The Board of Commissioners is the governing body of Lewis County Hospital District No. 1. Doing business as Arbor Health, it is the parent organization of Morton Hospital, Morton Clinic, Mossyrock Clinic, Rapid Care Clinic, Randle Clinic--and hopefully soon, the Packwood Clinic.
Our board members operate under this job description as they work to ensure the continuance of "fostering trust and nurturing a healthy community," per Arbor Health's mission.
Introducing our Board of Commissioners
Tom Herrin, Chairman
Tom Herrin joined the Hospital Board of Commissioners in January of 2020.
Tom works for Hampton Lumber, serving as the shipping supervisor for the company’s Washington State operations. He has spent his entire working career in the timber industry. After graduating from high school in Northern California, he worked in a plywood mill in Southern Oregon.
He moved to Washington State in 1981 where he got a job working in the wood for 3-1/2 years before getting laid off. It being November, he decided to take a job with the, then Cowlitz Stud Lumber Company (Hampton Lumber purchased the company in 1999), to just get him through the winter months. Apparently, that “winter” never came to an end. Thirty-five years later, he is still employed with Hampton, having worked his way up through the ranks.
Tom said he was approached by a community member with the idea he run for one of the open commissioner positions. Considering his strong desire to see our community prosper and his enjoyment of volunteering for community projects, he did just that.
Wes McMahan, Commissioner
Wes McMahan has deep roots in East Lewis County. He was born in Randle, he is a direct descendant of one of the town’s namesakes—and his middle name, in fact, is Randle.
Wes joined the Hospital Board of Commissioners in 2020. This was not his first elected position, however. He was elected as a district commissioner for LCFPD No. 14 (Randle Fire Department) in 1982. Then in 2007, he was elected as a Commissioner for Columbia County 911 Communications District in Columbia County, Oregon and then re-elected in 2011.
In addition to serving as fire commissioner in his younger years, Wes also volunteered as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, which is when he found his intrigue in medicine. That led him to pursuing a career as a registered nurse, which he enjoyed for over 26 years. During that time, he worked as an emergency department nurse, the trauma program coordinator at St. John Medical Center in Longview and served as Cowlitz County Emergency Medical Services Program Manager. He also worked 16 years at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. His specialty was Heart Transplants, artificial heart devices and was a Rapid Responder for inpatient emergencies. During those years, Wes also earned a Medical Ethics Fellowship from OHSU’s Department of Ethics.
In Longview, he served as National SafeKids Chapter Co-Chair advocating for child safety and injury prevention. While at OHSU, he volunteered for CardioStart International and served on Cardiac Surgery Missions in the countries of Grenada, Romania and India.
Wes retired from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in December of 2016 and moved back home to Randle.
Craig Coppock, Commissioner
Craig Coppock, of Mossyrock, joined the Hospital Board of Commissioners in June of 2020, being appointed to fill an unexpired term. Having been a constant at the board meetings as a community member for the previous couple of years, he moved into the position well versed in the recent history of the hospital district as well as an understanding of current challenges. The initial interest in assisting the hospital board stemmed from Arbor Health’s 2018 activities seeking new diversified candidates. Craig understands that good health is a keystone to quality life.
Craig and his wife, Laura, moved to Mossyrock in 2013 to purchase the Mossyrock Hardware retail store. Since that time, they have become very active in their new hometown and supportive of community events.
Craig’s employment and education background before purchasing the hardware store was dramatically different. He enjoyed a successful 25-year career as a major crime scene investigator, working for several different law enforcement agencies in investigation, fingerprint identification, photographic documentation as well as counter terrorism efforts with the U.S. Department of Defense and was overseas supporting Operation Enduring Freedom for 20 months. He also taught university-level forensic instruction for seven years.
Craig and wife Laura were raised in Okanogan County here in Washington State. Craig is fond of the memories of walking down Omak High School’s main hall and seeing all of his relative’s senior photographs with grandparents in the class of 1928 and fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles, sisters, brothers, and cousins appearing in following years. It is a bit like time travel. His family homesteaded in Omak back in 1904.
Craig is active in the Morton Gun club promoting safety and community activities and is seen out with his family participating in many other outdoor activities including photography and motorcycle riding.
Kim Olive, Commissioner
Kim Olive joined the Board of Commissioners in January of 2022; she was elected to the position to complete a two-year unexpired term.
Kim grew up in Spokane, has raised two children and is a “Yaya” to five grandchildren. She and her husband, Lee, have called Randle home since 2013. She owns and operates two businesses. The first, Back Country Plowing and Grooming was started over 10 years ago because of her love of the outdoors and the snowmobile community that our area caters to. Back Country contracts with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to provide grooming and plowing services to the South Cascades snow-parks. They also operate Olive Concrete out of Gig Harbor. Kim formerly worked for Arbor Health, beginning 2014, in two different roles, first for the Marketing Department & Hospital Foundation and finished up with five years in Human Resources.
Kim’s decision to run for Commissioner is attributed to her passion that she has for her community and Arbor Health employees. Kim also served East Lewis County as Chamber Manager for the Morton Chamber of Commerce. That position allowed her to meet many business owners and residents of the community and access their needs. She has also been involved in creating recognition programs for Arbor Health employees. Kim formerly chaired the Employee and Community Connection Committee, which raises money for the community & Arbor Health employee events. Kim has held various other Executive Administrative positions in the medical software and dental industry over her career.
Kim enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, snowmobiling and motorcycle riding. She is an active member of the Junco snowmobile club, which raises money for the Make-a-Wish foundation. She is a dedicated hard-working professional that ran for this position to safeguard that Arbor Health will remain the preferred employer in East Lewis County while providing the best rural healthcare possible in Washington State.
Laura Richardson, Commissioner
Laura Richardson was elected to the Hospital Board of Commissioners in January 2022. A Seattle native, she was born and raised in a military family, which taught her to adapt through various relocations and provided her with many unique opportunities and experiences.
Laura, a retired licensed massage therapist of 25 years, is now an owner/operator of a micro wedding venue. She and her husband, Jim, have spent many years building Mountain River Chateau, their Morton property where they have their wedding business and live. She also helps Jim with secretarial and office needs for his contracting company that he has owned and operated for 35 years. Laura is a mother and stepmother of five children and she and Jim are blessed with seven grandchildren.
Laura enjoys volunteering at local health fairs and events, helping to promote health, wellness and education in her community. She is also a former volunteer as a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA) for the state of Georgia. Through her work with CASA, she was able to improve children’s overall wellbeing by ensuring they received the most appropriate care for their mental and physical health. She has donated her time and services to various hospitals in order to raise funds for new equipment and scholarship programs. She also enjoys sharing her organically grown fruits and vegetables with her neighbors as well as local food banks.
Laura’s decision to run for hospital commissioner stemmed from her desire to insure the continued health and wellness of East Lewis County. She reports that being able to give back to her community by serving in this way brings her great pride and joy.
Our Administrative Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Nursing/Quality Officer
Human Resources Director
Kevin McCurry, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer