About Us

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. 

Jeff Prater, MHA, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer       
Jeff joined Carson Valley Medical Center in June of 2018. He got his start in healthcare serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 1993 to 2000. Since then, he has worked in a variety of healthcare administrative roles ranging from director of outpatient services, director of radiology, hospital administrator and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Jeff was serving as the Administrator of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, Alaska since 2015. He received his Bachelor's of Health Sciences degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2001 and his Master's of Health Administration from Montana State University in 2006.

Colleen Reid, CPA
Chief Financial Officer       
Colleen arrived at Carson Valley Medical Center in November of 2018. Most recently, she was the controller at the University of California Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland for 11 years. Previously, she was the director of finance/controller with Barton Health from 2001-2007. Prior to that, she was in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with several different organizations between 1993 and 2001. She earned her degree from the University of California, Berkeley and is a certified public accountant within the state of California.  


Mark DeMar, MD
Chief of Staff
Dr. Mark DeMar serves as a surgeon at CVMC. He sees patients locally at Sierra Nevada Surgical Associates. He attended the medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His five-year surgical residency was completed at a Michigan State Residency program.

Robert Silk, MD

Vice Chief of Staff
Dr. Robert Silk serves as a radiologist at CVMC. Dr. Silk attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His residency was completed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif.

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.


Shannon Albert
Director of Operations      
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. She is a member of the Society for Healthcare Market Planning and Development and Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.An active member of the community, Shannon is an executive board member of the Business Council of Douglas County, a member of Minden Rotary and is a past president of both the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimist International of Carson Valley. She and her husband have two children who keep them extremely busy with their school and sports activities.


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

Clinic Director
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.