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About NRTRC

Our Team - Advisory Board Members

Representatives to the NRTRC board are located in seven northwestern states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Our board members are pioneers in the world of Telehealth and several have influenced Telehealth policy and evolution on the national level.

Alaska

Cindy Roleff, MS, BSN, RN-BC
ANTHC Telehealth Program Development Manager, AFHCAN

Cindy is the Telehealth Program Development Manager for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). ANTHC is a non-profit Tribal health organization that serves over 158,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people throughout the state of Alaska. The system includes approximately 200 telemedicine access locations.

Cindy has worked in telehealth for the past seven years and has a total of more than 30 years of nursing experience. Cindy's team currently offers telehealth consultation and training services to all of the Tribal organizations and clinics throughout Alaska. Her team provides support for video and store & forward telehealth which is used broadly in primary care and in over 30 specialty care services. Cindy has also designed, coordinated and taught classes and courses on dozens of clinical and technical topics to local, national and international audiences.

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a Master of Science in Business Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne. Her board certification is in Nursing Professional Development.

 

Amanda Lindner MSN-Ed, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Manager Telehealth, Providence Alaska Medical Center

Amanda Lindner is the clinical nurse manager for Providence Alaska Medical Center. She oversees clinical operations for several telehealth programs. Amanda’s team also partners with other healthcare ministries and service line leaders to implement new telehealth programs. As the manager for telehealth, Amanda’s team is focused on the future of easing the transition of care from hospital to home and ensuring that rural hospitals have access to the resources they need to provide high quality patient care. Amanda has worked in telehealth for over five years. She has a Master’s degree in Nursing Education and over 20 years of nursing experience. She has a certification in critical care. Amanda enjoys teaching and teaches several courses to various audiences.

Idaho

Robert Cuoio
Executive Director, The Hospital Cooperative

Robert Cuoio is the Executive Director of the Hospital Cooperative. The Hospital Cooperative (THC) is a non-profit hospital consortium with 16 members in Idaho and Wyoming. The mission of THC is to improve regional health care by providing support and value to members through shared resources, knowledge, and information. THC members feel that they are stronger together than they are as individuals.

Robert has worked in rural health care for the past 12 years and has spent most of that time heavily involved in telehealth. With the help of a federal grant from HRSA, Robert helped develop telehealth services throughout the region. The initial main focus was adult mental health but has since included other services such as oncology and child/adolescent mental health. The grants allowed for the purchase of equipment into all of the member hospitals. Robert has extensive experience writing and maintaining federal grants, accessing government subsidies for connectivity, troubleshooting, physician relations, and selection of telehealth equipment. Robert has worked in different capacities within Idaho to help improve reimbursement for telehealth services.

Robert holds a master's in business administration and a bachelor's in health care administration from Idaho State University. Robert is currently an adjunct faculty member at Idaho State University, facilitating the health care administration internship program for students.

 

Tom Hauer
Director, North Idaho Rural Health Consortium

Tom is the TeleHealth Director for Kootenai Medical Center and the North Idaho Rural Health Consortium. The TeleHealth network has provided northern Idaho with educational and consultative services since 1996.

Mr. Hauer has over thirty years’ experience as a Maintenance and Sales Engineer in the communications industry with emphasis on private line video, voice, data and fiber optic services.

Tom got his formal education at the University of Utah in Electrical Engineering (1977).

Montana

Doris T. Barta, MHA
Director, Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC)

Doris T. Barta has over 20 yearsexperience working in the telehealth field, serving in the capacity of atelehealth network director as well as in the role of fund development fortelehealth. Ms.Barta served as the first Principal Investigator for the Northwest Regional TelehealthResource Center for 10 years, advancing the development, implementation, andintegration of telehealth programs throughout the region. Through her wealth ofexperience in program planning and operations, Ms. Barta continues to assisthealthcare organizations, networks, and providers implementing cost-effectivetelehealth programs serving rural and medically underserved populations, with aspecial emphasis on program development through shared training and expertise. Ms. Barta received her Masters Degree inHealth Administration from Montana State University – Billings in 1999, and herCertification of Telehealth Program Manager in 2013.

 

Jody Haines, MHA, FACHE
Teleheath Director, Billings Clinic

Jody Haines has dedicated her career to improving the health of Montana. For the past fifteen years she has served in regionally based roles responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and management of innovative initiatives including population health, value-based care, telemedicine, operations, and community and workforce development programs.

Jody earned her Bachelor of Science in health promotion/pre-med from Montana State University and her Executive Master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Washington. She is the youngest board-certified healthcare administrator in the state of Montana- earning her FACHE in 2013. In 2016 she was listed in the Missoulian’s “20 Under 40” for her dedication in putting the patient first while creating and managing the state’s largest medical home program. Additionally, she received the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) early careerist regents award in 2015 and the senior-level executive regents award in 2018, both for her leadership and successful work in advancing healthcare in Montana.

Jody currently serves as the President-Elect for the Montana Telehealth Alliance and is actively engaged in a variety of professional organizations and community activities. She was recently also elected by peers to serve as the ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) Regent for the state of Montana.

Jody resides in Missoula, Montana with her husband and two young daughters. In her rare spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors- particularly trail running, backpacking, and backcountry skiing. Rooted from her upbringing, you can also find her supporting small town rodeos and ranch rodeos any chance she can.

 

Oregon

Cathy Britain
Executive Directory, Telehealth Alliance of Oregon, CSBritain Consulting

Catherine Britain is a co-founder and a past president of the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon (TAO) and currently serves as the Program Director. She is the principal and owner of CSBritain Consulting in Medford, Oregon. Catherine served as the chair of the TAO reimbursement workgroup which was responsible for developing Oregon’s telehealth reimbursement legislation in 2009. She also serves on the advisory board for the NRTRC.

 

Rose Locklear, MS MPH
Field Services Program Manager, Oregon Office of Rural Health

Rose Locklear is a Field Services Program Manager at the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH). In 2017, Rose began as a Program Coordinator to help Oregon’s rural and frontier Critical Assess Hospitals (CAHs) increase access to specialty care. This initial focus of this work was to support interested Oregon CAHs with information to help strategic decision-making on provider education and telehealth services to improve access to care in their communities.

Rose currently oversees ORH's Annual Forum on Aging, as well as the Rural and Frontier Listening Tour 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

Utah

Nate Creer
Telehealth Product Manager, University of Utah Health's Office of Network Development & Telehealth

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.

 

Brian Wayling, MBA
Assistant Vice-President Telehealth Services, Intermountain Healthcare

Brian Wayling, MBA, joined Intermountain in 2015 as Assistant Vice-President of Intermountain Healthcare TeleHealth Services. Intermountain considers telehealth an integral option for improving access, and Brian is responsible for developing system-wide telehealth strategies that enable care delivery throughout the Intermountain Healthcare system and elsewhere. He leads efforts to provide appropriate technologies and services that clinical programs and support functions can utilize for increasing access, reducing costs, and improving quality.

Prior to joining Intermountain, Brian was the founding Director of the eHealth and eNovation Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In addition to healthcare, he has extensive executive and operational management experience in the financial, technology and design industries. His Six Sigma Black Belt and PMP certified.

 

Washington

Tammy Arndt
Director, Northwest Telehealth (NWTH)

Tammy Arndt is the Director of Northwest TeleHealth, a regional video conference network, providing a platform of connectivity to thirty-three communities in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Utilizing collaborative tools and established protocols, Northwest TeleHealth facilitates and supports healthcare administration, distance education, and clinical services to improve access to healthcare and promote healthy communities.

With over 20 years' experience in the healthcare industry, Tammy has a pragmatic approach to program development and delivery. Focusing on workflow integration of virtual services, she has facilitated the successful launch of multiple telemedicine programs, extending care to rural hospitals, clinics, and patient's homes. Tammy is proud to represent Northwest TeleHealth, a founding organization of the NRTRC, and Eastern Washington on the advisory board.

 

Cara Towle, RN, MSN, MA
Associate Director, Integrated Care Training Program/Psychiatry Consultation & Telepsychiatry, University of Washington

Cara is the Associate Director for the UW Integrated Care Training Program and the UW Psychiatry Consultation & Telepsychiatry program. UW Medicine is an academic medical center serving the 5-state region, and UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences annually provides ~15,000 Telepsychiatry consultations in over 150 inpatient and outpatient settings.

Cara established UCSF International Medical Services in 1996, offering telemedicine services to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. At the UW, she directed UW Telehealth Services 2001-2015, and began her current position in 2016 to help initiate these two new programs. She is a member of the Washington State Telehealth Collaborative, and a founding board member of the NRTRC.

Cara Has an MSN (University of California San Francisco), and an MA in International Administration (School for International Training).

 

Wyoming

Jim Bush, MD, FACP
Medical Director, Wyoming Medicaid

Dr. Bush joined the Wyoming Dep’t of Health in March 2007 as Staff Physician and Medicaid Medical Director. 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 . Enjoying teaching as well he has been on the Clinical faculty of the U of Colorado for 23 years, and has also been involved with teaching Residents in Family Practice in Fort Collins.

In 2010 he was elected to be Governor of the Wyoming Chapter of the American College of Physicians for 2012-2016. He is Chairman of the Wyoming Telehealth Consortium and oversees the State of Wyoming’s Telehealth contract.

 

Lisa Finkelstein
Urologist and Medical Director of Telehealth, St. John's Health

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.