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.

Beth O'Brien
Chief Operating Officer

Before joining PeaceHealth, Beth served as senior vice president and group executive officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. Her experience also includes chief executive and senior leadership positions with Navigant Consulting, Baptist Health System, Cigna Healthcare, Catholic HealthCare West (now Dignity Health), Providence Health System, and other health systems across the country. In 2004, Beth was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.”

Carol Aaron
Senior Vice President for Culture and People

Carol joined PeaceHealth in 2010.  Previously she was the Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations at the St. Joseph Health System in California, a Catholic-based system. Under her leadership, SJHS received the international Gallup Great Workplace Award three consecutive years for having highly engaged employees.  Carol has a master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.  Carol expresses it was the strong mission and core values of PeaceHealth that le​d her to this position.

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

Val came to PeaceHealth in February 2015 from Denver, Colorado, where he was a National Vice President for Catholic Health Initiatives from 2012 to 2015. He has more than 30 years of Catholic healthcare leadership across the United States, including Catholic Health Initiatives in Tacoma, Washington. He served in the US Air Force both overseas and at home as an officer in health services administration. He graduated from Park College with a BS in Management, and Trinity University with an MS in Healthcare Administration.

Cynthia Finter
Senior Vice President, Payer Strategy Innovation and Operations

Cynthia joined PeaceHealth in February 2015. She 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 a BA in Health Administration and Public Administration from Avila College, an MA in Health Administration from Webster University, and graduated from Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.

Stu Hennessey
General Counsel and Senior Vice President for 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. He is a member of the Washington Bar Association.

Victoria King 
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Victoria joined PeaceHealth in May 2015. She is board certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced, holds masters’ 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 be part of a successful nursing practice architecture, and also for our mission and values.

Nancy Steiger 
Senior Vice President for Ambulatory Services

Nancy joined PeaceHealth in 2007 and led the Northwest Network operations in SE Alaska and NW Washington through October 2014. In her current role, she oversees all PeaceHealth activities in the states of Washington and Alaska. Prior to PeaceHealth, she spent five years as CEO of San Mateo Medical Center following service as COO at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital/St. Joseph Health System, both in northern California. She received her master’s degree in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Nancy is the author of Self-Care Nursing: Theory and Practice.