Welcome to Leadership Excellence Solutions

"Improving health care for everyone, one hospital at a time, one placement at a time."


About Us

Ready to fill your open executive positions? We provide Healthcare Professionals ready for permanent employment in your hospital. We also provide Interim coverage if needed until a permanent candidate can be placed.  We utilize our extensive database, healthcare partners and over 65 years of Leadership expertise in placement of qualified candidates in your organization. We post your positions and actively search for qualified candidates with dedicated resources. We carefully screen all of our candidates prior to sending them to you. We are committed to delivering the most qualified candidates to your organization.

Meet Our Team!

Debra Perez, BSN, MBA –President       

Debra opened her own company in 2005 and has been working with organizations to increase their productivity, develop their leaders, recruit executive talent and improve their overall organizational culture. She also serves in the capacity as Interim Chief Nursing Officer and has worked with both for profit and not for profit organizations from 50 beds to 345 bed Level I trauma centers. Debra is actively involved with the mentoring of new CNO’s through the AONE organization. Debra is adept at evaluating existing work processes, systems and operations, identifying causes of problems and inefficiencies, defining achievable goals, and developing/implementing procedures, policies and training programs to meet immediate needs and advance long-range objectives. She is a natural leader with a proven capacity to motivate individuals to achieve their highest potential and has specific talents in the startup of new hospitals, units and programs. Debra provides mentoring to leaders and managers, executive coaching, professional executive recruitment, strategic planning, financial stewardship training, implementation of customer service programs, preparation for regulatory surveys, such as TJC and CMS, as well as proven recruitment and retention strategies.


Debra has 33 years of successful work history in nursing including eighteen years in key leadership positions, such as Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, and Director of Critical Care, PACU and CVICU. Her clinical background is critical care.


Debra was born in North Carolina and obtained her Bachelors of Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained her Master’s degree in Business Administration/Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix. Debra has served on many hospital boards in the capacity of Chief Nursing Officer. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Home Owner’s Association Board of Directors in North Carolina. She has previously served on the Executive Board of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Collaborative in New Mexico and the New Mexico Arts Council. She is an active member of American College of Health Care Executives, American Organization for Nurse Executives and American Nurses Association. Debra resides in New Mexico with her husband. Her outside interests included hiking, kayaking and enjoying time at their beach place with her husband, son and grandson.

Mary Jim Montgomery, MSN, MBA, FACHE- Associate     

Mary Jim is highly qualified and known expert in the healthcare leadership field. She has over 30 years of experience in hospitals from rural to urban from the east to west coast. She has served as Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the past 20 years in non-profit organizations. Her leadership experience includes presenting at numerous conferences including AONE, American College of Healthcare Executives, LEAN Six Sigma conferences and most recently Healthcare Management Financial Association. She is a certified Behavioral Coach and enjoys coaching and mentor new leaders in their positions. She is described as a ‘high energy, passionate leader that helps others to exceed’ in their professional goals. Mary Jim holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama UAB, Masters degree in Nursing and Masters of Business from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys using her healthcare knowledge, experience and skills to have a positive impact organizational culture.

Katherine Suzanne Dale, RN- Associate

Suzanne has extensive experience in customer service, relationship building, and traveling nurse roles. She entered the nursing workforce after having spent the majority of her working life in retail management, where she gained valuable leadership experience, learning first- hand the difference between MANAGERS and LEADERS.  Though the venue is different, the results are the same because people are people. Her experience as a travel nurse gives her both the recruiter perspective as well as the candidate perspective.


Suzanne graduated with her ADN in 2008, just as her son graduated from high school.  A testament to the fact that you are “never too old to go to school”, Suzanne began a whole new career at age 48. She spent three years as a staff nurse in her hometown hospital and gained front line experience and team building experience. She then decided to expand her knowledge and professional growth by becoming a travel nurse and working in different specialty areas and has been doing this type of nursing for four years. She has worked in hospitals from coast to coast, including the Mayo clinic in Phoenix, and has gained valuable insight into the differences that exist from one facility to another, in both non-profit and for-profit facilities.


Suzanne finds that the customer service piece of nursing comes easy after a life of retail, and that experience has served her well during the changes that have taken place in healthcare with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She believes in doing what is right for the patient. In hopes of assisting hospitals, the bedside nurses that work in them, and ultimately, the patients; Suzanne became a recruiting associate at Leadership Excellence Solutions in July of 2014.  In this role, she helps recruit true “leaders” that understand what they need to do to maintain the balance between the “financial” and the “clinical quality”, promoting ownership among staff and boosting morale in the process.  Suzanne lives in coastal North Carolina




Lisa Pinion is an accomplished professional leader with a unique blended background of hospital management, nursing research, real estate, and healthcare consulting. She started her nursing career over 15 years ago in high-risk obstetrics in a well-known university hospital setting and climbed the ladder aggressively to a nursing Director role. She is driven to make a difference and passionate about guiding successful professionals to achieve their vision. She currently resides in Charleston, SC and enjoys all the natural beauty the low country has to offer. She is happily married and has one son and two large fur babies.




  • Clinical Ladder Development
  • PACE Pallet
  • Pathway to Excellence Journey
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Selecting and Retaining Top Talent
  • Behavioral Interviewing
  • Joint Commission & HFAP regulations
  • Implementing/Energizing Shared Governance
  • Staff Development & Evaluation
  • AWHONN & ACOG Guidelines





Leadership Excellence Solutions | PO Box 488 | Vaughn, NM 88353 | P: 505-235-9331 | F:575-584-2366