AHEC Mentors

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, MHAMPHMA
Assistant Director for Utah Center for Rural Health

ana sanchez

Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Ph.D., WHNP-BCAPRN
Associate Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing

juan carlos

Juan Carlos Negrette, MBA
Director, Global Health at University of Utah — Health Sciences

david Sundwall Mentor

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 dunn

Angela C. Dunn, MDMPH
 Utah Department of Health — Bureau of Epidemiology

karen mulitalo

Karen E. Mulitalo, MPASPA‑C
 Program Director, Utah Valley University College of Health

cam torres

Cam Torres, MDMBA
Director, Physician-Patient Experience at Emerus Health

yasmen simonian

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

jose rodriguez

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

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 ryujin

Darin T. Ryujin, PAMPAS, P‑AC
Associate Professor (Clinical), Family And Preventive Medicine, University of Utah


Joan Gallegos, RN, M.S.W.
Consultant,  Comagine Health.

david sandweiss

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

Steven Lacey

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

carrie torgersen

Carrie Torgersen
Assistant Director of Southern Utah AHEC

jenna christensen

Jenna Christensen, MSW, MBA
Senior Strategic Project Manager, Huntsman Mental Health Institute

shawn curran

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