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.
She previously worked as public relations specialist for Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, after a long career as church music director.
Donna earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s degree in music composition from Southwestern Seminary.
Maggie Elehwany, JD
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, helps coordinate the Rural Quality and Clinical Conference, and serves as the contact person for state rural health associations, the National Rural Health Task Force, and the Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program consortium.
She previously served as external relations project manager for the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health. She also has experience in grant management and prospect research.
Laura earned both a bachelor’s degree in American studies and a master’s 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.
Lisa Inman joined the NRHA staff in 2013. She is responsible for event registration and member services inquiries and serves as receptionist for both the Kansas City and D.C. offices.
She has library customer service experience and has taught college-level English.
Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education and a master’s degree in literature from the University of Tulsa.
David Lee, JD
Director of Regulatory Affairs
David Lee joined the NRHA staff in 2011 and is currently the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Policy. David is responsible for drafting NRHA’s regulatory responses and public comment letters on rural health related activities of the Administration. Additionally, he works with Members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Hill. 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 has spoken to dozens of groups throughout the country on implementation issues related to the Affordable Care Act, federal regulations, and rural health legislation.
David received his BA from Utah State University and his JD from the Catholic University of America.
Government affairs and policy representative
Erin Mahn joined the NRHA staff in 2011. She is one of NRHA’s federally registered lobbyists.
In addition to her work on Capitol Hill, Erin works with NRHA’s Rural Health Congress and the Government Affairs Committee. She previously worked for the State of Maryland and as a reporter.
Erin earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Elon University.
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 earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in public administration in nonprofit management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Chief executive officer
Alan Morgan joined the NRHA staff in 2001. He has more than 20 years experience in health policy development at the state and federal level.
He previously worked for U.S. Congressman Dick Nichols and former Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden. Alan’s experience also includes tenures with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the Heart Rhythm Society, where he established a D.C.-based government affairs office. Prior to joining NRHA, he served as a federal lobbyist for VHA Inc.
Alan’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 Laboratory Medicine. He also served as a co-author for the 6th edition of “Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care.”
Alan earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the 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 as being among the top 100 most influential people in health care.
Alex T. Olson
Alex joined the NRHA staff in 2012. He oversees and contributes to NRHA’s online media outlets including the association website, NRHA Connect, 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 bachelor’s degree 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.