This is a sample of our amazing mentors, for the academic year 2022–2023. 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
Executive Director, Utah Center for Rural Health
Kasey Shakespear, MHA, MPH, MA
Assistant Director for Utah Center for Rural Health
Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Ph.D., WHNP-BC, APRN
Associate Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing
Juan Carlos Negrette, MBA
Director, Global Health at University of Utah — Health Sciences
David Sundwall, MD
Clinical Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah
Senator Steve Urquhart, JD
Utah House of Representatives, 29th Senate District
Angela C. Dunn, MD, MPH
Utah Department of Health — Bureau of Epidemiology
Karen E. Mulitalo, MPAS, PA‑C
Program Director, Utah Valley University College of Health
Cam Torres, MD, MBA
Director, Physician-Patient Experience at Emerus Health
Yasmen Simonian, PhD
Dean, Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University.
Jose E. Rodriguez. MD
Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion, University of Utah
Fred Henderson, MHA
Center Director of the Northern Utah AHEC
Eli Bermudez, MS, PhD
Dean, Utah Tech University College of Health Sciences
Mindy Bateman, BS
Director, Crossroads Utah AHEC
Lisa Gren, PhD
Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah,
Director for the University of Utah Primary Care Research Network„
Director for the Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Immigration.
Darin T. Ryujin, PA, MPAS, P‑AC
Associate Professor (Clinical), Family And Preventive Medicine, University of Utah
Joan Gallegos, RN, M.S.W.
Consultant, 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, CSP, FAIHA
Chief, Division of Public Health, University of Utah School of Medicine
Assistant Director of Southern Utah AHEC
Jenna Christensen, MSW, MBA
Senior Strategic Project Manager, Huntsman Mental Health Institute
Shaun Curran, PA‑C
Family Medicine Physician Assistant and Assistant Professor (Lecturer) at the University of School of Medicine
Gita Suneja, M.D., M.S.H.P.
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute