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Leadership 2020-06-15T15:25:44+00:00


Marillac Leadership & Key Staff Profiles, 2020


Lata (Kay) Ramachandran, MA

Chief Executive Officer

Kay assumed the top leadership role in 2013, leading Marillac’s transformation into a flourishing community health center. Kay possesses over twenty years of experience in senior management positions in health care, both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors of Canada and the United States. With fourteen years of Executive Director/CEO experience, her mastery in working with boards, senior leaders, community partners and elected officials has enabled her to develop and implement strategic plans, budgets, capital projects and clinic re-designs. Kay’s primary language is English. Born and raised in India, she also speaks Tamil and Hindi and possesses a deep understanding of cultural issues and economic disparities.


Crystal Owens, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Crystal Owens joined MarillacHealth as Chief Medical Officer in March 2019 after previously holding leadership positions at HopeWest (Grand Junction) and at CareSource (Salt Lake City). Dr. Owens grew up in Georgia among a family of preachers and teachers who instilled in her a desire to serve others. She earned her M.D. degree from Loma Linda University in 2001, and she completed Family Practice Residency at St. Mary’s (Salt Lake City) in 2004; she holds an additional board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She practiced for several years in Salt Lake City focusing on senior health, hospice, and palliative medicine and then in 2013 moved to Colorado and worked with HopeWest. Outside of work, Dr. Owens enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities with her husband and their dogs.


Thomas Lavery, DDS

Chief Dental Officer

Thomas began his employment with Marillac in 2005 as a full-time dentist and was promoted to the position of Dental Director in February 2007. Dr. Lavery received his dental degree from Creighton University and completed his residency at Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming. He possesses 36 years of private and public health dentistry and enjoys teaching and mentoring. Dr. Lavery is committed to continuously assessing local needs, identifying gaps in service and expanding dental service to assure accessible, affordable care for all.


Dan Becker, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Dan brings to Marillac 18 years of experience in finance and administration. Dan served as Finance Director for Bridge Community Health Clinic in Wausau, Wisconsin and went on to serve as the Director of Revenue/Business Analyst for Forest County Potawatomi Health & Wellness, an Indian Health Services Tribal Health Center in Crandon, Wisconsin. Dan’s scope of responsibility at Forest County PHW included the revenue budget, financial review audit, cost reports, managing the information technology and billing departments, overseeing collections and federal and state grants management. A University of Wisconsin alum, Dan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Accounting at UW-Eau Claire and an MBA at UW-Oshkosh. Dan joined Marillac in 2017, ready to guide the organization’s continued financial vitality.




Dr. Joseph holds a Doctorate of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University, Phoenix with a concentration in healthcare management/leadership. Dr. Joseph has spent the past 14 years in a leadership capacity developing integrated care within FQHCs. Her executive management training and experience in non-profit organizations and public health has also been enhanced through acquiring the Community Health Center Executive Management Fellow through the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Joseph, a native to Ohio, joined Marillac in January 2017.



Kristy Schmidt

Director of Community Relations & Development

Kristy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University. Since 2003 Kristy has worn many hats at Marillac. She directs fundraising, grant-writing, special events, marketing, clinical rotations and community relations. In the past she served as Marillac’s operations manager and in 2011-12 capably executed the duties of Interim Executive Director. Kristy has implemented various grants and projects to address the needs of Marillac’s lowest income patients, those who are homeless, migrant farmworkers and their families. Her passion for our mission is evidenced through Marillac’s many partnerships, strong community awareness and numerous local, regional & national recognitions.