Chief Executive Officer
Julie Petersen came to KVH in June of 2016 as the Interim CEO. She happily accepted the permanent position in April of the following year.
Julie grew up in north Seattle and made her way to Ellensburg the first time to attend Central Washington University. Julie graduated with a degree in accounting in 1983 and shortly thereafter began her thirty year career in not for profit healthcare. Julie served as the Controller at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in the Tri Cities Washington for fifteen years. During her time at Kadlec Julie earned her CPA, started a family and built a home on twelve acres thirty miles up the Yakima Valley in Prosser, Washington.
In 2001 Ms. Petersen accepted the Chief Financial Officer position closer to home at Prosser Memorial Hospital. In 2009 she transitioned from CFO to Chief Executive Officer.
Julie will be the first to tell you that living and working in a rural town sparked her passion for community healthcare. Advocating for sustainable access to high quality healthcare in rural communities is a passion for Ms. Petersen. While living in Prosser Julie served on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the Prosser Economic Development Association. She also served on numerous committees, as a board member and Chair of both the Washington State Hospital Association and the Association Of Washington Public Hospital Districts. Julie has represented community and rural healthcare on state committees and boards as well as at the national level for the American Hospital Association.
Long before she accepted the position at KVH, Julie was familiar with our hospital’s reputation as a rural healthcare leader, a champion for quality and visionary leadership. “The energy at KVH is amazing,” says Petersen. “From my first day on the job I knew that I was surrounded by people willing to challenge me and one another to protect and grow the expectation for excellence.” Julie loves living in the heart of Ellensburg and, rain or shine, enjoys being able to walk to work and around town. “It really is a privilege,” says Petersen, “to go to work each day knowing that you are serving your friends, neighbors and family.”
Julie can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott Olander – More information about Scott is coming soon.
Scott Olander, CPA, joined Kittitas Valley Healthcare in November 2018. He has over 30 years of experience working with hospital finances, with the majority of these years spent in Eastern Washington. Scott got his start in healthcare working as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Company in Seattle.
As CFO, Scott is responsible for materials management, health information management, payer contracting, cost reporting, accounting, budgeting, and revenue cycle. Scott enjoys working in the close-knit Ellensburg community.
Scott was raised in the Tri-Cities, received a business degree from Brigham Young University, and studied accounting at Seattle University. He and his wife Amy have five children. In his spare time Scott enjoys hiking, water skiing, and upland bird hunting with his beloved Springer Spaniels.
Chief of Clinic Operations
Carrie Barr has worked in healthcare in Kittitas County since 1995 and has been the Chief of Clinic Operations since December 2016. She became a Kittitas Valley Healthcare employee when KVH Internal Medicine joined the KVH system in 2005. In Carrie’s role as the Chief of Clinic Operations, she oversees seven KVH clinics. Her focus is to ensure that clinics provide high quality patient care, efficient service, and a safe environment for patients.
Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and has 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. Although she moved away briefly, when it was time to raise a family she came back to the community that she loved.
There is a historical family connection to KVH that Carrie holds close to her heart. “I was born in this hospital, my son was born in this hospital and many family members have worked here over the years. This is more than a place to work for me, this is home,” states Carrie. After work you will find Carrie and her husband on the many walking paths in the community. She enjoys photography and finds herself always in the middle of a crafting project.
Chief Ancillary Officer
Rhonda Holden, MSN, RN, joined Kittitas Valley Healthcare in December 2009 and serves as Chief Ancillary Officer. In this role, Rhonda is responsible for many of the outpatient services of the hospital, including laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary services, pharmacy, home health, hospice, and therapy services.
Rhonda received her Registered Nurse diploma from Burge School of Nursing and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing from Drury University, both in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her Master of Science degree in nursing at Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), a certification obtained from the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Rhonda represents the residents of Kittitas County and rural Critical Access Hospitals on the Washington State Emergency Cardiac and Stroke Technical Advisory Committee and the Washington State Stroke Council. Rhonda is also an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Northwest Association of Nurse Executives and the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Hospice Friends.
Rhonda lives in Roslyn and enjoys representing Upper Kittitas County on strategic initiatives. Her passion is ensuring that Kittitas County has safe, reliable, and necessary healthcare services.
Chief Nursing Officer
Vicky Machorro, RN, started her nursing career at KVH in 1976. She left the area to pursue nursing experience in California and Texas, but rejoined Kittitas Valley Healthcare as a night shift nurse on the critical care unit of KVH Hospital in 1994. She is now the Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, Vicky provides leadership for hospital nursing and professional staff to ensure consistent high quality patient care. She is an advocate for patients and nurses.
Vicky was born and raised in Kittitas County. She earned her Registered Nurse diploma from Yakima Valley Community College, and left the area to work in nursing leadership in Texas and California before returning to Ellensburg. Vicky is an active member of the local emergency preparedness team.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Kevin Martin joined the KVH team in January 2016 as a family medicine physician at KVH Family Medicine – Ellensburg and medical director for our community-based care sevices, including our geriatric nurse practitioners, as well as KVH Home Health and KVH Hospice. Throughout his career, Dr. Martin has focused on family medicine and long-term care options. Immediately before moving to Ellensburg, Dr. Martin acted as the Washington Regional Team Coordinator for Life Care Physician Services. He has previously acted as the medical director for Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center and North Auburn Health and Rehabilitation Center. He has practiced in family medicine including hospital and maternity care in Washington since 1998. In April of 2018, Dr. Martin became the third Chief Medical Officer in the history of Kittitas Valley Healthcare.
Dr. Martin grew up in California and graduated from the University of California Davis with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He lived in San Luis Obispo for several years before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He stayed in Ohio for his residency in what is now the CWRU/University Hospitals Family Medicine Residency.
Dr. Martin has 2 children and 3 stepchildren, 2 of whom have graduated from Central Washington University. “It says something about the welcoming nature of Ellensburg that I had more friends before I moved here than I did after living in one spot for 15 years in Puget Sound.”
Chief Information Officer
Jeff Yamada joined KVH as the Chief Information Officer in November 2018. He oversees all technology for the organization and is responsible for improving technical processes. His focus is on a high quality end user experience, which ultimately translates to improved patient care.
Jeff grew up on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, known as the “Garden Island”. He earned a BS degree in Chemistry and Biology from the College of Idaho. After graduating, he attended the Central Washington University School for Medical Technology and interned at both hospitals in Yakima. Jeff worked as a Medical Technologist at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for over 20 years before becoming the Director of IT. He was subsequently promoted to Vice President and Chief Information Officer. During his 36+ year career he guided the organization through many significant technical implementations that let to integrated systems, improved patient care, and the streamlining of the revenue cycle process.
Jeff enjoys the smaller community vibe, just like the islands where he grew up. When he is not working you can find him spending time with his wife Leslie and grandkids, caring for his many pets, golfing or out running. Jeff recently completed his 100th marathon and loves to help others interested in running, fitness and nutrition.
Director of Quality
Mandee Olsen, RN, BSN, CPHQ, joined KVH in 2008 as a charge nurse on the Medical Surgical Unit. She stepped into her current role as the Director of Quality in 2012. Mandee is responsible for the areas of quality, risk management, infection control, employee health, medical staff services, and process improvement at KVH. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and an Institute for Healthcare Improvement Patient Safety Executive Officer. Mandee currently represents KVH on the Washington State Hospital Association’s Rural Quality Patient Safety Committee and with the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health.
Mandee was raised in the lower Yakima Valley and moved to Kittitas County in 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. Although it was difficult for Mandee to leave bedside nursing, she enjoys her work in quality and process improvement to “cure” systems that have the ability to affect the health and safety of a far greater number of patients than her previous one-on-one interactions.
Director of Human Resources
Carrie Youngblood joined the Human Resources Department at KVH in March 2009. She stepped into her current role of Director of Human Resources in 2015. Carrie is responsible for the areas of human resources, medical staff recruitment, staff development, student and volunteer services, and the KVH Community Health Library.
Carrie has lived in Kittitas County since 1992 and has over 20 years of experience in human resources and recruiting. She also comes from a long line of nurses and healthcare providers, including a grandfather who was a cardiologist and medic in World War II. Her mother and aunts were all nurses. She has represented KVH at several national conferences with a special emphasis on the integration of Lean into healthcare human resource departments.
Director of Community Relations
Michele Wurl joined the Kittitas Valley Healthcare team 2014 and has been the Director of Community Relations since December, 2017. In this role she oversees a team responsible for public communications, community outreach and media relations.
Michele grew up in central Illinois and attended the University of Kansas. She moved to Washington in 1995 to fulfill her dream of living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Michele began her career at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where she spent eleven years as a Project Manager in the Human Immunogenetics Program. In 2006, Michele and her husband decided it was time to return to the quieter life they were accustomed to and moved to central Washington, where her husband was born and raised.
Away from work, Michele and her family enjoy taking in all the sites around our magnificent state. “After being blessed to be able to see 46 of our 50 states and travelling to different areas of the world, I still pinch myself at how fortunate I am to live where I do and experience all this area has to offer,”, states Michele.