Structure & Governance

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Structure & Governance

LifeFlight is a nonprofit organization comprised of three divisions: LifeFlight of Maine, which provides clinical operations; The LifeFlight Foundation, which helps fund aircraft, medical technology, clinical transport medicine education, and infrastructure; and LifeFlight Aviation Services which oversees aviation operations. 

  • LifeFlight of Maine was established in 1998 as Maine’s air ambulance service for critically ill and injured patients, providing care for the entirety of Maine and mutual aid throughout New England. LifeFlight is a nonprofit limited liability company with original funding from its members, Northern Light Health/ Eastern Maine Healthcare and Central Maine Healthcare, two of Maine’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems. LifeFlight is operated as an independent business unit.
  • The LifeFlight Foundation (LFF) was established in 2003 as an independent charitable fundraising organization dedicated to supporting LifeFlight of Maine.
  • LifeFlight Aviation Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of LifeFlight, was established in 2020 to manage aviation services and is the FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate holder for LifeFlight.

LifeFlight of Maine Steering Committee

Governance of LifeFlight is managed through its Steering Committee, which is comprised of senior leadership from Northern Light Health and Central Maine Healthcare, as well as the LifeFlight Foundation. The Steering Committee serves as the LifeFlight Board of Directors and includes the Executive Directors of LifeFlight and the LifeFlight Foundation.

Northern Light Health

Gregory LaFrancois (Chair)
President
Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital
Presque Isle, ME

Marc Edelman, MD
Senior Vice President /
Chief Operating Officer
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor, ME

Norman Dinerman, MD
Medical Director, LifeFlight of Maine
Medical Director, Critical Care Transport Medicine
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor, ME

Central Maine Healthcare

Steve Littleson (Vice-Chair)
Chief Executive Officer
Central Maine Healthcare
Lewiston, ME

Kristen St. Peter
Chief Financial Officer
Central Maine Healthcare
Lewiston, ME

LifeFlight Foundation 

Dan Daigneault
Retired Bank Executive 
Camden, ME and Bonita Springs, FL

Zachary Brandwein
Attorney
Bernstein Shur
Portland, ME

Diane Danielson
COO
MatMarket, LLC
Biddeford, ME

Staff (Ex Officio)

Thomas P. Judge, CCT-P
Executive Director
LifeFlight of Maine
Port Clyde, ME

Joe Kellner, EMT-P
Chief Financial Officer /
VP Finance 
Northern Light Healthcare
South Portland, ME

Bill Cyr, MHA, RN, NRP
Chief Operating Officer
LifeFlight of Maine
Morrill, ME

Kate O’Halloran
Executive Director
LifeFlight Foundation
Fairfield, ME


LifeFlight of Maine Clinical Practice Committee

​​The CPC oversees the quality of care given by the LifeFlight crew, tracking state-of-the-art clinical care from around the world and meeting quarterly to discuss current protocols and new treatments.

Norm Dinerman, MD
LifeFlight Medical Director
Emergency Medicine
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Pete Tilney, DO, EMT-P
LifeFlight Medical Director of QAPI
Emergency Medicine
Central Maine Medical Center

Amber Richards, MD
LifeFlight Associate Medical Director
Emergency Medicine
Maine Medical Center

Dave Saquet, DO
LifeFlight Associate Medical Director
Emergency Medicine
Region 4 MEMS Medical Director
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Sandra Bagwell, MD
Pediatric Intensivist
Maine Medical Center

Mike Baumann, MD
Emergency Medicine
Maine Medical Center

Michael Bohanske, MD
Emergency Medicine
Region 1 MEMS Medical Director
Maine Medical Center

David Carmack, MD
Trauma Orthopedics
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Bruce Chung, MD
Critical Care Surgeon
Maine Medical Center

Benjamin Lowry, MD
Emergency Medicine
Region 6 MEMS Medical Director
Pen Bay Medical Center 

Tim Pieh, MD
Region 3 MEMS Medical Director
MaineGeneral Medical Center

Andrew Powell, MD
Chief Emergency Medicine
Southern Maine Medical Center-Sanford

Seth Ritter, MD
Emergency Medicine
Region 2 MEMS Medical Director
Central Maine Medical Center

Beth Callamore, MD
Emergency Medicine
Region 5 MEMS Medical Director
Cary Medical Center

Gwen Downs, MD
Emergency Medicine
MaineGeneral Medical Center

Amy Fenwick, MD
Trauma Surgeon
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Peter Goth, MD
Director Critical Care Training Institute Emergency Physician
AR Gould Hospital

Eric Gunnoe, MD
Pediatric Intensivist
MaineGeneral Medical Center

Comfort Hines, MD
Emergency Medicine
Pen Bay Medical Center

Larry Hopperstead, MD
Trauma Surgeon, Retired
Central Maine Healthcare

Kelly Klein, MD
Emergency Medicine
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Kelly Meehan-Coussee, MD
Emergency Medicine 
MaineGeneral Medical Center

Bethany Nash, PharmD, AEMT
Toxicologist / Licensed Pharmacist
MidCoast Hospital 

Mike Schmitz, MD
Emergency Medicine
Southern Maine Healthcare

Matt Sholl, MD
Maine EMS Medical Director
Emergency Medicine
Maine Medical Center

Rachel Williams, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Maine Medical Center

Jonathan Wood, MD
Pediatric Intensivist
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Kate Zimmerman, DO
Emergency Medicine
Maine EMS Associate Medical Director
Maine Medical Center


LifeFlight Foundation Board of Trustees

The LifeFlight Foundation Board has (up to) 15 trustees from around the state of Maine and who represent a wide range of industries, sectors, and communities. Each trustee is appointed for a three-year term and may serve up to three consecutive terms. The Board also has various committees that include both board and non-board members.

More information on our Board of Trustees can be found here.