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Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE

Dr. Adams has served as President and CEO of Rocky Vista University since October 1st, 2015, where he is leading the transformation from a single College of Osteopathic Medicine to a Health Sciences University. He comes to RVU from Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) in Pomona, California, where he served in numerous leadership roles for nearly 11 years. He joined WesternU following a distinguished career in the United States Navy, where he attained the rank of Rear Admiral and served in a variety of capacities, leading hospitals and regions around the world. Dr. Adams is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, later completing both anesthesia and family medicine residencies. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He completed an Academic Fellowship at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and was Chair of the Council of Osteopathic Postgraduate Training committee of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). He is a past president of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, a member of the AOA, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Adams has received numerous state and national recognition and awards, served on the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Board of Directors, and most notably, became a trailblazer in osteopathic medical education as one of first DO physicians appointed as a Director on the governing Board of ACGME for the newly established Single Accreditation System for graduate medical education in the United States.

Stan Albrecht, PHD

Dr. Albrecht is President Emeritus of Utah State University. Prior to his 12-year term as President, he served in a number of other higher education administrative positions, including Department Chair, Dean (twice), Academic Vice President, and Provost. He has also served as Associate Director of University of Florida’s Institute for Health Policy and Epidemiology and as Vice President of the Rural Sociological Society.

Dr. Albrecht has served on the Boards of Regents Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Utah), Intermountain Health Care’s Logan Regional Hospital, the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, the NCAA, Cache Valley Electric, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, the American Council on Education, and is a former Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. His research has been funded by NIH, NIEHS, the Department of Agricultural, and other public and private entities. He has published four books and over 100 research articles, many dealing with issues of health and environmental policy.

Tate Garrett, MBA, Board Secretary

Mr. Garrett, Chief Financial Officer of DeliverLean, has over 30 years of business experience with success in both education and venture capital. He previously was CFO for AlvaEDU, a company whose software tools enabled professors to create online courseware.  Prior to that he was Executive Director of Business Development at Kaplan, Inc. In that position he directed venture investments and M&A activities, advised educational technology company Axonify, and held a Board seat at Moodlerooms (which was bought by Blackboard). He also managed an early stage venture capital fund for Advantage Capital Partners as Senior Vice President, where he led investments in eleven private companies and was the founding CFO of Pasteuria Bioscience, a natural pesticide company that was sold for over $112 million. He has also owned and operated a marine canvas manufacturing company and has been a strategy consultant to major telecommunications companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Jeffrey J. O'Neill, Vice Chair

Jeffrey J O’Neill is a 30-year veteran of the Food and Beverage Industry in North America with an extensive leadership background in Sales/Marketing, Strategic Planning and Retail operations. Jeff was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of The a2 Milk Company an Australia based specialty milk product. After establishing the organization and launching the brand into the U.S. Jeff joined the Companies Advisory Board. Prior to this position, Mr. O’Neill was the President and CEO of Denver based Einstein Noah Restaurant Group (ENRG) an 865 unit, publicly traded Breakfast/Restaurant chain including such well-known brands as Einstein Bros Bagels. Jeff joined ENRG in 2008 and under Jeff’s Leadership ENRG tripled its market cap, delivering a 5-year compounded annual Shareholder Return of 34%.

Prior to joining ENRG, Jeff held the title of Chief Operating Officer, and later, President and Chief Executive Officer of Priszm/YUM Brands Canada a publicly traded restaurant company based in Toronto, and one of the largest KFC franchisees in the world. In 1999, Mr. O’Neill lead a period of unprecedented innovation and market share gain during his tenure as President of Pepsi Cola Canada. Jeff began his career in Marketing with The Quaker Oats Company where he rose to the level of Vice President in both Marketing and Sales. Throughout his career, Jeff has been involved in numerous industry associations including Chair of Beverage Canada, and a Director of the Grocery Product Manufacturers of Canada. Jeff also held a 3-year term on the Deans Advisory Board at the University of Ottawa Business school. Mr. O’Neill currently sits on the Board (and Audit committee) of Ruby Tuesday Restaurants, as well as on the Board of Rocky Vista University, where he is Chair of the Compensation Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Molly K. O'Neill, MHA

Ms. O’Neill is the Chief Growth and Strategy Officer for Medforth Global Healthcare Education Group. Ms. O’Neill brings over 30 years of experience in developing growth strategies to increase market share and improve the performance of academic, not-for-profit, and investor-owned health care organizations.  She previously served as Chief Commercial Officer at Proteus Digital Health, where in November of 2017, the FDA approved the first digital medicine, thereby opening a new path for innovation in the pharmaceutical industry where silicon and software are part of a drug.  Ms. O’Neill has also held senior leadership roles at Duke University Health System, Partners Healthcare, Ascension Health Care Network, Tenet Health, and Inova Health System. Molly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and her Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. In addition to Rocky Vista University, she currently sits on the Board of Directors for health- and technology-related companies: Mauna Kea Technologies, and Qure Healthcare.

John Peabody, MD, PhD

Dr. Peabody is an international health care leader in health policy, health economics, and quality of clinical care. He has contributed more than 200 articles and abstracts to peer-reviewed literature and written books on quality improvement and the economic benefits of standardizing practice in healthcare systems around the world. Dr. Peabody developed the globally adopted standard for measuring clinical practice variation, known now as CPV® vignettes, and is the Founder and President of QURE Healthcare, the global leader in improving healthcare quality through physician benchmarking, feedback, and engagement. <br><br>In addition to faculty appointments at UCSF and UCLA, John has served the academic and global community in a host of capacities. He is the past CMO and clinical lead at Sg2, and a former Senior Researcher at the RAND Graduate School. Dr. Peabody has previously worked as an executive of the biotech giant Amgen, serves as a senior advisor to Autism Speaks, and regularly advises the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and the WHO. Dr. Peabody also served as the Deputy Director of the Institute for Global Health under its first Director, Sir Richard Feachem, from 1999-2004. Since 1995, Dr. Peabody has been a member of the faculty in the departments of medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health services at the University of California, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dr. Peabody is a board-certified internist and, in 1999, he was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians. A Stanford University graduate, he received his MD from UCSF, his diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene (DTM&H) from the University of London, and his master of philosophy and a PhD in public policy (health economics) from the RAND Graduate School.

Maha Y. Sallam, PhD, Board Chair

Dr. Sallam earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computer Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she later earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering. She also completed the Leadership and Strategy in Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Executive Education program at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently serves as President of VuEssence, Inc., a development-stage company focused on creating diagnostic solutions related to stroke and head injury applications, which she established in Florida. Previously, she served as Vice President of CT Solutions for iCAD, Inc., an industry-leading provider of advanced image analysis and workflow solutions for healthcare professionals, located in New Hampshire. As VP, she was responsible for new product initiatives in Computed Tomography (CT). She also initiated and managed a program for creating Computer Aided Detection (CAD) solutions for automated detection of polyps in CT Colonography exams—a program she managed from inception through product definition, licensing, research and development, clinical testing and FDA submission.

Andrew Sussman, MD

Dr. Sussman has had an impressive and well-rounded career as a senior physician leader, a primary care internist, and an educator. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Medforth Global Healthcare Education. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. He has served as President of CVS Minute-Clinic, as Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UMass Memorial Medical Center. Additionally, he currently holds the positions of Professor of Medicine at St. George’s University Medical School and as Associate Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School. He has been named as one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and one of its “Top 50 Most Influential Physician Execs.” In addition to Rocky Vista University, Dr. Sussman serves on the Board of Directors for Medforth Global Healthcare Education.

David Forstein, DO, FACOOG, ex-officio

Dr. Forstein is the Provost for RVU. Before coming to RVU he was the Dean and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Harlem Campus. A leader in the osteopathic medical world, Dr. Forstein is currently the Chair of the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and he serves on the board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, where he is also a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Committee Requirements.

Dr. Forstein has also served in other notable roles, including as Director and Associate Professor of OB/GYN at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and as a Clerkship Director at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He also held clinical faculty appointments at Clemson University School of Health Research, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, and many more. 


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