Jillyan McKinney, MBA
President & CEO
Jillyan McKinney is the CEO of Littleton Adventist Hospital. Jillyan brings an intense mission focus, operational expertise and 15 years of experience in not-for-profit, faith-based health care leadership.
Jillyan is committed to building on Littleton Adventist Hospital’s incredible legacy of quality and compassionate care to further improve associate engagement, clinical outcomes and the patient experience.
Previously, Jillyan served as CEO of Centura Health’s Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville. Under her leadership, Avista was ranked in the top 15 percent nationally for patient experience and maintained a consistent Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade “A” rating.
Prior to joining Centura Health, Jillyan was the Vice President of Strategic Business Development for the Lake Nona and Sunbridge communities at Florida Hospital in Orlando.
Jillyan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Care Administration from Oakwood College. She holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Central Florida.
As for her personal mission, Jillyan sums it up as follows: “I am on a Mission to bring my best self to each moment, partnering to cultivate whole communities that love as Christ does.”
Jillyan lives in the Littleton Adventist Hospital area with her husband, father and young son.
Geoff Lawton PharmD, MBA, FASHP
Geoff Lawton PharmD, MBA, FASHP joined Littleton Adventist Hospital as Chief Operations Officer in July 2018. Before returning to Littleton, Dr Lawton served as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Centura Health in South Denver with responsibility for Castle Rock, Parker, Porter, and Littleton Adventist Hospitals. Previously, Dr Lawton served for eight years in the senior hospital operations and business development roles at Littleton Adventist Hospital, and had practiced for 17 years as a clinical pharmacist and pharmacy director for several HCA, Triad, and private hospitals.
Dr. Lawton holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Drake University, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas, and an MBA with a major in Health Administration from the University of Colorado. He has also achieved the designation of Fellow in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP).
Dr. Lawton and his wife Leslie have two adult children.
Michelle Beckner, MA, CPA
Michelle Beckner, CPA, MA brings her passion for positively impacting people and over a decade of financial experience to her role as the Chief Financial Officer at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
Michelle began leading financial strategy as the interim CFO of LAH in late 2018 and was appointed to the role in an official capacity in 2019. Prior to her appointment as CFO, Michelle was the Director of Finance for Parker Adventist Hospital for 5 years. In 2017 she accepted the dual role to support Littleton Adventist Hospital while maintaining her leadership at Parker Adventist. Michelle is recognized for her cutting edge work in productivity and position control and takes great personal pride in partnering with healthcare leaders to manage budgets, analyze business cases for growth and guide cost savings initiatives.
Her forward thinking financial strategy reflects her commitment to fulfill Centura Health and Littleton Adventist Hospital’s mission to extend our ministry practically and sustainably to our associates, patients, physicians and visitors.
Michelle is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Walla Walla University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Michelle and her husband, Roger, have two young children and enjoy reading, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Alan Verrill is Chief Medical Officer of Littleton Adventist Hospital. Dr. Verrill joined Littleton Adventist Hospital in August 2015 from Bridgton Hospital in Maine, where he served as Division Chief for the medical group and president of the medical staff. Dr. Verrill served as a major in the United States Air Force Medical Corps and was active duty from 1993 to 2000. While on active duty, Dr. Verrill cared for patients as an internist with the 10th Medical Group at the United States Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs from 1996 to 2000.
Upon completion of his service he moved to Maine to join Central Maine Internal Medicine. A few years later he co-founded the Central Maine Hospitalist service and served as the group’s medical director for seven years. Along with his leadership roles, Dr. Verrill has been a hospitalist at Bridgton Hospital and Central Maine Medical Center since 2003.
He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, and obtained his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Verrill completed his residency in internal medicine at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas, and is board certified in internal medicine.
Dr. Verrill and his wife, Melitta, have three children.
Kelley Kovar RN, MSN, NE-BC, OCN
Kelley Kovar, MSN, RN, NE-BC, OCN Interim Chief Nursing Officer, has a mission to care for others. Kelley has more than 20 years of nursing experience, the majority as an oncology leader. Kelley is passionate about quality patient care for all. She leads her teams to provide this care at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
Kelley began her career at Lutheran Medical Center in the inpatient oncology unit in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Kelley moved into nursing leadership positions across the oncology continuum of care. These include Manager of inpatient oncology, outpatient infusion services and oncology educator. Kelley is proud of the impact she has made on oncology including, building an inpatient oncology unit and outpatient infusion center at Lutheran Medical Center, and building the Radiation Oncology Cancer Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
Kelley earned her bachelor of science in Nursing at the University of Northern Colorado and master’s degree in Nursing Education at the University of Phoenix. She is currently in process of earning her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nursing Leadership at Regis University. Her mission is to care for others. This mission includes caring for others in every setting, at work, home and within the community. Kelley enjoys spending time with family and appreciates the beauty of the Colorado mountains in every season. She is happy to be a part of the amazing care team at Littleton Adventist Hospital.