A volunteer Board of Trustees donates their time and expertise in support
of health system staff and physicians who are dedicated to improving individual
and community health. The Gunnison County Board of Commissioners appoints
hospital trustees for five year terms.
Ronda Connaway, Chair
Ronda is Chair of the health system Board and a Colorado native. Her career
as a higher education administrator was in the Midwest. A Doctorate in
Social Work has been complemented by numerous achievements in volunteer
service. She retired from the University of Kentucky in 1994 and located
in Gunnison. Ronda helped organize the local Habitat for Humanity, and
was a founding Board member of the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation.
Don Haver, Vice-Chair
Don is a full time resident of Crested Butte. After working at various
executive positions at RJR Nabisco Inc and RJR Tobacco Company in Puerto
Rico and Winston-Salem, NC, Don retired to Crested Butte. Don holds an
MBA from Wake Forest University. He served on numerous non-profit boards
in Winston-Salem and, in addition to the Gunnison Valley Health board,
he also serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of the Gunnison
Valley and the Crested Butte Center for the Arts.
Bruce is a full-time resident of Crested Butte. Originally from Pittsburgh,
he spent several decades in the financial services industry in New York
City and Chicago. Bruce holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He
volunteered at several social service organizations and has previous non-profit
Marla Covey moved to Crested Butte with her sister in December of 1989.
After working in banking for 24 years, Marla resigned in 2014, taking
some time off to figure out what the next phase in her life will be. Marla
is currently working and volunteering in the valley which allows her to
learn new skills, increase her time for adventure, and freedom to travel.
She has always been involved in the community as she served on the board
for The Crested Butte Arts Festival and as Treasurer for many years. Marla
has also had the honor of working with many young women in the community
coaching the Crested Butte High School volleyball team.
Over 12 years ago, Marla, along with another friend, worked to expand
the 9 Health Fair to Crested Butte later evolving into the Gunnison Valley
Health Wellness Events. Marla is also a member of the Gunnison Valley
Health Foundation Board of Directors.
The Gunnison Country and the West have always been spaces Polly has coveted
and wanted to protect. Now that she is in semi-retirement she is involved
in local politics, spending time on four boards; Sage Grouse Strategic
Committee, Trails Commission, Cattlemen’s Days Committee and now
Gunnison Valley Health Board of Trustees where her father sat in the 1970’s.
Polly belongs to the League of Women Voters and the Farm Bureau as well.
She is passionate about the area and the people in Gunnison County. She
supports ranching, small business, public lands and multiple use of this
unique region. Polly looks at our environment and water as an important
part of business here and works to keep all of it intact. She has a passion
for writing; Polly frequently journals about the mountains and about the
way of life she grew up in.
Chip and his wife Barb have been full time residents in Crested Butte since 1996.
Chip has served in various management roles with Owens Illinois, Georgia
Pacific, and Unisource. He has served as a Board Member for Lansmont Corporation,
The Mount Crested Butte Downtown Development Authority, Packaging Consultant
for Smithfield Foods and is a current member to the Crested Butte/Mt.
Crested Butte Rotary. Chip is excited to serve on the Board of Trustees
at Gunnison Valley Health and bring his expertise to our local health system.
Dr. Kathleen Gentry
Dr. Gentry holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business from the University
of Arkansas, a Global Business Professional Certificate, a Doctorate of
Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San
Antonio, a Tropical Medicine Certificate from John Hopkins University,
and a Masters in Global Public Health from George Washington University.
She became a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1985 and was
honored as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists in 1989.
Her work experience includes 8 years as a Medical Technologist at Cox
and Mercy Hospital Systems in Missouri, Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the
American Red Cross and was a nuclear medicine researcher for Warner Lambert,
assisting in the development of one of the first nuclear diagnostic kits
for diabetes. She also performed early research on fibrinogen at Southwestern
Medical School in Dallas. After becoming a dentist, she was a private
practitioner in Ft. Worth, Texas where she served as a Member of the Board
of the Tarrant County Dental Society and Delegate to the Texas Dental
Association and American Association of Women Dentists. Dr. Gentry was
a private dental practitioner in Crested Butte for 10 years before retiring
in 2003. Since then, she has worked in the area of public health in Thailand,
Cambodia and the Gunnison Valley. Her focus in public health has been
in Health Communications, Program Development, Monitoring and Evaluations
and Early Childhood Development and of course, dental health.
Dr. Kathleen Gentry has resided in Crested Butte for the past 21 years.
She is past President of the Rotary Club of Crested Butte and Assistant
District Governor. Her daughter, a Biochemist, is currently finishing
a Degree in Medical Technology from Mesa State University in Grand Junction, Colorado.