Officers

Michael Beal, President and CEO
Mike Beal, MBA, has over 30 years of post-acute healthcare experience. Mr. Beal began his healthcare career with Kindred Healthcare based in Louisville, KY. Over the span of three decades he earned his way through the ranks from nursing home administrator to President of Nursing Center Division, where he managed operations of Kindred’s billion-dollar multi-state portfolio of skilled nursing and assisted living locations. Prior to becoming Care Initiatives’ President & CEO, Mr. Beal was Chief Operating Officer at Senior Care Centers in Texas, overseeing a $1 billion healthcare company which provided skilled nursing care, assisted living, independent living, rehabilitation and hospice services. Mr. Beal earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine.     

Dave Dixon, Vice President and CFO
Dave Dixon, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, has over three decades of experience in accounting and finance, serving over 20 years with Care Initiatives as Director of Finance prior to his appointment in 2016 as CFO. Prior to joining Care Initiatives Mr. Dixon worked in public accounting in Des Moines. Mr. Dixon is currently the Chair of the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Board of Directors, Chair of the IHCA Foundation Board, and serves on the board of Extended Care Services of Iowa, Inc. (ECSI) a group-purchasing subsidiary of IHCA. Mr. Dixon also sits on the American Health Care Association's Not for Profit Council, the Regional Multi-Facility Council, and the Business Management Committee. Mr. Dixon’s charitable works include 20 years on the board of the Des Moines Ronald McDonald House, serving as President and Treasurer and nine years on the board of Children and Family Urban Movement, serving as Treasurer. 

Charleen A. Schlepp, RN BS RAC-CT, Vice President - Director of Operations
Charleen has over 40 years of experience in various aspects of health care, with the last 30 years in long-term care. Ms. Schlepp has obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management. She is a Presidential appointee to the Iowa Nurses in Long-Term Care Board of Directors, an elected board member at-large for Iowa Health Care Association and Governor-appointed board member of the Iowa Licensure of Nursing Home Administrators. Ms. Schlepp served as Care Initiatives VP/Director of Quality Assurance for 5 years prior to her appointment as VP-Director of Operations.

Miriam Yocum, RN BS RAC-CT, Vice President - Hospice
Miriam Yocum, RN, became Vice President of Care Initiatives Hospice January 1, 2018. She formerly served as Team Director of the Care Initiatives Hospice Des Moines office and more recently as corporate Clinical Director. Yocum’s background includes over 30 years working in both hospice clinical and administrative roles. Yocum joined Care Initiatives Hospice during its development in 2008, but has been a hospice nurse since 1987.  

Jeramy D. Kuhn, JD PT CHC CHPC - Corporate Compliance Officer/Privacy Officer
Jeramy Kuhn, an Iowa licensed attorney and physical therapist, has been with Care Initiatives since 2000 and has served a variety of Care locations as a clinical physical therapist and, since 2005, as its Corporate Compliance Officer/Privacy Officer.  Mr. Kuhn has over 25 years of health care experience, primarily focused in long-term care. He is a member of the American and Iowa Bar Associations as well as the American Health Care Association and American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Kuhn maintains active membership in the American and Iowa Physical Therapy Associations and is a past Ethics Chair of the southwest district of the IPTA. Mr. Kuhn was a 2016 appointee to the Iowa Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy and currently serves as its Vice-Chair. Mr. Kuhn holds the Certification in Health Care Compliance (“CHC”) & Certification in Health Care Privacy Compliance (“CHPC”) designations from the Health Care Compliance Association.