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.
Kurt R. Loveless, M.B.A.
Kurt R. Loveless, MBA, has been working in healthcare since 1991 after he graduated with a BA from UT Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. His first experience in healthcare was as an auditor, auditing the Edinburg Hospital. Mr. Loveless quickly discovered a passion for healthcare and went to work for the Edinburg Hospital in 1993. He went on to earn his MBA from Emporia State University, in Emporia, Kansas. Mr. Loveless has worked as a hospital CFO for 15 years, Regional Vice President for 8 years, CEO for seven years, and is currently serving as the CEO at Kane County Hospital in Kanab, Utah.
Throughout his career, Mr. Loveless has served on numerous Boards of Directors. He served as President of the UT Pan American Alumni Association, Secretary for the Wichita American Red Cross board, and President of Two Rivers Youth Soccer Association. In addition, Mr. Loveless was a Rotarian, where he was both Secretary and President. Mr. Loveless has served in several board leadership positions for HFMA, Healthcare Financial Management Association. In his role as Regional Vice President, Mr. Loveless sat on 21 separate hospital and surgical center boards ranging from private equity companies to District, County, and 501c3 nonprofit boards.
Mr. Loveless and his wife Taffy Loveless, reside in Kanab, Utah where they enjoy their work and service in the community. They also enjoy the outdoors and hiking. Mr. Loveless considers himself a servant leader and finds that being available to help others be successful is his greatest personal success in business. He loves being a coach and mentor to young professionals who are building their careers.
Cynthia Kimball Davis
Cynthia Kimball Davis is the Director of K-12 Programs and an Assistant Professor in Southern Utah University’s College of Education and Human Development's Department of Teacher Education at Southern Utah University (SUU). She holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Davis has spent her career in workforce education development, career & technical and postsecondary education and higher education. Her research focus is on heart-based hope communication, culture and leadership.
Dr. Davis is a breast cancer survivor, a BRCA1 mutation carrier, a brain tumor survivor, and has radiation-induced heart disease. Since 2008, she has presented nationwide on “Finding Previvors, Saving Lives and Impacting Family Trees.” Dr. Davis’ family cancer story has been featured in “People” magazine, on CNN, in the book, Pretty is What Changes, and on LifeTime Access Health. Dr. Davis 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 former non-profit organization that educated nationally on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer mutations.
One of Dr. Davis’ favorite quotes is by Colonel Arthur J. Athens, USMC, (Ret.), Director of the U.S. Naval Academy's Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership: "I believe if you ask any extraordinary leader what leadership and love have to do with it, they would tell you everything."
Russell Sorenson, PhD
Russell Sorenson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist providing mental health services through integrated healthcare in multiple clinics across rural Utah, including Fillmore, Delta, and Richfield. He also serves as a supervisor of psychology students with the APA-accredited Utah Psychology Internship Consortium. Dr. Sorenson earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at BYU-I, master’s degree in community counseling at the University of Oklahoma, and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Pacific University. Through practicums, internships, residencies, and post-educational employment, he has gained experience in settings that include domestic violence centers, inpatient hospitals, outpatient community care centers, college/trade schools, neuro-psych assessment teams, and family medicine practices. He enjoys a wide variety of activities, including BBQ/smoking, hiking, gardening, camping, disc golf, fishing, board games, beard growing, and just about anything with family and friends.
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 Lopez, PhD
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.
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.
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.”
Glen S. Olson, DDS
Dr. Glen S. Olson Has been Practicing General and Family Dentistry in Mt. Pleasant for 19 years, after returning to his rural Utah roots in July of 2003. Dr. Olson is a Graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry class of 2000. He then was commissioned a Captain in the United States Air Force and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at Ehrling Bergquist Hospital at Offutt AFB, Omaha NE. Dr. Olson then completed his military service at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota.
Dr. Olson was born and raised in Ephraim, graduating from Manti High School in 1990. After serving as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montana and Wyoming he continued his education at Snow College, graduating with an A.S. degree in 1995. While at Snow College, Glen met his wife, AnnJeanette Kellett, from Moroni Utah. Dr. Olson and His wife then attended Southern Utah University in Cedar City, where AnnJeanette earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, and Glen earned an early acceptance to UNMC, College of Dentistry. Dr. Olson had a goal of returning to rural Utah to Practice Dentistry, as he and his wife come from multi-generational Sanpete Families. They were thrilled with the opportunity to return to Sanpete after serving at Grand Forks AFB. Dr. Olson has always been involved in community service and activities, including providing free dental screenings for Sanpete Head start Pre-school for the past 18 years. Dr Olson and His wife are the parents of 4 boys, they enjoy gardening, hiking, fishing, and tending their small orchard.
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.
Logan is a Licensed Prevention Specialist, and the Director of Prevention for the Southwest Behavioral Health Center as well as a Regional Prevention Director for the state of Utah. He started in prevention as the president of a college prevention club while attending Utah Tech University, and has worked as a Program Supervisor in Youth Corrections. His undergraduate degrees are in Criminal Justice & Psychology, and he has graduate degrees in Sociology & Mental Health & Wellness. Logan is a Co-Founder of the Utah Prevention Coalition Association and emeritus Chair of the Utah Prevention Network, and a graduate of the National Coalition Academy. He also teaches sociology at Utah Tech University. Logan has worked for the Southwest Behavioral Health Center since 2008, and absolutely loves his job and his colleagues!
Melissa Hinton is a Doctorate Nurse Practitioner with education and training in family practice, pulmonary specialty, and addiction medicine. She is board certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and is nationally certified as an Advanced Practice Addictions provider.
Melissa received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Utah Summa Cum Laude and has been practicing in the medical field for over 20 years, starting as a LPN, RN, BSN, and having a strong foundation in Emergency (in which she is also certified) and Critical Care nursing, as well as inpatient/outpatient mental health and addictions. She has also been an Invasive Life Flight nurse and has had administrative and extensive leadership experience.