Carson Valley Medical Center Leadership
Our leadership team is responsible for day-to-day operations of Carson Valley Medical Center and clinics, and they bring a wide variety of talents and expertise to the organization.
These leaders are key to guiding the entire healthcare team at CVMC toward the goals and objectives outlined in the organization's strategic plan, while upholding the vision and values that make CVMC your healthcare provider of choice.
Preston Becker, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Preston Becker arrived in Carson Valley in June of 2016 from Moscow, Idaho, where he was the CFO at Gritman Medical Center. Prior to his stay at Gritman, he served as CFO at Keanee Hospital in Illinois, Vibra Specialty Hospital in Portland, Ore., and Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon, Idaho. Preston earned a bachelor's degree in business and finance from the University of Idaho and a master's degree in hospital administration.
Mike Ellis, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Ellis joined the CVMC team in the spring of 2017. He brings 30 years of experience in healthcare finance -- 10 in Southern California, 18 in Denver, Col., and most recently at Wickenberg Community Hospital, a critical access hospital in Wickenberg, Ariz. Mike attained his MBA from the University of Denver in Colorado. He and his wife Beth enjoy skiing and hiking.
Paul Knight, MD
Chief of Staff
Dr. Paul Knight's specialty is in radiology, where he is certified by the American Board of Radiology. He attended medical school at Rush University in Chicago, Ill., and served his residency at Rush - Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. His primary affiliation is with Sierra Nevada Medical Imaging.
Mark DeMar, MD
Vice Chief of Staff
Dr. Mark DeMar serves as a surgeon at CVMC through the Job's Peak General Surgery practice. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and served his residency at Synergy Medical Education Alliance.
Evan Easley, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Evan Easley practices at CVMC Senior Care and Job's Peak Internal Medicine & Family Practice. He is certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and served his residency at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio.
Director of Development & Outreach
Shannon Albert arrived at Carson Valley Medical Center in 2004 having worked previously in communications at AIG VALIC in Sacramento, Calif. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications and public relations from Sacramento State University.
In her role at CVMC, she oversees marketing, development, food & nutrition services, patient advocacy and human resources. She also serves as the executive director of the CVMC Hospital Foundation.
She is an executive board member of the Business Council of Douglas County, a community council member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada as is a past president of both the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimist Internationl of Carson Valley.
She and her husband have two children who keep them extremely busy with their school and sports activities.
Linda Lilleboe, MSN, RN
Director of Operations
Linda arrived at CVMC in 2005, moving from a hospital in Florida. She started her healthcare career as a CNA, then LPN, then RN before receiving her master's in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Her CNA experience came in long-term care and acute care hospital environments. Her LPN and RN experience was in hospitals in Oregon, Texas and Florida ranging from med/surg to renal/tele. She transitioned to the business side of healthcare after accepting a position as the liason between utilization review and patient access, later progressing to revenue cycle positions.
Kathy Cocking, MSN, RN
Director of Clinical Services
Kathy Cocking began her "come out of retirement" job at CVMC in June of 2016 after 34 years at Barton Memorial Hospital as the Vice President of Operations. She is fulfilling her long-term dream of living and working in Carson Valley. Kathy received her BSN from Columbia University in New York City and her MSN at California State University, Sacramento. The mother of three young adults and wife to Dennis, she feels blessed to be the Director of Clinical Services at a facility where outstanding, compassionate care is delivered by very gifted individuals.
Gina Zink hails from New Zealand and traveled internationally throughout Europe and the Middle East following school before landing in Australia where she met her husband. In 1997, she and her husband moved to America and Gina joined the Barton team in 2001 as the referral coordinator in their Community Clinic. She moved to CVMC in 2004 as the Special Projects Coordinator, producing schedules, reports and financials for the clinics. She later served as the supervisor of Job's Peak Primary Care and the Topaz Ranch Medical Clinic. She was later promoted to the manager and then director of those clinics and further expanded the clinic operations to eight clinics in six locations, including the CVMC Urgent Care and two rural health clinics which allowed the organization to serve the uninsured and under-insured population of Douglas County. Gina serves on the board of the Family Support Council of Douglas County, whose mission is to provide education, prevention and intervention services to support growth and development of healthy families. She and her husband also own and operate two automotive businesses - one in Lake Tahoe and one in Gardnerville.
CVMC Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors provides guidance to hospital leadership and is made up of individuals who have extensive knowledge of healthcare administration and are passionate about the advancement of healthcare services in the Carson Valley. To learn more about our board of directors, click here.