Karla Hardesty, President
Karla Hardesty joined the Board in July of 2007. She is a Project Manager for Adams State University Enrollment Management, and holds an MA in Adult and Post-Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming, and a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Ms. Hardesty also serves the community as Records Director-Sand Dunes Chapter, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and as School Board President at Trinity Lutheran School.
Jim Ehrlich, Vice President
Jim Ehrlich joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in September 2011 and is a resident of Monte Vista.
Kendal Knaus, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer
Kendal Knaus joined the Board in September 2004 and serves on the Executive, Finance, Infection Control and Product Evaluation Committees. He is also the Medical Director for Lab at SLV Health. Dr. Knaus holds a BS in Physical Science from Colorado State University, and received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists, College of American Pathologists, and American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Jan Gay, Past-President
Jan Gay joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in August of 1996. Ms. Gay is a retired office manager from the Colorado Department of Transportation, and holds an Associates Degree in Business from Adams State University. In the past, she also served as President of the Conejos County Hospital Board and School Board President for Trinity Lutheran School.
Cheri Crowder, Trustee
Cheri Crowder joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in January 2000 and has served as Vice President and on the Executive and Finance Committees. She is Director of the Women’s Resource Center in Alamosa and was a Lab Technician at Worley’s Seed. In the past Ms. Crowder served as School Board Member at Trinity Lutheran School and Director of the Conejos County Hospital Board.
Donald Shawcroft, Trustee
Donald Shawcroft joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in 2003, first serving on the Conejos County Hospital Board. Besides his many community activities, Donald also currently serves as the President of the Colorado Choice Health Plans board as well as a trustee on the Conejos County Hospital District Board. Donald is a partner in John B. Shawcroft Ranches, Ltd.
Kathy Lorenz joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in July 2007 and lives in Monte Vita.
Rosalie Martinez, Trustee
Ms. Martinez joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in July 2008. She holds an MBA in Management from Colorado State University and a BS in Accounting from Adams State University. Rosalie Martinez is Co-Owner/Management of L & M Auto Enterprises, and Farms, Cattle Ranches, and Horse Racing. In the past Ms. Martinez served as Vice President for Administration at Adams State University, an Instructor at the Adams State University School of Business, and on the Adams State University Foundation Board. She is presently also involved in the San Luis Valley Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, San Luis Valley Health Foundation Board, and Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Honorary Board.
Susan Geiger, DO, Trustee
Susan Geiger joined the Board in July 2010. She has served in San Luis Valley Health Occupational Medicine since September 2006 and holds a BA Degree in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College and Doctorate of Osteopathy from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Steven Kitchen, MD, Trustee
Steven Kitchen joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in July 2010. He has served as one of San Luis Valley Health’s orthopedic surgeons since August 2004. Dr. Kitchen has his BA Degree in Biology from Harvard University and M.D. Degree from Medical School University of Cincinnati. He did his fellowship in Sports Medicine at Ohio University and Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, in 1986 and was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1988.
Patrick Crowder, Trustee
Patrick Crowder joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in September 2011 and is a resident of Monte Vista.
Dennard Ellison, MD, Trustee
Dennard Ellison, MD joined the Board in May 2013 and also serves as an ear, nose, and throat specialist for San Luis Valley Health.
Ann Holmes, Trustee
Ann Holmes joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in 2002, first serving on the Conejos County Hospital Board. Ann was born and raised on a cattle ranch near Los Sauces, in the San Luis Valley. After graduating high school in Alamosa, Ann worked as a nurse, serving as Conejos County Hospital’s Director of Nursing and Assistant Administrator before she retired.
Richard Martin, Trustee
Richard Martin joined the Board in 2002 and lives in Manassa.
Nuwan Pilapitiya, MD, Trustee
Nuwan Pilapitiya, MD joined the board in 2013 and lives in Alamosa. He also serves as a Primary Care Provider in San Luis Valley Health's La Jara Medical Clinic.