Judy A. Cordeniz, MHA, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer
Judy has more than thirty years of progressively responsible experience in the healthcare field. At Lifeways, she provides direction and leadership in the areas of information management, quality, accreditation, strategic planning, and business development. Her leadership has guided Lifeways through organizational restructuring, business line expansion, and development of regional services through implementation of grant projects, acquisitions, and reformation.
Prior to joining Lifeways, Judy was instrumental in facilitation long term strategic planning for individual departments across individual organizations and within larger healthcare systems. She has provided leadership in a variety of settings that include community hospitals, private industry, behavioral health services, multi-specialty physician clinics, and academic settings.
Judy holds a Master’s of Healthcare Administration degree from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Information Management from Loma Linda University. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and published author of Retention, Recruitment & Management of multigenerational work forces.
Ray Millar, Chief Operations Officer
Ray oversees agency operations for Lifeways clinical programs. Ray has over thirty years experience in the field of behavioral health. Service experience includes inpatient, day treatment, community support services, crisis services, and outpatient treatment. In Idaho, Ray worked as a mental health policy analyst for Idaho’s State Medicaid Program and as Idaho’s State Mental Health Director.
Ray is a strong advocate for early intervention and prevention services that are provided in the most integrated and least restrictive settings. His hobbies include camping, hiking, and visiting obscure waterfalls. He speaks Spanish as a second language and is dedicated to Lifeways becoming a behavioral health “Center of Excellence.”
Mr. Millar has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He is also credentialed as a Certified Public Manager.
Steve Jensen, Chief Financial Officer
Steve has served as the Lifeways CFO since 2008. In this position, he provides management and oversight of finance, budgeting, payroll, patient financial services, client access, and information/technology services. Prior to joining Lifeways, Steve worked for over fifteen years in acute care hospitals, including St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and the University of Utah Hospital. Steve holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Health Services Administration.
Sandra Shelton, MED, Chief Clinical Officer
Sandra has almost thirty years of providing a range of behavioral health services. Some of her specialty services include dual diagnosis (mental health and substance use) treatment and trauma therapy. At Lifeways, Sandra has served as clinical supervisor, program manager, and agency director. Prior to coming to Lifeways, Sandra was the Chief Executive Officer of a private behavioral health agency and a private non-profit organization.
Sandra has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the College of Idaho, where she served as faculty for the graduate studies program. Sandra has served on a variety of local, regional, and state boards.
Tim Mahoney, MSW, Residential Services
Tim has over thirty years of experience with behavioral health services. At Lifeways, Tim provides input into business development as well as oversight of the construction and operation of new and existing residential service operations. Tim has served on several boards in Oregon and is the Project Lead for the McNary Place Project. Prior to coming to Lifeways, Tim served twenty-nine years as the Chief Executive Officer of a Community Mental Health Program.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oregon and an MSW degree from the University of Louisville. He is a licensed mental health examiner, social worker, and investigator in the state of Oregon.
Rick George, MSW, Behavioral Health Services (Umatilla Region)
Rick has over thirty years of experience managing behavioral health programs. Rick has experience providing services for community mental health, addictions, foster care, and sexual abuse treatment. In addition to his role as Behavioral Health Services Director in Umatilla, Rick also takes a lead role in Lifeways new business ventures and the stand-up of new programs.
Rick has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. He is a native of La Grande, Oregon.
Cynthia Clapper, PhD, Chief Compliance, Risk, and Privacy Officer.
Cynthia has over thirty years of experience working with a range of behavioral health services. She has worked with individuals and systems providing treatment for mental health, substance use, and developmental disabilities issues. In her role as CCO, Cynthia works with her team to instill a culture of compliance at Lifeways. This includes facilitation of compliance related policies, training, investigations, program monitoring, and auditing.
Prior to coming to Lifeways, Cynthia worked in several capacities in Idaho. She has extensive experience providing behavioral health services, developing and maintaining behavioral health service programs, and managing state and federal grant projects.
Cynthia has a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Psychology. She is licensed to provide private practice counseling services in Idaho. Cynthia taught psychology, sociology, and criminal justice for nine years through the University of Phoenix.
Annette Serrano, MS-P, CADC-III, MAC, Malheur Regional Administrator
Carol Eck, Umatilla Regional Administrator
Carol Eck, M.Ed. brings to the Umatilla Division a wealth of experience in primary care and behavioral health, including fully integrated and community based care. A Business Administration/Psychology graduate of Lincoln University and holding a Masters of Education/Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri; she has also studied Business Administration under graduate/and at William Woods College. She is a skilled educator, and brings experience as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark State College and Barton Community College.
Ms. Eck has worked across all direct service roles in behavioral health, including substance abuse, mental health, and intellectual disabilities; in settings as varied as the group home, outpatient community mental health, and the secure residential facility and with populations including youth through adults. After 20 years of lending her skills to providers near her rural home area of Jefferson City, Missouri, she lead successful programs in Idaho, New Mexico and most recently Kentucky. It’s a privilege to welcome a self-motivated senior executive like Carol to the Lifeways team.
Dennis Baughman, Idaho Regional Administrator
Dennis oversees the Idaho Division of Lifeways operations. Working in behavioral health since 2005, he has experience with a variety of services including community mental health, addictions, crisis services, and intensive child and adolescent and adult services.
Dennis is an advocate for early intervention and prevention and integrated care. He also serves on multiple state and area boards, committees and workgroups.
Dennis has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.