CHHS Leadership Council


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Member Bios

 Jordan Basco 

Jordan Basco, RN, MBA, is currently the Director for Center for Clinical Excellence in Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS). In his role he has developed, coordinated, and directed educational programs that promote professional excellence for nursing and other clinical support roles through partnering with the Education and Organizational Development department. He also served as liaison to schools of nursing, quality management, and to the Nursing Directors to facilitate use of clinical, quality, and financial data for decision-making, program development, and patient-care delivery. In his career in MIHS, Basco has also served in various leadership roles including Director for Medical-Surgical Services. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from De La Salle University in the Philippines and a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY where he was awarded the Pauline Jufer Award for excellence in elderly care. He received a Master's Degree in Business Administration/Healthcare Management from University of Phoenix. Basco has chaired the healthcare system's Clinical Steering Committee and Patient Education Advisory Committee. He also was a member and MIHS representative in the SBAR Taskforce of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AZHHA). This taskforce rolled out a state-wide patient safety initiative focused on hand-off communications using the SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation) format.

 Chris Bavasi 

Chris Bavasi is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and the Executive Director of the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation. Bavasi chairs the boards of the Northern Arizona University Foundation, the Flagstaff Medical Center, the Peaks Senior Living Community and is Treasurer of the Board of Northern Arizona Healthcare and a Governing Board member of the Flagstaff Unified School District. He is the former six-term Mayor of Flagstaff, Executive Director of the Northern Arizona Council of Governments and a Flagstaff Police Department detective. Bavasi has or is serving in leadership roles on many nonprofit organizations' boards including Sigma Chi Fraternity, Museum of Northern Arizona, Big Brother/Big Sisters of Flagstaff, Flagstaff YMCA, Flagstaff Kiwanis, American Heart Association, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Arizona, American Cancer Society and the United Way.  Bavasi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from NAU and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letter in 2000 from NAU.  He has received a College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, the Arizona Board of Regents Outstanding Service to Higher Education Award, Significant Sig recognition, two Presidential citations and was a Flagstaff Citizen of the Year.  Bavasi and his wife Corinne have been Flagstaff residents for 40 years and have three daughters and three grandchildren.

 George Blue Spruce 

George Blue Spruce, Jr., DDS, MPH, is Assistant Dean for American Indian Affairs at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He is the nation's first American Indian dentist and retired assistant surgeon general. He served as director of the Indian Health Service Phoenix Area Office from 1979-1986.  In 1990, he was instrumental in visioning the organization of the Society of American Indian Dentists and has been its president for the past 16 years. This position has allowed Blue Spruce to continue his life's work in the encouragement of American Indian individuals to pursue a career in dentistry and other health professions. He holds membership in numerous American Indian organizations, with missions that promote post-secondary education. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha and earned a Master's degree in Health Care Management from the University of California at Berkeley.  Blue Spruce is a member of the San Juan-Laguna Pueblos of New Mexico.  In 1996, he was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the first and only male tennis player to be inducted.

 Barbara Dember 

Barbara Dember, MHA, FACHE, is the Vice President of Ancillary Services at Verde Valley Medical Center. She has more than 20 years of senior management experience in hospital and healthcare operations.  Dember received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona Eller College of Business and her Master's of Healthcare Administration from California College for Health Services. Prior to joining Verde Valley Medical, she worked at Flagstaff Medical Center as the Vice President for Professional Services. Prior to that appointment, she served as the Regional Vice President of Clinical Institutes at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, OR. She also was the Regional Vice President of Business Development and Cardiovascular Operations at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, WA. As an executive of St. Joseph's Hospital, she established an open heart program which received a Solucient Top 100 and HealthGrades TM 5-star award.

 Jack Dempsey 

Jack Dempsey is the Executive Vice President of Legal, Compliance and Information Technology at Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH).  A Northern Arizona resident for over thirty years, Dempsey has practiced law since 1981, specializing in healthcare and commercial law.  He has served on numerous community boards including North Country Community Health Center, Native Americans for Community Action, Big Brothers of Flagstaff, Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, Greater Flagstaff Economic Council, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Main Street Flagstaff Foundation, Northern Arizona Homebuilders, City of Flagstaff Water Commission and Milligan House Preservation Trust.  During off hours, he enjoys cycling, gardening, jogging and swimming.

 Kara Dodds 

Kara M. Dodds, MS, CCC-SLP, is the owner and director of Kara Dodds and Associates, Inc., a pediatric private practice with clinic locations in San Diego and Encinitas, CA. They offer speech therapy for pediatrics with neurological and developmental disorders including specialized therapy programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia, and other neurological disorders. Dodds received a Master of Clinical Speech Pathology and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Northern Arizona University. Dodd is also Hanen certified and teaches "More than Words," a Hanen program for parents. She is trained in and uses TalkTools methods to improve oral motor abilities. Additionally, she is PROMPT trained and uses the method with Apraxia and motor speech disorders. Her success with children with neurological and developmental delays has earned her recognition among peers. She is often asked to present at international conferences and colleges. She has created and teamed up with UCSD for a preschool research project for early intervention. Dodd is a member of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology, the California Speech-Language Health Association, and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

 Anthony Dorsey 

Anthony Dorsey, MD, is Chief of Anesthesiology at the Phoenix Area Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University and attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dorsey completed an internship and residency at St. Louis University and spent time in private practice before joining the VA as Chair of the Anesthesia Department in 2006. At the VA, he chairs the operating room efficiency committee, and is also involved with the pharmacy and therapeutics committee, the clinical executive board, and transfusion committee. In his current role, he oversees the perioperative healthcare of a variety of patients, from newly injured soldiers fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom to the needs of the aging World War II veterans. Dorsey introduced a regional anesthesia program to the Phoenix VA to better control pain in postoperative orthopedic patients. He is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Nation.

 Elvina Emerson 

Elvina "Penny" D. Emerson is President of the Native Resource Development Co., Inc. Emerson started her business in 1990 on the Navajo nation as a non-emergency medical transportation company. Her business transports patients from their homes to their medical appointments. Ten years ago, Emerson relocated her headquarters from Window Rock to nearby Gallup, NM, and she added a housekeeping and home health care service business. Today, Native Transport, Reliable Janitorial Services and Quality Home Care all operate as divisions of Native Resource Development Company, Inc., employing 350+ full and part-time employees, 94% of whom are Navajos. In 2008 Emerson's businesses booked $8.4M in sales. Emerson earned her bachelor's degree in Health Services from Northern Arizona  University. As a successful native woman entrepreneur, she has dedicated much of her life to giving back to the community and to creating inspiration and opportunities for others to pursue their educational dreams. She is a member of NAU Institute for Native Americans Advisory Board, past President of the St. Michael's High School Board, and a former Board Member for Navajo Tribal Utilities Authority. She has supported the Miss Navajo pageant, helped build the St. Michael's School Endowment, and established scholarships at NAU for women pursuing health professions. Emerson has received numerous awards including a "Lifetime Achievement" award from the Girl Scouts Council of Arizona. Her company was recognized last year as the "Service Business of the Year" by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Penny believes that her Navajo heritage and values are part of her foundation for personal strength and success in life, and she always reminds her friends, family members, and employees to "Walk in Beauty."

 John Hill 

John G. Hill, FACHE, MBA, is President and CEO for The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. The Medical Center of Aurora is an acute care hospital with Level II trauma designation and specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and geriatric psychiatry. Hill's previous position was COO at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Texas. Hill was formerly the Executive Administrator for a private physician surgical group where he developed the largest ophthalmologic surgical group in rural Arizona. A native of Arizona, Hill earned his Bachelor of Science and a master's degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona  University. He has an executive certificate in Healthcare Administration from the Wharton School of Business. Hill is board certified in Healthcare Administration and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently serves on the board for the Community College of Aurora Foundation and the Aurora Economic Development Council as well as being the Executive Liaison for the Colorado Association of Healthcare Executives. He was selected by the Governor as a member of the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council.

 Don Keuth 

Don Keuth has been President of the Phoenix Community Alliance since January 1, 1998.  The Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1983 to help create a dynamic and vital central city core.  Mr. Keuth is also 2008 Chair of the Phoenix Planning Commission and President of the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority. He is the Vice President of the Tempe Union School District Governing Board, a member of the Phoenix College Advisory Board, ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation Business Advisory Group, and U of A College of Medicine Advisory Board. He also chairs the Channel 8-KAET Community Advisory Board and the President's Advisory Council for Gateway Community College.

 Nancy Lashutka 

Nancy Kuyper Lashutka, MBA, is the Chair of Research Administration and External Relations at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. Lashutka's primary responsibility is to provide administrative leadership to all clinical and laboratory based investigator activities and programs, working in partnership with the physician Director for Research. She also has administrative oversight responsibility for Business Development, Contracting and Payer Relations, Public Affairs, and outreach activities. Lashutka holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech), a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from The Ohio State University (cum laude), and completed the Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University. She managed multi-specialty outpatient medical centers for Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States, was a divisional Vice President of Operations and Planning at Prudential HealthCare, and was responsible for directing the operations of the insurer's Mid-Atlantic and MidWest health plans. Early career positions included five years in management at Associates in Laboratory Medicine, Tucson, AZ, and as Medical Technologist at Arizona Health Sciences Center (Division of Animal Resources) and Tucson Medical Center (Microbiology).

 Marty Laurel 

Marty L. Laurel is Vice President of Community Relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. He is responsible for Tucson and select rural markets throughout Arizona. Laurel engages the company in multiple facets of the business and nonprofit community, including chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, brokers, health care providers, city and county governments, universities and community colleges, school districts, and many charities. Laurel joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in 1991 as Director and later Vice President of Advertising and Public Relations, running an in-house operation for 12 years. Laurel is active in community activities throughout the state, serving on the boards of the Better Business Bureau of Central  and Northern Arizona, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and the Arizona Rural Development Council. He is a member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault Men's Anti-violence Partnership, the Community Advisory Council of the W.A. Franke College of Business at NAU, and the Arizona Interscholastic Association Strategic Planning Council. Laurel is a native of Texas and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Texas Western College (now UTEP) in El Paso, TX.  He has recently retired from the council, but was a valuable member for many years.

 Susan Mansfield 

Susan Mansfield, RDH, EdD, is retired as Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. At Northern Arizona University, Mansfield served as Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions, Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene, coordinator of the Dental Hygiene Expanded Functions program, and the Dental Hygiene Clinical Director. Mansfield earned an EdD in Higher Education Administration at Memphis State University, a master's degree in Educational Administration and a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene at Northern Arizona University, as well as an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at North Dakota State School of Science. Mansfield was instrumental in creating the Master of Dental Hygiene program at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. She has served on the Memphis Biotech Foundation Education Committee, the Tennessee Hospital Association Workforce Development Advisory Board, and the Tennessee Educational Council for Health Service Programs. She is a member of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, The Tennessee Educational Council for Health Science Programs, the American Dental Hygienists' Association, and the American Association of Dental Schools.

 Kay McKay 

Kay McKay retired after a 40 year career, the past 25 years as the executive director for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern Arizona. McKay is currently a mediator with the Coconino County Superior Court, a field instructor for Northern Arizona University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and is the owner of Kay McKay Consulting providing services in the areas of staff and management rehabilitation, conflict resolution, mediation, and board development. She has received several gubernatorial appointments in recent years that include the Arizona Board of Regents (President in 2002) and Chair of the Supreme Court/Appellate Court selection committee. She also served for seven years on the Arizona Liquor Control board. McKay served on the executive boards of the Flagstaff Medical Center and Northern Arizona Health Care, Inc. She is a founding member of the Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County and enjoys community service work with the Flagstaff Leadership Program and the Copperfeather Institute. McKay's awards include Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America's Executive Director of the Year, Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce's Business Woman of the Year, and the Arizona Daily Sun's Citizen of the Year. Soroptimist International also named her a "Woman of Distinction." McKay received an NAU Honorary Degree of Humane Letters in 2004. In 2006, NAU honored McKay for her extraordinary service to higher education in Arizona by naming the newest residence hall, McKay Village.

 Larry Mullins 

Larry A. Mullins, DHA, is President and CEO of Samaritan Health Services, Inc., an integrated health care system of hospitals, physicians, and clinics in Oregon. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, Mullins served in South Vietnam with the 26th Marine Regiment and the 1st Marine Division. Mullins has achieved the designation of Diplomat in Healthcare Administration in the American Academy of Medical Administrators. He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and serves as Regent and Chapter President for the State of Oregon. Mullins serves as co-chair for the state of Oregon's Emergency Support Function 8 Policy Group. He has participated in the Air Force War College as part of the National Security Forum and has been appointed by Governor Kulongoski to serve on the Homeland Security Council of the State of Oregon. Mullins received a Doctor of Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, a master's degree from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University. His doctoral dissertation was on organizational change and crisis leadership.

 Joel Rohrbough 

Joel Rohrbough, MD, is a sports medicine and shoulder specialist at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, Summit Center in Flagstaff, practicing since 1997. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and attended medical school at Loma Linda University in southern California where he received his orthopaedic surgery training.Rohrbough is most recently from Tucson, where he spent three years as an orthopaedic surgeon in the US Air Force. During this time he was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has assisted in the care of the New York Giants, New York Mets, the New York Power women's professional soccer team, and several Division I university athletic teams. He is currently an orthopaedic consultant for NAU athletic teams and Sinagua High School. Rohrbough has written numerous articles and book chapters on sports injury topics, including posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, elbow reconstruction in throwing athletes, ACL and cartilage injuries, and rock climbing injuries. His non-scientific articles include regular contributions to the medicine section of Climbing magazine.

 Maureen Russell 

Maureen "Mo" Russell is the owner of Northland-Rural Therapy Associates in Flagstaff. The organization is a multi-disciplinary agency providing physical, occupational, speech-language and audiology services for the past 14 years in northern Arizona. Clients include infants, toddlers, school-aged children, adolescents, as well as some adult services. In addition to providing clinic based services in Flagstaff, NRTA offers school, home, and community based services in many northern Arizona communities including the Navajo, Hopi, and Havasupai reservations. Their mission is to provide quality therapy services to children in rural and underserved areas. Russell specializes in pediatric occupational therapy and sensory integration. She received her bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. Russell established a scholarship for students in NAU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.