Karen Foster, Board President

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.

"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."

Henk Goorhuis, MD, FACEP, Board Vice-president

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.”

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
Blue Hill

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

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."

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

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."

Julie Keller Pease, MD

MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
Internship, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey
Psychiatry Residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont

Dr. Julie Pease hails from Minnesota, and has lived in Maine since 1987. She is currently practicing psychiatry in New Zealand, a country that has provided single-payer universal healthcare for its residents since 1948.

Dr. Pease is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a past-president of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians. She is a member of Physicians for a National Health Program, and she represents Maine on the board of One Payer States, a national organization that fights to win high-quality, cost-effective health care for all.

Dr. Pease was a co-founder of Maine AllCare in 2010. She served as president of the board from 2011-2016, and returned to the Maine AllCare Board in January 2022. She serves on the Communications Committee.

"It is long past time for us to overhaul our inequitable, overpriced and complicated health care system. I am returning to the Maine AllCare board with the goal of organizing Maine healthcare practitioners and patients to demand a simple, affordable healthcare system that will cover everyone in Maine.  Please join us in this fight!"

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.”