The 2023 RMC Leadership Conference

This Year’s Conference will be held:
October 4 (Wednesday) – 6 (Friday)

Conference Schedule

Get ready to not only attend keynotes, breakout sessions, but also set some time aside to get to know your peers.

This event isn’t just a RMC Leadership Conference,
it’s a RMC Family Reunion!

9:00 AM
Timp Room | Welcome: Why are We Here?

9:15 AM 
Timp Room | Ice Breaker:  Do you have a “Lemon” of a Mindset?

9:45 AM 
Timp Room | Sponsor Message:  NURSA Staffing

10:15 AM 
Timp Room | General Session:  Retain and Pinnacle Awards

10:30 AM 
Timp Room | Becoming Legendary | Jon Owens

11:30 AM
Timp Room | Sharing the Success | Nancy Bunot & Ryan Levingston

12:00 PM
Lunch

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1:00 PM
Timp Room | Sponsors Message: BetterRX

1:30 PM
Workshop 1 | ALF | SNF | HHC & HOS

2:30 PM 
Timp Room | MatrixCare presentation of Interoperability and A.I.

2:50 PM 
Timp Room | Sponsors Message: Guardian Pharmacy

3:10 PM
Axe Throwing & Meet the Sponsors

6:00 PM
Dining Room | Dinner

7:00 PM
Pickleball | Hiking | Firepit till 9pm | Horseshoes | Volleyball

8:00 AM
Dining Room | Breakfast

9:00 AM
Timp Room | Welcome Recap

9:15 AM
Timp Room | Kick’n Boot

9:30 AM
Timp Room | Make a Stand: Mandatory Staffing | Johnathan Bangerter

9:45 AM
Workshop #2 | ALF | SNF | HHC & HOS

11:15 AM
Timp Room | Change & Accountability | Kyle Larson

12:00 AM 
Timp Room | Mindful Meditation | Nicole Bangerter

12:30 PM
Dining Room | Lunch

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1:15 PM
Timp Room | Optum Partnership | Amber Williams, Optum

2:30 PM
Timp Room | Liability & Malpractice: MedPro | Arlene

3:30 PM
Timp Room | Jeopardy

4:30 PM
Outdoor Team Building Challenge

6:00 PM
Dining Room | Dinner

7:00 PM
Rocky’s Got Talent | Karaoke to follow

or

Pickleball | Volleyball | Firepit | Tennis Courts | Horseshoes

8:00 AM
Dining Room | Breakfast
*Luggage packed before breakfast and key turned in to Brittany or Chelsea

8:45 AM
Timp Room | Sponsor Message: OmniCare Pharmacy

9:15 AM
Timp Room | Panel Discussion: Networking – Guides to Success

10:45 AM
Timp Room | Payactiv | Casey Whiteley

11:00 AM
Timp Room | State of the Union | Jason Gatherum

12:00 PM
Lunch

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1:00 PM
Timp Room | Ignite Your Operations | Kelly Snowball

1:30 PM
Timp Room | Opal Award / Final Remarks: Eddie Bangerter

3:00 PM
Depart

Ashley Fornengo
Director of Clinical Operations for Home Care & Hospice

Ashley Fornengo is the Director of Clinical Operations for Home Care and Hospice. She provides clinical operations and quality support to the administrators, director of clinical services, and care coordinators. Prior to taking this role in July 2022, she served as the Area Operation Manager for the outer Utah home care offices and was the home care Administrator for Wyoming. She graduated from the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing in 2006 and started her nursing career at Tripler Army Medical Center. Ashley joined the Rocky Family after her husband got out the United States Navy and they returned to their hometown in Green River, Wyoming. She has a passion for supporting leaders in their roles, and helping each office be the premier choice in their communities for home care and hospice.

Casey Whiteley
Chief Information Officer

Casey Whiteley is Chief Information Officer for Rocky Mountain Care since 2015. Bringing over 26 years of IT experience and leadership to Rocky Mountain Care’s portfolio of companies.

Formerly worked for MarketStar, Omnicom Media, and Iomega. Casey has sat on the employer advisory board of Ogden Weber Applied Technology College, and now an executive member of Utah’s Association for Information Management (AIM).

Casey enjoys learning new technologies, and has certifications with Cisco, Microsoft, Novel, ITIL, Linux, and Network Administration. In his spare time, he enjoys working with renewable energy projects and is a consumer electronic connoisseur and loves home automation.

Dee Dunn
VP of Home Health and Hospice Operations

Dee Dunn is our new Vice President of Operations for Home Health and Hospice.  Dee just joined the Rocky family on September 18th and has hit the ground running.  Dee comes to Rocky with over 30 years of working in healthcare and honed her focus into the Post Acute Care arena about 15 years ago.  Dee has her BS in HR Leadership and her MS in HR Leadership and Organizational Development.  Dee started her career in Human Resources and then switched to the operations side of healthcare.  With her background and education, she brings a very people forward approach to leadership and patient care.

Dee, her husband Bill and their cat Ari (sounds like airy), are in the process of relocating to the Salt Lake City metro area and are excited to get to know the area and the people.

Eddie Bangerter
CEO/President

Eddie Bangerter, President of Rocky Mountain Care. During his tenure, he expanded home care and hospice services from one office location to 23 locations serving six states: Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, California, and Wyoming. Under his supervision, Rocky Mountain Care began personal care services, outpatient therapy, and acquired Assisted Living housing. He has increased SNF bed capacity by over 200 beds while keeping occupancy in the 90 plus percentile. Eddie earned an MBA from Weber State and a B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University.

Jason Gatherum
Chief Business Development Officer

Jason Gatherum, Chief Business Development Officer at Rocky Mountain Care. He has over 15 years’ experience delivering results driven revenue growth in post-acute care. He has built and maintained significant community alliances and partnerships that strengthen presence of Rocky Mountain Care and its continuum of care. This includes securing major payor contracts, rate negotiations, accountable care organizations, and getting paneled with hospital organizations as preferred providers. Jason has an MBA from Westminster College.

Johnathan Bangerter
Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy

Johnathan Bangerter is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy for Rocky Mountain Care. With 30 years working full time with skilled facilities, Mr. Bangerter interfaces with State Associations and Government departments to shoape policies for all Rocky Mountain Care managed entitites, as well as future development and business growth.  He has provided insight and recommendations related to management and improvement of physical plant operations, as well as the implementation of electronic health records and tracking of care in the skilled nursing facilities.

Jon Owens
VP of People and Culture

Jon Owens is the Vice President of People and Culture for Rocky Mountain Care. He began employment with Rocky Mountain Care in 1994. Through Jon’s leadership, he has extensive experience running RMC facilities in 90 percentile or better, decreasing staff turnover by more than 20 percent and implementing facility-wide Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) programs to address problem areas and to improve operating inefficiencies. As a result, the facilities have received “deficiency free” surveys by the Utah Department of Health. With increased focus on fraud and abuse prevention, RMC appointed Jon as its Compliance Officer for its managed entities. Since that time, Jon and RMC’s Compliance Committee have developed and implemented standards of conduct, policy and procedures, and to provide guidance to employees and contractors in ethical behavior. Currently, Jon has responsibility for developing and implementing leadership and employee development programs throughout the RMC continuum. He is also an Arbinger Institute facilitator.  Jon graduated with an BA from Brigham Young University and obtained an MBA from Westminster College.

Josh Lancaster
VP of Assisted Living

Josh Lancaster is the Vice President of Assisted Living for Rocky Mountain Care.

Kadi Larson
VP of Care Management

Hello my Rocky family! I was fortunate in my younger years to have an extended family that always let me tag along. As my parents referred to me as “a gypsy” I spent my summers up in northern Idaho, and on the farm with my grandpa. I love spending time outdoors with my family playing pickleball, mountain biking, and golfing.  I still have that passion for traveling today. I have a bucket list of places to visit that grows monthly.

I started in healthcare in 1995 as a CNA. I quickly realized that nursing was not my gig. I graduated from Weber State in 2001 as a Respiratory Therapist. I spent the next ten years working in the ICU, ER, and NICU. I returned to Weber State to start working towards a degree in business. I graduated from Weber State in Business Administration in 2010. I started with Rocky in 2012, at our Clearfield facility, managing the Vent/Trach unit. My passion (when I’m not traveling) is the continuum, specifically transitioning patients from one level of care to the next, successfully.

Kelly Snowball
Chief Operating Officer

Kelly has 36 years of health care experience with 28 years in senior leadership positions. Prior to joining RMC, he was regional vice president for Avalon health Care for their mountain west region and state Veteran’s Homes. There he successfully opened 4 new state veteran’s homes in Utah and Nevada and directed operations of several other long-term care facilities. He also worked for Kindred Healthcare as Director of Operations for Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. Kelly has been an adjunct professor for the Health Care Administration program at Weber State University for 13 years. He has also board member for Weber State University’s College of Nursing for 8 years. He also is the current President of the Utah Health Care Association. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and Health Care Administration from Weber State University.

Kyle Larson
VP of Change Management

Hello Rocky Mountain Care! I am very happy to have joined the RMC family in April of this year. Last fall, I moved with my family from Bend, Oregon to Sandy so we could be as close as possible to Little Cottonwood Canyon. Both my kids are competitive freeride skiers, our family spends a lot of time in the mountains, both summer and winter, skiing, trail running, mountain biking, floating rivers and camping – looking forward to exploring new places.

In 2011, I embarked on a significant career transition from finance and consulting to clinical operations leadership. I began my journey as a Dialysis clinic Administrator, where I also earned my Patient Care Technician certification. Subsequently, I progressed to overseeing diverse clinical teams within health system environments and eventually took on the role of Regional Director, responsible for leading multiple clinical Service Lines. In my leadership roles, I leveraged my analytics and process improvement background to implement change initiatives while advocating for on-site leaders and clinicians. It is with this focus that I wish to serve here at Rocky, collaborating with you all for the transformation to a culture of even more open communication and continuous improvement!

Megan Darby
Chief Nursing Officer

Megan directed the Rocky Mountain Care Clinical Family for the last four years. She has been in the healthcare industry for 16+ years. She brings with her extraordinary leadership and strategic vision. She continues to deliver a successful and fierce dedication to stellar resident outcomes, survey results and Quality/5-Star ratings. She began her nursing career at the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veteran’s Home and served in the capacity of RN supervisor, Unit Manager, and ADON. She reluctantly left the Ogden VA Home to pursue a promotion. She continues to carry the VA Homes Core Values in her career today.

Nancy Bunot
Administrator – SNF, Evanston

Nancy Bunot is the Administrator of Rocky Mountain Care in Evanston, WY. I am proud to lead a five-star skilled nursing facility. I have been with RMC Evanston for 15 years and with Rocky Mountain Care

18 ½ years. I was the admissions coordinator at RMC Clearfield before taking the Administrator position at Evanston. I graduated from Weber State University in 2004 with a degree in Healthcare Administration and Gerontology. During college I worked at Macey’s grocery store.

I am a mom to Harrison, a eight-year-old boy and wife to Austin. In my free-time I love to watch sports (especially college football…go Cougars). I enjoy listening to sports talk radio, meal planning and cooking, shopping, providing service to the community, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family.

Pete Zeigler
VP of Home Care and Hospice Operations

Pete Zeigler is the Vice President of Operations for Home Health and Hospice at Rocky Mountain Care. He has worked for Rocky Mountain Care for six years. Before working at Rocky, Pete worked as a SNF Administrator.

Pete’s an entrepreneur at heart who enjoys being with his family and spending time outdoors.

Ryan Levingston
Director of Business Development

I grew up in Utah County and graduated from UVU where I received my bachelor’s degree in behavioral science in 2001.  I worked in home finance/sales for 8 years prior to coming to Rocky Mountain Care in 2010 and have been with the company for 13 years.  I began as the Patient Care Coordinator for Utah County.  A few years later I was able to work as the Director of Operations in Home Health and Hospice for the Utah County Branch and then moved into that position regionally.  I came back to Business Development 5 years ago and currently am fortunate to work directly with our amazing Patient Care Coordination team where it all started.

Life outside of work-

My wife is Rachelle and I am the father to 4 children (Bryce, Emalynn, Wes, Matt). I enjoy watching my kids compete in baseball, soccer, and basketball.  I love all things outdoors and spending time hunting, flyfishing, hiking, and skiing.  I train Labrador Retrievers for waterfowl and upland game.

Sue Phelps
VP of Home Health & Hospice Clinical, Quality, & Education

Sue Phelps is Vice President of Home Health & Hospice Clinical, Quality, and Education. She has over 30 years of nursing experience across the continuum of care that started at Doxey Hatch Nursing home as an aide and then progressed to Registered Nurse at the U of U Hospital.  Her focus of care were the Neuro/Cardio units as the Educator/Nurse manager before coming to home health and hospice. She has been doing home health and hospice for the past 18 years in a variety of positions and is very passionate about patient care and clinical excellence!

Megan Darby
Conference Chair

Alan Roberts

Brittany Sawyer

Cam Jones

Casey Whiteley

Chelsea McGavin

Garrett Weston

Jon Owens

Kadi Larson

Chelsea McGavin

Sue Phelps

Sydnee Purcell

Tom Beckstead

  1. Is there somewhere to share pictures and videos?  Check out PhotoCircle
  2. Where are the restrooms?  Basement floor

Aspen Grove Conference Center
9521 Alpine Loop Scenic Byway
Provo, UT 84604
(close to Sundance Resort)

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Presentations

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Past Conference Materials

SPONSORS

Conference Chair

Megan Darby, Chief Nursing Officer

Committee: Brittany Sawyer, Chelsea McGavin, Kadi Larson, Sue Phelps, Alan Roberts, Casey Whiteley, Jon Owens, Sydnee Purcell, Tom Beckstead, Garret Weston, Cam Jones