NMC’s Senior Leadership team


NMC is led by a senior team of professionals who are passionate about safety, quality, and high reliability:

Peter J. Wright, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer

Peter Wright joined the NMC team as Chief Executive Officer in January of 2023. Prior to joining NMC, Peter served as the President of Bridgton & Rumford hospitals, two rural facilities within Central Maine Healthcare. Peter has more than two decades of experience in hospital administration. He has served as the President and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare in New Hampshire; the Chief Operating Officer of Littleton Regional Hospital in New Hampshire; and Senior Director of Planning, Development, and Medical Group operations at Copley Hospital in Vermont. Peter holds a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College, a Master of Science in Administration from St. Michael’s College, and is Board Certified in Healthcare Leadership through the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jonathan Billings, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Billings served on the NMC Senior Leadership team for 32 years as VP of Community Relations with additional diverse management assignments. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2021 and served as interim Chief Executive Officer in 2022. Jonathan earned his Master of Science from Nebraska Methodist College and his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & English from St. Michael’s College. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Leadership through the American College of Healthcare Executives. Prior to coming to NMC, Jonathan worked in healthcare public relations and marketing at a suburban 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.

Stephanie Breault, Chief Financial Officer

Stephanie Breault was promoted to Chief Financial Officer after 15+ years as NMC’s Director of Finance. She holds a BS in Accounting from Thomas College in Maine and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Vermont. Stephanie’s extensive knowledge of GAAP and FASB standards have enabled NMC to consistently maintain a high level of accuracy in financial reporting throughout her career. She and her family live in Grand Isle County.

Ryan Hamel, Chief People Officer

Ryan Hamel joined NMC’s Senior Leadership Team in July of 2022. Ryan came to NMC from Alice Hyde Medical Center in New York with 14 years of HR experience, including having successfully led the team at Alice Hyde for the past five years.  Ryan was highly regarded by the UVMMC Network and their sincere desire was to retain him in his lead position at Alice Hyde where he did an exceptional job of building a strong HR team. In conversations with the leadership at Alice Hyde, he was noted to be adept as a leader, communicator and relationship-builder with experience leading teams through challenging times of change. He and his family live just across the lake in upstate New York.

Wayne Hobbs, Chief Administrative Officer Medical Groups

Wayne Hobbs joined NMC’s Senior Leadership Team in August of 2023. Wayne came to NMC from Tampa, Florida where he had been serving as the Director of Practice Operations for three HCA
Healthcare facilities. During Wayne’s career, he’s also served as VP of Practice Operations at North country Hospital in Newport, Vermont, as well as the Director of Practice Operations at Porter
Medical Center, and brings years of practice operations leadership to Northwestern Medical Center. Wayne holds an Executive MBA from Quantic as well as a Bachelors and Masters in Music, and is also an accomplished Opera singer, having attended McGill Universities Opera program. 

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.

Michelle Buck, DPN, RN, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer

Michelle Buck joined NMC’s Senior Leadership Team in July of 2024. Michelle earned her DNP in Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University in Arizona as well as earning her Master’s of Science in Nursing. Michelle has experience at both large and small hospitals in rural environments, most recently leading at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as the Vice President of Inpatient Nursing. She brings 28 years of experience in nursing with expertise in resource allocation, operations, capacity management, nursing shared governance, nursing practice, and patient flow.

The Senior Leadership Team works collaboratively to ensure NMC remains on course in alignment with our strategic plan and annual operating plan. There is always a Senior Leadership Team member on call so staff, providers, and others have the access they need around the clock. We strive for interchangeable leadership through trust, communication and a shared approach to decision making, so progress can continue even when a specific individual is unavailable.