Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors


The Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors is the governing body for Valleywise Health. Each Board member represents one of the five districts in Maricopa County. Members of the District Board are elected by voters of Maricopa County and serve a four-year term.

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Valleywise Board of Directors

Mark Dewane

Chairman- District 2

Chairman, District 2
Term of Office: 2016 – 2020

Mark G. Dewane joined the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors in December 2012.  He is in his second term on the board.  Mark has over 25 years of volunteer experience in Arizona.

Valleywise Board of Directors

Mary A. Harden, RN

Vice Chairman- District 1

Vice Chairman, District 1
Term of Office: 2016 – 2020

Mary A. Harden, RN, joined the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors in 2012. She is in her second term on the board. She has over 40 years of experience as a registered nurse, including 32 years as an RN at Valleywise Health Medical Center.

Valleywise Board of Directors

Susan Gerard

Director- District 3

Director, District 3
Term of Office: 2018 – 2022

Susan Gerard, a leader in health care policy and systems in Arizona for more than three decades, joined the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors in 2008.

Susan served three consecutive terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors, the five-member elected governing body for Valleywise Health.

Valleywise Board of Directors

J. Woodfin Thomas

Director- District 4

Director, District 4
Term of Office: 2018 – 2022

Woodfin “Woody” Thomas, is the newest member of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors. He was sworn in to office for a four-year term in December 2018.

Valleywise Board of Directors

Mary Rose Wilcox

Director- District 5

Director, District 5
Term of Office: 2016 – 2020

Mary Rose Wilcox, a fourth-generation Arizonan and Latina trailblazer with more than 30 years of public service, joined the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors in 2016.

Board Meeting Information

The Board holds a formal meeting, generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month unless the date falls on a government-recognized holiday, in which case staff will publish a new date in advance. At its discretion, the Board may call additional meetings.

While all Board meetings are open to the public, during a meeting, the Board may decide by majority vote to authorize an executive session that will convene immediately following the vote. By law, executive sessions are not open to the public and discussions are confidential.

Meeting Location

Board meetings are generally held at:

Valleywise Health Medical Center
2601 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Meeting Agenda

If you would like to view the meeting agenda, staff will post it at least 24 hours in advance. You can find it on this website or posted in a glass case in the first-floor public elevator lobby along the south wall in the Valleywise Health Medical Center, 2601 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

Meeting Materials

Supporting materials, if any, for agenda items, except for executive session items may be posted on this website, at the Clerk’s discretion.

To request meeting information prior to 2015, submit a Public Records Request.

Board Approved Policies

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*Prior year's documents are only available on request

Candidate Information and Frequently Asked Questions

If you are interested in filing as a candidate for a seat on the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors, please contact the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

District seats up for election in 2020

  • District 1
  • District 2
  • District 5

As a Director, you can expect to spend 20 to 30 hours a month on Board-related tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Attending Board meetings
  • Reading material and preparing for Board meetings.
  • Attending groundbreaking events, grand openings and employee events.

Board members shall serve without compensation; however, each member is allowed a per diem when attending meetings of the Board. The per diem amount may not exceed the amount prescribed by A.R.S. 32-1604 as amended from time to time. The current maximum allowed by law is $200 per day.

View our district map here.

Schedule a Meeting

To schedule time to meet with any one of the Board of Directors please contact us through this form. Our Chief Governance Officer will be happy to assist you.

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