Regional Services


Regional Services

Wes Curtis
Executive Director of Regional Services

Wes Curtis is Executive Director of Regional Services at Southern Utah University, and is also the Director of the Utah Center for Rural Life, which is housed within the Office of Regional Services. Wes has a long involvement in numerous rural issues and in working to improve rural economies.  He has served as State Planning Coordinator for the State of Utah, and as rural affairs senior staff to Governors Michael O. Leavitt and Olene Walker.

Some of the programs initiated by Wes while in the Governor’s office include the Utah Smart Sites Initiative, which helped bring 1400 technology based jobs to rural Utah; the County Resource Management Plan Toolkit, helping rural counties address resource management issues on federal and state lands; and the  21st Century Communities Program – dedicated to encouraging and supporting rural communities, counties, and Indian Tribes in meeting the challenges, changes, and opportunities of the 21st Century through local planning.

In his role as Executive Director of Regional Services, Wes is dedicated to engaging SUU as a partner and a resource to businesses, communities and governments throughout the region through such means as the annual Utah Rural Summit, the SUU Business Resource Center, and various region-wide economic development, outdoor recreation and natural resource planning partnership activities.

Wes is actively involved with numerous boards and organizations, including The Governor’s Rural Partnership Board, the Envision Utah Board of Directors, Emery Telcom Board of Directors, and Co-chair of the Southwest Utah Planning Authorities Council.

Kathleen McDowell
Executive Assistant to Regional Services & Assistant Attorney General, SUU Counsel

Kathleen is the Executive Assistant to Regional Services and SUU’s Counsel.  Kathleen has worked 40 years in multi-faceted disciplines, including law enforcement, human resources, labor contract negotiations, accounting, mental health, public health, and urban and rural economic development.  In between raising a family and working she acquired 96 quarter units of higher education but never completed her degree.

Kathleen assists the Regional Services program directors and coordinators with their numerous contracts and grants as well as provides other administrative services.   In the past, she has written successful grant award proposals for public health, mental health, homeless, domestic violence and substance abuse.  She enjoys never having the same day twice in her work life.

Kathleen is active in supporting fundraising efforts for women’s cardiac care, scholarships, and cancer research.  She advises young women in the SUU Alpha Phi Sorority who support the same goals. 

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SUU Business Resource Center

Craig Isom
Director of the Southern Utah University Business Resource Center


  • B.A. Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1975
  • Acc, Brigham Young University, 1975
Professional Pursuits

  • Assurance & Business Advisory Partner, Arthur Andersen, 1975 - 2001
  • Various boards of directors - both public and private institutions
  • Director, Southern Utah University, Small Business Development Center, 2005 - Present

Joni Anderson
Assistant Director of the Southern Utah University Small Business Development Center

Joni Anderson is the Assistant Director of the Southern Utah University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Joni provides in-depth, high quality, one-on-one business counseling sessions to entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs. She also assists companies who are seeking to do business with the government by providing quality bid-matching solutions and government contracting guidance. Joni develops and coordinates business training and counseling as needed for both pre-venture and existing business clients throughout Iron, Beaver, and Garfield counties.

Joni has been with the SUU Small Business Development Center/Procurement Technical Assistance Center since 1997. She received a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Utah University (1998), and an M.B.A. from Southern Utah University (2006). She has also been co-owner/manager in a small family-owned business. Joni is involved in the local Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business Committee.

Janet Calliham
Administrative Assistant

Janet is the Administrative Assistant for the SUU Business Resource Center. She greets visitors, manages the phones, schedules appointments and works directly with the Executive Director on miscellaneous projects. Janet coordinates business owners' needs with the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the Small Business Development Center.

Ed Meyer
Associate Director of the Southern Utah University Business Resource Center

Ed Meyer is the Associate Director of the Southern Utah Business Resource Center. In this capacity, he helps existing businesses and potential entrepreneurs in Kane County, Utah, access the unique resources available through the Center. Ed also hosts the Kanab Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Forum, which is funded by Southern Utah University’s Office of Regional Services.

Ed directed the State of Utah's rural development programs for 23 three years as an appointee of five governors. He moved to Kanab when he retired in 2005 where he also runs a small community and business consulting business. He received a B.S. degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Utah, a MPA degree from Brigham Young University, and completed a fellowship from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2003, President Bush awarded the Excellence in Economic Development Innovation Award to Ed and his team for Utah's Smart Site Program. This program promoted small business technology development in rural Utah.

Prior to his service with the State of Utah, Ed was City Manager of Mt. Pleasant, Utah. He also established and directed Mt. Pleasant's Redevelopment Agency and chaired their Planning Commission. He was also the first director of the Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance, a non-profit organization promoting heritage tourism in southern Utah.

Learn more about Ed's work with Regional Services and the SUU BRC.

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SUU Head Start

Thomas Morgan
SUU Head Start Executive Director

Roxanna Johnson
Assistant Director of Head Start

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Utah Center for Rural Health

Dennis Moser
Utah Center for Rural Health Executive Director

Dennis Moser is the Executive Director of the Utah Center for Rural Health at Southern Utah University where he has directed health careers awareness, exploration, clinical training and retention programs under the federal AHEC program for the past eleven years. The Center links rural communities with academic medical resources and is home to the Rural Health Association of Utah and the Utah Rural Health Scholars Program. The Center coordinates about 120 rural clinical training rotations each year for medical students, residents and allied health students.

Dennis, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and licensed radiology technologist, has served a wide range of clinical and administrative positions. He holds an M.S. degree in Health Administration from the University of Colorado. Dennis represents rural Utah on a number of statewide boards and committees and serves as a commissioner on the Utah Digital Health Service Commission.

Dennis was born and raised in Wyoming and has lived in rural southern Utah for the past 35 years. Next to rural health, mountain biking on the red rock trails of southern Utah is his greatest passion.

Rita Osborn
Associate Director for the Utah Center for Rural Health

Rita Osborn is the Associate Director for the Utah Center for Rural Health at Southern Utah University. In this position, Rita coordinates graduate student clinical rotations as well as the Rural Health Scholars programs at SUU and Dixie State College, directs the Cedar City Low-Income Clinic, and supervises other functions of the Center. Rita has a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and a minor in Recreation Administration from Cal State University, San Bernardino, and she received her M.B.A from SUU in 2002. Her thesis addressed the health care shortages in southern Utah.

Rita serves on numerous boards and organizations and has received awards such as the Utah Campus Compact's Engaged Scholar in 2007 and the SUU Advisor of the Year in 2007. She has written multiple successful grants and developed contracts to support the Center's programs.

Prior to working at SUU, Rita worked for the Five County Association of Governments, the City of Redlands, CA, and the City of San Bernardino, CA. Her passion is working with students and community partners to help each achieve their goals.

Carrie Torgersen
Youth Programs Coordinator for the Utah Center for Rural Health

Carrie Torgersen is the Youth Programs Coordinator for the Utah Center for Rural Health at Southern Utah University. Carrie works with junior and senior high school counselors and teachers who advise students interested in health careers. She has developed and coordinates numerous programs including the annual SUU Health Career Exploration Camp, regional Health Career Days workshops, yearly publication of the Directory of Utah Health Professions Training Programs, publication of the CTE Health Careers CD for middle school teachers, coordination of presentations by medical students to all rural Utah high schools, and numerous other projects targeting rural students.

Carrie received a B.S. in Communications from Southern Utah University in 1998. She began working for the Utah Center for Rural Health in August of 1999.

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Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Implementation Program (UPDRIP)

Bill Branham
Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Implementation Program Coordinator

Bill’s job is to coordinate actions taken by private and public entities aimed at recovering the Utah Prairie Dog while allowing existing land uses and development growth to continue.  The position is supported by SUU and housed in the Office of Regional Services.  The principle partners include federal and state agencies, local government, including counties and municipalities, higher education, and other non-governmental organizations.

After retiring from a 32-year career with the U.S. Forest Service (Mt. Shasta, Ca., Libby, Mt., Weaverville, Ca.), Bill taught resource management classes at Shasta College in Redding, Ca.  His education included stops at Humboldt State University and UC Berkeley, and he is a Registered Professional Forester and Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.  His career has included managing emergency incidents (wildfires, hurricanes, insect outbreaks) throughout the West, prescribing treatments for forested lands, and supervising planning teams who prepared major forest management projects.

Bill was born in New Mexico, educated in California, has worked on projects throughout the West, and traveled extensively across Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.  He is a grandfather to families living in the San Francisco Bay area, and joined SUU in April 2012.

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