People: Kurt Thigpen to serve as governor of AAF District 14

Kurt Thigpen

Kurt Thigpen

District 14 of the American Advertising Federation has announced Kurt Thigpen, chief executive officer at Reno-based Ace Studios, will serve as the governor of AAF District 14 for the 2022-23 term. Annie Switzer of Reno print company Dynagraphics will serve alongside Thigpen as the lieutenant governor.
Thigpen is a former president of the American Advertising Federation of Reno having been the first openly gay president at the time, bringing a focus on community building and diversity, and equity and inclusion initiatives in advertising.
AAF District 14 guides and oversees the federation’s club chapters in both Northern Nevada and California, including cities of Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno and Silicon Valley.
Jake Dorst
Becker’s Hospital Review recognized 64 community hospital CIOs in 2022, including Jake Dorst, chief information and innovation officer of Tahoe Forest Health System.
The CIOs named have made a positive impact on their organizations and are focused on future growth. Dedicated to advancements and innovation in the industry, Dorst has led the IT department at Tahoe Forest Health System since September 2014.
Under his leadership, Tahoe Forest Health System successfully transitioned to a single electronic health record platform, providing better coordinated care, and modernized its patient care infrastructure to become a mobile-first network.
The role of a CIO is crucial at community hospitals where a large patient geography is treated oftentimes with fewer resources compared to urban institutions. CIOs lead in maintaining a complex IT system, data platform, virtual care, and other duties that help organizations achieve their strategic goals.


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