Leadership AND Administration

Gregg A. Davidson, CEO
Mike Liepman, Chief Operating Officer
Jane Root, Chief Administrative Officer    
Connie Davis, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Tom Litaker, Chief Financial Officer
Deborah Martin, Assistant Administrator/Human Resources

Our administrators and commissioners can be reached by calling 360-428-2293 or emailing Administration@skagitvalleyhospital.org.

From the Board: Read an update on leadership, success, growth, and the future for our integrated health care system.


Seven publicly elected commissioners serve on the board of Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley Hospital. It’s a big responsibility and one they have each taken on willingly and respectfully, as they make decisions and plans to make sure that Skagit Valley Hospital is meeting the health care needs of the community.

Your commissioners are:

James Hobb, Board Commissioner, Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley HospitalJames L. Hobbs is the longest standing commissioner, having started in January 1986 when the Board was expanded from three to five commissioners.He is retired from his work as a labor relations consultant representing management in the public and private sectors. The Mount Vernon resident is a member of the Community Outreach, Strategic Planning, Ethics and Bylaws committees.


Balisa Koetje, Board Commissioner, Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley HospitalBalisa KoetjeBoard Presidentjoined the board in September 2010. She has been involved in commercial real estate and property management in Skagit County for the past 20 years, most recently working for Windermere Real Estate Commercial Division. She is a former member and past president of the Conway School Board and is involved with the Ann Carlson Guild supporting Seattle Children’s and is a past board member of the Skagit Valley Family YMCA. Balisa is a member of the Executive, Strategic Planning, Physician Governance and Board Transaction committees and represents the Board on the Skagit Valley Hospital Board of Trustees.

Pattie Lewis, Board Commissioner, Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley HospitalPattie Lewis
of Mount Vernon was appointed to the Board in April 2008, after voters approved expanding the Board from five to seven members. Lewis served as Finance Director for Community Mental Health for 17 years before retiring in 2000 when she turned her attention to volunteering. She joined the Skagit Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees in 2001 and served as board president in 2007. Pattie is a member of the Executive Quality Oversight Council, and the Community Outreach, Nominating and Compensation committees.


Bruce Lisser, Board Commissioner, Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley HospitalBruce Lisser of Mount Vernon was appointed to the Board in April 2008. Lisser previously served on the Board of Commissioners from 1996 to 1999. He is the owner and manager of Lisser & Associates, PLLC in Mount Vernon. He serves as the international chairman for the Skagit-Mount Vernon Rotary Club. He is past president of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club and is a past board member with the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation. Lisser is also active with the Washington State University and Skagit Valley College scholarship programs. Bruce is a member of the Executive Quality Oversight Committee and the Strategic Planning, Ethics and Compensation committees.

Stan Olson, Board Commissioner, Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley HospitalStan Olson has served as a commissioner since 1997. Stan, a Mount Vernon resident, is the owner and manager of Valley Farm Center in Mount Vernon. Stan’s commitment to Skagit Valley Hospital runs in the family – his father, Rodney E. Olson served as a commissioner for 42 years. He is a member of the Executive Quality Oversight Committee along with the Community Outreach and Finance committees.

Clark Todd, Board Commissioner, Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley HospitalClark D. Todd Past President, has served as a commissioner since 1990, with a two-year absence. He is the former head of operations for a two-hospital company in Long Beach, California. A resident of Mount Vernon, he is a member of the Executive, Finance, Medical Executive, Nominating and Board Transaction committees.


Jeff Miller, Board Commissioner, Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley HospitalJeffrey Miller, PhD, JD, Board Secretary, was appointed to the Board in April, 2011. Miller, a resident of Mount Vernon since 2006, has a career spanning more than 30 years in business and legal experience in biotechnology and internet commerce. He has served as an executive officer with three public companies and as chief executive officer for two private companies. He is an attorney with Perkins Coie, a multinational law firm headquartered in Seattle and is a member of the Board of Directors for Koronis Pharmaceuticals in Seattle, a firm specializing in developing therapeutics for HIV and hepatitis C. He is a volunteer with the Mount Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross and an officer with the Skagit County Amateur Radio Emergency Services group, providing volunteer emergency communications. His wife, Jean, is a member of the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. Jeff is a member of the Executive, Finance, Credentials, Bylaws and Compensation committees.
Commissioners dedicated to public service:

Just 14 people have served as commissioners for Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley Hospital, since formation of the hospital district in 1954.

The three members of the original Board of Commissioners were Rodney Olson, Don Equals and Walt Blade.

In 1986, the board was expanded to five members and James Hobbs and Clark Todd joined the Board. Hobbs has served since 1986 and Todd was on the board until 1996 when he stepped down, and was re-elected in 1999 and continues to serve. In 2008, voters approved expanding the board to seven members and Pattie Lewis was appointed in April 2008 and Bruce Lisser was appointed in May.

Others who have served on the Board include Eugene Schuh (1961 to 1991), Anne Spink (1991 to 2003), Bronwyn Pickering (2002 to 2010) John Pickett (1994 to 1995), Tim Raschko (1996 to 2011), Stan Olson (1997 to present), Bruce Lisser (1996 to 1999) and Jeffrey Miller, PhD, JD appointed to the Board in April, 2011.

Skagit Regional Health's executive team:

Chief Executive Officer Gregg Davidson, FACHE, Skagit Regional HealthChief Executive Officer Gregg Agustín Davidson, FACHE
Gregg Agustín Davidson took on the leadership role as Superintendent of Skagit Valley Hospital in January 2003 and became Chief Executive Officer in January 2004. Gregg now serves as Chief Executive Officer of Skagit Regional Health which includes Skagit Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics. Gregg holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a board certified health care executive. He currently serves as delegate to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and is secretary/treasurer of the Washington State Hospital Association Board. He recently completed a three-year term as the Washington State Regent of ACHE. He has spent more than 30 years with Skagit Valley Hospital.

Learn more about Gregg Davidson's leadership and community partners in this video.


Mike Liepman, Chief Operating Officer, Skagit Regional HealthMike Liepman, Chief Operating Officer
Mike Liepman joined Skagit Regional Health as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012. Liepman’s experience includes serving as Chief Executive Officer at Valley General Hospital in Monroe; Vice President of Guest Services and Facilities for the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma; and he spent 25 years in Spokane as Chief Operating Officer at Empire Health Services and Chief Executive Officer for Valley Hospital and Medical Center. Liepman is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting and received a Master of Health Science from Whitworth College in Spokane. He is a diplomat in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Tom Litaker, Chief Financial Officer, Skagit Regional HealthTom Litaker, Chief Financial Officer
Tom Litaker became Chief Financial Officer for Skagit Valley Hospital in July 2003, after serving as CFO for Affiliated Health Services since May 1995. He now serves as the CFO for Skagit Regional Health. His previous experience includes three years as Administrative Director of Financial Services for St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and 12 years as Corporate Controller for MultiCare Health System in Tacoma. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Central Washington University in Ellensburg and received a Master’s in Business Administration/Finance from City University.

Jane Root, Chief Administrative Officer, Skagit Regional HealthJane Root, Chief Administrative Officer
Jane Root joins Skagit Regional Health as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Skagit Regional Clinics. Jane joins the organization from the not-for-profit Aurora Health System in Wisconsin, where she served as administrator in the greater Green Bay area for Aurora Medical Group and was responsible for 20 clinic sites in five counties. A Registered Nurse, Jane previously served as Chief Nurse Executive for Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay and manager of Maternal/Child Services for the organization. Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago and a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. 

Connie Davis, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Skagit Regional HealthConnie Davis, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Connie Davis, MD, joined Skagit Regional Health as the Chief Medical Officer in 2012. Dr. Davis previous served as Director of the Kidney Care Line and Co-Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant program at the University of Washington, where she is on faculty at the School of Medicine. Dr. Davis received her medical degree at the University of Washington and went on to residencies and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Schools Hospitals and Clinics, and a research fellowship at Ludwig Maximillan University in Munich. She is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

Deborah Martin, Assistant Administrator/Human Resources, Skagit Regional HealthDeborah Martin, Assistant Administrator/Human Resources
Deborah Martin, Esq., serves as Assistant Administrator for Human Resources, overseeing staff recruitment and retention. Martin previously served as Director of Human Resources and Compliance Officer at Valley General Hospital in Monroe followed in 2007 with a move to the new Cascadia Community College in Bothell. Martin received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and urban communications at Rutgers University in New Jersey and earned her law degree at Seton Hall University School of Law in New York. Her law career has included working for a law firm in Seattle that specialized in construction litigation; private practice in Seattle for five years and consulting work, including providing human resources services for clients.