Our Senior Leaders

Jeffrey A. Cook, CEO, joined the AAHS team in August, 2012. Jeff grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota. Jeff is married to his wife, Elizabeth (Lisa) and has two children. Cook received his AAS  in Accounting from Northwest Technical College in Moorhead, MN, then went on to receive his BS in University Studies  from the University of Minnesota-Moorhead in Moorhead, MN. In 2005, he received his MBA and an MSM in Management with an HR emphasis from the University of Mary in Fargo, ND. Prior to coming to AAHS, Jeff gained experience as Essentia Health’s North Dakota Division Manager,  Bridges Medical Center’s CFO and Lisbon Medical’s CFO. Jeff enjoys hunting, fishing, racquetball and watching the outdoor channel. Drop Jeff an email at cook@appletonareahealth.org.

Anne Kells, CFO joined the AAHS team in 2010. Kells received her B.S. degree in Accounting from Moorhead State University. She brings 13 years of work experience;  formerly as West-Con’s Controller. She was also an auditor at Dana F. Cole and Finance & Human Resource Director at Pioneer Public TV. Anne and her husband live in Appleton with their two children.

When asked what she’s most proud of at AAHS, she responded, “Cleaning up the financials, creating a budget and the commitment of the staff to follow the budget and put us on the right track.” Contact Anne at akells@appletonareahealth.org.

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Pam Martinson, Human Resource Director joined the AAHS team in 2013. Martinson received her office information system specialist associate in applied science degree and legal secretary diploma from Alexandria Technical College. She comes to us with a broad range of experiences in several industries with over 12 years of work experience. Prior to joining the AAHS team, Pam worked as a Human Resource Representative at Case New Holland in Benson. There, she focused on recruiting, hiring and training to meet business needs of over 200 employees. When Pam is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, attending her children’s sporting events and is a huge Minnesota Wild Fan.

When asked what she’s most proud of at AAHS, she responded, “The values and leadership are outstanding.  It’s nice to be on a team that is respected and helps one another.” Contact Pam at pmartinson@appletonareahealth.org.

Stacey Weinkauf , Hospital Director of Nursing joined the AAHS team in 2013. Weinkauf received her associates degree in nursing from Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College in Sisseton, SD. Stacey has nearly 15 years of experience in rural, critical access hospitals. Stacey and her husband, Dale have been married for 20 years and have four children. She enjoys spending time with family, watching her kid’s sporting events, gardening, and has a love for horses.

Stacey is excited to contribute to the success of the facility. Contact Stacey at sweinkauf@appletonareahealth.org.


Marti Croatt, Care Center Director of Nursing joined the AAHS team in 1980. She received her B.A. degree in nursing from St. Scholastica. Croatt has 40 years of work experience related to healthcare.  Before coming to Appleton, she was an RN in Madison and CNA in Minneapolis and Madison. Marti lives in Madison and has one child and one grandchild. She enjoys gardening, reading and being a grandma.

She is most proud of the personalized individual care we give to the residents in the care center. Contact Marti at mcroatt@appletonareahealth.org.

Judy Carruth, Clinic Manager has been part of the AAHS team for 33 years. She started her career in the business office and was promoted to clinic manager in 1986. Judy and her husband, Jim have two children that have graduated from high school and live on a farm near Danvers. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys being at the lake with her family.

When asked what she’s most proud of at AAHS, she said, “Delivering quality care and patient satisfaction.” Contact Judy at jcarruth@appletonareahealth.org.