Supporting and Guiding You

We all have high hopes and expectations of ourselves and our healthcare teams.  The constant churn of change requires us to stay nimble, communicate succinctly, and work in sync rather than compete both within and outside of our departments and organizations.

The Hanley Center has put together a tremendous team of experts with more than 70 years of leadership development and healthcare experience.

Our non-profit mission drives us to support and guide you and your teams in meeting your own mission.  That mission sets us apart and keeps us focused on delivering the best solutions for our clients with a collective end goal of skilled leaders delivering high quality healthcare resulting in healthier communities.


Maggie Adelson, Coordinator of Finance & Administration

Maggie serves as the Hanley Center’s resident historian.  Joining the Hanley Center in its very early years before there was a full-time Executive Director, Maggie has played multiple critical roles to the organization’s growth and sustainability.  Currently, Maggie oversees the organization’s financial and human resource functions as well as coordinates CMEs for our various initiatives and maintains our growing network database and websites.
In her free time, Maggie enjoys gardening in her yard.

Derek Ahl, Lead Faculty

Derek is our Lead Faculty and as such he leads the Health Leadership Development Course and the Physician Executive Leadership Institute Foundational Course and co-leads the Dyad Leadership Development Course.  Derek also works with our health-related clients providing team consultations, process facilitation (strategic planning, board development, etc..) and executive coaching.  The results of Derek’s deep work with leaders is often palpable and enable strategic improvements to relationships, processes and outcomes.

For the past 20 years, Derek has been working with leaders across a variety of industries, including healthcare, to drive individual and organizational effectiveness through implementation of systems thinking, applied learning and interpersonal behavior practices and solutions.

With a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, his specialties include process facilitation, performance management, strategy implementation and leadership development.  He is certified as a Professional Coach, as well as in a variety of training, personality and leadership assessment tools. Derek began his career as an Instructor with Hurricane Island Outward Bound, and subsequent roles include Adjunct Faculty at UNH, Educational Consultant with the Institute on Disability, and Associate Education Director at the Browne Center for Innovative learning.  From these experiences, as well as serving in the USAR as a Combat Medic, Derek developed the conviction that leaders who focus on building depth in connection and understanding among their constituents demonstrate enhanced capability in achieving meaningful and sustainable impact.

In his free time, Derek enjoys working on his farm and volunteering to assist community organizations.

Jeannie Allen, UHLI Program Lead / Administrative Specialist

Jeannie Allen is the Hanley Center’s Administrative Specialist with a diverse background of support roles. A native of Portland, she received her AAS in Medical Assisting/Secretarial Sciences from Kaplan University. She has since gone on to become a Certified Administrative Professional with a specialty certificate in Organizational Management through the International Association of Administrative Professionals as well as earning her Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in both Microsoft Word and Outlook. After spending 7 years working as the Operations Manager at a resort on the coast of Maine, she returned to Portland, where her most recent roles have included working at Marshwood Imaging as a member of the Medical Front Office team and in the Maine Medical Center/MaineHealth systems as both an Administrative Specialist and Program Coordinator. For the past 25 years, she has been both a Notary Public and Dedimus Justice for the State of Maine. Jeannie currently lives in Hollis, ME with her daughter and grandson.

Judiann Ferretti Smith, Executive Director

Judiann is the Executive Director of the Hanley Center.  Judiann joined the Hanley Center in April of 2015 after playing a variety of roles at Spurwink, Maine’s largest non-profit mental health agency, over a period of 18 years.  At Spurwink, Judiann served in 3 progressively more responsible positions starting as the Director of Human Resources, then the Director of Regulatory & Legislative Analysis to her final Spurwink role as Vice President of Strategy & Government Relations.  Judiann spent her time working with State & legislative leaders, other providers and the business community shaping policies and agendas and convening and facilitating work groups to best serve children, families & adults challenged by behavioral health diagnoses and developmental disabilities.  She also led a variety of mission impact & marketing related efforts within Spurwink.

Judiann is very interested in how physician leadership can and will play an important role in shaping health policy that strives to meet the Triple Aim while continuing to serve underserved populations challenged by geography, age (elders and children), race or ethnicity.  Before Spurwink, Judiann held a variety of insurance related roles, briefly practiced law in Boston, worked for Maine’s former Secretary of State and the City of Saco.  Judiann has served on a variety of non-profit and chamber boards and committees including a two-term run as an elected School Committee member in Yarmouth, Maine.  Judiann received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at St. Bonaventure University and her Juris Doctor at Suffolk University Law School.  Judiann is also a proud graduate of the Daniel Hanley Center’s Health Leadership Development program (Class III).

In her free time, Judiann enjoys spending rare time with her family, baking, and exploring Maine’s coast.

Sarah Lawrence, Faculty

Sarah serves as Faculty for the Physician Executive Leadership Institute (PELI) Foundational Course and co-leads the Dyad Leadership Development Course.  Sarah also works with our health-related clients providing Executive Coaching services and team effectiveness consultations, building client capacities for success.  As a coach, she is adept at supporting leaders in thinking through challenges and identifying opportunities to develop their effectiveness.  Sarah’s expert and thoughtful approach to leadership development enables clients to find new paths to success that would otherwise not come to light.

Before joining the Hanley Center, Sarah was InterMed’s organizational development specialist, where she collaborated with senior leaders, physicians, and employees at all levels to promote continuous learning and development.  She designed, developed, and facilitated trainings and workshops, served as an internal consultant to leaders and physicians, and coached employees toward improved interpersonal collaboration and performance.

Prior to her career in adult learning & organizational development, Sarah worked in Washington, DC; first on Capitol Hill in the office of U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, and then in strategic planning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan foreign policy think tank.

Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, cum laude, in Spanish and Women’s Studies, her master’s degree from The New School in Organizational Change Management, and a certificate in Executive Coaching from iCoachNewYork.  Sarah is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Korn Ferry Leadership Architect.

An active member of the Maine chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Sarah volunteers her time with the Organization Development Network, various political causes, and Portland Adult Education, where she supports English Language Learners in the classroom.

In her free time, she loves to explore Maine, downhill ski, be with friends and family, learn new things, and laugh.

Kathryn Vezina, Associate Executive Director

Kathy is the Associate Executive Director for the Hanley Center. In her role, Kathy provides unlimited energy leading the operations of all our course and initiatives, with primary responsibility for our Health Leadership Development Course (HLD), HLD Alumni activities and support, and our Health Equity & Health Disparities projects.  Kathy is the glue that keeps our Hanley Center trains on the tracks each and every day, coordinating with her vast network of health leaders continuously striving to assure the high quality and value of our work.

Kathy formerly worked for Counseling Services, Inc. as the Chief Administrative Officer and Legal Counsel and served as a health care attorney for the Augusta-based firm Kozak and Gayer. She also served as Maine Family Planning’s Director of External Affairs and Legal Counsel.

A graduate of the University of Maine Law School, Kathryn is also a Registered Nurse. Her professional activities have been wide ranging: she has taught health law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Policy; she served on the Maine Board of Bar Overseers Professional Ethics Commission, and she was a Co-chair of the Women’s Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. She is a proud graduate of the Hanley Center’s Health Leadership Development Course in the inaugural class.

In her free time, Kathy enjoys running with her dog, Zephyr, horseback riding, and volunteering in her community.