Leadership Team

See also: Adventist Health voices in national media

Kerry L. Heinrich
President and Chief Executive Officer

Todd Hofheins
Chief Operating Officer

John Beaman
Chief Financial Officer

Jason Wells
Chief Strategy Officer

Arby Nahapetian, MD, MPH
Chief Clinical Officer

Jacalyn Liebowitz, DNP
Chief Nursing Officer

Alex Bryan
Chief Mission Officer

Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM
Chief Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer

Joyce Newmyer
Chief People Officer and President, Oregon State Network

Betsy Chapin Taylor
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Brett Spenst
Senior Finance and Chief Information Officer

Ben Leedle
President and CEO of Blue Zones and Well-Being

Meredith Jobe
General Counsel

Network Presidents

Andrew Jahn
President, Southern California Network

Eric Stevens
President, Greater Sacramento and Hawaii State Networks

Judson Howe
President, North Coast Network

Andrea Kofl
President, Central Valley Network

Daniel Wolcott
President, Kern County Network


Kerry L. Heinrich

President and Chief Executive Officer
Kerry Heinrich

Kerry L. Heinrich assumed responsibilities as President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist Health in 2022. Heinrich, who previously served on Adventist Health’s board for seven years, has a passion for the organization’s mission and culture. Named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know in 2016 and 2017, he also previously served as CEO of Loma Linda University Health’s six medical centers for more than seven years and as the organization’s legal counsel for more than 20 years. Heinrich’s responsibilities as CEO included leadership and support of Loma Linda University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Medical Center Murrieta, Medical Center East Campus, Surgical Hospital, and Behavioral Medicine Center. He also helped guide the construction of the 16-story hospital and nine-story Children’s Hospital tower that opened in 2021.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in business with an emphasis in finance and management from Walla Walla University in Washington, Kerry earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon’s School of Law.

Todd Hofheins

Chief Operating Officer
Todd Hofheins

Todd Hofheins serves as chief operating officer for Adventist Health, leading and supporting the organization’s administrative, managerial and operations functions. A visionary executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience, Todd previously served as CFO and EVP for HealthPartners, the largest nonprofit consumer-governed healthcare organization in the nation, with more than 1.8 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. His role included developing business and financial strategies to support financial and Triple Aim goals as well as marketplace performance.

Todd earned his bachelor’s of business administration in accounting from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington and his CPA. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and was listed among Modern Healthcare Magazine CFOs to Know for two years.

John Beaman

Chief Financial Officer
John Beaman

John Beaman assumed the role of chief financial officer for Adventist Health in January 2022. In this role, John focuses on the organization’s long-term financial viability, including overall fiduciary responsibility, strategic leadership and operational management for financial services. Prior to this role, John served as system chief business and people officer, system senior finance officer and chief financial officer of Adventist Health hospitals in Bakersfield and Simi Valley.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southwestern Adventist University and an MBA with emphasis in finance from Marylhurst University. He is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Jason Wells

Chief Strategy Officer
Jason Wells

Jason Wells, MBA, CMPE, FACHE, serves as chief strategy officer for Adventist Health. In this role, he is responsible for realigning the organization around the consumer by transforming the patient and consumer experience through improved access to care and easier processes as well as services and solutions that better address overall health and well-being. Jason leads consumer services, virtual health, experience design, marketing, communication, brand, public affairs, strategy activation and the team at the Roseville, California, corporate headquarters.

Previously, Jason served as the president of Adventist Health’s three hospitals and services in Mendocino County in California.

Jason is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has earned the Certified Medical Practice Executives credential with the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He received a bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla University and a Master of Business Administration from Benedictine University.

Arby Nahapetian, MD, MPH

Chief Clinical Officer
Arby Nahapetian

Dr. Arby Nahapetian serves as the chief clinical officer for Adventist Health. Dr. Nahapetian has served the organization in different physician leadership roles since 2013, including as the chief medical officer at Adventist Health Glendale Medical Center, chief medical officer for the Southern California Region and most recently as the Care Division chief medical officer supporting the organization’s 23 hospitals. He is a board-certified cardiologist with an additional certification in nuclear cardiology.

Dr. Nahapetian graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics, received his Master of Public Health from Yale School of Public Health and completed medical school at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He completed residency and fellowships in internal medicine and cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a fellowship in electrophysiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Nahapetian serves as Adventist Heath's clinical care delivery leader with oversight over the medical group, medical affairs, population health, quality, safety, care management, clinical informatics and pharmacy. He is a national speaker on accountable care organizations, direct-to-employer networks and clinical integrated care delivery. His passions include organizing medical missions to developing countries, his family and travel.

Jacalyn Liebowitz, DNP

Chief Nursing Officer
Jacalyn Liebowitz

Jacalyn Liebowitz, DNP, joined Adventist Health in January 2020 as the system chief nursing officer. In this role, Jackie leads Adventist Health’s clinical practice, clinical care delivery, education for nursing and the patient care executive team. She is responsible for planning and executing systemwide care transformation initiatives, clinical workforce development and nursing leadership development.

She is passionate about engaging nurses in bringing precise, evidenced-based care, kindness and innovation to patients throughout the care continuum.

Jackie earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Business Administration and Finance from Wayne State University and her doctorate in nursing practice, systems leadership, from Rush University. In addition, she is board certified in nursing administration; a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality; and a Fellow in The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Alex Bryan

Chief Mission Officer
Chief Mission Officer Alex Bryan

Alex Bryan is the chief mission officer for Adventist Health. He has more than 30 years of experience in Adventist healthcare, higher education, and church organizations. Alex leads Adventist Health strategy and discourse about ethics, alignment to mission, spiritual care, relationship to faith communities, and theological foundations of healthcare. Prior to joining Adventist Health in 2018, Alex was senior pastor for a large university church and served as an adjunct professor teaching theology, business, and honors studies. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in history and religion from Southern Adventist University, a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University, a Doctor of Ministry degree from George Fox University, and a Master of Science in Bioethics from Albany Medical College. He is a published author and speaks widely to diverse audiences in government, healthcare, education, church, and other civic, business, and nonprofit organizations.

Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM

Chief Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer
Dexter Shurney, MD

Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM, serves as Adventist Health’s chief health equity, diversity and inclusion officer, as well as president of the Blue Zones Well-Being Institute. He is responsible for creating innovative solutions that have broad impact on health, well-being, health equity and diversity.

Dr. Shurney is also the immediate past president for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM and serves on numerous boards, including the ACLM), Bon Secours-Mercy Health Foundation, the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), the Population Health Alliance (PHA) and Synchronous Health.

Dr. Shurney is a fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is board-certified in preventive medicine and lifestyle medicine. He attended Loma Linda University for his undergraduate training, and later Howard University College of Medicine, where he received his degree in medicine. He also holds master’s degrees in business and public health from the University of Detroit/Mercy and the Medical College of Wisconsin, respectively.

Joyce Newmyer

Chief People Officer and President, Oregon State Network
Joyce Newmyer

Joyce Newmyer serves as president of Adventist Health's Pacific Northwest Network, which includes Adventist Health Portland and Adventist Health Tillamook in Oregon and Adventist Health Castle in Hawaii. In this role, Joyce oversees the strategy and operations of the medical centers, more than 40 medical clinics, two home care agencies, two retirement centers and a partnership with Oregon Health & Science University in the Northwest. Joyce previously served as the system's chief culture officer, responsible for shaping culture and building engagement, and as president of Adventist Health Portland.

With more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, Joyce also served as president of Washington Adventist Hospital in Maryland; chief operating officer at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas and at Tennessee Christian Medical Center, among other roles.

Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno, and a master’s degree in health services administration from St. Francis University.

Betsy Chapin Taylor

Chief Philanthropy Officer
Betsy Taylor

Betsy Chapin Taylor serves as chief philanthropy officer for Adventist Health. In this role, she is responsible to coordinate systemwide efforts to advance opportunities across all Adventist Health foundations in line with the system’s long-term strategy as well as to elevate the philanthropy response during crises.

Betsy holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and an MS of Journalism from Columbia University in New York. She has achieved the highest level of certification in health care philanthropy as a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

Brett Spenst

Senior Finance and Chief Information Officer
Brett Spenst

Brett Spenst serves as senior finance and information officer, supporting financial operations and leading information systems for the organization. He brings more than 30 years of extensive healthcare leadership experience to this role, including 20 years at Adventist Health. He most recently served as finance officer for Adventist Health’s former Care Division, which included the system’s 23 hospitals, hundreds of medical offices and numerous other services. Other roles included president/CEO of AdventHealth Orlando, where Brett also provided oversight of the system’s Global Missions; president/CEO at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Denver; and COO/CFO at Kettering Health Network in Ohio. His prior experience at Adventist Health includes corporate vice president/CIO, Central California Region vice president/CIO and Adventist Health Ukiah CFO.

Brett’s focus on mission, his deep understanding of Adventist Health communities and his acumen in developing and executing successful strategies in diverse communities are tremendous assets to the organization. He holds an MBA with emphasis in strategic leadership and a bachelor’s in accounting.

Ben Leedle

President and CEO of Blue Zones and Well-Being
Ben Leedle

Ben R. Leedle, Jr., serves as the president of Adventist Health’s well-being services in addition to his role as CEO of Blue Zones, LLC. Ben is a transformative business leader who envisions and creates world-class companies. He has spent his career building and delivering value-based businesses established and grown on the fundamental proposition that healthier people cost less and perform better.

Ben is broadly recognized as the visionary and driving force behind transforming Healthways, Inc. from a small company focused on diabetes treatment to the leading independent population health management and well-being improvement company in the world. Among his collaborative accomplishments during his tenure as CEO, Ben co-founded both the Blue Zones Project and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index innovations.

Meredith Jobe

General Counsel
Meredith Jobe

Meredith Jobe has served as general counsel for Adventist Health since 2012, building and leading a legal team, providing counsel on legal and transactional matters and overseeing contract management. Meredith also collaborates on government relations, risk management, corporate governance, compliance, IT security and communications. He is passionate about the organization’s mission and values and works closely with leaders to support alignment in all areas of operations.

Meredith brings more than four decades of experience to his role. Before joining Adventist Health, he was in private practice at firms in Los Angeles and Glendale, California. Early in his career he worked as in-house counsel for a national company that operates department and grocery store chains.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in history/political science at Loma Linda University, Meredith earned JD and MBA degrees at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the California, Oregon and U.S. Supreme Court bars; the National Association of Parliamentarians; and the La Sierra University Board of Trustees.

Andrew Jahn

President, Southern California Network
Andrew Jahn

Andrew Jahn assumed the role of president of Adventist Health Southern California Network in February 2022. As president, Andrew leads and supports all aspects of where and how care is delivered, including hospitals, medical offices, service lines, clinical models and provider roles in Adventist Health’s Glendale, Simi Valley and White Memorial communities. Andrew previously served as Care Division president and Southern California Region president as well as director of finance, president and CEO of Adventist Health Sonora.

Andrew received his MBA from the University of Central Florida and holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Union College.

Eric Stevens

President, Greater Sacramento and Hawaii State Networks
Eric Stevens

As president of the Adventist Health Greater Sacramento Network and Hawaii State Network, Eric Stevens leads and supports strategy and operations at our Sonora, Dameron, Lodi, Rideout, Feather River and Castle communities as well as imaging, lab, pharmacy, Home Care and Hospice for the system. Eric brings to this role more than 20 years of healthcare executive experience, most recently as operations executive of the organization’s former Care Division. He also previously served as regional CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, South Region, which covers 10 hospitals. Additional leadership roles were at Tennessee Christian Medical Center in Madison, Adventist Health Portland and Loma Linda University Medical Center.

A former registered nurse, Eric began his 39-year healthcare career at what is now Adventist Health Glendale. He has a deep understanding of the culture required to consistently provide high-quality, efficient, compassionate care and build strong provider relationships. In addition to a master’s degree in health administration, Eric holds a bachelor’s in nursing.

Judson Howe

President, North Coast Network
Judson Howe

Judson Howe serves as the president for Adventist Health in Mendocino County and as president of the North Coast Network, leading the Howard, Mendocino Coast and Ukiah hospitals and associated clinics in Mendocino County, as well as Adventist Health services in Clearlake, St. Helena and Vallejo.

Judson previously served as the finance and strategy officer for the three Mendocino County communities after leading finance and strategy for Adventist Health Howard Memorial. He brings more than 15 years of experience in healthcare finance and strategy to this role as well as a love for building relationships.

Judson is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in accounting from California State University, San Bernardino.

Andrea Kofl

President, Central Valley Network
Andrea Kofl

Andrea Kofl, MSN, is the president of Adventist Health Central Valley Network, which includes hospitals in Hanford, Tulare, Selma and Reedley as well as more than 60 other service locations in Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera and Kern counties.

Andrea brings more than three decades of healthcare leadership experience both inside and outside Adventist Health. Her roles in Adventist organizations have included chief operating officer and senior vice president of patient care services for the Central Valley Network as well as vice president of patient care services at Paradise Valley Hospital in San Diego, vice president/chief nursing executive at White Memorial, chief operating officer at South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach and project manager for the construction of Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta. She also previously served as vice president of patient care services at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, system executive vice president of operations at United Western Medical Centers in Santa Ana and vice president of clinical operations at Riverside Community Hospital.

Andrea holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Loyola University in Chicago.

Daniel Wolcott

President, Kern County Network
Daniel Wolcott

As president of the Kern County Network, Daniel Wolcott oversees the overall strategy at the Adventist Health hospitals in Bakersfield, Delano and Tehachapi and affiliated clinics and services throughout the county.

Previously, Daniel served as president of Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and Dameron Hospital, which is managed by Adventist Health. Other roles included president/CEO of AdventHealth’s Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, Tenn. He also served in various capacities for AdventHealth in Florida and Georgia.

Community involvement is important to Daniel. He is committed to economic development as well as improvements in livability, education, infrastructure and tourism. He is also passionate about creating a great place to work, practice medicine and receive care.

Daniel earned his bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., and his master's in business administration from Georgia State University's Robinson School of Business.