Board of Trustees

Francis Gibson, MSW, MBA

Currently serves as the CEO for Orem Community Hospital for Intermountain Healthcare, as well as the new Spanish Fork Hospital. He received his MBA in Business and Healthcare from Utah State University, his master’s in Social Work at University of Houston, and completed undergraduate work at Brigham Young University. Mr. Gibson currently serves in the Utah House of Representatives as the Majority Leader. He serves on the board of Children’s Justice Center of Utah County, board member of Utah Sports Commission, as well as on the Executive Board for Boy Scouts of America Utah National Parks Council. In the past, he has chaired the Education Standing Committee and served on the Education Appropriations Committee. Mr. Gibson has been a member of the Health Care Task Force, House Special Investigative Committee and the Legislative Redistricting Committee.

Morris D. Linton, JD

For the past two years, Mr. Linton has advised and been appointed as Chief Legal Officer of a biotech company based in Provo. He has been an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University’s (BYU) law school, teaching legal drafting since 2008. He also serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the law school and on the Religious Freedom Committee of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. He is a current member of Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers. Mr. Linton was a member of the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission from 1994 to 2006. He also served on the Health Information and Technology Committee of the American Health Lawyers Association. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale and BYU and earned his juris doctorate degree from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1978. After law school, he clerked for the honorable Judge Frank Q. Nebeker, a judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and then for the Honorable Ralph R. Mabey, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Utah. He served as Senior Counsel at Intermountain Healthcare from 1982 until 2016. His career at Intermountain focused on corporate law, computer law, bioethics, and HIPAA regulation.

Sean R. Curzon, D.O.

Dr. Curzon is a member of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons. He supports MAP International, a nonprofit organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need around the world. He specializes in Internal Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Curzon received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. He completed his internship and residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Curzon is affiliated with Utah Valley Hospital, Timpanogos Regional Hospital, and American Fork Hospital as a physician with Revere Health. He functions also as a medical director of both a Skilled Nursing Facility and a Hospice and Palliative Care team.

Trevor Smith, PhD

Trevor 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; they have used study data from his research in their programs. Trevor has published his research, “Stroboscopic Training Improves Anticipatory Response,” in the International Journal of Exercise Science and is currently conducting research regarding “Examining Self-reported Adult Physical Activity Levels in an Integrated Health Care System.” Prior to joining the Wellness team at Intermountain, Trevor spent three years in cardiac rehab working with patients recovering from various heart procedures. He also completed an extensive internship with Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah, creating and implementing wellness programs that cater to specialty populations.

Michael Skurja, DPT

He is the founder of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), and until his retirement in January 2019 he served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Director of Continuing Education. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Fort Lewis College and received a certificate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Foundation in 1969. That same year, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the US Navy, where he served for 23 years as a physical therapist, as well as filled in for countless executive medicine positions. In 1992, while serving in the Navy, he obtained a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. He has a Doctor of Physical Therapy from RMUoHP. He currently serves as the President of Wasatch Education, Inc. and the Chair of RMUoHP Board of Trustees.

Heather Kahlert

Heather serves as the Vice President of the Kahlert Foundation, a non-profit that provides grants to improve quality of life and well-being to the community in areas of health care, youth programs, education, veteran organizations, and human services. She attended University of Utah, and in 2018 was named one of the Utah Valley 360 Business Magazine’s 40 under 40. She serves on the Utah Valley University Foundation Board, the Foundation Advisory Board for Primary Children’s Hospital, the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Advisory Board for University of Utah – Davis Eccles School of Business, the Make a Wish Utah Board of Directors, and the Alpine School District Foundation board.

John R. Curtis

A current representative of Utah’s 3rd Congressional District in the US Congress. This district includes Salt Lake, Utah, Emery, Carbon, San Juan, Grand, and Wasatch Counties. Prior to this election in 2017, he was the 45th mayor of the city of Provo and served two terms. He was named #1 Top Elected Official on Social Media in 2015 by the Government Social Media Group and has been recognized by Forbes for his commitment to citizen engagement. Curtis graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management. Before becoming mayor of Provo in 2010, he was the Chief Executive Officer and partner at Action Target Company, a manufacturer of shooting range equipment. He has also served on a number of community and advisory boards, including Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce (now known as Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce), the Mountain Valley chapter of the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America Utah National Parks Council, and the Utah Valley Healthcare Foundation.

Kent Loosle

Currently serves as president of Mountain Point Medical Center, which is part of the Steward Healthcare System, in Northern Utah County. Prior to Mountain Point, he served as Chief Operating Officer for the Utah region. He served for 10 years as the Chief Operating Officer at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center. Kent has also served in various leadership positions with Intermountain Healthcare for 13 years. He received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University. Kent remains active within the Utah County community, the Chamber of Commerce, and various civic organizations.

Kimball Anderson

Currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem since July 2015. Prior to this position, he served six years as CEO of Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. Kimball has over 30 years of experience in healthcare management, including being CEO at Timpanogos Regional and Mountain View Hospitals in Utah. He graduated from Utah Valley University with an associate degree in Hospitality. He then received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado. He is a Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives and served as Regent for Nevada. Kimball is on the Utah Healthcare Executives board and has been a member of the Nevada Hospital Association Board of Directors, and a member of the Community Advisory Board of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Health Administration program. Kimball and his wife, Shelia, are the parents of three daughters and have ten grandchildren.

Vanessa Halvorsen, DO

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Halverson graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah and continued onto Touro University, where she received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and was salutatorian in 2018. She served as student body president of Touro’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as being the only third-year student representative on the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Bureau of Emerging Leaders. Dr. Halvorsen was elected to serve on the executive board of the student division of American Academy of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP). She was also elected to be AOA’s sole student member on the Board of Trustees. She received the American Osteopathic Foundation’s “Golden Ticket” award for excellence in academic performance and leadership. She is currently an Otolaryngology/Facial Plastics resident at Freeman Hospital in Missouri through Kansas City University – College of Osteopathic Medicine and is expected to graduate in 2023.

Jonora Searles, RN

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Linfield College, where she served as student body president. Jo has served as a Registered Nurse since 1991, working in Triage, High-Risk Labor and Delivery, Post-Anesthesia Recovery, and Critical Care. She has also served as Director of Nursing for a home health agency in Dallas, Texas. In 1995, Jo earned her Advanced Certification specializing in Obstetrics. While still working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, Jo became a Licensed Realtor in 2002. She has been a Keller Williams realtor since 2003, focusing on commercial development and residential sales. She continues to represent clients and manages residential lease properties. She currently serves as Vice President of Operations for EltonCO, a private investment company. She is the mother of four children and resides in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

Norman Wright, PhD

Dr. Wright served as Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University in Orem since 2010. He earned his PhD in Management from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and holds his master’s in Public Administration from the Marriot School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU). It was at BYU where he also graduated magna cum lade with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He has consulted, trained, and served on the boards of many organizations, ranging from the WWF, to Hamdan Bin Mohammad e-University PhD Program in the United Arab Emirates, to the Kahuku Hospital in Hawaii. He currently works to make his home community better by serving on the city of Provo Energy Board. In addition, he works to make individual lives better around the world through his service on the Executive Committee of the Academy for Creating Enterprise with Operations in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, and Venezuela.

John F. Nemelka, MBA

Raised in Mapleton, Utah, he earned his MBA degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Brigham Young University in 1990. Mr. Nemelka founded NightWatch Capital Adviors, LLC in 2001, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the public company SWK Holdings. He has also worked with the Graham Partners private equity fund managing the Graham Group’s alternative investment portfolio. He also worked with Smith Barney in the Industrial and Transaction Development Groups as Head of the Investment Banking Division, working on strategic planning and operational issues. Mr. Nemelka currently serves on the Board of Directors of SANUWAVE Health, Inc., a medical technology company and is a strategic partner of TractusMed, LLC, which is currently developing a national repository for anatomic pathology data.

Greg Stuart

The founder and CEO for Strategic Partners Group based in Bountiful, Utah. Mr. Stuart started his real estate career in 1977, specializing in industrial real estate brokerage. In 1979, he co-founded Commerce Properties, which grew to become the largest commercial real estate brokerage company in the Intermountain area. During his time at Commerce, Greg served as president and CEO, as well as chairman of the industrial committee overseeing all industrial activity at Commerce. In 2012, Greg exited Commerce to pursue the full-time development of commercial and retail properties throughout the US. This has resulted in developments exceeding one million square feet in 16 states. Strategic Partner Group has developed properties for Walgreens, Tractor Supply, O’Reilly Auto, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Shopko.

Lieutenant Commander Shannon Lorimer

An Orthopedic Surgery Specialist, Dr. Lorimer is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. In 2010, after completing her Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas, she received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University – College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Rowan University in Stratford, New Jersey and is an Orthopedic Oncology Fellow at the Huntsman Cancer Institute affiliated with the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. Prior to acceptance into this fellowship, Dr. Lorimer served as an attending orthopedic surgeon for the Department of Veteran Affairs at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center in North Chicago, Illinois.

Andy Noorda

Currently a managing member of The Canopy Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Lindon, Utah. The Canopy Group targets information technology and life science companies in the Western US. It was founded by Mr. Noorda’s father, the late Ray Noorda, who was the founder and former CEO of Novell, Inc. Mr. Noorda worked in various supervisory capacities at Novell before joining The Canopy Group. He has been involved in medical philanthropy, assisting the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation in making grants; notably including the University of Utah’s Harford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the University of Utah School of Dentistry, the Noorda Performing Arts Center at Utah Valley University, and the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake. Mr. Noorda also serves as a Board of Trustees member for the ScenicView Academy for young adults with autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities.

Brent Israelsen, JD

Currently holds the position of the Executive Chairman at Thunder Biotech, Inc. He graduated from Brigham Young University School of Law in 1982 after receiving a Bachelor of Science at Utah State University. Mr. Israelsen practiced law in Washington, D.C. for 13 years with positions in federal government, US courts, and the private law firm of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius. Mr. Israelsen is an experienced serial entrepreneur, attorney, and businessman with deep roots in the practice of law, business, innovation, technology, education, and the internet. He led innovation projects that introduced digital signatures into the real estate and mortgage markets. He completed the world’s first electronic mortgage transaction in June 2000. Mr. Israelsen holds four patents, has served as president of the Utah Chapter of Maverick Angels, and co-founded GEDIH, Inc., which works with companies in areas of education, financial and healthcare as well as human resources, legal, and government.

Richard P. Nielsen, PT, DHSc, ECS

The founding president of both Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (proposed) and Rocky Mountain University of Heath Professions. Dr. Nielsen is an active faculty member for the Clinical Electrophysiology Doctor of Science (DSc) degree and is Board Certified as an Electrophysiologic Clinical Specialist. He obtained his Doctor of Health Sciences with an emphasis in Clinical Electrophysiology/Neurophysiology from the University of St. Augustine in Florida. He received undergraduate degrees from Brigham Young University, University of Utah, and the University of Washington in Seattle. He previously served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a physical therapist, during which he served the White House and the highest offices of government until retirement. He now serves on multiple foundation boards and has led humanitarian efforts to Africa for 32 years. He was awarded the American Red Cross International Hero Award, along with his wife, Jodi.

John J. Dougherty, DO, FACOFP, FAOASM, FAODME, FILM

Serves as founding dean and Chief Academic Officer of Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (proposed). After an undergraduate degree in education, Dr. Dougherty graduated from medical school in Kansas City in 1992. He is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is recognized as a fellow in both Family and Sports Medicine as well as two academic leadership colleges. Immediately before coming to Provo, Dr. Dougherty served as Dean of the medical school at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada. Prior to that, he had served in a variety of senior leadership roles at his alma matter in Kansas City for 20 years.