PeaceHealth Leadership

Members of PeaceHealth’s Executive Team embrace a leadership model fully rooted in our Mission and Values and in our heritage as a Catholic health care ministry. This model guides our leaders in every aspect of their work and oversight responsibilities. It challenges us to relentlessly pursue improvements in patient outcomes and service to patients and families while awakening joy, meaning and purpose in the human spirit.

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Liz Dunne
President, Chief Executive Officer

Liz is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in Business and Computer Resource Management. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, she served as community chief executive officer for Providence Health & Services in South Bay, Calif. After 10 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Liz served 10 years in the reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. She is the first lay woman leader of the PeaceHealth system and is committed to our legacy of enabling the well-being of communities.

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Beth O’Brien
Chief Operating Officer

Beth brings a wealth of experience, having held chief executive and senior leadership positions with several faith-based health systems, health plans and strategic consultant firms. She got her start in healthcare as a registered nurse working in neurosciences. In 2004, Beth was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare,” and she holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Carol Aaron
Senior Vice President, Culture and People,
Chief Human Resources Officer

Carol’s deeply held commitment to caregivers and providers is backed by more than 30 years in senior leadership in human resources and Catholic health ministries. Prior to PeaceHealth, at St. Joseph Health, Carol led efforts that helped garner the worldwide Gallup Great Workplace Award three consecutive years. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.

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Peggy Allen
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, interim

Peggy is currently on loan to PeaceHealth from FTI Health Solutions, while we conduct our CFO search. She has more than 20 years in healthcare industry financial management, and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also a CPA for Mississippi.

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Renato V. “Val” Baciarelli
Senior Vice President, Operations and System Services

Val came to PeaceHealth from Denver, Colorado, where he was a national vice president for Catholic Health Initiatives. He has more than 30 years of Catholic healthcare leadership across the United States in system office and hospital settings. and was drawn to PeaceHealth by caring focus. He holds an MS in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, Texas.

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Gary Chiodo, DMD
System Vice President,Organizational Integrity,
System Compliance Officer

Gary came to PeaceHealth from Oregon Health & Science University, where he was chief integrity officer and interim dean, School of Dentistry. He taught for more than 20 years as professor of dentistry at OHSU, speaking and publishing widely. He won the 2005 OHSU Medical Staff Chairman’s Award for Outstanding in Clinical Care Quality. Gary received his DMD from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center and Certificate of Health Care Ethics from the University of Washington.

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Kathy Dean
System Vice President of Marketing, Communication and Public Affairs

Kathy was called to PeaceHealth after holding similar leadership roles in marketing and communications for Oregon Health & Science University and Geisinger Health System, Pennsylvania. She is active in the field nationally, and has served on the board of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing Development for the American Hospital Association. She holds a Master’s in Strategic Communications and Leadership is from Seton Hall University, New Jersey.

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Cynthia Finter
Senior Vice President, Payer Strategy Innovation and Operations

Cynthia has more than 25 years of experience in health care leadership, including service as president of health plans in the midwest and the northwest. She holds an MA in Health Administration from Webster University, Missouri, and graduated from Harvard Business School’s advanced management program. She is certified by National Association of Corporate Directors as Board Leadership Fellow.

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Steve Glenn
System Vice President, Performance Excellence, Operations & System Services

Steve first joined PeaceHealth as vice president for information systems technology governance, bringing with him more than 15 years in health care project management in the Portland/Vancouver area. Steve holds a BS in Chemistry from Portland State University, as well as Project Management Institute training. Steve appreciates the diverse talents of PeaceHealth caregivers, who all “come together to deliver compassionate care.”

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Dan Hein
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Dan has more than 20 years of experience in business IT leadership, and holds an MBA in Management and Finance from the University of Portland. He first joined PeaceHealth as the system vice president of enterprise technology. Dan is grateful for our ability to create “a holistic approach to preventative care through promoting healthy lifestyles and practices.”

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Stu Hennessey
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs

Stu has served as PeaceHealth’s senior legal counsel since he joined the system in 1989. Previously, he spent 11 years in a private law practice in Seattle following four years of service in the United States Navy. Stu received his JD degree from Columbia University Law School, New York. He is a member of the Washington Bar Association. For Stu, the strength of our mission is in “caring for the vulnerable.”

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Victoria King
Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Victoria is board certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced, holds master’s degrees in Healthcare Administration and Nursing, and is a co-founder of the Global Nursing Conference. She is known for creating strong and enduring nursing collaboration with physicians, patients and the communities we serve. Originally from California, she was drawn to PeaceHealth for the chance to create a successful nursing practice architecture across the system.

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Marc McCampbell
Vice President, Philanthropic Development

Mark has more than 30 years in non-profit development, and served as president and executive director of the Northwest Hospital Foundation in Seattle. Mark holds a BS in Education from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. He has completed coursework for a master’s degree in Management Development and Human Resources from the National College of Education, Illinois. Mark finds his connection to the PeaceHealth mission in a shared love for people.

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Mike Metcalf
President, PeaceHealth Medical Group

Mike brings more than 25 years in both non-profit and for-profit health care administration and leadership, including serving as Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations for Essentia Health East Region, Duluth; and COO for Ministry Medical Group in Wisconsin. He specializes in Lean Six Sigma management principles in healthcare, and holds an MBA from Lake Superior State University, Mich.

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Rand O’Leary
President, Hospital Services, Oregon network

Rand served for eight years in executive leadership roles with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Michigan. He was also senior vice president and chief operating officer of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Michigan. He has more than 20 years of leadership in surgical services, neurosciences, cardiovascular, ambulatory and physician practice operations. He holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Rosanne Ponzetti
System Vice President, Mission Services

Rosanne first served PeaceHealth as Vice President of Mission, Culture and People for the hospitals in the Columbia network. She brings more than 25 years of experience to this role. Her master’s degrees are in Catholic Health Care Leadership from St. Joseph’s College, Maine and Family Studies (with a certificate in public administration) from University of New Mexico. A strong advocate for human development and organizational empowerment, Rosanne is instrumental in leveraging our mission at all levels of the ministry.

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Nancy Steiger
Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Services

Nancy first served PeaceHealth as chief executive officer, Northwest network, for eight years. In her current role, she oversees ambulatory care, community benefit and advocacy. With more than 20 years as an executive, Nancy has held positions with San Mateo Medical Center and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital/St. Joseph Health System, both in northern California. She began her career as an oncology nurse, and is the author of Self-Care Nursing: Theory and Practice. She received her MSN at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Dale Zender
President, Hospital Services, Northwest network

Dale has more than 30 years at PeaceHealth in Washington and Alaska, including Vice President of PeaceHealth Medical Group, CAO, CFO and COO positions. He is the 2011 “John Tiscornia Award” recipient, honoring outstanding leadership, stewardship and exemplification of PeaceHealth values. Dale is a Washington State Board of Accountancy CPA, and has an MBA from City University in Seattle, as well as Advanced Training Program in Healthcare Delivery Improvement.