Monthly Board Meetings typically take place at 7 pm in the Hospital Board Room the last Tuesday of the month.

Contact Shannon at 208-847-4404 to confirm. 

Cordell Passey

Hospital Board Chair

Cordell, son of Roy and Phyllis Passey, was raised in the Bear Lake Valley. He graduated from Bear Lake High School where he was active in sports and student government. Upon graduation, he attended then Ricks College after which served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Hawaiian Islands. Following his mission, he married LynAnn Hunter of Bennington and they have four children. Cordell graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. It was while working toward his degree, he discovered an interest and aptitude for computers. He used to work for the State of Utah until moving back to the valley in 1998. He began working for the school district as well as running his own home business. In 2002, Cordell started working for Ireland Bank as their network administrator. He now serves as their Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice-president.

Cordell’s favorite hobby is bow hunting in the Fall with his brothers and sons. He also enjoys working outdoors on a small piece of family land he owns in Lanark. His idea of a “fun” day would involve doing some fencing, branding a few calves, and spending time on a tractor.

He is looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the Hospital Board and appreciates all that the hospital, as a team, does to help individuals and the community as a whole.


Cheryl Beck

Hospital Ex-Officio Board Member

Cheryl was born in SLC, grew up in Oregon and California but eventually made her way back to Utah.  While attending Utah State she met her husband, Wayne Beck, son of Kay and Marvin Beck of Ovid. After college Wayne and Cheryl moved to Idaho City, Idaho to work for the Forest Service. They spent ten years there starting their family of three children (a daughter and two sons). They never thought they would be able to return to Bear Lake and live close to family, but miracles happen. Wayne was offered a job with the Forest Service in Montpelier in 2002. It wasn’t a difficult choice to come back “home”. She and her husband currently live in Ovid, what she affectionately refers to as the “Beck Stretch”. Bear Lake has been a great place to raise a family!

Cheryl has continued working for the Forest Service along with her husband for almost 30 years. Both Cheryl and her husband have a passion for the outdoors and getting kids outside to learn about the natural world around them. Over the years, the two of them have participated in numerous school field trips, 4-H, scouting and other church activities revolving around nature and our place in it.

While their kids were in high school, Cheryl spent countless hours on the sidelines taking sports photos and sharing online. She felt it was a way to capture the moments so kids could look back and remember the fun and hard work they put into their sport. It was a small way to give back to all the parents that spent countless hours following their kids from sporting event to sporting event.

With all three of their children moved out of the house, married and each having a child of their own, she felt it was time to invest in the community. From wellness visits to trips to the ER, Bear Lake Memorial has been there for her and her family many, many times. When Cheryl was having some unknown health issues years ago, it was such a comfort coming into the ER and having folks call her by name with true concern in their voices. That brought her such comfort to know that she was with family and everything was going to be ok. This valley has been blessed with such a great group of dedicated, caring, and helpful folks at Bear Lake Memorial! Cheryl hopes that being a part of the Hospital Board will help that legacy to continue.

Brady Long

Hospital Board Member


After selling a large national corporation Brady and Heather decided Bear Lake valley was where they wanted to plant their roots.  They spent the last decade discovering how unique and special the people and the valley truly are.

Their three children Ben, Lucy, and Amber are their greatest joys.  Heather and Brady have enjoyed serving in the community, and are excited to give back to the valley that has given them so very much. Brady believes BLMH is the foundation to the valley’s bright future

Mark Harris

Hospital Board Member

Mark is a life-long resident of Bear Lake County. He was born at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital. He has always called Eight-Mile his home. Mark served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Argentina. He attended Utah State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. While attending college, he met the girl of his dreams, Cheryl. They now have three boys, Justin, Seth and Lane. Mark, along with his dad and brothers, run a cattle ranch. During the summer Mark teaches people what it is like to be a cowboy.

Mark enjoys being outdoors. He enjoys hunting, trap shooting, and gathering cattle on the back of a horse. He likes to read and is very involved in many different organizations. According to Mark, the Hospital Board is “a great board to be a part of. Everyone has the hospital’s best interest in mind, and there are no personal agendas.”

Emily Transtrum

Hospital Board Member

My name is Emily Transtrum. I was born and raised in St. Charles, Idaho on a cattle ranch. I graduated from Bear Lake High School in 2009, and attended college at Utah State University. I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. After teaching 2nd grade for one year at Harold B. Lee Elementary in West Side, I moved back to the valley and have taught 2nd grade for the last four years at A.J. Winters Elementary. I love teaching and spending my days with children. I am sure I end up learning more from them, then they do from me. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time and working alongside my family, gardening, and reading.

I am honored and grateful for the opportunity I have to serve on the hospital board, and to learn more about our great hospital. I am excited to get better acquainted with the hard working employees at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital. We live in a wonderful valley, and Bear Lake Memorial is a great asset to our valley.


Gary Griffin

Hospital Board Member 

Gary was the Chief of Anesthesia at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital. He is a highly skilled career professional with over 30 years practical anesthesia experience in hospital, trauma, intensive care and primary care environments. He specialized in trauma, obstetric, and pediatric anesthesia and is highly regarded in his ability to perform epidural anesthesia. He lives in Montpelier, ID with his wife Georgia.

Maxine Matthews

Hospital Board Member

Maxine was born and raised in the Bear Lake Valley. After college, she and her husband, David, returned to this beautiful valley making their home in Paris where they raised their five children. They have all married and have blessed them with 24 beautiful grandchildren.

Maxine has had a love for music throughout her life and has enjoyed instructing and participating in many musical opportunities. In 2010, she retired from First Idaho Title Company where she gained a knowledge of the real estate and loan business. She is active in her church, civic functions, and is well known and respected in the community.

She is proud to have served on the Board of Directors for Bear Lake Memorial Hospital for over fourteen years. Through her service, she has gained a greater appreciation for the benefits the hospital provides to the Bear Lake community. She states, “It is an extremely capable facility, and is staffed with people who truly love this valley and care about the people they serve.”

Craig Culver

Hospital Board Member

Craig was raised and graduated high school in Laramie, Wyoming. He then attended and played baseball at the University of Wyoming. In 1995, Craig took his first and only teaching job filling the Art position at Bear Lake High School. He was also hired at that time as the Head Baseball coach and Assistant Football coach. Craig built the part time high school art position into one that remains full time. He has taught over two thousand students in his tenure.

 He has two children; Cason and Caylee who were born at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital. Cason is attending Idaho State University in the Engineering program. Caylee is currently a Junior at Bear Lake High School. 

Craig started the American Legion Baseball program in 1997. He has coached baseball for 28 years. In that time, they have had ten District Championships and two State Championships. The Legion program won State and Northwest Regionals in Alaska in 2007. They are only one of two teams in the State of Idaho to accomplish that feat. Craig also served as an assistant football coach for 25 years for seven different head coaches before stepping down in 2021.

Craig’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and anything else that gets him outdoors.

Craig is extremely honored to be asked to be on the Board of Directors for Bear Lake Memorial Hospital. He loves serving his community and has gained a better appreciation of the hospital. “We have great facilities and truly incredible employees. We are blessed to have Bear Lake Memorial Hospital!”

Vaughn Rasmussen

Hospital Board Ex-Officio

Wynn Olsen

Wynn was born November 11th, 1955. He grew up in the Bear Lake Valley in Ovid. He graduated from Bear Lake High School in 1974. He then married Lisa in 1975. They bought a home in Bennington in 1978. Together they have five daughters. He  worked in the phosphate business for 28 years and Bear Lake Road and Bridge for 18 years. They bought their first ten cows in 1985 and have been active in farming and ranching since.