Mary Bateman

Hosptial Board Chair

Mary was born and raised in Paris, Idaho. She graduated from Fielding High School, and then attended Idaho State University. She and her husband, Vernon, currently live in Bloomington. Mary has 5 children, and 23 great grandchildren!

Mary loves the Bear Lake Valley, and loves to be involved. She has served on the Hospital Board for thirty years. In addition to her service with the Hospital she has also served on the Idaho Hospital Association Board. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Western Regional Trustee Symposium Planning Committee which plans a symposium which includes 12 western states.

Mary and her husband, Vernon, ran a family cattle ranch for many years working side by side. Mary was once awarded “Farm Wife of the Year” by the Farm Bureau. She has always been active in community and church affairs. She served for 6 years on the Bloomington City Council and as the mayor for 8 years, she was the first woman mayor in Bear Lake County.

Mary states that “Our Hospital is my Pride and Joy, and I have enjoyed so much my time on the board and those whom I have served with.”

Barbara Hayes

Hospital Board Member

Barbara moved to the Montpelier area with her family in 1952. She grew up and attended school in Montpelier. She later met and married Larry Hayes.

They moved to South Ogden, Utah where they both worked, Larry graduated from Weber State College, and their son, Brad, joined the family. They returned to Montpelier in 1975 when they purchased the farm in Montpelier Canyon owned by Barbara’s parents.
Barbara helped out on the farm but also was employed at the phosphate mines in Soda Springs and then the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare. In 2006 she retired from the Dept. of Health and Welfare after 28 years of employment. Since then she has enjoyed traveling with her husband, working around her home and yard, and doing some volunteer work in the community.

Barbara enjoys serving on the Hospital Board as she feels it is imperative to have quality medical services available in rural areas. She wants to help the hospital to continue providing the high quality of services now available.

Cordell Passey

Hospital Board Member

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 he 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 are the parents of 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 worked for the State of Utah until moving back to the valley in 1998 when he began working for the school district as well as running his own home business. In 2002 Cordell began working for Ireland Bank as their network administrator. He now serves as the 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 some 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 serve individuals and the
community as a whole.


Laurie Harrison

Hospital Board Member

Laurie resides in Fish Haven on beautiful Bear Lake. She was born at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital and worked in the Dietary Department at the hospital while attending school. She is the President and Owner of Yellowstone Log Homes of Bear Lake. Dedicated to volunteering, she has been very supportive of youth and High School sports in the community (especially softball)!

She has served as Auxiliary President of the National Oregon/California Trail Center, Secretary for the Oregon Trail Rendezvous, President of the Bear Lake USBC Youth Association for the valley for over seven years and served on the PTO for over 20 years. She recently traveled to Ecuador to help serve a medical mission with others from BLMH, which she said was the best experience ever! According to Laurie, “Bear Lake Memorial Hospital has quality, compassion, progressiveness, and integrity with a very personal touch in providing healthcare services. Serving on the Board of the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital is a privilege I am very grateful for.”

Lila Rigby

Hospital Board Member

Lila Rigby is a resident of Pegram, and was born in Afton, Wyoming. She was raised on a ranch in Cokeville with six sisters and one brother. She married Keith Rigby they have one daughter and two sons. Lila is a teacher in Cokeville. Lila enjoys the board, which she served on for nine years before resigning to attend to another obligation. After being off the board for about four years Lila had the opportunity to come back on, and she jumped at that chance.

Lila is always amazed at the dedication of Bear Lake Memorial’s employees and their willingness to help make Bear Lake Memorial the most caring hospital.

Lila appreciates the many services that BLMH provides for our valley and hopes to be able to continue to be a part of such a great hospital.

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 LDS church in Argentina. He attended Utah State University and graduated with a Bachelor 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, runs 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 from 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.”

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, and in 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 fourteen years. Through her service she has gained a greater appreciation for the benefits the Hospital provides to the Bear Lake community. 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

Steve Allred

Hospital Board Member

Steve is currently Vice President and Manager of Zions Bank in Montpelier, Idaho. His 30 year banking career has allowed him to provide in-depth financial advice and business development expertise to residents in the Bear Lake valley. Although raised in the Rupert, Idaho area, Steve’s parents and extended family hail from the Bear Lake Valley and trace their roots back to the local early pioneer settlements.

In addition to serving on the hospital board, Steve currently serves on the board of directors for the National Oregon/California Trail Center and is a member of four local area Chambers of Commerce. He was appointed by Idaho Governor, Butch Otter, in 2014 to a four year term as a Commissioner for the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Steve served previously on many community boards including the Bear Lake Development Corporation, Montpelier Gem Team, Bear Lake Valley Health Care Foundation, and Great Music West Foundation (Bear Lake Music Festival). He is an Eagle Scout and has served as a long-time leader in the Boy Scouts of America. Steve and his spouse, Carol, have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.