Dede Schmallen

Dede Schmallen

Director of Human Resources

I am a Phoenix native and have lived in the valley most of my life. I have two older sisters. My husband and I currently live in Avondale in the Garden Lakes Community. Our three adult children, and five grandchildren, all live in the Phoenix metro area which is great. My husband and I enjoy golf, are avid Diamondbacks fans and spend a lot of time boating around our community lake.

I started my career in healthcare as a Respiratory Therapist which I did for about ten years. I feel that being a part of critical patient care has given me a unique perspective while working in HR. At the time I went to Ottawa University-Phoenix Campus and completed a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. At the same time I entered in to the Master’s program for Human Resources, my employer started an in-house internship in HR and I was selected to be one of two interns. That program gave me the opportunity to learn the core aspects of HR from experts, which has served me well throughout my career.

I worked at two large employers in the valley and started at Wickenburg Community Hospital in September of 2017. I feel very honored to work at WCH where the focus on patients and the community is paramount.