Leadership

Chief Executive Officer, Tim Hoekstra

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A seasoned healthcare executive with expertise in healthcare operations, compliance, quality, business development and finance. Mr. Hoekstra is a reputable behavioral health and integrated health leader in hospital operations, FQHC environments, program development, grant procurement, and multi-state legislation. He has extensive experience in working with a wide array of community partnerships to identify and implement best practices for community safety-net systems of care.

Chief Operations Officer, Liz Johnsen 

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As COO, Liz is tasked with overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of Lifeways to ensure open access to high quality services. Liz has worked with the University of Utah & Oregon Health and Science University in sponsored projects programs. She then transitioned to the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho as their Director of Quality and Compliance. Liz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then her Masters of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University.

Chief Financial Officer, Steve Jensen 

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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.

Chief Human Resource Officer, Christine Gray

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Christine has been in management for more than 20 years, 10 of which were human resources related. She came to Lifeways from Wallowa County, Oregon, when she worked at Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. Christine currently guides and manages the overall provision of Lifeways’ Human Resources services, policies, and programs. Ms. Gray also serves on the Senior Executive management team.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sandra Lare

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Dr. Lare joined us in 2014 and has been in healthcare for the better part of two decades and is a published author and lectures on health and nutrition. Dr. Lare has also had the esteemed title of medical director in the past. She has accreditations in several states, including North and South Carolina, Oregon and Idaho.

Umatilla County Executive Director, Kristin Owen

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Kristin is the Executive Director for Umatilla County. Upon becoming Executive Director, Kristin was the Umatilla County Clinical Director. Kristin is a seasoned vet when it comes to working in the field of behavioral health. From being a consultant to the Department of Children and Family Services in charge of program planning, monitoring and training for statewide implementation of wraparound services, and monitoring DCFS’ residential population, facilitating quarterly reviews and addressing barriers to stepdown, to becoming the Program Director of Medicaid Youth Care Coordination program for 4 counties in East Central Illinois. Prior to this she lived in Chicago for 45 years. In close collaboration with State partners, reintroduced services area to wraparound services, developed new services with community partners and grassroots organizations to address gaps in care.

Malheur County Executive Director, Christopher Liu

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Chris has had quite a journey in his professional career. He began his career out of college as an Active Duty Officer in the United States Air Force where he was a Clinical Psychologist as well as being a graduate of Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center Residency! He then went on to work at the Department of Veterans Affairs before working at the Oregon Health and Sciences University.