Executive Profile

Judson Howe, President

Judson Howe

Judson Howe serves as the President for Adventist Health in Mendocino County, leading our three hospitals Howard Memorial, Mendocino Coast and Ukiah Valley, as well as our medical offices and other services throughout the county.

Judson has been serving as the finance and strategy officer for the three hospitals in Mendocino County for the last year, after leading finance and strategy for Adventist Health Howard Memorial since 2016. He brings more than 15 years of experience in healthcare finance and strategy to this role. Under his leadership, Adventist Health improved access to care in Mendocino County by bringing in new physicians, enhanced coordination of care and synergy across three hospitals and invested in much-needed equipment and facility upgrades.

Judson is passionate about community wellness and well-being and caring for the community beyond the four walls of the hospital and addressing the social determinants of health.

Judson moved to Ukiah from Southern California six years ago and has fallen in love with the area where he and his wife have raised their two young children. He is excited to improve the care for many families that call Mendocino County home, including his own.

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


Judy Leach, Administrator

Judy LeachJudy Leach serves as the administrator for Adventist Health Mendocino Coast. Judy has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, including nearly 15 years with Adventist Health.

Judy most recently served as communications executive for the organization’s 22 hospitals and hundreds of clinics. Prior to that role, Leach led strategy execution for Adventist Health’s urban and rural hospitals and clinics in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii while serving as vice president for strategic planning and communications.

An avid lifelong learner, she holds a master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific University. She and her young adult children call the Mendocino Coast home.


Linda Givens, Patient Care Executive

Lisa Givens Patient Care ExecutiveLinda Givens serves as the patient care executive for Adventist Health in Mendocino County, Linda oversees quality initiatives, all nursing practices, infection control, pharmacy and anesthesia, for all three hospitals.

Linda comes to us from Walla Walla Washington, where she served as the chief nursing officer for Adventist Health Walla Walla General Hospital. Linda has many years of experience in nursing and nursing administration, beginning on the Medical/Surgical Unit at Walla Walla General Hospital in 1981. She transitioned into the Intensive Care Unit in1981 before shifting into a new role in the Emergency Center in 1984. Givens advanced into Coordinator of the Emergency Center in 1998, and just a few years later also held oversight on the Intensive Care Unit. When the Chest Pain Center opened on the medical campus in 2014, the Cardiac Cath Lab team was also brought under purview.

Givens holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washington State University and a Masters in Nursing from University of Phoenix. She is passionate about critical care, population health and shared nursing governance.