Leadership & Staff

Tara Diebling

Tara Diebling

Chief Executive Officer

Tara Diebling, the chief executive officer of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, assumed the CEO position in September 2017. No stranger to leading a rehabilitation hospital, Diebling comes to Cardinal Hill from The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL), a partnership of BJC HealthCare and HealthSouth, where she has served as chief executive officer since 2013. Prior to leading the hospital, she served on the hospital’s leadership team as controller for three years and has worked in healthcare financial roles since receiving her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University. Tara serves as an executive coach and preceptor for the company’s new leaders; and has consistently improved quality outcomes in the areas of overall hospital care, discharge destination, employee engagement and patient experience. As chief executive officer of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, she oversees the day-to-day operations as well as patient quality and care at the physical inpatient rehabilitation hospital. 

William Lester

William J. Lester, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Lester serves as the medical director of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and has been with the team since 1993. He is board certified in physical medical and rehabilitation. Dr. Lester is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed residencies in internal medicine at Charleston Area Medical Center and in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky. He has served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1993. Dr. Lester is actively involved in the daily operations of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

Gary Abrams

Gary Abrams


Gary brings more than 20 years of healthcare finance expertise to HealthSouth Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received a master’s degree in health administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky.  He holds membership with the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, CDRS

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Jamie has been employed by Cardinal Hill HealthSouth for 11 years and assumed the position of director of quality and risk management in 2016. Jamie holds a master's degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. 

Michelle Graybeal

Michelle Graybeal, PT, MBA, CBIS, CCM

Director of Case Management

Michelle brings more than 18 years of healthcare management experience to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. She serves on the executive board of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky and is a founding member of the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network and the Kentucky Congress for Spinal Cord Injury. 

Anna Hinton

Anna Hinton, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

Anna has more than 15 years of human resources management experience in the health care field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and master’s degrees in human resources management and health care administration from Grambling State University in Louisiana. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM- Senior Certified Professional.

Daniel Hudson

Daniel Hudson, OTR/L

Director of Therapy Operations

Dan has been practicing in the field of occupational therapy for since 1993 and has more than 10 years of acute rehabilitation management experience. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. In total, Dan has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, with focus in the areas of acute rehabilitation, long term care, outpatient rehabilitation and home care. 

Rhonda Johnston

Rhonda Johnston

Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Rhonda Johnston is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.  After deciding that rehabilitation nursing was her passion, she received her certification in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN) and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky. Rhonda has been practicing as a nurse in various roles, from the bedside to administration, at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital for 28 years.

Brian Nevill

Brian Neville

Associate Administrator

Brian brings 20 years of healthcare experience as both a clinician and an administrator. He has an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Kentucky.  Brian spent most of his clinical career in outpatient rehabilitation with his executive experience in strategy and operations.  Brian is serving as the associate administrator in HealthSouth’s national executive leadership program. 

Bill Pabian

Bill Pabian

Director of Plant Operations

Bill began his career with Cardinal Hill in 2011. He has supported hospital facilities for 18 years after a 20 year career in telephony.  As a graduate of Western Kentucky University and University of Kentucky his engineering education has been well utilized to build, renovate and operate our hospital facility.  He is a member of ASHRA and KSHE.