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Marillac Leadership & Key Staff Profiles, 2021


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.

Shannon Keel MD Chief Medical Officer MarillacHealth Grand Junction

Shannon Keel, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Keel joined MarillacHealth as Chief Medical Officer in August 2021. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa where she solidified her commitment to a career in healthcare. She attended medical school at the University of Colorado where she was recognized as a Piscano Scholar and graduated with honors before completing her Family Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s in Denver. She worked for Indian Health Services on the Navajo Reservation and at an Community Health Center in Philadelphia before moving to the Grand Valley. She held leadership positions at St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency and HopeWest in Grand Junction. Dr. Keel is a native of western Colorado with a passion for community health. Along the way she completed additional leadership training and earned her Master’s in Public Health through the Leadership in Public Health Practices Program at the University of Colorado. In her free time she likes to explore the outdoors with her husband, two kids, and her 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.

Ivan Coziahr

Ivan Coziahr, MBA

Chief Operations Officer

Ivan began with Marillac in November 2020 and brings over 13 years of FQHC operational experience. Ivan spent that past 6 years in southern California serving as the Executive Director of a resident teaching FQHC and Chief Operations Officer for a large FQHC. Prior to his time in California he was the Chief Operations Officer for a FQHC in central Illinois. Ivan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Western Illinois University and a MBA with a focus on healthcare administration from the University of California, Irvine in 2019. Ivan has a passion for Six Sigma practices and digital disruption in transforming the way primary care is delivered within the underserved population. In his free time, he enjoys exploring national parks with his wife of 20 years and his 2 teenage daughters. 


Kristy Schmidt

Chief Development Officer

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.