How did you end up here in Tulare?
I was born in San Luis Obispo, grew up in the Bay Area and have lived in California my entire life. I came to the Central Valley in 1989 to further a career in banking, which lasted about 10 years and ultimately brought me to Hanford, where I have worked the past 28 years.
I have served Adventist Health in a variety of leadership roles since 1995. When Tulare Regional Medical Center closed and we were chosen to reopen the struggling hospital, I was tasked to lead our effort. After we had successfully reopened and after Measure H passed, I was honored when asked to remain in Tulare to serve as president of the hospital.
How did you get your start in this line of work?
I was recruited to Adventist Health in 1995. The opportunity to join this organization was very appealing, and I was immediately impacted by the meaningful nature of the work. Over time, my passion for the work has expanded and my loyalty to Adventist Health has also deepened.
Why are you passionate about your work?
The mission of Adventist Health is “God’s Love by Inspiring Health, Wholeness and Hope.” People come to us every day in need of help – physical, mental and spiritual – and we have been called to provide healing through the love of God. I have to admit that it’s pretty hard to be anything less than passionate when you have a mission this meaningful and important.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
The most challenging aspects also represent the greatest opportunities. Our mission of living God’s love is an extremely high bar that none of us will fully achieve, but it inspires continual innovation and a focus on what may be possible. There is tremendous need for health and healing, and the greatest challenge is finding ways to meet each of these needs. Furthermore, each person comes to us with different conditions, history, cultural norms and expectations that challenge us to meet each individual at their level.
Tell us about a single moment when you realized this was the right occupation for you:
I don’t know if there was ever a single moment, but the satisfaction and reward for helping people continues to reinforce my decision to enter this field. I have always wanted to make a difference in this world, and this occupation provides me with a great opportunity to accomplish that goal.
If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
If I had to, I would probably pursue something in the way of executive coaching or consulting. I really enjoy helping people reach their potential and have many life experiences and learnings to share.
Tell as a little about life outside of work:
I am like a jack of all trades and master of none, and I have many hobbies and interests. My current focus is narrowed down to woodworking and golf. Woodworking satisfies my creative side, and golf supports my competitive and social needs.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I am a pretty open book, so if you know me, you probably know a lot about me. I’m fairly balanced between left- and right-brain thinking and enjoy strategic as well as creative activities.
Nearly 40 years ago, I played bass and guitar in a rock band and wrote more than 50 songs. Today, I turn custom pens on a lathe and enjoy making things out of wood.
What about Tulare makes this a good community to live and work in?
From the moment Adventist Health arrived in Tulare, we have felt welcomed and supported. There is a tremendous amount of community pride, and the people I have met have been extremely friendly. I look forward to coming to work each day and doing my best to make a positive difference in this community.
Just for fun, if you were stranded on an island, what three objects would you take with you?
A guitar, a knife and a hammock.