2017 Board of Directors
Marty Coffin Evans, Chair
James (Jim) Williams, Vice-Chair
Daniel Frank, Treasurer
Bryan Brenning, Secretary
Rick Romeo, Immediate Past-Chair
- Andrea Bernthal
- Laura Bickers
- Jamie Jensen
- Susan Kerschen
- Michael (Mike) Lammers
- Richard Lawrence
- Dave Marusiak
- Linda Snyder
- Jill Stravolemos
Michael McHale │ President and Chief Executive Officer
McHale has dedicated his professional career to health care with more than 17 years of management, marketing and customer service experience within the hospice and long-term care industry. He has held various leadership positions with hospices in California, Michigan, Maryland and Illinois prior to joining TRU Community Care.
Most recently, McHale was charged with integrating Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care into the Presence Health System – the largest Catholic health system in the state of Illinois. As part of this integration, McHale oversaw the merging of the two (2) Presence Hospice programs into Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care. As a combined operating organization, McHale worked to streamline the organization’s operational structure, implemented a fourteen (14) seat, state-of-the-art call center to enhance the patient experience and improve customer service, realigned operational resources to strengthen quality oversight and regulatory compliance, and improved the financial performance of the combined hospice programs. McHale also supported the implementation of the Presence Health system strategy for inpatient palliative care in nine (9) acute care hospitals.
Michael holds a Masters of Health Care Administration from National University in San Diego. As a board member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington, DC, he is committed to improving quality of care, regulatory oversight and patient and family satisfaction in both hospice and palliative medicine.
Pat Mehnert, RN, MN │ Vice President of Quality and Compliance
Well-known and highly respected in our service area, Pat has worked for TRU since 1991 as a clinical manager and leader. In her current role, she oversees quality and compliance across the organization. Pat also serves as an instructor and mentor in leadership training for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and on the NHPCO Standards and Quality Committee. She is certified in hospice and palliative care nursing and administration and received the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care’s Spirit of Hospice Award in 2005.
Carlene Crall | Vice President, Human Resources
Carlene brings over 30 years of human resource experience to the agency. Over 20 of those years have been spent in the healthcare industry. At TRU, she is responsible for our Human Resource and Volunteer Services department. Prior to joining TRU, Carlene served on the executive teams of health systems along the Front Range, including Billings Clinic in Montana, Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs and, most recently, Cheyenne Regional Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In addition to her work in hospitals, she has wide-ranging experience in long-term care, hospice, home health, and physician practices. Carlene is an Ohio native and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in hospital personnel administration. TRU’s mission has special meaning for Carlene, and she’s inspired by the chance to be part of this organization.
Shirley Huang, MD │ Medical Director
A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, Dr. Huang is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She has held numerous teaching positions and has been a premedical student mentor/clinic supervisor since 2010. She has lectured extensively on topics ranging from aging, elder abuse and neglect to breast cancer and cardiovascular health screenings. Prior to joining TRU’s staff in 2013, Dr. Huang was a clinic director, internist & geriatrician for Boulder Community Hospital. She is an elder abuse and neglect expert witness for the Boulder County District Courts. In her current role, Dr. Huang oversees medical services at TRU and works closely with community physicians to ensure high quality patient care.
Bob Thorn, MBA | Vice President of Business Development/TRU PACE
With over 20 years of demonstrated success in health care administration, business development, strategic planning, medical practice operations, and more, Bob is the perfect person to head TRU’s new Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), called TRU PACE. Having worked for numerous health systems, including Boulder Community Health (formerly Boulder Community Hospital), Bob has always been committed to ensuring patients receive the highest quality care in the most appropriate settings. He believes the PACE program is the population health management of the future. The Triple Aim is a framework designed for 1) Improving the health of a population; 2) Enhancing the experience and outcomes of patients; and 3) Operating most efficiently. This is a perfect fit with the PACE philosophy. Bob is enthusiastic about bringing TRU PACE to the people of Boulder County and southwest Weld County.
Scott Gresser, BS Accounting | Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
While completing his third term on our Board of Directors, Scott applied to serve as CFO and successfully transitioned into the role in 2012. A seasoned financial executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in the publishing and broadcasting industries, he is well equipped to oversee the finance, facilities, information technology, and administrative functions of the agency.
Annette Mainland, BA | Vice President, Philanthropy
Dedicated to matching donors’ philanthropic goals with the needs of community-based organizations, Annette’s efforts have improved the quality of life for thousands of people served by a wide variety of nonprofit agencies in our area and beyond. A graduate of Georgia State University, she has over 25 years of development experience directing a broad array of fundraising efforts, including teaching grant writing, organizing special events, and speaking about best practices. Annette enthusiastically embraces TRU Community Care’s mission and joined our staff in 2013 to mobilize people and resources for optimum long-term impact in our community.
Samantha Black, LCSW | Interim Vice President of Clinical Services
Sam Black has worked with TRU Community Care since 2007 as a social worker, clinical manager, and Vice President of Clinical Services on an interim basis beginning in summer 2016. Sam is a leader in the field of hospice and palliative care, with 20+ years’ experience as a medical social worker and over 15 years of service in the hospice industry. Sam brings a sensitivity and compassion to TRU’s mission that serves families, patients, staff, and volunteers equally well, with a passion for high quality care through outstanding staff training and support, as well as outreach to the community we serve.