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:

Headshot image: Ron Guziak, Sun Health CEO

Ronald D. Guziak

President & Chief Executive Officer
Joined Sun Health: 2009

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 nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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.

Headshot image: Ron Austerlade, Sun Health Chief Marketing Officer

Ron Austerlade

Chief Marketing Officer
Joined Sun Health: 2014 

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.

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.

Headshot image: Sharon Grambow, Sun Health

Sharon Grambow

EVP/Chief Operating Officer
(Sun Health Senior Living)

Joined Sun Health: 1998

As EVP/chief operating officer for Sun Health Senior Living (SHSL), Sharon Grambow is responsible for carrying out Sun Health’s organizational strategy for senior living. Grambow also is responsible for overall management of all three SHSL communities and its more than 525 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 Sun Health Senior Living Management Company. She possesses over 20 years of experience in senior housing operations, health care facilities management and property management.

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.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and is a certified public accountant. Grambow also is a licensed nursing home administrator and an executive board member of the American Senior Housing Association. She serves as the immediate-past president of WESTMARC and as a past president and board member of Theater Works.

Headshot image: Joe LaRue, Sun Health EVP

Joseph E. La Rue

Executive Vice President
Joined Sun Health: 2005

Joe La Rue is executive vice president of Sun Health, a local nonprofit organization that champions healthy living, research and superior health care through community partnerships that create, develop and foster superior living, learning and working environments.

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 and development.  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.

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.

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: 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.