About Us: Hanley Fellows

The Hanley Fellows are a small, select group of highly experienced leaders who are poised to lead substantive change at the health and health care systems level. These distinguished professionals hold great promise for assuming greater leadership roles in Maine and beyond in the coming years. 

The primary focus of the Fellows Program is a one-on-one Mentorship with leader with substantial experience leading change at the systems level.

Here's a look at our most recent Hanley Fellows

Gail Dana-Sacco, PhD is the Director of Maine’s Area Health Education Center based at the University of New England. She also is on the staff of UNE’s Center for Community and Public Health. Gail previously directed the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine. Prior to joining the Wabanaki Center she was with the Penobscot Nation Health Department for 14 years, serving as Department Director for six of those years. Committed to assessing and reducing health disparities of Native Americans and other indigenous populations in Maine, Dr. Dana-Sacco is interested in developing a community health status feedback system in which health problems and issues are easy to identify and compare. Obtaining such data will not only facilitate solutions to problems at the community level, but can help address changes needed in policies and practices in order to improve health outcomes for indigenous populations. Dr. Dana-Sacco, a former Kellogg Fellow recently completed her doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University.

Ron Deprez, PhD, Director of the Center for Community and Public Health at the University of New England was Dr. Dana Sacco's mentor.


Dan McCormack is the CEO of InterMed, a multi-specialty physician practice with several locations in Southern Maine. In this capacity he has overseen the group's recent implementation of an electronic medical record and the consolidation of four of InterMed's practice sites into their newly constructed medical office in downtown Portland. Prior to his position at InterMed he was employed at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as the Executive Director of Provider Network Management where he oversaw all of the Maine-based physician and hospital contracting for the insurer. Dan also served in the Air Force and served as Practice Manager for the Department of Medicine at a large military hospital in California.

As part of the broader effort to address the shortage of primary care physicians in Maine, Dan wants to assume a greater leadership role in efforts to enhance the professional satisfaction of primary care physicians.

Mr. McCormack's mentor was Jim Shaffer, then Dean of the University of Southern Maine School of Business.


Scott Mills, MD is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Mid-Coast Hospital in Brunswick and a practicing physician with Mid-Coast Cardiology. Dr. Mills is a native Mainer who, after medical education and training, has spent his entire medical career in the state. Dr. Mills is strongly committed to encouraging young people to enter the health care profession and to returning and/or remaining in Maine to practice. He sees this as a task that involves not only leadership from the health professions, but from those in education and state government as well.

Dr. Peter Bates, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Maine Medical Center, and Interim Dean, MMC-Tufts Medical School, was Dr. Mills's mentor.



Dan Mingle, MD is a health information technology consultant. A family practitioner who had a practice in Norway, ME for over two decades, Dan has a strong interest in using information technology to create more efficient and effective physician practices, and integrating patient care data across the health care system to ensure high quality health care for all. He has received national recognition for his leadership in implementing electronic systems in practices affiliated with MaineGeneral, where he worked for a number of years before starting his own health IT firm.

Dr. Mingle was a member of the inaugural class of the Hanley Health Leadership Development Program.

Former State Senator and member of the HealthInfoNet Board, Karl Turner, was Dr. Mingle's mentor.


Elizabeth Neptune, a member of the Passamaquodday Tribe in Maine directs Project Launch in Washington County. Ms Neptune's entire career has been dedicated to improving health care services of Native Americans and other indigenous populations here in Maine and to decrease the level of health disparities of these populations. Prior to her consulting work with HIS, Elizabeth held various positions at the Indian Township Health Clinic in Princeton, ME where she served for 20 years, her last position as Director of the Clinic. In order to improve the health status of indigenous populations, Elizabeth sees the need to raise awareness to Maine policy makers on the interrelationship of public health, physical and mental health and early intervention in order to change the status quo and bring new delivery models to these at-risk populations.

Elizabeth was a member of the inaugural class of Maine's Health Leadership Development (HLD) Program.

Ms. Neptune's mentor was Wendy Wolf, MD, President and CEO, Maine Health Access Foundation.


Previous Hanley Fellows included Dr. Lisa Letourneau, Executive Director of Quality Counts; Dr. Ned Claxton, a former senior physician executive with Central Maine Medical Center; and Maureen Kenney, MSW, a longtime health strategist and executive, currently with MacPage.