Regional Executive Team

Members of the Regional Executive Team embrace a leadership model fully rooted in our Mission and Values and in our heritage as a Catholic health care ministry. This model guides our leaders in every aspect of their work and oversight responsibilities. It challenges us to relentlessly pursue improvements in patient outcomes and service to patients and families while awakening joy, meaning and purpose in the human spirit.

Nancy Steiger 

Nancy Steiger
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Mission Officer

Nancy Steiger came to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center from San Mateo Medical Center in California where she was Chief Executive Officer. Previous leadership positions included Chief Operating Officer for Santa​ Rosa Memorial Hospital/St. Joseph Health System in Northern California. 

Nancy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York University. She earned her Master of Science degree from the University of California at San Francisco. She is the co-author of "Self-Care Nursing: Theory and Practice," published in 1985 and again in 1995.

Her many professional and community involvements have included serving on the California Hospital Association Board of Directors, the California Association of Public Hospitals Executive Committee, as scholarship chairman for Women Healthcare Executives, as chairman of the American Heart Association Board in Santa Rosa and as heart walkathon chairman. She currently serves on the Washington State Hospital Association Board of Directors and Patient Safety Committee. She is on the boards of Whatcom Hospice and St. Joseph Medical Center Foundations.​

​Dale Zender
Chief Administrative Officer & Northwest Network CFO

Dale Zender joined PeaceHealth in 1983 as a budget manager and in 1996 was promoted to Senior Financial Officer and became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for PeaceHealth Ketchikan General Hospital. In 2001, Dale joined the Regional Executive Team as Vice President of Finance and also began a seven-year stint as Vice President for the St. Joseph Medical Group. 

Most recently, he has served as CFO and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all fiscal operations, contracts administration and facilities management, as well as a number of operational services. Dale has operational responsibility for the Cardiovascular Center, a BlueCross Center of Excellence. Before being named Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Dale was Regional Vice President of Finance and Organizational Integrity Officer.

Dale holds both a CPA certificate and MBA degree; he graduated from Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics. He also completed the Advanced Training Program (ATP) in Healthcare Delivery Improvement, Intermountain HealthCare in Salt Lake City, UT.

In 2011, Dale was honored by PeaceHealth with the John Tiscornia Award, an award that honors a dedicated, long-time leader who in his life and work demonstrates outstanding leadership and exemplifies the philosophy and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.​


Jim Barnhart
Chief Administrative Officer

Jim Barnhart, the Chief Administrative Officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, has worked in health care administration for over 30 years with extensive experience as a hospital and medical group chief executive in a rural community after serving as vice president at a large regional medical center. He has demonstrated expertise in leading the development and growth of an integrated health care organization comprised of hospital, medical group and diversified health services.

He currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center and PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center.  Jim is a graduate of the University of Washington MHA program, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, past chairman of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) small and rural committee and recipient of the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion award.

Cindy Klein
Vice President, People & Culture

Cindy Klein is the Vice President of People & Culture for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. She joined PeaceHealth in June 2008. Cindy came to us from West Virginia University Hospitals, a 522-bed academic medical center with several facilities and more than 3,600 employees, where she was Vice President of Human Resources. 

Prior to her HR executive position there, she was Director of Cardiac and Diagnostic Services at West Virginia University Hospitals. Cindy has a Masters in Public Administration from West Virginia University and her undergraduate degree is in journalism. Cindy has oversight for Human Resources, Learning and Development, the Employee Assistance Program and Volunteer Services. Cindy also serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Whatcom County.



Chris Phillips
Director for Community Affairs & Strategic Communications

Chris Phillips serves as part of the regional executive team for PeaceHealth in his current position as Director for Community Affairs and Strategic Communication at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Chris received his master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco, and has served as the clinical director of a community mental health center in Monterey, California, a grant administer and evaluator for an interagency project designed to provide coordinated primary health care and social services for people who are homeless in Burlington, Vermont, and the executive director of a community health center in Bellingham.



Nancy Tieman
VP, Strategy, Innovation & Development

Nancy Tieman is the Regional Vice President of Strategy, Innovation and Development for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Originally from Chicago, Nancy began her health care career at PeaceHealth St. Joseph as a medical technologist. Over the years, Nancy changed her laboratory focus to more leadership roles managing projects, information system implementations, operations and marketing efforts. Nancy has been the Administrative Director of Northwest Regional Laboratory and the Executive Director of ComPASS, a local medical billing company. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Northwestern University and a master of business administration from Western Washington University.



Kelly Espinoza
Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Kelly Espinoza is the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for PeaceHealth St. Joseph. Kelly Joined PeaceHealth in July of 2012. Kelly came to us from Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, a 385 bed, not-for-profit medical center which was part of Dignity Health, a 40 hospital system formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West (CHW). Kelly was the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. Kelly also served at the President of the Nevada State Board of Nursing and was awarded the Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement for LEADERSHIP in 2012. She is pursuing her PhD in Nursing Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Prior to her Chief Nurse role, Kelly was the Vice President of Quality at Renown Health in Reno and the Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, California. 

Kelly has bachelor's in nursing, a master's in nursing and participates in numerous professional organizations, including but not limited to Sigma Theta Tau, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Association of Nurse Executives (AONE). 

Kelly has oversight for patient care services, including nursing, pharmacy, social services, behavioral health, rehabilitation services, therapies, professional practice, emergency services and trauma.




Kelly Lundy
Chief Information Officer

Bio coming soon. 

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