Deborah Deatrick retired from MaineHealth, Northern New England’s largest health care system in 2019 after 20 years as Senior Vice President for Community Health. Ms. Deatrick led and oversaw the system’s prevention and population health initiatives, including the Center for Tobacco Independence, Learning Resource Centers, CarePartners, MedAccess, and Raising Readers, among others. She served as the State Dental Director, led a statewide health research consortium based at the University of Southern Maine, co-founded a nonprofit focused on shared decision making between doctors and patients, and taught at several medical schools and universities. Ms. Deatrick has thirty+ years of experience in public health teaching, research, and advocacy. Currently a part-time consultant, Ms. Deatrick has a degree in public health from the University of Michigan and completed doctoral coursework at the University of Houston and University of Maine at Orono. She serves on the boards and advisory committees of several state and regional organizations.
Dr. Grace Odimayo, DMD, is a general dentist providing preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures in Farmingdale. She received her dental training at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 2003. Dr. Odimayo came to the United States in 2002 from Nigeria where she had training, and practiced dentistry in Nigeria and in Great Britain prior to coming to the US. As a general dentist, she sees firsthand the importance of preventive and restorative services for children, young adults, and older adults relative to their general health and nutrition, as well as their ability to work, attend school, and maintain full and healthy lives. Her approach to practice is to listen to patients and understand the context of their lives as a way to inform the care she provides. In her practice she sees pre-school children with MaineCare coverage, and provides pro-bono services for the Head Start program. She will bring her perspective as a dental professional and the perspectives and experiences of her patients to MeHAF’s Board.
Toho Soma is a Senior Research Associate for the Center for Excellence in Public Health at the University of New England (UNE), where he focuses on substance use prevention and treatment, and interprofessional education. Prior to this he was the Public Health Director for the City of Portland. Toho also sits on the Board of Directors of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. He holds an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MS in Health Informatics from UNE. He and his husband Jason live in Portland.
Odette Thurston joined HeadInvest in the fall of 2019 as a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, serving as a wealth advisor to many families. Prior to joining HeadInvest, Odette was a financial advisor and member of the Investment Committee at Cribstone Capital Management. Odette has extensive experience in investment and portfolio management, equity research and financial planning through a career that spans more than 20 years. She has held senior portfolio manager positions at Ark Asset Management and J. & W. Seligman in New York City, where she co-managed both institutional and mutual fund assets totaling $3 billion. Odette began her investment career at Morgan Stanley, serving seven years in the equity research department. She also channeled her investment expertise into financial writing, working as a columnist for TheStreet.com (James Cramer’s premier financial news website) and as a staff writer with SmartMoney Magazine. Odette is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Maine Island Trail Association and is a member of the Finance Committee at the Maine Health Access Foundation. She received her MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and her Bachelor of Arts in History from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. She lives in Falmouth, Maine with her husband, Scott and their dog, Dory.
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
June 11, 2020: Board Minutes
April 9, 2020: Joint Board and CAC Minutes
February 13, 2020: Board Minutes
December 12, 2019: Board Minutes
October 10, 2019: Joint Board and CAC Minutes
August 8, 2019: Board Minutes