Jessa Barnard, General Counsel and Vice President for Policy

Jessa Barnard, Executive Director

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Jessa Barnard is the Vermont Medical Society’s Executive Vice President. She is a native of Bennington and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Stanford University School of Law.  

She served as VMS’ policy specialist from 2002 to 2005.  Following her graduation from law school, she founded a program in San Jose, California to address the legal barriers to health stability facing low income individuals living with diabetes.  She then spent four years with the Maine Medical Association, most recently as their Associate General Counsel, representing physicians in Augusta and addressing their legal and regulatory concerns.  From 2016 to 2017 she served as the Medical Society’s General Counsel and Vice President for Policy before being named Executive Vice President in 2017. 

Jessa has over 10 years of experience in health care policy and regulation and is a frequent speaker on topics including health reform, advocacy and issues in health law. She lives in Montpelier with her husband and two children.

Stephanie Winters, Deputy Executive Director

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Stephanie Winters is the Operations Director for the Vermont Medical Society and has been with the Society since 1998.  She also serves as the executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, Vermont Ophthalmological Society, Vermont Orthopaedic Society, Vermont Psychiatric Association, Vermont Society of Anesthesiologists and the American College of Surgeons Vermont Chapter.  In 2016 Stephanie became the program administrator for the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation Physician Leadership Program. 

In 2014, Stephanie was elected by her peers to serve as the Vice Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Directors Steering Committee and will become chair in March of 2017.  She serves on numerous committees and work groups with much of her work focusing on public health issues such as eliminating smoking in cars with minors, increasing immunization rates and reducing youth exposure to marijuana.

Stephanie was born and raised in Central Vermont where she lives with her husband.

Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Policy and Communications Manager

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Jill Sudhoff-Guerin joins the Vermont Medical Society as the Policy and Communications Manager. Prior to joining the Society, she was the Government Relations Director for the Vermont chapter of the American Cancer Society, in which she focused on patient advocacy and public health policy in Montpelier and in Congress. She has 7 years of experience working in Vermont health care policy and regulations and began her career as a legislative and regulatory analyst at Leonine Public Affairs (previously KSE Partners) in Montpelier. Her policy focus over the last four years has been in issues related to access to care, cancer prevention, quality of life and tobacco control.

Jill is an avid trail runner and currently lives in Marshfield with her husband and two daughters, Amelia and Genevieve. She grew up in Central Vermont and attained her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College, where she studied Government and International Relations.


Colleen Magne, Business Manager

Colleen Magne, Business Manager

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Colleen Magne has worked at VMS since September 2005. In addition to her duties as business manager, Colleen also serves as the program administrator for the Vermont Practitioner Health Program.  She provides financial management for the American Academy of Pediatrics VT Chapter, VT Psychiatric Association, Vt Academy of Family Physicians, VT Ophthalmological Society, VT Orthopaedic Society, American College of Surgeons VT Chapter, VT Medical Society Education and Research Foundation and the American College of Physicians VT Chapter. Previously she was employed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for nearly 12 years. Her positions there included customer service, nongroup sales, account representative, and senior account representative.

Colleen lives in Middlesex with her husband David and has 2 adult children, Meghan and Nathan and a grandson, Ryder. Colleen attended Trinity College of Vermont in Burlington. She enjoys living and working in the Montpelier area and enjoys camping on Lake Champlain and traveling with her husband.

Suzanne Parker, M.D., VPHP Medical Director

Suzanne Parker, M.D., VPHP Medical Director

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Suzanne Parker, M.D., rejoined VMS as Director of VPHP in early 2010. She previously served in the role from 2001 to 2008. During her career, Dr. Parker has received numerous awards, including the Alan Buckland Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, the 2006 VMS Physician of the Year Award and the University of Vermont College of Medicine Alumni Award for Service to Medicine and the Community.
In private practice since 1987, Dr. Parker received her M.D. from the University of Vermont and conducted her residency in psychiatry at Fletcher Allen. Dr. Parker is also an instructor at the UVM College of Medicine, with an emphasis on the topics of substance abuse, physician impairment and pain management.


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