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Cordeniz bids goodbye to Lifeways CEO slot

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
ONTARIO – Judy Cordeniz was pretty sure she wanted to become a nurse.
There was only one problem.
She couldn’t stand the sight of blood. That’s when she decided to become a medical assistant “Because it was a two-year junior college course and I could get a job quickly,” said Cordeniz.
The career move proved sound for the Middleton resident and now, more than 30 years later, Cordeniz is just days away from calling it a career. Cordeniz, who spent most of her life in the medical field as an administrator, will step down later this month as chief executive officer of Lifeways Inc. in Ontario. Cordeniz said it was time to seek new opportunities. Lifeways is a regional behavioral health service with facilities in Hermiston, Pendleton, Milton-Freewater, Ontario and Boise.
“I will be 65 next month and I have . . .