Executive Profile

Judson Howe, President

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.


Lindsey Spencer, Operations Executive

Lindsey Spencer oversees the operations of our three hospitals in Mendocino County as the operations executive for our three hospitals in Mendocino County, Howard Memorial (25-bed critical access), Mendocino Coast (25-bed critical access and Ukiah Valley (58 beds).

Before taking on her current role, Lindsey served as the Patient Care Executive for Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. Previous to this, she served as Nursing Administrative Director for the Emergency and Medical Imaging Departments, where she was responsible for managing the opening of the Emergency Department as well as development layout, workflow and operations for the new walk-in clinic opening in late 2018.

In the past several years, Lindsey has served in Adventist Health hospitals as director of Emergency Department at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Director of Acute Services at Howard Memorial, and Director of Med-Surg, ICU, and Respiratory Therapy also at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley.

Lindsey earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Walla Walla University in Washington state and master’s in nursing sciences from The University of Phoenix. Lindsey has also gone on to complete an MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix.


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.

Bessant Parker, Medical Officer

Bessant ParkerAs our Medical Officer in Mendocino County, Dr. Bessant Parker oversees care delivery at our Adventist Health hospitals and 21 clinics in the county. Dr. Parker works with staff and providers to continuously improve the quality and experience of care for our patients.

Dr. Parker comes to us from Wisconsin, where he recently served as Chief Medical Officer for Aspirus Langlade Hospital. He completed his medical training in Ghana before coming to the United States where he did his residency in Internal Medicine at Harlem Hospital, an affiliate of Columbia University in New York.

Upon completion of his residency he served as a hospitalist at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Appleton, Wisconsin. He went on to complete a full-time master's degree in Business Administration, with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, while maintaining part-time employment at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Dr. Parker also trained with Tenet Healthcare in the Tenet Executive Development Program at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts where he served on the executive management team and was involved in leading quality and process improvement efforts.