2019 Advisory Board

Peter Curran, MD

Peter Curran is an endocrinologist with interests in international health, public health, and health care delivery. Raised in Europe, he worked inJapan after college in the US before returning to the States for his medical training at Columbia and the University of Chicago. After an aclinical career in Chicago and Idaho, he has volunteered in multiple sites overseas and is currently working on projects in Cambodia and Bhutan involving women’s health, diabetes, and physician education. He serves on the Board of Health in south-central Idaho.

He recently participated in a pioneering graduate program in health care delivery science at Dartmouth and is interested in how to make health care delivery more efficient. In Idaho, he is interested in local food systems and is working to understand and improve nutritional health.

Dr. Scott McLean

Dr. Scott McLean has been a resident of the Wood River Valley for nearly 30 years. He is well known for his contributions to the community, both as a physician & a community leader. He holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine in Tucson, AZ (1974-1977).

After ten years in private practice in Northern California, Scott moved to the Wood River Valley to raise his three children. He is a Board member at the Flourish Foundation, and additionally serves on the Board of Little Sisters Foundation and served as President of the Board of  St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, for three years and Vice President for three years.

Beena Mannan

Beena Mannan is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the JRM Foundation for Humanity, a nonprofit organization based in Pocatello, Idaho, which focuses on uplifting women and children’s health and education throughout Idaho and internationally. Mannan is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Idaho Hometown Hero Medal. The annual awards ceremony and gala recognizes exemplary individuals from across the state of Idaho.

Mannan received a Bachelor of Science in political science from Idaho State University in 2018, where she is currently completing her graduate degree in Public Administration with a focus on government relations, policy analysis, and implications for marginalized populations. Mannan served as the first Muslim female City Council member for the City of Pocatello.

As a strategic planner and fundraiser specializing in donor and charity relations, Mannan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Idaho State University Foundation. As an advocate for minority communities, women’s rights, children’s health, and education, Mannan is proud to serve on the Advisory Board for the Family of Woman Film Festival.

Mannan is married to Dr. Fahim Rahim, Co-Founder of JRM Foundation and the Idaho Kidney Institute. Together they have two daughters and a son, along with two loving dogs.

Connie Smith

 

Connie Smith worked professionally for 17 years as a speech-language pathologist.

 

While living in Los Angeles she volunteered with a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project as well as volunteered her professional services at Westside Children’s Center infant toddler nursery for drug and alcohol affected children.

 

After moving to Santa Barbara she served on the Boards  of  Planned Parenthood, Montecito Union PTA, Lobero Theatre, and Santa Barbara Middle School.

 

Since 2009, as co-founder of the Global Neighborhood Fund,  she has worked with an all volunteer group providing grassroots grants in Liberia supporting empowerment for women and girls.

 

In 2012 she joined the US fundraising committee for UNFPA, Friends of United Nations Population Fund and serves as Chair of Development and Communications and on the Executive Committee.