Karla Hardesty, President
Karla Hardesty joined the Board in July of 2007. She is a Project Manager for Adams State University Enrollment Management, and holds an MA in Adult and Post-Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming, and a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Ms. Hardesty also serves the community as Records Director-Sand Dunes Chapter, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and as School Board President at Trinity Lutheran School.
Jim Ehrlich, Vice President
Jim Ehrlich joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in September 2011 and is a resident of Monte Vista.
Kendal Knaus, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer
Kendal Knaus, MD, joined the Board in September 2004 and serves on the Executive, Finance, Infection Control and Product Evaluation Committees. He is also the Medical Director for Lab at SLV Health. Dr. Knaus holds a BS in Physical Science from Colorado State University, and received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists, College of American Pathologists, and American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Jan Gay, Past-President
Jan Gay joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in August of 1996. Ms. Gay is a retired office manager from the Colorado Department of Transportation, and holds an Associates Degree in Business from Adams State University. In the past, she also served as President of the Conejos County Hospital Board and School Board President for Trinity Lutheran School.
Cheri Crowder, Trustee
Cheri Crowder joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in January 2000 and has served as Vice President and on the Executive and Finance Committees. She is Director of the Women’s Resource Center in Alamosa and was a Lab Technician at Worley’s Seed. In the past Ms. Crowder served as School Board Member at Trinity Lutheran School and Director of the Conejos County Hospital Board.
Donald Shawcroft, Trustee
Donald Shawcroft joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in 2003, first serving on the Conejos County Hospital Board. Besides his many community activities, Donald also currently serves as the President of the Colorado Choice Health Plans board as well as a trustee on the Conejos County Hospital District Board. Donald is a partner in John B. Shawcroft Ranches, Ltd.
Kathy Lorenz, Trustee
Kathy Lorenz joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in July 2007 and lives in Monte Vista.
Rosalie Martinez, Trustee
Ms. Martinez joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in July 2008. She holds an MBA in Management from Colorado State University and a BS in Accounting from Adams State University. Rosalie Martinez is Co-Owner/Management of L & M Auto Enterprises, and Farms, Cattle Ranches, and Horse Racing. In the past Ms. Martinez served as Vice President for Administration at Adams State University, an Instructor at the Adams State University School of Business, and on the Adams State University Foundation Board. She is presently also involved in the San Luis Valley Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, San Luis Valley Health Foundation Board, and Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Honorary Board.
Susan Geiger, DO, Trustee
Susan Geiger, DO, joined the Board in July 2010. She has served in San Luis Valley Health Occupational Medicine since September 2006 and holds a BA Degree in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College and Doctorate of Osteopathy from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dennard Ellison, MD, Trustee
Dennard Ellison, MD, joined the ENT Clinic at San Luis Valley Health in 2010. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He went on to graduate from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1986, followed by a residency in general surgery at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, FL., and a residency in otolaryngology at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. He was a staff otolaryngologist at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and San Diego VA Medical Center. Prior to coming to SLV Health, Dr. Ellison had been with Presbyterian Hospital's Multi-Specialty Group Otolaryngology in Albuquerque, NM, since 2002.
Nuwan Pilapitiya, MD, Trustee
Nuwan Pilapitiya, MD joined the board in 2013 and lives in Alamosa. He serves as a Primary Care Provider in San Luis Valley Health's Stuart Avenue Clinic. L. Nuwan Pilapitiya, MD, earned his degree from St. George's University Medical School, followed by clinicals at Brooklyn Hospital in New York and his residency at Drexel University, Dept. of Family Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.
Carmelo Hernandez, MD, Trustee
Carmelo Hernandez, MD, joined the Women’s Health Clinic in November, 2013. Following a dozen years in a private rural health practice in North Carolina, Dr. Hernandez is happy to return to Colorado, having graduated from the USAFA in 1985. First an Air Force pilot, after visiting his sister in medical school, he decided to change his career path because medicine combined his interests in science and helping people. Intrigued by the birth of his own first child, he made up his mind on what field to study. “The whole birth process was incredible,” he said. “Obstetrics and gynecology offer a great variety with more of an opportunity to get to know patients over time.”
Patrick Crowder, Trustee
Patrick Crowder joined the San Luis Valley Health Board in September 2011 and is a resident of Monte Vista.