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About NRTRC

Our Team - Staff

Matt McCullough, PhD, Principal Investigator

Matt McCullough, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Utah Education and Telehealth. Network (UETN), where he is responsible for telehealth services, operations, strategic planning, and development of new services and sites. He works extensively with the FCC Rural Health Care programs and understands the complexities of expanding broadband and access to health care in rural communities. He is also the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC). The NRTRC is a HRSA funded program that assists health care providers with telehealth program implementation, training, and education in the seven-state region of AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, and UT. He has experience directing a State Office of Rural Health and working with rural hospitals, clinics, and communities. He holds a PhD in Health Geography with an emphasis on public health and spatial statistics.

Nichole Perisho, BA, BSN, RN, Program Director

Ms. Perisho serves as the Program Director at the Northwest Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC), creating and disseminating information and resources to expand and sustain telehealth in the NRTRC’s seven-state region, serving AK, ID, MT, OR, UT, WA, and WY – and beyond. She is an invited speaker across the country, sharing her deep and broad telehealth expertise in ways that resonate with participants, including a focus on telehealth’s critical role in achieving the quadruple aim of reducing cost, improving quality, enhancing the patient experience and bettering the work life of health care staff.

Prior to joining the NRTRC Ms. Perisho served as the Virtual Health Manager at Logan Healthcare in MT, managing all aspects of telehealth delivery, expansion and improvement. She also served on the NRTRC Advisory Board; in this role she provided guidance and feedback on the current and future direction of the NRTRC’s efforts to strengthen and support telehealth in rural and underserved communities. Her clinical background and years of telehealth experience in multiple specialties strengthens her knowledge of the needs of health care providers and patients and translates into an intuitive approach in supporting and operationalizing telehealth best practices for health care organizations and teams.

Jaleen Johnson, BS, Programs Manager

Jaleen joins the team from University of Utah Health where she was the Telestroke Program Coordinator for five years before being promoted to Neurosciences Outreach Administrative Coordinator. She coordinated a telestroke network of 27 sites in 6 states, managing the daily operations, providing support and training to sites and physicians, working through administrative challenges such as licensing and credentialing, and tracking quality metrics. Jaleen will be based out of our offices in Salt Lake City.

Marz Cesarini, Associate Director IT

The Associate Director, IT directs UTN network & media services teams. This position serves as a key technical resource and oversees technical support of NRTRC activities, including webinars and videoconferences. He serves as staff liaison to the NRTRC Technical Committee and provides technical assistance to NRTRC constituents.