2017 Board of Trustees

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 Alpern

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 Board experience.

Marla Covey

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 a 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.

Polly Oberosler

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 Christian

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.

Meetings & Agendas

2018 Upcoming Meetings & Past Agendas

  • January 16, 2018 - View Agenda
  • February 27, 2018 - View Agenda
  • March 27, 2018
  • April 24, 2018
  • May 22, 2018
  • June 26, 2018
  • July 24, 2018
  • August 28, 2018
  • September 25, 2018
  • October 23, 2018
  • December 4, 2018

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