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In the News!

In September 2014, Andrea Hughes, violin,, a ROL Advisor, competed in a rigorous music competition, "The 2014 George Enescu International Competition for Violin, Cello, Piano and Composition". More festival info here. The best to you Andrea!!

Andrea Hughes

In January of 2014, David Poulsen, a ROL Advisor, along with his wife, began full-time service as the President of the Temple Square mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


On April 4, 2014, Jared Campbell, a ROL Advisor, was the sole finisher of the Barkley and the only person to finish the Barkley Marathons 3 times! (2012, 2014, and 2016). See Jared's Blog here

Jared Campbell

Reach Out And Learn Board of Directors

Humanitarian Training Directors

Chad Fugate

Board Advisor, Peru, Team Leader
Pocatello, Idaho
Chad Fugate, CRNA

Chad Fugate is a co-founder of Reach Out And Learn. His qualifications include serving as a board member of several humanitarian organizations including Chasqui Foundation, Ascend Alliance, and Idaho Condor. He has led more than 70 teams in Peru and Bolivia since 1999. His educational background includes graduation from Westminster College with a BA in liberal arts and a BS in Nursing. He completed Anesthesia Training in Wisconsin and has worked as a CRNA (Nurse Anesthetist) since 1981. He studies Organizational Leadership with Gonzaga University Masters program and has earned a certificate in Servant Leadership. He also enjoys teaching at Idaho State University as affiliate faculty in the PA program. His honors include Humanitarian of the year awarded by the Idaho State Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Chad runs his own anesthesia service business working in 8 hospitals and surgery centers. He is passionate about doing humanitarian work that provides sustainable results long after our carefully directed efforts.

Mark A. Dowdle, MD

Course Director
Burley, Idaho
Mark Dowdle, MD

Dr. Dowdle graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and did his residency at William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak. His primary specialty is Obstetrics & Gynecology, which he has been doing for 26 years. Dr. Dowdle speaks Spanish, and on the Intermountain Healthcare Website, his mission statement is "My goal is to provide caring and quality medical services. I strive to share the goodness of this life and give my patients hope in an atmosphere of kindness and respect. The prevention of disease, minimizing pain, and suffering, protection of the unborn, support for individuals and families are my priorities."

M. Sean Esplin, MD

Course Director
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sean Esplin, MD

Dr. Esplin has worked at the University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division since 2000, after completion of his Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Esplin's main areas of interest are the genetic control of term and preterm labor and the role of inflammation in preterm birth. Dr. Esplin is currently involved in several ongoing research projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health aimed at identifying markers of preterm birth and obstetric complications.

Ty Erickson, MD

Course Director
Sandy, Utah
Ty Erickson

Dr. Erickson currently has a practice in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is also an instructor and presents at many international conferences. Dr. Erickson has been serving in Peru since 2013 and is a key contributor helping Peruvian doctors, nurses, and midwives learn techniques that will help them save lives as they help women with difficult child deliveries.

Andrea Johnson

Director
South Jordan, Utah
Andrea Johnson

Mrs. Johnson is a Course Director for Africa. Her qualifications include graduating from Brigham Young University with a BA in History Teaching and a BS in Special Education with a mild/moderate endorsement. She has been volunteering with Ghana, Africa efforts since 2003 and has been traveling to Ghana since 2005. Her efforts as a teacher in Utah and Ghana won her the Teacher of the Year Award at Wasatch Academy in 2008. She then went on to win Utah Charter School Teacher of the Year 2009, and was featured on the front cover of Wasatch Women magazine, April 2009. Ms. Johnson currently runs her own online business and is also on the Board for Early Light Academy. Mrs. Johnson receives no compensation of any kind, and performs her duties on an “as needed” basis.

Michael J. Huntsman, MBA

Executive Director
Bountiful, Utah
Michael Huntsman, MBA

Michael J. Huntsman is our Executive Director, and has served in this position since 2010. He works with the Board of Directors to accomplish the mission, forging self-sustaining paths, internationally, through health, education and humanitarian efforts.

Michael oversees the day-to-day operations of Reach Out And Learn, managing and coordinating all the details to get experienced professionals from the U.S. "learning together" with foreign professionals to improve the way they help those in need.

One of his greatest satisfactions is discovering, in the months and years following our training workshops, the effect our efforts have had upon saving lives and improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Andrea Hughes

Advisor, Romania
North Salt Lake, Utah

Andrea Hughes began playing violin at age 3. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in May 2014. Her teachers include Deborah Moench, Dara Morales, Ralph Matson, Paul Kantor, and Ivan Zenaty. She has had masterclasses and additional instruction from artists including Barbara Gorzynska, Joseph Silverstein, Charles Castleman, Leonard Braus, Katherine Cho, Pamela Frank, and Judith Ingolfssohn. She also currently maintains a violin studio of her own.

Andrea was the first place winner in the 2004 and 2006 Utah State Fair Intermediate String Division, the 2005 UMTA Pre-Collegiate Instrumental Concerto competition and the 2007 Utah State Fair Junior String Division. Andrea was most recently a winner of the 2013 Spring CIM Concerto Competition. She was invited to solo with the Utah Symphony in their “Salute to Youth” concert in the fall of 2007 and most recently the CIM Orchestra in the fall of 2013. She is currently preparing to enter the Enescu International Violin Competition in September 2014. At the Cleveland Institute of Music, Andrea has had multiple chamber masterclasses and instruction from artists including Peter Salaff, Cavani Quartet, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robison, Anita Pontremoli and Christine Hill and participated in the Intensive Quartet Seminar in 2012-2013. She has held the positions of Concertmaster for the CIM Orchestra; Principal Second for the CIM Orchestra and CIM Opera Orchestra; and has participated in several performances with the CIM Orchestra in Severance Hall with guest artists Marvin Hamlisch, Tito Muñez, Asher Fisch, Roberta Flack, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Kalichstein, Sharon Robison, and HaeSun Paik.

From 1999 to 2007, Andrea performed numerous concerts with Rocky Mountain Strings, a small violin performing group, including tours to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy. Andrea has attended summer music festivals such as the Quartet Program under Charles Castleman in 2007, the Heifetz Institute under Daniel Heifetz in 2008, and the National Repertory Orchestra under Maestro Carl Topilow in 2012. She was a member of the Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra for four years and served as concertmaster for the 2007-2009 seasons. Andrea performed as a substitute violinist for the Firelands Symphony Orchestra from 2012 through 2013, the Ohio Valley Orchestra in 2013, and is currently a substitute violinist for the Utah Symphony. She has participated in both section and leadership positions in other various professional ensembles in Ohio and does so currently in Utah.

In addition to playing the violin, Andrea enjoys reading, learning, dancing, cooking, baking, and spending time outdoors.

Anika Jeppson

Director
South Jordan, Utah

Jared Campbell

Advisor
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jared Campbell is a mechanical engineer at L-3 Communications in Salt Lake City. With over 10 years of experience at L-3, Jared has acted as a design engineer, team-lead, project lead, Systems Engineer, and Chief Technologist. In 2012, Jared was recognized as an L-3 "Engineer of the Year." Prior to working in industry, Jared attended the University of Utah in the engineering program and working as a research assistant in the computational and physical fluid dynamics laboratories. As avid trail runners, Jared and his wife have traveled the country and world in search of beautiful places, wonderful people, and unique culture. In 2011 they completed their goal of building a net-positive home in Sugarhouse, which has exceeded their performance expectations, producing all of the home's heat, hot water, electricity, and energy for their electric vehicles using basic passive solar design principles and a PhotoVoltaic Array.

Jodi Nichols

Director
North Salt Lake, Utah

Katie Wilkey

Education Director
Bountiful, Utah

Margo Cowley

Director
Cottonwood, Utah

Rob Durham

Director
Salt Lake City, Utah

Sheila Huntsman, MA EdC

Global Education Advisor
Bountiful, Utah
Sheila Huntsman

Sheila has served as our Global Education Consultant, Mediator since 2011! She has a Master's Degree in Education Counseling and a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has also received a State certification in Mediation, studied Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Brain Gym and many other counseling techniques.

Sheila is enthusiastic about solving problems through education, training, and technologies. She is a practitioner and uses Neurofeedback "brain training" to help those who struggle with symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and sleep issues. She has many years of experience and now utilizes Neurofeedback, using an FDA approved device, to help people overcome challenges in order to function well.

Conference Directors & Advisory Committee Members

  • Craig Larson, DDS - Dental - China
  • Deanne Long, MD - Emergency Medicine - Peru & China
  • Jeff McClellan, PhD - Leadership - Peru
  • M. Sean Esplin, MD (Ob. Gyn.) - Peru
  • Mark A. Dowdle, MD - (Ob. Gyn.) - Peru
  • Captain Jim Fugate - Disaster Triage - Peru

Advisory Committee

  • David Poulson - Asia
  • Jim Haws - Technology
  • Katie Wilkey - Education
  • Rob Durham - Science
  • Patty Wheatley - Professional Support (Peru)
Patty Wheatley

Reach Out And Learn was started by a group of people whose focus is on learning together with and training professionals in foreign countries who help and care for those in need and to improve the lifestyle of individuals, families, and communities. We invite you to join us.