Hospital Leadership

Vallerie Gleason

Vallerie Gleason

President & Chief Executive Officer

Val Gleason is the president and chief executive officer at Newton Medical Center. Gleason joined Newton Medical Center in 2004 as vice president of physician services and most recently served as the hospital’s chief clinical integration officer.

Gleason graduated from Newman University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University and is a board-certified nurse executive, advanced.

Gleason is involved with Asbury Park, the Kansas Hospital Association and KidPower, Inc. She is also a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, where she volunteers, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Friends University since 2006.

She and her husband, Monty, have four children and a grandson.

Dr. Charles Craig

Dr. Charles Craig

Chief Medical Officer

Charles Craig, MD, is the chief medical officer at Newton Medical Center. Dr. Craig has nearly four decades of experience as an orthopaedic surgeon, and he practices as part of the hospital’s Newton Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine clinic.

Dr. Craig received his medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Craig is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and specializes in total joint reconstruction.

Dr. Craig has authored several scientific papers, volunteered as a football physician for Newton High School and has been involved with multiple societies: past president of the Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Orthopaedic Society and Harvey County Medical Society. He has also served on the Board of Counsilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

He and his wife, Nancy, have four sons and seven grandchildren.

Todd Kasitz

Todd Kasitz

Chief Financial Officer

Todd Kasitz is the chief financial officer at Newton Medical Center. Kasitz joined Newton Medical Center in 2012.

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Cindy Knoeppel

Chief Clinical Officer

Cindy Knoeppel is the chief clinical officer at Newton Medical Center. Knoeppel joined Newton Medical Center in 2007. She has served in a variety of leadership roles including risk manager, executive director of service lines, and most recently, associate chief nursing officer.

Knoeppel graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Wichita State University. She is a certified perioperative clinical nurse specialist and is also certified in perioperative nursing practice. A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Knoeppel is also involved with the Association of Nurse Executives.

She and her husband, Jordan, have one son and a grandson.

Todd Tangeman

Todd Tangeman

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Human Resources Officer

Todd Tangeman is the chief operating officer and chief human resources officer at Newton Medical Center. Tangeman joined Newton Medical Center in 2006.

Tangeman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Tabor College. He is a certified professional in human resources.

Tangeman currently serves as the chair of the Newton YMCA advisory board and has served as the board president for the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteers on the USD 373 wellness committee and the Chisholm Middle School site council.

He and his wife, Tammy, have two sons and a daughter.

Board of Directors

Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2017

Bonnie Sowers, Chair
Ron Lang, Vice Chair
Tom Williams, Treasurer
John Morton, Secretary
Willis Heck, Assistant Secretary
Ray Penner, Past Chair
Darrell Conrade
Nancy Craig
Val Gleason
Randall Goering, MD

Ron Harder
Jim Heinicke
Troy Holdeman, MD
Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD
Carolyn McGinn
Debbie Palacioz
Matthew Schmidt
Racquel Thiesen
Colin Windham, MD