Advisory Board

Peter Curran, MD

Peter Curran graduated from Middlebury College in 1980 with a degree in chemistry and German. After college, he worked in Japan for several years before returning to the US for medical school at Columbia University. He went through internal medicine and endocrine training at the University of Chicago before going into private practice in endocrinology, first in Chicago and then in southern Idaho. In 2011 he returned to school for a masters in health care delivery science at Dartmouth. Since 2008 he has been involved in various overseas medical projects in southeast Asia, Africa and India; most recently focusing on Cambodia where he helps organize and fund projects in women’s health and diabetes. He is a board member of Health Volunteers Overseas and on the board of trustees of the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation. He continues to be based in Ketchum, Idaho, where he is interested in local childhood nutrition, focusing these efforts through the Wood River YMCA where he is a director.

Dr. Scott McLean

Dr. Scott McLean has been a resident of the Wood River Valley for over 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 has served as a Board member of the Flourish Foundation and 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. He is currently in on The Hospice Advisory Board and its Endowment Committee.

Scott writes a blog every day on Facebook about the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.