Leadership

Chief Executive Officer, Tim Hoekstra

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 

Liz has served as COO of Lifeways for 5 months. In this position, Liz is tasked with overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of lifeways to ensure quality and functionality. Liz has worked in healthcare her entire life starting with working at the University of Utah & Oregon health and science university on grants funded research team. She then transitioned to family medicine residency of Idaho as their Director of Quality and Compliance. Liz earned her Bachelors degree in Science with an Emphasis in Psychology from The University of Utah and her Masters of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning. 

Chief Financial Officer, Steve Jensen 

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.

Executive Director Umatilla and Malheur Counties, Micaela Cathey

Micaela oversees Umatilla County services. Working in behavioral health since 2007, she has experience with a variety of services including community and corrections based mental health, addictions, crisis services, child and adult services. Micaela is strongly focused on trauma informed care and approaching services from this lens. Micaela has been with the agency since 2013 and has worked as a therapist, supervisor and manager.

Micaela has a Master of Social Work degree from Northwest Nazarene University, a graduate certificate in Health Leadership from Boise State University, and a bachelor of science in Psychology also from Boise State University.

Chief Human Resource Officer, Christine Gray

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

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.