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Meet the NHA Team

Pat

Patrick Kelly
President & CEO

Patrick Kelly is the President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to working with the Nevada Hospital Association, Pat served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Shared Services at the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA). Pat also worked as the Chief Executive Officer and Legal Counsel for the West Virginia Health Care Association, Inc. He served as the managing member of the Charleston branch of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and as general counsel for Governor Underwood of West Virginia.

Marissa

Marissa Brown
Director of Workforce & Clinical Services

Marissa Brown is the Director of Workforce and Clinical Services. She has been with the Nevada Hospital Association since 2009. Previously, she worked as a nurse in various capacities, including Labor and Delivery, Perinatal Home Care, Home Infusion, Marketing and Director of Case Management.

Leslie

Leslie Cerfoglio
NDWG-ER Program Project Coordinator, Administrative Assistant II

Leslie Cerfoglio is the Program Coordinator for the Workforce Development grant programs. She has been with the Nevada Hospital Association since 2017 and previously held administrative support roles at Renown Health for nearly 20 years in both nursing and administration.

Jeanne

Jeanne Corbit
Manager of Communications, Membership and Events

Jeanne Corbit is the Manager of Communications, Membership and Events. Previously, she worked as the Director of University Events at the University of Nevada, Reno and in Communications and Marketing for Carson Tahoe Health

Sarah

Sarah Ewing Hunt
Director of Financial Services

Sarah Ewing Hunt is the Director of Financial Services. Prior to joining the NHA, Sarah worked for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Blue Shield of California.

Sue

Sue James
Controller

Susan James is the Controller. She has been involved in NHA finance since 2004. Previously, she worked as the CFO of a Reno direct mail company and at Kafoury, Armstrong & Co., a Nevada accounting firm.

Sharyn

Sharyn Juarez
Workforce Program Director

Sharyn Juarez is the Workforce Grants Program Director. With over 20 years in various healthcare positions, Sharyn has spent over eight years as a program manager/director for multiple Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant programs with the Nevada Hospital Association.

Chris

Christopher K. Lake, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Community Resilience

Christopher Lake has worked at the NHA for more than a decade. He has developed many programs that are now fixtures within Nevada’s hospital and public health systems, such as spearheading the EMResource program, designing and implementing the Disaster Medical Facility system, creating the Master Mutual Aid Agreement, developing the NHA’s medical intelligence program, and facilitating a cohesive community resilience program throughout the state. Christopher has also worked as a financial consultant, paramedic, trauma system coordinator, EMS system manager, risk manager, and fire chief.

Kim

Kim Nichols
Executive Coordinator

Kim Nichols is the Executive Coordinator for Pat Kelly, President/CEO. Kim worked previously as the Administrator/LGBTQ+ Community Relations Liaison at Northern Nevada HOPES as well as volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Washoe County Court.

Ian

Ian Welch
Data Analyst/Community Resilience Assistant

Ian Welch is the Data Analyst for the NHA’s Community Resilience Program and has been employed at the Nevada Hospital Association since 2021. He has experience in several analytical fields, including TV advertising marketing research at Nielsen, as well as in financial services at Morgan Stanley.