FRUITA, Colo. — Family Health West recently welcomed new and returning board members to the
Lower Valley Hospital Association, dba Family Health West in January 2021.
Dustin Wells, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Dustin joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 and was voted as the new Board Chair
replacing Blaine Buck. Dustin is the Branch President of Grand Valley Bank’s
Fruita Branch. He has worked for the bank since May 2002 when he started as a
teller. Dustin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mesa State College, now
Colorado Mesa University, with a concentration in management. He graduated Magna Cum
Laude in 2005 and was named Outstanding Business Senior. Dustin is very active in the Fruita community and is a 4th generation Fruita native. “Family Health West has been there for my family for decades,” says Dustin. “Seeing it grow to what it is today, is simply impressive. We truly are lucky to have such a broad spectrum of healthcare facilities all right here in Fruita. I look forward to ensuring it remains an integral part of our community for generations to come.” He lives in Fruita with his wife, Aubrey, and two daughters.
Jennifer Landini, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Jennifer joined the Board of Trustees in 2019 and was voted Vice Chair. Jennifer is the Regional President for Bank of the San Juan’s Northwest region encompassing branches in Grand Junction, Rangely, Meeker, Craig, Steamboat, and Oak Creek, Colorado. She is a Grand Valley native growing up in Fruita and started her banking career in 2004. Jen is married to Joe Landini, a 4th generation Fruita farmer and they have 2 kids who keep them busy. “I am so honored and grateful to be part of the Family Health West organization and its long-standing roots,” says Jennifer. “My husband’s
grandfather helped build the original hospital hauling bricks in his beet truck back in the 1940s.”
Paul Burdett, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees Paul joined the Board of Trustees in 2019 and was voted Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. Paul is the Vice President of Operations at Mays Concrete and has been with the company for 20 years having started as an estimator/project manager. Paul graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a BS in Environmental Geology and
earned a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado. Paul has lived in the Fruita area most of his life and while in high school, he worked summers at Family Health West in the maintenance department. Paul is married to his wife Marne and has three daughters; Monica, Emily and Rachel. “Family Health West has always been a part of my life,” says Paul. “My grandfather’s construction company came from Arizona to build the original nursing home as well as the Independence Village apartments. Having loved the area, my dad (Bob Burdett) moved the family from Arizona to Fruita in 1978 and we have stayed since.”
Ken Palmer, returning board member to the Board of Trustees
Ken is a certified public accountant and owner of Palmer, Brady & Company,
PLLC, Quantum Business Valuations, LLC, and Keystone Cost Segregations, LLC.
He and his family came to Fruita in 2005 and have come to love the Fruita
community. Ken and his wife Deborah have been married for over 31 years and
have five grown children and six grandchildren. Ken is active in his church, serves
on several not-for-profit boards in the Grand Valley, and unwinds by working on their family
farm in north Fruita.
Jerry Hamilton, returning board member to the Board of Trustees
Jerry has been employed with Home Loan Insurance and Home Loan State Bank
since 1998 with an insurance background since 1983. Jerry was born in Grand
Junction and grew up on the Front Range. He returned to the Grand Valley in 1998
to work with his brother Jamie Hamilton. Jerry is married to Kelli and has two
grown kids, daughter Lindsay and son Taylor.