UALA Board Members

Scott Ambrose -


Scott has been a vital member of the Utah Assisted Living board over the years while working as an Executive Director for the past 13 years in Assisted Living and Memory Care communities in California and Utah. He currently works for MBK Senior Living at The Wellington in Salt Lake City.

Scott and his wife and three children currently reside in Draper Utah and love the unparalleled quality of life the State of Utah provides.


Joe Huskinson -

President Elect

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Karmon Reese -

Past President

Karmon has been serving UALA for many years, she enjoys standing side-by-side with the amazing people of UALA. She feels so privileged to be part of an organization that is creating so many great opportunities while also advocating for what she believes in. Karmon has worked, serving the residents of Sunshine Terrace Foundation for 30 years. Karmon loves what she does because she loves whom she is doing it for, and loves who she’s doing it with. Work doesn’t feel like a job to her, it’s comfortable, friendly, and it's home.

Karmon has lived in Cache Valley most of her life. She and her husband Tony have two girls, Tasha ( Nathan ) Benson, Sierra, and one granddaughter Baylee. Karmon loves the outdoors! In the winter, she finds time to ski and snowmobile while in the summer, you’ll find her water-skiing and playing at their cabin near Bear Lake.


Mindy Hill -


Mindy is a seasoned Long Term Care professional that has spent the last 24 years of her career committed to caring for seniors and running LTC businesses at their highest potential. She studied at Missouri State and has practiced as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in the hospital and skilled nursing settings in the Midwest. After moving to Utah in 1999, she began work in assisted living, as well as home heath & hospice, and LTC Pharmacy. Mindy has served at a Memory Care Director, Marketing Director and Executive Director during her time in assisted living. She has spent many years actively involved in the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and have contributed countless hours to educating caregivers and holding support groups for the aged and their family members. Mindy has been a trusted advisor for the companies she has worked for and each has seen incredible growth during her tenure with them. In late 2016, Mindy founded Banyan Consulting Group as well as Covington Senior Living which operates multiple assisted living communities in the state of Utah. She has a love for this business and for seniors that is unparalleled.

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Scott Monson -


Scott has served The Utah Assisted Living Association as President, Treasurer or board member for over 12 years. Scott has worked in the Assisted Living industry since 1997 as a caregiver. Over the years has been the Executive Director for many large Assisted Living providers. In 2006, Scott founded SAL Management Group, LLC with Nate Boswell and Gene Spaulding where he currently serves as the Director of Operations.

Scott lives in Millville, Utah with his wife and four children.


Bret Ivory -

Executive Director

Bret has an extensive background in branding and marketing within the healthcare services industry, over fifteen of those years have been within assisted living. Bret is owner of a design/marketing company. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family in the great outdoors.

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Chris Etherington

Chris is the Director of Operations for MBK Senior Living. Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in Health Care which includes Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living & Memory Care in 14 plus states. Chris and his family reside in Draper Utah and love calling Utah “Home”.

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Jed Gines

Born and raised in Kamas, Utah, Jed started his career in senior living in 2008. A graduate of the University of Utah, he is a proven leader with more than 11 years of management experience in the senior living industry. Jed is passionate about senior living and loves working with his team and residents. When he isn’t working, Jed can be found spending time with his wife and four children. He and his family are huge sports fans and love the outdoors.


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Tamara McCann

Tamara has been on the board of UALA for the last 5 years.

Tamara has worked in the healthcare industry for many years. She started out as a CNA and did a stint on Med-Surg for 6 years. She has always had a passion for seniors and decided she needed to return to what she enjoyed the most. Tamara has held various positions in management in assisted living including Administrator and currently as Regional Operations for SAL Management.


Curtis Payne

Curtis Payne built Assisted Living of Draper in 2010 which was nominated Best of State in 2015. He also served as the Administrator there. Curtis began serving as a Member of the UALA Board in 2013. After opening Assisted Living of Draper, he went on to open a Fee Management Assisted Living Company, Assisted Living Resorts, and is currently building Assisted Living of Holladay & Assisted Living of West Jordan. Curtis is licensed Realtor® and an owner of The Home Buyers Hub (a Realtor® Brokerage).

Curtis is also an owner of, and the developer of Select Pharmacy (a new “Closed Door” pharmacy that caters exclusively to Assisted Living Communities, Home Health, Hospice & Skilled Nursing Facilities). Curtis has served 6 years in the community as a Republican Precinct Chair, and served in a religious capacity in a Bishopric & currently serves on the High Council in the LDS Church. Curtis’s career started in 1997 in the management of a 152-Unit elderly facility, (Multi-Ethnic Senior Citizen Housing) located in down town Salt Lake City, Utah, and he has been in real estate property management ever since.

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Steve Sabins

Steve has 14 years in high-tech systems analysis and project management. During those years he managed, owned, and developed small real estate holdings. In the late-'90s Steve began turning his professional interests to my real estate property management hobby in conjunction with senior care services. Steve has managed multiple assisted living businesses since 1998.


Rick Walker

Rick loves serving seniors and working to improve their lives. He enjoys serving with other professionals in the association to improve senior living in Utah. Rick is a co-founder of Abbington Senior Living Corporation and has worked in senior living for over 19 years. He has served previously on the board of UALA and looks forward to serving on the board once again.


Rodney Washburn

Rodney has been working in Assisted Living for 20 years. He found his way to this industry after doing an internship with a local Assisted Living Facility, earning his degree in Healthcare Administration from Weber State University. He has worked for various companies over the years, ranging from the largest in the United States to one with a single owner. Rodney has been on the Utah Assisted Living Association board for many years and has served as the president from 2011-2012. Serving as a chairperson for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk for a Cure and helping seniors affected by this disease has been a rewarding experience for many years.

When not at Beacon Crest, Rodney loves to be doing anything he can outdoors. He is an avid skier and biker and has done LOTOJA more than 11 times. He participates in different kinds of obstacle races, triathlons and marathons. He enjoys backpacking, especially in the Wind River Range. He has lived most of his life in Utah with his wife and four children.


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Rhett Wimmer

Rhett has a life-long love for seniors, counting closeness to his grandparents among his greatest privileges. Rhett has a passion for dementia care. For over 5 years, he has worked closely with people with dementia, both professionally and personally. His enthusiastic approach to dementia education has been a great asset to the UALA Education Committee, and his passion for improving quality of life for families and residents is contagious.