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Mick Zdeblick

President & CEO

Mick ZdeblickMick Zdeblick brings an impressive track record of healthcare systems management to his position as President & Chief Executive Officer at Community Memorial Healthcare. Over the course of his career Zdeblick has earned a reputation as a supportive and dynamic leader who is always open to new ideas. He is known for his ability to foster communication and collaboration between the hospital staff, the administration, and the community at large.

Prior to his position at Community Memorial Healthcare, Zdeblick served as CEO of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (ARRMC), the flagship hospital for Asante Health System, a position he held for five years. His tenure at ARRMC was exceptionally challenging. Zdeblick was involved in developing and executing the master plan for ARRMC’s $500 million facility renovation and expansion, all the while sustaining system profitability despite the financial challenges posed by the pandemic.

Community Memorial Healthcare is not the first non-profit healthcare system Zdeblick has managed. His diverse professional experience includes a stint as Chief Operating Officer at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. Other career highlights include serving as Vice President of Campus Transformation and Vice President of Hospital Operations at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Zdeblick received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and his Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Adam Thunell

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President, Operations

Adam ThunellAs Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President for Community Memorial Healthcare, Adam's responsibilities include system operations for all hospitals and ambulatory settings, physician relations, long-term strategic planning, and community interaction. He also provides oversight for the health system’s building, remodeling, and modernization projects. Prior to joining Community Memorial, Adam held various leadership roles at Cottage Health in Santa Barbara, California and with Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Having graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Business Management, Adam earned his MHA in hospital administration at the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and is actively involved in a variety of local and national boards including Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, CAPTIS (a national purchasing coalition), and Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families. He is a past Board Chair of the United Way of Ventura County and the Ventura County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and member of the Healthcare Executives of Southern California. Adam is passionate about providing seamless access to excellent healthcare that heals and comforts, and is committed to promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyles within the community and organizations he serves.

Anthony Russell, MD

Chief Administrative Officer, Ambulatory Medicine

Anthony Russell, MDAs Chief Administrative Officer of Ambulatory Medicine at Community Memorial Healthcare, Dr. Anthony Russell is responsible for all aspects of clinical operations for nineteen of our Ambulatory Medicine outpatient facilities, including Outpatient Departments, Health Centers, and MSO practices.

Dr. Russell came to Community Memorial Healthcare from UCSF Benioff Children's Physicians, where he was Executive Medical Director. He also served as Medical Director of Clinical Informatics for Sutter Physician Services, where he spearheaded the adoption of the Epic electronic medical records system across Sutter Health’s California footprint.

In addition to his responsibilities with Community Memorial Healthcare, Dr. Russell is a business-savvy entrepreneur and a partner in wellness businesses across multiple countries. He has extensive board governance experience and participates on the Ventura County Medical Association Board and advises corporate boards. He also led as the Executive Director responsible for the Accountable Care Alliance of Ventura, a local Medicare Shared Savings Program (ACO) and is the executive sponsor for our Caravan Health’s ACO partnership.

A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Russell is board certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics. He received his MPH from Johns Hopkins and his MBA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In the past, Dr. Russell completed certifications as an Epic Physician Builder, Certified Physician Executive (CPE), and Certification in Medical Quality (CMQ).

Cindy DeMotte

Vice President, Quality

Cindy DeMotteCindy DeMotte, our Vice President of Quality Management, has been with Community Memorial Healthcare since 2008. In her current role, Cindy oversees Quality, Patient Safety-Risk, Infection Prevention, and Medical Staff. Her leadership and expertise have contributed greatly to the development and launch of system-wide initiatives in performance improvement, patient safety, and patient engagement.

Prior to joining the Community Memorial team, Cindy held the position of Vice President and Director of Quality Management at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. She was also the Director of Nutritional Services at Los Robles and served as a clinical dietitian for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles.

Cindy serves on the faculty for the Community Memorial Graduate Medical Education program and has been leading the interdisciplinary Community Memorial Patient Engagement Team since 2011. She is a registered dietitian and a certified professional in Healthcare Quality. Cindy received her master's degree in Nutritional Science from UCLA's School of Public Health. She completed her dietetic internship at the West L.A. Veterans' Administration Hospital and her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science, Nutrition was completed at California State University, Northridge.

Diane Drexler

Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President, Patient Care Services

Diane DrexlerDr. Drexler sets the vision for nursing and patient care at Community Memorial Hospital in Ojai and Ventura, the Community Memorial Health Centers. Her steady leadership helped our organization weather the most challenging parts of the pandemic and protect the safety of the community we serve. Dr. Drexler developed and implemented COVID-19 procedures for two acute care facilities, managed pandemic staffing challenges, and created the Winter Surge Plan for both Community Memorial Hospital campuses and the Community Memorial Continuing Care Center.

Dr. Drexler has been an accomplished healthcare executive and nursing leader in California and Arizona for more than three decades, including stints as Chief Nursing Officer for Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Prescott, Arizona. Vice President of Patient Care Services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Chief Nursing Officer for Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona. During these years of operational leadership she has implemented shared governance models, implemented multiple new EMRs, spearheaded new program development, reduced RN turnover, overseen service excellence improvements and has been a strong advocate

Dr. Drexler received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and an MBA, both from Arizona State University in Phoenix Arizona. Dr. Drexler is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow Alumnae (2007-2010). She was selected to attend the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Nurse Executive Leadership Program 2006 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. Dr. Drexler is a current Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Haady Lashkari

Chief Administrative Officer, Ojai Valley Community Hospital

Haady LashkariVentura native, Haady Lashkari, joined Community Memorial Healthcare in October of 2001 as an Administrative Intern. Over the years Haady was promoted into several roles including Assistant Administrator, and Assistant Vice President before moving into his current role as Chief Administrative Officer for Community Memorial Hospital – Ojai in January 2011.

Since then, Haady has helped take the Ojai Hospital to new heights. He played an instrumental role in the renovations of the hospital and the building of the innovative Continuing Care Center. He was also significantly involved in the facility master plan of the new Ocean Tower at Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura and acted as a community liaison during the approval process for the city.

In addition to providing oversight for Ojai Hospital, Haady supports the ongoing expansion of ambulatory clinic sites by identifying new locations and supervising their development. He is most proud of being instrumental in facilitating more collaboration among physicians and bringing them together for a single standard of care within the system.

Over the years, Haady has chaired many events and participated on several Boards. Currently he serves as a member of the Ojai Hospital Foundation Board (formerly known as Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation) and Board President of the Monica Ros Board of Trustees.

Haady, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with degrees in Sociology and Communications and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge.

Jamie Maites

Vice President, Marketing & Development

Jamie MaitesAs Community Memorial Healthcare’s Vice President of Marketing & Development, Jamie Maites oversees brand strategy, marketing and advertising, and all internal and external communications. She also provides oversight for two philanthropic foundations that support Community Memorial hospitals in Ventura and Ojai. As our healthcare network continues to expand and evolve, she looks forward to sharing details about programs, acquisitions, and opportunities with the community.

Previously, Jamie served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications at MarinHealth in the San Francisco Bay area. She first joined that organization in 2010 as Director of Communications. During her tenure, what started out as a beloved community hospital grew into a robust healthcare network. Jamie’s accomplishments at MarinHealth include leading marketing efforts to pass a $394 million bond initiative for a new hospital building, and rebranding the hospital as the hub of a rapidly growing medical network spanning three counties. She also spearheaded the development of new digital platforms, including an enterprise website, hospital intranet, and CRM platform, as well as five social media platforms.

During the pandemic, Jamie’s expertise was invaluable in keeping the community informed about changing policies, testing, treatment, and other COVID-19 related matters.

Prior to her stint at MarinHealth, Jamie was at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, where she worked her way up from Marketing Coordinator to Marketing Manager.

Jamie earned her BA in Business Management Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition, she took part in the University of California Education Abroad program at the Faculty of Economics and Commerce in Melbourne, Australia.

Jim Corwin

Chief Financial Officer

Jim CorwinJim Corwin has served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since October of 2020. In addition to managing all financial areas at Community Memorial Healthcare, he also oversees our revenue cycle, health information management, utilization review/case management, and materials management.

Jim has a 30-year history in for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare, including 25 years as a CFO. Prior to joining Community Memorial, he served as regional CFO for Providence Health Systems California Region for 16 years with 12 years over their physician division and 4 years as the region’s hospital division CFO of Shared Services. Before his tenure at Providence, Jim spent 12 years with Tenet Healthcare as CFO for multiple hospitals in the Los Angeles and Riverside County Areas.

Jim graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Business in 1988. He was selected by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal top healthcare CFO of the Year in 2010 and nominated for LA Business Journal top CFO in 2012. In 2021 and 2022, Pacific Business Times selected Jim as one of the top CFOs in Ventura/Santa Barbara County. Jim is a former musician and played in the LA area from 1979 to 1986. He also served as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Board from 2007 to 2017.

Kari Osborn-McPherson

Vice President, Human Resources

Kari Osborn-McPhersonAs Vice President of Human Resources for Community Memorial Healthcare, Kari Osborn-McPherson’s focus is on employee relations, satisfaction, and compensation. A true “people person,” she believes in the value of building relationships, anticipating the needs of employees, and making every member of our team feel heard and understood. During the pandemic, Kari filled the critical role of coordinating our vaccine clinics to help keep our staff, providers, and the residents of Ventura County safe and well.

Kari’s 26 year career began in the payroll arena and quickly expanded to include Human Resources. She joined Community Memorial Healthcare in 2008 as Manager of Human Resources covering Community Memorial Hospital – Ojai (formerly Ojai Valley Community Hospital), the Continuing Care Center, and three of our Community Memorial Health Centers. In 2017, she was promoted to Director of Human Resources for all of Community Memorial Healthcare. Kari’s responsibilities continued to expand with her 2019 promotion to Vice President.

A certified human resources manager, Kari holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Keith McWilliams

Vice President, Information Systems

Keith McWilliamsAs Vice President of Information Systems, Keith McWilliams is the chief information officer responsible for all health information technology at Community Memorial Healthcare. He spearheads the ongoing development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment to enhance the care and experience of our patients.

Keith has 15 years of health information technology experience. He began his career at Community Memorial Healthcare as a Night Shift Computer Operator and has worked nearly every position in the Information Systems department over his tenure.

Keith holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from Frostburg State University, and Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

Richard Reisman, MD

Vice President, Strategic Planning for Ambulatory Medicine
Richard Reisman

Dr. Richard Reisman, our Vice President of Strategic Planning for Ambulatory Medicine, has had a long and remarkably productive career at Community Memorial Healthcare, serving in his current position since 2010.

In addition to running the private practice he founded in 1978, Dr. Reisman has served as an executive at Community Memorial Healthcare in the following capacities:

  • Vice President, Community Memorial Health Centers (formerly Centers for Family Health) Strategic Planning and Development 2008 – 2010

  • Medical Director, Community Memorial Health Centers (formerly Centers for Family Health), 1994 – 2008. Dr. Reisman selected all of the Centers sites, worked with the architects designing the centers, and recruited and contracted with all the physicians.

  • Medical Director, Community Memorial Hospital Outreach Network Service, 1993 – 1994. In this role, Dr. Reisman started planning for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and developed our ambulatory care network, Community Memorial Health Centers (formerly Centers for Family Health).

  • First Inpatient Medical Director, Community Memorial Hospital, 1999 – 2003

  • Chairman of OBGYN and a member of Medical Staff Executive Committee. After hiring the first Certified Nurse Midwife in Ventura County to deliver babies at a local hospital, he went on to launch the Alternative Birth Center at Community Memorial Hospital for mothers requesting a natural childbirth experience.

A graduate of Duke University, Dr. Reisman obtained his medical degree from Emory School of Medicine, where he earned membership to the AOA Medical Honor Society. He went on to complete a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. Dr. Reisman is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Sam Small, DO

Chief Academic Officer & ACGME Designated Institutional Official

It is due to the vision and persistence of Dr. Samuel Small, our Chief Academic Officer & ACGME Designated Institutional Official that the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program came into being at Community Memorial Healthcare. Dr. Small oversees our faculty, residents, and seven academic teaching clinics. He has made the growth and development of an outstanding research department a priority, with more publications every year. Thanks to Dr. Small and his GME team of five Program Directors, an Administrative Director, a Director of Medical Education, a Director of GME Operations, and a Director of resident and medical student Well Being, Community Memorial Healthcare offers GME programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Psychiatry. We also host third-year medical students from Western University of Health Sciences for their entire year of clinical rotations. All our residency programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Dr. Small began practicing spine and orthopedic surgery at Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura in August of 1996. Having begun his medical career in 1980 at Community Memorial Hospital – Ojai (formerly Ojai Valley Community Hospital), where he practiced family, emergency, and addiction medicine for over a decade. In 1991, Dr. Small returned to graduate medical education, training as a resident in Orthopedic Surgery, and then completing a fellowship in Spine Surgery.

Dr. Small graduated Cum Lade from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Chicago. He completed his training in Family Medicine at what is now Henry Ford Health’s Macomb, Michigan Campus in 1980. In 1991 he returned to Graduate Medical Education at Henry Ford Health and completed a five year residency in Orthopedic Surgery.

He then completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, California.

It was during his Spine Fellowship that he discovered his passion for teaching.

Stan Frochtzwajg, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Stanley FrochtzwajgAs Chief Medical Officer at Community Memorial Healthcare, Dr. Stanley Frochtzwajg promotes quality improvement and patient safety and oversees the mutually collaborative relationship between the Health System and the Medical Staff. He also guided the implementation of our inpatient and outpatient electronic health records (EHR), healthcare information exchange (HIE), and HIPAA compliant text messaging app.

Dr. Frochtzwajg has been in private practice as a specialist in Family Medicine since 1980. He served as Chief of Staff at Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura and Ventura County Medical Center, and as President of the Ventura County Medical Association. The Community Memorial Medical Staff has been following his blog, Medical Staff Voice, since he first launched it 15 years ago!

A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Frochtzwajg received his Medical Degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Practice at Ventura County Medical Center.