Board of Trustees
Meet Our Trustees
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth's Board of Trustees brings expertise from the private, public and nonprofit sectors, helping the hospital achieve its mission of delivering comprehensive healthcare to the community. Meet our Board of Trustees below.
- Raymond Blair
- Erin Burns
- Kevin Coughlin
- Alison Gilmore-Carr
- Charles Hewitt
- Nate Horwitz-Willis, DrPH, MPH, MPA
- John Johnson
- Jeffrey Kapell, Chair
- David Kelly, MD
- Julia Kenniston, MD
- Harvey Kowaloff
- Anna Marini
- Kristina McGill
- Jon McGrath
- Catherine McKenna
- Michael Rowan
- Mary Shields
- Luis Spencer
- Megan Vayo Marble
Erin Burns is an anesthesiology specialist and has over 30 years of experience in the field of medicine. She is Site Chief for the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth Anesthesia team. During the March 2020 onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts, Erin assisted in expanding capacity at BID Plymouth, working to bring in CRNAs and prepare them for incoming system stressors. This was seen as having positive results when Plymouth Hospital received its first COVID-19 patients. Erin has worked at BID Plymouth since 2017. Prior, Erin did her internship at Mercy Catholic Medical Center and her residency at Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital.
Erin's husband, Chuck, is owner and project manager of Charles J. Capone Associates, a general contracting company he has operated for over two decades. Chuck's hobbies include writing and sharing his music on social media and surfing.
Together, Erin and Chuck have one daughter, Sophia, who participates in equine sports. Erin also has a stepdaughter through Chuck named Emily Capone Jamrozy.
A Marshfield resident, Mr. Hewitt holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Harvard University and a Master in Business Administration in banking, corporate finance from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a retired insurance/reinsurance industry leader with expertise in all areas of property casualty insurance portfolio management. He has over 30 years of experience developing and implementing reinsurance solutions and structures of all types. He currently serves on several volunteer boards, including: Northeastern University, Harvard University, BID Plymouth, Duxbury Bay Maritime School, Crossroads, and Pioneer Institute and Insurance Library of Boston. A former rower on the US Olympic team, he continues to consult with former clients and various philanthropic organizations. Mr. Hewitt is currently retired.
Nate Horwitz-Willis, DrPH, MPH, MPA
Dr. Horwitz-Willis is an assistant professor of public health and coordinator of public health practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University in Boston, MA. He also concurrently serves as a public health officer for the Massachusetts Air National Guard at the Joint Base Cape Cod. He is a recipient of the 2019 Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) Dr. Alfred Frechette 'Rising Star' Award for being a champion of health equity in Massachusetts. His research and practice experience spans over a decade in both public health and healthcare sectors, including population health improvement, patient safety, health policy and health promotion. He is the founder of Horwitz-Willis Public Health Advising & Consulting, which recently launched the Leliwop brand that focuses on creating and sustaining healthy spaces and places where we "learn, live, work, and play" across the globe. Dr. Horwitz-Willis resides in Boston and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in business analytics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Jeffrey Kapell, Chair, Board of Trustees
Jeffrey Kapell has been a cranberry grower in Plymouth since the mid 1970s. Over a 40-year span, he has upgraded farm infrastructure and expanded production from 26 to 44 planted acres, while tripling total farm cranberry yields. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, having performed systems analysis at Boeing Vertol and Raytheon Missile Systems as well as taught physics at the Cambridge School of Weston prior to his farming career.
Jeff has been active throughout his life providing leadership to a number of community and cranberry industry organizations as board director and officer. In the 1980s, he served as director and then president of the Plymouth Public Library Corporation Board, where he developed a master plan detailing the compelling need for a new town of Plymouth central library. Jeff then led a community effort over a number of years to make the present library on South Street a reality.
He served on the Ocean Spray Cooperative Board of Directors from 1988 to 2000, including roles as chair of several board committees. From 1994 to 2015, he served as director on the Board of the Cranberry Institute, the trade association for North American cranberry production, including six years as chairman. He was also director from 1984 to 1996 — which included a two-year stint as president — of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association (CCCGA). Jeff recently returned to the CCCGA Board, serving as first vice president for the past several years.
During a downturn in the cranberry industry starting in 1999, Jeff supplemented his cranberry operation as an agribusiness consultant until about 2013. He developed a national book of business at the intersection of agriculture and technology, performing feasibility studies, writing business plans and providing strategic planning and advice to cooperative and other agricultural boards of directors. He enjoys camping and exploring in his fifth wheel RV and biking with his wife, Alex.
David Kelly, MD
Dr. Kelly earned his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and his medical doctorate from the University of Virginia. He completed his radiology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at New York University. He has been on the diagnostic imaging staff of BID Plymouth since 2006 and has been the medical director for ultrasound since 2014. Dr. Kelly is currently president of Plymouth Imaging Ventures and serves on the Board of Directors for Southeastern MA PET/CT Imaging Center and the BID Plymouth Foundation. Dr. Kelly resides in Duxbury, MA, with his wife and two children.
Born in New Jersey, Dr. Kowaloff received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospital in Boston and served as the chief medical resident there as well. He joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in primary care in 1980. Dr. Kowaloff taught and practiced primary care internal medicine for more than 20 years in Worcester before transitioning to full-time administrative medicine, serving as the chief medical officer at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Jordan Hospital in Plymouth and most recently Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River. Dr. Kowaloff retired from Saint Anne's Hospital in July of 2016. As a chief medical officer Dr. Kowaloff has had extensive experience in medical staff peer review, clinical quality and patient safety initiatives, and most recently in leading a program that achieved top tier scores in patient experience. Dr Kowaloff is married to Katherine, formerly a Cranberry Hospice social worker, for 39 years. They have two daughters, Rebecca and Jennifer, and recently were blessed with two grandchildren, Wesley and Eleanor.
Anna Marini is associate director of quality improvement at Duffy Health Center. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a Master of Health Administration from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science from Boston College. Prior to her current role, Anna worked for over 25 years in a variety of health care administration positions or as a consultant at several Boston teaching hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s, Tufts Medical, Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her last hospital position was as vice president of clinical services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In that role, she was involved in numerous initiatives at the start of the formation of Partners Healthcare (now Mass General Brigham). Anna also has experience working as an analyst at the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth and as the owner of a small business. She has been involved with BID Plymouth for several years as a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board.
Kris has held numerous hospital pharmacy leadership roles during her career at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth (and Jordan Hospital), Good Samaritan Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital Brockton.
In 2017, Kris received the Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Society of Health System Pharmacists. Kris has also received the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Healthy Work/Healthy Home Environmental Champion Award for her work in launching the Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program at BID Plymouth. The award recognizes her commitment to providing a convenient location for patients and community members to dispose of personal prescriptions that are no longer needed.
Jon McGrath is a Duxbury resident and holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Vermont. Jon is a medtech entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience leading transformative, therapeutic and diagnostic technology companies and projects. He is CEO of 149 Medical, a clinical stage company focused on noninvasive neonatal monitoring. Before that he was CEO at Neograft Technologies, focusing on adaptive vascular grafts. Prior to that he was CEO at LumeRx, who developed a photodynamic transendoscopic treatment for H pylori. Prior to that was an R&D and operations leader at a variety of public and private companies including Biosphere Medical, Urologix, Schneider/Pfizer and Boston Scientific.
A Marshfield native, Mary Shields resided in Plymouth for nearly 20 years and now lives in Harpswell, Maine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Framingham State College with further postgraduate studies at Mass College of Art and Boston Architectural Center. Recently retired, Mary is the founder and former president of Shields Design, where for almost three decades her team provided creative services to an impressive clientele ranging from healthcare, technology, government agencies, tourism, sports and entertainment giants. For the past 20 years, Mary also focused her attention on the creation of Barnicle and Husk and the support of her mission. The two characters were created to bring awareness to the Wampanoag people who first inhabited the land we now call America and teach young children the truths that unfolded over 400 years ago. Walk around characters, storybooks, games and activity sheets made learning fun.
Mary is a partner of the historic Plimoth WaterWorks Building, where space is dedicated to creative services and to fine artists in the Plymouth waterfront. Since 2005, board affiliations at BID Plymouth include former Philanthropy Foundation trustee, chair of Community Business Partners, current Advisory Board member and she is involved with various on-going committees. Former Executive Board member of Plymouth 400, Inc. Mary enjoys drumming and various creative endeavors but especially enjoys spending time with her husband Jim McKinnell cruising in Maine, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and spending time with their three grandchildren.
Luis Spencer is an Independent Correctional Consultant. Prior to starting his own firm in 2015, Luis was the Commissioner of Correction for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. He was appointed to this position by former Governor Deval Patrick. The Commissioner of Correction is the Chief Executive Officer and the appointing authority of the Department. The Commissioner has overall responsibility for the management of the commonwealth's eighteen correctional facilities, a budget of $520 million, a staff of approximately 5,200 employees and approximately 11,000 inmates. In addition, the commissioner has statutory responsibility for the inspection of county jails and houses of corrections.
Luis started his career in corrections in the state of Massachusetts in 1980. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1982 and received an honorable discharge in 1986.
Luis has completed several certificates including: a certificate of completion from the Plymouth County Police Academy, Criminal Justice Training; Harvard University J.F.K. School of Government program for senior executives; United States Air Force, professional military education (1984); University of Massachusetts, program for mid-level managers (1992); National Institute of Corrections, NIC executive excellence program (2010).