Bob & his wife, Marly, both longtime Kittitas County residents, live on a farm in the Manastash. Bob recently retired from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources where he was Assistant Region Manager for Business Operations Southeast Region. This region covers 15 counties located in Central & Southeastern Washington. Bob is a founding trustee and CEO of the Community Foundation of Kittitas County, a charitable philanthropy. The Foundation distributes in excess of $80,000 annually.
Bob & Marly’s daughters, Angie and Chelyse, both have careers in health care, Angie in the Puget Sound area and Chelyse in Ellensburg.
Marly works in housing at Central Washington University. Both she and Bob are longtime Rotarians and community volunteers. They both enjoy working as volunteers to put on the annual rodeo, one of the world’s best, of which Bob is a director. Bob & Marly also have been financial supporters of the Foundation at KVH for many years. In their free time they enjoy traveling, especially by motorcycle.
Bob is a graduate of Rollins College with a BA and the University of Miami’s Accounting Certificate Program (accounting degree equivalent).
Access by Kittitas County residents to affordable quality healthcare is our greatest responsibility and can only be achieved with our greatest resource: our highly skilled and caring KVH staff and our community of healthcare providers. The current KVH Board of Commissioners and new KVH CEO are the most active KVH leadership team in recent history, leading the way with positive, consistent, and financially sound strategies that address the challenges that face KVH and healthcare in general.
I support the KVH Board’s development of a new strategic plan that will act as a roadmap for future operations while at the same time planning for the growth of Kittitas County healthcare. This process will result in well thought-out decisions and better care options. I also support a collaborative partnership with the greater medical community in order to provide the best access and healthcare possible.
The KVH Board, with my active support, is identifying issues and resolving them as quickly as staff, equipment and facilities can be marshaled. We are united in our commitment to identifying areas for improvement and developing solutions.
The primary challenge we face is access to healthcare. It is also our top priority. To meet this challenge we are aggressively recruiting more healthcare providers – doctors, nurses, physician assistants and others – as well as specialists not presently practicing in our community. The result of these efforts will be better, more specialized care here in Kittitas County and less need to travel elsewhere for medical treatment. The Board, with my full support, is already aligning the partnerships and creative strategies that will not just preserve our local healthcare but make it even stronger.
Bob has over 46 years of finance and business management experience in complex organizations as a CPA, owner of an international business, past state agency operations and business manager, more than a 6 year member of the KVH finance committee, and founding trustee & CEO of the Community Foundation of Kittitas County. Bob brings to the board the experience that is so important to having a well-balanced board of commissioners.
The views expressed on this website are my own and do not reflect the views of Kittitas Valley Healthcare