Staff

Kylie Christensen, MPH

Kylie Christensen, MPH

Title:  Associate Director of RUUTE and Regional Affairs

Kylie has been with the RUUTE program since its conception in 2018. Kylie is from St. George Utah and completed her Bachelors and Masters of Public Health at the University of Utah. As the Associate Director, she oversees efforts in Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. She enjoyed meeting with rural/underserved hospital leadership, recruiting and recognizing community providers, and growing programs and opportunities that will benefit rural/underserved communities of Utah and the Intermountain West.

Email:  Kylie.christensen@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-213-1042

Madelyn Carter

Madelyn Carter

Title:  Rural Education Program Manager

Madelyn has been with the RUUTE program since May, 2020. Madelyn is from the small town of Castle Dale, Utah. She focuses primarily on engaging first and second year medical students as well as working on outreach programs such as the Rural Speaker Series, the Utah Rural Outreach Program (UROP), and the Underserved & Rural Interest Student Experience (URISE). Madelyn enjoys coordinating and programing with rural providers, and engaging with students to get them excited about RUUTE and the School of Medicine. Madelyn is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health from the University of Utah.

Email:  madelyn.carter@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-213-1042

Megan Mckay

Megan Mckay

Title:  Program Manager: Research, Extracurricular and Outreach

Megan joined the RUUTE team in October, 2020 as the Outreach Program Coordinator. Originally growing up in rural Vermont, Megan felt called to the desert landscapes of the west and completed her Bachelors in Conservation Biology at the University of Arizona before moving on to Utah. Since then, Megan has been dedicated to working on increasing education access to underserved communities and has been thrilled to work on RUUTE's expanding K-12 Pipeline programs.

Email:  megan.mckay@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-213-1042

Laura Herring

Laura Herring

Title:  RUUTE & Regional Affairs Program Coordinator

Laura joined the RUUTE team in November 2020 as the Regional Affairs Coordinator. Laura completed a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachlor of Arts in Foreign Languages (Spanish) at Mississippi State University. Working with students and motivating them to particpate in community engagement is her passion, and she enjoys getting to know the RUUTE students. Laura focuses on expanding RUUTE's prescence in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming by coordinating rural outreach programs, developing preceptors in these states, and connecting regional students with RUUTE programs.

Email:  laura.herring@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-213-1042

Alumni Staff

Randy Hansen, MPH

Randy Hansen, MPH

Randy was a team member with the RUUTE program from June, 2019 to June, 2021. Randy completed her Bachelors in Human Development and Masters of Public Health at the University of Utah. As a program coordinator, Randy worked closely with third and fourth year medical students during their clinical education. In her time with RUUTE she worked on many projects such has rural clerkship opportunities, RUUTE housing opportunities, Little RUUTE's, UROP and almost every other project that RUUTE spearheads. Randy is now working for a non-profit in Long Island, New York.

Kyla McIlwee, MPH

Kyla McIlwee, MPH

Kyla was apart of the RUUTE team from September, 2020 to June, 2021. She completed her Bachelors in Kinesiology and Masters of Public Health in California. Serving as the research and program coordinator, Kyla focused on increasing research opportunities between faculty and students as it relates to serving rural and underserved communities. She also helped facilitate research experiences for undergraduate and medical students such as SURE. Kyla helped develop and edit the podcast, M.ED, Medical Education for the Practicing Cliniician. Kyla is now working with a social enterprise focused on teaching adults essential skills through their cellphones.

Taylor Dean, MS

Taylor Dean, MS

Taylor was with the RUUTE program from October, 2019 to August, 2021. Taylor completed his Bachelors and Masters of Sociology at Utah State University. As a research analyst, Taylor focused on program evaluation and tracking both student outcomes and program outreach efforts. He also helped facilitate research experiences for both undergraduate and medical students. Taylor is passionate for medical education and is working on expanding and developing rural clerkship opportunities and curriculum. Taylor is now working for the Population Health Scholars Program within the Dean's Office at the University of Utah School of Medicine. 
Eliza Larsen

Eliza Larsen

Eliza was a member of the RUUTE team from September 2020 to May of 2021. Eliza recently completed her Bachelors from the University of Utah. Eliza was an integral part of the social media team at RUUTE. She helped develop, expand and market social media content through many different avenues. Eliza is now pursuing her Masters of Public Health from Boston University.