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.


James R (“Smokey”) Stanton, MSW

Board Chair
Oakland, MD

“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.”

Mike Bello

Oakland, MD

“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.”

Cherie Johnson

Oakland, MD

“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.”

Jonna K. Frazee

Oakland, MD

“I am a retiree with more than 34 years of community banking experience.  My expertise was as a mortgage loan officer and branch manager. I am a graduate of the West Virginia Bankers Association School of Banking.  I also earned my Graduate Degree in Banking from the Lloyd P. Calvert Graduate School of Banking, University of Charleston, in May, 2011. I’ve taught credit counseling through Garrett County Communication Action’s First-time Homebuyers program.  My husband, Mike, and I are lifelong resident’s of Oakland, Md, and we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. I am honored to be a part of the Mountain Laurel Board of Directors. I look forward to working with Mountain Laurel towards the ultimate goal of providing polite, professional,  knowledgeable, and affordable health care to our community.”

Brenda McCartney

Oakland, MD

“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.”

Pam Hageman

Oakland, MD

“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!”

Jonathan Dayton

Cumberland, MD

“I joined the MLMC Board of Directors in June of 2018. I am a current scholar at Frostburg State University where I’m majoring in Psychology (Pre-Med). I am expected to graduate in May of 2019, which then I plan to pursue a graduate degree in Public Health. I hold an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. I also currently hold numerous professional memberships and credentials in the emergency service field. I am a volunteer firefighter/EMT and have National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Certification. Although, being younger I have many years’ experience in the healthcare field and community relations. My wife, Addy, and I are lifelong citizens of Allegany County, MD, and we enjoy spending time with friends and adventuring all over east coast. I am privileged to be a part of Mountain Laurel Board of Directors. I am excited to work with Mountain Laurel to bring affordable, quality healthcare to the community in which they serve.”

Mary A. Schenk

Oakland, MD

“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.”