NRHA Staff Directory
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NRHA staff profiles
Technical Assistance Specialist
Tommy joined NRHA staff in 2020.
As a COVID-19 Technical Assistance Specialist, he helps rural health care providers overcome barriers they face due to the ongoing pandemic through NRHA's Rural COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center, primarily focusing on finance and reimbursement.
Tommy is former CFO of large rural hospital and has consulted on a wide variety of financial management and operational issues.
He has over 45 years of experience in healthcare finance and operations, working with hospitals, long-term care providers, home health agencies, hospices, clinics and other healthcare entities.
Tommy earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Bridgewater College.
Program services and development director
Gaby joined NRHA staff in 2009.
As Director of Program Services and Development, she assists with all grant-writing activities and managemnet, helps in conference coordination, and is the NRHA staff contact for the Journal of Rural Health, the NRHA’s Fellowship program, the Health Equity Council, and the Rural Medical Educators Group. Gaby is also the key staff working on the NRHA’s Border Health Initiative and the lead planner of the NRHA’s Community Health Worker Trainings Network
She earned a masters in public health and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Florida.
Donna Butler Douglas
Educational services manager
Donna joined 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 NRHA staff in 2007.
She is the head lobbyist for the association and is responsible for the Government Affairs and Policy department.
She has over 20 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 NRHA staff in 2006.
She oversees grant-related activities, educational events, NRHA's 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 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 and contracting director
Laura joined NRHA staff in 2012.
She assists with grant writing and with subawardee oversight and budget monitoring. She also helps coordinate the National Rural Oral Health Initiative and NRHA's collaboration with the All of Us Research Program. Laura also serves as the contact person for state rural health associations.
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 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 joined 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.
Government affairs and policy manager
Josh joined NRHA staff in 2020.
Josh previously served as legislative aide for U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds. In this role, he worked extensively on rural health care policy. This work included Indian Health Service reform, telehealth advancement and the creation of a ready reserve within the United State Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Previously, Josh worked at the American Enterprise Institute assisting the external affairs department.
Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in both journalism and political science from the University of South Dakota.
Zil Joyce Dixon Romero
Program services coordinator
Zil joined NRHA staff in 2020.
He assists with activities related to State Rural Health Associations, the National Rural Oral Health Initiative, and the All of Us Research Program through various projects and technical assistance.
He joins NRHA after working as an intern on Capitol Hill for multiple members of congress, working on various health care, education, and communication issues.
Zil has a bachelor’s degree in communication, legal studies, economics, and government from American University's School of Public Affairs.
Technical Assistance Specialist
Roger joined NRHA staff in 2020.
As a COVID-19 Technical Assistance Specialist, he currently helps rural health care providers overcome barriers they face due to the ongoing pandemic through NRHA's Rural COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center, primarily focusing on supply chain challenges.
Roger is a former CEO of rural critical access hospitals and rural health clinics. He has over 50 years of health care management experience working in hospitals, long term care facilities, hospice, clinics, home health, and other health care providers.
Roger earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Maine. He earned his masters degree in business administration for health care management from Boston University.
Director of operations and CFO
Rob joined 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 joined NRHA staff in 2001.
Recognized as among the top 100 most influential people in healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine, he has more than 27 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 American Journal of Clinical Medicine, The Journal of Rural Health, The Journal of Cardiovascular Management, The Journal of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology Review and Laboratory Medicine.
Morgan has also served as a contributing author for the publications "Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care" and "Rural Populations and Health."
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.
Alex T. Olson
Communications and marketing manager
Alex joined NRHA staff in 2012.
He oversees and contributes to NRHA’s online media outlets including the association website, NRHA Connect and NRHA Today e-newsletter, as well as email promotions and social media.
He was previously 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 NRHA staff in 1999.
He records NRHA financial transactions in the accounting system and performs day-to-day accounting functions.
He was previously 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.
Program services coordinator
Juanita joined NRHA staff in 2020.
She assists with all aspects of the Health Equity Council, Rural Health Fellows Program, Community Health Workers Training Initiative, and grant management activities.
She previously worked as a project associate at the American Society of Nephrology, supporting workgroups and ensuring completion of project deliverables.
Juanita completed her bachelor’s degree in public health at the University of Arizona, and is currently finishing her Master of Science degree in health education & promotion.
Meeting logistics manager
Kathy joined NRHA staff in 2001.
She is responsible for 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 NRHA staff in 2008.
He has administrative responsibility for all areas of member services, including membership, communications, and meetings/exhibitions.
Brock was a rural hospital administrator for more than 21 years and has served on the board of the National Rural Health Association and the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association.
Brock specializes in rural health system development that encompasses population health and the varied payment programs moving rural providers into value based purchasing models.
He serves on the CMS Star Rating Technical Expert Panel, a member of the National Quality Forum’s Measures Application Partnership Hospital and Rural Health Workgroup and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.
Brock is the 2015 recipient of the Calico Quality Leadership Award of the National Rural Health Resource Center and received the American Society of Healthcare Pharmacists Board of Directors’ Award of Honor for 2018.
Brock earned a master of public health degree in health administration from the University of Oklahoma and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Government affairs communications coordinator
Phone: 202-639-0550, ext. 2073
Mason joined NRHA staff in 2019.
He oversees NRHA’s advocacy communications in Washington, D.C. and contributes to NRHA’s online media outlets including the association website, NRHA Connect, Rural Health Voices blog and social media. Mason is also the key staff developing NRHA's annual Rural Health Policy Institute in DC.
Prior to becoming the Government Affairs Communications Coordinator, Mason served as an NRHA intern in 2018.
Mason earned a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.