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.
Sarah Abbott was elected to the MMHI Board of Directors in 2019. She is an attorney with over ten years of experience in transactional, commercial, corporate, real estate and regulatory law. Sarah graduated with a degree in English Literature from Wake Forest University and earned her juris doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to moving to Montrose in 2013 with her husband, Wes, Sarah worked as in-house counsel for a private equity subsidiary of the Carlyle Group, CoreSite, in Denver. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking and spending time with her husband and dogs.
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.
Dr. Kjersten Davis Equine Veterinarian
Dr. Kjersten 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.
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.
Ryan Gilbert Bank of Colorado
Ryan Gilbert began his banking career in 2008. He is the Market President overseeing the Bank of Colorado Montrose South, North and Olathe branches. He brings years of lending and executive management experience to the bank and is responsible for the overall management of operations, commercial and residential lending. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies, with a minor in Economics from the University of Northern Colorado. He is married to Kristi Gilbert and they have two children, Lila and Jaxon. In his free time he enjoys hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and hunting.
Alfred Gilchrist was elected to the MMH Board of Directors in 2020. He is an accomplished, recently retired senior executive with extensive experience in leadership positions and demonstrated achievements in health care advocacy organizations. Alfred graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Business Administration and Texas State University with a Masters of Health Care Professions. Prior to moving to Montrose in 2020, Alfred lived for 15 years in Denver where he served as CEO at the Colorado Medical Society. He served as legislative director at the Texas Medical Association in Austin, Texas for 16 years prior to moving to Denver. In his spare time, Alfred enjoys family and friends, reading, skiing, golf and travel.
Kye Hall was elected to the MMHI Board in 2019. Kye is the Vice President of Alpine Bank in Montrose. Prior to joining Alpine Bank, he was the Branch Manager at Bank of the West for 10 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Regis University and Master’s Degree from Colorado State University. His expertise in consumer and small business lending are essential skills he brings to Montrose Memorial Hospital. Kye is married and has three children ages 13, 11, and 8. He and his wife are active in our community, at church, or with their children. In their free time they enjoy boating, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.
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.