Administration

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    Richard P. Nielsen, PT, DHSc, ECS

    PRESIDENT
    With over four decades of service and experience, Dr. Richard Nielsen has served as the president of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions since 1998, when the university was originally named Rocky Mountain University of Physical Therapy. After obtaining two separate Bachelor of Science degrees from Brigham Young University in 1973 and the University of […]
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    Mark Horacek, PT, PhD, MS

    EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS & PROVOST
    Dr. Mark Horacek, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, has been a prominent figure at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions for several years. In his role as the chief academic officer of the university, Dr. Horacek oversees all academic and related functional areas of the university. Dr. Horacek began and completed […]
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    Jeffrey B. Bate, MBA

    EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS
    Jeff Bate joined Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer. With over 20 years of financial management experience, Jeff has introduced controls and analysis to manage the growth and success of the University. Jeff received his Bachelor degree from Brigham Young University, and later received a Master’s of Business […]
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    Jessica D. Egbert, PhD

    EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGY & ENGAGEMENT
    Dr. Jessica Egbert is the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Engagement at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Within Strategy and Engagement, her role is to advocate and lead data-driven assessment, continuous improvement, decision-making, and strategy; promote institutional recognition and build strategic relationships; and fuse data and story to demonstrate University mission fulfillment. Egbert […]
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    Bryce Greenberg, MBA

    ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
    In 2010, Bryce Greenberg joined the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions family. Mr. Greenberg brings a history of successful leadership in all aspects of enrollment management. With the proper application of expertise, genuine interest, and leadership, Mr. Greenberg is at home in his current role as a leader in creating excellence with the help […]
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  • Malissa Martin, EdD, ATC/L thumbnail

    Malissa Martin, EdD, ATC/L

    VICE PROVOST FOR POST-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS & ATHLETIC TRAINING CONCENTRATION TRACK DIRECTOR (HEALTH SCIENCES PhD)
    EdD University of South Carolina -Curriculum Instruction with post-graduate degree Alcohol and Drug Studies MEd University of South Carolina -Health Education BS Indiana State University -Health Education with concentration in Athletic Training Dr. Martin is a member of the most prestigious group of athletic trainers in this country, the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of […]
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    David Payne, PA-C

    Vice President of Technology & CIO
    David grew up in Mesa, Arizona. David earned a B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Health graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University. While in college David met his future wife, Ceri. They have been happily married now dating back to last century (1999) and have 3 beautiful daughters. In 2005, David completed his Master’s in […]
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    Sandra L. Pennington, PhD, RN

    CHIEF OF STAFF
    Dr. Sandra Pennington has been in executive leadership at Rocky Mountain University since 2006, first as Academic Dean (2006-2008, 2009-2012), as the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost (2012-2015), and then as the Executive Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives (2015-2018). She now is the Chief of Staff, Office of the President. She […]
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    Richard Peterson, MBA

    ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION
    Richard joined Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2012 as the University Registrar. In Richard’s time at the university, he has held increasing leadership roles and now serves as the Associate Vice President of Academic Administration. Richard has worked in higher education for over 13 years in progressive responsibilities related to student record oversight […]
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Board of Trustees

  • Michael Skurja, Jr., DPT, ECS (Emeritus) thumbnail

    Michael Skurja, Jr., DPT, ECS (Emeritus)

    CHAIR
    Dr. Skurja is one of the three co-founders of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP). From 1998 through 2018 Dr. Skurja served in numerous positions at RMUoHP including most recently the Executive Vice President of Operations and the Director of Continuing Education. In December of 2018 he retired from the University, and with the […]
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  • Bruce Lee (Nick) Burnett, DNP, FNP, BC, ARNP, C, FAANP thumbnail

    Bruce Lee (Nick) Burnett, DNP, FNP, BC, ARNP, C, FAANP

    VICE CHAIR
    Dr. Burnett is a Family Nurse Practitioner who ran a rural health clinic for nearly 20 years before retiring in 2013. After retiring he continued to work in a metropolitan urgent care and filling in at Family Practice clinics until 2018. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in the School […]
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    Ryan Helon, MBA

    TREASURER
    Ryan Helon is Senior Vice President – Investment Funds at Rev1 Ventures, a seed investment fund and venture development organization based in Columbus Ohio. Ryan serves on the Board of Directors of Clarivoy, Inc., Healthy Roster, Inc., and inmobly Inc. Ryan serves as a Board observer of several other Rev1 portfolio companies. Prior to Rev1, […]
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    Mary Jaco, RN, MSN, NEA-BC

    SECRETARY
    Ms. Mary Jaco is the Hospital Administrator for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston. In this position she is responsible for the executive administration of hospital operations. She received her BA in Psychology from Central College in Pella, Iowa and her MSN from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Jaco has worked […]
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    Paul Burgon

    BOARD MEMBER
    Paul Burgon has spent most of his career in mergers and acquisitions and public and private investments. Paul currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and serves on the Board’s finance and real estate committees. Paul also serves on the Board of Directors of Wasatch Educational Inc, the […]
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    Janet Dufek, PhD

    BOARD MEMBER
    Dr. Janet S. Dufek is a biomechanist who earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, M.S. from Illinois State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Currently a Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dr. Dufek’s research focuses on lower extremity function with focused interest in single subject design, variability […]
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  • Mary Jane Harris, PT, MS, DSc (Hon) thumbnail

    Mary Jane Harris, PT, MS, DSc (Hon)

    BOARD MEMBER
    Ms. Harris is an independent educational consultant specializing in accreditation. She retired in 2015 from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) after more than 20 years of service in the Accreditation Department, 15 of which were as the Director. In this capacity she was responsible for the work of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical […]
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  • D. Brent Israelsen, JD thumbnail

    D. Brent Israelsen, JD

    BOARD MEMBER
    Mr. Israelsen is an experienced attorney and businessman with deep roots in the practice of law, business, innovation, technology, education and the Internet. He is well known for his leadership in transforming the practice of law to embrace the realities of technology innovation and has championed the use of technology and law to enable individuals, […]
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  • Susan Lucht, OTD, OTR/L thumbnail

    Susan Lucht, OTD, OTR/L

    BOARD MEMBER
    Dr. Lucht has been employed with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, AZ since February 2008 in the role of Clinical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services and the TBI/Polytrauma Amputation Network Site. In this role, she has the opportunity to lead a diverse staff of rehabilitation therapists and TBI/Polytrauma clinical […]
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  • Gregory D. Myer, PhD, FACSM, CSCS*D thumbnail

    Gregory D. Myer, PhD, FACSM, CSCS*D

    BOARD MEMBER
    Gregory D. Myer is the Director of Research, SPORT Center and The Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He maintains primary faculty appointment in the departments of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Myer has published over […]
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  • Richard P. Nielsen, PT, DHSc, ECS thumbnail

    Richard P. Nielsen, PT, DHSc, ECS

    BOARD MEMBER EX-OFFICIO
    With over four decades of service and experience, Dr. Richard Nielsen has served as the president of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions since 1998, when the university was originally named Rocky Mountain University of Physical Therapy. After obtaining two separate Bachelor of Science degrees from Brigham Young University in 1973 and the University of […]
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  • Louis R. Osternig, PhD, ATC thumbnail

    Louis R. Osternig, PhD, ATC

    BOARD MEMBER
    Education 1965  B.S.   California State University, Hayward 1967  M.S.  California State University, Hayward 1971  Ph.D  University of Oregon, Eugene Positions and Employment 1971-72 Assistant Professor, Univ. of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 1972-77 Assistant Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 1977-83 Associate Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 1983-2006 Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2006-present […]
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  • Rogan Taylor, PT, DPT thumbnail

    Rogan Taylor, PT, DPT

    BOARD MEMBER
    Dr. Taylor is a Physical Therapist and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He graduated from the U.S. Army-Baylor University in 1982 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and later graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences in 2007. He has been practicing at […]
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    David K. Williams

    BOARD MEMBER
    David K. Williams is the founder and chairman of DKW Ventures. He is a serial entrepreneur and executive who has led multiple companies to success, including the successful launch of Restore Cryotherapy’s first Intermountain West location and nearly 13 years as Chairman and CEO of Fishbowl, an industry leading manufacturing and warehouse management software company. […]
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  • Sunnie Giles, PhD, MBA thumbnail

    Sunnie Giles, PhD, MBA

    BOARD MEMBER
    Dr. Sunnie Giles is President of Quantum Leadership Group. She is the author of The New Science of Radical Innovation (2018). She catalyzes leaders to produce radical innovation and redefine the game as individuals and organizations through organizational transformation and culture change. She is a TEDx speaker on radical innovation. She is an advisor at […]
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