Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Leading with Compassion, Diverse Experience and Clinical Expertise

For more than 50 years, Valley Hope has helped people, families and communities find hope and healing from the disease of addiction. Our world class team of executives and clinical experts are accomplished leaders in the addiction treatment and recovery field. Together, they leverage their diverse skills and experiences to ensure Valley Hope provides effective, innovative treatment and recovery support to individuals and families.


Steven Knuth

President and CEO

Steven Knuth brings more than 30 years of executive leadership experience and passion for treatment and recovery to Valley Hope. As the founder of AgWest Commodities, a company specializing in agricultural price risk management and customized marketing plans, Steven has expanded the business from a one man shop in the basement of a farmhouse to 10 locations across the Midwest. In building the premier grain marketing service in the Midwest, Steven cultivated an effective company culture based on integrity, professionalism and the highest level of customer service. Steven was raised on a farm in South Central Nebraska and has been directly involved in various aspects of agriculture throughout his career, including more than 25 years of market analysis.


Kevin Walker

CPA, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Walker leads Valley Hope’s financial planning, analysis, accounting and reporting. With 32 years of award-winning experience in the healthcare industry, Walker has served public accounting and executive leadership roles. For 19 years Walker served a diverse range of mental health organizations including behavioral, psychiatric, addictions, outpatient services, physician practices and aftercare services. A certified public accountant, Walker earned an MBA concentrating in accounting information systems and decision sciences from the University of South Florida.


Dr. Patrick Hall

Sr. Vice President of Operations

Dr. Patrick Hall oversees the operations and clinical services of all of Valley Hope’s treatment centers across seven states. Previously, he served Valley Hope as vice president of clinical services, vice president of research and innovation, and interim executive vice president. Dr. Hall is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Wheaton College. He has received extensive training at leading health centers including Mt. Sinai Hospital, Edward Hines VA Medical Center, the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Iowa City VA Health Care System.


Dr. Jon Siebert

Medical Director

Dr. Siebert was named Valley Hope’s Medical Director in July 2018 and has spent more than 18 years in medicine. He is board certified in family practice, as well as addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He started his career in 2000 as a family doctor in Atchison, Kansas, before joining our Atchison facility in 2002. As Medical Director, Dr. Siebert will ensure that all Valley Hope facilities maintain good medical care for patients and also will oversee medication assisted therapy when appropriate. Dr. Siebert earned his Bachelor of Science in biology from Kansas State University and a medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency program at Smokey Hill Family Practice in Salina, Kansas. Jon considers himself forever a K-State Wildcat.


Susan Warren

Regional Director of Operations Midwest

Susan Warren serves as Regional Director of Operations for our Midwest facilities. She has been a leader in the behavioral health community with more than 14 years of service to Valley Hope, most recently as Assistant Director of Clinical Services for Valley Hope. She also served as Executive Director for the Valley Hope of Chandler, Arizona, residential facility. Susan is passionate about serving those families that have been afflicted by the family disease of addiction. She was instrumental in developing an online Family Intensive Treatment program in 2010, which gave family members their own treatment option. She is a strong supporter of helping family members seek their own treatment. Susan is a licensed counselor in Arizona who received her Master of Arts in counseling from Ottawa University, Phoenix, in 2010 and then completed advanced studies in trauma, abuse and deprivation. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal State University East Bay. Before entering the SUD industry, Susan had more than 25 years of experience in human resources.


Melissa Kinworthy

Regional Director of Operations South/West

Melissa Kinworthy serves as Regional Director of Operations for Valley Hope treatment centers in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona. She has previously served Valley Hope as Outpatient Program Director, Outpatient Clinical Supervisor, and Outpatient Clinical Director. Melissa has more than 10 years of clinical experience in substance use disorder treatment including working with women suffering from addiction and trauma, as well as Native Americans in Arizona. Melissa is a U.S. Army combat veteran, serving in the Military Police Corps. Following her military service, she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, her master’s degree in addictions counseling in 2009, and a second master’s degree in professional counseling in 2011. Melissa currently oversees Valley Hope’s Veterans Program and serves as Valley Hope’s point of contact for VA Medical Centers across the Midwest and Southwest.


Sandy Bauer

Director of Nursing

Sandy began working for Valley Hope in 1992 at the O’Neill facility as a registered nurse. She then moved into the role of the Director of Nurses position at O’Neill in 1997. She continued in this role serving patients until 2016 when she accepted the Chief Nursing Officer position. Moving away from the facility was initially a difficult transition, working, and over-seeing patient care is a passion. Working with the Director of Nurses at the nine continuums has been a new and exciting challenge. Sandy received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Kearney State College. She is currently working on her master's in Nurse Executive from Methodist College.


Dr. Tiffney Yeager

Chief Compliance Officer

Dr. Yeager has been with Valley Hope in some capacity since 2004. In her current role, she ensures that Valley Hope maintains its accreditation and licensing set by the Joint Commission and the seven states we serve. Tiffney is a licensed psychologist and licensed clinical addiction counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Creighton University, as well as a master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology, both from the University of North Dakota. In graduate school, Tiffney spent nine months living and working on the Northern Cheyenne reservation, which she described as a wonderful and humbling training experience.


Laurie Shinn

Director of Business Operations

Laurie began working with Valley Hope in 2001 and has held several positions with the organization including Business Manager at the Norton facility for 12 years. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in management from the University of Phoenix. In her current role, she acts as liaison to the Business Operations Managers and Financial Counselors and assists with daily operations and patient finance at the facilities. Laurie works to share her deep care and concern for our patients in delivering excellence in patient care through all operations and support staff roles.


Patrick Fields

National Director of Contracting and Revenue Cycle

Patrick Fields oversees the contracting and revenue cycle needs for Valley Hope.  He has over 28 years experience in the medical and behavioral health fields, serving as an executive for several major behavioral health and substance use treatment companies for the past 15 years.  Patrick has led the start-up and development of numerous inpatient and outpatient programs and facilities across the country and has an in-depth knowledge of contract development, rate negotiations, regulatory compliance, and revenue cycle best practices. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Kathy Erbert

Director of Contract Administration

Kathy is a 28-year veteran of Valley Hope, and currently serves as Director of Contract Administration. She is responsible for developing and maintaining national managed care/insurance and self-funded contracts. Kathy also resolves contract and customer service concerns, as well as oversees clinical compliance with all contract requirements. Kathy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska. A proud Cornhusker, she is dedicated to helping those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction find the help they need.


Renee Hawks

Director of Information Systems

A native western Kansas farm girl, Renee believes putting in the hard work today will improve all tomorrows. It’s an approach that’s served her well in her career. Renee joined Valley Hope in 2009 as a customer support technician. Since then, she’s taken on increasing responsibility and expanded her knowledge as network administrator and support service technology manager. She understands the vital role technology plays in connecting patients to our programs and she’s excited for what future technologies hold for our patients. Renee attended Fort Hays State University where she studied biology.


Megan K. O'Connor

Executive Director Valley Hope Foundation

Megan is responsible for fundraising activities including the Annual Fund Drive, major gift solicitations, special events and stewardship. After earning a BS in business administration and marketing from Oregon State University, Megan began her career as an event planner in the hotel/hospitality industry. She joined Valley Hope in 2003 and was certified as an addiction counselor in 2004. In 2005, Megan was promoted to her current position where her efforts have helped countless patients and their families get the treatment they need. Megan holds a certificate of fundraising management from The School of Philanthropy, University of Indiana.

Our Board of Directors


Tom Lolley, Chairman

Nominating Committee / Marketing Committee


Michael Colip, M.D., Vice-Chairman, Treasurer

Executive Committee / Compensation-Finance
Committee / Scholarship Committee


Doug Sebelius, Secretary

Executive Committee / Scholarship Committee


John McClymont

Nominating Committee / Scholarship Committee


Dave Hill


Committee / Oversight Committee


Mark Enger


Tom Smith, M.D.


Merlynn Colip

Board Member Emeritus


“Valley Hope saved my life. They know what they are doing, and they really care.”  - Sammie, Valley Hope Alumna

“I can't explain to you the people the staff. The experiences. The things I let go of. The people I still stay in contact with til this day. Valley Hope changed my entire aspect of life after my addiction completely blinding me of it. I would refer anyone I know to this place, and have been back multiple times to see it.” -Brittany, Valley Hope Alumna

“I highly recommend Valley Hope to anyone that's trying to stop drinking alcohol and doing drugs. All are welcomed here. I now have four years of sobriety. Thanks for helping me get my life back, your staff was kind and loving. They showed me how I can live sober and free.” – Miguel, Valley Hope Alumnus