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 Jessica Seigel at NRHA's government affairs office at 202-639-0550 with any questions. 

Rural Health Congress roster



Rural Health Congress Chair:
John A. Gale
Portland, Maine
Tim Wolters
Bolivar, Mo.
Pat Schou
Princeton, Ill.

Tommy Barnhart
Silverthorne, Colo

Timothy L. Putnam
Batesville, Ind.
Past President:
David Schmitz
Grand Forks, N.D.

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

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

Frontier CG Chair:
R. Scott Daniels
Hilo, Hawaii
Health Equity Council Chair:
Susan Kunz
Nogales, Ariz.

Hospital and Community Health Systems CG 

Leslie Marsh
Lexington, Neb.

Bill R. Auxier, PhD
Tampa, Fla.
Maeve McClellan
Kansas City, Mo.
Tommy Bartlett
Union, Miss.
Rhiannon McDevitt
Brockport, N.Y.
Mellie Bridewell
Lake Village, Ark.
Steve Parde
Kansas City, Mo.
Bob Diehl
San Andreas, Calif.
Robin Rose
Gibson City, Ill.
Jennifer Dunn
Aurora, Colo.
Tanya Sharp
Albion, Neb.
Andy Fosmire
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Jonathan C. Sprague
Bangor, Maine
Brian Haapala
Portland, Maine
Deborah Whitley
Waco, Texas
Jason Hawkins
McConnellsburg, Pa.
Lou Ann Wilroy
Centennial, Colo.

Nikki King
Batesville, Ind.


Margaret Woeppel
Lincoln, Neb.
Jeremy Levin
Sauk City, Wisc.

Brenda Wright
Kansas City, Mo.


Ralph Llewellyn
Fargo, N.D.



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

Jodi Schmidt
Parsons, Kan.



Research and Education CG Chair: Rural Health Clinics CG Chair:
Kevin Bennett
Columbia, S.C.
Michelle Mills
Aurora, Colo.
Kori Novak
Happy Camp, Calif.
Michael A. Murray
Clinton, Mo.
Mary Atkinson Smith
Starkville, Miss.

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

Statewide Health Resources CG Chair:
Sally T. Buck
Duluth, Minn.
Student CG Chair:

Jesse C. Rockmore

Cummings, Ga.



Brad Gibbens
Grand Forks, N.D.


Angela Bangs
Bozeman, Mt.


Kristine Sande
Grand Forks, N.D.


Cody Mullen
West Lafayette, Ind.


  Jacob Thatcher
Yakima, Wash.