The Board of Directors (the “Board”) has overall responsibility for the Hospital’s operation and patient care. The Board consists of nine members and all Board members serve for four year terms.
Dr. Michael Brezinsky Internal Medicine Physician
Dr. Michael Brezinsky is a board certified Internal Medicine physician originally from Chicago, Illinois who was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2015. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and went on to attend medical school at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics, where he also served as a Chief Resident from 1996-1997. He and his wife, Christine, have 5 children and have lived in Montrose since 1997. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, doing medical mission work in impoverished countries throughout the world and fly fishing.
Ron Courtney Private Industry Consultant
Ron Courtney and his wife Michelle have made Montrose their home for the last 30 years. Ron is a longtime western slope citizen tracing his roots back to his great grandmother’s family who homesteaded on Wilson Mesa in the late 1800’s. Their children attended Montrose schools and now make their homes on the western slope of Colorado. Ron is a CPA and left a career in banking in 1988 and moved to Montrose to begin his career in public accounting with Dalby Wendland and Co. working in both the auditing and tax divisions of the firm. He now works in private industry serving in executive leadership positions.
Heidi Dragoo is an applied epidemiologist, with over seven years’ experience studying causes of illness and injury and their impact on community health. She was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2017. She earned a Masters of Public Health degree from Tulane University and an undergraduate degree in Communications from Xavier University. In her current role, she oversees the Epidemiology Program at Mesa County Public Health. Heidi is passionate about utilizing data to improve community health outcomes. She and her husband, David, have called Montrose home since 2015. Heidi enjoys spending her free time outdoors, whether hiking, biking, skiing or taking their puppy, Remy, to the City’s wonderful dog park.
Dr. Kiersten Davis Equine Veterinarian
Dr. Kiersten Davis is an equine veterinarian originally from San Francisco, California who was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2014 and is the current Board Chair. With an undergraduate degree from Cal Poly she obtained her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis. After working in Pennsylvania and California, she settled in Montrose. She and her husband, Kevin, have two grown sons. Kjersten is interested in community service and serves, or has served, on different boards, including the Montrose and Olathe School Board, Center for Mental Health and the Montrose Community Foundation. In her free time, she rides horses and loves to run our local trails.
Lance Lehigh CFO – Center for Mental Health
Lance Lehigh was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2013. A native of Montrose, Lance is passionate for this area. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Mesa State College (Colorado Mesa University), and his Masters degree from Colorado State University. Lance’s background in non-profit and governmental accounting lends itself to the fiduciary responsibilities critical to being a member of the Board. He is the CFO at the Center for Mental Health, and sees the need in healthcare for the whole person, mentally and physically. Lance is married to Teresa and enjoys his children and our great outdoors.
Roy Ryan was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2016. He obtained his undergraduate and masters degree from Loma Linda University and a PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. Roy has worked in educational administration at the undergraduate, graduate, and board levels as well as at the board level for health care institutions and hospital groups around the world. After living in Asia for twenty-three years, he returned to the States where he continued his work with education and health care organizations at the board level as well as managing investment portfolios. Roy and his wife, Carol, moved to Montrose in 2015 where they enjoy 4×4 off road exploring, golf, photography, and the great outdoors. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Seth Ryan was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2016. Seth is a Deputy District Attorney for the District Attorney’s Office in the 7th Judicial District which serves Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, San Miguel, and Ouray counties. He has a juris doctorate and masters of business administration from the University of Denver. Seth is a Colorado native and has lived in Montrose for the past ten years. Before moving to the Western Slope, he worked as a stock broker at Charles Schwab, Inc. doing technical and fundamental analysis of publicly traded companies. In his spare time, Seth enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife Stacey, and playing blues guitar.
Bud Taylor Executive Director Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club
Bud Taylor was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2018. Bud was born in this hospital and has lived in Montrose most of his life. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University. Bud is the Executive Director for the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Clubs in Montrose and Olathe. Before working for the Club, Bud worked for the City of Montrose as the Industrial Pretreatment Wastewater Coordinator, helping local businesses understand environmental regulations. In his spare time, Bud enjoys spending time with his wife Amy, and dog Betsy.
Dr. Mary Vader Pediatric Associates
Dr. Mary Vader is number seven out of 11 children born and raised on a ranch in Gunnison and was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2013. She studied medicine at North Texas State University and Pediatrics at St Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix. The western slope called her back and she joined Pediatric Associates in 1990. She specializes in child abuse and neglect and provides forensic exams and consultation for the 7th Judicial District. A passion has been to take vacation time to participate in medical missions all over the world which she has done for 26 years. Mary is active in local community service and started a foundation called the Helping Hand Fund, part of the Montrose Community Foundation.