National Rural Health Association

2016 Policy Institute

Government Affairs Committee

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NRHA's Government Affairs Committee (GAC) works with the Government Affairs staff to develop the association's legislative agenda. The committee develops and implents strategies to ensure that the association's public policies and government affairs activities are fully addressed and communicated.  The GAC includes members from each of NRHA's constituency groups, as well as at-large members, all of whom serve up to three two-year terms.

Please contact our Government Affairs Office ( or 202-639-0550) with any questions.

Government Affairs Committee Roster

Government Affairs Committee Chair:
Beth O'Connor
Blacksburg, VA

Rural Health Congress Chair:
Tommy Barnhart
Winston Salem, OR

Community/Grassroots CG:
Becky Conditt
Austin, TX

Clinical Services CG:
Raymond Christensen
Duluth, MN

Community Operated CG:
Greg Dent
Forsyth, GA

Diverse and Underserved Populations CG:
Linda Frizzle
LaPorte, MN

Frontier CG:
Kris Juliar
Bozeman, MT

Hospitals CG:
John Sheehan
Saint Louis, Mo.

Research and Education CG:
Michael F. French
Kirksville, Mo.

Rural Health Clinics CG:
Gail Nickerson
Roseville, Calif.

Statewide Health Resources CG:
Gary Wingrove
Buffalo, MN

State Office Council:
Graham Adams
Lexington, SC

State Association Council:
Stacy Fontenot
Napoleonville, LA


At-Large Members:

David Sniff
Frederick, IL; sniff.david@midwestcon

Ed Friedman
Redfield, IA

Sandra Pope
Charleston, WV

Eric Shell
Portland, ME

Bill Nelson
Hanover, NH

Alice Jackson
Michellville, MD 

Daryl Weaver
Yazoo City, MS

Susie Starling

Irvine, KY

John Eich
Madison, WI

Roger Masse
Elsworth, KS

Dave Pearson
Austin, TX

Lynn Barr
Sacramento, CA


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