Following its most recent winter and spring meetings, Norwich officials announced four new additions to the Board of Trustees, including the Chief Medical Officer at the University of Vermont, Dr. Isabelle Desjardins.
Desjardins is also Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She is the mother of a Norwich University Class of 2022 graduate.
As CMO, she is responsible for providing physician executive leadership, direction and administration of medical management, including the integration, coordination, quality assurance and improvement of clinical care and patient safety for the UVM Medical Center. She has held several clinical leadership and educator roles, including Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry, Executive Medical Director of the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin, Vermont, and Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at the UVM Medical Center.
A native of Quebec, Desjardins earned her medical degree at the University of Montreal and completed her psychiatry residency training and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research has focused on identifying predictors of suicide and developing a tool to help non-psychiatrists identify patients at risk of suicide. She translated her research into entrepreneurship by building a company that develops expert system-based risk assessments in health care settings.
She is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her strengths in leadership, mentorship, innovation and diversity, equity and inclusion. She resides in Stowe, Vermont, and also has a daughter just graduating from the London School of Economics.
Additional trustees include Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow, ’83, USMC Retired, is the highest-ranking Marine officer to have graduated from Norwich. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and his name is engraved on the Bicentennial Stairs. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marines in 1983 after graduating from Norwich University, he served in a variety of billets including Restore Hope in Somalia and during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Broadmeadow retired from the Marine Corps in 2020 after more than 37 years on active duty. His final assignment was in the Pentagon as the director, Marine Corps Staff. His previous three-star assignment was as the deputy commander of U.S. Transportation Command, one of nine DoD Combatant Commands with responsibilities for air, land, and sea transportation for the Department of Defense around the globe. Prior to his assignment at USTRANSCOM, he was the Commander of all Marine Corps bases and stations around the world.
Broadmeadow is married to Karen (Rowe), a Montpelier native and also a NU ’83 graduate. Together they have remained active with their alma mater in various alumni clubs, reunion committees, and freshmen sendoffs. He has returned to speak on campus numerous times including as the ROTC Joint Services’ Commissioning official in 2018 and was the keynote speaker for Norwich’s Bicentennial Gala aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City.
John P. Collins, ’90 John P. Collins is a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer of Denham Capital Management LP (“Denham Capital” or “the firm”) and has over 30 years of experience in private equity and back-office business operations. He is responsible for managing Denham Capital’s accounting, tax, human resources, information technology and administration disciplines and is a member of the firm’s Valuation Committee. Collins helped to establish the firm’s office locations in Houston, Boston, Jersey City, Toronto, London, and Perth. Denham Capital is a global resources, energy and sustainable infrastructure focused investment firm with more than $12 billion of invested and committed capital across multiple fund vehicles since inception. Specializing in private equity, infrastructure and debt, Denham Capital invests in sectors that are central to the economic and energy transitions happening globally. Denham Capital delivers the mineral resources, energy and sustainable infrastructure needed for today and tomorrow.
Prior to joining Denham Capital, Collins occupied various finance positions in the private equity industry including Chief Financial Officer of Capital Resources Partners, a middle market mezzanine debt private investment firm and Manager in the fund accounting group at Advent International Corporation, a global private equity firm.
Collins received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Norwich University and a Master of Business Administration from Salem State College.
Collins is a former Chairperson of Norwich University’s School of Business Board of Fellows and is a past NU Club officer. He is married and resides with his wife in Massachusetts.
Colonel Francisco J. Leija, M’06, USA Retired, is the Chief Operating Officer of Entanglement Inc., a novel computing company which focuses on bridging the existing quantum computing gap. He is responsible for all operations and for C-suite coordination. Prior to joining Entanglement Inc., Leija retired from the U.S. Army after 27 years of active duty.
During his time in the Army, Leija held key leadership posts within the Pentagon, Joint Staff, Army Staff, and Army Futures Command (AFC). Leija was selected as a White House Fellow in 2014. During his fellowship he fulfilled the role of Special Advisor, on Border Security, for the Secretary of Homeland Security. Leija is a proud Artilleryman, who saw combat in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He is Ranger qualified, a Rappel Master, and completed both arctic and summer military mountaineering schools. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit, and two Bronze Stars.
Leija earned a B.A. from Kansas State University, while serving on active duty as a Sergeant in the 1st Infantry Division. His graduate education consists of a M.M.A.S from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) and a M.A. from Norwich. He is also a graduate from the U.S.M.C Amphibious Warfare School. Lastly, Leija was able to lead an effort to restructure the military program at West Point, while serving as an Assistant Professor. For Norwich, he served as a member of the Presidential Selection Committee and was a member of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Board of Fellows. He is married with four children and lives with his family in New York.