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Eight Asante employees promoted to new leader roles

From pharmacy to lab, longtime employees move into management positions.

Competence, dedication and people skills are a formula for rising in any organization. So it is with eight employees who recently joined Asante’s management ranks.

Kerry BoisenKerry Boisen, director of Nursing, AACH

Boisen started her career in health care 31 years ago and has served in multiple outpatient and acute care settings. She has worked in ARRMC’s Asante’s Behavioral Health Unit, and later became charge nurse for the Psychiatric Care Unit in the Emergency Department.

She left Asante to serve as the nurse manager for the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program at the Veterans Administration for about four years before returning as supervisor for the BHU and Psychiatric Care Unit. She was named Asante Ashland’s director of Nursing this past January.

In her free time, Boisen enjoys spending time with her husband and best friend of 29 years, Brian. The couple has three grown children, Jack, Zoey and Grace. She loves being outdoors hiking and gardening and is an avid reader and lifelong learner.

Sarah BowdinSarah Bowdin, manager, IMCU, ARRMC

Bowdin has more than 10 years combined experience in bedside care, management and leadership. She has been with Asante for nearly nine years, previously having worked at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison.

Congratulations are also in order for Bowdin, who recently earned her health care MBA from Oregon Health & Science University. She says the amazing team of people she works with every day is what she likes most about her job.

When not working, Bowdin enjoys board-game nights with friends, exploring new foods, traveling and reading.

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Sarah Gulino, manager, Spears Cancer Center Pharmacy

Gulino is a 15-year Asante employee and was promoted to manager of the Spears Cancer Center after having been supervisor for two years. She also has served as the lead for infusion services pharmacy at Asante Three Rivers.

Gulino earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson. What she loves most about her work is being of service to others and the opportunity to provide top quality care for our patients.

For fun, Gulino enjoys gardening, rockhounding, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding and camping. She’s recently added two Spanish Mustangs to her family, getting back into her love of horsemanship.

Katrina LoukxKatrina Loukx, manager, E Unit, ATRMC

The new manager of E Unit, Katrina Loukx, has been with Asante Three Rivers for four years, beginning her career as a CNA, then as a registered nurse in the Resource Pool before being promoted to manager. She has served as a relief house supervisor and charge nurse as well.

What she likes best about her work is the opportunity for growth and learning from different points of view.

For fun and relaxation, Loukx enjoys spending time with her daughters and dogs, and going hiking.

Jackson MillerJackson Miller, practice operations manager, APP–Ashland Internal Medicine

Miller has been with Asante Physician Partners going on six years. Before moving to the internal medicine clinic he managed operations at APP–Neurology and served as a supervisor in the Contact Center. Earlier in his career, he worked for Samaritan Neurosurgery in Corvallis.

When asked what he likes best about his job, Miller says it’s the opportunity to connect with people and build relationships.

Beyond work, he enjoys anything related to sports, both watching or playing. And given that the last book he read was “Goodnight Moon” it’s safe to say he’s a busy dad of a young child.

Michael NalewayMichael Naleway, manager, Heimann Cancer Center Pharmacy

Naleway has been with Asante for seven years, having worked and completed several residency rotations throughout the organization. Before moving to the cancer center, he was an inpatient pharmacist at ARRMC.

Naleway earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree through Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University.

Hiking and travel are at the top of his list of things he enjoys when not working. And, a little known talent — he can sort of speak French.

Glen PogueGlen Pogue, manager, Laboratory Services, ATRMC

Pogue joined Asante in 2021 as a technical supervisor at ATRMC. Before joining Asante, he was laboratory manager at Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka and functioned as a medical laboratory scientist in the Army in a variety of roles and assignments throughout the country.

He earned his Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 and is certified as a medical laboratory scientist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

In his free time, Pogue enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking, playing and collecting music, and spending time with his family.

Tina ThummaTina Thumma, manager, Pre-op Clinic and PACU, ATRMC

Thumma may be the new manager of pre-op and PACU at Asante Three Rivers, but she’s a familiar face at Asante, having served for 17 years in a variety of roles and departments.

Before moving to ATRMC, Thumma worked at Asante Rogue Regional for 12 years as a charge nurse; a clinical manager overseeing bariatric, stroke and joint replacement programs; and a clinical director overseeing cardiology, gen/med, oncology neurology, orthopedics and post-surgical.

She enjoys leading a team that is high-energy and brings on new challenges. When not at work, life on her farm brings her great joy, including tending to cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, a few dogs and a barn cat.

Kathy NilesKathy Niles, interim director, ARRMC Behavioral Health Unit

In other leadership changes, Kathy Niles has been named interim director of Behavioral Health Services at ARRMC. Niles has more than 25 years of extensive experience, holding both permanent and interim positions across a variety of specialties, including behavioral health.

She hails from Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she lives with her husband. She holds a master’s in business administration and is board certified through the American College of Healthcare Executives. She will be with Asante until her permanent replacement is recruited.

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