More about our True North

Culture and Strategy: Better Together

Our Culture Initiative

With our sights on establishing UNR Med as an employer of choice and building our capacity to implement our strategy, the Culture Initiative began. In 2018, the initiative provided opportunities for internal stakeholders to assess their individual UNR Med experiences through in-person Data Dialogues, followed by the assembly of small teams charged with designing plans for positive culture change.

Quick Facts about the Culture Initiative:

  • 50%: Faculty and staff response rate in the lates Culture Pulse Survey
  • 48: Culture champions engage their colleagues with the latest events, and design innovations to improve our workplace culture.
  • 4: Core value statements were revised and promoted by culture champions.
  • Quarterly: Frequency that Culture Initiative updates are provided through Nevada Medicine Weekly

2019 Culture Priorities:

  • Core Values: We have defined core values for which we will be accountable.
  • Empowerment: We believe that we can all have a positive impact.
  • Capability Development: We invest in developing leadership capabilities to be UNR Med's competitive advantage.

Our Strategic Plan Process

Our strategy acknowledges a changing educational and health care environment, including how we develop a local presence with a statewide vision, how we serve our rural partners, and how we become a major partner with other health care institutions to achieve our vision of "A Healthy Nevada." UNR Med's strategic planning process has been, and continues to be, an adaptive, community-driven effort.

In October 2018, the UNR Med community participated in an institutional planning survey to guide the Strategic Planning Steering Committee in identifying priorities for the next three years. The new institutional strategic plan launched in July 2019 and will be complete on June 30, 2022.

The school-wide plan consists of four strategic priorities with members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee taking accountability for the plan's progress. Starting in 2019, academic departments and centers were asked to develop one year plans to identify their priorities and align them with the school. Strategic alignment across the institution helps us all follow our True North.


Guide the direction of our True North!

Stay informed:

Join the conversation:

  • Town hall lunches with the Dean
  • Evening town halls
  • Data Dialogues

Lead the conversation:

  • Be a champion
  • Join a team to support culture change

To get involved with True North, contact Carolyn Brayko, director, Organizational Development and Strategic Planning.


Our People Make Progress Possible

Culture change is possible through the contributions of many. Our success is indicative of the time and contributions of our steering committees, action learning set members and champions.

Culture Steering Committee

Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Action Learning Set Members

(*Set Captain)

  • Omar Canaday
  • Jacob Cann
  • Riana Cerceo
  • Jennifer Dougherty
  • Donna Dutra*
  • Kevin Facemyer
  • Jordan Friend
  • Audrey Goodnight*
  • Tim Grunert
  • Rubina Hackbusch
  • Michelle Horne
  • Amy McFarland*
  • Kenneth Munsterman
  • Dorren Odunsi*
  • Steven Pinto
  • Jorge Pulido-Rubio
  • Nancy Pulliam
  • Samantha Rodeman
  • Andrew Wells
  • Stephanie Wright

Culture Champions

(2018-present)

  • Kristen Alexander
  • Tyler Allen
  • Haley Ballinger
  • Tessa Bowen
  • Omar Canaday
  • Jake Cann
  • Riana Cerceo
  • Keith Clark
  • Meghan Davidson
  • Aaron Dieringer
  • Jennifer Dougherty
  • Sam Dugan
  • Kacey Durant
  • Donna Dutra
  • Danielle Eaton
  • Mohamed Elnaggar
  • Kevin Facemyer
  • Misha Fotoohi
  • Jordan Friend
  • Debra Glogovac
  • Audrey Goodnight
  • Tim Grunert
  • Rubina Hackbusch
  • Heather Haslem
  • Lindsey Hobbes
  • Michelle Horne
  • Michelle Hubanks
  • Lisa Kornze
  • Miles Leddy
  • Michael Lee
  • Melanie Lopez
  • Amy McFarland
  • Yeggy Miller
  • Kenneth Munsterman
  • Melissa O'Brien
  • Dorren Odunsi
  • Abbie Olszewski
  • Lazaro Peraza
  • Steven Pinto
  • Jorge Pulido-Rubio
  • Nancy Pulliam
  • Julie Redding
  • Sarah Ries
  • Samantha Rodeman
  • Angelina Shaw
  • Valerie Smith
  • Paul Sumby
  • Julie Thomas
  • Jeanne Tremaine
  • Dylan Turner
  • Philip Usera
  • Rachael Walden
  • Zac Walker
  • Andrew Wells
  • Robin Wittmann
  • Stephanie Wright