By Andrea Boyle
Nicholas B. Mason, President of the Farmington Valley VNA’s Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members. The applications of Stephanie F. McGuire, John J. O’Connor and Paul Mikkelson were unanimously approved at the September 10 Board of Directors meeting.
Ms. McGuire, an Advance Practice Registered Nurse with Board Certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, brings over 35 years of nursing experience to the Farmington Valley VNA. The last 16 years of her extensive nursing career have been spent at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, where she serves as a Midlevel Practitioner in the Neonatal ICU.
Attorney O’Connell presently serves as Assistant Vice President and Senior Counsel at The Hartford in Simsbury. In addition to his litigation, insurance, and employment law experience, his proven track record of forming strategic alliances, new business development, contract negotiation, and public relations will benefit the agency on a multitude of levels.
Long-time Simsbury resident Paul Mikkelson retired in 2009 after a lengthy tenure as President of Dill, Joyce and Thresher, Inc. A dedicated volunteer and Rotarian for 25 years, Mikkelson has been a member and leader of the Avon/Canton and Hartford Rotary Clubs, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Avon Chamber of Commerce, CIT, Community Solutions, New Horizons, and the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce.
The Farmington Valley VNA is a free-standing, non-profit agency that is not affiliated with any large health care organization and operates without corporate ownership or hospital oversight. Under the leadership of new Executive Director Nancy A. Scheetz and the guidance of its Board of Directors, the agency looks forward to continuing its 107-year charitable mission of providing health care services within private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential communities, and to make health and wellness screenings, immunization clinics and wellness programs available to all Farmington Valley residents.