Board of Directors
As a not-for-profit organization, we are governed by community-based volunteers who are dedicated to serving the community and fulfilling our mission. Our Board of Directors offers valuable leadership that ensures Community First responds to local needs and serves as an effective steward of services and resources.
Executive Leadership Team
Brett Kirkpatrick - President & Chief Executive Officer
Brett is a proven leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience in strategic planning, innovative program expansion, and leadership of operations throughout the healthcare continuum. He is passionate about developing strong cultures that promote quality, growth and successful outcomes.
Prior to joining Community First, Brett held leadership roles with the TriHealth system, serving most recently as Senior Executive for TriHealth’s McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital and Bethesda Butler Hospital. There he developed a market strategy and led the integration of two of the newest hospitals into the TriHealth system. In his tenure with TriHealth, Brett also led the Senior Services division and later became the Executive Director of Ambulatory Services before assisting with the integration of TriHealth’s Physician Partner network. Brett served as a Nursing Home Administrator for both Deaconess Long Term Care and HCR ManorCare prior to joining TriHealth.
Brett is an active community leader serving on the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, Hamilton Vision Commission Advisory Board and the Rotary Club of Hamilton. Brett is a passionate advocate for older adults and serves on the Board of LeadingAge Ohio.
He hold an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mount Saint Joseph University and a B.S. in Health Services Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Brian Krause - Chief Financial Officer
With more than 20 years of progressive advancement as a strategic financial leader, Brian brings
considerable experience to support the financial leadership of our growing organization. Brian has
expertise in all aspects of healthcare finance, including forecasting, budgeting, revenue cycle, and debt/
Brian began his career with TriHealth holding several key leadership positions during his tenure including Financial Analyst, Controller and Vice President of Finance for the health system. Prior to joining Community First, Brian served as Chief Financial Officer for S&S Strategies, a Cincinnati based healthcare organization.
Brian has extensive experience in optimizing partnerships under many different structures. At TriHealth, he successfully integrated the financial operations of 3 hospital acquisitions, and numerous physician practice acquisitions as the organization added over 500 employed physicians in a short period of time. In addition, Mr. Krause played a lead role in developing the finance support model for a joint venture cardiac cath lab, a joint venture radiation oncology business, and was the Board Chair for a best-in-class healthcare laundry cooperative owned by 3 separate heath systems. The successful integration of these various partnership models was predicated on leveraging the scale of the combined operations while also determining which functions were best deployed at the local or site level.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and an MBA in Finance from the University of Kentucky.
Stacey Andrews - Director of Human Resources
With more than 20 years in the HR field, Stacey is responsible for overseeing human resources for the entire organization including recruitment, new employee onboarding, employee relations, employee benefits, and payroll. Stacey holds PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.
Dick Bower - Executive Vice President of Construction & Facilities
Dick oversees construction initiatives from start to finish and manages all ongoing maintenance initiatives for Community First. Dick has managed over $80 million in project infrastructure and has remarkably completed all projects on time and within budget.
Erin Day - Vice President of Community Behavioral Health
Erin is responsible for the strategic vision and daily management and operations of Community Behavioral Health. She ensures that high quality of care is provided for all behavioral health patients including medication management, substance abuse care, peer support services, and much more. She brings over 15 years of behavioral health direct and supervisory service and is a level three Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and trained in the Ohio Risk Assessment System.
Kelley Lawrence - Vice President of Health Services
Kelley is responsible for overseeing the operations of Berkeley Square, Westover and Jamestowne, including all health services, hospitality and sales. Kelley began her career as a rehabilitation social worker and was inspired to obtain her administrator’s license. Kelley has been an administrator for 15 years.
Danielle Webb - Vice President of Marketing & Community Relations
Danielle is Vice President of Marketing & Community Relations
Danielle joined Community First in 2005, managing marketing and communication for the Continuing Care Retirement Communities of Berkeley Square and Westover. She has played a lead role in developing brands and managing communication through Community First’s continued growth. Danielle’s role is focused on maintaining a strong brand presence & community connectivity, developing and implementing dynamic marketing strategies, and effectively integrating internal and external communication initiatives. She also oversees Fundraising & Development.
Patty Fawns - Corporate Executive Assistant
Patty began her career with Community First over 20 years ago with the Colonial Foundation. In her current role, she ensures that projects move forward on schedule and in an organized manner. She also manages the front desk personnel at the Community First Resource Center. With a passion and talent for helping others, Patty enjoys working with the Community First Staff and utilizing her creative skills to help plan employee and community activities.