Christopher L. Hartle

ChrisHartlePresident, South Group

Chris joined Seton in May 1994 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Army in various leadership and staff positions. He has led initiatives in revenue and pricing management, third-party payer contracting, ACO development, HMO and TPA licensure, planning, and provider network development efforts with Seton. He was the project manager for the integration effort that brought Brackenridge Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Austin into the Seton network in 1995 through a 30-year lease agreement with the City of Austin.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University.


Neal Kelley

KellyVice President/Chief Operating Officer, Seton Medical Center Hays

Neal Kelley joined the Seton Family in 1998. Before moving to Seton Medical Center Hays, Neal was the site administrator for Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital and the facility’s associated rural health clinics in Caldwell County. Neal brings more than 25 years of clinical and health care administration experience to his role as chief operating officer. Licensed as a registered nurse since 1991, he has a strong practice background in emergency, surgical and acute care nursing.

Neal is an active alumni of The University of Texas at Austin where he majored in Biology. He also has a bachelor’s in Nursing Science from the University of Phoenix and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Neal has worked extensively on various rural health issues, developed strong community partnerships and continues to address access for the poor and vulnerable. He is a graduate of the Ascension two-year Executive Formation Program and currently serves on the board of Community Action of Central Texas.


Linda Lotz

Linda LotzExecutive Director, Seton Foundation – South Market

Linda Lotz joined Seton in 2010. Before moving to Seton Medical Center Hays, where she provides leadership in cultivating philanthropic support that benefits Seton Medical Center Hays, Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital, Seton Southwest Hospital and Seton Smithville Regional Hospital, she served for 5 years as the development director at Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA), the region’s largest medical/surgical acute care center. She led all fundraising efforts to benefit SMCA, most notably the capital campaign to create the new Seton Breast Care Center that opened in February 2014.

Prior to Seton, Linda served as development director at Hyde Park Schools, a K-12 multi-campus school system, where she established a 501(c)(3) foundation and endowments and led the campaign to construct and equip a new high school and athletic facilities.  In her early career, Linda was a marketing analyst for ConocoPhillips.

Linda received her BBA from Baylor University and attended The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, where she earned a Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM). She is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and serves on the Board of both the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce.