CEO, Tim Hoekstra
Tim Hoekstra is a seasoned health care executive whose expanse of responsibilities have previously included C-suite level leadership over healthcare operations, compliance, quality, business development and finance. Mr. Hoekstra is a reputable behavioral health and integrated health leader with expertise gained through hospital operations, FQHC environments, program development, grant procurement, multi-state legislative committees involvement, and he has extensive experience in working with a wide-array of community partnership to identify and implement best practices for community safety-net systems-of-care.
Mr. Hoekstra was previously the Director of Behavioral Health Services for a Federally Qualified Health Center in Washington State that provides behavioral services within a fully integrated care environment. Mr. Hoekstra was also a governance board member of the North Central Washington Accountable Community of Health. He has presented at the Washington State of Reform and at the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association’s annual conferences on best practices for behavior health and primary care. Mr. Hoekstra has served on numerous legislative committees to help better align policies, rules and laws with improved patient outcomes, practical business and operational considerations. He has provided consultation to a variety of communities and healthcare organizations who desired to
move their siloed systems-of-care to functional models of cooperation.
Over the course of Mr. Hoekstra’s 29-year career within the health care industry, his passion for helping the underserved through cooperative community ventures, team-building, program development, and through patient advocacy at the operational, policy, state and federal levels has not diminished. Mr Hoekstra says:
“I should not find it to be a surprise that after 29-years in working with people suffering from mental illness or some form of addiction that I am more invigored today to find ways to help people than any time before…but I am [surprised]. I had no idea when I started my career path at 17 years old as a mentor to kids who were struggling with addiction and challenges with the law that I would spend most of my lifetime to date rolling up my sleeves and looking for better ways to reach people in need. In all honesty, there is so much more work to be done and barriers to pull down, so individuals and families can get the help they need when and where they need it…regardless of the ability to pay for essential (and ofttimes life-saving) services. I believe our best chance to effectively impact lives for good regarding wellness, and treatment for mental illness and addictions, is to first understand that these types of challenges are extremely common. Secondly, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, so models-of-care really need to accommodate both the need of individuals and the populations the system serves. Thirdly, better access and better care can be positively impacted by the efforts of individual organizations, and ultimately the greatest positive impact on lives, clinical outcomes, cost-control and sustainability will and must occur through a community and system-of-care approach. It truly does take a village to raise and sustain a healthy community! I view the opportunity to serve and work on the leadership and system ends of behavioral and integrated health as a tremendous honor and responsibility that I hope will last a lifetime.”
COO, 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.
CFO, 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.