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Good Neighbor Health Clinic Looking for Leader

White River Junction — The Good Neighbor Health Clinic is searching for someone to lead it after the organization’s executive director stepped down last month.

Armando Alfonzo had served at the helm for a year and a half before he resigned his position at the end of 2013. His temporary replacement is Hilde Ojibway, one of the free clinic’s founders who was also Alfonzo’s predecessor before he arrived in August 2012.

Ojibway will come on board next week. She was unsure why Alfonzo left the job, but said he called her several days afterward to let her know and thank her for her help.

“He was really gracious,” Ojibway said Tuesday. “He was very nice about it, but we didn’t get into a lot with his decision.”

Attempts to contact Alfonzo were unsuccessful.

Since it was founded in 1992, the free clinic has served a central role in caring for the Upper Valley’s uninsured residents on both sides of the Connecticut River. The primary care clinic and an affiliated dental practice, Red Logan Dental Clinic, treated nearly 1,500 individual patients in 2012, more than half of them from New Hampshire, according to its most recent annual report. In recent months, Good Neighbor has been helping individuals enroll for insurance through Vermont’s new online insurance marketplace, VermontHealthConnect.gov.

The search for a new executive director could take months, though Ojibway has agreed to stay on for up to a year. Alfonzo’s hiring came after sorting through candidates for six months.

The work to find Alfonzo’s permanent replacement has not yet begun, Ojibway said. The board will have another look at the job description.

“Every time you make a change, it’s an opportunity to have a look around,” she said.

Chris Fleisher can be reached at 603-727-3229 or cfleisher@vnews.com.