Faculty - Health Care Administration Program
Tracy J. Farnsworth, EdD., MHSA, MBA, FACHE
Associate Dean - College of Business
HCA Program Director
Dr. Tracy J Farnsworth is an Associate Professor, Healthcare Administration, and Associate Dean, College of Business, Idaho State University (ISU). In October 2016, Farnsworth was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Farnsworth is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He received Masters Degrees in Business and Health Services Administration from Arizona State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at ISU.
Prior to his transition to higher education Dr. Farnsworth assumed various Hospital CEO and executive level appointments with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West, the City of Hope National Medical Center, and other public and private healthcare organizations.
A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Dr. Farnsworth has written and spoken widely on subjects related to hospital and health systems performance improvement, healthcare reform, medical education, healthcare leadership/governance.
Iris Buder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Office: BA 340
Ph.D. Economics, University of Utah
MS Economics, Auburn University
BA German International Trade, Auburn University
Dr. Iris Buder teaches undergraduate courses in the economics of health care, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and economic issues. Her research interests are in analyzing the economics costs of diseases, conducting cost-effectiveness analyses for public health interventions, researching health disparities, and researching health-related quality of life. She currently serves as a board member for Health West Community Center.
Steve Byers, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Office: BA 432
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
M.B.A. Indiana University
B.A. Indiana University
Dr. Steve Byers teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate finance, investments, and healthcare finance at Idaho State. His research has been published in academic journals, he also has corporate finance experience with NCR Corporation and Bristol-Myer. Dr. Byers also serves as a consultant in the area of corporate finance and management education conducting executive development in-house programs for corporations.
Kerry Casperson, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Pharmacy Administration- Healthcare Finance
Masters in Hospital Administration
Master of Business Administration
BS Healthcare Administration
Kerry Casperson is an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University where he teaches courses related to health care finance, health care management, communication, CQI, cultural health issues, health systems, marketing and personal finance. Kerry has also served as the administrator of the Blackfoot Medical Center (BMC) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics for eight years and as the executive director for the Idaho Association of Physicians (IDAP). Overall, Kerry has over thirty years’ experience in the management of physician practices.
Ruiling Guo, DHA
Office: BA 530
Neil Tocher, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Office: BA 441
Ph.D. Auburn University
M.S. Auburn University
B.S. Gonzaga University
Dr. Tocher’s primary research interests focus on the influence of social resources on entrepreneurial outcomes, the influence of human resource management practices on the performance of small and emerging firms, and case writing. Tocher has taught courses at the undergraduate and masters levels in entrepreneurship, venture consulting, strategic management, and organizational behavior.
Velma Payne, Ph.D., MS, MBA
Director of Health Informatics, Assistant Professor of Informatics
Office: BA 533
Ph.D. Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
M.S. Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
M.B.A. Robert Morris University
M.S. Computer Information Systems, Robert Morris University
B.S. Computer Science, Oral Roberts University
Dr. Velma L. Payne is the Program Director of Health Informatics in the College of Business, with a dual appointment as Assistant Professor in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. She had a progressive 35-year career in Information Technology before entering academia. Her entrepreneurial spirit resulted in co-ownership of a non-profit LLC that developed healthcare computer applications to enhance clinical practice. Her research focuses on diagnostic errors, patient experience and engagement, use of feedback and metacognition to enhance clinical reasoning, cognitive aspects of medical decision-making and the impact of cognitive heuristics and biases on diagnosis.
Joshua Thompson is a Graduate of Idaho State University, where he received an MPA emphasizing in Health Care Administration. He is also a graduate of the Villanova Six Sigma Healthcare Program. He has worked as a CEO and Administrator of an acute care psychiatric hospital as well as an Administrator of multiple Nursing Homes. He is in his 3rd term as Chairman for the Idaho Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. He began teaching at ISU in 2015 as an Adjunct Professor and was hired on full-time as a Visiting Professor in August of 2017.
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