About Mennonite Services Northwest
Mennonite Services Northwest was created out of Mennonite Village, an accredited, nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community. Mennonite Village’s executive staff has been involved in various types of consulting throughout the organization’s more than 70-year history. In 2005, Mennonite Village was approached by the board of Corvallis Caring Place to be its management partner. This management agreement reaffirmed a relationship that began when Mennonite Village consulted in the development of Corvallis Caring Place, a nonprofit, 42-unit assisted living facility. Through this experience, Mennonite Village came to realize there was a lack of nonprofit management companies to work with smaller, nonprofit organizations who serve the aging and other vulnerable groups. Mennonite Village subsequently formed Mennonite Services Northwest to fill that void. Mennonite Services Northwest has managed Oregon Mennonite Residential Services since 2005, Corvallis Caring Place since 2006, and Hope Village since 2010. In 2012, Oregon Mennonite Residential Services, Hope Village, and Mennonite Village became affiliates of Mennonite Services Northwest.
As a faith-based organization, Mennonite Services Northwest is committed to supporting and enhancing the aging services profession by sharing its experience and knowledge with other like-minded, not-for-profit organizations. Through its consulting and management services, Mennonite Services Northwest helps communities to thrive in an increasingly competitive business environment. The goal of Mennonite Services Northwest is to encourage the local flavor of each managed entity and provide services that will support and enhance its operations, ultimately improving life for the people served.
William “Bill” Sherer, MS, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Bill Sherer is a healthcare executive with more than 30 years of success in the ownership, governance, strategic planning, and operating leadership of healthcare organizations across the healthcare continuum. He is experienced in increasing revenue and volumes, market share, reducing costs, improving productivity and implementing new programs, services, and service lines, while simultaneously optimizing patient experience, quality, and cost of care delivered.
Most recently, Bill served as the Executive of the Medicine Program – Oregon Region of Providence Health and Services (PHS) for eight years. Working in dyad with program medical directors, his responsibilities included the medical sub-specialties, private practice primary care alignment, clinical program growth, and outreach coordination for the Portland Service Area.
Prior to his regional program role with PHS, Bill served for five years on the Executive Leadership Team of Providence Portland Medical Center (PPMC). His first two years he was the Administrative Project Manager, a position created by the Chief Executive of PPMC to provide administrative support to implementation of computerized physician order entry (CPOE), resolution of workflow issues, and leadership to other projects and initiatives in the Oregon Region. He then served as the Assistant Administrator (Operations) at PPMC and Medicine Program leader for the Portland Service Area for three years.
Before joining PHS, Bill was the President and CEO of Mt. St. Joseph Inc. (386 licensed/staffed beds) and the Portland Service Area of Catholic Health Initiatives for 5 years, overseeing an annual operating budget of $15 million. Responsibilities in that role included strategic/master facility planning, operations oversight, governance as a voting member of the service area board, development and fundraising oversight. Bill reported to a CHI System VP of Operations in Denver, CO. For two years prior to becoming CEO, Bill was the Chief Operating Officer for the service area.
Bill jointly owned and operated CCRC healthcare campuses in two communities with three of his brothers in Harrison County, in Western Iowa for 14 years before moving to Oregon. The operations, with a combined annual operating budget of $6 million, included SNF, NF, ALF, NF dementia unit, hospice, senior housing, other rental properties and farm land. Bill’s very first job, while in high school, was working as a Certified Nursing Assistant for three years in one of the SNFs when his parents were the owner/operators. That direct patient care experience taught him the joy of serving others and grounded his commitment to servant leadership
in healthcare as his vocation.
VP of Finance & Information Services
Clifford Mars is the VP of Finance and Information Services for MSNW. He was Controller for Mennonite Village, an affiliate of MSNW, for three years prior to assuming his present position.
Mr. Mars earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward, with emphasis in both accounting and computer information systems. He worked seven years with KPMG in Oakland, California, where he earned his Certified Public Accountant license. His professional career also includes working as a finance manager at an automobile manufacturer and a controller at an Internet retailer in addition to a short time owning his own business. Mr. Mars is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.