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Providence Leadership Team

Elaine Couture, Chief Executive - Providence Health Care, Spokane, Eastern Washington Elaine Couture, MBA, BSN, RN
Chief Executive
Eastern Washington Region

Chief Executive - Steve Burdick

Steve Burdick

Chief Executive

Steve was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up on the Monterey Peninsula in California. He graduated from Carmel High in 1973 and attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He earned his bachelors degree in economics and his MBA from Willamette, graduating Summa Cum Laude from his graduate program.

Steve’s career with the Sisters of Providence began after graduate school, when he joined the staff of St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington, as a financial and planning analyst.

After a year, he moved to the newly acquired Providence Central Memorial Hospital in Toppenish, Washington. He progressed through finance into the administrator role of the Toppenish facility. During that period, Providence Yakima Medical Center and Providence Toppenish Hospital integrated into a single service area. Steve was responsible for support and ancillary services in the Yakima facility, along with his duties in Toppenish. He also started the employed physician group.

In 1998, he became administrator at Providence Centralia Hospital. During his eight years there, the hospital stabilized its financial performance, invested in new services, started an employed physician group and expanded the facilities. Steve now serves as chief executive of the Southeast Washington service area in Walla Walla, Washington.

When not having joint replacement surgeries, he enjoys golf and time with family: wife, Alycia, and stepson, Connor. He also has two grown daughters and four grandsons.


Susan Blackburn

Chief Operating Officer

Susan has been with Providence Health and Services and the former Providence Services for more than 30 years. In 2011, she was promoted to chief operating officer after serving for several years in the role of vice president HR/support services.

Susan is a graduate of Washington State University (go Cougs!). She’s been married to her husband, Brad, for 25 years. They have three daughters. Her interests include spending time with her family, golfing, water sports and traveling.


Tim Davidson, MD

Physician Chief Executive, Providence Medical Group

Tim is board certified in critical care medicine and pulmonary disease. He earned his medical degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon, in 1992. After performing his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, Colorado, he served a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He was in private practice in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Washington, before moving his practice to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, in 1999. He was the medical director of physician services at Providence St. Mary from 2005 until 2009, when he became the Physician Chief Executive for Providence Medical Group in Walla Walla. He maintains an active practice, as well.

Dr. Davidson also operates a small vineyard, and enjoys fly-fishing, running and gardening.


Wendy Carlton

Chief Operating Officer, Providence Medical Group

Wendy earned her bachelors degree in psychology from Portland State University while working full time at the Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2006, she earned her MBA from Marylhurst University. In 2007, she relocated to Miami to serve as the vice chair for finance and administration for the department of neurology at the University of Miami.

While she loved the sunshine and warm ocean water, Wendy missed her family and the seasons of the Northwest. And, in 2011, she moved to Walla Walla to be the COO of the Providence Medical Group. She is the newest member of the executive team at Providence St. Mary.

In her spare time, Wendy enjoys exploring remote places and tasting local wine.


Michael Bernstein, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Michael joined Providence in 1997, when he moved to Walla Walla to practice pulmonary and critical care medicine. He was medical director of respiratory care and chief of staff at Providence St. Mary Medical Center before becoming chief medical officer in 2008.

Michael completed his internal medicine training at the University of Washington, followed by fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he initially practiced in academic medicine.

Michael is married to Julie Rose, MD, a retired oncologist, and has one son, Alex.

Michael Parenteau

Michael Parenteau

Chief Financial Officer

Mike has been with Providence since 1986. He began as the chief financial officer of St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla when the affiliation was with Providence Services in Spokane, Washington. He is currently the CFO of the Southeast Washington region for Providence Health and Services. Prior to working for Providence St. Mary, Mike spent 12 years as the CFO at Riverview Hospital Association in Crookston, Minnesota.

Mike received his bachelors in accounting from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and served two years in the U.S. Army following graduation.

He has been married to his wife, Donna, for 41 years and they have one grown daughter. Outside of work, Mike enjoys golf and travel.

Chief Nursing Officer - Yvonne Strader

Yvonne Strader, RN, CPHQ

Chief Nursing Officer

Yvonne has been with Providence for 12 years and is the chief nursing officer for Providence St. Mary Medical Center. She worked as the director of quality and case management for the Central Washington service area (Providence Yakima and Providence Toppenish), manager of patient safety and director of medical staff services and quality at Providence Everett Medical Center and the director of quality and risk management at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

She’s been a registered nurse for 25 years and has her bachelors in professional arts/health care administration and is completing her master’s degree in Catholic health care administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine.

She is a trained greenbelt and change facilitator. Yvonne has two daughters and two grandchildren.

She and her husband, Hall Grimes, have two cats and enjoy golfing and collecting wine.

Chief Strategic Officer - Rob Watio

Rob Watilo

Chief Strategic Officer

Rob began his career with Providence in 1996. He joined the Southeast Washington region in March, 2011, in his current role as chief strategic officer. Prior to that, he had various decision support and strategy roles in the Southwest Washington region. He earned both a bachelors in computer science and an MBA from St. Martin’s University.

Rob’s been married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle, for more than 20 years. They have three children, Colby, Ryan and Brynn, and spend their free time attending various youth sporting events.