Meet Our New Leaders

meet our new leaders

We’re proud to announce that we’ve made some changes in leadership on the JOF Board of Directors: We’ve appointed Cathy Matthews, RN, as our new Board Chair and have named board member Peter Slabaugh, MD as our new Medical Director.

The changes were made officially at our January board meeting. Our previous chair, Kathleen Geier, DNP, will remain as temporary Secretary and Treasurer, while we recruit to fill these two positions. Meanwhile, A.J. Benham, DNP, our past Secretary, will now focus more on our education efforts, including teaching our Orthopedic Primary Care course (also taught by Dr. Geier) and presenting at professional conferences.

About Cathy Matthews:

Ms. Matthews was born in Yorkshire, England months after the end of World War II and later immigrated with her family to America in 1957. After several moves throughout her life she settled and spent most of her life in California.

She attended Mills College in Oakland and graduated from Samuel Merritt School of Nursing in 1966. Now retired, her substantial career included working as a charge nurse and staff nurse for 48 years at Merritt hospital, now Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Her tenure gives her a unique historical perspective on the changes and advances in orthopedic practice: “In our hospital, Orthopedics went from a 90-bed unit down to 35 beds and from an average stay of three weeks to three months and down again to an average stay of 3 days,” she says.

Ever committed to high standards and continuing professional education, Matthews designed, wrote and produced teaching pamphlets and videos for patients, staff and families. She was in charge of orthopedic education for the skilled nursing facility, certified nursing assistants and orthopedic techs. She also wrote the orthopedic orientation manual and the competency tools for her unit, and taught classes for the local chapter of NAON (National Association of Orthopedic Nurses) and served as president and secretary. She also taught classes for the Alameda County Nurses Association and was on the Hospital Safety Committee for Professional Performance.

Active in her community, she was president of the Alamo school PTA for many years, was a leader for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and was involved in drug and alcohol prevention programs for the San Ramon Unified School District.


Ms. Matthews has two children and two grandchildren. She likes to ski and travel, with Lake Tahoe, Mexico and Nicaragua among her favorite places.


About Peter Slabaugh:

Dr. Slabaugh completed his orthopedic residency training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), after which he completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Minnesota before coming to practice at Webster Orthopedics. He specializes in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of many spinal disorders including pediatric problems, scoliosis, fractures, and back pain caused by disc problems and arthritis.

Dr. Slabaugh is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at UCSF. As chief of orthopedics at Highland Alameda County trauma hospital, Dr. Slabaugh has extensive experience in all types of orthopedic fractures.

In addition to participating in numerous speaking engagements, Dr. Slabaugh has authored articles in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Trauma, Journal of Spine, and LeRoy Abbott Orthopaedic Society proceedings.

Dr. Slabaugh says he has a strong professional commitment to “the most pressing issue in health care – fiscally responsible and ethical practice.”

He’s also a firm believer in in JOF’s educational mission: “Education to patients and healthcare providers are our most important goals and working to achieve these goals should be our main objective."

Additionally, “the most pressing issue is the fiscally responsible and ethical practice of health care."

When not working or volunteering with JOF, he enjoys tennis and other sports.