David Klementz

David Klementz

President/Chief Executive Officer

David Klementz joined Traditions Health as President and CEO after spending more than 15 years with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, where he most recently served as Chief Strategy Officer and was previously an SVP of Operations. Prior to joining Encompass, he served as SVP and CFO of Progress Rail, a $1.3B rail services business, where he was responsible for strategic and business planning, financial performance and leadership of the company’s financial, accounting and information technology functions. He has also held the position of manager of business development and planning for Progress Energy, vice president of finance and accounting for Analytical Sciences, Inc., and division controller for the Oracle Corp. A certified public accountant, Klementz received his bachelor’s degree in finance from James Madison University, his certification in procurement and contract administration from the University of Virginia, and completed Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Leadership Development Program.

Stuart Young

Stuart Young

Chief Strategy Officer

Stuart Young has more than 13 years of leadership experience in the home health and hospice industry. In 2008, he co-founded Traditions Health Care and Traditions Hospice.

An ordained minister, Stuart has held various ministerial positions in churches and hospice organizations. He earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Baylor University.

Stuart and his wife, Laura, reside in College Station, Texas. They have two children.

Alan Blakeney

Alan Blakeney

Chief Financial Officer

Alan is a CPA and has more than 20 years of healthcare finance experience. He joined Traditions Health in 2018 after serving as CFO for Camellia Home Health and Hospice for 11 years. Prior to his time with Camellia, Alan worked in public accounting, hospital finance, and held a regional position within another home health and hospice agency. He has previously served on the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association’s (HHFMA) Advisory Board, which provides guidance to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) board of directors and the NAHC membership on financial matters in the home care industry. Alan has also served on Enterprise Fleet’s National Customer Advisory Board and on the Southern Miss Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Alan and his wife, Angie, reside in College Station, Texas. They have two children.

Mariana A. Pope, JD, MPH

Mariana A. Pope, JD, MPH

Chief Compliance Officer

Mariana is a performance-driven professional with over 10 years’ experience in health care compliance, including HIPAA privacy and security, billing compliance, and corporate compliance. Prior to joining Traditions Health, Mariana served as Director of Compliance and Privacy for Texas Children’s Hospital.

Mariana earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston, her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.

Mariana and her husband, Cameron, reside in Houston, Texas. They have four children.

Tarik Shirif

Tarik Shirif

Executive Vice President of Merger Integration

Tarik has more than 30 years of professional leadership experience, with more than 15 of those years in the home care sector. Prior to joining Traditions Health in 2019, Tarik was President/CEO of Centrix Health Resources - an organization offering hospice, home health, durable medical equipment, private duty, and physician services.

Tarik attended the University of Minnesota, where he majored in management and finance.

Tarik and his wife, Audrey, reside in Mesa, Arizona. They have five children.

Crystal Mineo Diaz, PHR, SHRM-CP

Crystal Mineo Diaz, PHR, SHRM-CP

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Crystal joined Traditions Health Care in 2011. Her background includes responsibility for employee benefits, employee relations, payroll system integration, talent acquisition, mergers and acquisitions, and management. Crystal is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Crystal has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Sam Houston State University and a master's degree in human resource management from Tarleton State University.

Crystal and her husband, Sonny, live in College Station, Texas. They have three children.

Ronda Van Meter, RN, BSN, MBA

Ronda Van Meter, RN, BSN, MBA

President, Southwest Region

Ronda is a Home Care Executive with over 25 years in the Home Health and Hospice industry. She joined the Traditions Health executive team in 2018. Prior to her role as COO, she served as President of Traditions Health, West Division where she focused on assimilating new acquisitions into the Traditions culture while maintaining excellence in patient care and patient experience. Ronda has held multi-state and national level leadership positions with both privately held and public healthcare firms. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Texas system.

Ronda and her husband, Vernon, reside in College Station, Texas. They have three children.

Tony Maxwell, PA

Tony Maxwell, PA

President, Central Region

Tony Maxwell has over 30 years’ experience in the health care setting. Prior to joining Traditions Heath, he served as the Regional Vice President of Operations for Encompass Health, Regional Director of Operations for Visiting Physicians, and as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Tony began his career as a Physician Assistant 25 years ago, as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Freeman Smith

Freeman Smith

President, North Region

Freeman has more than 25 professional years of Health Care experience. Prior to joining Traditions Health, he served as COO of Harbor Light Hospice.

He attended DePaul University where he received his degree in psychology. In addition to his many accomplishments, Freeman is conversant in American Sign Language.

Freeman and his wife, Sean, reside in Naperville, Illinois. They have one child.