Meet Our Leaders

Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet Our Leaders

Chris LaFontsee, Jr., Chief Executive Officer
With over ten years of experience in acute healthcare, ambulatory clinics, LTAC, leadership roles including hospital operations, financials and strategic planning for fortune 500 companies, Chris believes in always doing the right thing. “When you take care of the patient then everything else will follow.”

His diverse healthcare experience and strong information technology background have allowed him to successfully grow community hospitals and start-up clinics.

Chris graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA with a Bachelor’s degree and MBA.

He is an active member of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce where he is involved in the future growth and well-being of the city.


Susie Brown, RN, Director of Patient Outcomes
Susie has over 16 years of nursing experience, ten of which have been in leadership roles. Susie is an enthusiastic, compassionate leader working collaboratively with her team to provide the best patient outcomes.

Susie received her associate’s degree in nursing from Northland Pioneer College and is currently enrolled at Northern Arizona University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Susie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. She loves running, biking and boating.


Matt Braun, CCC-SLP, Director of Therapy Operations
After earning his Master’s Degree in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University, Matt has worked in the medical setting for about 10 years, with the majority of those years in a rehabilitation hospital. During his career, Matt has not only found the value in building relationships with patients and their families, but also understands the importance of an interdisciplinary team to promote the best possible outcomes for all patients.

After traveling as a speech-language pathologist across the United States for two years, Matt has seen a variety of therapy approaches and management styles. With his advancement to the role of Director of Therapy Operations, Matt is excited to implement what he has learned along his way in providing a supportive and nurturing therapeutic environment.

In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family in a variety of outdoor activities.


Sarah Johnson, CRRN, Director of Compliance
Sarah’s sustained passion for the rehabilitation field of healthcare has taken her through five years in the field. Most recently, she has taken on the challenge of overseeing compliance, supporting an interdisciplinary team to provide patients the very best care and outcomes. As a registered nurse, Sarah has a passion for ensuring that patients receive the highest level of care.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and working on home improvement projects.  


Destiny Kester, RN, Director of Nursing
Destiny’s passion for achieving optimal patient outcomes through individualized patient care has played a huge part in her love for rehabilitation nursing. She enjoys watching these patients work hard to reach their goals and learn ways to take charge of their own health after discharge.

Destiny was born and raised in Flagstaff and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minor in Biology from Northern Arizona University. After graduation, she completed a nurse residency program in the cardiovascular intensive care unit, worked in skilled nursing, and then realized her passion for rehabilitation nursing.

In her free time, Destiny enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses, and traveling.


Chad Campbell, Director of Pharmacy
Chad works alongside physicians, nurses, and other pharmacists to ensure safe and effective medication use. He believes in a holistic approach to health, utilizing medication for optimal results.

Prior to becoming a pharmacist, Chad was a registered nurse for ten years. He helped implement many programs that focus on neurological and psychological health in his workplaces. He has worked for Ernest Health for more than two years, educating and engaging his team and others in medication use.

Chad received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then went on to earn a doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Charlene Harris, Human Resource Manager
Charlene uses her compassion and love for people to create a positive work environment that encourages growth, respect, and teamwork. She is determined to ensure employees know they are making a difference in the organization and those they serve. She believes that helping employees establish a strong foundation for them to build their work upon will better equip them to be passionate caregivers.

Charlene has more than ten years of human resources experience. She launched and supported learning and development programs that built organizational development, garnered high-performance workforce plans, and worked at the developmental transformation of future leaders. In addition, Charlene has extensive generalist experience working in healthcare and is highly proficient in recruitment, staffing, onboarding, training, compensation, benefits, policies and procedures, and employee relations.

Charlene holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix.

She served on the United Way of Inner Wisconsin board of directors for ten years as a strong advocate for improving the community in which she lived. As Charlene positively impacts the lives of those around her, she remains humble and ready to help the next person.


Abram Coate, Director of Facilities Management
Abram feels passionate about ensuring that all physical components of our hospital run effectively and efficiently.

Abram has five years of experience in healthcare facilities, medical manufacturing, and construction. He received his Bachelor of Science in History with an emphasis on American and Pre-world History from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Abram believes that a clean, warm, well-lit hospital can provide security and comfort for our patients that extends to their overall achievements in regaining health.