Sun Health Executives

Our Sun Health executive team is comprised of industry leaders who are committed to creating nationally recognized programs that enhance the lives of all they serve. Meet them here:

Tahlya Visintainer Chief Human Resources Officer

Headshot image: Joe LaRue, Sun Health EVP

Joseph E. La Rue

President and Chief Executive Officer
Joined Sun Health: 2005

 

On July 1, 2018, Joe La Rue became the president and CEO of Sun Health, a local nonprofit organization that champions healthy living, research and superior health care through community partnerships.

Joe was Sun Health’s executive vice president. Prior to joining Sun Health in 2005, La Rue practiced law in the Sun Cities area for 16 years with an emphasis in real estate finance, development and health care, working closely with Sun Health. Since 1988, La Rue has served in many elected and appointed positions including the Peoria City Council, WESTMARC, Arizona State Transportation Board, Maricopa Association of Governments, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Maricopa County Transportation Board and other Peoria and City of Surprise committees.

In 2012, La Rue was appointed to the Arizona State Transportation Board to represent Maricopa County. He serves as vice chairman of the board. La Rue also is a member of the WESTMARC board of directors.  Previously, he was a member of the Maricopa County Transportation Advisory Board, representing District 4.  From 1997 to 2001, La Rue was on the Peoria City Council.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1985, and earned his juris doctorate from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 1988.

La Rue has lived in Maricopa County for approximately 40 years and currently resides in Peoria with his wife Suzy. They have five daughters and three grandchildren.

Headshot image: Sharon Grambow, Sun Health

Sharon Grambow

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sun Health Senior LivingJoined Sun Health: 1998

Sharon Grambow is responsible for organizational strategy and overall management of Sun Health and for all three Sun Health Senior Living (SHSL) communities and their approximately 600 employees.

She has more than 23 years of experience in senior-housing operations, health-care facilities management and property management.

In her time with Sun Health, she has served as administrator for Grandview Care Center, executive director for Grandview Terrace, and chief financial officer for Sun Health Senior Living Management Company.

Under her leadership, SHSL has grown from one senior living community with 420 residents to three senior living Life Care communities with more than 900 residents. Her communities have been recognized for excellence by organizations such as the NAHB 55+ (National Association of Home Builders), LeadingAge and U.S. News & World Report.

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, a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators and an executive board member of the American Senior Housing Association.

On the local level, she serves as past president of WESTMARC — a coalition of business, government and education organizations in the West Valley — and past president and board member of Theater Works, a 501(c) 3 professional community theater organization.

She was recognized by AZ Business magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2016.

Headshot image: Jennifer Drago, Sun Health, EVP, Population Health

Jennifer Drago

Executive Vice President of Population Health
Joined Sun Health: 1996

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.

Gina Ore

Executive Vice President/Chief Philanthropy Officer

Gina leads a team that propels a culture of philanthropy and a spirit of giving in support of Sun Health Foundation’s mission to ensure superior health care and wellness for the West Valley. For more than 25 years, her career has focused on taking grassroots, start-ups, and established nonprofit foundations to the next level of success. Through relationship engagement and successful fundraising, she has become highly respected for her work with organizations to enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities, developing deep connections with medical professionals, generous donors, and dedicated volunteers who have supported healthcare, human services, and medical research.

Previously, Gina worked for Sun Health Foundation for more than 16 years. After a brief hiatus, she’s returned to where she says she belongs, the nonprofit foundation that stewarded community support to build Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers more than 50 years ago. Gina holds a master’s in Innovative Leadership and a bachelor’s in psychology/sociology and music. Her community involvement includes GroYourBiz Board, Women Business Leaders in Health Care, Arizona Women in Healthcare, Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and Hon Kachina Council. She has also served in leadership roles in the Rotary Club of Sun City West, the West Valley Symphony, Art Museum of the West Valley, and the Sun Cities Area Ministerial Association.

Headshot image: Bill Sellner, Sun Health

Bill Sellner

Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Joined Sun Health: 1993

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.

 Tahlya Visintainer

Chief Human Resources Officer
Joined Sun Health: 2015

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Tahlya Visintainer is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the day-to-day Human Resources operations and related activities while maintaining a high level of visibility at the community and system levels. She provides strategic guidance to leaders regarding staffing and development, including providing counsel regarding established laws, policies, practices, and services.

Tahlya has almost 20 years of experience in coaching, team building, management, performance management, and hiring in all types of industries, including nonprofit. Throughout her career, she has earned praise for streamlining HR operations, strengthening employee relations and increasing employee engagement by focusing on hiring and recruitment practices.

Originally from Yakima, Washington, Tahlya holds a Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management from Arizona State University and her Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.