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Management Team

Mountain Valleys Health Centers Management Team

 djones  Dave Jones, CEO

Dave Jones has served as chief executive officer of what is now Mountain Valleys Health Centers since 1987. He was originally hired by Big Valley Medical Services, Inc., in Bieber. Big Valley… Full Bio

cmorris  Carol Morris, Site Manager

Carol Morris is the site manager for Burney Health Center, Cascade Health Center, and Fall River Valley Health Center. Carol has been involved in the healthcare of the Intermountain Area sin… Full Bio

EileenTremaine  Eileen Tremaine, Grants and Planning Officer

Eileen Tremaine, MPA, was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and has worked with MVHC for 14 years as a site manager, compliance officer, grant manager, emergency preparedness coordin… Full Bio

jludwigsen  Jean Ludwigsen, R.N., Transition of Care

Jean Ludwigsen is not new to MVHC, having filled in for many years as an RN. Now, she is the full-time Transition of Care coordinator. The TOC coordinator oversees the process of con… Full Bio

JWaterman  Judy Waterman, CFO

Judy is a management accountant and licensed tax-preparer and has managed her own business, Price Waterman, Inc., for over 30 years. Judy was born in South Bend, Indiana, and moved to Ph… Full Bio

kcrabtree  Kimberly Crabtree, R.N., PCMH Coordinator

Kimberly was raised in a small community in northern Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University in 2003. Following graduation, Kimberly wor… Full Bio

  Joelle Clayton, Site Manager

Joelle Clayton was raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon and graduated from Mazama High School in 2001. After starting her own family, she decided to pursue a career in the healthcare field…Full Bio

msalters  Michelle Salters, Compliance Officer

I lived in Fontana, California, until the age of ten. My family moved to Burney in 1971 and I lived there until I married Addison Brent Salters in 1983 and moved to Big Valley. I ha… Full Bio

  Latisha Smith-Chase, CMO

Dr. Smith-Chase is a native of Detroit, Michigan and completed her internal medicine residency there as well. She also had sub-specialty training in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at the University of… Full Bio

rmandel  Raymond P. Mandel, Ph.D.

Behavioral Health Director Dr. Mandel was born in Santa Cruz, California, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He returned to California when he was 19 years old and has worked in the human service ar… Full Bio

sputnam  Scott Putnam, CIO

Scott began working at Apex as a technician while still a Shasta High School student. By age 25, he became president of the company. Scott has more than 20 years of experience in design, imp… Full Bio

 sgerig2  Shannon Gerig, R.N., Associate CMO

Shannon was born and raised in Yakima Valley, Washington. She received her bachelor’s degree for science in nursing in 1994 from the University of Washington. She currently lives in Bi… Full Bio

sthorlaksson  Sheral Thorlaksson, COO

Sheral Thorlaksson has been involved in health care administration since 1986. She has served in a variety of roles: clinic manager, billing manager, merger coordinator, implementer of pa… Full Bio

 speterson2  Sue Peterson, Human Resources Manager

Susan Peterson is the human resources manager for MVHC. She attended college at Simpson University and Shasta College before coming to work at Big Valley Health Center in May 2002. She has… Full Bio

sknoch  Susan Knoch, R.N., Director of Nursing

Susan was born and raised in the wonderful Intermountain Area, where she attended Fall River Elementary and High School and graduated in 2002. In school, she enjoyed playing volleyball and bask… Full Bio

tschmitt  Teri Schmitt, Health Information Specialist

Teri Schmitt was raised in Hat Creek, California, and graduated from Fall River High School. She is the youngest of five children. Her parents are both from longtime local families. She has two sons… Full Bio