NRTRC 2021 Annual Conference
Tammy Arndt
Tammy Arndt, Director of Northwest TeleHealth, a Division of Providence Health Care, servicing the Providence WA/MT region, and providing video conference technology and support to healthcare organizations across eastern WA, for healthcare administration, clinical education, and telemedicine services. With over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Tammy’s efforts have been focused on program development, distance education, and virtual service delivery.  She has facilitated the successful launch of multiple telemedicine programs, extending specialty care to rural hospitals, clinics, and patient homes. Tammy is a current advisory board member of the NRTRC and 2018 recipient of the WA Rural Health Association Friend of Rural Health award.
Adimika Arthur PhD
Trained as a clinical epidemiologist, turned successful health care administrator with a proven record of developing innovative strategies to improve the delivery and quality of health services, increase access to care, and stabilize struggling organizations. Dynamic thought leader with progressive experience providing insight in the fields of public health care. 
Adept at analyzing existing health care operations and implementing necessary strategies and formal business practices to strengthen the safety-net. 
Board member, advocate for women's leadership and clearinghouse for connecting people and process. Affectionately known as "Madame Medicaid" for being able to turn any conversation into one about the health program that serves more than 79 Million people nationwide. 
Specialties include healthcare cost containment, revenue cycle enhancement, budget and leadership development. Particular expertise in outpatient services, patient and employee satisfaction.  
Doris Barta MHA
Doris T. Barta is the Director of the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC), one of two National Telehealth Resource Centers. TTAC provides in-depth objective assessments of telehealth technology and publishes the results of those assessments, as well as other pertinent information regarding telehealth technology on their website. TTAC also provides technology showcases during regional TRC conferences throughout the US, and during the COVID crisis, TTAC has provided the Showcases virtually. Ms. Barta has worked in the telehealth field since 1992, serving in the capacity of a telehealth network director as well as in the role of fund development for telehealth. Ms. Barta also served as the Principal Investigator for the Northwest Telehealth Resource Center for 10 years, advance the development, implementation, and integration of telehealth through sharing information, leveraging resources and creating a synergistic telehealth community. The NRTRC represents seven western states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). Through her wealth of experience in program planning and operations, Ms. Barta continues to assist healthcare organizations, networks, and providers implementing cost-effective telehealth programs serving rural and medically underserved populations, with a special emphasis on program development through shared training and expertise.
Jordan Berg
Jordan Berg is the Technology Assessment Specialist at National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC). Jordan has over thirteen years of hands on experience working with the Alaska Tribal Health System in both administrative and technical roles with ten of those years working in telemedicine. Jordan is passionate about working with people, helping them to understand, evaluate, and assimilate telemedicine technology.
James Bush MD, PhD
Dr Bush joined the Wyoming Dep’t of Health in March 2007 as Staff Physician and Medicaid Medical Director. In this role he provides clinical oversight throughout the Dept. of Health. Currently he provides clinical input to the Department. He has a strong interest in developing high value care and quality improvement. Prior to that he had a solo practice on Internal Medicine in Fort Collins, CO. Interested in Medical Policy and Organization, he has filled many roles including that of Chief of Staff at Poudre Valley Hospital, President of the Colorado Society of Internal Medicine, and President of the Fort Collins IPA . In 2010 he was elected to be Governor of the Wyoming Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) for 2012-2016 and in 2018 was awarded Mastership of the ACP. He is Chairman of the Wyoming Telehealth Consortium and oversees the State of Wyoming’s Telehealth contract. Special interests include developing Wyomings Patient Centered Medical Home model, and Value Based Purchasing.
Nate Creer
Nate Creer has 20 years of experience working in Health Care Administration. Nate earned an MBA in Health Care Management and an MBA in IT Management from Western Governors University. Nate worked for 3 years in online education with Western Governors University as the operations manager for the Online Prelicensure Nursing Program. He lead an online distributed nursing education team focused on growing the nursing workforce through an innovative competency-based clinical education model. While working with Hospital Corporation of America Nate served as a Division Director for Medical Transfer and Telehealth Services. He managed centralized teams responsible for Medical Transfers, TeleStroke and TeleCrisis programs supporting 12 hospitals in Utah, Idaho, and Alaska. As the Product Manager for Telehealth, Nate is currently focused on providing consistency in the provider and patient experience when telehealth services are accessed at University of Utah Health. Additionally, he is responsible for implementing a digital health strategic plan for the hospital centered on the mission of providing care to patients how, where, and when they need it.
Josh Cutler MSW, LCSW
Josh Cutler is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and innovator in the mental health field.  He leads a team of behavioral health specialists providing evidenced based interventions to providers and caregivers working in the hospitals and clinics of Providence, our nation’s 3rd largest health system.  He regularly facilitates workshops on wellness and burnout for healthcare providers.  His experience spans transforming organizations in senior management roles, actively influencing public policy at a state and national level, and working in a range of clinical settings with individuals and families to achieve mental wellness. His current focus is on utilizing cutting edge technology to increase access to evidenced based behavioral health treatments.
Krista Drobac MPP
Krista Drobac is a partner at Sirona Strategies. She has more than twenty years of experience in federal and state government, and in public affairs. She was previously the director of the Health Division at the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, and a Senior Advisor at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during the Obama Administration. She also served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and spent five years on Capitol Hill as a health advisor to Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin and Senator Debbie Stabenow. In addition to providing health care consulting services, Krista serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Connected Care, a 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to ensuring that all patients are able to realize the benefits of telehealth and remote monitoring. She also serves as Co-Chair of Aligning for Health, a coalition advancing social determinants of health policy at the federal level. Krista holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPP from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Stewart Ferguson PhD
Stewart Ferguson Ph.D. is the CIO for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) located in Anchorage Alaska.  Dr. Ferguson has primary responsibility for Health IT operations for the Alaska Native Medical Center, the largest Native hospital in the US.  Dr. Ferguson was previously the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) with primary responsibility for the expansion of a single patient record EHR throughout the Alaska Tribal Health System.  As Director of Telehealth for ANTHC, he was also responsible for the design and development of the AFHCAN telehealth program.   Dr. Ferguson is a past President of the American Telemedicine Association, founded the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center, and is a founding member and past-Chairman of the Board for the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center providing support to telehealth systems in 8 states and the Pacific Islands.  Dr. Ferguson served on the National Quality Forum’s Telehealth Measures Committee, Cerner’s CIO Council, and the Board of the Alaska eHealth Exchange.  Dr. Ferguson has over twenty-five years of progressive computer and research experience in academic, industrial, biomedical and business environments.  He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees both in Biomedical Engineering, and B.S. degrees in both Mathematics and Electrical Engineering.
Lisa Finkelstein
Dr. Lisa Finkelstein is a Urologist at St. John's Health. She started the Telehealth Department from the ground up in 2018 and is the Medical Director of Telehealth at SJH. When the pandemic hit Jackson Hole, WY, Dr. Finkelstein and her team were prepared and able to get the hospital and other independent providers on board with telemedicine quickly. Her passion is Telehealth and is an integral part of the Wyoming Telehealth Network. She has worked with the state of Wyoming to help promote telehealth throughout Wyoming. Telehealth was her main initiative during her year as President of the Wyoming Medical Society 2018-2019 and continues to present day. She was in private practice in Urology for 25 years . She did her Urology residency in Michigan and moved to Jackson Hole in 2003. She continues to lecture to medical students and physicians about Telemedicine.
Chris Fore PhD
Chris Fore, Ph.D. is currently the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence (TBHCE). He is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He received his doctorate in child clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. In 2009, he established the IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence. The mandate of the Center is to explore the feasibility of telebehavioral health within IHS (regionally and nationally), improve access to care, develop models of care, and to address sustainability.
Jody Haines
Mei Kwong JD Law

Mei Wa Kwong, JD has over two decades of experience in state and federal policy work.  She is the Executive Director for the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center.  She has written numerous policy briefs, crafted state legislation and led several coalition efforts on a variety of issues and assisted states in their telehealth efforts, particularly in Medicaid and public health.   

Ms. Kwong is recognized as a national expert on telehealth policy.  She helped create the model statute language that became the basis of the 2011 California state legislation that updated California telehealth law, published several articles on telehealth and telehealth policy in various peer reviewed journals and is the co-author of CCHP’s 50 State Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement Survey.  She has been consulted by state and federal lawmakers on telehealth legislation and policy and is sought out by the media to provide insight on telehealth issues.  Ms. Kwong is a sought-after speaker who has spoken to a variety of audiences including health industry executives, physicians, journalists, attorneys and various national organizations.   

Prior to joining CCHP, Ms. Kwong was the Policy Analyst for Children’s Home Society of California where she worked on education and early childhood issues.  She was recognized for her work by the Child Development Policy Institute. 

Ms. Kwong is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and has a BA in International Affairs.   

Rose Locklear MPH
Based in the Oregon Gorge, Rose Locklear joined the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) in 2017 after completing two internships at ORH as part of her master’s degree in Public Health at Oregon State University. As a Program Manager she helps Oregon’s rural and frontier Critical Assess Hospitals increase access and provide support to providers through Telehealth and Project ECHO.  Rose currently oversees ORH's Annual Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon, and serves on state and regional Telehealth and Project ECHO governing boards.  She holds masters’ degrees in Public Health and Kinesiology from Oregon State University. 
Thanh Nguyen
Thanh Nguyen is a family nurse practitioner.  She has over 25 years of experience in primary care and immediate care.   Thanh has dedicated the last 10 years of her career to develop the Providence ExpressCare virtual program to open access to care for all consumers.  She is the champion for telemedicine.  Currently, she serves as the chief clinical officer for ExpressCare and ExpressCare virtual service with PSJH.    
Suzinne Pak-Gorstein MD, PhD

Suzinne Pak-Gorstein, MD, MPH, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her career has been fueled by a commitment to support health equity through the clinical care of vulnerable children as well as by working on public health efforts to empower marginalized communities locally and internationally.   

In terms of telehealth equity work, Dr. Pak-Gorstein is involved with efforts to ensure equity in utilization of telehealth for patient care in the UWMC system, and co-chairs the American Academy of Pediatric's (AAP) Telehealth Equity workgroup to develop evidence-base for equity in Telehealth dashboards, metrics, and interventions. 

Clinically, Dr. Pak-Gorstein provides care for refugee children and other immigrant families at the UW Harborview Pediatric Clinic. She also attends on the pediatric trauma service at Harborview Medical Center. She serves as the pediatric advisor for the WA State Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance's Refugee Health Promotions project, partnering with refugee resettlement agencies to support refugee and asylee's seeking children with complex medical and social complexities. She has developed CDC national nutritional guidelines for refugee children, and developed curricula to train pediatric residents on refugee health care.  

With regards to global and public health efforts, Dr. Pak-Gorstein co-directs the Global Health Residency Education and Advocacy for Child Health (REACH) program, training and mentoring pediatric medical residents carrying out community assessments in Kenya, and she serves as a course instructor and speaker for public and global health courses at the University of Washington. She has worked with governmental programs supporting child nutrition programs while living in Nepal and Indonesia, and supported monitoring and evaluation projects in Laos, Bangladesh, Philippines, and India. 

Kerry Palakanis DNP, APRN
Dr. Kerry Palakanis is a family nurse practitioner who has worked for over 30 years in family practice focusing on rural health and telemedicine.  Dr. Palakanis has served as a national featured speaker for programs on issues related to rural health care delivery and telemedicine, has provided testimony to state and federal legislature on telemedicine bills, has received state and federal grants for telemedicine programs, developed & conducted remote patient monitoring grant programs; consulted in the development of national chronic disease management platforms and collaborates with various companies to develop/initiate innovative programs to provide connectivity and telehealth solutions to underserved populations.
Jenny Parker BS
Jenny Parker currently works as the Telehealth Program Development Manager at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Jenny has worked in the medical field since she joined the Air Force as a medic in 2001. Throughout her career she has traveled the globe and has been stationed at some interesting and unique locations that have allowed her to become immersed in a variety of cultures. In her military career she worked in both the inpatient and outpatient settings to include: pediatrics, same day surgery, medical/surgical ward and family medicine. After her military commitment, she transitioned to work as a federal contractor in the Intensive Care Unit for 5 years as a Critical Care Technician, her first telemedicine experience, monitoring 38 telemetry beds. She continued her education to help her better understand how the administrative side of a hospital functions by obtaining her Bachelor of Science in HealthCare Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2014. Jenny has partnered with several of our campus specialty clinics and statewide Tribal Health Organizations to help develop and implement telehealth into their daily clinical outpatient practices in order to increase access to care and enhance use video conferencing software to reach patients in remote areas of Alaska. As the Telehealth Program Development Manager, she leads a team of telehealth assistants in enhancing communication, coordination and connection assistance for clinical health care providers to implement the use of modern technology and initiate or expand telemedicine programs across the state.
Kristen Quinn CMHC, CCLS
Kristen Quinn has worked in burn care at the University of Utah Health Burn Center since 1993.  Her roles have included Child Life Specialist, Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and Psychosocial Program Coordinator.  Kristen was a key player in the creation of the psychosocial programing at the U Health Burn Camp Programs. She is now the director of the five camp programs as well as yearlong programing and a weekly support group for patients and families. The University of Utah Health Burn Camp Programs utilize self-esteem building, teamwork, and peer interaction to create a positive environment for survivors to heal.  Participants learn skills to move through recovery as their best selves.  Kristen enjoys watching kids who attend the camp programs grow into adults who are contributing members of their communities.  She has done contract work with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, including program development, peer support training and supervision.  She has also worked with the International Association of Firefighters, teaching resiliency for fire fighters and families. All of these programs transitioned to virtual programing in 2020. 
Linda Sossenheimer BSN, RN, RS, M Ed Psych
With a professional career in healthcare spanning more than 25 years, Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition (Dietetics and Food Administration) from California Polytechnic State University in 1988.  After working as a Clinical Dietitian supporting cardiac, organ transplant, nutrition support services, and outpatient nutrition counseling in Germany and the United States, Linda went back to the University of Maryland, Baltimore to earn her RN (BSN) degree in 1994.  Later working in cardiac rehabilitation providing patients with nursing and nutrition cardiac education as they progressed back to health.  Linda and her family moved to Salt Lake City in 1998, where she worked as a Diabetes Educator at Intermountain Medical Center.  Linda earned her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, while working as a high school counselor in an International Baccalaureate program.  Linda has been working at the University of Utah in the Department of Network Development & Telehealth on the Education Team since January, 2020 creating and supporting the development of virtual education programs reaching healthcare professionals throughout the Mountain West Region (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah).  
Garret Spargo MA
Garret Spargo is the Principal Investigator of the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center (TTAC). With 12 years of experience working in the field of telemedicine, his background touches on various aspects of evaluating and implementing technology in the field of telehealth, ranging from software testing and programming to product design and review. He now heads up the federally-funded national technology center that supports one other national and twelve regional Telehealth Resource Centers(TRCs) across the United States.
Krista Stadler RN, BSN
Krista M. Stadler is a Registered Nurse who is passionate about improving community access to quality, cost effective care regardless of their geographic location. For the past 17 years she has supported large health systems by designing, implementing, and sustaining various telehealth initiatives and strategies. She currently serves as Senior Director of Telehealth Services at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. In this role she collaborates with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop Telehealth solutions that solve some of healthcare’s most pressing challenges. She has direct oversight of new and existing Telehealth programs including Remote Patient Management, Transfer Center/Bed Placement Operations and St. Luke’s Virtual Care Center which opened in August of 2018.
Ray Timothy PhD
Dr. Timothy serves as the CEO/Executive Director of one of the premier Research and Education networks in the country, Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN). UETN provides network services, application services and support services to public education, higher education and libraries. It is a public/private partnership that connects every public school, charter school, college, applied technology college and university in Utah. UETN provides connectivity and educational resources to more than 824,000 students and more than 80,000 educators and staff in Utah public and higher education. UETN is also responsible for broadband connectivity to 70+ healthcare sites throughout the State of Utah. Sites include rural hospitals, clinics, community health centers, public health departments, and the University of Utah dialysis centers, among others. Dr. Timothy comes to the head of UETN after having served for over 30 years in various educational leadership positions. He has served as a classroom teacher, principal at the elementary and secondary levels, district superintendent, and deputy state superintendent. In those areas of responsibility he has had a continual focus on the use of technology to enhance the educational opportunities for students. He has served on multiple educational technology advisory groups for the Governor of Utah and other state leaders. He recognizes the unique role UETN plays in “Networking for Education and Healthcare” in Utah.
Cara Towle RN, MSN
Cara Towle, MSN, RN, MA, has more than 20 years of experience in telehealth. In 1996, she established UCSF International Medical Services, offering telehealth programs reaching Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. From 2001 until 2015, she served as the founding Director for Telehealth Services at the University of Washington, and in 2016, moved to the UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to develop innovative telepsychiatry services. She is a founding Board member and former Board Chair for the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center, as well as a founding board member of the Washington State Telehealth Collaborative.
Brian Wayling MBA
Brian Wayling is an Executive Director with Intermountain Telehealth Services. He is responsible for developing system-wide telehealth delivery strategies to enable technology-based care delivery options for clinical teams and patients across Intermountain Healthcare and with regional partners.  This integrated approach provides capabilities to increase access, reduce costs and improve quality for patients and caregivers.