Medical & Administrative Staff

Board of Trustees

  • Dennis Knox

    Dennis Knox is a 38-year healthcare executive and is the President/CEO of Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, OR. He most recently served as the CEO of Urgent Point, a national immediate care company and previously was the Chief Executive Officer of Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, CA. His experience in healthcare includes over 27 years at the CEO level and has spanned for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare companies, including operating multi-hospital sites. It has also included post-acute care (Memorial Hermann Continuing Care Corporation) and pre-hospital care (Urgent Point).

    During his career, Mr. Knox has established a reputation for successfully creating organizational cultures of performance, accountability, and positive attitude throughout the hospital community and improved, sustainable bottom-line results in highly competitive environments. He also has a proven track record of establishing cultures of delivering high quality and safety while leading financial and regulatory turnarounds.

    Mr. Knox is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds both a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Management Science from Duke University where he was a three-sport letterman in football, baseball and track.

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  • Dan Boldt

    Dan, Wasco County Surveyor, was born in Portland, Oregon, spent his boyhood in Tri-City, Oregon, and moved with his family to The Dalles in 1970. Dan graduated from The Dalles High School and then Oregon State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Dan is an avid road bicyclist and lives with his wife, Kim, in The Dalles. Dan has been a member of the MCMC Board since 2007.

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  • Phil Brady

    Phil, a chemistry teacher at The Dalles High School, started his career teaching science at Jesuit High School, Central Catholic High School, and Lewis and Clark College. When his daughters were the young age of 2 and 4 years old the family set off on an adventure to Venezuela as Maryknoll Lay Missioners. After nine years in Venezuela, Phil, Mary Jo and their two daughters Sara and Maza chose to return to Phil’s roots in The Dalles where his father had been a grocer and orchardist. Phil enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, and astronomy. Phil has been a member of the MCMC Board since 2014.

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  • Dr. Paul Cardosi, MD

    Dr. Cardosi was born and raised on the East coast, attending medical school at Dartmouth. He moved to Oregon to do his residency as the Chief Resident at OHSU’s Internal Medicine program. Paul has a desire to contribute to the effort to deliver quality and comprehensive health care to the Mid-Columbia region; making sure that this care is not only optimally available but is also of the highest quality. Paul and his wife Dr. Miriam McDonell keep very busy with their three children and enjoy the great outdoors. Paul has been a member of the MCMC Board since 2007.

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  • Janet Hamada

    Janet Hamada was born and raised in Chicago, but spent her childhood summers visiting her grandparents in the Gorge. She has a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. Since 2007, Janet has been the Executive Director of The Next Door, Inc., the largest human services’ organization in the Gorge, which serves thousands of people annually in a seven county region.

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  • Michael Hill

    Mr. Michael Hill, Chief Strategic Officer, OHSU Partners, joined Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland, Oregon in 2005. He is responsible for portfolio development, strategic architecture, market analytics, business planning and market strategy to expand volume, increase market share, grow revenue, optimize finances, and enhance performance for the clinical enterprise. Mr. Hill received his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1994.

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  • Bill Ketchum

    Raised in The Dalles, graduated from Wahtonka High School and Oregon State University. Moved back to The Dalles permanently in 2005. Bill is currently the Operations Manager for Crestline Construction, a local heavy civil construction company. With over 25 years of construction experience in both heavy civil and vertical construction, specializing in the management of fast track, complex construction with limited resources. Bill’s involvement in both construction and managing large complex projects/business with resource constraints will bring significant knowledge to his board position. Bill and his wife Jodi, an elementary educator for North Wasco County School District 21, have 4 children. One is at Oregon State University, one is on exchange in France, the remaining two at home, are attending The Dalles High School and The Dalles Middle School. Bill has been a member of the MCMC Board since 2020.

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  • Michele Spatz

    Michele is Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) “All of Us” initiative. NNLM is the community outreach arm of the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. Michele serves in the NNLM Pacific Northwest office located on the University of Washington campus, Seattle, and works remotely from her home in White Salmon. Prior to joining NNLM, Michele led an interdisciplinary approach to health literacy at Pacific University; consulted for Planetree, the international healthcare organization advocating patient-centered care of which MCMC is a member; and was founding director of MCMC’s Planetree Health Resource Center, a consumer health library, which she led for almost 20 years. Michele is the author of national publications on consumer health information, including Answering Consumer Health Questions: The Medical Library Association Guide for Reference Librarians and The Medical Library Association Guide to Providing Consumer and Patient Health Information. Michele and husband Dan have two daughters, Melissa (husband Eric) and Katie (fiancé Craig), both graduates of The Dalles High School.

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  • Dr. Frank Toda

    Dr. Frank Toda was born and raised in The Dalles, Oregon. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from the University of Portland. Dr. Toda earned both his Master of Science in Systems Management and PhD in Education from the University of Southern California. He has excelled at a wide range of executive administrative positions including Air Force Colonel and Chief Operating Officer in Defense Contract Management. Dr. Toda recently retired from his position as President of Columbia Gorge Community College. Dr. Toda has also been a member of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Board since 2003.

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  • Robb Van Cleave

    Robb Van Cleave has served in various roles in the local community such as Mayor, City Councilor, Port Commissioner and President of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

    In addition, Robb has extensive experience as a not-for-profit board leader at the state, national and international levels. His experience includes serving two terms as a gubernatorial appointment to the SAIF Corporation Board of Directors; Wounded Warrior Project national Board of Directors and the Society for Human Resource Management international Board of Directors.

    He has held a wide variety of executive positions with Wasco County, Columbia Gorge Community College, Oregon’s Local Government Personnel Institute and the Association of Oregon Counties. Robb is currently employed by Klickitat County Washington.

    Robb graduated from Oregon State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree.

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  • Dr. Wally Wolf, DVM

    Dr. Wolf, a local veterinarian, shares his love of animals, especially horse activities, with his wife Vicki. They can also be found participating in the other activities they enjoy including fishing and hunting or sharing family times with children and grandchildren. An avid volunteer, Wally has given many hours to several worthwhile organizations and has been a member of the MCMC Board since 1991.

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