Executive Team

Reza Kaleel - Chief Executive, Kadlec Health System

Mr. Kaleel has served as Chief Executive for Kadlec since January 2019. He originally joined the Kadlec team in July 2016 as Chief Administrative Officer for Kadlec Regional Medical Center, relocating from Grand Junction, Colorado, where he served five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Reza has worked in health care administration since 1997, beginning his career in strategic planning and finance before steadily working his way up through various leadership roles in health system operations. Prior to living in Colorado, he spent 20 years in San Antonio, Texas, most recently serving as Administrator for a hospital in the CHRISTUS system. Reza holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Over the course of his career, he has enjoyed the challenge of bringing diverse groups of talented and committed people together to solve important challenges and feels that working in health care is a lifelong career calling.

Kirk Harper, COO/CNO - Nursing, Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Mr. Harper has been the Chief Nursing Officer at Kadlec Regional Medical Center since November 2009. In October of 2018 he assumed the Chief Operating Officer responsibilities for the hospital. He previously served as the Director of Acute Care Services (2006-2009), Unit Manager of the Short Stay Unit and Surgical Floor (1998-2002). Mr. Harper received his ADN from Columbia Basin Community College (1998), BSN from Washington State University (2000-2001) and MBA in Health Care Management from University of Phoenix (2002-2004). He is Board Certified in Nursing Administration from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Kevin Pieper, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Kadlec Health System

Dr. Pieper has been the Chief Medical Officer since February 2018. He spent his previous 13 years at Providence Regional Medical Center, in Everett, WA, both in clinical practice as an OB/GYN as well as serving as the Chief of the Women and Children’s Division from 2013-2018. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Medical Director for the Women and Children’s Institute for Providence. Dr. Pieper received his B.S. from Pacific Lutheran University (1993), MD from Medical College of Wisconsin (1998), and MHA from University of Washington (2017). He completed his residency training in OB/GYN at Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in 2002.

Spencer Harris - Chief Financial Officer, Southeast Washington Service Area

Mr. Harris joined Kadlec in 2011 as the Physician Practice Controller and was promoted to his current role in December 2015. Along with his responsibilities at Kadlec he serves as the finance leader for Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. Prior to joining Kadlec, he spent 12 years at Kennewick General Hospital as the Controller and Financial Analyst. Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Utah State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington State University. He is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional from Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Rich Meadows, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Ambulatory, Kadlec Clinic

Dr. Meadows joined Kadlec Clinic as a Family Medicine provider in January 2015. In November 2015, he became Kadlec’s first Chief Quality Officer and in January 2018, the first Chief Medical Officer for the medical group. Prior to joining Kadlec, Dr. Meadows practiced family medicine for eight years in Port Townsend, Washington where he served as the Medical Director of the clinic system and home health. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Providence Ambulatory Clinical Decision Team. Dr. Meadows graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2000 and completed his Residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

Rob Watilo - Chief Operating Officer, Kadlec Clinic

Mr. Watilo has been with Providence since 1996. He worked in a number of different strategy roles for Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA & Providence Centralia Hospital in Centralia, WA for the first 15 years. He then transferred to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA as the Chief Strategy Officer in 2011. Upon the affiliation of Kadlec with Providence, his responsibilities grew to include CSO roles for Kadlec as well. Since May of 2020, Mr. Watilo has been the Chief Operating Officer for the medical group at Kadlec. Mr. Watilo has been married to his wife Michelle since 1991. They have three kids: Colby; Ryan and Brynn. Mr. Watilo has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Business Administration from Saint Martin’s University. He is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He currently sits on the boards for Comprehensive Health as well as Blue Mountain Young Life.

Stephanie Williams - Executive Director, Ancillary Services

Ms. Williams joined Kadlec in July 2012. She has served on the executive team since 2016 and in the role as Executive Director for Ancillary Services since 2018. She has operational oversight of several departments including clinical nutrition, education and experience, laboratory, language services, food service, therapy services, and others. Her bachelor’s degree concentrated on psychology and sociology and she holds a master’s degree in organizational management. She started her health care career as a licensed social worker in mental health case management in the early 1990s, moved into positions focused on marketing and business development, and has advanced into local and regional roles in marketing and operations. Ms. William’s guiding purpose throughout her career has been a passion for helping others. This core value is what inspired her to seek out leadership roles where she could make a difference by affecting policies and practices that better serve those in need. She works collaboratively with others throughout Kadlec to understand and improve operational processes and the overall experience of Kadlec’s patients, caregivers and providers.

Jim Hall - Chief Philanthropy Officer

Mr. Hall has served as Chief Philanthropy Officer since December 2020. He joined the Kadlec team in 1994 as director of communications after working for 12 years in sports and news at the local CBS TV station. During his long and successful tenure as Kadlec’s communication leader, Mr. Hall established a track record of building strong community relationships and support for Kadlec’s mission, sharing powerful stories of contributions made by Kadlec caregivers, and keeping audiences informed through successes, challenges, and many changes over the years. He’s long been connected to the work of the Foundation, helping to give visibility to many key Kadlec projects over the years, including the Don and Lori Watts Pediatric Center and the Kadlec Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mr. Hall helped coordinate a highly successful radiothon for 8 years where local radio personalities broadcasted live from the Kadlec campus, an event that raised more than $500,000 during that period. Jim's duties also include producing and hosting a weekly 30-minute TV program called Community Health Journal and hosts a weekly radio program and podcast called Kadlec On Call, a show focused on educating the public on health-related issues.

Toby Sutton

Mr. Sutton began working with Providence in September 2021, relocating from Topeka, Kansas. He joins Providence from the Coast Guard, where he was a 21-year veteran, serving as a Coast Guard human resources officer. There, he led strategic human resources innovation and organizational performance functions. He spent the last five years as the chief operating officer for the Coast Guard’s Pay and Personnel Center in Topeka, Kansas, where he managed a $5 billion annual payroll and designed the organization’s architecture for the human resources staffing and service delivery model.

Mr. Sutton has worked in human resources since 2000, starting as a generalist and working his way into organizational leadership roles at locations across the country, including Mobile, Alabama, Eureka, California, Ketchikan and Kodiak, Alaska and Astoria, Oregon. He is originally from Western Montana.

Mr. Sutton has a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in business management from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. He is also a Certified Scrum Product Owner. A recipient of the Coast Guard Human Resources Manager of Year award and Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer’s Award for Excellence, Mr. Sutton has a passion for human resource management and has excelled at leading teams in development of innovative strategies that foster quality in organizational development.

Central Division executive leadership
  • Joel Gilbertson, chief executive
  • Elizabeth Ransom, MD, chief medical officer
  • Scott O’Brien, chief of acute care operations and programs
  • Jennifer Gentry, chief nursing officer
  • Cara Beatty, MD, Physician Enterprise interim chief operating officer, EWA/MT
  • Ben LeBLanc, MD, Physician Enterprise chief executive, Oregon
  • Kristen Kothmann, Physician Enterprise chief executive, TX/NM
  • John Kleiderer, chief mission officer 
  • Melissa Damm, chief financial officer
  • Mark Gross, chief communication officer 
  • Debby Gensen, chief strategy officer
  • Laurie Kelley, chief philanthropy officer
  • Walter Cathey, regional chief executive, TX/NM
  • William Olson, regional chief executive, Oregon
  • Katy O'Connor, chief human resources officer
Washington & Montana regional board
  • Rick Shea, chair
  • Peter Allan, JD, CTFA, vice chair
  • Kathryn Barron
  • Bob Drewel
  • Susan Hettinger
  • Susan Kreid
  • Wayne Martin, PhD
  • Sr. Rosalie Locati, SP
  • Mary Selecky