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.

Alan Yordy
President and Chief Mission Officer

Alan began his health care career in​ PeaceHealth's Oregon Region the early 1980s. He left in 1990 to join Samaritan Health Services in Oregon’s Linn and Benton Counties as CEO of Mid-Valley Healthcare. Alan returned to PeaceHealth in 1999 as Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Region. He took on his current systemwide leadership role in 2005. Alan holds two master’s degrees from the University of Oregon, the most recent of which is a master’s in business administration. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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.”

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.

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 led her to this position.

Howard Graman, MD
Chief Executive Officer, PeaceHealth Medical Group

Howard Graman, MD, FACP, joined PeaceHealth in 2011 and is the executive and physician leader for PeaceHealth Medical Group. His board certification is in Internal Medicine and he most recently served as Medical Director of Primary Care and Regional Medicine at the Roanoke, Virginia-based Carilion Clinic and as Professor of Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

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.

John Hill
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Mission Officer, Oregon West Network

John joined PeaceHealth in June 2012 as CEO of the Oregon Region. Since 2007, John served as the CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza, located near Denver, Colorado. During that time, the hospital received recognition for innovation, effectiveness, and the quality of its care, including the Colorado Performance Excellence Award, and the 2008 American Nurses Association’s Magnet recognitions. Prior to TMCA, John worked as the COO at Medical City Dallas hospital, a 704-bed tertiary acute-care facility. In 2010 he was named to Modern Healthcare’s "Up and Comers" list of future healthcare leaders.

Josiah “Sy” Johnson 
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Mission Officer, Columbia Network

Sy joined PeaceHealth in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer for PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center. He has led the Columbia Network, which includes St. John and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, since 2013. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Sy was with the Seattle office of Arthur Anderson in Audit and Business Advisory Services. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Nancy Steiger 
Senior Vice President and CEO/Chief Mission Officer, Washington and Alaska

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.

Kevin Walstrom
Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice President

Kevin rejoined PeaceHealth in 2010 after previously working for the organization from 1987 through 2001. In 1998 he left to assume the CFO duties for Providence’s Holy Family Hospital and later grew to provide the financial management of Providence’s largest service area and its flagship hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, in Spokane, Washington. His expertise and mission-driven financial leadership have helped to build two of the strongest faith-based regional health systems in our country.​​

Cynthia Finter
Senior Vice President, Payer Strategy Innovation and Operations

Cynthia joined PeaceHealth in February 2015 at the System Services Center in Vancouver, Washington. 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. After working in the Portland, Ore., area 2001 to 2006, Cynthia says it is a pleasure to return to 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.