Las Vegas HEALS Board of Directors

Las Vegas HEALS has evolved to become the “go to” healthcare organization where Providers, Healthcare Executives, Academia, Researchers, Legislators convene to discuss how we can make quality healthcare available to our community and State. Because our members are experts in the respective fields, the Governor and other Legislators are slowly relying on Las Vegas HEALS for answers on how we can make healthcare better for the recipients and the providers.

Meet Our Directors

Our board of directors is dedicated to advancing healthcare quality and perception in Southern Nevada.

Dr. Andrew Eisen


Dr. Andy Eisen is a native Nevadan, board-certified Pediatrician, and the Chief Academic Officer for The Valley Health System. He currently is the President of the Clark County Medical Society. He has previously served as Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Touro University Nevada, in the Nevada State Assembly and as the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program for the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a member of the AAP’s Council on Injury, Violence & Poison Prevention, and the Sections on Bioethics, Breastfeeding, Child Abuse & Neglect, and Child Death Review & Prevention.

Vance Farrow

Industry Advisor

Vance Farrow is the Industry Specialist for Health Care for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He is responsible for supporting the recruitment, retention and expansion of healthcare professionals and businesses to strengthen the sector’s infrastructure within Nevada. As a result of his extraordinary dedication and commitment, Mr. Farrow has been appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to serve as a Commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, in addition to the Governor’s Task Forces addressing Nevada Broadband and Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Joe Hardy

NV State Legislator

Dr. Joe Hardy was elected to the NV State Legislature in 2002 where he currently serves as Senate Minority Whip. He graduated from UNR, School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine and achieved the rank of Major in the United States Air Force. A board-certified family physician practicing in Henderson he is also Associate Professor and Family Practice at Touro University Nevada Osteopathic School of Medicine.

Sam Kaufman

CEO and Managing Director of Desert Springs and Valley hospitals

Sam Kaufman serves as CEO and Managing Director of Desert Springs and Valley hospitals. His career with the Valley Health System has included medical records, medical staff and assistant administrator. His career began as an assistant head of record processing with the National Institutes of Health. Sam earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Saint Francis. He is currently a member of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Bob Cooper


Bob Cooper works with Landmark Development providing international financing for job creating businesses in Nevada, New York, Florida and Georgia. He previously served 14 years as Economic Development & Redevelopment Manager for the City of Henderson, Nevada, has over 40 years of professional experience in economic development and received his national certification in 1982. He has served as the President/CEO of five regional economic development corporations in various states and speaks frequently at local, state and national economic development conferences.

Brendan Bussman


Brendan Bussmann is a seasoned executive that has an extensive background in government affairs, communications, and business development in the sectors of hospitality, healthcare, energy, higher education, and sports. He has his own consulting business that focuses on opportunities throughout the United States and internationally.

Dr. Joseph Iser

Chief Health Officer - Southern Nevada Health District

Currently Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District, Dr. Joe Iser received his medical degree from the University of Kansas, has a Doctorate in Public Health in health policy from the University of Michigan, and an MSc in infectious diseases from the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and Occupational Medicine. He is retired from the US Public Health Service, and was Director and Health Officer in two California and the Washoe County Health Districts.

Daline Januik

EVP/Regional President for Bank of Nevada

Daline Januik is the EVP/Regional President for Bank of Nevada, a division of Western Alliance Bank managing the Henderson Region. Her banking career started over 38 years ago at a Savings and Loan in downtown Las Vegas. She has many years of experience in commercial lending, bank operations and relationship management. Currently she manages three Henderson Region Branches responsible for 28 staff members, managing expenses and growth of the bank while maintaining profitability.

James Kilber

‎Senior Vice President Operations at US Anesthesia Partners

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Ann Lynch


Ann Lynch serves as the President of Las Vegas HEALS. Formerly, she was vice president of government relations for Sunrise Health System and is a past president of the Nevada PTA and the Las Vegas Area Council PTA, helping to pass legislation mandating childhood immunizations and the motorcycle helmet law. Lynch has served on the board of The Public Education Foundation, Clark County Family Child Care Association, Ronald McDonald House Steering Committee and the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education

Michael Murphy

President and General Manager of Anthem Blue Cross

Michael “Mike” Murphy is President and General Manager of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nevada, a position he has held since in November 2006. Anthem is Nevada’s second largest carrier, with a membership of more than 300,000. Prior to his appointment as president, Mike served in various leadership roles throughout the country, including the vice president of sales for the consumer services division of UniCare; vice president of sales for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky; and various leadership roles in the consumer and Medicare markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana.

Jonas R. Peterson

President and Chief Economic Development Officer with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

Jonas R. Peterson currently serves as President and Chief Economic Development Officer with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. Previously he served as President/CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. Jonas received a M.S. in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University and a M.B.A. from North Dakota State University. He is a Certified Economic Developer, graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute, graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program and a Certified Business Retention and Expansion Consultant.

Marcia L. Turner

NSHE Vice chancellor for health sciences

Marcia L. Turner is Nevada System of Higher Education’s (NSHE) vice chancellor for health sciences.She is responsible for promoting the collaboration and advancement of approximately 200 health sciences degree and certificate programs for NSHE’s eight institutions. She has been with NSHE Health Sciences System since 2006. Turner received her B.A. from the University of San Diego, and both an M.A. in communications and Ph.D. in environmental science from UNLV.

Mason VanHouweling

Chief Executive Officer of University Medical Center

Mason VanHouweling is the Chief Executive Officer of University Medical Center.
Mason is recognized and distinguished as a Board Certified Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Healthcare Administrator for the United States Air Force Reserves. Prior to his appointment of CEO, Mason served as Chief Operating Officer at UMC as well as COO of two other for-profit hospitals in Southern Nevada. His experience in healthcare leadership roles extends to both coasts, focusing on operations of the hospitals as well as business development and financial responsibility.

Carolyn Yucha

Dean of the Schools of Nursing at the UNLV

Carolyn Yucha is Dean of the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas…
She has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, has published over 60 articles, book chapters, and monographs, and is editor of Biological Research for Nursing. She serves on the Valley Health System Board of Governors and the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board – Health Care Sector Council in Nevada.

Stacy Scheer

Senior Associate - Colliers Internatonal

Stacy Scheer specializes in providing real estate solutions for owners and occupants of healthcare and office properties. She joined Colliers from Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce Real Estate Solutions also specializing in healthcare properties and was the leasing and asset manager for Sansone Development, Inc. and DSA Development, Inc. Stacy studied Graphic Design at Minnesota State University and is currently completing her Bachelors of Arts in Art History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Justin Schmiedel

Administrative Director of Cleveland Clinic Nevada

Justin Schmiedel is Administrative Director of Cleveland Clinic Nevada. He previously served as the Administrator for the Department of General Surgery, Chair of the Digestive Disease Institute Compliance Committee and Chair of the Group of Aspiring Leaders Professional Development Committee.

Mr. Schmiedel is a current Adjunct Professor for Concordia University in Chicago. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Union College in NY, his Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College, and completed an Administrative Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Todd Sklamberg

CEO - Sunrise Hospital

Todd Sklamberg currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Vice President of Strategic Operations and Facilities for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Mr Sklamberg serves as Chairman of the Nevada Hospital Association Board. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in N.Y.

Cheryl Smith

Medical and Wellness Tourism Manager - Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Cheryl Smith is the Medical and Wellness Tourism Manager for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. She is responsible for marketing and promoting Las Vegas as a premier health and wellness travel destination. Previously, Smith was the president and managing partner of Banyan Communications Group, LLC. She holds a Masters in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications/Print Journalism from Western Illinois University. She also chairs the Healthcare Special Interest Group of the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Colonel Guillermo Tellez

Commander of the 99th Medical Group

Colonel Guillermo Tellez is the Commander of the 99th Medical Group and the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base.
Prior to this assignment, Col Tellez was the Surgeon, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Lackland Air Force Base; former commander, Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Afghanistan; led the 35th Medical Group Commander, Japan, 15th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron Commander, Hickam AFB, Hawaii and was the former Chief, Division of Surgery at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. He served as the Chief Consultant, Otolaryngology, Head-Neck Surgeon to the Air Force Surgeon General. Col Tellez graduated from Texas Tech University School of Medicine, completed his General Surgery Internship and surgical specialty residency in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head-Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Ramu Komanduri

Chief of Staff at the VA Southern Nevada Health Care System

Dr. Komanduri is Chief of Staff at the VA Southern Nevada Health Care System. He previously served as the Unit Chief of the Addictive Disorders Treatment Program. He studied medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine where he completed an Honors thesis in Psychiatry and served as chief resident in Psychiatry. He is board certified in Psychiatry and completed a transitional internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor at the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine.
Sam Billig

Sam Billig

Chief Executive Officer, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson

Sam joined HealthSouth in June 2015. Originally from Ohio, she has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the healthcare field. Prior to joining HealthSouth, she served as the CEO for a Rehabilitation Hospital in Northern Kentucky and was an Area Director of Operations for a provider of rehabilitation services in northern California. She earned her associate’s degree in physical therapy from Kent State University, and a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in healthcare administration from Youngstown State University. Sam has extended HealthSouth’s reach and commitment in the community with her involvement with the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association and serving as a board member for the Nevada Hospital Association. Under her leadership, the hospital has built upon its community reputation for delivering high quality care and exceptional patient experiences. The hospital exceeds benchmarks in patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and employee satisfaction.

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