Leadership team

As NMC has grown, we have sought to remain organizationally nimble — led by a small group of professionals who are passionate about our mission, vision, and values.


Current NMC Leadership Team:


Jill Berry Bowen, Chief Executive Officer

Jill Berry Bowen, RN, FACHE, has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Medical Center for more than 9 years. Prior to coming to NMC, Jill served as the VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hospital in Maine and the Chief Operating Officer of Franklin Memorial Hospital in Maine. Jill holds both a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s in Business Administration. Jill currently chairs the Board of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. She is passionate about creating a workplace that inspires the NMC team to serve our community with genuine caring, a connection that ignites community collaboration, and a culture that thrives with wellness.


Robyn Alvis, Chief Financial Officer

Robyn Alvis serves as NMC’s Chief Financial Officer and is a strategic, innovative change agent with over 20 years of progressive financial planning, revenue cycle, operational, and business development responsibility in the healthcare industry. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and has proven skills in all aspects of revenue cycle and practice management. Robyn and her family relocated to our area, eager to put down roots where there is a true sense of community. Being from the Southern US, her family enjoys the four season weather and activities that Vermont offers.


Deanna Orfanidis, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Deanna Orfanidis joined NMC in 2019, previously having worked at Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vermont – a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock System. She served at Mount Ascutney as the Chief Nursing Officer and previously served in a senior nursing leadership role at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, responsible for multiple departments and service lines. Her areas of expertise include nursing strategic planning, shared governance, recruitment and retention, staff engagement, patient/family experience, quality patient outcomes, nursing’s role in information technology, evidenced based hospital design and regulatory compliance.


Joel Benware, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Joel Benware is the Chief Operating and Chief Compliance Officer and has served on the NMC team for the past 6 years. Previous to this role Joel served as the Chief Information Officer at another community hospital as well as the Albany College of Pharmacy and Gaston County Schools in North Carolina. Joel has earned two Master’s degrees, one in Healthcare Administration and one in Instructional Technology. Joel has also attained fellowship status of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he is a Certified Healthcare Compliance Officer and a Certified Chief Information Officer. Joel and his family live in Saint Albans City.


Jonathan Billings, Vice President, Community Relations

Jonathan Billings is the Vice President of Community Relations and has served on the NMC Leadership team for 30+ years. Jonathan earned his Master of Science in Health Promotion Management from Nebraska Methodist College and his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & English from St. Michael’s College. Prior to coming to NMC, Jonathan worked in healthcare public relations and marketing at a sub-urban hospital in Massachusetts. Jonathan and his wife Marilyn live in St. Albans City and have two ‘grown and flown’ daughters who thrived in our local schools.


Tom Conley, Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Development

Tom Conley began work at NMC in 2015, and his entire healthcare career has been in human resources. I have 36 years Healthcare Human Resources experience with 20 years within the Bon Secours Health System in Michigan and Maryland, Four Years at an Ascension Health Hospital in Maryland and eight years with Oconee Medical Center in Seneca, South Carolina. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Management from Eastern Michigan University.


Amy Putnam, Vice President, Physician Services

Amy Putnam has served as Vice President of Physician Services at Northwestern Medical Center since 2016. She previously worked for Northwestern Counseling and Support Services for almost 15 years, the last 8 years as their Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. She has also held additional leadership roles in Quality, Compliance and Risk Management throughout her career. Amy received Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accounting and Business Administration from Trinity College of Vermont, and earned a Masters of Science Administration from St. Michael’s College. She is also on the Board of Directors for Vermont Information Technology Leaders. She lives with her husband and two children in St. Albans.


John Minadeo, MD, Chief Medical Quality Officer

Dr. Minadeo earned his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and did his post-graduate training at MetroHealth Medical Center/The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. In addition to his practice in NMC’s Emergency Department, he also serves as Chief Medical Quality Officer. Dr. Minadeo has practiced in the ED for 21 years and served as the Medical Director of both the Emergency Department and the Hospitalist Team during his tenure at NMC. He has been the District Medical Adviser for EMS as well serving as President of the Medical Staff. In 2018, Dr. Minadeo was the recipient of the The Deogracias “Deo” P. Esguerra, MD Service Award which recognizes a physician with a passion for excellence and dedication to the patients of our community.


The Leadership Team meets weekly — addressing the top priorities of the hospital, touching base on what’s happening throughout the organization, working collaboratively on issues of shared concern, and ensuring NMC remains on course in alignment with our strategic plan and annual operating plan. There is always a Leadership Team member on call so staff and others have the access they need around the clock, throughout the year. We strive for interchangeable leadership through trust, communication and a shared approach to decision making, so that between other Leadership Team members and our talented staff, progress can continue even when a key individual is unavailable.