Purpose of the Board
The Board of Directors is the legal authority for Mountain Laurel Medical Center. Its members are trustees who act on behalf of Mountain Laurel Medical Center’s constituents, including patients, donors, the government, and taxpayers. The Board of Directors has the principal responsibility for fulfillment of the organization’s mission and the legal accountability for its operations.
“I am a retiree with over forty years in the the education field. It was during my career as a teacher and administrator in Garrett County that I first recognized the need for affordable health care for children and families in our area. My husband Sull and I are both patients of Mountain Laurel and are pleased with the care we receive. I am interested in seeing that the same quality of care is accessed by others throughout the area with an emphasis on preventive care to help children and families stay healthy.”
James R (“Smokey”) Stanton, MSW
“I am the president and CEO of Insight Solutions, a consulting practice based in Oakland with nationwide clients. I have forty years executive experience in health policy, health system development, and regulation at the local and state levels in Maryland, and in health policy and emergency management at the national level. I hold the Master of Social Work (MSW) from West Virginia University and the Professional Certificate in Environmental Management from The George Washington University.I believe Mountain Laurel Medical Center is key to maintaining accessible, affordable and high quality medical care to the residents of Garrett County and our neighbors. I am pleased and honored to serve our community as a member of the Board of MLMC.”
Nathan Walter, CPA
Nathan Walter was appointed to the Board of Directors in July of 2020 as a member of the Finance Committee. He aspires to add to the existing expertise of the Board in the financial arena.
Prior to being the President and CEO of Sunrise Sanitation, he served as the COO of Sunrise Sanitation for nearly six years. Nathan also worked for Deloitte and Plante Moran PLLC in Columbus, Ohio as a CPA specializing in international tax matters affecting foreign-held public and private corporations for nearly a decade.
He also serves as the Vice President of the WV Independent Waste Haulers and Recyclers Association as well as a grant committee member of the WV DEP rehabilitation environmental action plan.
Nathan brings over ten years of financial expertise and business consulting experience to the Board. Nathan holds a B.A. from Cedarville University with a focus in Accounting and Management. He is also a licensed CPA in the State of Maryland and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Nathan lives in Oakland, Maryland with his wife and two daughters.
“I have been a member of the Board of Directors since October 2010. I am a small business owner here in Oakland and both my wife Sandy and I are patients at Mountain Laurel Medical Center. I have a firm belief that everyone should have access to affordable health care no matter what your situation in life happens to be. It is for this reason that I serve on the Board. Mountain Laurel Medical Center is a tremendous asset for the people of this region.”
“I joined the Board of Directors in May of 2016. My husband, Steve and I came to Oakland in the fall of 2015 after I retired from Providence Health and Services, a large health care organization in the Northwest, where I spent the majority of my career with responsibilities in ambulatory care, nursing supervision, quality management, safety and Diabetes Education. Becoming a patient at Mountain Laurel Medical Center, I discovered a need for my expertise to serve the community here. Though retired, I maintained status as Nurse Emeritus through 2017 and Certified Diabetes Educator through 2016. to assist Mountain Laurel in the development of our Diabetes Self- Management Education program and in the achievement of certification through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. My history also includes certification in Health Coaching and Massage Therapy, volunteer service as a Court Appointed Support Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children, and as an EMT in Emergency Medical Services. I feel honored to serve on the Board and work with the providers at MLMC to maintain the quality and integrity of medical care provided to our community.”
“I am a Washington State native whose first 15 year career was as a Cadastral (boundary) Surveyor for the US Forest Service in Oregon and Northern California. I returned to school attending the University of Washington in Seattle and then PhD. program in Sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The academic focus was Sociology with emphasis on life course and demography. Second career entailed working for non-profits in rural Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri in various direct service capacities to help sustain or improve quality of life for individuals at or near poverty.I moved to rural Appalachia region to be near son, talented daughter in law and 3 remarkable grandchildren. Had the great fortune to be employed by Garrett County Community Action first as family self-sufficiency coordinator and then Director of Aging and Nutrition (Area Agency on Aging).Third career began with retirement in the summer of 2018!”
“I am new to the Board, joining the team in February 2020. I’m a lifelong resident of Western Md with a passion for mental health awareness, especially the mind-body connection. I have a special interest in the impact of trauma on individuals & communities. I’m a clinical social worker (LCSW-C) & emergency manager currently employed by the state police. I also work part-time for a psychological agency, am a former paramedic, & have been a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) provider for over 30 years. I’m committed to identifying best practices & being an advocate for rural areas.”
Mary A. Schenk
“Garrett County is my home, I was born and raised two children here. My son and daughter make their homes here as well raising my six grandchildren, one of whom is a teacher at Southern Middle School and who with her husband is raising my great grandson!
Following a rewarding 22 year career serving the citizens of Maryland both the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and the District Court of Maryland. While at MVA I accepted a promotion to Assistant Branch Manager and as a result I commuted for 8 years to the MVA Hagerstown branch. Wishing to reduce my commute I transferred to the District Court of Maryland and finished my career first at Cumberland, and lastly at District Court in Oakland. Since 2011 I’ve been enjoying retirement.
Active in in the Bittinger Emmanuel Lutheran Church, I am serving my second term as the Church Counsel President. Giving back and staying busy is important to me, I love volunteering two days a week at Garrett Regional Medical Center, something that I truly love.
A patient of Mountain Laurel Medical Center since its inception I am also a member of the ‘Friends of MLMC’ group. It is truly an honor to have been considered and selected to serve as a board member for MLMC.”
Mtn Lake Park, MD
I joined the Board of Directors in February 2019. My wife and I have been satisfied patients at Mountain Laurel for the past several years since we retired here after careers in the Intelligence Community of the federal government. I first realized the importance of affordable medical for all when I worked as a Medical Services Officer in the Army during the Vietnam War. My later government career led me to positions of higher responsibilities where I managed large organizations and developed budget and personnel policies. Upon retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency, I assumed the role of Ombudsman for several years while simultaneously fulfilling my passion to return to my roots as a farm boy. My wife and I have spent the past few years helping to establish Garrett Growers and sell our produce to the local restaurants and patrons of the Mountain Fresh Market in Oakland. Now I am honored to assist in using my experiences to help the Medical Center and the fine people of our area.
Mtn Lake Park, MD
I was born and raised in Garrett County, MD and have been in healthcare most of my adult life. I was an EMT and nationally certified fire fighter for both Southern Rescue Squad and the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, where I served as president for 12 of my 28-year career. I became a Respiratory Therapist where I earned my degree from California College for Health Sciences. I was employed at Garrett Regional for 29 years, then Transferred to Western Maryland Medical Supply. When they closed, I then went to work for Lincare Home Respiratory. I live in Mountain Lake Park with my wife Joni. I also have a married son and four grandchildren which I adore. This is a great community to live and raise a family, and we should, above all, provide good quality healthcare to everyone, insured or uninsured.
Over the span of my career, I have worked in government, in the non-profit and private sectors. In my current role at Garrett County Community Action, I serve as the VP of Family Economic Security which is comprised of 4 core departments that directly serve county residents. Prior to working at the agency, I served as a County Commissioner from 2010 to 2014 and was self-employed for 22 years creating custom woodwork. My personal and professional experiences have made me understand that access to quality healthcare services, such as those offered by Mountain Laurel, is a critical component of thriving communities. Mountain Laurel has been my primary healthcare provider for over twenty years.