Board president Karl Gills joined the SSAFPD board in 2017. He was in health care management his full career, which included senior leadership positions at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa; North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado and at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He retired from Yampa Valley Medical Center in 2012 having served 12 years as its CEO. Karl has been a resident of Routt County since 2001. He has received recognition as the Grass Roots Champion Award for Colorado by the American Hospital Association in 2010 and the Business Person of the Year by the Steamboat Resort Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Married for thirty years, Karl gets between 25 and 30 days a year on the mountain. He also plays pickle ball, golf, and enjoys travel.