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Katharine Conover-Keller, Chair

Katherine Conover-KellerKatharine Conover-Keller served as President of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for more than 14 years, prior to her retirement in February 2020. During her tenure, the organization's assets grew over 40% to more than $85 million. Annually, the Community Foundation raises millions of dollars for local nonprofits through Old Bill's Fun Run.

Previously, Katharine was the Executive Director of Community Safety Network, also serving on the Governor's Domestic Violence Elimination Council and the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Earlier in her human services career, she was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center. In 2015, she was named Citizen of the Year by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Appointed January 2022, Initially Elected November 2022, Current Term Ends November 2026.

Pam Cutler, MD, Vice-Chair

Pam CutlerDr. Cutler has worked in and directed rural and urban Emergency Departments in the western United States for over 25 years. She is an experienced administrative and clinical leader with specific interests in rural health care and patient safety. Dr. Cutler has served on numerous boards, including her recent roles as President of the Montana Medical Association Board of Trustees and as a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana Community Advisory Board. At Presbyterian Healthcare, an eight-hospital system serving the state of New Mexico, Dr. Cutler was charged with patient safety, risk management, and quality improvement. For the past seven years, she worked as the President of Western Montana Clinic, an independent multi-specialty medical group in Missoula. Dr. Cutler graduated from the College of William and Mary, received her M.D. degree from the University of Virginia, and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She will serve on the Strategy, HR Committee. Elected November 2022, Current Term Ends November 2026.

C. Scott Gibson, Treasurer

Scott GibsonScott Gibson is actively involved in the high technology industry, and has served on the boards of ten public companies, and eight non-profits, over the last 35 years. From 1983 through 1992, Mr. Gibson co-founded and served as president and co-CEO of Sequent Computer Systems, Inc., a computer systems company, which grew from start-up to 2500 employees, and became a public company in 1987. Before co-founding Sequent, Mr. Gibson served as general manager, Memory Components Operation, at Intel Corporation. Since 1992, Mr. Gibson has been a full-time professional director. Mr. Gibson currently serves on the boards of several public, and private companies, as well as non-profit organizations, including Pixelworks, Inc., Wireless Telecom Group, and Kaivi. He served for over twenty years on the public boards of TriQuint Semiconductor, which became Qorvo, NW Natural, and Radisys. In the non profit world he served nearly 10 years on the Oregon Health and Sciences University Governing Board, as well as the board of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. Mr. Gibson holds a BSEE and a MBA from the University of Illinois. Appointed December 2011, Initially Elected 2012 – Current Term Ends November 2024.

Cynthia Hogan, Secretary

Cynthia HoganMs. Hogan has a wealth of experience in the health care industry, both as a professional and as a patient advocate assisting family through serious medical conditions. She has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having worked for Novartis for the last 20 years. Among other things, she established a Patient Services Center to provide reimbursement support and disease education to patients with specialty diseases. She was the co-chair of a Novartis executive women’s organization, leading its growth from 50 to over 1,000 members. Ms. Hogan also helped with strategic planning to prepare the corporation for changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Hogan has served on a variety of nonprofit boards including New Jersey Hospice. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Hogan co-founded Quarantine Cuisine, a service helping to fight food insecurities by delivering meals and groceries to individuals in mandatory or self-imposed quarantine. Appointed April 2015 – Current Term Ends November 2024.

Brent Blue, MD

Brent BlueDr. Brent Blue has served the Jackson Hole community as a primary care physician for over 40 years. While a physician at SJH, he founded the car seat program and championed a tobacco free campus as well as promoting the first onsite childcare and initiating a home health department. He served on the Teton County Public Health Board for eight years and founded Jackson Hole Family Planning and continues to serve as its President. He is on the Board of Dog is My Copilot, an animal rescue organization, as well as being a volunteer pilot. He is in his third term as the elected Teton County Coroner. Dr. Blue is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is a columnist for a national aviation magazine as well as a lecturer and author on multiple aeromedical topics. Elected November 2022, Current Term Ends November 2026.

Evan Jones

Evan JonesJones was a Board member and Vice Chairman of the Board for the Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC and Board Chairman for the Children’s Research Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation and the Advisory Board for the BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado. He is Managing Member, jVenCapital, LLC, a life sciences investment company. Prior to forming jVen Capital, He was cofounder, Chairman and CEO of Digene Corporation, a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on women’s health and molecular diagnostic testing. He has a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Initial Appointed Term May–November 2022. Appointed January 2023, Current Term Ends November 2024.

Bruce Hayse, MD

Bruce Hayse, MD One of the longest-serving, and better-known, family practitioners in the valley, Dr. Bruce Hayse was born in Oregon. Always an avid outdoorsman, Bruce worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and earned a MS in plant ecology from the University of Wisconsin before graduating from the University of Oregon medical school. Before moving to Jackson in 1983 with his wife and two daughters, Bruce co-founded the environmental group Earth First! He remains a conservation activist today, serving on the boards of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Western Wetlands Project, and Wyoming Wilderness Association. His family practice office is on Broadway in downtown Jackson. Bruce was named "Citizen of the Year" in 1992 by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Elected November 2008, Current Term Ends November 2024.

Board Advisors


Bob Hopkins

Bob HopkinsBob Hopkins is a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Since joining BofA in 2008, he has led the firm’s U.S. medical technology equity research group covering the medical device and supply industry including companies such as JNJ, Abbott, Medtronic, Boston Scientific Stryker, Zimmer, Becton Dickinsen, Baxter, Hill-Rom, Edwards, and Intuitive Surgical. Bob is currently the #1 ranked analyst in the space as per Institutional Investor Magazine’s annual poll, which surveys the largest institutional money managers and hedge funds around the world each year to assess which banks add the most value. For the last 16 years Bob has been ranked by Institutional Investor magazine, and he is known as one of the most influential voices in this $450 billion industry.

Prior to joining BofA, Bob led the medical device equity research groups at Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette where is also covered the managed care industry. Bob graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1989 and received his MBA from Columbia University in NY in 1995. Bob has built up a strong reputation for his long-standing clinical expertise, his independent research, and his industry knowledge.

Bob Hopkins, who is also the nephew of Jane Carey, has been coming to Jackson for 30 years. He and his wife own a condo at Teton Village, and their last child will be heading to college this fall. Although they currently reside in Manhattan, they are contemplating making Jackson Hole their permanent home. Bob’s three passions are family, Jackson, and health care. As an avid squash player, he serves on the Board of a nonprofit which provides tutoring and squash lessons for inner city kids to prepare them for college.

James K. Hunt

James K. HuntJim Hunt’s career in corporate finance has been as an investor in high yield debt, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and managing financial service businesses. Active in governance, he has served on over 20 corporate and not-for-profit boards, including seven public companies. Currently, Jim serves as Non-Executive Board Chairman of Hunt Companies, Inc., an international real estate investment firm based in El Paso, TX. Jim serves on boards of the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, Friends of Pathways, and the National Forest Foundation. He received a BBA from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1972 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. He is married to Maggie Fellner Hunt and they have two adult daughters.

Jim Little Jr., MD

Jim Little Jr., MDDr. James "Jim" Little, Jr., spent most of his childhood in Jackson, Wyoming. His father, Dr. Jim Little, Sr., was the first pediatrician in Jackson and still practices as a pediatrician here.

Dr. Little, Jr., graduated from Jackson Hole High School and earned a bachelor's degree in television and film production at Syracuse University. During college and afterward, he developed a passion for medicine while working as a professional and volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). After a brief stint working in TV news and film production, he followed his dream and went back to medical school. In 1998, he graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he was president of his medical school class. He completed his residency training in family medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

After practicing family medicine in the Portland area for seven years, Dr. Little, Jr., had the opportunity to return home to Jackson Hole in 2008.

Jim embraces a patient-centric philosophy of medicine. He believes passionately in the importance of a strong doctor-patient collaboration in medical care and treating the whole person, and not just focusing on individual organs or medical conditions. He has special interests in sports and wilderness medicine, aviation medicine, pediatric care, and urgent care for children and adults of all ages. He is board certified in family medicine and is also a Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Little Jr. is an avid skier, volunteers as a firefighter with Jackson Fire/EMS, and flies as a search and rescue mission pilot with Civil Air Patrol.

Jane Hopkins Carey

Jane CareyJane serves as Vice Chair of the St John’s Health Foundation Board. She will begin her two-year term as Chair in January 2023. Jane and her husband John moved to Jackson Hole full time in 2016. Prior to that the Carey family had been frequent visitors winter and summer since 1990.

Jane’s career spanned more than three decades in the advancement and support of education. A 19-year career leading fundraising, communications, special events, and career development divisions at Georgetown University has been complemented by volunteer leadership positions there. As Chair of Georgetown’s 100-person Board of Regents, Jane led the Regents’ work to support the University’s $1.5 billion capital campaign until 2016. During this time, she also served on Georgetown’s Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee. Beyond her career at Georgetown, Jane worked for nearly a decade as a Grants Consultant for the MBNA Education Foundation in Wilmington Delaware, identifying and evaluating cutting-edge teaching programs in K-12 schools throughout Delaware. During that time Jane also served on the Board of the Buffalo Seminary, an all girls school in Buffalo New York.

After moving to Wyoming Jane served as a strategic consultant for City Kids Wilderness Project, a program that brings youth from Washington DC to spend summers at the Broken Arrow Ranch in Hoback Wyoming. She was also a fundraising advisor to the Global Good Fund in Washington DC and currently advises the fundraising efforts of the Jacobs Institute in Buffalo, New York. In addition to the St. John’s Health Foundation Board, Jane is a member of the Board of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and serves on its Competitive Grants Committee. Jane and John, have three sons, two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

Vance Vanier, MD

Vance Vanier, MDVance Vanier, M.D. is a Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director of Chicago Pacific Founders (CPF), a private equity firm focused on health services and senior living. His career in healthcare and innovation has spanned over two decades and has included roles as an investor, CEO, entrepreneur, and physician.

Dr. Vanier received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, and Highland Hospital in Oakland. He received an M.B.A. from Stanford University, as well as dual bachelor’s degrees with honors. He continues to serve on the clinical faculty of Stanford Medical Center as an Assistant Clinical Professor. He was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2011, recognized as one of San Francisco’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2012 and Genetic and Biotechnology News’ GEN Ten Young Guns of Biopharma.

Board Liaison


Morgan Gurney

Morgan Gurney Contact any of our Board Members by calling executive assistant Morgan Gurney at 307-739-4996 or emailing info@stjohns.health. All correspondence to the Board of Trustees, including emails to this address, will be public record except for information that St. John's is required to keep confidential by law. This includes, but is not limited to protected health information.

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