VITL Welcomes Emma Harrigan as Chair of the Board of Directors

December 21, 2023


As the organization’s new Board Chair, Harrigan will help VITL continue to advance health data sharing in Vermont. 

VITL is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Harrigan as Chair of its Board of Directors. Harrigan brings extensive expertise in health care policy, quality improvement, and data systems to this role.  

Emma Harrigan succeeds Richard Elmore in this role. Elmore actively served on the VITL Board since 2015. VITL would like to express deep gratitude to Elmore for his crucial contributions to VITL’s work, and his support of the VITL team.  

Harrigan is Vice President of Policy at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS). In this capacity, she provides leadership on mental health policy, quality initiatives, systems design, member development, emergency preparedness, and data analysis for hospitals and health systems across Vermont. Harrigan is recognized as a strategic advocate for data utilization and performance accountability, particularly in the context of mental health care.  

“VITL is thrilled to welcome Emma as the Chair of our Board of Directors,” said Beth Anderson, VITL’s President and CEO. “Her extensive experience in health care policy and data-driven decision-making will be invaluable as we continue to advance health data sharing in Vermont.” 

Shawn Burroughs will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair, along with Jessa Barnard as Board Secretary, and Debra Royce as Board Treasurer.  

“I’m honored to take on the role of Chair of the VITL Board of Directors,” Harrigan commented. “I see the benefit of VITL’s data to hospitals and other providers in Vermont, and I’m pleased to work with Beth and the Board of Directors to support this important work.”