National Rural Health Association

2016 Policy Institute

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has responsibility for the supervision, control and direction of the affairs of the association; determines its policies or changes therein within the limits of the bylaws; actively pursues its purposes; maintains policies for the conduct of its business as deemed advisable; and may in the execution of the powers granted appoint such agents as it considers necessary. The Board of Trustees is comprised of the elected chair of each designated constituency group, the chair of the State Association Council, the chair of the State Office Council, the chair of the Rural Health Policy Congress, the elected officers of the association, and the executive director.





Jodi Schmidt
Labette Health



Lisa Kilawee 
Ministry Health



Raymond G. Christensen, MD
Minnesota Rural Health Association


Dave Pearson
TORCH (Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals)



Tommy Barnhart
Silverthorne, Colo.

Clinical Services CG Chair:
David Schmitz
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

Federally Qualified Health Center CG Chair:
Tim Shryack
Missouri Ozarks Community Health

Frontier CG Chair:
Patrick Joseph Branco
St. Marys & Clearwater Valley Hospitals

Hospitals and Health Systems CG Chair:
Susan Starling
Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital

Health Equity Council Chair:
Eron Grant Manusov 
Duke Southern Regional AHEC

Policy Congress Chair: 
Tim Putnam
Margaret Mary Community Hospital

Public Health CG Chair:

Michael B. Meit
Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis

Research and Education CG Chair:

John A. Gale
Maine Rural Health Research Center

Rural Health Clinic CG Chair:

Michelle Mills
Colorado Rural Health Center

State Association Council Chair:

Beth O’Connor
Virginia Rural Health Association

State Office Council Chair:
John E. Barnas
Michigan Center for Rural Health

Statewide Health Resources CG Chair:

Patricia A. Crawford
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Student CG Chair:
Julie Middleton

University of Washington School of Medicine


Alan Morgan
Chief Executive Officer
National Rural Health Association

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