- Ronald D. Guziak, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Health
- Ronald Austerlade, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Health
- Penny Cowden, Vice President/Chief Development Officer, Sun Health Foundation
- Jennifer Drago, Executive Vice President of Population Health, Sun Health
- Sharon Grambow, Chief Operating Officer, Sun Health Senior Living
- Joseph E. La Rue, Executive Vice President, Sun Health
- Bill Sellner, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Sun Health
Ron Guziak is the President and CEO of Sun Health Services and Sun Health Foundation. He is responsible for leading a unique enterprise that includes a philanthropic community foundation, a real estate division that owns and operates life care communities and skilled nursing facilities and the parent company that manages a portfolio of over $240 million. In aggregate, the enterprise has assets of over $450 million and is growing.
Guziak brings an entrepreneur’s spirit to Sun Health believing that best business practices must be applied to achieve strategic outcomes. While most of his career has been in health care, he credits his experience in developing a small start-up business into a successful industry leader as a true turning point in his career.
As a result, his 40 year career in non-profit business development, communications and philanthropy has been marked by innovative program development, philanthropic success and ground-breaking strategic planning.
Throughout his career he has counseled countless non-profit agencies on strategic planning, board development and major-gift fund raising. He has mentored numerous colleagues in their careers, watching them move into significant leadership positions.
The vision of Sun Health is to be a leading advocate for healthy living and the mission, is for Sun Health to champion healthy living, research and superior healthcare. A new strategic plan has recently been developed by the board of directors giving Sun Health clear direction for its immediate future.
A native of the Pittsburgh area, Guziak has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He and his wife Peggy are the proud grandparents of Joshua and Zoey, children of their son David and daughter-in-law Jaime.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Ron Austerlade is responsible for the strategy and execution of all marketing, communications, public relations, customer experience and sales support initiatives for Sun Health.
He brings more than two decades of experience in marketing to the role, including a diverse range of industries and product/service lines. Prior to Sun Health, Austerlade held a number of executive marketing leadership roles for companies ranging from startups to global Fortune 50 enterprises. The list includes CVS Caremark, First Data Corporation, TMZ Consulting, Lucent Technologies, and Westin and Hyatt Hotel corporations.
Austerlade is a native of Pennsylvania and received his marketing education at Pennsylvania State University. He plays an active role in several prominent industry and civic organizations and associations, including American Marketing Association, Public Relations Society of America, Market Research Association, as well as serving on the board of advisors for the ASU Center for Services Leadership. He resides in Scottsdale with his wife and two children.
Penny Cowden leads Sun Health Foundation’s philanthropy and fund development activities to support the organization’s work within the community. She joins Sun Health from Caromont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina, where she served as vice president and chief development officer. In this role, Cowden developed a successful planned giving program incorporating gift annuities, trusts and other vehicles to triple organization endowment in three years. She also worked as the chief development officer and senior director for the Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation and Inova Health System Foundation in Leesburg, Virginia. Her experience in health care and philanthropy includes positions with St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation in Grand Junction, Colorado and PeaceHealth, St. John Medical Center in Longview, Washington.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and a Master of Public Administration from Washington State University. Cowden also holds accreditations from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
As executive vice president of population health, Drago has played a pivotal role in developing and launching several groundbreaking population health-style programs, including the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, Care Transitions, Community Education and Memory Care Navigator.
Several of these programs have received national recognition for quality and innovation.
Drago has worked in health care for more than 20 years, including stints as an associate administrator for Boswell Memorial Hospital and Del E. Webb Memorial Hospital. She also held the position of vice president of planning services for the former Sun Health hospital system.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance as well as an MBA and a master’s in health services administration, all from Arizona State University. Drago volunteers for several service organizations including chairing the board for Northwest Valley Connect, a nonprofit agency working to improve transportation for seniors.
As chief operating officer for Sun Health Senior Living, Sharon Grambow is responsible for the execution of the organizational strategy and management of all three Sun Health senior living communities and their more than 500 employees. Grambow has held several leadership roles at Sun Health including administrator for Grandview Care Center, executive director for Grandview Terrace, and chief financial officer for all three senior living communities. She has more than 18 years of experience in senior housing operations, health care facilities management and property management.
During her tenure with Sun Health, Grambow has effectively grown several aspects of the organization’s portfolio, including successfully closing a $42 million tax exempt bond financing that saved more than $2 million in interest annually. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and is a certified public accountant. Grambow is also a licensed nursing home administrator and a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators.
Joe La Rue is responsible for providing strategic oversight to all three senior living communities as well as several real estate and property interests owned by Sun Health.
Before joining Sun Health, La Rue practiced law for 16 years in the Sun Cities area, with an emphasis in real estate finance and development. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business in 1985, he earned his juris doctorate from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1988. La Rue is a member of the Maricopa County Transportation Advisory Board, representing Supervisory District 4. He also is a member of the Arizona Town Hall Board of Directors and the WESTMARC Board of Directors. Previously, he served a four-year term on the Peoria City Council from 1997-2001.
Bill Sellner has served as the organization’s chief financial officer for almost 20 years. Before Sun Health’s transaction with Banner Health in 2008, Sellner directed all financial operations for Boswell Memorial Hospital (now Banner Boswell Medical Center), Del E. Webb Memorial Hospital (now Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center) and Sun Health Research Institute (now Banner Sun Health Research Institute). Today, he provides both strategic and operational financial oversight of Sun Health Senior Living, Sun Health Foundation and special community health programs currently in development.
Before joining Sun Health, Sellner served as a senior manager for Price Waterhouse for 10 years. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force before graduating with a degree in accounting from Arizona State University.