Board of Trustees

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Chairman Chet Burrell, MPA

Chet Burrell has had a long career in the government, non-profit and for-profit sectors, much of it focused on healthcare policy, program development and information technology.

Mr. Burrell most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield – the largest health insurer and health benefit services company in the Mid-Atlantic region.   Prior to joining CareFirst, Burrell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RealMed Corporation, a provider of online claims processing services for the health care industry, since April 2002. Before joining RealMed, Burrell served as founder, Chairman and CEO for Novalis Corporation, a managed care technology and consulting company that he developed from the idea stage to an organization serving over 800,000 members. The company partnered with large, regionally-based managed care networks of healthcare providers centered around leading academic medical centers, enabling them to offer their own managed care plans.

Prior to Novalis, Burrell served as Executive Vice President of Anthem Health Plans, where he had responsibility for directing AICI’s managed care operating subsidiary companies. Before joining Anthem, Burrell was President of the Albany Division of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which at the time was the largest non-profit health insurer in the country. Among other areas, the Albany Division served the company's largest single account (the NYS Employees Program with one million enrollees) as well as all managed care programs operated by the company. Prior to his Empire experience, he was President and CEO for Blue Cross of Northeastern New York, which served subscribers in Upstate New York.

In addition to his private sector healthcare experience, Burrell has also served in the public sector. During a 10-year career with state government in New York, he served in various senior-level positions including: Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health, Deputy Director for New York State Office of Health Systems Management, the state's health regulatory agency, and New York State Governor’s Staff, Division of the Budget.


Paul Beaupré, MD

Paul Beaupré, MD, CEO of St. John's Medical Center, served as the chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA from 2010 to 2016. Dr. Beaupré spent 20 years as a practicing anesthesiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was extensively involved with medical staff leadership, serving as Chair of the Credentialing Committee, Chief of Staff, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

In 2004, he joined the hospital administration team as Chief Medical Officer, and later assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer. As CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Beaupré launched the Journey to Excellence strategy based on the premise: Take Great Care of Patients and Everything Else Will Take Care of Itself. Under his leadership, Good Samaritan Hospital became nationally recognized for quality measures and patient safety. Dr. Beaupré graduated from University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, PA.

He completed medical residencies in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology at University of California, San Francisco.


Daniel Burrell, JD

Daniel C. Burrell is the Founder and CEO of The Burrell Group, LLC a holding company that manages and operates individual, privately held companies in the education, real estate, natural resources and technology sectors. The Burrell Group seeks to provide high quality products, services, and solutions for its customers. The company has headquarter and regional offices throughout the United States and internationally.

Mr. Burrell received his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, a General Course Degree in International Law from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Mr. Burrell and his wife Katherine are the co-founders of the New Mexico Leadership Institute, a non-profit scholarship and educational program that in partnership with UNM and NMSU, the state’s two flagship universities, supports entrepreneurship and innovation in New Mexico. Additionally, Daniel and Katherine are co-founders of The Burrell Institute for Health Policy and Research, a regional non-profit organization focused on a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of health care access disparity, delivery systems, public policy and educational programming in the Borderland region of the Southwestern United States.


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Charles Davis, DO 

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Davis is a family physician who currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Saint Alphonsus Health System. 

After completing his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University in 2001. Dr. Davis went on to fulfill his family practice residency with the United States Air Force.  While serving in the military, he was deployed on two separate occasions to support medical operations in Iraq. 

Since retiring from the Air Force in 2007, Dr. Davis has been employed with Saint Alphonsus Medical Group in Boise where he serves as an executive leader and practicing physician.


President & Chief Executive Officer

President & Chief Executive Officer

Tracy Farnsworth, EdD, MHSA, MBA

Dr. Tracy J Farnsworth was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in October 2016. He has served as Director and Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions, Division of Health Sciences, Idaho State University (ISU) since 2010. Farnsworth is an Associate Professor in the Health Care Administration (HCA) program at ISU and served previously as HCA Program Director.

Dr. Farnsworth is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He has received Masters Degrees in Business and Health Services Administration from Arizona State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at ISU. In 2014 Farnsworth received the Kole-McGuffey Prize for excellence in education research, and in 2016 was given the J. Warren Perry Distinguished Author Award by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

Prior to his transition to higher education Dr. Farnsworth assumed various executive level appointments with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West, the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, and other public and private healthcare systems.

A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Dr. Farnsworth has written and spoken widely on subjects related to hospital and health systems performance improvement, healthcare reform, medical education, healthcare leadership/governance, and interprofessional education/collaboration. 

Farnsworth has been active in his church and community, including the Boy Scouts of America, where he received the Silver Beaver award in 2009. Tracy and his wife Michelle are the parents of four children and six grandchildren.


Rex Force, PharmD

Dr. Force is the Vice President for Health Sciences at Idaho State University and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine at Idaho State University. He earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from Oregon State University and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Texas, after which he completed a research fellowship in infectious diseases at Ohio State University.

Dr. Force has been active in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, serving on several committees as well as chairing the Board Certification Affairs Committee and the Public and Professional Affairs Committee. He was elected Chair of the Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network of ACCP in 1999 and to the Board of Regents in 2001. His expertise in collaborative drug therapy and reimbursement for clinical pharmacy services was recognized by his appointment to the ACCP Task Force on Compensation in 1998. He serves on the editorial board of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and has acted as a referee for the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. Dr. Force was the founding column editor of STEPped Care: An Evidence-based Approach to Drug Therapy in the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice. Currently, he co-authors and edits the Prescriber?s Letter Journal Club a monthly publication designed to critically evaluate new information in the field of pharmacotherapy. He has authored over 60 professional and research publications, and speaks regularly at professional meetings. Dr. Force and his collaborators have received grants and contracts in excess of $3.5 million while at ISU. Presently, he is the Site Principal Investigator of a multi-center diabetes trial (ACCORD) funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. His research interests focus on primary care pharmacotherapy (hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, adult immunizations, etc.), drug utilization review, pharmacoepidemiology, and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Force has been on the faculty at Idaho State University since 1993.


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John Goodnow, MHSA

As the ICOM's Chairman of the Board, Mr. Goodnow provides leadership and governance. Mr. Goodnow is the CEO of Benefis Health System, based in Great Falls, Montana, since 2002, and has been a hospital administrator for over 35 years.  He received his undergraduate education at the University of California-Davis and his master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. Goodnow is a fellow of the American College of Health Executives.


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Kevin d. satterlee, jd

Kevin Satterlee became Idaho State University’s 13th president in June 2018. Kevin is a native Idahoan from Priest River, Idaho. He has served Idaho’s higher education system for over 20 years. Kevin has a passion for watching students transform their lives through their educational experiences. His favorite day of work for the last 20 years has always been the first day of school. Watching students begin a new year, with fresh hopes and the excitement of new opportunities, has never ceased to move and motivate Kevin.

Upon assuming the presidency, Kevin committed to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University to always listen, be transparent and lead inclusively. As a natural problem-solver, the challenges facing ISU, and higher education in general, do not phase Kevin. Rather, these challenges give Kevin the motivation and determination he needs to face them head-on.

Idaho State University’s strengths are evident. As Idaho’s leader in health science education, a strong partner of Idaho’s National Laboratory, and a University where faculty and staff always put students first, there is an amazing story to tell. Kevin has been privileged to help share these stories with state leadership, community members and future students. One of his top priorities as president is to continue to build on and celebrate ISU’s strengths, traditions and community culture.

In the next 10 years, Kevin aims to lead the University to greater heights by maximizing the strengths of the institution, building strong and lasting relationships between ISU and its constituents, and helping to remove barriers to success. The future of ISU is bright with the talent and passion of the Bengal family. Kevin could not be more proud to be a Bengal.

Prior to his arrival, Kevin served 17 years at Boise State University in a variety of leadership positions, most recently Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Special Counsel to the President. Kevin led the Campus Operations Division of the university in addition to serving as a key executive leader responsible for collaboratively steering the overall direction of the university. Prior to his time at Boise State, Kevin was a deputy attorney general in the Idaho Attorney General’s Office for six years. During much of this period he served as chief legal officer to the Idaho State Board of Education.

Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Boise State University (magna cum laude) and was named a Top Ten Scholar of the University. He received his law degree from the University of Idaho (magna cum laude).

Kevin and his wife Margaret, both multi-generational Idaho natives, have three children. They enjoy jet-skiing, fishing, baking and spending as much time as possible with friends and family.


Arthur C. Vailas, PhD

Dr. Arthur Vailas is the former President of Idaho State University. Prior to this role, he was vice chancellor and vice president for research and intellectual property management for the University of Houston System and the University of Houston (UH). He joined UH in 1995 as vice president for research and vice provost for graduate studies, and professor and distinguished chair in biology and biochemistry.

Prior to joining UH, Vailas was associate dean for research and development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a university he served in numerous capacities including professor of surgery, division of orthopedic surgery in the College of Medicine; professor of kinesiology, school of education; professor, department of poultry science in the College of Agriculture; and professor and director of the Biodynamics Laboratory.

He also was both assistant and associate professor in the department of physiological sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Vailas has served on national boards and scientific panels for NASA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has consulted for biotechnology and aeronautical companies. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and his B.S. degree at the University of New Hampshire where he played college football. 


Interim Dean & Chief Academic Officer

Interim Dean & Chief Academic Officer

Kevin Wilson, DO, FACOI, FACP

Dr. Wilson studied biology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan before graduating from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988.

He completed his internship and Internal Medicine residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in Highland Park, Michigan. Dr Wilson was named Intern of the year and resident of the year twice during his residency. He practiced inpatient and outpatient Internal Medicine from 1992-2017 in Cottonwood Arizona at Verde Valley Medical Center. During his work in Cottonwood he served at chairman of the department of medicine and was chief of staff twice.

Dr. Wilson developed the Verde Valley Medical Center Internal Medicine residency and served as Director of Medical Education and Program Director. He developed the curriculum for the residency and taught medical students and residents. His practice, Cottonwood Internal Medicine, won the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona award for highest quality measures in primary care for the state of Arizona in 2015 and 2016.