Leadership Team

Susan Rose

Chief Executive Officer

Susan Rose is the Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital. Susan joined Aurora Santa Rosa in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Under her leadership, the Aurora Santa Rosa team garnered Signature Healthcare’s Clinical Excellence Award – given to only one out of their 14 hospitals - for Q4/16 and Q1/17. Susan graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration. She is also a graduate of Golden Gate University with a Master of Business Administration and an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. Susan is the Treasurer of Senior Advocacy Services of Sonoma County, a non-profit agency that advocates for the rights and dignity of those experiencing health and aging challenges.

Colton Reed, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Wade Sturgeon

Chief Financial Officer

Heidi Cooper-Sereni

Business Office Manager

Heidi joined Aurora Santa Rosa in 2015 to manage the Business Office. Her managerial experience in Healthcare- Accounts Receivable - spans over 30 years. From Long Term Care and Ambulance to Rehabilitation Centers and Acute Psychiatric, Heidi offers a well-rounded breadth of business knowledge.

To date, Heidi and her team have made significant progress creating many best practices for Aurora Santa Rosa’s Business Office, including writing and improving policies and procedures for the department.

Richard Graham-White, MA, MFT Intern

Director of Assessment and Referrals

Al Jennings

Human Resources Director

Al started working in Human Resources in 1998 after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a BS Degree in Organizational Behavior. He started working in healthcare as a Hospital Corpsman in the Naval Reserve and obtained the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. He served most of his two enlistments as a Field Medical Corpsman assigned to the 4th Marine Air Wing.

During his employment at Marin General Hospital, he worked as a Central Service Technician, Hospital Technician and as an Employment Specialist. He also had stops at The Marine Mammal Center and Real Restaurants as the HR Director before coming to Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital.

Al also holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and Senior Certified Professional with SHRM. He has also completed the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certification through the University of California Berkeley.

Lynne Palazzolo, MRN

Director of Education

Christi Porter, JD

Director of Performance Improvement

Sarah Sundance

Director of Dietary

Sarah, CDM joined ASR in 2013 as one of the first employees in the newly opened hospital, as a chef. In 2015 she was promoted to Director of Dietary Services.

Prior to coming to ASR, Sarah worked as a chef at a long term care facility for seniors. She has been cooking in commercial kitchens for 23 years. Her leadership in this area is important, providing patients and staff with nutritious and medically sensitive meals.

Heidi L. Thomas, RHIA

Health Information Management Director

Gabriella Von Rathonyi

Utilization Review Director

David Walker

Director of Plant Operations

David brings over 30 years of experience in Construction Management to Aurora Behavioral Health Hospital, including 8 years in Facility Management.

David began his career as an electrician in the Bay Area in 1985, became a General Contractor in 1999 and moved to Sonoma County in 2009 to work as a Facilities Manager.

At Aurora Behavioral Health Hospital in Santa Rosa David manages the building, with 95 beds, Housekeeping and Maintenance.

Since March of 2017, David and his team have undertaken a process improvement program that focuses on 24/7 patient area cleanliness and risk prevention.