NMC’s Leadership team

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


Dean French, MD, Chief Executive Officer 

Dr. French came to NMC after 5 years of service as CEO of Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana. Dr. French has 17 years of experience in hospital administration in roles including CEO, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and Vice President of Medical Affairs and Quality. Dr. French is board certified in Family Practice and has worked as both a Hospitalist and an Emergency Department physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. French served in the US Army Special Forces. 


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. 


Deanna Orfanidis, RN, 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.


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.


Jonathan Billings, Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Billings served on the NMC Senior Leadership team for 32 years as VP of Community Relations with diverse management assignments. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2021. 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 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.


Jim Brannon, Chief Human Resources Officer (arriving 1/17/22)

Jim Brannon has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources and comes to NMC from Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland, where he served as Vice President of Human Resources for 9 years. His career also includes leadership positions in both physician practices and hospital operations. He holds an MBA from Wilmington College and a bachelor’s in healthcare administration from the University of Scranton. He has earned certification as a Senior HR Professional (SHRM-SCP) and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Robyn Alvis, Chief Operating Officer of Northwestern Medical Group

Robyn Alvis serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Northwestern Medical Group 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.


The Leadership Team works collaboratively to ensure 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. We strive for interchangeable leadership through trust, communication and a shared approach to decision making, so that between other Leadership Team members, our management team, and our talented staff, progress can continue even when a specific individual is unavailable.