Our People


Gary R. Poquette

CEO
(307) 334-4000
Mr. Poquette brings a strong background in healthcare administration to NHLC. He served as the President and CEO of Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire for 29 years. "I believe my many years of experience as a successful small/rural critical access hospital CEO will be beneficial to the board of trustees, employees, providers, and the community which NHLC serves. The unique partnership between NHLC and Wyoming Medical Center allows the citizens of this community to access resources, services, and expertise a facility this size might not be able to afford to offer. I'm excited to continue to build upon that relationship and examine additional avenues to benefit Niobrara County."

His educational background includes graduate work in the MBA Corporate Financial program at Middle Tennessee State University; a BSRT-Radiologic Technology (Business Administration/Minor) from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and an MHA in Hospital and Health Care Administration from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Poquette is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He enjoys living in the community of Lusk and has a strong belief in community involvement.

Samantha Jensen
Chief Accountant
Samantha (Sam) was raised in Edgemont, South Dakota. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from National American University in 2002, and her Masters of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University in 2013.

Sam has been with NHLC since 2008, and manages both the Rawhide Rural Health Clinic and the Business Office. In April 2012, Sam was promoted to Chief Accountant. She is also a Certified Professional Coder and continues to do the coding and charge capture for the entire facility.


Jim Tangney
Facility Director
Jim is a Wyoming native. His training and experience in the U.S. Navy allowed him to obtain a position as an Electrical Engineer with Raytheon Service Company, providing technical services to the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington.

Jim’s first position at NHLC was Hospital Construction Liaison. In 2010 he accepted the position of Facilities Manager, and is now the Facility Director.

Heather Goddard
Human Resources Director/Compliance Manager
Heather was raised in western Wyoming and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration in 2012, from the University of Phoenix. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at Capella University.

Heather moved to Lusk in 2006 and worked at Lusk State Bank; originally as a Bank Teller and then moved into compliance and working as the BSA officer.

Heather accepted the position of Human Resources Director here at NHLC in June of 2012.

Brenda VanDewater
Director of Nursing
Brenda is a board certified emergency nurse with extensive knowledge relating to emergency medicine, critical care and bedside nursing, and has also served in managerial roles as they relate to long-term care and extended care facilities.  She holds an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of South Dakota and is currently enrolled in Walden University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Terry Chapman
IT Manager
Terry is from Manitou Springs, Colorado. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado in Boulder; a Masters in Nuclear Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio and a PHD in Physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio.

Terry has been the IT Manager here at NHLC since 2008. He led the successful implementation of Healthland Financials, upgraded the hospital network and workstations to meet industry standard performance and security requirements, and managed the three-year selection process for the EMR system that is currently being implemented.