Larry Mullins, DHA, LFACHA, Executive Chairman

Dr. Mullins has been Founder and CEO Samaritan Solutions Institute (SSI) since his retirement from Samaritan Health Services, Inc. (SHS) in December 2017.  Prior to SSI, was President and CEO of Samaritan Health Services, Inc. Dr. Mullins has achieved the special designation of Diplomate in Healthcare Administration in the American Academy of Medical Administrators.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, and has serve as Regent and Chapter President for the state of Oregon.  Dr. Mullins is a past Chair of the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Healthcare Systems and the Health Systems Governance Council of the American Hospital Association (AHA).  He has served on the Leadership Committee of the Governing Council of the AHA and was a member of the AHA’s Regional Policy Board 9.  He was also on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Medical Excellence in Oregon.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Master of Arts degree from Northern Arizona University, and a Doctor of Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  He was also awarded an honorary degree from Linn Benton Community College and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Western University of Health Sciences.

Carolyn Haass, Chief Operating Officer 

Ms. Haass is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in multidisciplinary complex nuclear, chemical, hazardous, and mixed-waste engineering, procurement, construction, and project management projects for both government and private industry.  She served as a regulator with DOE for more than 10 years.  Ms. Haass’ expertise includes strategic planning and project management of large complex nuclear and hazardous waste projects; technology development, project design, construction, and operations; developing long-term life-cycle technical, schedule, and cost integrated baselines; and associated risk and issue management. 

Ms. Haass has extensive communications experience in the nuclear and environmental industry, including day-to-day interface with regulators, safety boards, Congress, stakeholders, tribal nations, public, media, community leaders, and decision makers.  She has over 9 years medical isotope production experience and is responsible for the development, coordination, submission of the 10 CFR 50 and 10 CFR 70 CPA and a safety analysis report in support of construction of the RPF.  The CPA was approved by the NRC in 2018, which is the first approval for this type of facility in 30 years.  Ms. Haass earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. 

Steven Reese, PhD, Irradiation Services Director

Dr. Reese is the Director for the OSU Radiation Center.  The Center is a multifaceted research facility specializing in research related to the nuclear sciences and houses unique capabilities, including the 1.1 MW Oregon State TRIGA Reactor (OSTR), gamma irradiator, thermal hydraulics testing laboratories, and radiochemistry laboratories.  Dr. Reese serves on several national committees, including the Organization of Training, Research, and Test Reactor Executive Committee, American National Standards Institute/American Nuclear Society Research and Advanced Reactors Standards Committee, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nuclear Sector Coordinating Council, and several NRC research reactor utilization and safety committees.  Dr. Reese received his Bachelor of Science degree from OSU and PhD in Radiological Health Sciences from Colorado State University, is certified by the American Board of Health Physics, and has a Senior Reactor Operating license for the OSTR. 


Current Board Members include: 

•         Larry Mullins – NWMI Chairman and CEO/Founder SIS Summit, LLC  

•         Kirk Gerner, Vice President, Samaritan Health Services, Inc. (Class A Manager) 

•         Michael Donovan – Dignity Health, Inc. (Class B Manager) 

•         Milton Cheever, Managing Director, Cheever Capital Management, LLC (Class B Manager)  

•         Carolyn Haass, NWMI Chief Operating Officer (Independent Manager). 

•         John H. Goodnow, CEO, Benefis Health System