Executives

​Jeff Eller, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO
Northern California Network, Adventist Health

Jeff Eller is President of the Northern California Network (NCN) of Adventist Health, which includes Adventist Health Howard Memorial, Adventist Health Vallejo, Adventist Health Clear Lake, Adventist Health St. Helena and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. Before taking his position as President of the NCN, Eller served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist Health Sonora in Sonora, California. Eller has been involved with Adventist Health since 1987, and has been in his current position since February 2014.

Jason Wells, Chief Executive Officer

Jason WellsJason Wells has been serving as Chief Executive Officer for Adventist Health Howard Memorial since March 2017. Previous to this role, he was the Chief Operating Officer for Physician Enterprise and Vice President at Park Ridge Health, one of Adventist Health System's 46 community medical centers in the U.S. He provided executive oversight to 38 physician practices in one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery networks for a single medical center in AHS.

Prior to his role at Park Ridge Health, Jason served at Florida Hospital as Director of the Experience Network and collaborated with the Disney I.D.E.A.S. team seeking to create the ultimate patient experience for patients and guests.

Jason is a graduate of Walla Walla College and has earned a MBA from Benedictine University. He is a certified medical practice executive and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Karen Scott, Vice-President for Patient Care

Karen ScottAs vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer, Karen oversees the medical center’s quality initiatives, all nursing practices, infection control, pharmacy and anesthesia. She has been serving in this position since 1997.

Prior to this position, Karen served as the medical center’s director for acute care for seven years.

Born in Massachusetts, she pursued her nursing career right out of high school, focusing on critical care, spending the first 15 years of her career at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. In 1988, Karen and her family moved to Willits to work at HMH, starting off her career in the intensive care unit.

With her extensive experience and education in health care, Karen is leading our nursing staff to provide top-notch quality care to our patients, and all with a personal touch.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific Union College.

Judson Howe, Chief Financial Officer

Judson HoweJudson Howe, CPA has been Adventist Health Howard Memorial's CFO since March 2017. Judson has been overseeing finance, accounting and the budgeting process for AHHM since Fall of 2016.

Prior to this, Howe directed the finances of the hospital in his role as regional director for Adventist Health in Mendocino County, where he oversaw finance and accounting. Before moving to Mendocino County in 2003, Judson served as director of business intelligence at Adventist Health Glendale.

His specialty has been focused on empowering employees to make more informed process improvement decisions by providing them with key insights and data to help them perform their jobs better.

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

Darcy de Leon, Assistant Vice-President

Darcy De LeonDarcy De Leon has been the medical center’s Assistant Vice President since February 2016. In his role, Darcy oversees the overall operations of the hospital, including providing operational oversight of key services such the Redwood Medical, Howard Pharmacy and Outpatient Rehab.

He has worked for over 10 years for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist church. During this time, he managed and developed programs to help rural communities in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Mozambique. Prior to joining HMH in 2010, Darcy served as the Business Manager at Highland View Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland.

With his experience and exposure to different cultures, Darcy brings with him a great talent for developing relationships and people. He’s passionate about helping communities thrive and focusing on employee engagement to drive success.

Darcy earned his Bachelor Degree in Spanich from Pacific Union College from Angwin, CA and his Masters in Administration from Andrews University and Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.