The North Sonoma County Healthcare District (NSCHD) was formed in 2001 and began operating the hospital in 2002. Governance is by a five-member, publicly elected board, each serving four-year terms.

James Nantell (Board Chair)

James Nantell, who resides in Windsor with wife Christine, is currently a Deputy Parks Director for Sonoma County. His 45 year career in local government includes 12 years as City Manager for the City of Burlingame, California which was preceded by more than 15 years with the City of San Mateo as Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Manager.  Prior to that, he worked for 17 years in San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department.

Board President Nantell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from California State University San Francisco. Also, he attended Harvard JFK School of Local Government. Nantell has been a Rotarian for more than 25 years and served as the president of the Board of Directors for the Leslie Foundation, a non-profit organization operating four senior residential facilities. His past work as a foot race coordinator for the Bay to Breakers race had him directing the finish line for more than 25 years. He has served on a wide range of nonprofit Boards including youth sports leagues, the YMCA and church groups. He currently volunteers to help organize Code Blue, an annual bike ride, to raise money for the homeless.

Susan L. Campbell (Vice Chair)

Sue Campbell brings to the North County Health Care District Board years of experience working in the healthcare industry.  During her 22 years at Accenture, she conducted information systems, strategic planning and process improvement projects.  Subsequently she served as a member of the national team for Kaiser Permanente’s Epic electronic medical record systems project where she coordinated all 8 regions during the design phase and then worked on the Northern California implementation team.

Board member Campbell earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University and her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  She is proactive and dedicated to her community and is an active member of the Healdsburg branch of the American Association of University Women, having served as Treasurer, Vice President and President.

Erin Kay Gore (Treasurer)

Erin Gore joined the North County Health Care District in 2016 bringing an extensive list of accomplishments as a business woman working for a global corporation and now as a successful entrepreneur. She offers invaluable experience in customer management, financial management, market assessments and organizational strategy.

Board member Gore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to her role as a board member with NCHCD, she also sits on the board of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County.  Ms. Gore is the founding co-chair of WEmpowered, founder and past president of Bridgewater Network of Women, a mentor in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Entrepreneurship, and a member of Circular Board Accelerator for women.  She resides in Healdsburg with her husband Tom.

E.J. Neil (Secretary)

E.J. Neil is a former engineer, project manager and director of hardware and software for various computer companies including Motorola, Atari, and NEC. His professional work involved managing large groups of creative people tackling a variety of projects. Mr. Neil joined the North County Health Care District as a board member in 2003. He has served in many positions with the board including the chair (2007 – 2008 & 2016), Chair of the Employee Retirement Fund subcommittee, the Construction Committee, and the Long-term Planning Committee.

Mr. Neil has many ties to the communities he serves including the Rotary Club of Healdsburg, Dry Creek Grape Growers Association, PSST (math tutoring), and 10,000 Degrees where he mentors Healdsburg High School students.  He is happily married with two children.

Bill Hawn (Director)

Bill has over 40 years of experience in healthcare management of not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems. He has served in senior management positions at Alameda County Hospitals, Alta Bates Medical Center, Voluntary Hospitals of America-S. California, NorthBay Healthcare System and USAF hospitals. Specific interests and experience include hospital operations, strategic planning, joint ventures, and hospital-physician organizations and recruitment.  He currently serves on the Boards of the Healdsburg District Hospital, PDI Surgery Center, and Health Care Foundation of Northern Sonoma County.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a BA in pre-medical sciences and a MS in Public Administration/Healthcare Services. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Administration. He now lives in Healdsburg, retired, and a widower. Bill’s interests include travel, particularly to his second home in Umbria, Italy, cooking/food and wine, and participation in the Slow Food movement, both in Sonoma County and in Italy.

Contact Board Members

Please contact members of the Board of Directors through the Clerk of the Board, Susan Schmid  (707) 385-2110  sschmid@nscd.org.