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Board of Governors spotlight, Rick Graham

A man of service, Rick Graham connects with the Shriners Hospitals for Children mission

Board of Governors spotlight, Rick Graham

Rick Graham lives in the charming town of Erda, Utah, with his wife. He is a member of El Kalah Shriners and is serving his second term on the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City Board of Governors. He has been a Mason for almost 30 years, and a Shriner for about 25. Becoming a Shriner was tied to his family’s roots in Masonry. He vividly recalls attending Hospital Days with his grandfather (a Wyoming Shriner) at the old Shriners Hospital in the late 50s. “It was a big deal to be a Shriner,” said Mr. Graham. “Service is everything in my family.”

Beyond the hospital, his work has extended to serving on the Westminster College Foundation Board, Intermountain Therapy Animals Board, and at Camp Kostopulos. His favorite part of being a Shriner is service. “It’s amazing when you get a lot of people together, what you can do as a team. You see that at the hospital,” said Mr. Graham. “We all come with different talents. It’s a really strong board.”

Mr. Graham has a doctorate in integrative health from the University of Utah, where he taught in the past. He was also an instructional designer for Questar for 30 years, where he traveled through nine states and Canada doing back-to-back trainings on workplace violence, understanding Medicare, leadership, team building and many other topics.

His free time revolves around ham radios, large format photography, a draft horse, music and a hi-fi music gear collection. Mr. Graham recently earned a certificate in pastry and baking at the Park City Culinary Institute where he mastered everything from puff pastries to truffles. He burns off those calories when he logs 18,000 steps mowing his lawn.

“I am proud to be part of an amazing group of people.” Thank you, Mr. Graham!