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Executive Team

Gary K. Herbst, Chief Executive Officer

Education
  • B.S. Degree, Business Administration, University of Pacific, Stockton, CA, 1983
  • Certified Public Accountant, California State Board of Accountancy, 1985

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 1985 to present
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants, 1985 to present
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Member, 1998 to present
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association, Advanced Member, 1989 to present

Community Affiliations

  • Boys & Girls Club of Tulare County, Board Member & Treasurer
  • Rotary Club of Visalia
  • First 5 Tulare County Children's Health Advisory Committee Member

Contact:

559-624-2330, gherbst@kaweahhealth.org

Dan Allain, MSN, FNP-C, NE-BC, Vice President of Cardiac & Surgical Services

Education
  • B.S.N. Degree, Nursing from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh WI
  • M.S.N. Degree, Nursing from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh WI

Certifications

  • State of California- Board Certified, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification- Certified Nurse Executive

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Organization of Nursing Leadership
  • Member, American Nurses Association

Contact:

559-624-2536, dallain@kaweahhealth.org

Jag Batth, PT, DPT, Vice President of Ancillary & Post Acute Services

Education
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, AT Still University of Health Science
  • Masters of Physical Therapy, Cal. State University, Fresno
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Cal. State University, Fresno

Certifications

  • Physical Therapy Board of California-Licensed Physical Therapist
  • NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) Certification

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • California Physical Therapy Association
  • California Hospital Association

Community Affiliations

  • College of Sequoias, PTA Advisory Committee
  • Visalia Unified School District, STRONG Academy Advisory Committee

Contact:

559-624-3794, JBatth@kaweahhealth.org

Dianne Cox, Vice President, Human Resources

Education
  • B.S. in Business Administration, California State University, Fresno
  • M.B.A., California State University, Fresno

Contact:

559-624-2362, dcox@kaweahhealth.org

Ben Cripps, Vice President, Chief Compliance & Risk Officer

Education
  • B.A. Degree, Business Administration - Accounting, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA
  • MBA, in Health Care Management, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO
Certifications
  • Healthcare Compliance (CHC)
  • Health Privacy Compliance (CHPC)
Professional Associations
  • Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), Member
Community Affiliations
  • Kaweah Health Foundation Board, Board Member
Contact:

559-624-5006, bcripps@kaweahhealth.org

Ryan Gates, PharmD, Vice President of Population Health Management

Education
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
  • Post-Graduate Residency - Primary Care, Veterans Affairs Hospital, San Diego, CA
  • B.S. Degree, Environmental Biology & Botany Minor, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
  • Teaching Credential, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Certifications/Fellowships/Trainings

  • Diabetes - Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • Diabetes - Patient Care Traineeship - USC/ASHP Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Geriatrics - Reynolds Mini-Fellowship, UCLA/California Center for Geriatric Education, Los Angeles, CA
  • Geriatrics - Leadership and Management, UCLA/California Center for Geriatric Education, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Associations

  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • California Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • California Pharmacists Association

Contact:

559-624-5647, rgates@kaweahhealth.org

Doug Leeper, Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Education

  • BS, Computer Science, Washington Adventist University,
    Takoma Park, MD
  • MBA, Healthcare Administration, Loma Linda University
    School of Public Health, Loma Linda, CA

Certifications

  • College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)
  • Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO)

Professional Affiliations

  • College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Member
  • Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), Member
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Member

Contact:

559-624-2254, dleeper@kaweahhealth.org

Marc Mertz, Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

Marc Mertz

Education

  • BS, Health Services Administration, James Madison University
  • MHA (Master of Health Administration), University of Southern California

Certifications

  • American College of Medical Practice Executives, Fellow

Professional Associations

  • Medical Group Management Association
  • American College of Healthcare Executives

Community Affiliations

  • Rotary Club of Visalia, Board Member
  • Visalia Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Mineral King Preservation Society, Board Member

Contact:

559-624-2511, mmertz@kaweahhealth.org

Keri Noeske, RN, BSW, DNP, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Education:

  • Grand Canyon University, Doctorate of Nursing Practice
  • University of Phoenix, Masters of Science Nursing, Masters of Health Administration
  • Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI, Associate in Applied Science/ Nursing, Registered Nurse
  • Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI, Lee Honors College, Bachelors of Social Work, Rural Interdisciplinary Health Certificate

Professional Affiliations:

  • California Hospital Association - Case Management Committee
  • Association of California Nurse Leaders
  • Nurse Leadership Coalition of San Joaquin Valley
  • American Case Management Association

Contact:

559-624-5916 knoeske@kaweahhealth.org

Malinda Tupper, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Education
  • BA - Accounting, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • BA - Finance, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant - 1991 to Present
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent - 1986-1987

Professional Affiliations

  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Public Accountants

Contact:

559-624-4065, mtupper@kaweahhealth.org'

Lori D. Winston, MD FACEP, Vice President of Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official

Education
  • Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Michigan, Bachelor of Science, Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Central York High School, York, PA

Certifications

  • ABEM Board Certification #36622 – re-certified in 2016
  • Medical Board of California (2011-Present)
  • NIHSS Certified
  • CITI Training

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Hospital Medical Education (2011-Present)
  • Council of Residency Directors – EM (2007 – Present)
  • Council for Transitional Year Program Directors (2011-2014)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (2002-Present)
  • California Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians (CalCEP) (2012Present) Current Vice President, Executive Committee
  • Member Tulare & Kings County Medical Society (2011 – Present)
  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP) (2002-2011)

Community Affiliations

  • Badger Hill Community (2015 – Present)

Contact:

559-624-5215, lwinston@kaweahhealth.org