Management

We pride ourselves on employing key management staff that have real world experience leading the organizations that we serve.

Our Leadership Team

Meet Lisa ThomsonMeet Lisa Thomson

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Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Meet Karolee AlexanderMeet Karolee Alexander

Karolee AlexanderKarolee Alexander

Director of Reimbursement and Clinical Consulting

Peter Schuna - President & CEO

Peter shares responsibility for the overall management, development and direction of Pathway Health.  As Chief Executive Officer his primary responsibilities lie in strategic vision for the company, oversight of day-to-day operations, management of product area directors, management of strategic partnerships and Pathway Health's strategic growth. Peter brings over a decade of health care operations experience to Pathway Health. Since joining Pathway, Peter has been instrumental in managing industry partnerships and has also guided Pathway's strategic direction of information technology. Peter is very involved in industry activities, as it relates to the implementation and policy direction of information technology. Peter spent the past 4 years serving on state and national long-term care information technology committees helping to bring technology to the forefront of the long-term care industry. Prior to joining Pathway, Peter served as a Health Care Administrator for both the HealthEast Care System and Benedictine Health System. As a long-term care administrator, Peter led the facility through 3 straight years of deficiency free surveys and achieved superior financial results. Through progressively responsible leadership roles, Peter has mentored, trained and directed facilities to successful outcomes. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Donna Webb - Chief Networking Officer

Donna shares responsibility for the overall management, development and direction of Pathway Health. Donna has been an employee at Pathway Health for over 15 years, her leadership and direction has been integral in Pathway's growth, development and success. As Chief Networking Officer, her primary responsibilities lie in oversight of human resources, recruitment, client satisifaction and Pathway’s strategic growth. Donna brings three decades of health care operations and development experience to Pathway Health. Donna has served as a clinical leader on a national level to Volunteers of America assisting with the clinical direction, policy and procedure development, and the growth, guidance and support of the Directors of Nursing. Her leadership philosophy is participatory, inclusive and highly communicative, yet decisive at the appropriate times. Prior to becoming a consultant, Donna spent over 15 years years with both Good Neighbor and The Evangelical Lutheran Society both as a Director of Nursing and a Corporate Nurse Consultant. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Dennis Anderson - Chief Financial Officer

As a long term employee of Pathway Health Dennis shares responsibility for the overall financial management of the organization. As Chief Financial Officer his primary responsibilities include the : preparation of timely and accurate financial statement, SOX compliance, banking activities and  relationships, and analysis of operating results. Dennis has also worked with many clients performing: financial assessments, financing assistance, merger and related transactional work and many other special projects. Prior to joining Pathway Dennis served as the CFO for Good Neighbor and the Divisional Director for Finance and legislative Advocacy for the Good Samaritan Society. Dennis has been involved  with many of our professions trade associations including serving on the AHCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Chris Fangboner - Vice President of Operations

Chris started his career as a high school English and computer teacher, before switching to a career in the long-term care industry in 1995.  During the last eighteen years, he has worked in a variety of roles, including IT Director, Corporate Director of Education, and Corporate RAI Clinical Coordinator.  Since joining Pathway Health Services, he has worked as a PointClickCare software Implementer, project manager, and has created a series of educational webinars teaching advanced skills to PointClickCare users. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Lisa Thomson - Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Lisa provides insight to Pathway Health while working closely with industry leaders, providers and professional associations identifying health care initiatives, regulatory changes and challenges affecting the post-acute care market.  In this capacity, she is part of the senior leadership team and has primary responsibility for strategic positioning and marketing, communications, and new product develop to assist providers with thought leadership and operational solutions for success.  Lisa continues to provide education to providers and professional associations across the nation focusing on complex health care initiatives and leadership strategies for implementation.  Since joining Pathway Health in 2001, she has been instrumental in numerous operational and regulatory projects. Lisa’s expertise and experience spans over 25 years’ in the post-acute and long-term care settings. Throughout her career, Lisa Thomson has been committed to supporting post-acute care operators by providing leadership, direction and targeted operational strategies to enhance performance outcomes.  Lisa utilizes her extensive knowledge and broad base of experience to provide customers with expert, professional consultative services.  She has held post-acute care leadership positions as service delivery, director, administrator, vice president and chief executive officer. Lisa’s practical hands on leadership style, industry knowledge and expertise are unparalleled in the industry. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Dan Billings - Vice President of Sales

Dan is responsible for the management, development, implementation and direction of our Health Information Technology Division. Dan is an innovative, energetic leader with vast regulatory and clinical experience in long term care, assisted living, home care, and acute care.  He is a proven manager and Director of Nursing and is widely known throughout health care community. He has taught in 32 states teaching in areas such as Pain Management , MDS 3.0, Fall Prevention, effective use of Electronic Health Record, and Nursing Assessment among others. He provides services such as interim management, mock surveys, issue specific training, regulatory pre/post survey consulting, as well as advice/ training related to the implementation of Electronic Health Records. He has served as a surveyor to Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Home Health Care, and Acute Care, evaluating the quality of care for the State of Minnesota and CMS. Dan has also has published articles on the Role of the IDT team, preventions of falls, other areas related to Long Term Care. Dan is a certified trainer/ implementer of Electronic Health Records for Point Click Care, the largest provider of EHR systems to long term care in America and Canada. He  provides data base/effective use reviews and training for the Clinical, MDS 3.0, QA, POC/kiosk, and EMAR systems of Point Click Care. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Jeanne Carlson - Director of Customer Relations

Jeanne is responsible for the management, implementation and sales of our partner programs. Jeanne has nearly three decades of experience in the health care industry. A Registered Dietitian (RD) by training, Jeanne spent 3 years as Director of Dietary Services at three facilities. Her career quickly accelerated to the corporate world where she became a Consultant Dietitian for Good Neighbor with oversight of 27 long term care facilities. Jeanne began her career at Pathway in 2003 and is currently the Director of Customer Relations and is a proven relationship builder in the competitive healthcare market. She has spoken at seminars across the country, worked as an expert witness, published articles and a resource manual, assisted with survey readiness and recovery, and educated long term care staff on the QIS survey process. With an enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, Jeanne radiates a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits to her customers. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Leah M. Killian-Smith, BA, NHA, RHIA

Director of QA & Government Services

As a Director at Pathway Health, Leah has responsibility for supporting corporate accounts, developing new relationships with clients, education and training, and helping to lead the regulatory compliance initiatives of the clients we serve.  As Director of Corporate Accounts her primary responsibilities include providing excellent customer service and support for Pathway’s ongoing account relationships.  Other areas of responsibility include acquisition management projects, health department engagements, state and national association speaking, and also Health Information Management support of current and future changes with QAPI, compliance, HIPAA, and coding.  Leah brings twenty years of health care operations and management experience to Pathway Health.  Prior to Pathway Health Leah was responsible for operations at several long term care communities and also lead over a dozen successful nursing home closures. Ms. Killian-Smith is a credentialed Registered Health Information Administrator, Nursing Home Administrator, certified Class F Home Health Manager, experienced trainer, coach and mentor. She is skilled in assisting and leading start-up programs for long term care, transitional care, memory care, assisted living, and affordable housing. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Sue LaGrange - Director of Education

Sue is responsible for the management, development, implementation and direction of educational programs for Pathway Health. As Director of Education her primary responsibilities include planning and implementation of critical industry leading educational programs leading the learner toward regulatory compliance, implementation of best practices as well as cutting edge changes in the industry.  Sue has 25 years of long term care management experience, which included Director of Nursing Services and Consultant.  She is a past president of the Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council.  Sue has experience in assisting facilities in resident care management, regulatory compliance and overall management of nursing operations. Sue has experience presenting nationally at long term care conferences on a variety of resident care and operational management topics. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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Lisa Abicht-Swensen

Director of Home Care and Hospice Services

Lisa plays in integral role in helping home care and hospice service providers deliver responsive, quality care that meets the needs and demands of consumers. As Director of Home Care and Hospice Services, she works tirelessly to make providers more efficient and competitive in the expanding post-acute care market. Lisa has 30 years of experience in health care administration, implementing diversified health programs to expand the full continuum of care offered to the elderly and homebound. A past president of the Hospice Minnesota Board of Directors, Lisa has served on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Quality Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of Care Providers of Minnesota, where she received the Chairperson’s Award in 2007 and the Member of the Year Award in 2008. An accomplished speaker and writer, Lisa has been published in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, and earned a master’s degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota and Bachelors of Arts in both Long-Term Health Care Administration and Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
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Karolee Alexander, RN, RAC-CT

Director of Reimbursement and Clinical Consulting

AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM Trainer

Karolee has more than 22 years of nursing leadership in long-term care, including 12 years as a director of nursing services for various facilities. She is a strong proponent of resident-centered care, establishing many programs and processes to bring about cultural changes to ensure quality care. Karolee has proven success with regulatory turn around, nurse management mentoring and interim director of nursing roles. She is also experienced with implementing clinical software systems. Karolee is a licensed, registered nurse and an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Questions? Call Us! Or Email Us!
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