Masters prepared registered nurse with over 25 years healthcare experience including wellness and acute care administration, advanced practice, and business development. Adept in designing customized programs with internal staff resulting in measurable outcomes and high-level customer satisfaction. An expert in health care systems analysis, program development, and application of quality improvement principles. Proven ability to establish a creative environment which enhances productivity of interdisciplinary teams. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written communication skills.


Wasatch Family Fitness Inc. DBA Stretch-n-Grow, 2001-current

Master Franchise Owner and Owner and Director of the Salt Lake City, Park City, and South Valley, a franchise of the internationally recognized fitness and wellness program Stretch-n-Grow. Programming provides fitness and wellness programs for Todder/2ís, preschool, and school-aged children. Also provides consultation in education and program development in wellness programs for children and their families.

Quality Coordinator

Responsible for coordination of projects related to Medicaid population including HEDIS tool design, team coordination, data gathering, data entry, and analysis. Also provided consultation in pediatric program development and coordinated with the State of Utah Diabetic program.


Principal and founder of a consortium of seasoned health care experts providing project consultation to health care organizations throughout Arizona. Consultation included JCAHO, HEDIS, and HCFA assessments in both acute and managed care organizations in rural and metropolitan settings. Roles included marketing and team coordination for multiple projects. Also functioned as lead consultant for Mesa Public Schools in the development of a competency program and in the role of Project Director for the AZNA Nursing Report Card Project.

Assistant Vice President, Patient Care Services

Developed and oversaw the Hospital Quality Management Program including facilitation of several interdisciplinary Performance Improvement Teams. Chairperson of Nursing Practice Committee developing a review process for Patient Care Standards. Developed a streamlined Policy and Procedure system incorporating an interdisciplinary review process. Responsible for administrative oversight for Hospital Infection Control, Hospital Staff Development, and Nurse Specialty Role Development. Assumed leadership in assuring regulatory compliance with State, Federal, Medicare, American College of Surgeons, and JCAHO Standards including a successful appeal to a JCAHO accreditation decision.

Had line authority for Patient Care, Rehabilitation, and Environmental Services in the absence of the Vice President. Functioned as administrative liaison with multiple student programs. Provided program planning consultation for the development of several new programs including Customer Service, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Diabetic Education, Clinical Pathways, and Follow-up Bereavement.

Director Nursing Education/Quality Improvement

Developed a comprehensive Nursing Quality Improvement Program and Nursing Education Program including Inpatient Ambulatory Care, Home Health, and Hospice Units. Oversaw the Infection Control/Employee Health Services and a Nurse Recruiter/Instructor with associated programs. Coordinated two JCAHO visits with successful outcomes including commendations from the Nurse Surveyor for the Nursing Quality Improvement Program. PHOENIX CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
1982-1989 Nursing Support Services Manager, 1987-1989

Implemented new Nursing Quality Assurance Program including initiation of ongoing reports to the Governing Board. Developed staffing policies and procedures in collaboration with nurse managers. Managed Staffing Office and acted as Project Manager for a computerized nurse scheduling system and liaison with the consultant for a computerized acuity system.

Clinical Nursing Specialist-Pediatric Pulmonary, 1982 - 1987

Worked with chronically ill children and their families in the areas of Cystic Fibrosis, Broncho-pulmonary Dysplasia and Asthma. Roles included case management, program planning, and education/consultation for nursing and medicine. Developed an interdisciplinary teaching and discharge planning program for children with Broncho-pulmonary Dysplasia. Also developed an interdisciplinary home intravenous program. Directed or Co-Directed a camp program for children with Cystic Fibrosis for five years.

School Nurse

Responsible for two elementary schools, approximately 1200 students. Leave of absence taken in 1980 -1981 to complete graduate course work. Graduate research completed within population served in school district concerning self-care in asthmatic children.

R.N. Pediatric Pool

Duties included general pediatric nursing through hospital based pool while completing graduate course work.

R.N. Pediatrics

Responsible for general pediatric nursing care as well as nursing care of children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.


B.S.N., 1976, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
M.S., 1982, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona


Recipient "In Pursuit of Excellence, Administrative Nurse Award" for development of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center Nursing Quality Improvement Program, re-activation of a Nursing Education Program, and JCAHO preparation and coordination. Phoenix Memorial Hospital Foundation, May 1991.
Outstanding Young Women of America, 1986.
Sammy Award Nominee for Program Development of Cystic Fibrosis Youth Camp, 1985.
Outstanding Service Award from Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias for organization of Cystic Fibrosis Camp, 1984.
National Dean's List, 1980 - 1981.
All State Scholarship Recipient, 1980.
Outstanding Service Recipient, Mesa Public Schools, 1979.
Graduate Summa Cum Laude, Arizona State University, 1976.


Arizona Nurses Association, Director Marketing/Membership & Chapter Relations, 1997-1999
American Nurses Association 1975-2000
Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing
Chairperson, Gateway Community College Advisory Board, 1994-1996
Arizona State University Community Advisory Board, 1994-1995


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Dennis received his B.A. degree in Zoology and Chemistry from the University of South Dakota and M.A. in Aquatic Ecology from Mankato State University, Minnesota. He received additional graduate education at Arizona State University and as a National Science Foundation grant recipient at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Marine Laboratory.

He has been employed by the Bureau of Reclamation for seven years as an adaptive management specialist in the area of environmental compliance for large hydroelectric dams. In this capacity he works as a facilitator to resolve environmental conflicts through collaborative processes. Prior to his present employment, he worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department for 15 years as a research statistician and nongame wildlife supervisor in charge of programs for conservation of wildlife species threatened with extinction.

Dennis also has been employed as a research associate, college instructor, project manager and private consultant. As a research associate employed by Arizona State University and the University of California Riverside, he conducted investigations on desert aquatic ecosystems that were subject to disturbance from human activities. At Scottsdale Community College he served as a Visiting Instructor of Chemistry. His environmental consulting experience includes design and management of projects investigating the environmental effects of federal dams, solar power plants, off-road vehicles, and acid rain. His role in health care consulting is centered in the areas of project management, facilitation of conflict resolution, and information systems support.

Dennis has worked with mainframe, mini and personal computer systems for more than 20 years. He has designed and managed large databases, conducted a wide variety of statistical analyses on these data and produced numerous computer-generated reports and publications in technical and popular journals.