Our dedicated Board Members serve as advisors who navigate Wood River Health towards a sustainable future.

The Board is comprised of local professionals representing banking, business compliance, finance, health care, and nonprofit industries. Each member has been selected due to their expertise in their fields and their commitment to improving the quality of life of individuals who live and work in our community. They advance Wood River Health's mission by providing sound policies, safeguarding the center's assets, monitoring and evaluating its performance, and planning for the future.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the majority (at least 51%) of Wood River Health's Board Members must be patients who are served by the health center. They must, as a group, represent the individuals who are served by the health center in terms of demographic factors, such as race, ethnicity, and gender.

The Board meets monthly, and Members participate on committees that oversee the strategic initiatives of Wood River Health. These include the Executive Committee, Credentialing and Privileging, Finance, Governance, Quality Improvement, Strategic Planning, Building Committee, and Gala/Fundraising.

Biographies of Board Members

Regan is currently Director, Medicare & Regulatory Compliance at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. In this capacity she develops, implements, and monitor the Medicare and Medicaid compliance programs to ensure the organization is operating in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations. Prior to that Regan was President of Ancorat Consulting. With 20 years of experience with government programs, she refines compliance programs and operations using the most up-to-date industry guidance and best practices. Regan also speaks at a number of industry events on topics such as perspectives on program audit process, appeals and grievances operations, and vendor oversight. 

Regan previously served as Senior Vice President at Gorman Health Group in Washington, DC. Prior to that time, she served in operations and compliance roles at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She earned her BA from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Professional designations earned include Managed Healthcare Professional and Fellow of Health Insurance Advanced Studies from America’s Health Insurance Plans, as well as the Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional from the Health Care Compliance Association. Ms. Pennypacker joined the Wood River Health Board of Directors in November 2015.

Joe Reddish has a varied background.  He has worked with the likes of Bob Metcalf at 3Com corporation the inventor of Ethernet to a company called Storage Dimensions which had the first laser disk drive which recorded the first Terminator movie. Joe is a native Californian and joined the RI community in 1993.  Most recently he spent 17 years as an Assistant Vice President at Citizens Bank serving in various positions providing exceptional customer experiences. He currently is a Benefits Advisor for Aflac as well as an Independent Business Owner in the areas of Technology and Energy.   

Joe served his community as the elected Town Councilman and President of the Town Council for Richmond, Rhode Island for 10 years. He is a community volunteer and servant, serving as a member of the boards for many organizations including the RI Commission on Prejudice and Bias , RI Public Finance Management Board , AIDS Care Ocean State , Community2000.org, and People to People International.   

Joe is a  graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Management. He has served on Wood River Health's Board of Directors since January 2020.

Jessamine Sargent attended the University of New Haven, New Haven, CT in process to complete the last course for my Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She also attended the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, E.K. Shriver Center, Waltham, MA and West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buchannon, WV. She holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Rehabilitation and Psychology. Ms. Sargent has worked in early intervention for the past 20 years and currently is Lead/Early Intervention Developmental Therapy Specialist with SARAH Inc. Kidsteps, North Haven, CT. In this role, she is responsible for a team of 10 therapist to ensure professional compliance and excellence in the field of early intervention with a focus on Infant and Family Mental Health, Trauma Informed intervention, Coaching as a Style of Interaction, Primary Service Provider Best Practices within the Natural Environment.  

Ms. Sargent currently serves a caseload including families and children in the region of Connecticut that includes; Norwich, Plainfield, Groton, Niantic, Killingly, Franklin, Griswold, Voluntown, Lisbon, Canterbury areas. Ms. Sargent has lived in Westerly, RI for the past 20 years and has a family of 5 children ages 9-17 who keep her and her husband very busy with sports, travel and their many day to day adventures.  Her hobbies include hiking, running and a variety of other outdoor sports with her family and dog, Moose. Ms. Sargent joined the Board of Directors in December 2019.

Christine Bedoya is the Director of Payment Integrity at Neighborhood Health Plans of Rhode Island. Christine specializes in Revenue Cycle Management and Oversight with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field. She has lived in the Hope Valley area for over 15 years and is dedicated to serving others within the community. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with family. She has served on Wood River Health's Board of Directors since January 2018.

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Hinteregger received her Doctor of Medicine from University of Massachusetts, Worcester and conducted her residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Hinteregger's lengthy career includes serving as Staff Physicians at Westerly Urgent Care, StatCare in Warwick and Westerly Hospital. She formerly served as Medical Director at Wood River Health. She has served on Wood River Health's Board since March 2021. Dr. Hinteregger resides in Hope Valley.

Frank Hopkins is a semi-retired Senior Healthcare Executive currently providing short term consulting activity with Hopkins and Associates, LLC.   Frank’s previous positions include Managing Partner of University Pathologists Diagnostics Laboratory and University Pathologists Pathology Practice.  He also served at Westerly Hospital in a number of senior management positions including COO, CFO, and CNO. 

Frank received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island College and his MBA from Bryant University.  He has his certification as a Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the Medical Group Management Association.  

Frank is a Vietnam Era Veteran serving as a Navy Hospital Corpsman and a Lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps.  Frank volunteers his time as a mentor with the YMCA Mentoring Program, a Hospice Volunteer and Veteran Liaison with Hope Hospice of RI, Community Network Partner Volunteer at Chariho HS, CALA Community Advisory Board, Chariho HS Mentoring Advisory Board, and proud Grandad. He has served on Wood River Health's Board since April 2014 and has held the positions of Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair.

Daniel Makin joined Professional Planning Group as a Financial Advisor in 2000. He works directly with clients to develop and implement retirement strategies based upon their individual goals and objectives. Dan is Associate Compliance Officer, Operations Manager and a member of Executive, Compliance and Investment Committees.

Prior to joining Professional Planning Group, Daniel worked at the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise as a Manager supervising department operations. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Washington Trust Company.

Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University in 1991 with a dual emphasis in management and finance. He earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 2003 and the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation in 2017. Daniel holds the Series 7, 24, 51, 63 and 65 licenses and is a Raymond James Registered Principal. He has also been a contributor to Newsline, a local NEARI publication for educators.

Active in the community, Daniel serves on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Finance and Executive Committees for Wood River Health Services. Daniel is also a Board Member for the Arcadia Branch of the YMCA and a member of the Finance Committee for the Ocean Community YMCA.

Daniel is rejoining Wood River Health's board in July 2023.

Dr. Michael McCarten, a native of Cranston, Rhode Island, is a 1983 graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, beginning a 30-year career that led to travel to 24 countries on five continents. The highlights of Dr. McCarten’s career include serving as Senior Medical Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) at the time of the 9/11 attacks. His ship deployed to the North Arabian Sea one week later and remained in combat operations for the next five months.

Dr. McCarten also served as the Commanding Officer of the NATO trauma hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan, overseeing 500 US Navy, Army, Air Force and NATO medical personnel for a one-year period of intense combat operations. There the medical personnel recorded an historic 97 percent survival rage for combat casualties. Dr. McCarten also served as Fleet Surgeon, United States 7th Fleet, overseeing the healthcare provided to 20,000 sailors and marines aboard ships deployed to the waters from Hawaii to Africa, while simultaneously planning and participating in humanitarian and disaster relief missions throughout the South Pacific and South Asia.

Following retirement from the Navy in 2013, Dr. McCarten served as a family physician at the Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH. He served as a family physician at Wood River Health from March 2022 and retired in December 2023. Dr. McCarten joined our board in March 2024.

Ruth Morgan joined Wood River Health's Board of Directors in February 2021. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Cornell University and achieved her Bachelor’s Degree from Wells College. She dedicated her career to practicing financial management and worked at private accounting firms, The Westerly Hospital and the Internal Revenue Service.

Now retired, Ruth has volunteered for The Warm Center, the Jonnycake Center, has served on Chariho and Ashaway School Committees as well as the Boards of the Westerly Community Credit Union and the Chorus of Westerly.   

John S. Payne, Esq. is the AVP/Compliance Assurance Officer for Washington Trust. John holds a Juris Doctor from Penn State Dickinson School of Law and an MBA from University of Rhode Island's College of Business. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in 2001. He also currently serves as a Board Member for Pine Point School and the Watch Hill Yacht Club Sailing Association. He re-joined Wood River Health's Board in May 2022 having previously served from 201 to 2019.

Kate Porter is a dynamic communications professional who leverages her expertise in nonprofit and higher education marketing and communications to support mission-driven organizations. She has demonstrated success in developing and executing marketing and communications strategy. She is an expert in the fields of content generation, storytelling, copywriting and graphic design.

Kate currently serves as Associate Director of Communications and Outreach at Brown University, where she aligns and coordinates communications for the 18 centers and offices across the Division of Campus Life. Prior to this, she worked as Assistant Director of Communications and Public Engagement at Brown University and Communications Manager at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She joined Wood River Health's Board in July 2022.

Kalpesh Shah, Born May 05, 1957 in State of Gujarat, India in a middle-class family and migrated to Mumbai at the age of Six months. Completed his high school in year 1972, and graduated with distinction from N.M. College, Mumbai with B.com degree and graduated with Maters degree in Cost accounting. Being recognized for his public work at a young age under the guidance of his father, he was elected as a Founder President of Leo club of Santacruz and achieved several distinctions during his tenure.

During his college education, worked for Family business for few years and after leaving and getting his first job as the youngest executive by a large paper mill and while working for seven years for them and visiting USA for work purposes, he finally migrated to United States in1984. While working with few companies to begin his carrier, Kalpesh started his own business in 1989, Connecticut Fibers Inc. His brainchild, the business engaged in export of recycling material to paper mills in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and exclusively represented for various manufacturing pulp and paper mills for export of forest products and reaching a milestone of their highest sales revenue of 72 times higher just within 10 years of its inception.

Kalpesh received the Partners in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2022 for his contributions to Wood River Health. He has served on the Board of Directors since May 2022.

Keith Swaby is retired following a 30-year career at Vitol, a global energy and commodity trading company headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where he served variously as Controller, Treasurer, Vice President and CFO. His areas of focus included accounting, taxation, banking, credit, human resources and regulatory matters.

He received both his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Pace University and was a licensed CPA in New York state from 1977 until 2007. He worked as a CPA for six years prior to signing with Vitol, working at Glenn Ingram and Co., SD Liedsdorf and Ernst & Whinney.

He currently also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arnolda Improvement Corporation, a homeowners’ association in Charlestown. He has served on Wood River Health's Board of Directors since March 2017.