Board Of Directors
Chris Sparrer-Baer is a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties. She is a second generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator with 11 restaurants. Her favorite part of being a McDonald’s Owner/Operator is the wonderful team she works with. She has served on numerous committees with National and Regional McDonald’s with a focus on restaurant operations, as well as how the use of technology can enhance operations.
Chris served on the RMHC board in the nineties. She was also chapter president of RMCC that merged with our local RMH to form RMHC of the Intermountain Area. She and her husband Mark co-chaired the gala on two occasions during that time. She has a lot of passion for RMHC and is excited to serve again.
Chris has a BA in German from the University of Utah and an MBA from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. In her free time, Chris enjoys tennis, skiing and being with her family. She loves attending ski races and soccer games for her daughter.
Chris is married to Mark Baer, a local attorney whose passion is skiing. Together they have two children. Alex is 23 and currently living in Montana after graduating from Montana State University and Lizzy is 17 and a senior at Rowland Hall.
Paula Green Johnson is an active community volunteer and philanthropist. She has served on the governing boards of the YWCA Salt Lake City, United Way of Salt Lake, the American Red Cross, and the University of Wyoming. She served as the Chair of Major Gifts for the YWCA’s Capital Campaign and as Board President for the YWCA (and other boards). She serves on two national boards — YWCA USA and United Way Worldwide National Women’s Leadership Council. She is the recipient of the Norma Matheson Volunteer of the Year award, United Way of Salt Lake Volunteer of the Year and has received two lifetime achievement awards (American Red Cross and the Governor’s Commission on Women and Families, as well as other awards). She brings a passion for philanthropy and community service. She is married to Peter Johnson with Sinclair Oil and they have one son, Prescott, a lovely daughter-in-law Jaime and two beautiful grandchildren.
Greg Bailey is the McDonald’s Owner Operator in Sweetwater County Wyoming. Greg and Cindy Bailey own and operate 3 McDonald’s restaurants in Rock Springs and Green River Wyoming. Greg started his career with McDonald’s in November 1973, as a crew member while attending the University of Arizona. He became an Owner/Operator of his first restaurant in January 1996. He is a long time supporter of RMHC, having also volunteered at the house in Tucson Arizona when he lived there. He currently is the treasurer of the Intermountain McDonald’s Cooperative Association (IMCA) as well as being past President of the association in 2008-2010. Greg is active in the community, as past president of the Sweetwater Joint Travel and Tourism board and still current member, which uses a 3% lodging tax to promote the county, to treasurer of the Rock Springs Kiwanis Club, and treasurer of the International Days Committee. Greg and Cindy have supported the Grand Givers program for many years and sponsor the “Wyoming tables” at the annual Gala. Greg and Cindy will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 2016 and have 2 daughters, Heather and Sarah, 3 grandchildren and 2 wonderful son in laws.
Scott Bates joined the Larry H. Miller Group in 2006 as associate general counsel. He then served as general counsel for Miller Automotive Operations, Larry H. Miller Real Estate, Total Care Auto and Larry H. Miller Management Company. In December 2012, Scott was named president of Larry H. Miller Real Estate, one of five primary business units of the Group. Prior to joining the Larry H. Miller Group, Bates practiced law as a civil litigator and prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, as in-house counsel and director of real estate for Extra Space Storage, Inc., and he served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Dee Benson. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and also earned a juris doctor from the University of Utah. Prior to obtaining his law degree, he sold residential, agricultural and commercial real estate for eight years. Scott and his wife Caroline live in Cottonwood Heights, Utah with their three children. His hobbies include skiing, running and biking.
Katina Curtis is an audit partner at Grant Thornton in the Salt Lake City and has fourteen years of public accounting experience. Her clients include private and public companies in a variety of industries. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Katina worked in the Salt Lake City office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Katina worked primarily with public companies throughout the Intermountain region.
Katina is practiced in serving clients in the energy, mining, direct selling, manufacturing and distribution industries. Her portfolio of clients includes both public companies, portfolio companies of private equity groups and family-owned businesses.
Katina graduated from Westminster College of Salt Lake City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, and from BYU with a Master of Professional Accountancy. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. Katina is the current Chair for the Utah Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and sits on the University of Utah Accounting Advisory Board. Katina is also very involved with Special Olympics Utah as a past Chair of the Board of Directors, 8 year board member, and past Gala Chair. She served on the national finance committee for Special Olympics from 2012-2013, and was named as one of Utah’s “30 Women to Watch” in 2012 by Utah Business magazine. Katina joined the RMHC Board in 2020.
Chris Droubay is an attorney and Shareholder with Snow Christensen & Martineau. His legal practice covers a variety of civil litigation matters including cyber security issues, insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, employment issues and regulatory compliance. A main focus of Chris’ practice is Health Law. He represents and counsels clients on a number of complex statutory and regulatory issues, including: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Medicaid & Medicare issues, the Affordable Care Act, Antikickback and Stark Laws, and Credentialing issues.
Chris has represented numerous employers in understanding and establishing policies related to the employer mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act. He carries a unique emphasis in counseling clients on data breach issues involving both HIPAA and HITECH. With the increased number of reported breaches, and variety of “loss” types of all sizes, individuals and companies are placed at risk every day. This rapidly growing threat involves “thefts” of all kinds, from laptops, desktop computers, paper records and network servers. Chris has successfully represented numerous clients in actions involving negligent credentialing allegations and considerations. He represents clients, large and small, in developing HIPAA compliant policies and procedures and defending clients under investigation for HIPAA complaints. Chris has also counseled clients regarding Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues and helped clients navigate the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. Chris has extensive experience defending medical providers of all sizes in both regulatory and malpractice matters.
Mary Emmie Gardner has served as the Administrative Director of the Cancer and Transplant Center at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital since 1999. In her current position, she is responsible for the 32 bed inpatient immunocompromised unit and the pediatric Cancer, Blood and Marrow Clinics, Infusion Center and Sedation suites with 8,000 clinical visits annually. Emmie graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the St. Mary’s College Notre Dame in 1982, and received her MSW from the University of Utah in 1987. She and her husband Arnie reside in Bountiful, Utah and are Grand Givers and strong supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities’ mission. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Rocky Mountain Candlelighters, Cornerstone Counseling Center and the Utah Hemophilia Foundation. Emmie is a certified clinical social worker and trained in mediation and conflict resolution.
Tiffany Glasgow, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah practicing in the Division of Inpatient Medicine. A California native, she completed her medical school and residency training at University of California San Francisco in 1997. Her career at the University of Utah began in 2001. Dr. Glasgow’s clinical expertise is in treating hospitalized children at Primary Children’s Medical Center where she serves in numerous administrative roles, leads quality improvement initiatives, and is engaged in medical student and resident education. She is married to Robert Glasgow, MD, Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah and has three children, Matt (20), Sommer (18), and Garrett (14). Her previous trustee experience includes a 6-year term on the Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School governing board.
Tiffany and her family have been strong supporters of RMHC for several years.
Mr. James Swayze, also known as Jim, was appointed as President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah on July 17, 2017. He previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at CNIC Health Solutions, Inc. He has also been Vice President and General Manager of Rocky Mountain Health Plans Front Range operations since 2001. With more than 20 years of both self-funded and fully-insured healthcare experience in the marketplace, he has extensive leadership capabilities and the ability to develop strong and positive working relationships with employers, brokers and providers.
He came Regence BlueCross from the Denver metro area, where he served for the past nine years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the state’s largest third party administrator of employee benefit plans. Prior to that, he held key leadership roles with such prominent Colorado health insurance firms as Secure Horizons, PacifiCare Health Systems and FHP Health Care. His responsibilities have included policy planning and implementation as well as direction and coordination of departments including production, pricing, sales, distribution of products, operations and clinical activities and negotiation and approval of contracts and agreements with provider organizations, suppliers and vendors. He also has strategic planning and management skills, innovative marketing strategies and an aptitude for developing new products. He has the proven ability to establish and expand broker distribution channels that market a wide variety of successful self-funded and fully insured products.
His community service includes serving as a member of the executive committee from 2002 to 2005 and board of directors from 2001 to 2007 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and serving as a team coach for Real (Formerly Douglas County Soccer Association) since 2002. He also actively supports many other Denver-area not-for-profit organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, Girls on the Run, the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. He has been Director at CNIC Health Solutions, Inc. since 2004. Mr. Swayze holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ursinus College, where he majored in Economics and Business Administration.
Lloyd Y. Tani, MD received both his undergraduate education and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his pediatric and pediatric cardiology training from the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. After training, he joined the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and has been a member of the faculty of the University Of Utah School Of Medicine for over 26 years. During this time, he has served as Medical Director of Noninvasive cardiac imaging and Associate Director of the Division. He is currently Professor of Pediatrics and serves as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah and as the Co-Director of the Heart Center at Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tani has also served on national committees for the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. Tani’s clinical and research interests include general pediatric cardiology, acquired heart disease in children, pediatric valvular disease, and echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart). Dr. Tani has been a long-time donor and champion for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, and the pediatric patient families we serve.
Monica Whalen serves as the Utah President of MSEC upon its merger with Employers Council in 2015. She joined the Utah Employers Council in 1994 as an employment law attorney. She was elected President and CEO in 2002. For over twenty years, she has helped employers find practical ways to efficiently run their business while complying with an ever-increasing number of federal and state employment laws. Her passion is to help employers resolve workplace problems and employee complaints in ways that minimize potential legal liability. A Montana native, Monica began her professional career as a rural high school English teacher and then worked for several years as an attorney at prominent Salt Lake City law firms. She earned a B.A. from Montana State University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a current member (and a previous board member) of the Employers Association of America, the national trade association for employers across the country. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area and was recognized as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business Magazine in 2015. She is a member of the Utah State Bar.
Bill is an estate planning attorney. He is admitted to practice in Utah, Idaho and South Dakota. Before moving to Utah in 2017, he was on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho and was a partner with Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group in Boise. He now practices with Sloan & Sloan in Salt Lake City. He earned his B.S. in finance from Brigham Young University, his J.D. from the University of Utah and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University.
Bill is NOT an artist. Bill is NOT the CEO of Simplot. He does, however, like art and McDonald’s French fries.
Catherine (Carrie) Romano is the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, Inc. She joined RMHC on November 1, 2010. Carrie has more than 14 years of demonstrated nonprofit organizational leadership, financial management and fundraising experience securing and managing private funding, ensure program excellence, and building strong collaborative partnerships. She served as the Chief Development Officer and Capital Campaign Manager for the YWCA Salt Lake City for eleven years. She was a member of the YWCA’s Senior Management Team and was responsible for the YWCA’s communications, public relations, marketing and annual fund development. As Capital Campaign Manager, Carrie led efforts to successfully secure $20.5 million in capital funding to complete the YWCA’s Phase I Campus Expansion. Prior to her work at the YWCA, she served in a variety of direct service and management positions in government and nonprofit agencies. Ms. Romano earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah.
Dr. Mark Briesacher serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Physician Executive & President, Intermountain Medical Group Dr. Briesacher is responsible for advancing Intermountain’s long-standing efforts to be a leader in care that is centered on patient safety, quality, extraordinary experiences, great access, and stewardship. In earlier roles, Dr. Briesacher led the implementation of KidsCare, served as a Region Medical Director, and then as Senior Administrative Medical Director for the Intermountain Medical Group. Recently, he has led Intermountain’s implementation of iCentra, our clinical and business information systems.
Dr. Briesacher served on the Intermountain Board of Trustees from 2005 through 2008, and is currently a member of the SelectHealth Board of Trustee and the Intermountain Medical Group Board. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Central Methodist College and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Briesacher then moved to Salt Lake City and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital.
Mark, his wife Lori and their family have actively supported RMHC with volunteer service and philanthropy for several years.
Alison Flynn Gaffney is a native New Yorker, now living in Utah with her husband and stepson. Alison has over two decades of experience in management consulting and the healthcare industry. Currently, Alison is Executive Director of Perioperative, Imaging, and Ancillary Services at The University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics (UHealth). Alison was most recently, a Senior Vice President at GNYHA Services, Inc., and Nexera, Inc., two companies within the for-profit division of the Greater New York Hospital Association. Alison provided executive oversight for key client relationships and assisted in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives. She also oversaw internal operations for both Nexera and GNYHA Services. Previously, Alison worked at former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, where she led the healthcare and pharmaceutical practice internationally in addition to engagements within the energy, finance, and fraud detection arenas. She has held administrative, operations, and supply chain positions at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Continuum Health Partners, and Danbury Hospital.
Alison is a Board Certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Certified Materials and Resource Professional through the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM). Alison also serves on a countless number of Boards volunteering her time and expertise to impact organizations and people in a positive ways. Including but not limited to; the MHA Community Advisory Board at the David Eccles School of Business and the Utah Healthcare Executives Mentorship Committee. She is a Past President of Healthcare Leaders of New York, a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a past Board member of the American Red Cross of Greater New York-Harriman Advisory Board as well as a former volunteer for New York Needs You. In 2015, she received the Zachary Foundation’s Healthcare Classic Award and was presented with the Highest Leaf Award from the Women’s Venture Fund in 2013. In 2012, Alison, along with many colleagues, received the Empire State Healthcare Leadership Award for service regarding the Hurricane Irene Response in 2011.
Alison holds a BS in Health Care Administration and a MS in Health Services Administration from Iona College, where she has since served as an adjunct professor, guest lecturer, and a member of the Alumni Board. She is also the founder of Sounding Board 4 Life, LLC, a professional development and strategic advisory firm.
Heather Kahlert is the Vice President of The Kahlert Foundation. The Kahlert Foundation is strategically dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being in the areas of health care, youth programs, education, veterans, and human services. Ms. Kahlert serves on the executive board of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), Make-A-Wish Utah, Alpine School District Foundation, the David Eccles School of Business Advisory Board at The University of Utah, The Woman’s Success Center at Utah Valley University, as Vice Chair of Utah Philanthropy Day, and many more. She is passionate about RMHC and helping families and nonprofit organizations in her community. Heather is a busy mom raising three kids and trying to make a difference in the world.
Jim is president and CEO of Cache Valley Electric in Logan, Utah, an international electrical contracting firm. Under his direction, Cache Valley Electric has been named Outstanding Electrical Contractor of the Year 13 times by the Intermountain Electrical Association. A 1974 graduate of Utah State University, Jim received the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award in 2000, was Utah Business magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2010. Jim has served on the Intermountain Foundation board since 2014 and was on the Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital board from 2009-2016. Jim has served on the Utah State University board of trustees, USU Foundation board, and as president of the university’s Big Blue Club. Jim is passionate about the Utah community, and has been actively engaged on the board of directors of The Sunshine Terrace Foundation and the Logan-Cache Airport Authority. He joined the RMHC Board in 2020.
Mike Luedy is a Senior Asset Manager at Green River Capital, LC. He oversees the disposition of hundreds of residential real estate deals each year, and manages a nationwide network of real estate agents spread across the United States and Guam. Mike has been part of RMHC of the Intermountain Area since 2011, when he started as a front desk volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Salt Lake. He is still volunteering in this capacity at the House, and at the RMHC Family Room located inside of Primary Children’s Hospital. When he can pry himself away from this amazing charitable organization, Mike finds himself enjoying the punishment of CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. A native of Long Beach, CA, Mike traded the sand and surf for the beautiful mountains of Utah, and has enjoyed every minute of it. Mike relocated to be close to his best friend, and his friend’s wife and family, and it turned out to be the best decision of his life. The word LOVE really summarizes Mike’s passion for this organization!
Mariana L. Mavor, CFP® founder of Uintah Consulting, brings over fifteen years of financial and estate planning experience having spent over half of her twelve years in banking in the wealth management areas of both The Private Bank at Wells Fargo Bank and Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. Throughout her career, Ms. Mavor has managed a portfolio of high net worth clients and established relationships across multiple lines of business. Ms. Mavor continues to assist clients in areas of trust and estate planning, financial planning, discretionary and non-discretionary investment oversight, business operations and succession planning, life and real insurance services, philanthropy, income and estate tax strategizing and other areas of wealth management as needed.
Jennifer Patton is a force of energy and determination, she is recognized for her innate ability to open doors and develop relationships with top partners, clients and industry organizations. She was featured in the book “Living With Enthusiasm.” Jennifer is active in the tech community and served on two working committees with the Application Developers Alliance; Data, Analytics and Security, and Media and Entertainment. She also served on the Advisory Board for SXSW and SXSW V2V. She currently serves on the Tech Committee for the National Ability Center. Jennifer is passionate about empowering youth with technology and her biggest joy is being a mentor for students in under-served communities. She holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Hope College.
Sterling is currently the Chief Meteorologist for KUTV 2-News and can be seen on the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts Monday through Friday. He has become a familiar face to 2News viewers, joining the KUTV 2News Weather Team as an anchor, weather producer and meteorologist in December 1989. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society. He served a three-year term as a member of the Board of Broadcast Meteorologists from 1997-2000, and was chairman of the AMS Broadcaster’s Conference in San Francisco in June 2000. This veteran forecaster graduated with a degree in Meteorology and gained his weather experience during his ten years with the United States Air Force. During that time he was assigned to the National Emergency Command Aircraft, 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron in direct support of “Air Force One” at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He was a Severe Storms Forecaster, assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Center and also provided aviation forecasts in support of Air Force and Department of Defense missions worldwide. He served a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He is currently a member of the Utah Air National Guard, assigned to the State Headquarters Public Affairs staff, and is the “Voice of the Utah National Guard”. Sterling’s television career began in 1985 when he joined KSL television in Salt Lake City as a weather producer and meteorologist. When he is not working at 2News, Sterling is involved as Music Director and Founder of The Choral Arts Society of Utah, conducting as many as six concerts each year with the 120 voice choir. He is Music Director of the Days of ’47 Pops Concert and Executive Vice President of the Days of ’47 Inc. He also serves on the board of the Clark Planetarium, and chairs the board of the West Valley Symphony of Utah. He was lucky enough to find the love of his life Danette Poulson, a wonderfully committed RMHC volunteer and champion. Danette passed away in 2017. Sterling resides in Centerville and enjoys fishing and spending time with his family, including his five children and seven grandchildren. Sterling and Danette have been strong champions for the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Alan Regal is a Civil Engineer with Psomas where he oversees construction design and support for private and municipal land development projects. Alan has been a part of the Ronald McDonald House since 2011 when he joined the Young Leadership Board, which ignited his passion for the charity. He served as the Communication Chair, and then President of the Young Leadership Board during 2014, and continues to serve as a front desk volunteer. Alan is honored and grateful to be a member of the Board of Directors where he can help to develop and direct the charity that he loves. Alan received his BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from Westminster College. Alan lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Hadley, and enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, snowboarding, and spending time with his family and friends in his free time.
Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos MD, FACS is the newly appointed Surgical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation with Primary Children’s Hospital – Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Rodriguez received his medical degree from the Anahuac University. He completed a year of research in portal hypertension and hepatobiliary surgery at the National Institutes of Health System in Mexico. He was a surgical intern at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ.
In 2003, he joined the Transplant Team at the Recanati-Miller Transplant Institute as a clinical fellow in Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. In 2005 he joined the New York Medical College as Assistant Professor in Surgery. He coordinated the Transplant Fellowship program from 2006-2009 and helped develop the Pediatric Liver Program.
He joined the Yale University Transplant Team in 2010. Dr. Rodriguez has particular interest in adult and pediatric living donor transplants, hepatocellular carcinoma, and portal hypertension. Dr. Rodriguez is pursuing novel means for perfusion and preservation techniques to improve graft quality and expand the donor pool. His current research involves the use of partial grafts and extended criteria for donation in liver transplantation, and preservation techniques for decreasing ischemia-reperfusion injury in intestinal and liver grafts. He collaborates with the Yale School of Engineering to design and test new perfusion devices for intestinal preservation. Dr. Rodriguez was a Member at Large of the UNOS Liver Committee (2012-2014), and has served on numerous other liver transplantation consortia and advisory boards. He is a strong supporter of RMHC and proudly served on the Governing board of the Yale-Connecticut RMHC.
Jim Turnbull, DHAD serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for University of Utah Health Sciences. Turnbull’s career spans over 40 years in the health care industry, split between the Canadian and American Health Systems. Since March of 2008, he has served as Chief Information Officer of the University of Utah Health. Prior to joining U of U Health, Dr. Turnbull served for seven years as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. His academic background includes a BA in Organizational Psychology, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and a DHA from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Turnbull was the recipient of the CHIME-HIMSS 2012 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Jim is a former board member and chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and a fellow and former president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).