Executive Leadership Team
Skagit Regional Health's executive team:
Brian Ivie, President and Chief Executive Officer
Brian Ivie joined Skagit Regional Health as President, Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent in November 2017. Ivie’s experience includes service as President and Chief Executive Officer of three facilities operated by Dignity Health including Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a 370-bed acute care facility in Carmichael, California; Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, a 162-bed acute care facility in Sacramento; and Bruceville Terrace, a 171-bed long-term care and skilled nursing facility in Sacramento. Ivie has additional experience in health care operations and finance at a variety of large health care systems. Ivie is a graduate of California State University, Northridge and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Danny Vera, PharmD, MBA, Chief Operating Officer
Danny Vera, PharmD, MBA joined Skagit Regional Health as Chief Operating Officer in November 2018. Vera is an accomplished healthcare executive, previously serving as Vice President of Operations with Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, California, a 370-bed, Level II trauma facility with 2,500 employees. Vera holds an MBA from the California State University, Fresno Craig School of Business and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Pharmacy.
Paul Ishizuka, MBA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Paul Ishizuka, MBA, CPA joined Skagit Regional Health in October 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. Ishizuka brings 25 years of senior financial leadership in health care and corporate settings. Ishizuka’s experience includes serving as CFO for Samaritan Healthcare, a public district hospital and clinics in Moses Lake. Prior to Samaritan, he served in a variety of roles for the University of Washington including Medical Center Financial Officer for UW Medicine and Chief Financial Officer for University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
Connie Davis, MD, Regional VP and Chief Medical Officer
Connie Davis, MD, joined Skagit Regional Health as the Chief Medical Officer in 2012. Dr. Davis previously served as Director of the Kidney Care Line and Co-Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant program at the University of Washington, where she is on faculty at the School of Medicine. Dr. Davis received her medical degree and Masters of Health Administration at the University of Washington and went on to residencies and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Schools Hospitals and Clinics, and a research fellowship at Ludwig Maximillan University in Munich. She is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.
Mary Ann Hink, MD, Chief Physician Officer
Mary Ann Hink, MD, an experienced Internal Medicine physician, became Skagit Regional Health’s Chief Physician Officer in October 2016, responsible for clinical care pathways, ambulatory care, provider recruitment and service line development. Dr. Hink previously served the organization as Medical Director of Clinical Services and Associate Medical Director of Primary Care. Dr. Hink joined Skagit Regional Clinics as an Internal Medicine physician in 2000. Dr. Hink, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, received her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.
Deborah Martin, Esq., Regional VP Human Resources
Deborah Martin, Esq., serves as Assistant Administrator for Human Resources, overseeing staff recruitment and retention. Martin previously served as Director of Human Resources and Compliance Officer at Valley General Hospital in Monroe followed in 2007 with a move to the new Cascadia Community College in Bothell. Martin received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and urban communications at Rutgers University in New Jersey and earned her law degree at Seton Hall University School of Law in New York. Her law career has included working for a law firm in Seattle that specialized in construction litigation; private practice in Seattle for five years and consulting work, including providing human resources services for clients.
Joshua Griggs, MD, MHA, Chief Quality Officer
Joshua Griggs, MD, MHA was named Chief Quality Officer at Skagit Regional Health in September, 2018. The Chief Quality Officer oversees all aspects of the patient safety program including serving as the organization’s champion of “Just Culture” and directly supervising the Skagit Regional Health Quality, Population Health and Risk programs. Since 2016, Dr. Griggs served the organization as Chief Medical Information Officer. Dr. Griggs is Board Certified in Family Medicine and joined the medical staff in 2011. He continues to dedicate time to direct patient care. He is a graduate of Loma Linda Medical School in Loma Linda, California and completed his Family Medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Ana, California. In 2018, he completed a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Washington.
Lisa Buller, PhD, Chief Information Officer
Lisa Buller joined Skagit Regional Health in 2016 and was named Regional Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in October 2017. She previously served as interim CIO, Senior Director of the Electronic Health Record and Information Systems Project Management Office, and the Epic Project Director for Skagit Regional Health. She has held senior consultant and management positions in health care organizations across the country including Boston Medical Center, Providence Health and Services and University of Washington Medicine. She holds a PhD in physical chemistry from Cornell University.
Mary Jane "MJ" Tyler, BSN, MN, RN, VP Chief Nursing Officer
Skagit Valley Hospital
Mary Jane “MJ” Tyler, was named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Skagit Valley Hospital in February 2017 after serving as Director of Nursing Support Services since 2015. Tyler earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Whitworth College in Spokane, a Master of Science in Nursing from Eastern Washington University in Cheney and an Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of Washington. She has worked in a variety of patient care, clinical and leadership roles over the last four decades and has been with Skagit Valley Hospital since 2008. Tyler remains involved with nursing education departments at Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University.
Michelle Sand, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, VP Chief Nursing Officer
Cascade Valley Hospital
Michelle Sand, MSN, RN, NEA-BC is a Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, Washington. Prior to coming to Washington she was the VP of Patient Care Services/CNO at Iron County Community Hospital in Iron River, Michigan. Before that she was the Director of Medical-Surgical Services at Mercy General Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan, which is part of The Trinity Health System Organization. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois where she received her B.S.N & M.S.N. from Loyola University of Chicago. She also obtained a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She is currently the chairman of the Stillaguamish Senior Center Board in Arlington, and a member of the NWone (Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives) Board.
Jola Barnett, MBA VP Operations
Cascade Valley Hospital
Jola Barnett, MBA, is Vice President of Operations Cascade Valley Hospital, Skagit Regional Health, Arlington, Washington. Ms. Barnett has held numerous leadership positions within the organization for more than 20 years, including Corporate Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer from 2008 to 2016. She served as President of the Regional Health Services Interlocal Group of Public District Hospitals in western Washington from 2002 to 2013. Ms. Barnett is originally from Sedro-Woolley, Washington and received a B.A. in Management and Operations and M.B.A. from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Ms. Barnett is also an Adjunct faculty Instructor for the WSU Carson School of Business, in the online MBA degree program. She currently serves as President for the Rotary Club of Arlington and is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association and American Health Information Management Association.