He is a consulting professor, Stanford University School of Medicine and affiliated scholar, Stanford University Bill Lane Center for the American West. Dr. Polakoff’s career in health and health care spans forty-five years and includes clinical services, product innovation, network development, care management, organizational and business enhancement, policy formulation, communications and financing. Dr. Polakoff’s previous positions have included being short listed for US Surgeon General, Senior Managing Director of publicly traded consulting firms, advisor to numerous payers, providers, investors, employers, labor organizations and public entities. Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Total Health Advocacy Partners (Thap!). He has produced numerous... Read More
Marc Harrison, M.D., president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, is a pediatric critical care physician with a proven track record as a top operations executive on a global scale. He’s leading Intermountain to embrace bold new approaches focused on improving health while continuing to make healthcare more effective, accessible, and affordable. As a result, Intermountain’s 37,000 employees—who are all called caregivers—continue to re-define value-based care and serve people in new ways. Dr. Harrison is a national and international thought leader on healthcare transformation and innovation. In 2018, he ranked second among Modern Healthcare’s Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. He... Read More
Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands, State of Washington, Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz is committed to ensuring our public lands are healthy and productive, both today and for future generations.
Spencer J. Cox was sworn in as Utah’s 8th Lieutenant Governor on October 16, 2013. As Lieutenant Governor, he serves as the chief election officer, liaison between the governor and the state legislature, and serves on 20 committees and commissions, chairing 12 of them. Spencer was born and raised in the town of Fairview, Utah. He and his wife Abby both come from large families, and were raised on farms in Sanpete County, where they learned the value of hard work and collaboration. Spencer and Abby are the parents of four children: Gavin, Kaleb, Adam, and Emma Kate. Spencer and... Read More
A. Scott Anderson is the president and chief executive officer of Zions First National Bank, a division of ZB, N.A., with $18.4 billion in assets (as of 9/30/15). A native of Salt Lake City, Anderson joined Zions Bank in December of 1991 as executive vice president of Retail Banking. In this position he was responsible for the growth and operation of the bank’s branch network throughout Utah and Idaho, as well as overseeing other consumer and small business banking activities. He assumed his current responsibilities as president and CEO of Zions Bank on January 20, 1998. Prior to joining Zions,... Read More
Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus Ph.D., Yale University, 1968, American Studies M.A., Yale University, 1964, American Studies B.A., Stanford University, 1963, History Reflecting his interdisciplinary training in American Studies, which combined the fields of history, literature, and economics, Professor Kennedy’s scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. His 1970 book, Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, embraced the medical, legal, political, and religious dimensions of the subject and helped to pioneer the emerging field of women’s history. Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980) used the... Read More
Dr. Michael Good is the CEO of University of Utah Health, the Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and the Senior Vice President of University of Utah Health Sciences. He is a professor of anesthesiology. Prior to arriving in Utah, Dr. Good held many leadership positions at University of Florida (UF) and its clinical affiliates, including dean, interim dean, senior associate dean for clinical affairs, chief of staff for Shands at UF, chief of staff for the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, and system medical director for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Early in... Read More
Steven S. Akerlow is a Vice President at Morgan Stanley and serves as part of their Community Development Finance team. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2013 to focus on community development lending and community relations throughout Utah and the Western United States. He currently oversees the Utah affordable housing and CDFI portfolio for Morgan Stanley as well as manages the community relationships with clients throughout the Western United States. Steven has over 20 years of real estate development and sales experience. With a background in both commercial and residential real estate, he has spent the majority of his career focused... Read More
As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Rob Allen has accountability for the delivery of care and operations across Intermountain. Rob has more than 25 years of healthcare executive leadership experience. After beginning his career in healthcare administration in Colorado, Rob joined Intermountain at Evanston Regional Hospital in Wyoming, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and then as Administrator from 1988-1999, when Intermountain sold the hospital. Rob continued as CEO there until 2002, and then held CEO positions at hospitals in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In 2007, Rob returned to Intermountain, serving as Operations Officer for the South... Read More
David Angelson is an epidemiologist and health systems specialist. He holds a MMedSci in Global Health Delivery from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Auckland. He has served three branches of the United Nations (UNPFII, UNDP, and WHO), most recently as the Project Development Specialist for a joint UNDP-WHO USD $76m health system strengthening project in four Pacific Island countries, supported by the Global Environment Facility. His specialties include predictive risk modeling for health system planning and priority-setting, environmental health, and the public health consequences of climate change.
Clark Aposhian is Chairman of The Utah Shooting Sports Council, owner of Fairwarning Training and a Utah Lobbyist. He is an NRA training counselor, part owner of an ammunition manufacturing company based in Utah, and the senior member of the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification’s Weapons Board.
Vincent Arribe serves as Senior Business Development Manager within Microsoft’s Airband Initiative – an organization that partners with start-ups and commercial organizations to help make Internet connectivity and off-grid energy access more accessible. Vincent’s main focus in the team are Hardware innovation, Airband’s verticals strategy in agriculture, healthcare, education and small business, as well as bringing Airband to Western Europe. Before joining Microsoft in 2005, Vincent worked at the French Embassy in India where he stayed 2 years, and for Think Tanks on diverse topics such as International cooperation & development and Environment Sustainability. Prior to joining the Airband team,... Read More
Dr. Elizabeth Baca is passionate about innovations to foster total health and well-being. She currently serves as the Deputy Director in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). She is engaged in innovation in the public sector to foster health through multiple projects including precision health and medicine, healthy planning, healthy food systems, big data, and public-private partnerships. Dr. Baca serves as a lead for the Governor’s Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine. Through her role in OPR, she is an advisor for Urban Land Institute’s Health Leaders and FS6, a Food System Accelerator.
Sandy Bailey is a Professor in Human Development & Family Studies and an Extension Specialist with Montana State University. She received her doctorate in family studies at Oregon State University. Her research has focused on parenting in various family structures, family systems, and family stressors. Since coming to Montana State University she has developed and coordinated research-based statewide programs that are implemented at the community level through County Extension Agents, such as the Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project and the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Series. For the past three years she has been involved with programming related to mental health and opioid... Read More
Yissel Barajas is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Reiter Affiliated Companies. She currently leads the Talent, Culture and Leadership strategies for the organization and was responsible for the launch of Sembrando Salud in 2009, a work-based initiative designed to prevent obesity and diabetes among the farmworker community. As the daughter of farmworkers, she has a personal commitment to health, housing, and other issues impacting the quality of life for farmworkers. Yissel holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, and is an alumni of Class 40 of the California Agricultural Leadership... Read More
Lynn Barr is a recognized leader in the movement to transform and improve our nation’s healthcare systems. While working at a rural hospital as Chief Information Officer, Lynn organized the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium to overcome barriers for rural health providers so they could participate in innovative payment models under healthcare reform. In 2014 Caravan Health was formed to provide turn-key services to providers interested in population health programs in Practice Transformation Networks, Medicare and Commercial Accountable Care Organizations, MACRA, Comprehensive Primary Care, and other payment models. As Chief Executive Officer of Caravan Health, Ms. Barr has led the... Read More
(Gregg) Allen Barry moved to Monticello with his family in 1984 so his father could take over the Barry Farms near the tiny towns of Eastland and Ucolo. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1992 and attended college at SUU in Cedar City where he graduated with a degree in business agriculture science. Allen and his wife Erin have three daughters and one son. They currently live at the Barry Ranch. Allen has worked for Mountainland Supply for seven years and still does ranching and farming on the side. He joined the San Juan Health board on January 1,... Read More
Amy Bate is the Health Promotion Coordinator and Public Information Officer for the Tooele County Health Department. She has worked as a health educator for over ten years. Before working at the health department she worked for the local school district for four years and for the US Army as a civilian for ten years. Her last year of working for the Army was in Stuttgart, Germany, working for Child and Youth Services. Amy has her degree from the University of Utah in Behavioral Science and Health. Amy is a CPST (Certified Prevention Specialist), a certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety)... Read More
Brian Bennion received his Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Utah and Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University. In addition, he is a Licensed Environmental Health Scientist with the State of Utah. He has been involved in public health for 35 years. During these 35 years he has worked for the Utah Department of Health of Health, the Utah Heart Association, and the Salt Lake County Health Department. In January of 2014 he was appointed Executive Director/Health Officer of the Weber-Morgan Health Department. Before joining the department, Bennion served as the Deputy Director of... Read More
Dr. Bill Beninati is a critical care physician with Intermountain Healthcare in Utah. His roles include serving as senior medical director for Intermountain Connect (virtual hospital), and Life Flight. Dr. Beninati retired from the Air Force as a colonel after a career that included 5 years as a commander and 13 years as the AF-level clinical leader for the Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATT). His career-long focus has been on promoting consistent high-reliability critical care to support people wherever and whenever they require it. He led Intermountain’s telecritical care program before assuming his current role.
Jennie Birkholz is the Principle with Breakwater Light, a consulting firm that partners with multi-sector organizations and communities focused on positive social impact. Projects are oriented around community asset mapping, innovative leveraging of those assets and creating powerful networks for change. Projects include participating in the redesign of an aging psychiatric state hospital system, developing a comprehensive statewide opioid response plan, and supporting faith congregations with behavioral health training needs. Jennie served in the behavioral health field for over 15 years, supporting substance abuse, mental health, disaster relief and other community services at the executive level. Jennie has a passion... Read More
Angela Booker graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and worked as an Environmental Scientist then Environmental Manager for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Ms. Booker received her Florida RN license in 2000 and worked in the medical surgical unit followed by the progressive care unit at Florida Hospital. In 2005, Ms. Booker relocated to Idaho and began working at Teton Valley Health as a registered nurse in the acute care and emergency departments. In 2009, Ms. Booker was promoted to Director of Nursing Services, also performing discharge planning and case... Read More
Dr. Bogler studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and completed his PhD at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London in 1991. Following post-doctoral training at the Salk Institute, and the Ludwig Institute, San Diego Branch, he held faculty appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University (1997-2000), Henry Ford Hospital (2000-2005) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2005-2018). At MD Anderson he initially served as Director of Basic Research for the Brain Tumor Center. His research focused on EGFR signaling and novel platinum compounds in glioblastoma. In 2010, he became Vice President for Global Academic Programs and managed... Read More
Dr. Terry Box is an Associate (Clinical) Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Community Faculty at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined the faculty in 2009 after a lengthy tenure in hepatology and liver transplantation at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City from 1983 to 2009. At the University of Utah, as a member of the Liver Transplant Program, he continues his duties in the clinical care of patients with liver disease both before and after liver transplantation. Since 1995, he has been actively involved in clinical research in the areas of chronic... Read More
Heather Brace is the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated, not-for-profit health system with more than 37,000 employees. She leads and has strategic oversight for Human Resources, supporting the organization’s strategic goals and utilizing proven, sophisticated tools for job design, learning and development, leadership strategy, culture enhancement, and diversity management to maximize employee performance and the caregiver experience. Heather is a consummate healthcare executive with more than 20 years of leadership and human resources experience in all areas of the field. She has fulfilled such roles as HR Executive Partner, HR Regional Director, HR Director for Homecare & Hospice, HR Manager... Read More
Tim is a Senior Wellness Program Management Consultant at SelectHealth. His career in healthcare and health promotion spans over four decades including 17 years of hospital-based experience at Intermountain Healthcare’s LDS Hospital and 27 years working with Intermountain Healthcare’s SelectHealth. Tim was Manager of Health Promotion Services at SelectHealth from 1992-2002 and pioneered initiatives to develop and implement health promotion and disease management programs that were integrated with SelectHealth insurance products. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and earned his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling psychology from the University of Utah. He is also a Master... Read More
Debbie Bresette created the Family Crisis Center in Bastrop County in 1980 with a small group of women, the organization grew over the years to cover 4 rural counties in Central Texas. Over the years, the organization grew to offer crisis services, legal services, emergency shelter and transition housing to survivors of family violence and sexual assault. Prevention services included educational classes to 17 rural school districts and intervention to offenders of family violence. In 2004, Debbie transitioned to United Way for Greater Austin where she led the organization during its transition to a Community Impact United Way and expanded... Read More
William L. Bryan founded One Montana (formerly known as the Cook Center/ Rural Landscape Institute) in 2003, leading the organization as its Executive Director during its early years. Bryan has over 40 years of experience in startups at both the state and national level in organizational development of for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations. Furthermore, Dr Bryan is the only person in Montana serving on both Presidential Advisory Councils of the two flagship universities. He was the co-founder of Off the Beaten Path, a premier travel planning service for destinations in the Western Hemisphere, and was part of Off the Beaten... Read More
Carrie Butler is a graduate of the Public Health and Public Policy programs at the University of Utah. She has a background in data analysis and policy research and has worked in both cancer research and CDC funded public health research projects. She currently works as the policy director at Action Utah, a non partisan, multi issue organization committed to providing education and tools to both policy makers and the public to ensure the development of robust, data driven policy at the state level. Carrie is passionate about public health policy and believes that Utah is a perfect place to... Read More
Dr. Campbell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Child Protection and Family Health at the University of Utah. She is committed to collaborative research supporting meaningful and measureable improvements in the social conditions and health outcomes for children with a history of adversity. Her work has focused on “missed opportunities” to ameliorate child and family risk at the time of CPS involvement for suspected maltreatment and on the medical evaluation of suspected maltreatment. Other ongoing research includes a mixed methods evaluation of parental perceptions of associations between adversities and well-being after maltreatment; evaluation of... Read More
Xóchitl Castañeda is the Director of Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) at the School of Public Health, University of California (UC) Berkeley since 2001. Her leadership has resulted in the creation of binational programs to improve the health and quality of life of migrants in the United States. Among them, are the binational health weeks and “ventanillas de salud” in several consulates of Latin American countries. Through these strategies, thousands of people receive medical care and counseling on how to obtain health services by government and community agencies in the United States. A medical anthropologist by training, Xóchitl was... Read More
Dr. Clark is Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs, President of the University of Utah Medical Group and Professor, Department of Pediatrics of the University of Utah. Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Clark received his bachelor’s degree with Honors in Biology from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and medical degree magna cum laude from Albany Medical College. He trained in Internal Medicine at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Dartmouth Medical School, and in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Clark held faculty appointments at University of Nebraska, University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins... Read More
Greg Christian, is a highly successful consultant, chef, author, and entrepreneur transforming foodservice into a social and economic driver. As a founder and chef of Greg Christian Catering, Greg refined his culinary skills and kitchen operations to make batch cooking taste appealing while operating on tight budgets. Greg’s efforts as founder and developer of the Organic School Project (OSP) initiated concepts of connecting agriculture, food, and the classroom in Chicago Public Schools. His involvement with the Organic School Project and strong background in the food service sector led him to launch Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners, a sustainability consulting firm,... Read More
Breein Clark has provided direct patient care and outreach support as an Intermountain caregiver for over 20 years. As a registered nurse, she has provided hands-on patient care in the ED and critical care settings at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital in addition to working in the forensic sexual violence arena in northern Utah. As her clinical duties transitioned into administrative, Breein has played a major role in the early formation of Intermountain Outreach Services and is a founding member of the National Outreach team. As a National Outreach Market Lead, Breein is focused on developing relationships with new hospital and... Read More
Daron Cowley is the media relations director for Intermountain Healthcare and is a member of the executive committee for several major community health initiatives: Baby Your Baby and Check Your Health. Daron began his career at Intermountain, working for many years at its hospitals. He serves as a primary spokesperson for Intermountain and main point of contact with media. He received his bachelor’s degree from BYU and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He enjoys the outdoors and is a skier and marathon runner.
Mark Deutchman, MD is a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He practiced Family Medicine in rural Washington State for 12 years and now teaches fellows, residents and medical students emphasizing preparation for rural practice. He founded the Rural Track in the School of Medicine, a program for students who are planning a career in rural medical practice, which now serves as a national model for similar programs. He is Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of Colorado and has served as Director of the Colorado Area Health Education system.
Lynette Dickson is an associate director of Community Outreach and Engagement, at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Grand Forks. She has been with the Center since February 2003. Lynette directs the State Office of Rural Health grant program, Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility program, and the Small Hospital Improvement Program which are sponsored by the Health Resource Services and Administration (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy. In her position she also directs the outreach to North Dakota healthcare providers for the partnership with the Regional Extension and Assistance... Read More
Ed Dzedzy has served as Administrator for the Lincoln County Health Department, a small rural health jurisdiction serving 10,570 people in eastern Washington since 2000. Prior to that, he served as Environmental Health Director. In 28 years of public health service, Ed has focused on collaborative implementation of programs resulting in improved health in underserved rural communities. First as chair of the Lincoln County Public Health Coalition focused on systemic changes in healthcare practice and programs within two hospital districts and Lincoln County. Recently serving as Lead for the Lincoln County Health Collaborative to address healthcare system integration as part... Read More
Linda Edelman RN, PhD has experience in both basic science and clinical/nursing research. She received a Masters of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology at the University of Utah in 1993 where she specialized in molecular immunology. She then earned a BSN from the University of Utah College of Nursing in 1995. For the next 17 years she utilized her basic science and nursing backgrounds as the Research Coordinator for the University of Utah Burn Center. During that time she was involved with the design, conduct, and analysis of multidisciplinary clinical research studies pertaining to burn injuries. She is an active member... Read More
Locke Ettinger is a consultant and convener of multi-sector stakeholders at the intersection of communities, businesses and health systems. His work focuses on addressing cultural, social and environmental challenges that have resulted in sedentary lifestyles, social isolation, health disparities and lack of community. He is the Vice Chair for Get Healthy Utah, a collaboration aimed at improving healthy eating and active living by building public will and engaging Utahns as a community to improve quality of life and equity for all. He is the former executive director of health promotion and wellness at Intermountain Healthcare, a healthcare system consisting of... Read More
Zander Evans is Executive Director of the Forest Stewards Guild. For eleven years previous to his current role, he directed the Guild’s research programs. His research has been published in numerous peer-review journals and management oriented reports to support on-the-ground implementation of ecological forestry. His current research includes the effectiveness of fuels treatment and sustainability of forest bioenergy. Zander is involved in local collaborative efforts to improve forest management as board member on of Southwest Fire Science Consortium. He received his PhD from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies after working as a cartographer and spatial analyst with... Read More
Dr. John Findley joined Caravan Health as Medical Director ACO Programs on May 7th2018 and brings a wealth of industry knowledge, critical thinking and creativity to the team. He has enjoyed a diverse physician leadership journey and is passionate about patient experience, preventive medicine and health system redesign. He practiced Family Medicine in rural settings for fifteen years during which he developed a lifestyle medicine program, participated in the CPCI CMS practice transformation grant, provided health plan oversight and claims analysis and was a national spokesperson for Planetree, a patient centered care organization. Most recently as Interim CEO, Chief Medical... Read More
Sarah Foster is the Executive Director of the Oregon Healthiest State Initiative, a privately led, publicly supported partnership that works with businesses, healthcare, local communities, and public leaders to build a culture of health in Oregon. In Sarah’s current role, she oversees a community led health transformation effort throughout the state of Oregon, The Blue Zones Project; manages a diverse Executive Steering Committee that includes executive leaders from the public, non-profit, and private sectors; and convenes leaders around a shared health agenda for Oregon. She has dual Masters degrees in Public Health and Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.... Read More
Michael Friedrichs holds a Masters degree in statistics and 29 years of experience working as an epidemiologist for the Bureau of Health Promotion doing surveillance, health assessment, and data dissemination. He enjoys the opportunity to work with a variety of diverse partners and has a strong interest in social determinants of health and health equity.
Tara Fouts serves as Project Coordinator for the Valley County Opioid Response Project (VCORP) as part of the HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning grant. Ms. Fouts is a Health Education Specialist, Senior for Central District Health Department where she also works on the Drug Overdose Prevention Program and Healthy Store Initiative. Over the years she has participated in workgroups dedicated to addressing the opioid crisis, including the Idaho Statewide Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Planning workgroup. Ms. Fouts is currently working on her Master of Health Science with an emphasis in Health Promotion at Boise State University. In the... Read More
Deliana (Del) is the Director of International Projects and Emerging Issues for MCN. In that position she has worked for 30 years to meet the health care needs of migrant workers and other underserved mobile populations. With expertise in reproductive health, access to primary care, chronic care management and infectious disease control and prevention, including vaccine preventable disease, Del is responsible for the development of new projects within MCN. She is responsible for the design and management of MCN’s Health Network, a global system of bridge case management to provide continuity of care and health records transfer across international border... Read More
Keith is the Chief Executive Officer of Teton Valley Health Care, a position he’s held since 2012. He offers a 34-year history of business management experience, including change management, business turnaround, and systems implementation and development experience both in the US and Europe. He has held the title of Vice President for American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS) and General Manager of AMS Health Care. Keith has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Keith serves on the Board of Directors for Teton Valley Health and is also a board director for... Read More
Born and raised in Maine and trained as a forester at the University of Vermont, Nick moved to CA in 2004. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with the Watershed Research and Training Center in Hayfork, taking over as Executive Director in 2009. He oversees programs focused on forestry, fire and fuels, watershed and fisheries, youth development, enterprise development, and natural resources policy. He operates at the local, regional and national levels to advance policies and practices that sustain rural communities and working landscapes. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Naomi, fishing, skiing,... Read More
Krystal Grimes is the Resilience Director for Bastrop County Cares, focusing on an initiative to build upon the mental health, well-being and resilience of Bastrop County. As the Resilience Director, Krystal is tasked with the coordination of the Resilient Bastrop Initiative. This work has begun planning and engagement to understand the needs of faith communities, microcommunities, youth, and veterans of the Bastrop County area. Krystal’s life mission is to serve as an advocate and change agent for children, teens, and their families through education and mental health. In her current work as a counselor and resilience professional, she is looking... Read More
Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with an emphasis in Forest Policy. She moved to Salt Lake City, Utah after graduation to pursue her adventures in the outdoors. She began working for the Department of Natural Resources in 2004. She received her wildfire certifications in 2008 and her enthusiasm for pursuing a career in Forestry switched to fuels management and wildfire mitigation, education and prevention. In 2009, she accepted a position in the field as the Bear River Area Sovereign Lands/Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Coordinator in Logan, Utah. For those five... Read More
Dr. Derrick Haslem is the director of medical oncology at Intermountain and medical director of Intermountain Precision Genomics, a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and medical oncology with expertise in targeted therapy and breast cancer. Dr. Haslem provides care for cancer patients at Intermountain Healthcare’s Cancer Centers in St. George, IMED and Logan as well as via telehealth at Logan, IMED, Sevier, Cassia, Teton Valley, Idaho, and soon Star Valley, Wyoming. As the director of cancer care in Southern Utah, he has assembled an outstanding team of cancer providers and established the Cancer Genomics program. By all accounts, Intermountain Southwest... Read More
Mr. Holt is the Chief Executive Officer of San Juan Health, a county-owned health system in San Juan County, Utah consisting of a 25-bed critical access hospital and two rural health clinics. He began serving in this position in February 2015. Prior to joining San Juan Health, Mr. Holt served as the Business Administrator for San Juan School District for 14 years. His responsibilities included budget, finance, treasury, and oversight of all support service operations. Prior to his service at San Juan School District, he held positions as the Chief Financial Officer for a private company and a regional accounting... Read More
Adam Hornung is currently the executive director of operations for Intermountain Healthcare’s telehealth program. He has overseen 26% growth of the service in 2018 along with the introduction of several new programs. Adam has responsibility for maintaining significant relationships with all clinical services within Intermountain Healthcare as well as relationships with several hospitals and healthcare entities outside of Intermountain healthcare who are currently utilizing Intermountain telehealth services. Prior to his role in telehealth Adam held an executive operations position with Intermountain Healthcare’s LDS Hospital. Adam has held leadership roles at Banner Health and the VA prior to his tenure with... Read More
Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH, is the Policy Director for the New Mexico Department of Health. She leads the Department’s legislative activities and also oversees strategic planning, performance management, and quality improvement initiatives. Dawn also manages the Public Health Accreditation team and reaccreditation efforts, including training and compliance, organizational policy management, and workforce development. Dawn joined the Department of Health in 2014 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Visiting Attorney in Public Health Law. During her tenure, she has led initiatives to address health system innovation and meeting the unique needs of New Mexico’s rural and underserved communities through collaboration and... Read More
Dr. Wyatt R. (Rory) Hume is the Dean of the University of Utah School of Dentistry, and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Education for University of Utah Health Sciences. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, Australia, Dr. Hume previously served as Dean of Dentistry at the University of Sydney; Dean of Dentistry, then Executive Vice Chancellor, the chief academic officer and chief operating officer, for the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA; then Provost and Chief Operating Officer for the ten-campus University of California System. In addition to clinical qualifications in dentistry, Dr. Hume holds two... Read More
Dr Geoff Jones is a 1996 graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency training in Spokane in 1999. He then worked in Bethel, AK for almost 3 years before relocating to Newport, WA. He has lived and worked in Newport for over 15 years, practicing full scope family medicine including operative obstetrics and endoscopy. He was named the Washington State Family Physician of the Year in 2016 by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. He has been involved in medical education throughout his career. He frequently taught students in Bethel and Newport,... Read More
Margo Karsten joined Banner Health as chief executive officer for Banner Fort Collins Medical Center, McKee Medical Center and North Colorado Medical Center in 2016. She became president of the Western Region in 2018. She provides overall leadership for three hospitals in the northern Front Range and oversees an additional 11 acute and critical access hospitals in six states. Over the past 20 years she has held leadership roles at hospitals in Colorado and Wyoming. She is active in many community boards which include: North Colorado Economic Alliance, Weld County United Way, Greeley Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Hospital... Read More
Dr. Kaufman received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn in 1969. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City in 1974. Dr. Kaufman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Family Practice. He has held numerous positions throughout the years. He served in the U.S. Indian Health service, caring for Sioux Indians in South Dakota and Pueblo and Navajo Indians in New Mexico. Dr. Kaufman joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico, School of Medicine in 1974 and has remained there throughout... Read More
Jaime S. King is the Bion M. Gregory Chair of Business Law and a Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She is the Associate Dean and Co-Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy, the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Masters Program in Health Law and Policy, and the Director of the Concentration on Law and Health Sciences. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition, a multi-disciplinary web-based resource about healthcare price and competition. Professor King received the Hastings... Read More
Hillary Long is the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Family and Community Health Educator for Bastrop County, Texas. She is passionate about improving overall health and wellness of individuals and families living in often marginalized rural communities and is currently focusing her work in Bastrop County, Texas. She is fascinated by the complexities of the social determinants of health and how rural health program interventions could be utilized to enhance quality of life for people living in areas where there is low health literacy, a shortage of health care providers, a high rate of uninsured people, and transportation barriers to... Read More
Jill Lorentz is the President and Owner of Summit Resilience Training, Dementia Education for Caregivers. She is also the Host of KEZW EZ 1430am and Podcasts- Dementia Resilience with Jill Lorentz which airs in 33 states and 21 countries . With over 20 years of personal experience living with family members who have Alzheimer’s & Frontotemporal degeneration, Jill expanded her work with these and other various dementia’s such as Parkinson’s and Lewy Body, teaching families and professionals, strategies and techniques for effective communication skills and living with resilience.
Division Chief Jim Lorentz has served at the Wheat Ridge, Colorado Police Department in a variety of functions including patrol officer, vice/narcotics detective, sergeant, lieutenant, commander, Internal Affairs supervisor, and SWAT Team Leader. He is an instructor in numerous police disciplines, specializing in leadership, anti-bias policing, and police ethics. Chief Lorentz has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Studies from Indiana University and a Master of Criminal Justice degree in Public Affairs, Police Executive Leadership from the University of Colorado. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management... Read More
Michael K. Magill, MD, is Director of the Utah Area Health Education Centers (Utah AHEC). Utah AHEC works to increase the supply of primary health care professionals in medically underserved urban and rural areas by preparing young people from underserved areas for health professions education, providing learning experiences in communities of need, and supporting clinicians in practice. He has led development and conducted research on advanced, team-based primary care practices. He is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Alicia (Ali ) Martinez serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Midtown Community Health Center, based in Ogden, UT. Midtown is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary, behavioral, and oral health services. Ali has a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and has held multiple positions at Midtown including Chief Operations Officer, Performance Improvement Officer and practice manager. She serves on multiple community boards including the McKay Dee Hospital, Weber-Morgan Health Department’s Board of Health, and the Ogden United for Education advisory board. Ali is married and has two sons. Ali enjoys living, working and volunteering in her... Read More
Jordan Mathis has an educational background in Health Promotion and Communication from Weber State University and Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Throughout his career, he has worked in the private, non-profit, and public sector promoting health. For the last decade, Jordan has worked in the Utah public health system. Currently, Jordan works as the Health Officer for TriCounty Health Department, serving Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties. Jordan is passionate about health and feels that active transportation and other environmental change strategies have the greatest potential to help curb the current chronic disease epidemic. When he is not working or spending... Read More
Katya Mauritson has served as Colorado’s State Dental Director and Oral Health Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for over seven years. The Oral Health Unit works to decrease oral health inequities across Colorado by integrating oral health strategies into public health and clinical systems across the state. As the daughter of immigrants, a public health official and a mother, Katya is passionate about preventing and mitigating inequities for disadvantaged communities.
Dr. McCarthy completed his residency in Family Medicine with an emphasis on rural medicine. He worked for 14 years in Tonasket WA (population 900) performing full spectrum Family Medicine including operative obstetrics and emergency room staffing. He currently serves as Assistant Dean for Rural Programs for the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, he is the AHEC director for WWAMI AHEC, and he is the Chief Medical Officer for the NATIVE Project, an Urban Indian health care center in Spokane, Washington.
Matt McCullough is the Director of the Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH). He has been in this position since August of 2017 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Geography at the University of Utah. He has over 12 years of experience with GIS and spatial analysis and first joined the OPCRH as a Senior Research Analyst in 2016. He is an out of the box thinker and focuses his efforts on collaborating with other organizations that share a similar vision and passion, believing that together we can accomplish much more than we can on... Read More
Mimi is a clinical psychologist who traces her way to the Center via a winding career path in correctional institutions, behavioral health systems improvement and a mental health technology start-up. She most recently served as Vice President of Campus Partnerships at Grit Digital Health, creating a mental health fitness center for college students from concept to product. She also served for more than 10 years as the Director of Mental Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Mimi is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. She completed her... Read More
Andrea Moore is Vice Principal at a large high school in Central Oahu, Hawaii that serves approx 2,500 students grades 9-12, which was also a recent participant in the ‘Aina Pono Hawaii Farm to School program. She has been in education since 1991 and deeply enjoys the diversity inherent in her job. She was born and raised in eastern Washington State on a family farm. While Andrea has a broad background of work experiences, farming is at her core.
Mikelle Moore has been a part of Intermountain Healthcare’s leadership team for over 20 years. In April 2017, Mikelle joined the Executive Leadership Team as Senior Vice President of Community Health, where she leads system-wide prevention and community health improvement efforts in support of Intermountain’s mission of helping people live the healthiest lives possible. Prior to this role, she was Vice President of Intermountain Healthcare Community Benefit and continues to serve as the President of the Intermountain Community Care Foundation. Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system of more than 39,000 employees based in Salt Lake City, Utah, with 22... Read More
Anna Moot-Levin is a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Alongside Laura Green, she directed and produced the award-winning documentary The Providers (2018), which will broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens in April 2019. After premiering at the Full Frame Film Festival, the film has screened at over 20 festivals across the country and won seven awards. She is also an associate producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job (2010) and editor of The Making of Gabrieli (2017). Moot-Levin has an MFA in documentary film from Stanford University and a BA in film and sociology from Vassar College.
Hadley Morrow has been with Better Health Together since the start of their role as an Accountable Community Health. Hadley was born and raised in Spokane, WA and brings a decade of experience in local community organizing to her role as Director of Equity and Engagement. She is a graduate of the University of Denver, where she earned her BA in International Relations with a focus on Security and Conflict Resolution. As part of this program she spent time in Rwanda studying genocide memorialization, an experience which peaked an interest in how communities respond to trauma. This lead her to... Read More
Dr. Munger graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Pharmacy, received his Pharm.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a Clinical Cardiovascular Pharmacology Research Fellowship from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. His current position is Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) at the University of Utah where he joined the faculty in 1991. He is also an Associate Dean for College Affairs at the University Utah College of Pharmacy and is a Fellow in the University Utah Academy of Health Science Educators. Dr. Munger is a... Read More
Olivia Muskett, traditionally, is a Navajo Woman born to the Ute clan and born to the Weavers-Zia clan. Her maternal clan is the Towering House people and her paternal clan is the Red-Running into the Water clan. She has spent over twenty-three years working in the healthcare field, fifteen of these years within the clinical setting of a post-partum unit, a nursing home, and Alcohol treatment center, and six additional years focused in Community Health work, working as Navajo Nation Community Health Representative (CHR) and as a Community Health Environmental Research Specialist (CHERS). She currently works as the Community Outreach... Read More
Kim Myers currently works as the Administrator for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services with the Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and is focused on reducing suicide rates and building healthy communities. Kim received her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University.
Stacie has been working with the senior population, specifically people with dementia, for the past 15 years. She is currently the Executive Director at Spring Ridge Park Assisted Living in Wheat Ridge, a community that is exclusively for memory care. She is an active volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association and enjoys teaching the community about dementia. She is a member of the Jefferson County Aging Well Project – Caregiving and Supportive Services workgroup, and also sits on the Jefferson County Council on Aging. In addition to her community work for Jefferson County, she is also a founding member of the... Read More
Lenora Olson, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics. She has over 30 years of experience in research and administration for programs related to injury control, trauma and EMS research with over 100 peer-reviewed publications, three book chapters and 200 local, national and international presentations. Dr. Olson currently directs a national technical assistance center for the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program that works with program managers in all 59 states and territories to improve Emergency Medical Services for Children. In this role, she has the opportunity to work with managers from largely rural states... Read More
Rita Osborn is the Director for the Southern Utah AHEC and the Utah Center for Rural Health. Ms. Osborn founded the highly successful Rural Health Scholars program which has significantly increased acceptances to health profession programs for Southern Utah University, Dixie State University and Snow College. She has also multiple successful grants and contracts to support the Center’s programs. Osborn founded the Cedar City Free Clinic that operated in Cedar City and Beaver, UT from 2004 until 2013 until it became a FQHC. Advising students headed for health care graduate programs is truly her passion. “When our rural or disadvantaged... Read More
Cherie Pettitt is an Associate Professor in the PhD in Health Science program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Pettitt is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has served as an Exercise is Medicine Emerging Leader. She and has worked in various capacities in health and wellness fields including academe, federal grants, health departments, health insurance companies, and healthcare systems. Dr. Pettitt has several certifications including: American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Exercise Physiologist, Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist, and Exercise is Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning... Read More
Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in impact investing, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on the field of impact investing. She sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; Farmers Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Zola Electric, Primus... Read More
Matt Probst, PA-C, is Medical Director and Chief Quality Officer at El Centro Family Health, an FQHC serving 23,600 square miles of northern New Mexico. El Centro was nationally recognized in 2018 as an Employer of Excellence by the AAPA’s Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management. Probst was awarded the inaugural “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the UNM PA Program in 2017, “PA of the Year” by the NMAPA in 2014, and 2009 NMPCA Provider of the Year. He serves on the New Mexico Health Care Workforce Committee and founded the Semillas De Salud “Grow Your Own Health Professional” program.
Tim Putnam is President and CEO of Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, Indiana and has over 30 years of healthcare experience. He received his Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina where his dissertation was focused on acute stroke care in rural hospitals. He currently chairs of the National Rural Health Association’s Policy Congress, the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and was appointed by the Governor to the Indiana Board of Graduate Medical Education, which he also chairs. In 2015, Dr. Putnam was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and serves on the Batesville Fire and... Read More
Dee Reda is the Community Services Section Manager that oversees the Assisted Living Residence program, in the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She worked in several assisted living communities, nursing homes and a rehabilitation center, before becoming an inspector with the CDPHE nearly 20 years ago. During her employment at CDPHE, she has worked as a Surveyor, Program supervisor and Section Manager. Dee and the members of the Assisted Living Advisory Committee were responsible for the creation and adoption of new regulations for the Assisted Living Residence Program, which... Read More
Amber Rich is a community partnership specialist with Intermountain Healthcare, which includes local leadership for the Utah Alliance for Determinants of Health. The Alliance is a three-year community collaborative aimed at addressing factors outside of healthcare that impact our well-being like food, housing, violence, transportation, and utilities. She works closely with fellow not-for-profit organizations and other community partners to address prevention and wellness, as well as coordination of care for medical and behavioral health services for vulnerable populations. She also is part of the Intermountain Speakers Bureau on Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Distribution. She is a graduate of Southern Utah... Read More
Julie Riley is a half-time Montana State University Extension Educator in Powder River County, in Broadus, a small, isolated and rural community in Southeast Montana. She has shared this position with her good friend and co-worker, Mary Rumph, for 27 years. Julie’s responsibilities include Family and Consumer Science, Community Development and 4-H Youth Development. She has worked closely with volunteers to establish a school and community development council, a community endowment fund, recycling center and is currently developing a trail system. Julie has taught Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM), and Mental Health in the Classroom graduate course for teachers,... Read More
Beth Rogozinski is the founder and CEO of Signal 2 Health, a digital health strategy and production company located in SF. Beth is a serial entrepreneur, technology professional, and business strategist who has spent the last several years focused on digital medicine. Beth was a founding member of the internationally renowned Multimedia Studies Program at SFSU where she taught and published a book on multimedia. She then worked in hardware, software and services at such top firms as Silicon Graphics (where she helped launch the Visual Workstations division), Macromedia (where she worked on FinalCut which was sold to Apple) and... Read More
Graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in 1984. Worked for Exxon Corporation for 12 years in Midland, Texas and Thousand Oaks, California. Involved in development of three offshore oil and gas platforms in Santa Barbara channel offshore California. Became CEO of Gunnison Valley Hospital, a small rural hospital in central Utah, in 1996, and was in this position for 15 years. Served as chairman of the Utah Hospital Association (UHA) governing board 2009-2010. Joined the UHA as the rural hospital improvement director in 2011 and am still in this position. Work... Read More
Clark Ruttinger is the Director of Workforce Research as well as the Director of Utah’s Nursing Workforce Information Center for the Utah Medical Education Council. In this capacity, Mr. Ruttinger tracks supply, demand and educational program data about Utah’s medical workforce and works with stakeholders to develop usable information to better inform policy and strategic planning decisions. A major goal of this work is to facilitate communication and collaboration between public and private entities as they pursue common workforce planning efforts across the State of Utah. Clark is also the current President-Elect for the National Forum for Nursing Workforce Centers.... Read More
Bassam was born in Egypt, lived in France and England as a child, and then immigrated to the US as a teenager to attend university. He resides with his wife and two sons in Park City, Utah, home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He is in love with his family, has been “trying” to CrossFit for years, is a lousy skier and average mountain-biker, but spends every day trying to get better. He started young, entering high school at age 12, programming professionally at age 15, and completing his first master’s degree at age 21. Bassam founded Mindshare Ventures... Read More
Scott D. Sandall is a member of the Utah House of Representatives representing District 1 since January 1, 2015. Sandall earned his BS degree in Agricultural Economics from Brigham Young University in 1985 and currently works as a farmer and rancher. He lives in Tremonton, Utah with his wife Christie. During the 2016 legislative session, Sandall served on the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee, and the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee.
Marc Schenker MD, MPH is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Health Sciences and Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Schenker is the founding director of the Davis Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and the Migration and Health Research Center. Dr. Schenker has published over 200 scientific manuscripts and 6 textbooks. He is co-editor of a recent book entitled Migration and Health: Research Methods Handbook. Dr. Schenker has received numerous awards and honors for his work including the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit and... Read More
Joanna Schulman is Founder / CEO of AIDIA Collective Inc., (Artificial Intelligence + Digital Innovation + Advisory) a digital therapeutics development and commercialization company. AIDIA builds solutions that address the underlying behavioral components of chronic conditions including pain, SUD, anxiety/mental wellness and cognitive disorders. AIDIA also helps leading digital health companies commercialize and integrate their technologies into the continuum of care via payer and provider networks. Joanna is also founder and Managing Partner of Thallo Bioscience Advisors a transactional and strategic advisory firm serving clients globally in the Life Sciences sector. Thallo specializes in corporate development and growth strategies, partnering and licensing, M&A and capital raising. Joanna has been an advisor to the NIH-SBIR Commercialization Program, the Malaysian government’s Commercialization Assistance... Read More
Mark Schure is an assistant professor of community health at Montana State University. He received his doctorate degree in public health at Oregon State University where he began research on the impacts of depression among older adults. His most recent research focuses on evaluating novel interventions impacts to mental wellbeing. Currently he is Principal Investigator on several research projects aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of a computerized cognitive behavior therapy program to help reduce depression and anxiety among adult Montanans. He is also co-investigator of a chronic illness management program designed for the Crow nation, with one component focusing on... Read More
Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., M.P.H, MBA is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School at the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business at University of California-Berkeley where he also co-leads the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR) and the Center for Lean Engagement and Research (CLEAR) in healthcare. From 2002 to 2013 he served as Dean of the School of Public Health at Berkeley. A leading health care scholar, Dr. Shortell and his colleagues have received numerous awards for their research examining the... Read More
Chief Chris Skinner became Eugene’s police chief on April 30, 2018. Previously Chief Skinner served as Richland, Washington’s, chief of police since 2011 and he has 27 years of police and public safety experience. Chief Skinner began his public safety career in Oregon with the Monmouth Police Department where he served as a reserve officer from 1989 to 1991, until he was hired as a full time patrol officer for Philomath Police Department. He worked for Benton County Sheriff’s Office from 1993 to 2001, where he rose to the rank of sergeant and served throughout the county, including with Oregon... Read More
Jenny Smith has been on the ground floor of the Pend Oreille Health Coalition since its inception in 2014. She later joined the Better Health Together ACH Leadership Council, Integrated Medication Management Steering Committee and now serves as Vice Chair for the Pend Oreille County Economic Development Council. She has a Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and has worked at Newport Hospital and Health Services since 2012. Previously, she taught with the Community Colleges of Spokane and at Gonzaga University. Jenny and her husband, Bret, live in Newport, Washington and recently earned the title of... Read More
Trevor Smith is the System Executive Director of Health Promotion and Wellness, for Intermountain Healthcare. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a master of science in exercise physiology from Southern Utah University and a PhD in health promotion and wellness from Rocky Mountain University. Trevor has done consulting work for Nike and Duke University and they have used study data from Trevor’s research in their programs. Trevor has published his research in the International Journal of Exercise Science titled “stroboscopic training improves anticipatory response” and is currently conducting research regarding “Examining Self-reported Adult Physical Activity Levels in an Integrated... Read More
Morissa Sobelson is the Community Health Program Director at Intermountain Healthcare, providing system-level leadership on suicide prevention and implementing strategies across the Community Health portfolio. Morissa completed her Masters of Public Health at Columbia University and her Doctorate in Public Health at Harvard University.
Joanne Spetz is a Professor at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and Associate Director for Research at Healthforce Center at UCSF. She is the Principal Investigator and Director of the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care. She has conducted research on nursing labor markets, education, shortages, and employment for 25 years. Dr. Spetz has been the Principal Investigator of national and state surveys of registered nurses and nursing schools, including the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, and the ongoing California Board of Registered Nursing Surveys of RNs and... Read More
Michele Stanton is the Program Director for two HRSA funded, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) grants at Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown Montana, an Integrated Behavioral Health grant and an Opioid Use planning grant. Ms. Stanton is a Licensed Addiction Counselor, who facilitates group therapy using a cognitive behavior therapy approach. Her expertise in substance use disorders includes advocacy, relapse prevention, anger management and conflict resolution. She graduated with honors from Montana State University in Bozeman in May of 2008 with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Sociology. Michele was born and raised in Lewistown and after... Read More
Steven Summer was appointed President and CEO of the Colorado Hospital Association in September 2006. At the Association, he works to represent the unified voice of Colorado’s 107 hospitals and health systems in addressing issues such as health care reform, access to care and affordable coverage for all Coloradans, fair and equitable payment, and making hospitals safe for the patients they serve. Prior to joining CHA, Steven spent 13 years with the West Virginia Hospital Association as President and CEO. Prior to that, he was with the Maryland Hospital Association as vice president for professional activities from 1976 to 1990... Read More
Dr. Sundwall is Professor – Emeritus – Public Health (clinical) in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer at Rocky Mountain Care. He served as the Commissioner of Health and the Executive Director of Utah Department of Health (UDOH) for six years, first appointed by the Honorable Jon M Huntsman in Jan. 2005, and reappointed by the Honorable Gary R. Herbert, who assumed the position of Governor in July, 2009, when Governor Huntsman was appointed U.S. ambassador to China by President Obama. As Executive Director of the UDOH he supervised... Read More
A graduate from the University of Michigan, Leslie Tillotson is the current Check Your Health and Baby Your Baby coordinator and producer at KUTV 2News in Salt Lake City, Utah. Working closely with Intermountain Healthcare and the Utah Department of Health, she delivers health messages to the community on a daily basis using a variety of media platforms. In her free time, Leslie enjoys hiking, skiing, and listening to podcasts.
Bob Taylor is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and is part of its Community Development Finance unit. He is an experienced commercial and community development banker with 35 years’ experience lending to and investing in affordable housing projects, community facilities, healthcare facilities, small and middle market businesses, as well as technology companies. His work includes lending to, investing in, and raising capital for non-profit organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions, FQHC’s, SBIC’s, and for-profit companies. Taylor is a graduate of the University of San Diego, with a degree in Business Administration. He is very active in his local community and... Read More
Kathleen Pitcher Tobey serves as Director of Foundation Operations for Cambia Health Foundation. She manages internal operations and administration of the Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Prior to this new role, Kathleen served as a Program Officer who oversaw the children’s mental health grant program, as well as the Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. Prior to joining CHF, Kathleen served as executive director of the Regence Caring Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization that provided dental care services to low-income, uninsured children in Idaho and Utah. She is past chair of the Voices for... Read More
Michelle Vacha has applied her 30+ years experience in dentistry and founded a nonprofit organization called Community Dental Health. Because of Michelle’s efforts, she has received over 15 national awards with the most recent Edison Award Gold in Social Innovation. CDH has provided over $3 million worth of dental assistance this past year. Michelle is a leader in innovative solutions to the access to care issue and disparities seniors and low income adults face in receiving dental care. Her current efforts surround the TeleDentistry concept and bringing dental into overall health care. Michelle is in the final stretch of her... Read More
Dan Villa was born and raised in Anaconda, Montana. He was elected to the Montana House of Representatives while attending college at Montana Tech where he earned a degree in Business and Information Technology. Dan served on the Business and Labor, Education, Appropriations and Agriculture committees as well as chairman of the House Rules Committee and Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education while in the state legislature. Governor Brian Schweitzer appointed Dan as his Education Policy Advisor and later as the State Budget Director. Governor Steve Bullock retained him as State Budget Director. He was elected President-elect of the National Association... Read More
Tracey Wall is a Physician Assistant working with Memorial Regional Health (MRH) in Craig, CO. Tracey currently works in the family practice clinic of MRH while simultaneously helping to run an outpatient addiction program and the clinic in the Moffat County Jail. These positions have placed her in the middle of the addiction crisis in Moffat County. While these roles come with many challenges, Tracey really loves getting to play a role in helping patients battle the illness of addiction while still being able to see her other family practice patients. She graduated from the rural track of the University... Read More
Brian Watts began working for the University of Utah in 2007 as an Associate General Counsel within the University’s Office of General Counsel. His practice has focused on health law, with an emphasis on health care compliance and research matters. For the past several years, Brian has also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for University of Utah Health where he oversees the operations of the Compliance Services unit, which includes the Billing Compliance Office, Clinical Research Compliance and Education Office, and the Information Privacy Office. His favorite quotation is from Justice Windeyer of the High Court of Australia, who... Read More
Dr. Weeks grew up in North Carolina where he attended North Carolina State University and received a degree in Chemical Engineering. He then attended Duke University where he received his Doctorate of Medicine. He trained in the “Triple Board” Program at the University of Utah. He is trained in child & adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry and pediatrics. He is also boarded in clinical informatics. He obtained his MBA from the Haslam College of Business. He is actively involved in leadership of the Medical Group and engaged in many aspects of operation He is the Medical Director of the Medical Group... Read More
Jane Wolery has been serving the citizens of Teton County since 1998. Prior to that time, she was an extension agent for University of Wyoming in Sheridan County. Before becoming an extension agent, Wolery served five years as a 7-12 family consumer science teacher and K-12 school counselor in Hinsdale, Montana. She was raised on a farm north of Joplin where she participated in 4-H and traveled 30 miles one-way to attend school a K-12 school with 100 students. She appreciates rural Montana. Wolery strives to enhance her knowledge to serve the people of Montana. She helps people make healthy... Read More
Dr. Kelly Woodward is the Medical Director for the Park City LiVe Well Center. He is board-certified in both Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine. He has more than 30 years of experience in medical practice, graduate medical education, and healthcare leadership. Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Woodward was the Medical Director of a New York-based concierge medical group focusing on wellness and preventive medicine. He spent 4 years as Deputy Health Director for the City of Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Woodward served his country for over 22 years in the United States Air Force, wherein he led numerous Department of... Read More
Lori Wright was hired as Family Healthcare’s CEO in late October 2014. Lori has 18 years of experience with Community Health Centers with experience in health center operations, knowledge of federal and state requirements, and a familiarity with the state health care system. Prior to becoming a CEO Lori served as Operations/Deputy Director at Mountainlands Community Health Center, responsible for quality activities, implementing new organizational alignment, co-directing expansion of two sites, opening two in-house pharmacies, development activities, human resources, FTCA deeming, compliance activities, and provider relationships. She participated in strategic development, Patient Centered Medical Home preparation and implementation, as well... Read More