Advocacy

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

 

Officers

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

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

President-Elect:
Beth O'Connor, M.Ed.
Blacksburg, Va.

Past President:
Pat Schou, F.A.C.H.E.
Princeton, Ill.
 

   
   
Clinical Services CG Chair:      

Kate Hill, R.N.

Spring House, Pa.


 
Federally Qualified Health Centers CG Chair:
Toniann Richard
Lexington, Mo.
 
   
   
Frontier CG Chair:
R. Scott Daniels, Ph.D.
Hilo, Hawaii
 
Health Equity Council Chair:
David Line, Ph.D.
Spokane, Wash.
 
  Representatives:
Carla Gibson
Overland Park, Kan.
 
  Melinda Merrell, M.P.H.
Lexington, S.C.
 
   
   
Hospital and Community Health Systems CG Chair:
Leslie Marsh, R.N.
Lexington, Neb.
 
Representatives:
Brian F. Bertsch
Sioux Falls, S.D.
 

Monica Bourgeau, M.S.
Portland, Ore.
 
Mellie B. Bridewell, M.S.
Lake Village, Ark.
 
John H. Everett, F.A.C.H.E.
Snyder, Texas
 
Sarah Gideon
Topeka, Kan.
 
Lari Gooding
Fairfax, S.C.
 
Betty Greer
Deerfield, Kan.

 
Stephanie Hilton-Siebert, F.A.C.H.E.
Marion, Ind.
 
Sarah H. Huling
Tampa, Fla.
 
Nikki King
Batesville, Ind.
 
Jeremy Levin, M.H.A.
Sauk City, Wis.
 
Ralph Llewellyn
Fargo, N.D.
 
SuLynn Mester, D.N.Pc.2
Childress, Texas
 
Robin Rose, R.N.
Gibson City, Ill.
 
Amy Schroeder
Lexington, Neb.
 
Matt Shahan
Hettinger, N.D.
 
Tanya Sharp
Albion, Neb.
 

Roger D. Wells, P.A.C.
Lexington, Neb.
 

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.
 
 
Jodi Schmidt
Westwood, Kan.
 
 
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, C.P.C.
Ruleville, Miss.
 
Representatives:
Michael Meit, M.A.
Johnson City, Tenn.
 
Representatives:
Steve Smith
Kansas City, Mo.
 
Bree Watzak Pharm.D.
College Station, Texas
 
Deborah Whitley, C.P.A.
Waco, Texas
 
   
   
State Association Council Chair:
Stacy Fontenot
Napoleonville, La.
 
State Office Council Chair:
Kathryn Miller
Madison, Wisc.
 
Representative:
Kylie Nissen B.B.A.
Grand Forks, N.D.
 
Representative:
Robert Duehmig
Portland, Ore.
 
 
   
   
Statewide Health Resources CG Chair:
Sally T. Buck, M.S.
Duluth, Minn.
 
Student CG Chair:

Douglas Snow
Alpena, Mich.

 

 

Representatives: 
Crystal Barter
East Lansing, Mich.

 

Representatives:
Lauren Canary
Roanoke, Va.
 

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

 



 

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