AHEC Mentors

This is a sample of our amazing mentors, for the academic year 2020.  AHEC Scholars get a chance to meet and choose a mentor to work with during their time in the program, our mentors represent various geographic locations, as well as careers and diverse backgrounds.

Please keep checking back on our list as we keep recruiting new outstanding members of our community to serve in this program.


Ivette Lopez, Ph.D., MPH

Professor (Lecturer), Family And Preventive Medicine, University of Utah

Rita Osborn, MBA

Rita Osborn, MBA

Executive Director, Utah Center for Rural Health

Kasey Shakespear, MHA, MPHMA

Program Manager, Utah Center for Rural Health

Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Ph.D., WHNP-BCAPRN

Associate Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing

Juan Carlos Negrette, MBA

Director, Global Health at University of Utah — Health Sciences

David N. Sundwall, MD

David Sundwall, MD

Clinical Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah

Senator Steve Urquhart, JD

Senator Steve Urquhart, JD

Utah House of Representatives, 29th Senate District

Angela C. Dunn, MDMPH

 Utah Department of Health — Bureau of Epidemiology

Karen E. Mulitalo, MPAS, PA‑C

 Program Director, Utah Valley University College of Health

Erica Wight, PhD

Dean of Health Sciences, Salt Lake Community College

Yas Simonian, PhD

Yasmen Simonian, PhD

Dean, Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University.

Michael K. Magill, MD

Michael Magill, MD

Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Chair-Elect, American Board of Family Medicine

University of Utah

Ed Napia, EdD

Program Director for the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake

Jose E. Rodriguez. MD

  Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion, University of Utah

Frederick Henderson, MHA

Fred Henderson, MHA

Center Director of the Northern Utah AHEC

Coming Soon

Darin T. Ryujin, PA, MPAS, P‑AC

Associate Professor (Clinical), Family And Preventive Medicine, University of Utah

Joan Gallegos, RN, M.S.W.

 Director, Community Engagement.  Comagine Health.

David Sandweiss, MD

Director of Rural and American Indian Outreach for the Dept of Pediatrics Global, Rural, and Underserved Child Health Program

Steven Lacey, MS, PhD CIH, CSPFAIHA

Chief, Division of Public Health, University of Utah School of Medicine

Mindy Bateman

Mindy Bateman, BS

 Director, Crossroads Utah AHEC

Caren J. Frost, MPH, PhD

Research Professor, Director of the Center for Migration & Refugee Integration at the University of Utah.

Eli Bermudez, MS, PhD

Eli Bermudez, MS, PhD

Dean, Dixie State University College of Health Sciences.

Cam Torres, MDMBA

Director, Physician-Patient Experience at Emerus Health