Gar Atchison, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Market President
Gar is the Chief Executive Officer for UP Health System – Marquette and the Market President for UP Health System - Bell, Marquette, and Portage. Gar has been with UP Health System since December 2019. He is a seasoned leader who is deeply committed to UP Health System’s mission of Making Communities Healthier.
A veteran healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, Atchison joined UP Health System from Frye Regional Medical Center, another Duke LifePoint facility in Hickory, North Carolina. During his tenure there, he served in several leadership positions, including as chief operating officer (COO), vice president of business development, and market operations director for the hospital’s physician network, before assuming the role of CEO in 2016.
Prior to his time at Frye Medical Center, Atchison served as CEO of Hickory Orthopedic Center, PA, a multi-location orthopedic practice in Hickory, North Carolina. Before that, he was a practice administrator for Bay Street Orthopedics in Petoskey, Michigan, and financial operations manager for Northern Michigan Hospital, also in Petoskey.
Tonya Darner, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Tonya is the Chief Operating Officer for UP Health System – Marquette. Tonya previously served in progressive leadership roles at UP Health System – Marquette before returning as COO in October 2021. Tonya is a proven leader with 25 years of experience in medical practice management and healthcare administration, successfully overseeing operations of complex clinical teams, budgets, and overall care for large volumes of patients.
Tonya served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, eventually becoming the 4th Medical Operations Squadron Superintendent in 2007. After retiring from the military, Tonya managed operations for several busy medical practices in the Marquette area through progressive leadership roles at UP Health System – Marquette; including Senior Director of neurosciences, imaging and on-call specialists service lines, and Director of Regional Operations for neurosciences, occupational medicine, behavioral health, pediatric specialty clinics, and radiology service lines. Most recently, Tonya served as the COO for Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, WI.
Henrietta Skeens, CPA
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Henrietta joined UP Health System – Marquette in May 2022 and is the Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Concord University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Henrietta brings extensive experience in private industry, local and regional levels with multiple public accounting firms, as well as serving as the CFO for Twin County Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint Hospital in Virginia. Her national experience in hospital management includes tours with Community Health Systems in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas and Florida.
Her past professional affiliations include the American Institute of Public Accountants and being on the public steering committee for the Virginia Society CPAs.
Christine Stryker, MBA, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Christine is the Chief Nursing Officer for UP Health System – Marquette. Christine joined UP Health System in May 2021, bringing to the organization over 25 years of progressive leadership and management experience in nursing, patient services, and business operations in hospital settings large and small, urban and rural.
Christine has served as Chief Nursing Officer in both New York and Pennsylvania as well as Assistant Vice President of Nursing at Montefiore University Hospital in the Bronx, and Associate Nursing Officer at Upstate University Hospital Community Campus in Syracuse New York. Christine has also worked as a Heart Center Director and a Practice Administrator for a group of Cardiac surgeons.
Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Vermont College of Norwich University. She then earned her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Vermont and her Master’s in Business Administration from DeSales University in Pennsylvania.
Ashraf Ali, MHA
Ashraf is the Associate Administrator at UP Health System – Marquette since February 2022. Ashraf joined UP Health System – Marquette from Clark Memorial Health, another LifePoint facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana. During his time there, he served as Administrative Resident, working closely with the executive team. He played an integral part in the analysis and execution of several facility-wide initiatives and gained valuable experience with strategy, operations, data analytics, and business development.
Ashraf holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MHA) from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
Board of Trustees
- Jerry Napier, MD, Chair
- Gar Atchison, CEO, Secretary
- Lisa Long, MD, Chief of Staff
- John Bartlett, MD, Trustee
- Dan Greenlee, Trustee
- Christine Greer, Trustee
- Gary LaPlant, Trustee
- Dave Manson, Trustee
- Tami Seavoy, Trustee
- MaryAnne Shannon, PhD, RN, Trustee
- William Short, MD, Trustee
- Linda Sutton, MD, Trustee
- Judy Watson-Olson, EdD, Trustee