Board of Directors

Jeff Jensen, Chair

Jeff has served as Chief Financial Officer of Intermountain Healthcare's physician group since 2015, with physician practices across the State of Utah. Prior to his current assignment, Jeff served as the Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer with Intermountain Medical Center, located in Murray, Utah.

He has also served as Chief Financial Officer with IASIS Healthcare at a hospital and regional level. Jeff has a BS in accounting from Weber State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Utah State.

Kim Wirthlin, Vice-Chair

Kim is an accomplished healthcare and university executive leader turned entrepreneur. She is the President and CEO of GetReadyNow, a company built on a passion for fostering confidence, peace of mind, security, and resiliency in the face of emergencies and disasters. She is also the President of Wirthlin Strategies, a healthcare consulting company providing services to clients throughout the country and specializes in health care delivery systems and payer strategies in the health care reform environment.

Kim holds a BA and MPA from the University of Utah. She was the recipient of the University of Utah College of Humanities Distinguished Alumna Award and the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Award.

George Durham II, MD, FAAP, Treasurer, Finance Chair

Dr. Durham is an Adjunct Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine — having served on the Admissions Committee since 2014. He holds a BA in biochemical sciences from Harvard College and graduated from Duke University's School of Medicine in 1973, completing his residency in pediatrics at the University of Utah in 1976.

He practiced with Bryner Pediatrics from 1976 - 2014 and is a past medical staff president, chair of Quality Improvement and former member of the Governing Board of Primary Children's Hospital. He was a pediatric volunteer physician at the Fourth Street Clinic in the mid-90s and has served on Fourth Street Clinic's board since 2012. In 2017, he was appointed to utah's Juvenile Justice Services Board.

Garrett Barnes, Corporate Council Chair

Garrett is a Senior Vice President at Zions Bank in the Premier Wealth Management Division. Garrett has a deep passion for people, life and giving back to the community. He is actively involved in committees that seek to meet the needs of the homeless population with serious health concernes, and is an active speaker and an empowering leader in his free time.

His passion for Pediatric Feeding Struggles drives him to advocate for children that are 100% tube fed due to total oral aversion. This has him speaking locally and nationally to medical communities as well as educating parents and insurance providers on the issue.

Jeanne DePaulis

Jeanne spent her entire career in healthcare, almost exclusively at Primary Children’s Hospital. She gained extensive clinical experience in the Outpatient Clinic, Behavioral Health Unit and as Nursing Director of the Infant Unit. She moved into administration and eventually retired as the Assistant Administrator responsible for Pharmacy, Respiratory Care, Family Support Services (social Work and Psychology, Child Life, Palliative Care, Chaplaincy, Language Services, Music Therapy, Patient Education), Staff Education ,Safe and Healthy Families (Child Protection Team) and Primary Children’s Behavioral Health Programs (inpatient, outpatient, residential). She also held administrative positions in both the Research and Ethics Committees.

She holds a BA in Sociology from Wayne State University, a BS in Nursing from the University of Utah and a Healthcare MBA from Regis University as well as a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Utah.

Libby Ellis

Libby joined the Board in 2018. She is the Senior Director of Development for the Grand Canyon Trust, a conservation organization focused on issues within the Colorado Plateau. Libby has also raised funds for the Nature Conservancy around the globe, directed Patagonia, Inc.'s environmental program and worked as a USNPS backcountry ranger at the Grand Canyon. She wholeheartedly belives in community engagement and giving back.

When Libby's not working or volunteering, she's sharing time with family and friends and exploring all corners of the world. She and her husband Stuart Ruckman have one son, Ellis Ruckman.

Kencee Graves

Kencee Graves, MD, is an Assistant Professor within the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah Hospital. As a Hospitalist, she enjoys taking care of hospitalized patients with a variety of acute medical problems. Her specific clinical interests include medical education, thromboembolism (clotting disorders), sepsis and quality improvement.

Dr. Graves received her MD from the University of Utah in 2010. She received training in medicine from the University of Utah, completing her training in 2013. She served as a Chief Medical Resident following her residency. She joined the University of Utah Division of General Internal Medicine in 2014.

Glen Lambert

Glen is the former Executive Director of Odyssey House of Utah, a substance abuse and social service agency. During his over 30-year tenure, Odyssey House grew from one program with 27 clients to a multi-site agency that serves up to 400 clients daily and a staff of 160. Glen is widely respected as an expert in the substance abuse treatment community and has conducted hundreds of consultations, workshops, classes and speeches in 23 states and seven countries.

Glen holds a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Utah. He has been honored with the Governor’s Award, Utah from the Substance Abuse & Anti Violence Council as well Clyde and Marie Gooderham Lecture Award from the University of Utah.

David Leta

David Leta is Senior Of Counsel at Snell & Wilmer, a law firm in Salt Lake City. He is a financial problem solver, and for over 40 years has represented debtors, creditors, trustees, and other parties in all aspects of financial disputes. David's experience enables him to analyze a financial situation from multiple perspectives and design creative, durable solutions.

As an advocate, he handles litigation for clients involving the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal and Bankruptcy Rules of Procedure, the Uniform Commercial Code and applicable state laws. David also serves as a neutral in mediating financial disputes for non-clients.

Alex Meade

Alex is the General Manager and Principal Broker at the Miller Insurance Group in Salt Lake City. In his field, he holds a Certified Insurance Counselors Designation and is a member of the Society of CIC. Alex has worked with some of the oldest law firms, the largest independent auto dealerships, engineering firms, software technology and biotech companies in Utah. He works with businesses and individuals in most states west of the Rockies, in all areas of insurance and risk management, giving him a unique view for business.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from Linfield College in McMinneville, Oregon. His community involvement includes being a Young Leader with the United Way of Utah, and a member of Fourth Street Clinic’s Corporate Council helping to develop and start the Fourth Street Film Festival held annually in August.

Karen Okabe

Karen holds current and past positions that combine her academic background in executive and cabinet level positions in the state, city and county; she has been appointed by both democrat and republican elected officials. Karen possesses extensive executive experience in human resource management, discrimination and employment law, training and staff development, collective bargaining/labor relations and other related fields. Her background in conflict resolution and certification from the University of Utah in mediation have provided her the opportunity to offer pro-bono mediations for the State Labor Division.

She is a member of the Utah council on conflict resolution. She holds academic standing with both the University of Utah (adjunct assistant professor of political science) and Brigham Young University (instructor) in both their Masters in Public Administration (MPA) programs.

Marilynn Paine

Marilynn retired in 2016 from the University of Utah where she worked in the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry on special projects. She served previously as the Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences Strategic Initiatives at the U of U. In this position, she was involved in and led several initiatives including ambulatory care process redesign and improving patient experiences in the clinical enterprise. In addition, she worked through the governance process that led to the establishment of the University of Utah School of Dentristry, and helped shepherd through governance the new Population Health Sciences Department in the School of Medicine.

Before coming to Utah, Marilynn was at the University of Michigan for 19 years where she was an Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs. She has presented nationally on using process redesign and innovation as tools for organizational and cultural change and engagement. She helped establish and participated in leadership development initiatives for the Health System, and is a certified leadership coach.

She served on the Voices for Utah Children Board of Trustees and served for seven years on the YWCA Board of Directors, the last two years as a chair.

Marilynn has a nursing degree and a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University.

Karen Shepherd

Karen is a former member of Congress and Utah Senator who now serves on several corporate and community boards. She has had a long and varied career that began when she taught freshman English and literature at the American University in Cairo and at BYU. She then served as assistant director and later as first female director of Salt Lake County Social Services.

After serving in the Utah Senate and US Congress, President Clinton appointed her to be the US Representative at the European Bank for Reconstruction and development in London.

Scott Williams, MD, MPH, Past Chair

Dr. Scott Williams spent the first decade of his career as a University of Utah faculty pediatrician providing care to children at the Salt Lake Indian Health Clinic, Salt Lake County Health Department inner-city clinics, and the Utah Migrant Health Clinics across the state. The next ten years were spent at the Utah Department of Health serving as the Director of Family Health Services, Deputy Director and Executive Director during the administrations of Govs. Michael Leavitt and Olene Walker. For the last ten years he has been affiliated with the Mountain Division of the Hospital Coporation of America, first as the Chief Medical Officer of its ten hospitals in three states, and then for the last two years focusing on the development of HCA's electronic medical record pilot project at St. Marks Hospital.

He received a BA in American literature, Masters of publich health, and MD degrees at the University of Utah and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin.