Behind every successful company there is a team of talented people that help make it all happen.
Our blog series will be spotlighting all of our employees over time and giving a voice to the many incredible stories and “fun to know” facts of our exceptional employees.
We learn. We care. We have fun! We get results!
Courtney Ohlman, Administrative Assistant, Astoria Healthcare Properties is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Courtney works for NueHealth’s partner company, Astoria Healthcare Properties, located in our corporate office in Leawood, Kansas. Courtney joined the Astoria team in 2017. Her role at Astoria provides Courtney the opportunity to work with employees across all the companies: ValueHealth, NueHealth and Muve Health, as they build out their healthcare real estate projects.
Courtney grew up in Atchison, Kansas where she attended school and went on to attend college at Benedictine College. She later attended Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Courtney now resides in Lee’s Summit with her husband, Eric, daughter, Emma (14) and son, Jaxon (6).
The first job Courtney held was at her Mom’s flower shop. This early experience consisted of sweeping, washing, watering plants, dusting, assisting customers and delivering great customer service.
Courtney’s favorite food is Italian; however, she also loves some great chicken wings. Courtney has been mistaken for actress Jennifer Connelly a few times, so she is our very own celebrity look alike. One of the things that Courtney likes about working with Astoria Healthcare Properties in our corporate office is all the friendly, helpful people she engages with every day. The office environment is fun and being a part of many companies that are leading the industry and changing healthcare is inspiring and really makes you feel like your work makes a difference.
Thank you, Courtney, for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your talents to work every day.
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Kristin Crawford, NueHealth Human Resources Systems Analyst, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Kristin joined the NueHealth team in 2012.
Kristin grew up in Paola, Kansas where her two younger siblings and parents still reside. She attended the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk), where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications. Kristin began with NueHealth immediately following graduation as a corporate recruiter. She has continued to thrive in her career during the seven years she has been at NueHealth and still continues to work in the human resources department. Now, she works in a much more technical role as a Systems Analyst where she manages the digital properties and processes associated with the wide array of duties that a human resources department manages. Kristin also supports a variety of resources at all of our facilities around the country.
Kristin contemplated making a move to Dallas, Texas with her boyfriend in 2015, and now she is one of the many NueHealth associates who work remotely. Kristin and her boyfriend, Kyle, have an adorable golden retriever puppy named Griffin. He is a super sweet puppy, but like all puppies, he has been a handful to train. If Kristin were to be an animal, she would be a dog just like Griffin, because he is so loving and loyal, gets regular exercise and loves to cuddle.
The first job that Kristin had growing up was a lifeguard. Her favorite food is CHEESE. She could eat cheese all day long, on a cracker, on a taco, on a pizza, or in pasta. Give her cheese and she is one happy girl. If Kristin was to win the lottery, she would quit renting and buy a new home, and then of course travel the world.
NueHealth is grateful for people like Kristin who have continued to evolve with our company and their career, as well as help us deliver our vision of being the preferred and most trusted partner in the healthcare industry. Thank you, Kristin, for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your talents to work every day at NueHealth.
Lee Harper, NueHealth Clinical Director, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Lee joined the NueHealth team in 2005.
Lee has over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse in the perioperative and ambulatory surgical setting. Lee experienced first-hand the “trial-by-fire” environment many ASCs face when they do not work with a management company. After this first-hand experience, Lee was excited to come work for a management company that provides expertise to its facilities. She knew what it was like in the trenches and has brought that expertise to her role at NueHealth.
Lee grew up in Wyandotte County, Kansas. She has been married to her husband, James, for 32 years. Lee’s parents and James’s parents were fishing buddies and they thought Lee and James should meet. So when Lee was home for her sister’s wedding, she met James and it was love at first sight. They talked every day and married six months later. Thirty-two years later, they have two grown children and one granddaughter named Harper who is their pride and joy!
The first job Lee held was as a night-shift mobile phone operator. Not the mobile phone you think of today, but a headset where she connected calls for clients. Back in the day, Lee was a top ten finalist in the Miss Kansas Pageant. She also received an award for a discussion topic that was held in front of a group of panelists.
If Lee were to play the lottery and win, she would definitely buy a beach home. She loves to golf on vacation and take in the beautiful sites while sipping cocktails from her golf cart. A dream vacation for her would be to go to Greece. Unfortunately, according to Lee, she has no hidden talent, but we see her talents every day at work.
NueHealth is grateful for people like Lee who are continual learners and evolve with their roles to keep pace with the rapidly progressing ASC market. Thank you, Lee, for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your talents to work every day at NueHealth.
Gina McCullough, Receptionist at our Leawood Corporate Office, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Gina joined the NueHealth team over 20 years ago as the personal assistant to the founder, Dan Tasset, and later went on to become the receptionist at the corporate headquarters.
Gina grew up in Dodge City, Kansas and now resides in Olathe, Kansas. Gina attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she was a studio art major. Gina has two grown children, a son and daughter. They are both married and parents to her six fabulous grandchildren. This June, Gina will retire from corporate life and begin to spend even more time with her grandchildren.
According to Gina, the thing she likes most about working at NueHealth is the “dear, kind, sweet and competent people”. She feels blessed to work with such remarkable, talented, dedicated individuals.
A few things many don’t know about Gina. She has been sky diving and loved it. She would continue “diving” for years if it wasn’t so expensive. Gina loves sushi and she also makes a mean apple pie that Dan Tasset loves! Around the office, we nickname her GIGI and also TROUBLE! We say that jokingly, because Gina is anything but trouble as she is always willing to lend a hand to anyone. Thank you, Gina, for all of your faithful years of service and for your kind smile and positive attitude. We will miss seeing you every day, but we know you will have a great time enjoying your new adventures. Thanks for sharing your story with us this month.
Allison (Ally) Fields, Accounting Coordinator, Corporate Finance, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Ally works with the NueHealth AP/AR system and the Corporate Credit Card system. Ally joined the NueHealth team in 2010 in her current role, but she has had oversight responsibilities for a variety of NueHealth’s affiliate companies.
Ally grew up in Toledo, Ohio and Traverse City, Michigan. The Kansas City Art Institute is what brought her to Kansas City on a freshman scholarship. She later went on to attend Penn Valley Community College where she studied accounting.
The first neighbor she met when moving to Kansas City was Curt. They hit it off so well that they became husband and wife. This year, Ally and Curt will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and Ally’s landmark birthday on an Alaskan cruise with their family.
Outside of the office, you’ll find Ally spending time at local animal rescues helping dogs find their Fur-ever homes. Ally is a true dog lover and has often been referred to as the Crazy Dog Lady; likely due to the fact that she has had as many as 12 dogs living at her house at one time. “Strays seem to be drawn to us”, she says. Recently, Ally lost two of her fur babies, but she still enjoys the energy of her two mutt’s, Rufus and Finn.
One of the benefits of living on a lot of land is having space for a She Shed. Ally enjoys repurposing and re- upholstering furniture, and her She Shed is the perfect place for doing those activities. She received a scroll saw for Christmas this year that will allow for endless, creative possibilities.
Being surrounded by a group of highly driven and successful people who genuinely care about those they work with and the community in which we work are the things that Ally likes most about the NueHealth organization. Thank you, Ally, for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your talents to work every day at NueHealth.
Yvonne Woodley, Executive Assistant, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Yvonne joined the NueHealth team in 2001 as the very first executive assistant for the company. At that time, there were approximately 20 employees. In the last 18 years the company and Yvonne have seen many changes as well as growth and development of the parent and platform companies. Throughout this time, Yvonne has remained a constant for the team in her role as the Executive Assistant to the Sales and Business Development Team.
Yvonne grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and was educated in the Kansas City Catholic School System. She still resides in Kansas City in the Lee’s Summit surrounding area with her husband of 40 years, Norman. She and Norman have three grown daughters and 4 grandchildren together as well as several other extended family grandchildren. After high school, Yvonne graduated from the DeVry Institute with a background in computer programming.
Outside of the office, you’ll find Yvonne spending time with family and friends. Her favorite past time is to be with her “little people” as she so lovingly calls her grandkids, doing silly things and making life-long memories. She enjoys being around water, even though she can’t swim, because it is so beautiful. She, Norman and friends can be found traveling by car, plane, train or cruise ship, as long as they are together on an adventure.
Volunteering is a gift that Yvonne gives back often. This is a trait she has instilled in her family and they are often found together at community events giving back to those less fortunate. One of the things she loves about NueHealth outside of her “family” of co-workers is that fact that the organization supports volunteer efforts for employees to give back to those less fortunate.
If Yvonne were an animal she would be a bird so she could fly freely without any boundaries. Her favorite food is lobster or any seafood. Another reason she loves the water. No surprise that after 18-years her favorite thing about NueHealth is the people. Some of them she has worked with all 18 years and she truly considers them family. The Business Development team has affectionately nicknamed her “Mama” because she always thinks of her team first. We are grateful for Yvonne and her positive attitude and camaraderie she brings with her every day to work. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story with us.
Barbara Proffitt, Regulatory Compliance Director, Clinical Team, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Barbara joined the NueHealth team in 2012 part-time and moved into a full-time role in 2014.
Barbara grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and now resides in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and best friend of 29 years Mike. She and Mike have three children, Ben who is a freshman in college, and two grown children, Alex and Lindsey, who live close by. Sophie, a 14 year old miniature schnauzer who thinks she still a puppy, completes their family. Before moving to Kansas, they lived in five different states (KY, TN, OH, CO, TX) while Mike served in the military. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Business Administration from Western Kentucky University.
Outside of the office, you’ll find Barbara spending time with family and friends. She loves to run, participate and lead Bible study and reading. Loving to run is the right phrase because Barbara has run multiple half marathons and two full marathons. She recruited her daughter this last year to run a half marathon in October and now they will run together again in May at the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon, which coincidentally was Barbara’s first half marathon 20 years ago.
The first job Barbara held was at Delaney’s, an ice cream shop in the mall in Louisville, KY. She was the shift manager opening and closing the store. Her favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz (even before she moved to Kansas). She watched it every year on The Wonderful World of Disney. She loves the line “there’s no place like home.” If Barbara were to play the lottery and win, it’s no surprise that she would want to secure the best care and equipment for her Dad who is in a nursing home. But she wouldn’t just take care of dear Dad, she would do something amazing for all of his care-givers too, because she is so grateful for the wonderful care they give her Dad.
NueHealth is grateful for people like Barbara who enjoy doing something a little bit different every day and sharing a positive attitude with the people she works around. Thank you, Barbara, for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your talents to work every day at NueHealth.
Andi Keller, Special Projects Coordinator, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Andi joined the NueHealth team in 2005 and has a 13-year tenure that has consisted of a variety of positions. The one that has the greatest influence on Andi is the day when she and five others managed all aspects of nine “Cash” surgery centers. This gave her the foundation of knowing the importance of cash flow and how the Accounts Payable world can influence their success.
Andi lives in the Kansas City area with Ellie Mae, her Jack Russell Terrier, which by the way is her 23rd foster dog that she adopted herself because she couldn’t let her go and has for the last 4 years. Prior to 1997, she resided in Litchfield, Minnesota where she was born and raised. Her family still lives in her hometown. Andi received her education back in Minnesota at St. Could Technical College where she graduated as a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant. While working in a variety of dental specialties, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with Facial Plastic Surgery was her favorite. There are many days that she misses assisting in surgery and in the operating rooms.
Outside of the office, you’ll likely find Andi traveling or on a cruise somewhere. She has cruised Alaska, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Caribbean and New Zealand with a week in Australia. Her cruising bucket list consists of Coast to Coast through the Panama Canal, Russia, Scandinavia and Iceland. Her land bucket list consists of an African Safari, Fiji, Greece and Iceland.
A few fun facts about Andi; her favorite pastime is reading, her favorite food is HuHot Mongolian Grill or Taco Bell and she doesn’t really look like a celebrity, but she gets “you look like someone I know” quite often. If she were to win the lottery, she would NOT quit working. She might reduce her hours, but she really enjoys her work and the NueHealth organization’s core value. “We work well together, putting patients first and having a little fun in the process.” She would however put the money away for a while until she has a solid financial plan. That’s what you learn from all of the years of managing the cash and developing centers.
Thank you, Andi, for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your talents to work every day at NueHealth.
Francesca Williams, Training and Development Partner, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. At NueHealth when someone leaves the organization, we have a saying “the door is always open”. It is like family here. Francesca is a great example of that corporate philosophy. Francesca rejoined the NueHealth team for the third time in September of 2018 and has held previous positions in the corporate (remote) and facility settings (Miami, Florida) at NueHealth.
Francesca grew up in Sacramento, California and now resides in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with her husband of 23 years, Tony. She and Tony are empty nesters while their daughter is pursuing her college education and playing volleyball at McPherson College in Kansas.
During their time in the military stationed at Hill AFB in Utah, Francesca received her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Psychology at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Outside of the office, you’ll find Francesca traveling extensively as her beautiful pictures from Venice, Ponte Verda Beach, Australian Rain Forest and on an amazing cruise reflect. She loves to acquire passport stamps across the world. If Francesca were to play the lottery and win, she would travel, but this time she would include her family, friends, colleagues and whoever would want to go on a 30-day cruise. I think she would have lots of volunteers for that trip.
According to Francesca, the thing she likes most about working at NueHealth is the people she works with, the dynamic culture and of course the holiday parties. That makes perfect sense given that her favorite movie is Four Christmases. Thank you, Francesca, for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your talents to work every day at NueHealth.
Lisa Brown, Performance Systems Analyst, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Lisa joined the NueHealth team in 2012 and has held various positions such as Project Manager and Organizational Development Specialist.
Lisa grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and now resides in Merriam, Kansas with her husband John, two loveable hounds Penny and Luna, and a bunny named Jasmine. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in technical theatre with a concentration in stage management from Columbia College in Chicago. Lisa also studied parade and event management, as well as pyrotechnics during her internship at Disney World.
Outside of the office, you’ll find Lisa and John traveling to kayak, run and hike. This year they toured the Shetland Islands, Glasgow, Edinburgh and walked the West Highland Way in Scotland. Most importantly, Lisa is always in the Disney spirit, and her dream vacation would be a trip to Disney Paris to participate in runDisney.
If Lisa were to play the lottery and win, she would purchase a pair of really nice kayaks for her and John to take on a trip back to the Shetland Islands, as well as explore more of the UK. This of course would be in addition to a beautiful cabin near the Smoky Mountains.
According to Lisa, the thing she likes most about working at NueHealth is the people. “I love the people I get to work with across the organization. I feel lucky to work with such remarkable, talented, dedicated individuals.” Thank you, Lisa, for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your talents to work every day at NueHealth.
Marsha Botts, Senior Project Manager at NueHealth, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Marsha joined the NueHealth team in 2014 at the Corporate Office in Leawood.
As a youngster Marsha’s family moved around a lot, however, she has two places that she claims as hometowns, Talent, Oregon and Gardner, Kansas. She spent Junior High, High School and early college years in Oregon before moving back to Gardner to start her adventure as an adult.
Her college career began in Oregon and concluded with her earning her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. Education is something that Marsha has continued to pursue through her career. Currently Marsha holds certifications in Project Management, Lean Methodology, Six Sigma Black Belt along with a host of other HR, billing and reporting practices. With this diverse background and through the years before joining NueHealth, Marsha has had the opportunity to work on some fascinating projects through the National Health Service in the UK and Scotland, as well as with the Office of Inspector General Medicare Fraud case.
Family is important to Marsha and she shares time when she can with her three children, a daughter, Mickey; sons, Ben and Braden. However, her best buddies are Drake and Renn, her 4 and 5-year-old grandsons. Hanging with them is her favorite pastime.
We asked Marsha a few fun facts about herself. Her favorite movie line, is: “It’s been a hell of a day at sea sir” from Overboard. Her first job was a dispatcher for a trucking line, and oh the stories she tell. Lastly, when asked what would be the first thing she would buy if she won the lottery, Marsha states, “I would pay off every bill I have and then share with everyone. I mean that sincerely”.
One of her favorite things about working at NueHealth is the people. Thanks for sharing a bit of your story with us Marsha and bringing your winning attitude to work every day at NueHealth.
Rob Sorensen, the Director of Clinical Operations at NueHealth, is our current featured employee in the spotlight. Rob joined the NueHealth team in 2014 at the Corporate Office in Leawood.
Rob grew up in Lansing, KS, where his first job was helping his dad do “whatever was needed” on the farm. Post farm life, Rob became a highly educated individual. Currently, he holds a BSN from the University of Central Missouri; an MBA in Healthcare Management from American Inter-Continental University; a BS in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University; and an AD in Nursing from Central Community College in Columbus, NE.
Outside of the office, you’ll find Rob on his boat at the lake with his wife and his two kids (16 and 20). When asked whether he has ever been told he looks like a celebrity, he reflected back to his younger days when he wore dark rimmed glasses and was nicknamed “Clark Kent”.
According to Rob, the thing he likes most about working at NueHealth is the people. “People are willing to help no matter what else they have going on” Rob said. Thanks for sharing a bit of your story with us and bringing your “superman” powers to work everyday at NueHealth.