Merri Lynn Sorenson spent most of her childhood in Salina, Utah. She graduated from North Sevier High School then continued her education at Sevier Valley Technical College and Snow College in the field of Secretarial Science. After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart and moved to Centerfield, where she currently resides. In 1990 she was offered a position as a para educator at Gunnison Valley Elementary School. This opportunity turned into a rewarding career working with children. She spent 22 years as the school Librarian where she shared her love of reading. Currently, she can be found in the front office working as a school secretary. Merri Lynn and her husband, Perry, are the proud parents of three sons and nine grandchildren.
Dr. G.J. Willden grew up in the Gunnison Valley. He graduated from Snow College; then continued his undergraduate education at the University of Utah where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He graduated from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine in 2004. He subsequently completed a Family Medicine residency at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah before returning to the Gunnison Valley in 2007 to begin his medical practice. In 2012 Dr. Willden began practicing exclusively in the Emergency Department at Gunnison Valley Hospital and continues to enjoy providing medical care to those who present for emergency services. When not in the emergency room, Dr. Willden enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, and their four children, working on his father’s farm, and living an active lifestyle.
Casey Dyreng grew up in Gunnison, spending most of his youth on the family farm and various athletic teams. After serving an LDS mission in Ohio he attended Snow College where he served as Student Body President. He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Utah State University and also served as a recruitment ambassador for the school. After working on the Wasatch Front for a few years he had an opportunity to move back to Gunnison and now works as a loan underwriter and manager of a commercial loan portfolio for Zions Bank. He enjoys coaching sports and spending time outdoors, especially fly fishing. Casey and his wife Samantha have 5 children.
Kim R. Pickett is a partner in a wide variety of businesses, from farm machinery to a convenience store. As a youth Pickett worked on his family dairy farm where he acquired a passion for farming. He graduated from BYU with a degree in agriculture economics, then went on to pursue graduate studies in business and economics. Pickett has enjoyed serving on the South Sanpete School Board, the Sanpete County Economic Development Committee, and now as a board member for Gunnison Valley Hospital. He and his wife have six children and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Lamar B. Bartholomew, former mayor of Fayette, Utah, graduated from Gunnison Valley High School and then served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve. After his military service he attended BYU, where he earned a degree in political science and economics plus a master’s degree in public administration. Bartholomew went on to work for the federal government in intelligence, which included two years in Vietnam. He also worked as an administrator in city and county government for 30 years and taught special education at the middle school level for six years. His community service includes 40 years with Boy Scouts of America at local, district and council levels. Bartholomew and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of 9 children and love to serve their family and church.
Steve Anderson has lived in Gunnison Valley for his entire life save the 2 years he spent on an LDS mission to Australia, 6 months of active duty in the Utah National Guard, and 3 years working in American Fork. He feels very fortunate to have raised his family in Gunnison and has always tried to support community events, public schools and their church. In addition to the hospital board, Anderson has been a member of the Snow College Vocational Training Advisory Board, Mayfield Town Council, and the Sanpete County Board of Adjustments and Planning Commission. He has especially enjoyed the opportunity to work with the youth of the valley through scouting and Young Men activities, and has served as a counselor to two bishops, bishop, high council and the stake Young Men presidency.
Jeanette Hatch Andersen grew up in Koosharem, Utah, and attended Southern Utah University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She moved to Gunnison in the summer of 1971 when she and her husband were expecting their first child. Andersen worked as a substitute teacher at Gunnison Valley Elementary School until 1977, when she started working at Gunnison Valley Hospital in the purchasing department. She retired in 2015 to enjoy spending more time with her six children and 18 grandchildren. She is looking forward to giving back to the community she loves by being a part of the governing board.