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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

Nicki Perisho, BA, BSN, RN, Program Director at the Northwest Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) brings a wealth of experience in telehealth and a focus on the patient to the NRTRC. She most recently served as Virtual Health Manager at Kalispell Regional Healthcare in Kalispell, Montana where, like many of you, she experienced the telehealth surge due to COVID-19. From her clinical background and years of telehealth experience in multiple specialties, Nicki has first-hand knowledge of the needs of healthcare providers and patients, and how those needs translate into best practices for telehealth. She also has a regional perspective, having served on the NRTRC Advisory Board prior to her role as Director and served on the executive committee of the Montana Telehealth Alliance. Nicki has presented on telehealth at national, state and regional conferences.

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.