About NRHA

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has responsibility for the supervision, control and direction of the affairs of the association. It 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 Health Equity Council, the chair of the Rural Health Policy Congress, the elected officers of the association, and the chief executive officer.



David Schmitz, MD

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dave Pearson

TORCH (Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals)

President Elect:
Tommy Barnhart

Ten Mile Enterprises


Pat Schou

Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network

Lisa Kilawee 

Ministry Health

Clinical Services CG Chair:
Roger Wells
Howard County Medical Clinic

Rural Health Clinic CG Chair:
Michelle Mills
Colorado Rural Health Center

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

Rural Health Congress Chair: 
Timothy Putnam
Margaret Mary Community Hospital

Frontier CG Chair:
Patrick Joseph Branco
Heart of America Medical Center

State Association Council Chair:
John Roberts
Nebraska Rural Health Association

Health Equity Council Chair:
Susan Kunz
Mariposa Community Health Center

State Office Council Chair:
Lynette Dickson
University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health

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

Statewide Health Resources CG Chair:
Patricia Crawford
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Public Health CG Chair:
Alana Knudson
Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis

Student CG Chair:
Julie Middleton
University of Washington School of Medicine

Research and Education CG Chair:
John Gale
Maine Rural Health Research Center


Alan Morgan
Chief Executive Officer National Rural Health Association

NRHA Bylaws (May 2015)