President and Chief Executive Officer
Dale Maxwell serves as President and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system in New Mexico, and the state’s largest provider of healthcare.
Mr. Maxwell has been with the organization since 2000. During his tenure at Presbyterian, Mr. Maxwell has served in a variety of senior leadership positions throughout Presbyterian’s integrated healthcare system. As Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Maxwell oversaw all financial aspects of the organization as well as Information Technology, data and analytics and market development and expansion.
In his previous role as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Maxwell led a successful strategy to issue $375 million in taxable and tax-exempt debt. He also successfully implemented an investment strategy to minimize the risk of the organization’s defined benefit pension plan and oversaw the building of a new administrative office complex.
Previously, Mr. Maxwell served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Presbyterian Delivery System, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Presbyterian Medical Group, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Presbyterian Health Plan. Mr. Maxwell serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Albuquerque Ambulance Service.
Mr. Maxwell earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Seton Hall University in Orange, New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Jennifer Brown is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. .
Ms. Brown joined Presbyterian in 2016. In her role, she oversees legal, risk and compliance functions, including hospital, medical group, and health plan operations, and assists with the development, negotiation and implementation of strategic initiatives for Presbyterian.
Ms. Brown has practiced health law for more than 20 years, with a particular focus on corporate, regulatory and transactional work for non-profit healthcare systems. Prior to joining Presbyterian, she was a partner in the healthcare practice group of two national law firms and served as in-house transaction counsel for a large non-profit healthcare system.
Ms. Brown is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
KATHLEEN DAVIS, RN, MBA, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer
Kathleen “Kathy” Davis, RN, serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Ms. Davis serves on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence and provides leadership for the New Mexico Action Coalition focused on deploying the IOM Future of Nursing priorities. She also serves as a Peer Reviewer for The Journal of Nursing Administration. Connected to the Premier, Inc. organization, Ms. Davis serves on the AEIX (American Excess Insurance Exchange) Board of Directors, the Premier Board Member Quality Improvement Committee and the Premier Clinical Strategic Advisory Committee.
Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor’s of Nursing from West Texas A & M University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico; she is also certified as a Nurse Executive. Kathy was fortunate to be a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Executive Nurse Fellow from 2000-2003.
In 2011, she was inducted into the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management’s Hall of Fame and received a Women of Influence Award from Albuquerque Business First.
LISA FALLERT, RN
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Presbyterian Health Plan
Lisa Fallert, RN, is the Chief Operating Officer of Presbyterian Health Plan, a for-profit subsidiary of Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Ms. Fallert joined Presbyterian Health Plan in December 2014. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Fallert is responsible for general oversight and leadership of Presbyterian Health Plan operations with direct accountability for core functions such as claims, customer service, and medical management programs.
President, Presbyterian Network, Inc.
Lisa Farrell serves as President of Presbyterian Network, Inc., focusing on Presbyterian’s expansion strategy and the creation of a Management Services Organization as the vehicle for that expansion.
Ms. Farrell joined Presbyterian Health Plan in 2002. She previously served as President of the health plan from 2013 to 2016 and oversaw significant improvements in financial performance and the implementation of high-profile programs, including Centennial Care, New Mexico’s expanded managed Medicaid program.
Prior to that, Ms. Farrell was Vice President of Integrated Care Solutions for Presbyterian Healthcare Services where she was responsible for leveraging Presbyterian’s integrated system of hospitals, physicians and health plans to redesign traditional healthcare delivery.
Ms. Farrell serves as a member of the Presbyterian Health Plan board. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.
President, Presbyterian Health Plan
Brandon Fryar serves as President of Presbyterian Health Plan.
Mr. Fryar joined Presbyterian Health Plan as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2014 and has been in his current role since June 2016.
Mr. Fryar is actively involved with several organizations including: the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool Transition Advisory Committee; New Mexico State University Accounting Advisory Council; Health Plan Alliance Finance Committee; New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value; and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Mr. Fryar is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from New Mexico State University.
Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Clay Holderman serves as Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Prior to his current role at Presbyterian, he was Chief Operating Officer for Presbyterian's delivery system. He was also charged with developing Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and previously served as Administrator of Presbyterian Hospital. During his 18 years of healthcare leadership, Mr. Holderman has been involved in new program development, hospital consolidation, new hospital conception and construction, and health system performance improvement.
Mr. Holderman has chaired multiple civic organizations and not-for-profit campaigns including United Way, Rotary and Chambers of Commerce. He has also served as an examiner for Quality New Mexico.
Mr. Holderman earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado State University and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Sony Jacob serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Mr. Jacob joined Presbyterian in March 2016. In his role, he is responsible for the overall Information Technology strategy and operations.
Prior to joining Presbyterian, he was the Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Information Officer at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Jacob was responsible for Aurora’s integrated Electronic Medical Record (EMR) strategy and digital patient experience. He was also instrumental in leading the successful implement of a three-year $250 million Epic EMR project.
Mr. Jacob is a communications engineer with a Masters in Technology Management from DeVry University and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Jason Mitchell, MD
Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Jason Mitchell, MD, is the Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Dr. Mitchell joined the organization in 2006. He has been in his current role since November 2014, focusing on redesigning clinical practice at the system level. He is transforming the traditional role of a chief medical officer to better serve clinicians and patients during this time of rapid healthcare change.
Dr. Mitchell is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Leadership Alliance, Health Management Academy, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the Greater Albuquerque Medical Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico, where he also completed his residency in family medicine. Board-certified in both family medicine and clinical informatics, Dr. Mitchell continues to see patients at a Presbyterian Medical Group clinic.
Vice President, Operations, Presbyterian Delivery System
Sandra Podley serves as Vice President, Operations for the Presbyterian Delivery System.
Ms. Podley joined Presbyterian in 2012. In her current role, she oversees all operations for both the Central and Regional Delivery System Medical Centers. Prior to that, she served as Vice President and Administrator for the Central Delivery System Medical Centers and as the Administrator for Presbyterian Hospital.
Ms. Podley came to Presbyterian from Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu City, Arizona where she served as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to her service at Havasu Regional Medical Center, she served in leadership positions in New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center and Los Alamos Medical Center.
She is a member of the Board of Directors for both the United Way of Central New Mexico and the New Mexico Hospital Association.
Ms. Podley received her master's degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an undergraduate degree from Baylor University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Todd Sandman has been with Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 2001 and currently oversees the organization's strategy, business planning, marketing, communications, public relations and public policy advocacy.
Before joining Presbyterian, Mr. Sandman worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1993-1998. He was a deputy press secretary for a U.S. senator, press secretary for a U.S. congressman, and worked on federal political campaigns. In 1998, Mr. Sandman moved to New Mexico, where he first began working in healthcare.
Mr. Sandman currently sits on the Board of Directors of Albuquerque Economic Development and has previously served on the boards of several other community organizations.
A native of Philadelphia, he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Communications from George Washington University in 1992 and a Master's in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 2009.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Joanne Suffis joined Presbyterian Healthcare Services in April 2013 as Senior Vice President for Human Resources. She has worked in the human resources field for 25 years, most recently as vice president of human resources for Swedish Health Services in Seattle, Washington. She also served as executive director and then interim vice president of human resources at the University of Washington.
She currently serves on the Business Advisory Council for the College and Career High School; a collaboration between Albuquerque Public Schools and the Central New Mexico Community College.
Ms. Suffis holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island, a master's degree in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a certificate in high performance leadership from Cornell University.