Kathy Vezina

President, Board of Directors

Kathryn Vezina currently serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership.  At the Hanley Center, Kathy provides primary leadership for the Health Leadership Development Program, the Health Equity & Health Disparities work, and the Public Health Workforce Development activities, and supports the Physician Executive Leadership Institute Foundational and Advanced programs.

Kathy formerly worked for Counseling Services, Inc. in Saco and served as a health care attorney for the Augusta-based firm Kozak and Gayer. From 1995 to 1996, she served as the Family Planning Association’s Director of External Affairs and Legal Counsel, helping the Association to make the transition to its current headquarters building. 

Kathy attended undergraduate and graduate school in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing her Masters Degree and Pediatric/Adolescent Nurse Practitioner training, she taught nursing at University of Southern Maine. Her interest and activity in public policy development and legislative advocacy on nursing and health related issues then led her to a career transition into Law. While attending Law School at the University of Maine, she served as the Editor in Chief of the Maine Law Review.

As a nurse and a health care attorney, Kathy has worked in healthcare in Maine for the past 25 years in the private practice of health related law, public policy, legislative advocacy, and teaching. Over the years, Kathy has been active in both legal and nursing professional organizations, served on various health care boards and committees, and volunteered as a nurse in the Biddeford Free Clinic and with the Maine Migrant Health Program. From 2002 to 2007, she served as President and Chair of SAFE (Safe Abortions for Everyone) Fund.  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 the Co-chair of the Women’s Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association.

She now regularly spends time visiting patients at Central Maine Medical Center with her standard poodle therapy dog, Zephyr.