Greg graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from BYU in 1984. He worked for Exxon Corporation for 12 years in Midland, Texas and Thousand Oaks California. He was involved in development of three offshore oil and gas platforms in Santa Barbara channel. Greg became CEO of Gunnison Valley Hospital, a small rural hospital in central Utah, in 1996. He served there as CEO for 15 years. He also served as chairman of the Utah Hospital Association (UHA) governing board in 2009-2010. He became the rural hospital improvement director at UHA in 2011 and have held this position since then. He currently works with all rural hospitals in Utah to assist in their operational efficiencies. His primary focus is on the nine rural independent hospitals because these hospitals are not part of a larger system or corporation and hence their resources are limited.
Cynthia Kimball Davis
Cynthia Kimball Davis is the Chair of the Integrated & Engaged Studies (IES) Department in the School of Integrated & Engaged Learning (SIEL). She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Career & Technical Postsecondary Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Cynthia also teaches in the IES and Communication Departments and conducts research on heart-based hope communication, culture and leadership.
Prior to graduate school, Cynthia worked as a college administrator, director, college business and management training faculty, face-to-face and online faulty, patient educator and advocate, and columnist.
Cynthia is a breast cancer survivor and BRCA1 mutation carrier, has served on the Huntsman Cancer Institute's Patient Education Steering Committee, is a national patient speaker for Myriad Genetics and has served on her family's Kimball Family Foundation, a non-profit organization who educates nationally on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer mutations.
GJ Wilden, M.D.
Dr. G.J. Willden grew up in the Gunnison Valley. He graduated from Snow College; then continued his undergraduate education at the University of Utah where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He graduated from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine in 2004. He subsequently completed a Family Medicine residency at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah before returning to the Gunnison Valley in 2007 to begin his medical practice. In 2012 Dr. Willden began practicing exclusively in the Emergency Department at Gunnison Valley Hospital and continues to enjoy providing medical care to those who present for emergency services.
When not in the emergency room, Dr. Willden enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, and their four children, working on his father’s farm, and living an active lifestyle.
Danielle was born and raised in Carbon County and values her family and the sense of community that living in a small town brings. She wanted to ensure that her son was raised with these same values. While she has had the opportunity to live and work in other parts of the country, she has finally realized her dream of returning home!
Danielle is a Board Certified, Doctorate prepared, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been a nurse for over 23 years and has always had a passion for Women’s Health and Education. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing at the College of Eastern Utah (USU Eastern). She went on to earn her Bachelors in the Science of Nursing Degree from Weber State University and her Masters and Doctorate of Nursing Degree’s at the University of Utah. She was fortunate to be the recipient of the prestigious George S. and Delores Dore Eccles Graduate Fellowship while in her doctorate program. She has had the pleasure of practicing women’s health care over the past 16 years.
Colten Bracken, M.D.
Colten Bracken was born and raised in Enterprise, UT. He spent his childhood working on his family Hay farm before going to SUU for his undergraduate education. He is a proud product of the Rural Health Scholars program where he worked intricately with Rita Osborn who helped prepare him for medical school at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Minnesota. After residency, he worked in Richfield, UT for 3 years, where he still moonlights in the ER, before opening his own practice in his hometown of Enterprise, UT last year. He couldn’t be more excited to help take care of the town that “made him who he is”. Recently his practice was designated as a NHSC service site and he is actively working on transforming his practice into a Rural Health Clinic. I look forward to sharing my experience in becoming a RHC with other interested clinics and am excited to serve on the RHAU board to help other rural communities.
Ivette Amelia López, PhD, MPH is a Professor of Public Health at University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She is also the Director of the Utah Area Health Education Centers. Dr. López was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and came to the United States mainland to pursue an advanced education. She is, and has been for over two decades, a dedicated professional in pursuit of health equity for Latinos and other disadvantaged populations in the United States. From AIDS (the epidemic that drew her to public health) to diabetes, obesity causal explanations among minority women, to Latina breast cancer survivorship, her research and service are dedicated to engage minority communities in finding solutions to their health burdens.
She resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and daughter.
David Crimin, D.O.
Dr. David Crimin is Director of the Long Term Care Track at RVUCOM-SU, Assistant Professor of Primary Care, and Medical Director for the Southern Utah Veterans Home.
A board-certified osteopathic physician in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Crimin is also certified as a Medical Director of Post-Acute and Long Term Care. Prior to his academic life at RVU, Dr. Crimin worked as a rural physician at Intermountain Healthcare Sevier Valley Hospital/Clinic, providing full-scope family medicine care in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and home care. He served as a member of the Board of Health in Central Utah for 20 years. He was also a Medical Director and “House Doc” for an Avalon Healthcare, Inc., a skilled nursing facility for 27 years in Richfield, Utah.
Scott Langford was selected as the CEO/Administrator for Beaver Valley and Milford Memorial Hospitals in 2017. He has worked with Beaver Valley Hospital since 1996 in various roles as a clinician and in administration. Scott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has provided clinical treatment for individuals and families for more than 20 years. He loves rural Utah and has been very active in the community health of Beaver County founding the first Hospice agency through the hospital and establishing the county’s first Domestic Violence Coalition and Victim’s Advocate Program. Scott received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah followed by a Masters of Health Administration from Ohio University. Scott is married to his wife Kristy and has four children.
Jesse Spencer grew up in the Salt Lake Valley and was a graduate of the University of Utah in Biochemistry. He then graduated from the University of Colorado medical school and came back to Utah to complete residency in the family medicine program at McKay Dee Hospital, in Ogden. Along this journey he married person and became a father to two lovely children. Just out of residency he was hired by Intermountain Healthcare, and has been practicing in Richfield, Utah for the past 7 years. He states, “I feel totally converted to a rural-Utah-lover. I practice full spectrum with surgical obstetrics, ER coverage, hospitalist, senior care, and regular outpatient clinic. I love the community and feel that my practice is the ultimate family medicine experience. Living here has helped me stay balanced as outdoor opportunities are abundant all around me. I am a geographic Medical Director and family medicine service line Associate Medical Director with Intermountain and this leadership experience has helped me appreciate the joys and challenges of rural healthcare across the state. I look forward to service on the board and am always open to new ideas and suggestions.”
Born and raised in Phoenix Arizona, John Bosak has a passion for science and love learning about the functions of the human body. He is interested in medicine is because of the great opportunity to educate others about science in a receptive
He is particularly interested in learning more about animal toxins and their effects on the body. He has worked with many venomous animals living in the desert to investigate their behavior and looks forward to studying their effects on human health. He is also interested in learning more about geriatric medicine and hopes to care for patients at the end of their life.
RVU Student Board Member