145 State Street          Rutland, VT 05701


Board Members

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Rutland County Free Clinic.

The following individuals currently sit on our Board and are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities.

Victor Pisanelli, Jr., MD

Chairman Park Street Healthshare


For the past six years I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of the Rutland County Free Clinic. I have had the additional honor of being one of the medical providers for the many patients coming through our front door. After being in the practice of general surgery for forty years, it has been very fulfilling for me to work with the many wonderful individuals in the Clinic and on the Board. Most of all I very much enjoy interacting with the many grateful patients who seek out our services in their moment of need. I am also grateful for the many talented providers who volunteer along with me at the Clinic, and also appreciate the willingness of the many talented physicians and dentists in our community who see our patients upon referral.

Kathleen Boyd, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CCM, RN-BC

Vice Chairman


My name is Kathleen Boyd and I have had the pleasure of being a member of the Rutland County Free Clinic Board since June of 2018.  I was thrilled when I was asked to join the Board, because it was an excellent opportunity to expand my role as a professional nurse in Rutland County.  My life’s passion has been to provide compassionate nursing care to those who are in need. Volunteering at the Rutland County Free Clinic allows me the opportunity to ensure I meet my professional and personal goals which are to address the population health needs of my Community.   

Seth Coombs, MD

Medical Director


Coming soon!

John Cohen



Coming soon!

Judith Fisch, DDS

Dental Director


Dr. Fisch has had a long association with the RC Free Clinic and maintains a critical role in our ability to provide direct patient care to those in need of dental services. 

Dr. Fisch has been a part of the Rutland community both personally and professionally since 1989. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry and has served as  president of the Vermont State Dental Society and currently serves on the American Dental Association Board of Trustees. 

Dr. Fisch continues to work at Heaton & Fisch Dental Associates, a private family practice that has served the Rutland area for over 50 years.

Tracy Upton, RN


Coming soon!

Christina Sweet, RDH


Coming soon!

Emma Hileman


Emma is originally from the blue ridge mountains of southwestern Virginia but made the green mountains of Vermont her home in 2018.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College where her love and interest in local food systems flourished which inspires her work with the Vermont Farmers Food Center in Rutland.  Emma then completed her Masters in Social Work with Boston University in 2020.

As a board member of the Rutland Free Clinic and a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition her focus is to make preventative healthcare a priority for Rutland County using food as medicine.

Emma is also a lover of the outdoors and can be found in her free time hiking in the white mountains of New Hampshire or kayaking on many a Vermont lake!

Christopher Chadwick, MS, LADC, AFC


Christopher Chadwick is a licensed Behavioral Therapist and an accredited Forensic Counseling Specialist. With more than 22 years of experience in the social services field, Chris has worked within many challenging environments.

Chris currently serves as the Director of Behavioral Health & MAT services for the Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region. He is an adjunct professor for the Castleton University Social Work program and manager of the Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP) through Rutland Mental Health.

Elizabeth Pelletier



Liz has been an integrated part of the Rutland County community since 2011. Serving the Rutland area as a Registered Nurse in various capacities has allowed her to create collaborative relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders which have provided Liz with the opportunity to be involved with many coalitions and collaboratives that share a goal of promoting positive healthcare outcomes.

Liz joined the Vermont Department of Health in August of 2021 as a Public Health RN Supervisor and was soon asked to join the RCFC's Board of Directors. 

“I have a passion for civic duty and advocating for individuals who have been historically underserved. I am committed to focusing on the social determinates of health and improving access to equitable care."

The RC Free Clinic retains a paid staff of 3 people.

Tia Poalino

Executive Director (Full Time)


Tia is responsible for the overall operations, staffing, budget, direction and administration of the RC Free Clinic in keeping with the organization’s mission statement, values and vision.

Laurie Krupp

Clinic Manager (Full Time)


Laurie is the first point of contact for patients and visitors and works closely with the clinical volunteers to schedule and manage all of our clinics. Laurie also assists our patients with insurance enrollment and access to special programs.

Diane Ponto

Business Manager (Part Time)


Diane is responsible for generating and maintaining financial and operational reports and records. Diane and Tia ensure that clinic staff and volunteers have the resources available to them to provide quality patient care.