Senior Leadership Team


Valley Regional’s Senior Leadership Team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital, home care services, and outpatient centers. Each individual possess advanced training, education and experience in healthcare administration.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Peter J. Wright, FACHE

As president and CEO, Peter Wright is responsible, with the Board of Trustees, for charting the course and leading the way forward for Valley Regional Healthcare. He is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), receiving that organization’s New Hampshire Regents Award in 2008. Before coming to Valley Regional in March 2013, Mr. Wright served as chief operating officer at Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Chief Nursing Officer

Lynne Gagnon RN

Chief Medical Officer

Oliver Herfort, MD

Dr. Oliver Herfort has served as an active primary care physician in Valley Regional’s Associates in Medicine Internal Medicine clinic since 2003. In his role as chief medical officer, he leads all efforts to review and improve the medical care provided throughout Valley Regional Healthcare. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and he serves as a member-at-large on the Executive Council of its New Hampshire Chapter. Dr. Herfort earned his medical degree in 1996 from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Germany, and completed his residency in internal medicine and also a fellowship in infectious disease at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in infectious disease.

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Jean Shaw

Director of Human Resources

Cheryl Cavanaugh

Senior Director of Community Engagement

Gaye LaCasce

Gaye LaCasce is responsible for internal and external communication, including advertising, media relations and community relations, and he also oversees all fundraising activities for Valley Regional Healthcare. She came to Valley Regional in 2015, bringing many years of marketing communication and development leadership experience in large and small nonprofit organizations. She and her staff coordinate Valley Regional’s sponsorship of and participation in a wide variety of community activities that are in close alignment with the mission.