NRHA Staff Directory
Program services manager
Gaby joined the NRHA staff in 2009. She assists with all grant-writing activities, helps coordinate the Annual Rural Health Conference and is the NRHA staff contact for the Journal of Rural Health and the Rural Medical Educators Group.
She earned a masters in public health and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Florida.
Director of communications and marketing
Lindsey joined the NRHA staff in 2008. She is responsible for the organization's printed and electronic publications, media relations and marketing for conferences and organizational initiatives.
She previously managed magazines and other communications and marketing projects for universities and served as a newspaper reporter. She has won national writing and marketing awards.
Lindsey earned an executive M.B.A. from Benedictine College and a B.A. in journalism from Northwest Missouri State University.
Donna Butler Douglas
Educational services manager
Donna joined the NRHA staff in 2011. She coordinates various aspects of the Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital conferences and facilitates selected NRHA committee meetings.
Before coming to NRHA Donna worked as public relations specialist for Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, after a long career as music director of various churches in five states.
Donna earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s degree in music composition from Southwestern Seminary.
Government affairs and policy vice president
Maggie joined the NRHA staff in 2007. She is the head lobbyist for the association and is responsible for the Government Affairs and Policy department.
She has 14 years of federal legislative experience. She previously served as health counsel to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and to U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, where she worked on comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid legislation. Maggie also served as counsel to former U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bob Packwood. From 1999 to 2005, she served as assistant director of congressional affairs for the American Medical Association, where she advocated on patient and physician issues.
Maggie earned a J.D. from the University of Oregon and a B.A. from Oregon State University.
Amy L. Elizondo
Program services vice president
Amy joined the NRHA staff in 2006 and oversees grant-related activities, educational events, the NRHA Quality and Border Health initiatives, the Rural Health Fellows program, emerging issues in rural health, continuing education and technical assistance for state rural health associations.
She previously served as the primary analyst for rural health care and post-acute care issues for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of Legislation. She also worked with stakeholder groups to promote initiatives, including the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Amy also worked at the Health Resources and Services Administration's Office of Rural Health Policy and Project HOPE's Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.
She earned a master's of public health degree from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health.
Susan joined the NRHA staff in 2010. She is happy to assist you with any of your membership needs, including renewals or joining NRHA.
She has more than 25 years of member service experience and previously worked for the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Laura B. Hudson
Program Services Coordinator
Laura Bundrick Hudson joined the NRHA staff in 2012. She assists with grant writing activities, helps coordinate the Quality and Clinical Conference, and serves as the contact person for the state rural health associations, the National Rural Health Task Force, and the Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program consortium. She comes to the NRHA from the Mississippi Rural Health Association and The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health where she served as External Relations Project Manager. She also has experience in grant management and prospect research. Laura earned both a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and a Masters of Public Administration from The University of Alabama.
Member services manager
Sharon joined the NRHA staff in 2008. She oversees all operations of the member services department. She has a passion for serving the health care industry, in particular health care associations.
She has previously worked for the American Academy of Family Physicians in their membership, meetings and conventions divisions and for the Women's Healthcare Forum, where she was director of conference sales and services.
Government affairs and policy manager
David Lee joined the NRHA staff in 2011. David is one of NRHA’s federally registered lobbyists. In addition to his activities on Capitol Hill, David is responsible for drafting NRHA’s regulatory responses and public comment letters on all rural health related activities of the Administration. He is also responsible for developing NRHA’s yearly legislative and regulatory agenda. Prior to joining NRHA, David served on the staff of Senator Robert Bennett of Utah.
David is a graduate of Utah State University where he earned a B.A. degree in Law and Constitutional Studies and Spanish.
Director of operations and CFO
Rob joined the NRHA staff in 1986. He oversees the daily financial and administrative operations of the organization.
He previously worked for a public accounting firm and a mutual fund brokerage.
Rob holds a B.S. in accounting and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Chief executive officer
Alan Morgan serves as Chief Executive Officer for the National Rural Health Association. He has more than 20 years experience in health policy development at the state and federal level. He served as staff for former US Congressman Dick Nichols and former Kansas Governor Mike Hayden. Additionally, his experience includes tenures with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and with the Heart Rhythm Society where he established a Washington, DC based government affairs office. Prior to joining NRHA, he served as a federal lobbyist for VHA Inc.
Mr. Morgan’s health policy articles have been published in: The Journal of Rural Health, The Journal of Cardiovascular Management, The Journal of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology Review, and in Laboratory Medicine. He also served as a co-author for the 6th edition of “Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care.”
He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Kansas, and a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University. In 2011, he was selected by readers of Modern Healthcare Magazine as being among the top 100 most influential people in healthcare.
Alex joined the NRHA staff in 2012. He oversees and contributes to NRHA's online media outlets including the Rural Health Web association site, NRHA Connect, Rural Health Voices blog, NRHA Today e-newsletter as well as email blasts and social media.
He previously was responsible for developing and supporting online courseware in the medical education field.
Alex earned a B.S. in Marketing from Kansas State University
Geno joined the NRHA staff in 1999. He records NRHA financial transactions in the accounting system and performs day-to-day accounting functions.
He previously was employed at the Internal Revenue Service and the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Kansas City.
Geno earned a B.L.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Meeting logistics manager
Kathy joined the NRHA staff in 2001. She is responsible for the site selection, pre-planning and on-site logistics for NRHA's educational conferences. She also coordinates all of NRHA conference trade shows and exhibit halls.
Before joining NRHA, Kathy spent 15 years in catering and convention management with a four-star hotel company and a major city's convention and visitors bureau.
Senior vice-president for member services
Brock joined the NRHA in 2008. He has administrative responsibility for all areas of member services, including membership, communications and meetings/exhibitions. He also coordinates the Healthcare Quality Technical Assistance center.
He was a rural hospital administrator for more than 21 years. He has been on the board of the National Rural Health Association and the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association, as well as many regional and state boards involving rural health.
Brock earned a master of public health degree in health administration from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. degree in biology from Oklahoma Baptist University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.