North Valley Hospital
Growing Healthcare Close to Home

Board Members

North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners


Helen Casey, Board Chair

Pledge to Community: I strongly believe in our Mission Statement, Vision, and Values. The role of our board is to assume responsibility for our Health Care Community; with oversight in six key areas: financial oversight, setting strategic direction/mission oversight, boards self-assessment and development, management oversight, and advocacy. We are determined to provide quality of care close to home.

Professional Experience: I have 40 years in the financial industry, 35 of which were in management roles. I'm presently the AVP Branch Manager at Umpqua Bank in Oroville, WA.   I have been part of the Chamber of Commerce leadership throughout the years starting in 1983, Co-Captain of Relay for Life since 1990, Tonasket High School Advisory Board since 1984, and have served 3 terms(18 years) on the North Valley Hospital District Board of Commissioners. I want to make a difference in my community, and one of the ways I can accomplish that is by volunteering.

Outside Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and creating a nice space in my yard to relax. I also enjoy camping in the comfort of my camp trailer, reading, counted cross stitching, and dabble in taking pictures and making cards.

Education: Graduated from Winthrop High School, then attended Wenatchee Valley College, and Graduated from Eastern Washington University.

Hospital District Committees: 

  • Finance

Dick Larson, Commissioner (Secretary)

Pledge to community: To truly provide all encompassing healthcare, and to make as many services available as possible so that our community members don’t have to leave. I have personally had surgery at North Valley Hospital, and know the value to being able to be home in 15 minutes.

Professional Experience: I’ve been a pharmacist owner and operator for 35 years in Oroville. I am personally a stake holder in this hospital, and have always had a strong interest in keeping medical services accessible locally.

Outside Interests: Hunting, fishing, golf, and water sports.

Personal Information: Born at St. Martin’s hospital (now known as North Valley Hospital) in Tonasket in 1948. I was raised in Oroville and graduated from Oroville HS in 1966. Attended Eastern Washington University & graduated with a BA in psychology in 1970, & earned a BS in pharmacy in 1976 from North Dakota State University. My father originally owned the pharmacy in Oroville, & after college I moved home to take over the business in 1976, & I own and operate the Oroville Pharmacy to this day.

Hospital District Committees: 

  • Medical Staff
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

Clarice Nelson, Commissioner

Pledge to Community:  As your representative in the community I want to insure that you will have the best care available for you and your family

Professional Experience:  I worked for the Eye and Ear Clinic in Wenatchee for 12 years as a Computer Operator where I developed an interest for the medical field.

Education:  I graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1968.

Outside Interests:  I currently enjoy riding horseback with my husband and three dogs, camping, reading, walking, & attend the Tonasket Bible Church.  I also attend both the Oroville & Tonasket Chamber of Commerce meetings.

Personal Information:  My parents lived in Ritzville, Washington when I was born in 1950. Because my Mother did not trust small hospitals at this time I was born in Spokane, approximately an hour away. Feeling a burden for advocating quality and patient safety in rural hospitals, which I firmly believe in, I was interested in serving as a Commissioner at North Valley Hospital in 2003. I serve on the Strategic Planning, CQI, Extended Care, Compliance, & Implementation & Oversight Committees.

Hospital District Committees: 

  • Long Range Focus Committee
  • Long-Term Care
  • Backup- FInance

Adam Tibbs, Commissioner

Pledge to Community:  My pledge is to use common sense in my decision making, to be financially responsible and to continue to learn.

Professional Experience:  I have spent mostof my professional career in management, sales, customer service, software support and agriculture.

Education:  Graduated from Tonasket High School in 1993 and attended Bellevue Community College.

Outside Interests:  Spending time with my family, traveling and sports.

Personal Information: I was born here at North Valley Hospital in 1975.   I grew up on our family apple farm in Tonasket.   After high school, I moved to Bellevue, Washington where I attended college.   I lived and worked in the greater Seattle area for five years, moved to Central Washington where I lived for fourteen years, until returning home to manage our family farm.

Hospital District Committees:

  • Finance
  • Long Range Focus & Legislative
  • Lean Process

Herb Wandler, Commissioner (Vice Chair)

Pledge to Community:  Continue to fill the staffing needs and updating equipment as our budget will allow, and filling the Hospital District needs such as the Sleep Lab.

Professional Experience:  Thirty-nine years in a successful business with heavy equipment, sand/gravel, ready mix concrete, and general contracting. He sold the business and has retired.

Education:  High School

Outside Interests:  Gardening and landscaping on his property.

Personal Information:  A Christian, veteran, and very community minded. He is the past president of his church, EMTs, Tonasket Chamber of Commerce, and Tonasket Kiwanis Club. He also serves on the Hospital’s Foundation.

Hospital District Committees: 

  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
  • Medical Staff
  • Veterans Affairs