Board of Directors

The Center's Board of Directors represent national rural health leaders who are proven experts in the field.
board members

The Center’s 11 board members — all national experts in the field of rural health who have had careers in academia, research, industry, government, private foundations, and consulting — bring a wide range of experience and knowledge to their work, as well as a deep commitment to the health and well-being of the country’s rural residents. Board members are tasked with setting the strategic direction of The Center’s work and helping to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture.

President (Center) | Assistant Chief Manager (RHI) | Associate Dean for Rural Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus
Treasurer | Former Director of Montana Office of Rural Health
Chief Manager (RHI) | Vice President (Center) | Former Vice President for Business Planning and Management, American Red Cross
Secretary | Executive Director of Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
Secretary (RHI) | Member (Center) | CEO of Nebraska Times, LLC
Consultation Program Specialist II
Member | Program Area Director and Co-Director, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
Member | CEO of St. James Parish Hospital
Member | Director of Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, Minnesota Department of Health
Member | Vice President for Research, Innovation and Evaluation, Episcopal Health Foundation
Member | President and CEO of Health Forward Foundation
Member | Senior Vice President & President for Regional Markets, Aspirus, Inc.