Jillyan McKinney, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
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
Chief Operations Officer
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
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Matthew Mendenhall, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Matthew Mendenhall, MD, MBA, MPH, FACEP, is the Chief Medical Officer at Littleton Adventist Hospital. As leader of our physicians and other medical providers, he works to ensure the hospital provides excellent patient care.
“I’m on a mission to support a thriving community of healers that provides exceptional health care to our community,” Dr. Mendenhall said. “Working in health care is an incredible privilege. I am surrounded by teams of intelligent, talented, dedicated people who are united by the common goal of taking care of others.”
A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Mendenhall has more than a decade of experience in emergency medicine that led him around the world and back, from Wyoming to New Zealand to Colorado. Before becoming Chief Medical Officer, he was Director of Operations for the US Acute Care Solutions Mountain South group, and was USACS’ Assistant Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Littleton Adventist Hospital before that.
“Working in health care comes with the luxury of knowing that ‘what you do matters.’ My goal is for us to make it easy for patients to access the highest possible quality of care.”
Kelley Kovar, DNP, RN, NE-BC, OCN
Chief Nursing Officer
Kelley earned her bachelor of science in Nursing at the University of Northern Colorado, her master’s degree in Nursing Education at the University of Phoenix, and a 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.