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NMC Health Leadership

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Vallerie Gleason

President & Chief Executive Officer

Val Gleason is the president and chief executive officer at NMC Health. Gleason joined NMC Health in 2004 as vice president of physician services and most recently served as the hospitals chief clinical integration officer. 

Gleason graduated from Newman University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University. 

Gleason serves on the boards of Asbury Park, the Kansas Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, Hesston College and KidPower, Inc. She is also a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church where she volunteers, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Friends University since 2006. 

She and her husband, Monty, have four children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Charles Craig

Chief Medical Officer

Charles Craig, MD, is the chief medical officer at NMC Health. Dr. Craig has nearly four decades of experience as an orthopedic surgeon. 

He received his medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Craig is board certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in total joint replacements.

He has authored several scientific papers, volunteered as a football physician for Newton High School, and has been involved with multiple societies: past president of the Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Orthopaedic Society and Harvey County Medical Society. He has also served on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

Dr. Craig and his wife, Nancy, have four sons and eight grandchildren.

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Todd Kasitz

Chief Financial Officer

Todd Kasitz is the chief financial officer at NMC Health. He’s been with the organization since 2012.

He has two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in Accounting and one in Business Administration from Bethel College. Kasitz also has a Master of Business Administration degree from Wichita State University.

He serves on the board for Central Kansas Community Foundation, and was previously the chief financial officer for Preferred Health Systems.

Heather Porter

Chief Clinical Officer

Heather Porter is the chief clinical officer at NMC Health. She joined NMC Health in 2003. She has served in a variety of roles including medical case manager, director of case management, and associate chief nursing officer of population health.

Porter graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has a Masters of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Central Florida. Porter is specially certified as a Nurse Executive and accredited case manager-registered nurse.  Serving on boards of the Missouri-Kansas chapter of the American Case Management Association (ACMA) and the Hesston College Nursing Advisory Council. Porter is a past member of Kansas Insurance Department’s Utilization Review Advisory Committee. She recently served on the Governors Alzheimer Disease Plan Working Group to begin development of a state Alzheimer plan.

She and her husband, Bob, have four grown children.

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Todd Tangeman

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Human Resources Officer

Todd Tangeman is the chief operating officer and chief human resources officer NMC Health. He joined NMC Health in 2006.

Tangeman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Tabor College. He is a certified professional in human resources (PHR, CCP, CBP).

Tangeman currently serves as member and past-chair of the Newton YMCA advisory board, and is a member of the Greater Wichita YMCA board. He has served as the board president for the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce. Tangeman also volunteers on the USD 373 Chisholm Middle School site council and the Hutchinson Community College – Newton: Community Advisory Committee. He is active with the Kansas Hospital Association serves on its Workforce Committee and Healthy Kansas Hospitals Committee.

He and his wife, Tammy, enjoy time with their grown children (two sons and a daughter) and their families.

Board of Directors

Chris Conrade, Chair
Barth Hague, Vice Chair
Matthew Schmidt, Treasurer
Sandie Kueker, Secretary
Marilyn Wilder, Assistant Secretary
Richard Stinnett, Immediate Past Chair

Tami Carlgren
Jame Copeland
Nancy Craig
Vallerie Gleason
Ron Harder
Jon Jantz, M.D., Medical Staff President
Ron Lang
Carolyn McGinn
John Morton
Debbie Palacioz
Robert Palmer
Casie Powell
Colin Windham, M.D.

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