Chief Executive Officer
Jason Paret has an MBA from the University of Alaska Southeast and attended Oregon State University before getting a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of Montana. Island life is not new to the Paret family having lived in Australia and on islands in Alaska and Hawaii. In Jason Paret’s successful eighteen years as a healthcare executive he’s achieved significant financial improvements for his organizations. He also brings with him eminent facility construction experience with two different projects, one in the amount of $20 million and another in the $50 million range. Jason Paret (pronounced “pair – A”) and his wife Aimee, an elementary school teacher have two children, a son in high school and a daughter in 3rd grade.
Catherine Rhyne, RN
Chief Patient Care Services
Catherine brings to us years of experience in nursing practices and healthcare administration. She has been appointed to senior executive roles in single institution and multi-institution organizations which have ranged from large tertiary facilities to Critical Access Hospitals. Her educational background includes a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pittsburg State University. Specific areas of career emphasis include clinical and operational improvements, leadership development, and trust building and staff leadership support.
John M. Lovrich, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
John Lovrich oversees Catalina Island Medical Center’s financial services including its business office and medical records and is responsible for monitoring CIMC’s overall financial health. The certified public accountant received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his masters degree from Cal State University Long Beach. He has more than 20 years experience working with hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals, and other health-related organizations. “I really like working with the people at CIMC. Everyone has been very helpful and professional.”
Amy Mordaa, RN
Medical Group Office Manager
Amy Mordaa, RN joins CIMC as Manager of CIMC’S Medical Group Office (MGO). She graduated from Pasadena City College’s Nursing Program. Her experience at several Orange County hospitals, as a Red Cross Donor Center Manager of Blood Donation Services, and as Director of Nursing at a Subacute Rehab/Long Term Care Facility bring important skills to managing the day to day operations of the clinic. She had visited Catalina several times before interviewing. “I liked the staff’s energy and enthusiasm. I look forward to continuing the legacy of good service at CIMC and working with everyone to improve patient care.”
Lyra Garrido, CLS
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Lyra Garrido worked as a generalist since 2005 and was employed at the Urology Tower at Cedars Sinai Medical Center before coming to CIMC in 2007. She appreciates the great work environment at CIMC and the pace of life on the island. Lyra was selected as the “Delia Martinez Legacy Award Winner as CIMC Employee of the Year” in 2015 for her outstanding work ethic and service to others. “I know most of the patients personally,” she shared.
Leticia Reed, LCSW
Director of Social Services
Leticia Reed, LCSW has over a decade of experience working in the mental health field. She graduated from San Diego State University in Psychology and Child Development. Leticia continued her education at the University of Southern California School of Social Work where she received her Masters of Social Work with concentrations in Children and Families and Public Child Welfare. She has worked throughout Los Angeles County in child welfare, California State Corrections facilities, a military base, drug treatment facilities, outpatient and inpatient medical facilities plus in Department of Mental Health contracted agencies as a therapist, clinical supervisor, clinical trainer and eventually as an Interim Director. Leticia has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Social Work Virtual Academic Center. Leticia has worked most closely with individuals who have experienced trauma and PTSD and she has received specialized training to address these issues. Leticia shared “I love working with people to assist them in finding hope and achieving wellness.”
Manager, Medical Records/Privacy Officer
Pixie King is responsible for managing the medical records department. She is the custodian of all patient records and is responsible for coding patient services, appealing claims and ensuring that patient privacy is sacrosanct. She has worked at CIMC for more than three decades. “I enjoy helping people and I like that there are so many different things to be done every day,” she said.
Judy Alft, RN
Coordinator Quality Assurance and Infection Prevention/Control, Staff education
Judy Alft had more than 30 years experience as nurse, supervisor and educator before coming to the Catalina Island Medical Center in 2003. She enjoys being part of a facility that, even though it is small in size, offers so many services and fills a vital role in our community. She appreciates the dedication of the employees and their commitment to the patients.
Plant Operations Manager
Michael Rhoutsong is responsible for keeping the physical plant and all its systems running smoothly. He has more than 30 years of experience in construction and has also working at CIMC in housekeeping and central supply. He loves living on the island and enjoys knowing that he is being of service to those who use the hospital.
Carol Firebrace Dumont
Manager of Nutritional Service
Carol Dumont received her certificate in dietary service from Long Beach City College. At CIMC, she oversees the nutrition department to ensure the meals for patients are therapeutically consistent with their nutritional requirements and palatable for the complex requirements of patients and staff. “I enjoy putting smiles on the patients’ faces after they enjoy the meals that the dietary department has made for them.”
Director Human Resources
Krista Steuter oversees personnel, employee benefits and workplace compliance at Catalina Island Medical Center. She is also director of commercial insurance. She administers the payroll for the medical center’s more than 60 employees and actively develops and upgrades wage grades and comprehensive payroll studies. Coming to the island from Scottsdale, Arizona in 1987, she began working for the medical center in 1996 in positions including medical staff credentialing, administrative assistant and manager of the medical group practice. Steuter, who enjoys the challenge of the diversity of her position, has her degree in business administration.
Manager Business Services
Michelle Jaeger is responsible for hospital and medical group business activities including accounts payable and reconciling daily cash, overseeing the admitting and reception staff and helping patients with any billing issues that may arise. She joined the Catalina Island Medical Center staff in 2006 after owning an island business for 11 years and spending time as the business office manager and personnel trainer for a chain of restaurants in Northern California.”Every day I get a new challenge that keeps me on my toes and I feel like part of a new team that really cares about the hospital.”
Coordinator, Marketing and Community Relations and Grants Manager
Judy Hibbs is responsible for assessing, planning, developing and implementing public relations activities and marketing for CIMC. Her contributions include regular press releases, newsletters, social media and, web site maintenance and community events. Hibbs has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and is an active volunteer serving as a board member for several local non-profit organizations. In February 2014 she became Grants Manager for CIMC and works to apply for government and private foundation funding to benefit CIMC programs.