Madison Memorial Hospital Advisory Board
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to aid Madison Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees in its pursuit of healthcare excellence for the people of the community through the involvement and contributions of citizens of the counties served by the Madison Memorial service organization.
They accomplish this by undertaking specific project assignments from the Hospital Board of Trustees, investigating these needs, developing a plan to meet those needs, executing that plan, and then determining if this plan accomplished the initial goal(s). The Advisory Board then reports their findings to the Hospital Board of Trustees during one of their regular meetings.
The Advisory Board also acts in the role of an unofficial focus group to research and explore ideas or plans determined by the Hospital Board of Trustees. In addition, the Advisory Board seeks to learn about the hospital and then educate the public they come in contact with.
Advisory Board Leadership
Scott Dixon, Chair
Scott graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer-Aided Design & Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CADCAM). After graduation, Scott and his family moved to Southern California where he worked for 31 years in the engineering and manufacturing software industries, including ARMCO Steel, United Computing, McDonnell Douglas Automation, EDS, Boeing, Unigraphics Solutions, and Siemens Corp. His work assignments took him to many places across America and throughout the world such as Australia, Switzerland, England, Japan, and frequently to Germany. He now telecommutes to work for MecSoft Corp. in Irvine, CA. He and his wife, Trenna, have five children and nine living grandchildren. They have lived in Rexburg since 2005. Scott’s hobbies and interests blossom in the spring and summertime through gardening, landscaping, bee keeping, observing chickens, road trips to explore the Northwest, and family preparedness. He feels a responsibility to provide some voluntary time to improve his community. The Rexburg community is a great community and the Hospital has been a strong part of this community for as long as he can remember. His purpose on the Advisory Board is to strengthen the hospital’s understanding of community needs and also further inform the community of the strengths and services provided by the hospital.
Brad Wolfe, Vice Chair
Susan Fransen, Secretary
Irene Marlowe, Membership Committee Chair
Irene has lived in Rexburg for 34 years. She received her associate degree at Ricks College. Since being married to Roy Marlowe, Irene has lived in Utah, Hawaii, Florida, California, Japan, China, and Idaho. Before her marriage she served a mission in Scotland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has traveled to Israel, Egypt, Meso-America, Brazil, and Argentina. She and her husband are the parents of nine children (six boys and three girls) and enjoy trying to keep up with their 23 grandchildren. Irene’s hobbies include furniture refinishing and upholstery, gardening, needlework. A member of Civic Club, Irene has served the community through hospice, and other volunteer opportunities.
Advisory Board Members
Maxine C. Benedict, Rexburg Resident
Maxine has lived in Rexburg for 22 years. Her husband, Russ Benedict, works in the Financial Services Department at BYU-Idaho. They have been blessed with three sons, a daughter, and eight beautiful grandchildren. Maxine has been a full-time wife and mother, and cherishes the opportunity it has afforded her to be available during the highs and lows of her children’s lives. She also enjoys decorating and refinishing furniture. Over the years, Maxine has spoken to a variety of groups including “Women’s Week” and “Education Week” at BYU-I. She attended Ricks College in her youth and has taken several classes since. She has also been a substitute teacher for the high school. She currently serves as a member of Hospice of Eastern Idaho.
Kelly Eyring, Rexburg Resident
Kelly has been a resident of Rexburg for five years. She is married to Henry J. Eyring. Before moving to Rexburg, Kelly graduated with her BA in English from Brigham Young University. During high school and college she taught dance in her own studio. Since this time she has devoted her time and expertise as a PTA president at Orchard Elementary in North Salt Lake City, Utah. Among the leadership positions she’s served in as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kelly worked as the Mission Medical Specialist in the Tokyo North Mission for three years. She and Henry have five children. Kelly is a full time mother.
Garth Flamm, Rexburg Resident
Garth is a native of Rexburg and married Linda Luke of Salem, Idaho. They are parents of a daughter, who was born in San Francisco, California and six sons, who were all born at Madison Memorial Hospital, the Flamm’s now have 22 grandchildren. Garth has been a funeral director for the past 36 years and is a fourth generation funeral director at Flamm Funeral Home. He graduated from Madison High School, Ricks College and attended Brigham Young University before finishing his schooling at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1975. He served two terms on the Idaho Lion’s Sight and Hearing Foundation and was chairman of the sight and hearing committee of the Rexburg Lions Club for 30 years.
Carrie Mills, Rexburg Resident
Carrie Mills has called Rexburg home since 1993. Her husband, Dr. Ronald Mills, went directly from a residency in Lorna Linda, CA to a practice with Dr. Michael Larsen until he moved his practice into a new building of his own. Their family consists of two boys and two girls who have all graduated from Madison High School and now live on their own. Their family has enjoyed boating and snow skiing for entertainment along with other adventures in the great outdoors. Music also has been a source of great enjoyment in their lives. Carrie is grateful for the amazing talent, and teachers sharing their talents, in the upper valley. Carrie has been involved with the Teddy Bear Clinic at Madison Memorial Hospital for the 2nd graders , and in helping bridge the gap between the Medical Auxiliary and the hospital. The service the community gives the hospital is much needed and appreciated.
Mark Nygren, Rexburg Resident
Mark is a professor of Business Management & Entrepreneurship at BYU-Idaho. His primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of franchising, family businesses, and new venture creation. In his role of overseeing the entrepreneur program, he has helped to develop the entrepreneur lecture series, annual entrepreneur conference, the Integrated Business Core, and student entrepreneur of the year and business plan competitions. Mark has been inducted into the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellowship, and has advised a successful SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team. He has extensive experience in running several small businesses, and is currently a limited partner in several businesses in New Mexico. Mark’s other professional activities include serving on the Madison Economic Development Board, and business plan development consulting for new and existing entrepreneurial firms.
Kris Powell, Rexburg Resident
Kristine Jacobs Powell graduated from Madison High School, Ricks College and Brigham Young University. She has worked at Ricks College/BYU-Idaho for 22 years where, for many years, she advised the Associated Women Students in organizing Women’s Week, Mothers’ Weekend, Woman of the Year and the Lambda Delta Sigma program. She currently advises in the Student Leadership and Activities Program where she enjoys helping college students learn leadership and skills they can use throughout their life. Kris and her husband, Rich, have a blended family of 9 married children and 28 grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them. They enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, cross country skiing, fishing and canoeing. They love traveling and exploring new places in the beautiful outdoors of Idaho!
Diana Richman, Sugar City Resident
Diana Siddoway Richman was born in Teton City, Idaho to J.C. and Ruth Bean Siddoway in a family of 8 children. She was the only daughter. She attended school in Fremont and Madison Schools and attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver. She received her private pilot’s license at college, thinking she would go into the Air Corps but the war ended and she came home and married Bert B. Richman. They moved onto the farm in Madison Co. where she still lives. They were the parents of 7 children. In 1966, Bert became disabled and they were able to work for the Crop Reporting Service. Diana worked for 18 years as enumerator and supervisor. During those years, she was crew leader for the 1970 and 1980 Census for Madison County and Secretary to the Teton Canal. Bert’s health failed and he died in 1992. Diana turned to working with the Republican Party in State and Local Republican committees. In 1995, Gov. Phil Batt appointed her to the House of Representatives where she filled two terms. She has been active in Rotary Club, Rexburg Civic Club, as well as the GFWC-Idaho Officer. Chaired the Juvenile Justice District 7 Committee and was State Commission member. She served on the Upper Valley Industries Advisory Board, the Development Workshop, Madison Education Foundation, Republican Womens Club, and is a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers organization. Diana is the proud grandmother of 4 and the great-grandmother of 4.
Eldred Stephenson, Rexburg Resident
Eldred was born in Weber City, UT in 1913, but the family later moved to Pocatello. He attended elementary and high school in Pocatello as well as two years at the Southern Branch of the University of Idaho, now Idaho State University. He was married to his high school sweetheart and was hired at Ricks College in 1937. He retired in 1978 after 41 years of service in a variety of positions. He also spent about 3 years during WWII as a Supply and Dispersing Officer on a destroyer escort in the Pacific Ocean. Later he spent one year on active duty as a chaplain in the Idaho National Guard, and 20 years in the Army Reserves. He finally retired with the rank of Major. He has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint and has held a variety of assignments. His wife Margaret DeWitt, better known as Peggy, became an LPN and worked for Dr. Blain Passy for 21 years. She passed away in 1995.
Teddy Stronks, Ashton Resident
Teddy was born in Ashton in 1954 and has lived there his entire life. He graduated from North Fremont High School in 1972 and went on an LDS mission to British Columbia, Canada. Upon his return, he attended Ricks College and met his wife Delena Armstrong from Robin, Idaho. He is the owner of Stronks & Sons Lumber and Hardware Store. Teddy has served on the city council in Ashton since 1988. He and Delena have five kids, four boys and one girl. He loves the Scouting program in which he has earned his Eagle and Silver Beaver awards. He is also an active Rotarian. His knowledge comes through the college of hard knocks, which has made him the man he is today. He enjoys spending his free moments, if any, boating and golfing.
Kelly Summers, Rexburg Resident
Kelly was born to Frank and Donna Summers in 1953 and raised in Rexburg. Kelly has 4 sisters, one of which is now deceased. He graduated in 1971 from Madison High School and went on to graduate from Ricks College in 1973 with an Associate degree in Agriculture. Kelly married Julie Hanks, and they have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Kelly has worked on the family farm his entire life and took over the farming operation after his father’s retirement. He raises potatoes and wheat on 2,300 acres along with his son-in-law, on the Rexburg bench, east of town. He currently resides in Rexburg, after moving from the farm 5 years ago. Kelly enjoys spending time with his family in Island Park, motorcycle trips with his wife, and watching football.
Keith Tweedie, City of Dubois Mayor
Keith lives in Dubois. He graduated from Butte High School, went on to earn his Associate Degree at Ricks College in Biological Science, graduating from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest-Range Management. He worked for 33 years with the U.S. Forest Service as a Range Management Specialist. He has enjoyed retirement for 11 years. During these 11 years Keith has served as Mayor of the City of Dubois. Before this he served on the City Council for 16 years. He and his wife, Alice, have been married for 46 years and have four children. Keith’s hobbies are gardening and reading novels.
Sherrie Virgin, Rexburg Resident
Bart Ward, Rexburg Resident
David Ward, Rexburg Resident
David has lived in Rexburg for almost 25 years. He considers Rexburg a choice place to rear a family and to enjoy many conveniences: both business and social. He and his wife, JannaLee, are the parents of five children, and have been married 36 years. Before being hired to teach at Brigham Young University-Idaho, David taught at the University of Utah and at the University of Michigan. Prior to this, he served in Korea on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. David served the community 18 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Madison District 321. He currently teaches English, and enjoys listening to classical music, studying humanities, and trying his hand at writing.