Associate Profiles

The Rural Health Innovations (RHI) Associates Program connects health care organizations and networks with highly qualified rural consultants and technical experts. These rural health experts provide specialized services to improve the health of rural communities. Access to the resources the Associates provide expands the depth and breadth of services RHI can offer to your rural health community.

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Arlene Anderson

Arlene is a transformational health care executive who specializes in leadership development, resiliency training, communication, strategic planning, and culture change management. Using her extensive background in health care, she enables participants to create meaningful discussions and insights during workshops or facilitated meetings. Arlene has over thirty years of experience as a senior leader in government agencies and various health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and home care. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology with specialization in organization development.
Care CoordinationCommunity & Population HealthLeadershipPerformance ImprovementStrategic PlanningWorkforce
Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca is a Partner with AES, LLC and serves as Vice President of Healthcare Consulting Services. She brings 14 years of health care and hospital association management experience. She most recently served as the Vice President at the Louisiana Hospital Association. For 12 years, she directed the development of health care policy and reimbursement initiatives on behalf of hospitals in Louisiana and oversaw various political activities with state and national policymakers. Rebecca is a recognized health care leader in directing cutting-edge business solutions and multi-functional project teams by executing strategic vision that addresses health care community needs and optimizes resource allocations.
Care CoordinationCommunity & Population HealthHealth Information TechnologyLeadershipStrategic Planning
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Dave Johnson

Dave is a dynamic individual with nearly 20 years of experience leading operations and business development functions of rural health care organizations. Areas of expertise include board development and training, executive leadership coaching, market analysis, business development and new start consultation.
Community & Population HealthLeadershipPerformance ImprovementStrategic Planning
Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson

Kathy has more than 35 years of experience in the health care field, ranging from nursing assistant to administrator. Kathy recently retired from her position as Administrator/CEO at Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) located in Dawson, MN. Under her leadership JMHS has been recognized at both the state and national level for service excellence and quality. Kathy’s intention as an Associate is to assist executives with developing a culture of excellence through mentoring, coaching and assisting with leadership development.
LeadershipPerformance ImprovementWorkforce
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Lance Keilers

Lance is the President for Connected Healthcare Solutions, LLC a rural health care consulting company specializing in critical access hospital operations, hospital administration, physician practice management and rural health clinics. Lance previously served as the administrator for the Ballinger Memorial Hospital in Ballinger, Texas for over 13 years and served on many state and national committees and boards. He also served as President for the National Rural Health Association in 2012. Lance has over 20 years of health care experience and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas. He is certified in physician practice management through the American Academy of Medical Management.
Community & Population HealthLeadershipPerformance ImprovementStrategic PlanningWorkforce
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Arshia Khan

Arshia is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her current research interests include quality of health care in rural hospitals, health care mobile app development, innovative health care technology development to improve the quality of care, and wireless non-intrusive device design and development for monitoring physiological sensors. Arshia holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer-Engineering, a Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Information Technology.
Community & Population HealthHealth Information TechnologyLeadershipPerformance Improvement
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Tami Lichtenberg

Tami has been the executive director of Iowa River Hospice since March of 2014. She previously was the executive director for a Center for Healthcare Innovation and a program director at the National Rural Health Resource Center. Tami’s background also includes experience in hospice administration, performance improvement, Balanced Scorecard, grant writing, strategic planning, program development and public speaking. She has over 15 years of experience in health care, and has served her community as a certified emergency medical technician. Tami holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Drake University and a Master of Management from the College of St. Scholastica.
Community & Population HealthLeadershipPerformance ImprovementStrategic PlanningWorkforce
Gary Lishinski

Gary Lishinski

Gary has 30 years of leadership experience with community health centers, medical groups, hospitals, integrated health systems, and managed care. Gary helps rural health care organizations respond to changes and uncertainties created by health care reform and collaborates with leaders to address issues that threaten the delivery of high quality health care. Gary holds a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is also a Certified Medical Practice Executive and is President of Range Light Healthcare Consulting.
Care CoordinationCommunity & Population HealthHealth Information TechnologyLeadershipPerformance ImprovementStrategic PlanningWorkforce
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James Martin

James is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from General Electric (GE) with seven years of health care specific experience running improvement teams, primarily in rural hospital and clinic settings. He is an instructor for the University of Colorado’s Nursing Continuing Education Lean Six Sigma Course and a Preferred Service Partner of the Colorado Rural Health Center, where he provides training and project facilitation at member hospitals and clinics.
Care CoordinationCommunity & Population HealthHealth Information TechnologyLeadershipPerformance ImprovementStrategic PlanningWorkforce
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Thomas Martin

Thomas is a seasoned, successful and award-winning health care executive with over 30 years of experience in both rural and urban settings. His professional focus specializes in assisting rural communities adapt to the changes and challenges associated with the ongoing evolution of health care. Thomas has forged strong relationships between hospitals and public health and has developed effective networks between rural and urban health care systems. His background includes in depth experience with strategic planning and physician integration. He has served as an advisor to both federal and state agencies regarding rural health care and critical access hospitals, and is known for being an innovative and transformative leader.
Community & Population HealthLeadershipPerformance ImprovementStrategic Planning