Leadership & Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson (RIT). Originally from New York, Jeff relocated with his family to Tucson from Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was chief executive officer at Carolinas Specialty Hospital. Jeff received a master’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi. He received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn. Jeff sits on the Executive Board of The American Heart Association and is the Board President.
Jon M. Larson, M.D.
Dr. Larson is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, family practice, geriatric medicine, and electrodiagnostics. He is a fellow of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Dr. Larson received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Prior to entering private practice in Tucson in 1980 as a rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Larson completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, and his residency in family practice at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.
Jon M. Larson, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Chief Nursing Officer
Marissa began her nursing career at Northwest Medical Center as a staff nurse. She later advanced to clinical nurse leader and managed the cardiovascular intensive care unit for three years. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) in 2004 from the University of Arizona and is currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University to obtain her MBA and MSN in nursing leadership. In her new role as chief nursing officer, Marissa can ensure staff provides quality, compassionate care.
Anthony (Wayne) Blas, CHFM, CHSP
Director of Plant Operations
Anthony Wayne Blas actively served in the US Navy for 10 years. Following his honorable discharge in 1993, he began a career in healthcare plant facility operations with Baptist Medical Center. Wayne graduated from the Baptist Healthcare Emerging Leaders Program in 2004, which led him into management of regulatory compliance and facility leadership duties. Wayne is an American Hospital Association Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM) and an International Board for Certification of Safety Managers Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP). He’s also a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and Florida Healthcare Engineers Association (FHEA) and recently joined the Arizona Society of Healthcare Engineers after accepting the position with HealthSouth as director of plant operations.
Director of Therapy Operations
Michele joined HealthSouth in 2003 as a staff physical therapist in Evansville, IN. She most recently served as a therapy manager in Indiana before relocating to Tucson in 2014 to become the director of therapy operations at the Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville with her master’s degree in physical therapy. She also is a board certified wound care specialist (CWS) with the American Board of Wound Management.
Director of Case Management
Kathleen joined the HealthSouth team in 2014 offering more than 25 years of management experience in a variety of rehabilitation settings. She extends a specialized expertise in the field of traumatic brain injury. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a bachelor's degree in English, she earned her master's degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is a certified case manager and an active member of the Case Management Society of America. Most recently, Kathleen provided behavioral health case management at Landstuhl, a military treatment facility in Germany, for three years, and was the program director at a community-based brain injury program in Milwaukee, Wis.
Mary joined HealthSouth in 1992 with more than 20 years of financial management experience. She holds an accounting degree from Chaparral College and has stepped-up to serve as HealthSouth’s interim administrator on more than one occasion.
Director of Quality and Risk
Gretchen joined HealthSouth’s senior leadership team in March 2011. She earned her registered nurse degree from Cochise College and holds a bachelor’s degree in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona. She is currently working toward completing her master's in vocational education. Gretchen's most recent work experience was with Tucson College to satisfy her love of teaching and training.
Director of Marketing Operations
Kimberly joined HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson in 2016 as director of marketing operations. Prior to joining the HealthSouth team, Kimberly worked at Tucson Medical Center in the communications/marketing department. She spent 11 years in the broadcast journalism industry, including at KGUN 9 in Tucson, and also worked in the pharmaceutical industry. A ninth generation Tucsonan, Kimberly received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of San Diego and is active on many boards in Southern Arizona.
Jane Rosenbaum, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy
Jane is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She has worked in Tucson as a pharmacist since 1992. She has experience in many aspects of pharmacy including acute care, long-term care, oncology and compounding.
Director of Human Resources
Donna, a Tucson native, has over 12 years of professional human resource management experience. Donna holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix and an Administrative Assistant, A.A.S. degree from Pima Community College. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Park University. She holds the Senior Professional Human Resource (SPHR) certification since 2009. She enjoys teaching human resource subjects to staff on a one-on-one basis and in the classroom setting.