Leadership

  • Kelly Driscoll, RN, MHA, FACHE

    President and CEO

    Bio

    Kelly Driscoll received her Registered Nurse degree from Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa.  She continued her education at the Hamilton Business College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, receiving her Bachelors in Business Administration degree.  She then completed her Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Since 1999, Driscoll has held management positions including Assistant Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, and Interim CEO with Unity Point Health System in Iowa.

    In 2011, she was hired at Faith Regional Health Services as Vice President of Patient Care Services. In 2013, she accepted the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Driscoll also held the role of interim President and CEO for periods in 2014 and 2018. In 2018, she was appointed Faith Regional President and CEO. 

    Driscoll received the distinguished certification as a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2012 and was named among 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Becker's Hospital Review. 

    Mrs. Driscoll is married and has three children.

    Driscoll Named One of 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know in 2020

  • Brian Blecher, RN, BSN, MHA

    Chief Operating Officer of FRPS and Network Development

    Bio

    Brian Blecher received his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Midland Lutheran College in 1994. He received his Masters of Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University in 2015. Mr. Blecher worked as a Nurse Tech and Registered Nurse at Immanual Medical Center before coming to Faith Regional in 1996. At Faith Regional, Blecher began his career as a RN in ICU and Heart Catheterization/Interventional Radiology before becoming manager of the Cath Lab, IR Lab, Radiology Nurses and Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Since 2009, he has served as Executive Director of Employee Wellness, Cardiac & Vascular Services, Radiology, Cardiopulmonary Services and Emergency Medicine before accepting the role of Chief Transformation Officer and Network Development in 2017. In addition to the this role, Blecher began serving at the Chief Operating Officer of Faith Regional Physicain Services in 2019. 

    Mr. Blecher is married and has three children.

  • Mark Davis, MD

    Chief Medical Officer

    Bio

    Dr. Mark Davis is a Nebraska native and an esteemed member of the Northeast Nebraska medical community. He began his private OB/GYN practice in 1997 and joined Faith Regional Physicain Services in 2018. Prior to being apppointment Chief Medical Officer in 2019, Dr. Davis held many leadersip positions at Faith Regional, including Chief of Staff. 

    Dr. Davis earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where he also completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the associate staff at Creighton St. Joseph Regional Healthcare System and is a clinical assisant professor at the University of Nebraska Medial Center, University of South Dakota, and Des Moines University. 

    Dr. Davis is married and has three children.  

  • Thomas J. Lee, MPA, FACHE

    Vice President of Support and Ancillary

    Bio

    Tom Lee has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, including six years of active duty service in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman. He has been in executive leadership positions since 2002, including Vice President of Administration at Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen, South Dakota and CEO in Emmetsburg, Iowa and Wayne, Nebraska. He became a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007. In 2015, he accepted his current role as the Vice President of Support and Ancillary Services at Faith Regional.

    Lee received his Bachelor Degrees in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University and in Nursing from Creighton University. He also completed his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002.

    Mr. Lee is married and has two children.

  • Brandon Morfeld

    Vice President of Performance Improvement

    Bio

    Prior to joining Faith Regional Health Services, Brandon Morfeld served as a continuous improvement coordinator at Becton Dickinson West in Columbus, NE. In his role there, he gained a thorough understanding of the cost savings initiatives process and how to oversee the big picture. He achieved Lean Leader Certification and trained in Six Sigma Green Belt. He also helped create or execute several projects to eliminate waste and reduce downtime, helping the plant to achieve their savings targets.  Mr. Morfeld uses his knowledge of Lean to assist the organization in driving down waste, increasing revenue, and building efficiencies across the organization.

    Mr. Morfeld has completed the Lean Black Belt training offered by the Aveta Business Institute and earned his Black Belt certification.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.  He is a native of Stanton, NE.

    Mr. Morfeld is married and has three children.  

  • Janet Pinkelman

    Vice President of Human Resources and Mission Services

    Bio

    Janet Pinkelman has served as Vice President of Human Resources and Mission Services since 2010. She has over thirty years of experience in Human Resources, including recruitment and retention, employee and management training, policy assessment, performance management and benefit administration. In 1985, Pinkelman became the Personnel Director of the Lutheran Community Hospital. In 1996, Mrs. Pinkelman was hired as Human Resources Director at Faith Regional Health Services.

    Pinkelman received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. 

    Mrs. Pinkelman is married and has three children.

  • Connie Rupp, RN

    Chief Nursing Officer

    Bio

    Connie Rupp received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing.  She was also the recipient of the Charlotte Burgess Award for Outstanding Master’s Graduate. Since 2007, she has held management positions including Unit Director for the Birth and Infant Care Center/NICU/Pediatrics; the Interim Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Office and the Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer with Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

    In 2017, Rupp accepted the role of Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Faith Regional Health Services. Working collaboratively with an engaged team, she is leading initiatives to transform nursing care at Faith Regional through consistency and alignment using standardized tools and approaches.  This investment by the team has resulted in many quality metric improvements and accolades.

    Rupp currently serves as the Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders (NONL) District 2 President.

    Mrs. Rupp is married and has three children and 1 grandchild.

  • Brian Sterud, MBA, CHCIO, FACHE, FHIMSS

    Chief Information Officer

    Bio

    Brian Sterud has served as Chief Information Officer at Faith Regional Health Services since 2012. He came to Faith Regional from Brookings Health Systems where he was the Director of Information Management since 2008. Prior to this, Sterud had built a strong knowledge of the technology and regulatory needs through his experiences in banking and as a consultant.

    Sterud received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD in 2001. In 2011, he graduated from CIO Boot Camp at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Sterud is a Certified Healthcare CIO and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. He received his Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA) with specialization in Health Services Administration in 2014 from the University of South Dakota, in Vermillion, SD.  He is a Fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as well as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

    Mr. Sterud is married and has two children.

    Key thoughts from Brian Sterud

    Sterud Named One of 100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know in 2020

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  • John Wilker, FACHE, FHFMA

    Chief Financial Officer

    Bio

    John Wilker has served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Faith Regional Health Services since 2012.  He came to Faith Regional with over thirty years of Chief Financial Officer experience including for-profit, not-for-profit, and government-owned hospitals and health systems in Utah, Arizona, California, Idaho, and now Nebraska.

    He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he also received the Follmer Bronze Award.

    Wilker has served on various boards and committees, including hospital associations in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho; HFMA; United Way; Boy Scouts of America; Comstock Children’s Foundation; and Idaho Community Hospital Network.  He currently serves on several committees with ENHANCE Health Network.

    He received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Idaho State University.

    Mr. Wilker is married and has four children.

  • Linda Miller, R.N.

    Faith Regional Board Chair

  • Brett Jackson

    Faith Regional Board Vice Chair/Secretary

  • John Robertson

    Faith Regional Board Treasurer

  • Craig Boche

    Faith Regional Board Member

  • Jacque Collison

    Faith Regional Foundation Board President

  • Sue Fuchtman

    Faith Regional Board Member

  • Josh Gossman

    Faith Regional Board Member

  • Lane Handke, M.D.

    Chief of Staff

  • Stef Lacey, M.D.

    Faith Regional Board Member

  • Richard Meyer, O.D.

    Faith Regional Board Member

  • Robert Prince, M.D.

    FRPS Medical Director

  • Travis Rutjens

    Faith Regional Board Member

  • James Scheer

    Faith Regional Board Member

  • Cory Shaw

    Faith Regional Board Member

  • Gordon Adams, M.D.

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Donald Bell, M.D.

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Alan Collison

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Jacque Collison

    Faith Regional Foundation Board President

  • Pat Delay

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Brandon Doke

    Faith Regional Foundation Board President-Elect

  • Jan Einspahr

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Vice President

  • Virgil Froehlich

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Tristan Hartzell, M.D.

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Rick Higgins

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Pat Hughes

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Jared Jansen

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Russ McKillip

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Secretary and Treasurer

  • James Scheer

    FRHS Board Representative

  • Tom Scheuth

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Harriett Studebaker

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Tim Tighe

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Member

  • Todd Wragge, D.D.S.

    Faith Regional Foundation Board Past President