KRH welcomes new members of the executive leadership team
KRH is pleased to welcome two new members to the executive team. Craig Boyer, MHA, CPA, was named the new Chief Financial Officer and Karen Anita-Pfaff Paul has been named Chief Talent and Human Resources Officer, a newly established position.
Karen Anita-Pfaff Paul, Chief Talent and Human Resources Officer
In March, the Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) Executive Team made the decision to create a strategic, system-focused, enhanced human resource function to support all KRH staff with the addition of a system Chief Talent and Human Resources officer (CHRO) role, reporting directly to the KRH President & CEO.
“A system HR leader is critical to the success of our employees and our organization as we adopt best practices, create more efficient and effective processes, and strengthen our people strategies across the organization,” said Deb Wilson, KRH Chief Operating Officer, in a previous announcement about the new role.
Karen comes to KRH from Kupanua Strategic Consulting where she served as CEO and Founding Principal. There she served as an organizational psychologist, providing strategic workforce planning, talent strategy, executive coaching, leadership and team development and more to national clients across industries, maintaining significant focus in health care. Prior to that, Karen served various roles at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, including Enterprise Vice President, Human Capital Strategy as well as Vice President, Strategy and Leadership Development at Sanford Health, Bismarck, North Dakota.
With more than 20 years of human resources and employee relations experience, Karen has demonstrated transformational results in both small and large organizations. As KRH’s Chief Talent & Human Resources Officer, Karen will be responsible for leading and enhancing the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of human resources system-wide with a major focus on fostering culture, strengthening leadership and building employee engagement.
“I am thrilled to join the Kalispell Regional Healthcare team, and am humbled and excited to share my experiences and to partner with the people that make this place great, “said Karen. “An organization’s people…the talent that brings their best every day to make a difference…is what makes an organization strong. I am honored to work with the strong people of KHS as we all focus to make that difference.”
Craig Boyer, MHA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Craig comes to KRH from Sanford Health where he served as vice president of finance, overseeing the financial management and operations of the Sanford Bemidji region, which includes Sanford Bemidji Clinic, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Sanford Bagley Medical Center, and senior living campuses.
Craig received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of North Dakota. He received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.
With more than 30 years of financial management experience, Craig has served in a variety of accounting and finance roles. He started his career at Sanford Health in 1998 as the controller for then North Country Health Services. In 2007 he moved into the chief financial officer role for North Country Health Services. In 2011, North Country Health Services merged with Sanford Health which expanded his role to include the Sanford Bemidji Clinic.
Craig has served an active role in the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He served on the boards of the Minnesota Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bemidji Area Boys and Girls Club. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children.
“I look forward to joining Dr. Lambrecht and the KRH leadership team. I’ve been very impressed with the level of services offered to the community including the Montana Children’s facility scheduled to open this summer,” says Craig. “My wife and I love the outdoors and we look forward to exploring all that the Flathead Valley has to offer.”
He will officially assume the role on July 29, replacing Tracey Talley, who has served as interim CFO for the past year.“ We are very grateful to Tracey for his outstanding leadership as interim CFO and, for a short time, co-interim CEO,” says KRH President and CEO Craig Lambrecht, MD. “I’m pleased that Craig will be joining the KRH Executive Team. His solid health care financial management experience and leadership skills will be an asset to the organization.”