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Leadership 2022-05-18T11:20:40-06:00


Marillac Leadership & Key Staff Profiles, 2022


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.

Jeremy Carroll CFO

Jeremy Carroll

Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy joined MarillacHealth in November 2021. Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in finance and executive leadership, including nearly 10 years working in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in the roles of CEO and CFO in Western Colorado. Jeremy is a proven innovative leader in the healthcare industry, focusing on population health, team based care, patient outcomes, improving the patient experience and creating a culture of service. Jeremy drives organizational growth through executive leadership, working closely with boards and the executive team to develop and execute the organizations mission and vision by implementing the strategic plan while adhering to core values. Jeremy has a keen ability to evaluate risk to push the envelope to increase patient services, increase patient access and grow the organization. Jeremy also has over 14 years of construction management experience and has overseen 3 expansion projects over the last 8 years. Jeremy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Texas A&M University (Magna Cum Laude).

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.