NRHA Rural Health Congress

The Rural Health Congress is the policy-making body of the National Rural Health Association. Elected representatives from each of the association's constituency groups, State Association Council, State Office Council, issue groups and officers serve on the Congress. This gives broad grassroots representation that reflects the concerns of NRHA's membership. The Rural Health Congress determines the association's positions on public policy through a series of policy briefs and issue papers.

Please contact Erin Zumbrun at NRHA's government affairs office at 202-639-0550 with any questions. 

Rural Health Congress roster



Rural Health Congress Chair:
Timothy Putnam
Batesville, Ind.
Vice Chair:
John Gale
Portland, Maine
Dave Pearson
Austin, Texas
Pat Schou
Princeton, Ill.
David Schmitz
Grand Forks, N.D.
President Elect:
Tommy Barnhart
Silverthorne, Colo.
Past President:
Lisa, Kilawee
Amherst, Wis.


Clinical Services CG Chair:       Roger D. Wells
Saint Paul, Neb.

Federally Qualified Health Centers CG Chair:
Tim Shryack
Ava, Mo.

Frontier CG Chair:
Patrick Joseph Branco
Rugby, N.D.
Health Equity Council Chair:
Susan Kunz
Nogales, Ariz.

Hospital and Community Health Systems CG 

Susan Starling
Irvine, Ky.

Steve Barnett
Sandusky, Mich.
Jeremy Levin
Sauk City, Wisc.
Tommy Bartlett
Union, Miss.
Ralph Llewellyn
Fargo, N.D.
Bill Auxier
Tampa, Fla.
Jim Peterson
Arroyo Seco, N.M.
Jennifer Dunn
Aurora, Colo.
Robin Rose
Gibson City, Ill.
Kiley Floyd
Osborne, Kan.
Jonathan Sprague
Bangor, Maine
Andy Fosmire
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Allen Van Driel
Smith Center, Kan.
Dale Gibbs
Kearny, Neb.
Margaret Woeppel
Lincoln, Neb.
Jason Hawkins
McConnellsburg, Pa.
Holly Wolff
Waterloo, Iowa
Jan Kemmerer
Beloit, Kan.
Brenda Wright
Kansas City, Mo.

Past Presidents Council:
Ray Christensen, MD
Duluth, Minn.
Public Health Status CG Chair:
Alana Knudson
Bethesda, Md.
Sandra Durick
Pierre, S.D.
Lance Keilers
Lees Summit, Mo.
Lisa Kilawee
Amherst, Wis.

Kristina Sparks
Olympia, Wash.

Research and Education CG Chair: Rural Health Clinics CG Chair:
John Gale
Portland, Maine
Michelle Mills
Aurora, Colo.
Mary Atkinson Smith
Starkville, Miss.
John Everett
Snyder, Texas
David Gross
Morehead, Ky.

State Association Council Chair:
John Roberts
Lincoln, Neb.
State Office Council Chair:
Lynette Dickson
Grand Forks, N.D
Carol Galper
Hilo, Hawaii
State Office Council Vice Chair:
Margaret Brockman
Lincoln, Neb.
Beionka Moore
Spokane, Wash.

Statewide Health Resources CG Chair:
Patricia Crawford
Lewisburg, W.Va.
Sally Buck
Duluth, Minn.
Brad Gibbens
Grand Forks, N.D.
Sandra Pope
Charleston, W.Va.
Student CG Chair:

Jesse Rockmore

Cummings, Ga.

Angela Bangs
Bozeman, Mt.
Cody Mullen
West Lafayette, Ind.
Jacob Thatcher
Yakima, Wash.