New Roots IRC
Community Garden Coordinator
Sarah Adams is the Community Garden Coordinator for New Roots, a program of the IRC, where she coordinates opportunities for refugees and new Americans to cultivate nutritious and culturally familiar produce, and to connect with their new communities in gardens throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Sarah holds a B.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, with a focus on food systems, and has worked with refugee and asylee communities throughout her career. Before joining the IRC in 2017, Sarah conducted research and provided technical support on gender-based asylum cases in California.
I believe in living life to the fullest by bringing #WholeYOU to all that you do. My goal in life to facilitate this for the world by creating #ActionableHope through my work. The mission matters more than me, the team matters more than an individual. I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves or survive in trenches, or keep trying till we figure it out, I can lead or I can follow. I live to see a better world and be part of change making process.
I bring together over 20 years of experience and demonstrated leadership skills in oncology, symptom management, integrative medicine combined with research and computer engineering. I am passionate about helping people live healthier, happier lives (Quality of life). My key strength is ability to bring rich experience of integrative medicine, technology, research and business domains together and create a bridge between them to deliver clinically meaningful outcomes. I’m passionate about translating research to practice and leveraging tech to enable viable healthcare solutions.
I serve on the board of NCI Integrative medicine, Lead innovation at Society of Integrative Oncology and Oncology nursing society (40k), ASU healthcare accelerator, Annie Appleseed project and in past on cancer moonshot with VP Joe Biden. I was selected by US state dept. to represent at GES as most inspiring entrepreneur and several times received entrepreneurship award (Stanford Medx 2017).
American Cancer Society
Senior Director, Primary Care Systems
Shay Bilinski, M.P.A. is a Senior Director for Primary Care Systems at the American Cancer Society, Inc where she is grateful to belong to a team dedicated to working within health systems to promote cancer prevention and early detection throughout the ACS North Region with a focus on CO, ID, MT, UT, and WY. Shay leads a collaborative team that works with a variety of partners to implement public health strategies to reduce health inequity and cancer mortality. Shay’s office is based in Salt Lake City and can be found in the new Hope Lodge facility that serves as a home away from home for patients and their caretakers when undergoing cancer treatment.
Prior to joining ACS in 2015, Shay was the Director of Health Programs for the American Indian Community House in New York City; one of 33 Urban Indian Health Program sites in the Indian Health Service system dedicated to improving and promoting the health and wellbeing of urban American Indians. Shay continues her work with urban American Indians in Utah by serving on the Board of Directors for the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and is a member of the Quality Improvement Committee.
Shay is from the Ramah Navajo community in Pine Hill, New Mexico. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in community health. In 2009, Shay received her M.P.A. in health policy and management from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Jack Boren is a Director at EPIC Ventures and joined the firm in 2014. He leads investments across the technology sector, focusing much of his time investing in the healthcare industry. With Ryan Hemingway, Jack developed and leads EPIC’s analyst program which focuses on deal-origination, analysis, founder development and portfolio excellence. Jack is active in the Salt Lake City community and serves as a Board Member of the regional chapter of the American Red Cross.
Jack joined EPIC from the Corporate Development Finance Team at Cisco Systems in San Jose where he assisted in the due diligence and portfolio management of Cisco’s venture investments in enterprise networking, enterprise security and the internet of things.
Growing up in Boise, Idaho, Jack developed a love for the outdoors and would much prefer to take a pitch while running, hiking, cycling, snow-skiing or fishing.
Alliance Community Services
Program Director, Community Cancer Support Services
Sara is originally from Mexico City. She is married and is the mother of three children that she has raised multicultural and bilingual. In 2002 she joined a team of professionals to start a Non-Profit organization, Alliance Community Services, with the mission of “Improving the quality of life for the Hispanic community by making health & social services accessible to them”. She is the co-founder and Program Director for the Community Cancer Support Services and Alliance Breast Cancer Programs (ABC). She has received training specifically for breast and cervical cancer and has participated in many professional conferences dealing with health and cancer issues to better serve Hispanic/Latina survivors.
She also received Facilitator Training from the University of Utah, conducted focus groups in several health fields; participated in conferences with Redes en Accion (The National Hispanic/Latino Cancer Network), Avon Foundation for Women, and Utah Department of Health; received a fellowship award from the National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention and recognition from the Utah Department of Health Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) for her work with “Triunfadoras,” a Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group. Currently, she serves in the Executive Committee of the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN); the Community Advisory Council of the Intermountain Medical Center, and the Utah State Medical Care Advisory Committee. As if she weren’t busy enough, Sara also volunteers for different Hispanic organizations such as Utah Coalition of La Raza and Club de Mujeres Latinas.
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Government Relations Director
Brook Carlisle serves as the Utah Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). In that role, she works to pass policies at all levels of government that benefit cancer patients and their families. This includes working to ensure access to affordable and adequate health insurance, policies aimed at reducing tobacco use, and passing policies to prevent cancer in Utah. Brook has previously served on the executive committee of UCAN, including one year as the chair, and is the current chair of the Utah Tobacco Free Alliance. Prior to joining ACS CAN, Brook spent five years at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rhodes College and Master of Public Administration from American University.
University of Utah
Dr. Jessica Cohan is a colorectal surgeon whose primary research goal is to guide effective and patient-centered decision making. Her research focuses on the identifying barriers and facilitators to shared decision making and the development and testing of tools to facilitate the decision making process. She is particularly interested in identifying barriers to colorectal cancer screening in vulnerable populations in Utah and targeting effective interventions to increase screening. Following medical school at Cornell, Dr. Cohan completed her General Surgery training at the University of California San Francisco. She completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Massachusetts and is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah. She treats patients at the University Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
NuView Life Sciences
Chairman and CEO
Mr. Crowe founded NuView Life Sciences in 2005 and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Crowe’s experience includes start-up and early-stage healthcare company development, strategic planning, capital formation, M&A, and public offerings. Mr. Crowe’s career includes senior executive sales and management positions for domestic and multi-national healthcare companies who introduce (a) diagnostic ultrasound in 1973 for Rohe Ultrasound – acquired by NV Phillips Medical Systems; (b) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR / MRI) in 1982 to 1983 for Diasonics NMR Inc. acquired by Toshiba Medical; and (c) mobile positron emission tomography (PET) in 1999 to 2004 for Mobile P.E.T. Systems Inc. From 1986 to 1999, Mr. Crowe also developed and operated outpatient medical service provider businesses, including diagnostic imaging facilities acquired by Linc Scientific; and domestic and international gamma knife radio surgery facilities, and currently serves as Managing General Partner for the San Diego Gamma Knife Center located at Scripps Memorial Hospital.
University of Utah Health
Director of Community Engagement
RyLee Curtis is a Utah native. She graduated with a dual degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Utah, where she also received her master’s degree in Public Policy. She worked on Medicaid legislation in Utah for many years, before joining University of Utah Health as the Director of Community Engagement. In this role, she coordinates University involvement on Community Boards, Healthcare Anchor Network work, and meaningful engagements with Utah’s community based organizations.
International Rescue Committee
Executive Director, IRC Salt Lake City
Natalie, who joined the IRC in 2010, brings with her over 15 years of nonprofit administration experience, including fundraising, grants management, volunteer management and developing programs to serve vulnerable populations. As the daughter of immigrant parents, the mission of the IRC and the belief that everyone deserves equal economic, social & political rights and opportunities are deeply personal to her.
Natalie El-Diery joined the IRC in Salt Lake City in 2010. In April 2019, she accepted the executive director role bringing over 15 years of nonprofit administration experience with her.
Natalie is the co-founder of Spice Kitchen Incubator, a food entrepreneurship program for New Americans, and New Roots in Salt Lake City, a refugee agriculture and gardening program. Most recently, She was recognized as one of Utah’s Top 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business Magazine in 2017 and awarded Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s Deedee Corradini Women’s Leadership Award for Creating Opportunity in 2018.
Utah Department of Health
Michael Friedrichs has been working as an epidemiologist for the Bureau of Health Promotion for 29 years. In addition to chronic disease and injury, his interests also include social factors related to health and how public health will transform to address these.
University of Utah, Population Health Sciences
Dr. Hardikar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Utah and an Associate Member in Population Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington and completed her post-doctoral training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where she holds an Affiliate Investigator appointment.
Dr. Hardikar is a cancer epidemiologist by training. Her research thus far has focused on molecular and lifestyle factors associated with etiology and progression of colorectal cancer. She is currently working on a 5-year NCI grant to determine the link between clinically-diagnosed type-2 diabetes, use of anti-diabetic medications, and risk of colorectal cancer. Dr. Hardikar is also actively engaged in studying health disparities in colorectal cancer screening in the population of Utah, and is currently working with the Utah Cancer Action Network on a project to study the colorectal cancer screening behaviors among an underserved population near Salt Lake City. The long term goals of her research program are 1) to better understand the contributions of comorbidities, including obesity and diabetes, in the development of cancer; 2) to better elucidate the incidence, prevalence, and risk factors for these comorbidities after a cancer diagnosis; and 3) to inform and potentially transform the current colorectal cancer screening guidelines, particularly among high-risk and vulnerable populations, including those with co-morbidities and in underserved areas.
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Outreach Coordinator, Community Outreach and Prevention Education
Garrett Harding, BS, is the Outreach Coordinator of the Community Outreach and Prevention Education program at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. His program educates the public about cancer risk, screening, and prevention throughout Utah and the Intermountain West. In addition to his position on the UCAN executive committee, he is an active member of USOPHE and SOPHE, speaks fluent Spanish, and is a trained patient navigator and certified tobacco cessation facilitator. His interests include community-based education, social marketing, skin cancer, tobacco prevention and control, and lifestyle factors related to primary prevention and cancer risk.
President and CEO
Cory Heizenrader, President and CEO of Heizenrader LLC and Horizon Medical XR, has consulted and collaborated for over ten years with leading medical institutions and device manufacturers including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, University of Pennsylvania, and Medtronic to produce innovative digital product solutions to accelerate understanding of anatomy and medical technology. His mission is to use innovation to globalize medical education, thus empowering medical professionals with knowledge necessary to make critical decisions and provide exceptional patient care. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University and considers his greatest success to be his wife and two children.
Utah Cancer Registry
Kim Herget, MStat, is a biostatistician with the Utah Cancer Registry and has worked with the registry for over 10 years. Kim received her Masters of Statistics from the University of Utah. Her research interests include trend analysis, survival analysis, and health disparities.
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Mark Hiatt, currently vice president for a precision oncology company, has served as the chief medical executive for a multi-state Blues plan and a national medical benefits manager, and department leader and board member for a regional health system. He has also been the voice of The Medical Moment on radio stations in two states. Dr. Hiatt completed a fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Stanford University, residency in radiology and master’s in Health Evaluation Sciences at the University of Virginia, and MD and MBA with academic distinction at Wake Forest University. Dr. Hiatt is the Chair of the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of the American Red Cross and was appointed by the Governor of Utah to serve on that state’s Medical Education Council and Digital Health Service Commission (for which he is the immediate past Chair). Recently, he was honored by the Utah Business Magazine as a Healthcare Hero.
Get Healthy Utah
Sarah Hodson graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Community Health Education from Utah State University. Ms. Hodson worked for the Arthritis Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter for five years as the Director of Health Promotion. She was an adjunct instructor in the Health Sciences Department at Brigham Young University from 2009-2013 and worked as the Communications Development Manager for Mountainlands Community Health Center in Provo. Since October 2015, Ms. Hodson has served as the Executive Director of Get Healthy Utah, a collaborative effort focused on improving health in Utah by supporting healthy eating and active living. Get Healthy Utah uses a multi-sector approach to align efforts and partnerships throughout the state to see better results, specifically focusing on changes that create equitable opportunities to ensure improved health and wellness for all Utahns. Ms. Hodson currently serves on a number of workgroups and committees including the Utah Public Health Association Board, Healthy Salt Lake Steering Committee, Harvard School of Public Health CHOICE Grant Team, State Nutrition Action Coalition, and Action for Healthy Kids Network. Sarah loves working in public health, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three children.
Community Health Improvement Area Manager
Kristy Jones, MPH, earned her undergraduate degree in Public Health from Utah State University (‘92) and a Master of Public Health degree from Idaho State University (’01). She currently serves as a Community Health Improvement Area Manager for Intermountain Healthcare. Kristy is based at McKay Dee Hospital and also serves Cassia Regional in Burley, Idaho and Layton Hospital. She also oversees Community Health work for Bear River Valley, Logan Regional, Alta View, LDS, Heber Valley and Park City hospitals. In her role she has oversight for the system-wide implementation of the Behavioral Health Networks along with many additional local programs designed to improve access to healthcare and health status of the communities served. She is the past Director of the Northern Utah Area Health Education Center at Weber State University in the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions, serving in that position for over 9 years. Prior to coming to WSU, she spent 9 plus years at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as the Cancer Prevention and Control Unit Director and the Program Manager for the statewide Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
Head of 5 For The Fight
I head up the philanthropy at Qualtrics, namely, 5 For The Fight.
For a long time, it felt like donating to cancer research was limited to large gifts and high net worth individuals. 5 For The Fight invites everyone to give $5 for the fight against cancer. It’s a way for everyone to contribute to the cause because when cancer hits, we all need a way to do something.
5 For The Fight makes it easy for anyone to give $5 for the fight. The organization was launched in February 2016 at the X4 Experience Management Summit and a year later the partnership between 5 For The Fight and the Utah Jazz was announced with the 5 For The Fight logo on the jersey.
Cancer Wellness House
As a cancer survivor, Dr. Librett is a past member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s Public Health Advisory Board, Clinical Director of the American Medical Athletic Association’s Clinical Advisory Board and past chair of a White House Federal Interagency Health Council. Dr. Librett is a former health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control, and Institute Clinical Conference Series in Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Librett is recognized for his leadership in preventive medicine, clinical translation and health policy. On these issues, John has worked with the White House, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as governments and corporations in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S.
While in medical school, studying epidemiology and evidence-based medicine, Dr. Librett was diagnosed with cancer. During his cancer diagnosis, John developed a deep interest in integrative medicine; including meditation and mindfulness; later attending the Soto and Rinzai Schools and becoming a member of the White Plum lineage.
In addition to his business development, Dr. Librett’s health policy research has appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, World News Tonight, and NPR’s Morning Edition, to name a few. Dr. Librett is Founder of the First Ascent Fund, President/Founder of Behavioral Science International, Founder/CEO of Survivor Healthcare, Executive Chairman of the Cancer Wellness House, Chair of the Utah Cancer Action Network, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Utah, College of Health.
Wasatch Community Gardens
Program Manager, School Gardens
Ana earned her BA in Latin American Studies from Westminster College. Prior to joining the WCG staff in 2019, she worked as the Family School Collaboration Specialist at Meadowlark Elementary School in the Salt Lake City School District. She was responsible for building relationships between parents, students, and school staff to create a school-home connection. As School Garden Program Manager, Ana continues to build these connections with parents, students, and school staff through the School Garden Program and Parent Garden Club Program.
University of Utah
Trinh Mai is a social worker (LCSW) and a mindfulness teacher with Wellness & Integrative Health and the Resiliency Center, University of Utah Health. A qualified MBSR teacher through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society, Trinh conducts classes and presentations on mindfulness for university employees, patients and community and corporate partners. Prior to this position, Trinh served as faculty in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah for 13 years, specializing in field education, diversity and social justice and global social work.
New Century Health
Clinical Business Analayst
Liane Parker, RN, CPHM, is Clinical business analyst UR Nurse at New Century Health. She is responsible for the architecture and design of Evidenced Based Clinical Pathways in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Imaging and Cardiology. Liane became passionate about healthcare at a very early age while riding on her grandmother’s medication cart as she administered medications and assessed her patients in the rehabilitation hospital. She began working in Utilization Management after 14 years of direct patient care, assisting in implementation, design and development in the nation’s 1st comprehensive Radiation Oncology program, followed by comprehensive invasive and diagnostic Cardiology clinical decision evidenced based pathway authorization system. The designs of these programs led to faster decisions in prior authorization and reduced the administrative burden on physicians and staff. She further went to assist in updating and building out a national diagnostic imaging program, pain spine management, spine surgery, sleep medicine, and medical oncology. She developed and lead a national Utilization Management team obtaining deep knowledge of Medicaid, commercial and Medicare state, and federal regulations. She quickly identified and corrected trends and ordering patterns across the country. She has in-depth understanding of how the American healthcare system operates working with top healthcare spend cost drivers.
She has a unique healthcare journey experience on the patient side of healthcare with serious illness, view of the national healthcare system and data analysis that form a perfect circle for patient centric value-based care innovation. Through personal and professional experience, she has a strong foundation that makes her a visionary in the healthcare industry. Liane has worked closely with physician’s at Harvard, Yale, Cleveland Clinic, Stanford, and many national health leaders. She is a subject matter expert on managed care, specialized evidenced based medicine and innovative ideas that have led to a successful career.
Chairman & CEO
Dr. Peterson has 28 years of experience as the CEO of 6 companies in service industries. He has led start up efforts through to four times, takeovers and turnarounds of both public and private corporations, companies in the call center, scientific and medical staffing, hospital staffing, claims administration and financial services specialty marketing businesses – in both domestic and international markets – and raising and putting to use more than $75m in venture and seed capital.
Prior to his business career, Dr. Peterson was an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He has worked as an emergency physician overseas, most notably in the Accident & Emergency Ward of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland and later throughout Kenya,Tanzania and southern Sudan with the East African Flying Doctor Service. He served 7 years as a Director and Treasurer of the Global Health Council where he was a juror for the awards in international health issued by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, he was a Director of the AIDS Action Coalition in Washington, DC.
Specialties: Experienced CEO with start-up, turnaround and takeover experience in service businesses, including public and private companies, small and large. Long experience raising capital, establishing strategy and executing business plans, acquisitions, and positioning and finalizing the sale of companies.
Community Health Manager
Nathan Peterson currently serves as a Community Health Manager with Intermountain Healthcare. Since 2015, Nathan has had responsibility for overseeing the community needs of hospitals in the Salt Lake area, Wasatch Back, Utah County and in the rural areas of Central Utah. The community health focus of Intermountain Healthcare extends from behavioral health to chronic conditions to access to care and beyond. Nathan has been fortunate to help provide leadership in addressing these aspects of community health improvement, which includes cancer screening services. It is through the Junior League Care Fair of Salt Lake that Nathan was introduced to breast and cervical cancer screenings. Coupled with a commission to support the healthcare needs of the low-income and uninsured, Nathan sees community-based screenings as a way to meet the cancer care needs of hard-to-reach populations. Moreover, in finishing up his fifth year with the Junior League Care Fair, Nathan recently introduced FIT Tests to the mix of breast and cervical cancer screenings. All in all, cancer prevention, screening and treatment are critical needs in the community and Nathan looks forward to contributing to this important mission.
Mike Roach has more than 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive. Mike is responsible for leading InformedDNA’s growth initiatives across all areas of the business. Previously Mike served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for IPG, Inc. Mike has worked in a leadership capacity for both health plans and health systems, which gives him a unique perspective in how to best engage both the healthcare industry as a whole and understand the needs of both the payer and the provider. He is a frequent invited speaker at Blue Association and Consortium conferences. He holds a B.A. from Minnesota State University.
Center for Genomic Interpretation
Experienced Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the biotech industry. Skilled in Life Sciences, Gene Expression, Oncology, Infectious Disease, Validation of Lab-Developed Tests. Strong research professional with a Postdoctoral Research focused in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Utah School of Medicine.
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Senior Director, Community Outreach and Engagement
Dr. David W. Wetter, is the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professor and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) at the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. His work focuses on eliminating inequities in health-related behavior through translational research. Specific research includes: theoretical models of addictive and cancer risk behaviors, the development and evaluation of theoretically-based interventions, and translational research to implement and disseminate those interventions in real world settings. Dr. Wetter’s research focuses on high-risk and underserved populations with a major focus on low socioeconomic status and diverse groups. Dr. Wetter has an extensive NIH-funded grant portfolio and almost 200 peer-reviewed publications. His research program has received awards from the Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Society for Preventive Oncology, Society for Health Psychology, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to his research awards, Dr. Wetter has received several mentoring awards.
Founder and CEO
Ron Wince is the Founder & CEO of Myndshft, a technology company that leverages blockchain and artificial intelligence in the execution of real-time benefits checks for medical and pharmacy benefits. Myndshft is working with specialty pharmacies, home infusion, genomics and diagnostics labs along with other alternative site care organizations. His pioneering work has made him a highly sought-after speaker and advisor and has been a published contributor and quoted in Fortune, Forbes, Patient Safety and Quality, and Healthcare Executive among others. Ron is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He currently lives in Mesa, Arizona with his wife of 31 years, Stacy.