Keynote Speakers

2021 Keynote Speakers
May 18th Keynote Speakers
José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA

José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, is the director of Health Professions Advising at Northwestern University, where he leads the university's efforts to support students interested in pursuing careers in the health sector. He is also the founder and executive director of the Welcome Back Initiative, a program to assist immigrant health professionals already living in the U.S. through the necessary steps to enter the U.S. health workforce. He is a founding member of the steering committee of IMPRINT, a coalition of organizations working to promote and implement best practices in the integration of immigrant professionals. He has advised the White House Domestic Policy Council on the economic integration of foreign-trained professionals and has served as an expert panelist on this topic at national and international fora. In 2011, he received the “Champion of Health Professions Diversity” award from The California Wellness Foundation and was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his work on immigrant integration. He is an active APHA member and has served, among other roles, as Executive Board chair. Fernández-Peña earned his medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and his master's degree in public administration from New York University.

Oreta Tupola

Oreta Tupola is married to the love of her life Teneli Tupola. She is a mother of four and has two grandsons. Her family is her motivation for all that she does.  From community outreach events to advocacy on the hill they are by her side. Oreta believes that everyone can make a difference in the world if they want to. Her love for community comes from her upbringing. The saying “It takes a village to raise a child” is her real life story growing up in a rural town on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. She carries that Aloha Spirit from her birthplace with her wherever she goes. Her goal is to build capacity within community members in order to perpetuate the cultural wisdom and practices that strengthen their ability to become the leaders they were born to be. Oreta believes that through community work, our children will recognize and appreciate their history and culture and see them as strengths in building a better and stronger future for generations to come. “When you Learn, Teach. When you Get, Give.”


May 19th Keynote Panel
Sydnee Dickson, Ed.D.

Dr. Sydnee Dickson has been serving the children of Utah as a proud educator for the past 39 years.  She joined the Utah State Office of Education in 2007 and was named as State Superintendent of Public Instruction on June 23, 2016.  Prior to joining the Utah State Office of Education, Sydnee served in Utah public schools in roles including teaching, school counseling, school and district administration.  Superintendent Dickson began her education in a two-room schoolhouse in rural Utah and went on to earn two master’s degrees in School Counseling and School Administration as well as a doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah.  Dr. Dickson is a frequent participant on state and national committees, task forces, and boards, including currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Council of Chief State School Officers and West Ed Board of Directors.  Her professional expertise is grounded in engaging community partners, providing educators with evidence-based professional learning, and developing transformative school leadership. Sydnee is passionate about developing equitable school systems to close achievement gaps and ensure students are prepared to have choices for their future.

Steven Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP

Dr. Steven Lacey is Professor and Chief of the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Having joined the Utah faculty just before the start of the pandemic, he is currently serving as senior advisor to the university president’s coronavirus taskforce, as incident commander of the campus-wide incident management team, and as an advisor to the Utah System of Higher Education on the COVID-19 response.  Prior to Utah, he was Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis. Earlier, he served as Director of the CDC/NIOSH-funded Industrial Hygiene and Hazardous Substances Academic Training programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as the Occupational Safety program, which he established. Dr. Lacey earned an MS in Industrial Hygiene from Texas A&M University, a PhD in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional, Dr. Lacey is a Past President and a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Derek Miller, JD, MPA

Derek Miller is the president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance.  The Chamber is the state's oldest business association that "stands as the voice of business." In this role, Derek leads the business community in advocating and leading Utah's continued economic prosperity. Previously, Derek served as the president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, helping to “Promote prosperity across the state by attracting investment and increasing exports.” He also served as Chief of Staff to Gov. Herbert and as Managing Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for Gov. Huntsman.  Recognizing his leadership, Gov. Herbert lauded Derek as, “an architect of economic opportunity and innovation,” and “instrumental in transforming Utah into one of the most competitive and fastest growing economies in the country.”  Derek began his career in Washington, D.C. as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and as legal counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University.

Diane Rindlisbacher, RN, DNP

Diane Rindlisbacher, RN, DNP is an executive system leader and currently serves in an Executive Partner role in the Strategy Office at Intermountain Healthcare. In addition, during the pandemic Diane has filled the system lead role for both COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations, connecting and partnering with Intermountain teams across Utah, Idaho, and Nevada and serving as the key liaison for testing and vaccination on the State of Utah led coalitions for testing and vaccinations.  Prior to Diane’s role in the Strategy Office she was the Chief Nursing Information Officer for Intermountain Healthcare and led the organization’s efforts to replace and implement a new electronic medical record across 22 hospitals and 185+ clinics in under four years.  In her early career she worked in an Arab run hospital in East Jerusalem for a summer internship. She has a passion for global, community, and population health.  In her spare time Diane volunteers with the Utah Women and Leadership Project as a research fellow and looks forward to the opportunity post pandemic to travel the world and add to the 20+ countries she has already visited.


May 20th Keynote Speaker
AliceAnn Crandall, PhD

AliceAnn (Ali) Crandall is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University . She currently directs the Families and Public Health Collaborative with a team of faculty and students interested in the family as a producer of public health. She earned her BS at BYU, her MPH at Loma Linda University, and her PhD at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Prior to getting her PhD, she worked on maternal and child health projects in domestic and international settings. Her major research interests focus on the intersection between the family environment and executive functioning and their effect on health behaviors. Current research projects include examining the effects of childhood experiences on lifelong health and developing a survey measure of family health.