Sun Health Hour Guests – December 2012

Our list of December guests

December 2
Sun Health Foundation Panel

Gina Ore has been a part of the Sun Health Foundation since June 1999. She joined the foundation as director of development overseeing major gifts and was promoted to vice president/chief development officer two years ago. Ore began her career working with for-profit organizations in Chicago. Upon her move to the Valley of the Sun in 1989, she knew she wanted a different career path – one that she would find more rewarding. Ore discovered her philanthropic calling while working at Benevilla, previously Interfaith Community Care, a not-for-profit human services agency serving the West Valley. Here she was hired as the Director of Volunteer Services but quickly moved into a fund raising and business development position. She worked for Benevilla for nine years before joining the Sun Health organization.

Patricia Lewis FinnellPatricia F. Lewis, ACFRE, serves as Sr. Professional-in-Residence at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.  Prior to moving to Arizona, she served in the faculty position of Nonprofit Professional-in-Residence at George Mason University in Virginia and managed the graduate Nonprofit Management Studies program. Ms. Lewis is a past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) — formerly known as the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE)  — in Alexandria, Virginia.

Birt Kellam is a longtime friend and board leader of Sun Health. He has served in a variety of leadership positions for Sun Health and with his wife Louisa, is a strong supporter of several west valley organizations including Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, which is home to the Louisa Kellam Center for Women’s Health.


Darl Bachmann, a local business owner of Ford’s travel and long time board member, board chair and recently a patient in one of our local hospitals. He attended Arizona State University – and received Bachelor’s degrees in both General Business and Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Darl has served on a number of travel industry boards and focus groups, served on the board and at the executive level of the local chamber of commerce and is a proud member of the Sun Health Foundation Board of Trustees, where he recently was Chairman of the Board. Bachmann also serve on the Sun Health Services Board of Directors. Over the years, he also has served on and chaired a number of school related fundraising and steering committees.


December 9
Sun Health Senior Living Panel

Sharon Grambow
Chief Operating Officer (Sun Health Senior Living)
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.

Karon Sullivan
Director of Sales and Marketing (Sun Health Senior Living)
Sullivan will be responsible for the development of Sun Health Life Care Communities’ senior living facilities – The Colonnade in Sun City Grand; Grandview Terrace and Sun Health Grandview Care Center in Sun City West; and La Loma Village and La Loma Care Center in Litchfield Park. Sullivan, who moved from Baton Rouge, La., to accept this position, has 20 years of retirement community development experience.

Kai Repsholdt
Was born in 1951 and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1973, starting a 30-year career in the Submarine Force. He moved often as is typical in the military, spending the majority of my active duty in Hawaii. Upon retiring from the Navy as a Captain, Repsholdt worked as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii helping the Navy solve some of its most challenging problems.

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