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Executive 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 healthcare 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.

Liz Dunne: President and Chief Executive Officer

Liz Dunne

President and 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, California. 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.

portrait of Richard DeCarlo

Richard DeCarlo

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Richard has more than 25 years of progressive, not-for-profit, mission-based healthcare leadership experience in hospital and clinic operations and strategic development. He brings a deep understanding of healthcare operations, clinical excellence and community health and wellness to PeaceHealth. The epitome of a servant leader, Richard has robust experience in senior administrative roles as well as clinical experience. Most recently, he served as COO of the University of California, San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital in the San Francisco Bay area.

Portrait of Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Community Health

Mike offers more than 30 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry. He’s worked with major healthcare clients across the country, helping them grow and transform to meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry. Mike oversees PeaceHealth’s strategy, business development, philanthropy, community benefit and health, and strategic joint alliances and health ventures. Bringing these groups together enables greater collaboration between PeaceHealth and our community partners.

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Steve Glenn

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Steve is a proven executive with more than 25 years of experience developing and leading high-performing teams across multiple industries. He joined PeaceHealth in 2013 as vice president for information systems technology governance. As a valued, servant leader with a strong track record of building effective relationships, Steve oversees PeaceHealth’s Mission Services and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion divisions. He also oversees the Project Management Office, Facilities/Security, Planning and Development, Supply Chain and Technology Solutions Partners divisions. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Portland State University, as well as Project Management Institute training.

Darrin Montalvo, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Growth Officer

Darrin Montalvo

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Growth Officer

Darrin brings nearly 30 years of healthcare experience to PeaceHealth, with an exceptional record of leadership success encompassing strategy, operations and finance for integrated health systems. He oversees PeaceHealth’s long-term financial and growth strategies. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Darrin served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Darrin earned an MBA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics/business from the University of California – Los Angeles.

Sarah Ness, Executive Vice President, People and Culture

Sarah Ness

Executive Vice President, People and Culture

Sarah is an award-winning executive leader with more than 20 years of healthcare experience. Having spent most of her professional career dedicated to PeaceHealth, Sarah has a deep understanding of the Mission and has proven herself to be a strategic, collaborative, pragmatic problem-solver, who delivers results with humility and transparency. Sarah is responsible for Human Resources, Recruitment, Engagement, Total Rewards, Patient Experience and Marketing and Communications divisions as well as governance. Sarah holds an MBA from City University of Seattle and a dual bachelor’s degree in business administration and humanities from Seattle University.

Ron Saxton, Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Ron Saxton

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Ron brings a wealth of strategic experience, wisdom and judgment to PeaceHealth. Having previously worked at the law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, he has specialized in corporate strategy counsel as well as transactional, regulatory and financial guidance. Ron is a native Oregonian and is highly regarded throughout the Pacific Northwest because of his inherent mission-based interest in public service. In addition to his 2006 candidacy for governor in his home state, Ron’s commitment to the public good includes service as president of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, as a member of the Oregon Public Broadcasting Board of Directors, as founding president of the Portland Schools Foundation, and much more.

Scott Foster, MD: Chief Executive, PeaceHealth Medical Group

Scott Foster, MD

Chief Executive, PeaceHealth Medical Group

Dr. Foster’s dual focus on medicine and public health strongly aligns with PeaceHealth’s commitment to personal and community health. Dr. Foster received his education and medical training in the UK, including his residency in surgery, orthopedics and trauma and emergency care. He received a master’s degree in Public Health, Health Services Policy and Administration from Oregon State University and was recognized with their Master of Public Health Award for Leadership. Prior to joining PeaceHealth in 2014, Dr. Foster served for nine years at Providence Health & Services.

Sean Gregory, Chief Executive, Columbia Network

Sean Gregory

Chief Executive, Columbia Network

Sean has more than 16 years of proven healthcare executive leadership experience, which includes an impressive track record of developing and implementing strategy, creating growth opportunities and delivering results. He has consistently demonstrated success in working within large faith-based healthcare systems to grow hospital services and improve patient experience. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, he served as CEO of Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center in Florida.

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Michelle James, RN

Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer

Michelle is an experienced nurse executive, well respected across disciplines as a collaborative partner and a steadfast advocate for quality, safety and compassion in delivering the very best healthcare. With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, Michelle is focused on accelerating nursing excellence. Her nursing journey includes a diverse portfolio of clinical roles – from nursing homes to critical care units, from critical access hospitals to quaternary care referral centers. Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Washington Governors University and her master’s degrees in Management and Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Doug Koekkoek, MD, Chief Physician Executive

Doug Koekkoek, MD

Chief Physician and Clinical Executive

Dr. Koekkoek is an accomplished clinical executive with deep ties to Eugene, Oregon. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Dr. Koekkoek spent his career serving Providence Health and Services including as the system chief medical officer for the Physician Enterprise. Dr. Koekkoek earned his MD from Oregon Health & Science University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon. Before transitioning to leadership roles, Dr. Koekkoek spent more than 20 years serving the Portland-metro area as a physician in Internal Medicine, Epidemiology, and Hospital medicine.

Charles Prosper, Chief Executive, Northwest Network

Charles Prosper, MSPT, MBA

Chief Executive, Northwest Network

Charles brings nearly 30 years of healthcare experience to PeaceHealth, holding roles of increasing management and executive-level responsibility in healthcare settings ranging from small community hospitals to large, tertiary care facilities. A service-oriented leader who advocates for innovation, Charles is highly skilled in building and maintaining relationships with caregivers, providers and the community. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Charles served as chief executive officer of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, a multi-campus hospital enterprise, part of Sutter Health, based in Sacramento. 

 Todd Salnas, Chief Executive, Oregon Network

Todd Salnas

Chief Executive, Oregon Network

Todd has more than 20 years of proven and diverse experience in the healthcare industry – most of which have been in leadership positions with a focus on operational improvements, growth/referral strategies, process improvement, patient experience and clinical excellence. Most recently, he served as president for St. Joseph’s Health System in Sonoma County, California. Todd is Lean Green Belt-certified. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from the University of Arizona, and a dual-degree master’s in business administration and health services administration from Arizona State University.