West Health CEO Nick Valeriani plans to retire in September, after three years overseeing the San Diego-based nonprofit medical research organization founded by the Nebraska telemarketing billionaire couple Gary and Mary West.
Valeriani, who was previously a Johnson & Johnson vice president, will remain on the Gary and Mary West Health Institute’s board of directors, and will join the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center’s board. Shelley Lyford, COO of the West Health Institute, will take over as CEO of West Health, according to a statement today. Lyford also heads the Gary and Mary West Foundation, which is focused on lowering healthcare costs, supporting senior wellness, and other initiatives.
Before helping establish the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2007, Lyford was a director at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Joan Kroc Institute at the University of San Diego. She has been with West Health since its formation as the West Wireless Health Institute in 2009. She also sits on the executive committee of Grantmakers in Aging and is chairperson of the newly formed Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center.