Board of Directors
Julie Manas serves as president and CEO of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. She currently serves as president of the Sacred Heart Hospital Board of Directors. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Health Association. Manas holds a bachelor’s degree in family services from Iowa State University and an MHA from the University of Iowa.
Dave Kiefer - Chair
Dave Kiefer currently serves as chair of the board for both hospitals. Prior to his retirement from the computer industry, Kiefer served as vice president of business development for Cray, Inc. Kiefer previously served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors for three consecutive terms between 1998 and 2007, and currently since 2009. Kiefer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
James Docksey - Vice Chair
James Docksey currently serves as vice chair of the board for both hospitals. He is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Chippewa Falls. He has served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors since 2007 and on the Sacred Heart Hospital Board of Directors since 2008. Docksey holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire.
Jerry Jacobson - Secretary
Jerry Jacobson currently serves as secretary of the board for both hospitals. He has served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors since 2011. Jacobson is the president of Northwestern Bank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UW-Eau Claire, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Lon Blaser, D.O.
Dr. Lon Blaser, a retired rheumatologist, has served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors since 2007. Dr. Blaser previously served as the medical director of Group Health Cooperative in Eau Claire, retiring in 2010. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University, and completed an internship at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, an internal medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic and a rheumatology fellowship at UW-Madison. Dr. Blaser also holds a master’s degree in social work from St. Louis.
Joan Coffman serves as president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. She currently serves as president of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors. Coffman is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is a member of the ACHE-Wisconsin Board. She was recently appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Hospital Association Board of Directors. Coffman holds an MBA from the University of New Orleans.
Patti Darley is an active community volunteer in Chippewa Falls. Prior to retirement, she worked as a project coordinator at Xcel Energy in the strategic sales and marketing department, customer service/public relations focused. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University.
Jeff Halloin is returning to the boards, having served on both in the past. He is the president of Landmark Company and Landstar Builders and is also active in community affairs. Halloin currently serves on the Board of Directors for Charter Bank, Ayres Associates, Visit Eau Claire, Eau Claire Community Foundation and the City of Eau Claire Re-development Authority. Halloin is also an attorney admitted to practice in both Wisconsin and Illinois. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
Greg Heiler, M.D.
Dr. Greg Heiler is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist with Pathology Service Corporation. He has served on the Sacred Heart Hospital Board of Directors since 2010. Dr. Heiler holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, also completing his pathology residency at the University of Minnesota.
Peter Mannix is the vice president of strategy development and implementation of Hospital Sisters Health System, a multi-hospital Catholic health care system based in Springfield, Ill. He holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Binghamton and an MHA from St. Louis University. Mannix is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.