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 Mason Zeagler at NRHA's government affairs office at 202-639-0550, ext. 2073 with any questions. 

Rural Health Congress roster



Rural Health Congress Chair:
Kevin Bennett, Ph.D.
Columbia, S.C.
Tim P. Wolters
Bolivar, Mo.
Michelle Mills
Aurora, Colo.

Pat Schou, F.A.C.H.E.
Princeton, Ill.

John A. Gale, M.S.
Portland, Maine

Past President:
Timothy L. Putnam, D.H.A.
Batesville, Ind.

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

Federally Qualified Health Centers CG Chair:
Toniann Richard
Lexington, Mo.
Frontier CG Chair:
R. Scott Daniels, Ph.D.
Hilo, Hawaii
Health Equity Council Chair:
Susan Kunz, M.P.H.
Nogales, Ariz.
Hospital and Community Health Systems CG Chair:
Leslie Marsh, R.N.
Lexington, Neb.
Benjamin Anderson, M.B.A.
Greenwood Village, Colo.

Tommy Bartlett, F.A.C.H.E.
Union, Miss.
Brian F. Bertsch
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Monica Bourgeau, M.S.
Portland, Ore.
Mellie B. Bridewell, M.S.
Lake Village, Ark.
Margaret Brockman, R.N.
Lincoln, Neb.
Heather Davis
Union, Miss.
John H. Everett, F.A.C.H.E.
Snyder, Texas
Sharon Finarelli, M.L.I.S.
Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Betty Greer
Deerfield, Kan.
Harry D. Holt, Ph.D.
West Chester, Pa.
John Henderson
Austin, Texas
Stephanie Hilton-Siebert, F.A.C.H.E.
Marion, Ind.
Sarah H. Huling
Tampa, Fla.
David Keith
McAlester, Okla.
Jeremy Levin, M.H.A.
Sauk City, Wis.
Bill Menner
Grinnell, Iowa

Robin Rose, R.N.
Gibson City, Ill.

Michelle Sharp, M.S.N.
Little Rock, Ark.

Rachael Sherard
Sioux Falls, S.D.


Heather Whetsell
Springfield, Ill.

Deborah Whitley, C.P.A.
Waco, Texas
Past Presidents Council:
Tommy L. Barnhart
Silverthorne, Colo.
Public Health Status CG Chair:
Judith Shaplin
Alpine, Calif.
Lisa Kilawee, M.P.A.
Amherst, Wis.
Timothy L. Putnam, D.H.A.
Batesville, Ind.
David F. Schmitz, M.D.
Grand Forks, N.D.
Research and Education CG Chair: Rural Health Clinic CG Chair:
Elizabeth Crouch, Ph.D.
Columbia, S.C.
Joanie M. Perkins
Ruleville, Miss.
George Pink, Ph.D.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Kate Hill
Spring House, Pa.
Kristin Schuller, Ph.D.
Athens, Ohio
Charles A. James
Saint Louis, Mo.
State Association Council Chair:
John L. Roberts
Lincoln, Neb.
State Office Council Chair:
Kathryn Miller
Madison, Wisc.
Portia Brown, F.A.C.H.E.
Luray, Va.
Robert Duehmig
Portland, Ore.
Statewide Health Resources CG Chair:
Sally T. Buck
Duluth, Minn.
Student CG Chair:

Douglas Snow
Alpena, Mich.



Sue Deitz, M.P.H.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


Matthew Campion
Glenwood, Minn.

Kristine Sande, M.B.A.
Grand Forks, N.D.


Therese Santana, M.H.A.
La Junta, Colo.

Mark Woodring, Dr.P.H.
Oklahoma City, Okla.