016-present. Member of Legislative and Policy Committee, speakers bureau. Multiple presentations to professional groups, with a focus on healthcare financing and reform.
“I believe that Maine and the United States have many demographic concerns that need to be addressed. One answer to our long-term fiscal and income disparity issues is a single-payer healthcare payment system. Only when our healthcare payment system is reformed can we as a state, or a nation, address our long-term healthcare needs.”
Beth Franklin, Vice-Chair
BS in Social & Rehabilitative Services, University of Southern Mississippi;
MBA, University of Texas.
Capitol Hill staffer for a Mississippi congressman. Worked in regulatory affairs for AT&T in Northern Virginia and transitioned to a sales position upon relocating to Maine. Her corporate career provided the security of healthcare benefits for her family. Now a licensed realtor after accepting an early retirement offer from AT&T, like others who are self-employed, Beth continues to struggle with the exorbitant cost of accessing healthcare.
Joined the Maine AllCare Board in 2012. Vice-Chair and Executive Committee 2017-present. Chair of Development Committee 2016-present. Has organized or assisted with over twenty house parties and other events across Maine to identify and maintain contact with the volunteers needed for the success of Maine AllCare’s mission.
“Our dysfunctional healthcare system touches people of every age, income level, gender, and race. I believe that as people learn more about the benefits of a Medicare-like system for everyone, the support for change will be overwhelming.”
Tom Sterne, MD, Secretary
BA, Harvard College; MSc, London School of Economics; MD, Harvard Medical School; Residency in Internal Medicine, Mass. General Hospital.
Before moving to Maine, Tom worked as a primary care physician, teacher, and administrator in the Boston area for years, and was the Medical Director of two community health centers, with appointments at Mass. General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. With a background in health economics and administration, he has been a longtime member of Physicians for a National Health Program.
His interests include medical (and general) education, healthcare financing and the care of minority and immigrant/refugee populations. He is fluent in Spanish and has lived and worked in the Guatemalan highlands. Tom is married and lives with his wife Tereta and their dog Duke in an 1860s home in Bridgton.
Tom joined the Maine AllCare Board in 2018. He has served on the Executive Committee and as secretary since 2019, and is a member of the Legislative and Policy Committee.
“The sad truth is that the vast majority of insurance policies carry with them imposing deductibles, which leave enrollees functionally uninsured, and do not reduce insurers’ administrative overhead. I have joined the Maine AllCare Board to work toward state-based universal coverage, which would provide well-funded, comprehensive, and less-expensive medical care for all Maine residents.”
Lynn Cheney, Treasurer
Lynn is a former business owner and corporate executive. Since her retirement she has served as treasurer and board member of the Blue Hill Public Library. She became a Certified ACA Navigator in 2014. She is a founding member of the Peninsula Free Health Services.
Lynn grew up in a Navy family, living in and out of the country. After leaving Wellesley College, she remained in Massachusetts, marrying and raising two daughters. She spent 33 years at Comrex Corporation, a broadcast equipment manufacturer, moving to Blue Hill when she retired in 2006.
Lynn joined the Maine AllCare Board in 2018. She was the leader of the Downeast Chapter from 2017 to 2018.
“Running a business, it was increasingly difficult and costly to find adequate health coverage for my employees. The small businesses as well as the hundreds of self-employed Mainers I’ve worked with as an ACA Navigator during the last four years confirm that the situation has only worsened. It is time for publicly funded, universal healthcare to allow us to control costs while covering everyone."
Les Fossel, Executive Committee
Operates Restoration Resources, Maine’s premier historic building restoration company, founded in 1975 with 13 employees. He consults for numerous organizations and individuals around New England. His award-winning work has been featured in numerous publications.
A former Republican legislator, his Maine legislative service included: Moderate Caucus Chair, Judiciary Committee, Government Oversight Committee, Insurance & Financial Services Committee, Health & Human Services Committee, Congressional Reapportionment Committee, Healthcare Reform Select Committee.
Les serves or has served on the boards of LincolnHealth, the Morris Farm Trust, DaPonte String Quartet, Deck House School, Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad, the Lincoln County Dental Board, Eldercare Network of Lincoln County, and on the Advisory Board of Maine Preservation.
Les joined the Maine AllCare Board in 2015, and has been a member of the Executive and the Legislative and Policy committees.
“Maine (among the 50 states) ranks in the top 10 in healthcare costs, but in the bottom 10 in wage income. We are the outlier. Every other part of our society has been starved by the ever-increasing financial demands of healthcare in Maine: wages, infrastructure, education, the environment, and business. It’s time to develop a system of universal healthcare coverage for Maine."
BS in Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire
Karen had a long career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine, where she held several senior management positions. She retired in 2000 and set out as an independent consultant specializing in non-profit organizational structure, planning and governance. She also served as interim executive director for several Maine non-profits in public health, the arts, and civil liberties.
In addition to serving on many non-profit boards, she was a founder of Maine AllCare in 2010 and was treasurer for 5 years. She rejoined the board in 2020.
"I am returning to this board to pick up on the work we launched a decade ago. We are a small organization spreading an important message to the public and policy makers. If we can help move this state toward a system of good accessible and affordable health care for everyone, we will be a healthier and more equal society. That’s a cause I believe in."
Geoff Gratwick, MD
BA Harvard University; Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; MD Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Dr. Geoff Gratwick has been a rheumatologist in Bangor for over 35 years. He served on the Board of Eastern Maine Medical Center, the Maine Humanities Council, and was a Bangor City Councilor 2002-2011. Geoff has been in the Maine State Senate 2012-2020 representing District 9, Bangor and Hermon. He currently chairs the Health and Human Services Committee and is on the Health Care, Insurance, and Financial Services Committee. During his 4 terms in the Maine Legislature he has been chief sponsor or co-sponsor of several bills to achieve universal healthcare in Maine.
Geoff joined the Maine AllCare Board in 2012 and is a member of its Legislative and Policy Committee.
“I am focused on the organization of our healthcare system and how we can spend our limited health dollars more effectively to cover all Maine citizens.”
Caryl Heaton, DO
East Blue Hill
BGS University of Michigan; DO Michigan State University; Family Medicine Residency at Ohio State University; Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at Michigan State OMERAD; Professorships at Ohio State, Michigan, University of Medicine and Dentistry and Rowan University; Past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians
Caryl has long been an advocate of health care reform and evidence-based primary care. She has taught Family Medicine residents and students for over 30 years, “semi-retiring” to Maine 4 years ago.
Caryl joined the Maine AllCare Board in October 2019, and chairs the Communications Committee.
“I truly believe there has to be a better way to give high quality care to people. Doctors and patients need to be able to come together for healing and prevention. We shouldn’t have to worry constantly about what code to bill or what deductible needs to be paid. Having studied this for over 20 years, I am convinced that “publicly finance privately provided health care" is the best answer for all of us."
Chloe Maxmin, hailing from rural Maine, is currently 29 years old and a Maine State Senator and an organizer for JustME for JustUS. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and (former) Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House of Representatives after becoming the first Democrat to win a rural conservative district. She is the youngest woman ever to serve in the Maine State Senate.
Chloe joined the Maine AllCare Board in October 2021.
"Healthcare is a human right. In Maine, this conversation is not just about affordability but access. If healthcare is a human right, it has to be both affordable and accessible. That is why I am working with Maine AllCare."
Ted Sussman, MD, MACP
MD, Tufts University Medical School
Internship and Internal Medicine Residency at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital
Fellowship in Noninvasive Cardiology at the Mass General Hospital.
After training, Ted came to northern Maine with the National Health Service. He has been in Houlton for the past 42 years, except for his cardiology fellowship through the Mass General Hospital. He ran his own practice for over 35 years before transforming the practice to a Rural Health Clinic.
He has served as Governor of the Maine chapter of the American College of Physicians, and served as board member of the Maine Health Access Foundation.
Ted joined the Maine AllCare Board in October 2021.
“The present healthcare system doesn’t work for Maine. Only universal coverage will correct fundamental problems with access and equity.”