M. Susan Savage – Chief Executive Officer
M. Susan Savage is the chief executive officer for Morton Comprehensive Health Services. MCHS is northeastern Oklahoma’s largest community health center with five (5) locations and one (1) satellite office.
She is a native Tulsan who had the privilege of serving as Tulsa’s first woman and most tenured mayor following her election to office in 1992. Her service as mayor ended in 2002, after which Savage was appointed Oklahoma’s Secretary of State by Governor Brad Henry from 2003 until January of 2011.
Savage has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally as a leader in international relations, human relations, environmental stewardship, economic expansion, and for her effectiveness in delivering government services. Her leadership and management expertise as Tulsa’s mayor produced a decade of job growth, neighborhood revitalization and community livability, financial stability, public safety enhancements and environmental initiatives. As mayor, Savage appointed more women and minorities to city boards, authorities and commissions than at any other time in Tulsa’s history; she sponsored community-wide prayer services and blood drives in partnership with Tulsa’s interfaith community following the Murrah bombing and 9/11 tragedies and stood with other leaders at the 75th and 80th commemorations of Tulsa’s 1921 Race Riots to publicly apologize to victims of that atrocity. Savage was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and also to the National Recreation Lakes Commission. She was one of eight US mayors selected by the Aspen Institute to join French and German mayors to discuss the impact of globalization on cities. Savage was recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the nation’s “25 Mayors to Watch” for her leadership in addressing air and water quality issues.
Savage served as the city’s and state’s chief diplomat for international relations, worked to advance initiatives from early childhood to higher education locally and statewide, and as Secretary of State served as a member of Governor Henry’s cabinet with broad policy and executive duties at the federal, state and local levels including coordination among state agencies for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act. Her service includes decades of appointments to community and civic boards.
Savage recently completed two years at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, where she established an international leadership program and currently chairs the College’s Board of Visitors. She lectures and speaks across the state and nationally.
Among the dozens of awards received by Savage, she has been honored by the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice for leadership and for promoting diversity, tolerance and freedom. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Oklahoma City University and her alma mater, Arcadia University. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials, Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, and has received the Peace & Dialogue award for government service from the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue.
Saunya Moore, CPA – Vice President, Finance and Administration
Saunya Moore is Vice President for Finance and Administration at Morton Comprehensive Health Services. She directs the organization’s financial planning and accounting practices as well as its relationships with lending institutions, stakeholders and the financial community. She will function as the primary liaison with the Board of Directors on all financial matters.
Before joining Morton, Moore served as CFO for Parkside Hospital and Clinic, and Catholic Charities. She also was instrumental in fundraising and development activities at both organizations.
She is currently a board member of the Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children and a member of the following organizations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association Council on Finance and Strategic Information, and the Oklahoma Society of CPAs. In 2015, Moore was selected as the 2015 Trailblazer by the OSCPA.
Moore is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in accounting and Tulsa Community College with associate degrees in business and psychology. She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at OSU.
Laura Dempsey, Ph.D. – Vice President, Community Advancement
Dr. Dempsey is Vice-President of Community Advancement for Morton Comprehensive Health Services.
She is responsible for Morton’s partnerships, systems expansion, government relations, and strategic initiatives, including foundation planning. She has worked as a health administrator, health and human service analyst and senior planner, researcher, and professor in the fields of disability, aging, behavioral health, and Medicaid for over 35 years.
Formerly, Dr. Dempsey served as an executive administrator in area non-profits and in health care organizations in California, Minnesota, and Iowa. She is an active member of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), currently serving on the Public Policy and Elder Issues committees. She has held appointments on Oklahoma Health Care Authority Living Choice and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) initiatives, helped found the Oklahoma Olmstead Task Force, chairs the Tulsa City/County TRIAD and serves on the Community Service Council’s Public Policy Committee.
Dr. Dempsey has been recognized with the Pinnacle Award, the Tulsa Woman of the Year award, and the AARP Award for outstanding contributors.
Following two master’s degrees, Dr. Dempsey received her Ph.D. in health and human services administration, program evaluation, and public policy from Cornell University. She has authored numerous articles and reports and is a licensed behavioral health clinician.
Susan Mehnert-Kay, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer, Director of the Teaching Health Center and Chief of Family Medicine
Dr. Susan Mehnert–Kay provides leadership and oversight for all medical and related clinical services for Morton Comprehensive Health Services locations across northeast Oklahoma. She also directs the Community Health Center’s Teaching Health Center (THC) for family practice residents in coordination with the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. Morton’s receipt of the award from the THC Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is one of the first in the region. Additionally, Dr. Mehnert-Kay oversees all family medicine services.
She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and received a medical doctorage degree from the University of Oklahoma. She completed a three-year residency in Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, serving as chief resident.
During the first 21 years of her career, Dr. Mehnert-Kay served as a professor at OU’s Family Medicine residency program, as she saw patients in a private practice in the now University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.
Dr. Mehnert-Kay is Board-certified in Family Medicine, a member of American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians and Tulsa County Medical Society. Additionally, she has served as the volunteer medical director of the SANE program in Tulsa for over 20 years.
Cassie Clayton, RN – Chief Nursing Officer
Cassie Clayton as the Chief Nursing Officer provides leadership and direction for Morton’s nursing staff in all its health centers. Her goal is to assure continuity and consistency in the community health center system’s nursing care, while overseeing the implementation of significant clinical and organizational quality initiatives.
Clayton also helps Morton’s system sustain a focus on key community outreach and education initiatives. Previously, Clayton served as the director of Nursing and in the role of Nursing Supervisor with the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine.
She is a Board Certified, Registered Nurse and she is also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). Clayton is a respected speaker, often presenting at events like the Residency Program Services Conference and the Black Executive Exchange Program with the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League Young Professionals. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Tulsa Community College and Tulsa’s Area Vocational School.
Stan Fosburg – Chief Information Technology Officer
Stan Fosburg is the Chief Information Technology Officer for Morton Comprehensive Health Services. In his role, he defines, updates, and implements all of Morton’s information technology strategies and operations. He served as a professional services engineer at Nortel Networks and a customer support engineer with Memorex Telex before assuming his current position.
Fosburg is certified as a CVX technician and as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) among other certifications in information technology and is a former member of the U.S. Navy.