Moffat County Commission reviewing letters for TMH board |

Moffat County Commission reviewing letters for TMH board

Three Craig residents have placed their bid for a vacant position on The Memorial Hospital board.

Moffat County Commissioners Audrey Danner and Tom Mathers met Wednesday to review letters of interest from Forrest Luke, Cole White and Marilynn Hill for the position.

Craig resident Melton Sullivan resigned from the TMH board April 6 after serving more than seven years.

The commission is slated to appoint one of the applicants to the board during its meeting Tuesday, Danner said.

Danner and Mathers are waiting until Commissioner Tom Gray reviews the applications to decide if they will interview any of the candidates.

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Luke applied for Corrie Ponikvar’s position when she left the board after her five-year term ended in January.

In his letter to the commission, Luke wrote he wanted to serve in the position because “I feel it is a good time in my life to get more involved in public service.”

Luke is the manager of environmental and external affairs at Trapper Mining Inc. He has lived in Craig for 17 years.

He is a past member of the Colorado Geological Society advisory board, past chairman of the Colorado Mining Association coal committee and a past chair of the Northwest Colorado Energy Producers.

“I want to do something to serve the community,” he said. “I have been involved with a lot of that type of work with the industry I work in and also for some natural resources committees I have been on, as well as my church.”

White, who has lived in Craig for four years, is a first-time applicant for the position.

In his letter to the commission, White wrote he wanted to serve in the position “because the health and wellbeing of our county residents and that of The Memorial Hospital is of keen interest to me.”

White was the director of operations for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association from July 2007 to February 2010. He is currently the chief financial officer of the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District.

“I think health care is so important, not just to me and my family, but to our community in general,” White said. “When we have partners in that process that are healthy and strong, the delivery of that care becomes more efficient and people get better care.

“I think there are a lot of opportunities within TMH to help grow the organization and improve it.”

Hill, currently the director of the Moffat County Tourism Association, is also a first-time applicant for the position.

In her letter to the commission, Hill wrote she wanted to serve in the position “to give back through volunteer opportunities whilst helping to shape the strategic direction and growth of my chosen home.”

Hill moved to Craig in March after being hired by MCTA.

Before moving to Craig, Hill co-owned and operated a media services organization and held an executive committee board position with the Douglas County Democratic Party.

“Every single community that I have lived in, I have always wanted to be as involved as possible to be able to give back,” Hill said. “I think being a community member is about more than working and paying your taxes. … If you have a special expertise that you can be more helpful in than just a normal way, that is an obligation as a citizen.”

Mathers said he was pleased to have three qualified applicants.

“There are too many times we have just one applicant,” he said. “It is always nice to have a choice. It makes it harder sometimes, but it is nice.”

Danner said she looks for a background in finance and an interest in serving the community to make a “well-rounded board.”

“The hospital board is a very active functioning board that needs interested volunteers willing to spend a significant amount of time learning hospital finance, health care issues as they make policy decisions on that,” she said.

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