Leadership

leadership

Any great organization is successful in large part due to its people. At Carson Tahoe, we’re no exception. From our entire medical staff to our volunteers to our donors and supporters, together we make Carson Tahoe Health shine.

None of this would be possible without a dedicated, caring and visionary leadership team. At Carson Tahoe, we’re proud to say we have some of the brightest and best people in the healthcare industry at the helm. Through their support, we’ve created an environment that is both nurturing and progressive, poised for even greater achievements and accomplishments.


Alan Garrett, CPA, CGMA, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan Garrett, CPA, CGMA, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan joined Carson Tahoe Health in 2019 with over 28 years of healthcare experience. He studied business at California State University, Fullerton and proceeded to work at Ernst and Young, an international accounting and consulting firm serving healthcare, technology, and start-up clients. Following his inner desire to do meaningful work, Alan received his MBA in Healthcare from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City. Prior to coming to CTH, Alan simultaneously served as Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary Medical Center and Regional Vice President of St. Joseph Hoag Health in Southern California. Along with his focus on providing quality care to the community, fostering innovation, and financial stability, Alan values a teamwork culture that, in previous positions, has resulted in numerous patient satisfaction, quality, and industry awards. Perhaps his most important role is that of husband and father. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor photography, exploring wild places, and creating memories. With a proven track record, a creative soul, and a deep desire to make a difference in people’s lives, Alan is uniquely poised to lead Carson Tahoe in advancing the health and well-being of our community.

Michelle Joy – Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Michelle Joy – Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Michelle has over 20 years of healthcare experience. She joined the Carson Tahoe team in January 2015. Michelle began her healthcare career with the Iowa Health System (now Unity Point) in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2000, she assumed the Director of Planning and Marketing position at Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville, California, later serving as Associate Administrator and then Chief Executive Officer. Michelle continued her career with Banner Health serving as Chief Executive Officer in Sterling, Colorado; Associate Administrator at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado and then Chief Operating Officer at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In 2011, she received the ACHE Colorado Regent’s Award for Young Healthcare Executive. Michelle enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling and spending time with her husband, Rocky, and twin boys, Andrew and Jacob.

Allen Fink, DO, MHA, CPE, FACEP, FACHE Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

Allen Fink, DO, MHA, CPE, FACEP, FACHE Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Fink received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  After completing a transitional internship at Brooke Army Medical Center followed by an Emergency Medicine residency at the Madigan Army Medical Center/University of Washington Combined program, Dr. Fink was selected as Chief Resident. He maintains Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine.  In 2013 he earned a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Washington and has recently completed a Health Policy Fellowship sponsored by Ohio University and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Fink arrives here from upstate NY where he was the Chief Medical Officer for the Carthage Area Hospital and CMO / Interim COO for Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.  His career has taken him from clinical Emergency Medicine to leadership roles as a group managing partner, Chair of Emergency Services, Elected Chief of the Medical Staff and VPMA/CMO in a large integrated health system. He and his wife, Kiersten are blessed with 9 incredible children and 4 of the most adorable grandkids ever produced, all of whom are a short plane ride away.  The Finks are self-proclaimed foodies, who enjoy cooking, experiencing fine dining and local culture, wine tasting, skiing, outdoor activities, and travel. 

Michelle Miller, PhD, Vice President & Chief People Resource Officer

Michelle Miller, PhD, Vice President & Chief People Resource Officer

Michelle joined Carson Tahoe Health from Tenet Healthcare where she most recently served as the Chief Human Resource Officer for the San Antonio Texas Region.  Her experience in the Texas and California markets includes many successes in HR operations, leadership development, HR Information Systems, labor relations, recruitment, and organizational development.  Michelle holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and completed her Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration. Michelle has an achiever attitude and truly understands how people and culture form the foundation of our success.

Katie Kucera, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Katie Kucera, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Katie joined Carson Tahoe Health in August of 2020 as the Director of Finance from Renown, where she was the CFO of Acute Care. She has 11 years of healthcare experience with over 20 years of finance experience. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Montana, Missoula, then received her Certified Management Accountant certificate in 2015. In 2017, Katie received her MBA, Healthcare Administration from WGU, while working full time with twin four-year-olds at home. She works hard to build relationships and partnerships to succeed within the organization as a team. She was born and raised in Gardnerville and loves the area. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, and twin daughters Kennedy & Paige at the lake, hiking, biking, boating, and just relaxing.

Mary Sue Zinsmeister, DNP, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Mary Sue Zinsmeister, DNP, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Mary Sue joined Carson Tahoe Health in 2020 with over 20 years of nursing leadership experience. She received her Master’s in Nursing Science degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Capella University. Mary Sue spent the first 12 years of her nursing career at Sentara Albemarle Hospital in North Carolina where she held several leadership roles. In 2004, she moved to Reno, Nevada and assumed the position of Director of Nursing at Renown South Meadows. She held the position of Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive at Bon Secours Saint Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Virginia, and worked as an internal consultant for Tenet Healthcare Corporate Office in Dallas, TX. Most recently, Mary Sue worked as the Chief Nursing Officer for Aldara Hospital and Medical Center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a for-profit health system affiliated with Henry Ford Health System. She has proven performance in building healthy workplace environments, team building, and engaging employees. She describes her leadership style as open-door, transparent, and authentic, Mary Sue and her husband David grew up in a small town in Vermont where most of their family still live. They have three daughters, Samantha, Heather and Kieran. They enjoy golfing, skiing, bicycling, kayaking, and hiking.