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The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Biographies of members of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

Chair: Ronnie Musgrove, J.D.

Former Governor of Mississippi
Jackson, MS

Ronnie Musgrove has dedicated his life to serving the people of Mississippi. For more than two decades, he's taken a leading role in the State to improve education, expand economic development, and ensure that government lives within its means.

During Ronnie Musgrove's tenure as Governor of Mississippi, he helped create more than 52,000 new jobs, brought more than $14 billion in new investments to the state, invested in creating rural jobs, and brought Nissan to Mississippi, which was the largest economic development project in state history.

He also passed historic education funding reforms to ensure every school got its fair share. His administration enacted the largest teacher raise in state history, strengthened school accountability standards, and made Mississippi the first state in the nation to have a computer hooked up to the Internet in every classroom.

Governor Musgrove's dedication to providing quality public education and creating economic opportunity for all Mississippians has received national attention. His history-making efforts in providing health insurance for children (from under 1,000 to over 60,000), expanding civil defense, and working with the Mississippi National Guard have not gone unnoticed. Having received many accolades, he is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C.

A strong fiscal conservative, Governor Musgrove balanced the budget without raising taxes by ordering state agencies to cut their budgets by five percent and cut spending by $50 million in his first budget, while managing to increase funding for education.

Governor Musgrove has served in many leadership positions throughout his career of public service. During his time as a state senator, Governor Musgrove chaired the Education Committee. In 1998 he was recognized nationally as a leader among his peers, serving as chair of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors. He served as chair of the Southern Regional Education Board, as the chair-elect for the Southern States Energy Board, on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Executive Committee for the Democratic Governors' Association, where he served as vice chair of policy.

Governor Musgrove is chair of the Mississippi Center for Legal Services Advisory Group and is the Senior Policy Scholar in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. In March 2014, Gov. Musgrove was reappointed by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to serve as a board member on the National Assessment Governing Board, of which he is a past-chairman of the NAEP 12th Grade Preparedness Commission.  He is also past co-chairman of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

Governor Musgrove is active in volunteerism working with both Habitat for Humanity and Stewpot Community Services. He and his wife, Melody, are active members of Parkway Hills United Methodist Church of Madison. They have four children and reside in Madison, MS.


Tyrone (Ty) F. Borders, Ph.D, M.S., M.A.,

University of Kentucky
College of Public Health's Department of Health Services Management
Lexington, Kentucky

Tyrone Borders earned doctoral and master's degrees in health administration, as well as a master's degree in epidemiology from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Kansas.  His research focuses on the conduct and analysis of population-based studies to identify subgroups of persons at risk for poor health and problems obtaining health services, with an emphasis on rural populations.  His research has been funded by AHRQ, RWJF, NIAAA, and NIDA and has culminated in numerous peer-reviewed articles.   Borders serves as editor of The Journal of Rural Health, the world’s foremost academic publication devoted to rural health research.  In 2007, he was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Epidemiology.


Rene Cabral-Daniels, MPH, JD

Chief Executive Officer
Community Care Network of Virginia Inc.
Henrico, Virginia

Rene Cabral-Daniels is the CEO of Community Care Network of Virginia, Inc. She has a long history of championing the ability of rural residents to access quality health care. While employed as an HHS attorney for CMS, she was lead attorney for all rural health policies. Rene also directed Virginia's State Office of Rural Health and served as a board member of Virginia Rural Health Association. She is currently the acting Board Chair of a rural health center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Rene is a graduate of Tufts University as well as Yale School of Medicine where she earned a Masters in Public Health, and University of Virginia where she received her law degree. She is the wife of Taumi Daniels and mother to Arrianne, Allanna and Amarra Daniels.


Christina R. Campos, MBA, FACHE

Guadalupe County Hospital
Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Ms. Campos began her career health care in early 1993 as a hospital volunteer and community “encourager” under the Mountain States Health Corporation’s community health development program.  She soon became Finance Officer for the small frontier hospital and served in that capacity from 1993 to 1996.  From 1998 to 2005, she served as a member of the Clinical Operations Board for the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.  In 2004 she became the Administrator of Guadalupe County Hospital, a 10 bed general acute care hospital located in rural eastern New Mexico.

As Administrator, Ms. Campos has reinvigorated the small hospital, improving and expanding services, training and recruiting local staff, and eliminating all agency and traveling staff.   She spearheaded the planning, financing, design and construction of a replacement facility which opened in June2011.  The new hospital is both patient centered and high tech.  It achieved Meaningful Use in August 2012 and achieved HIMMS Stage 6 designation for electronic medical record adoption in January 2013.  Most recently, Guadalupe County Hospital received the 2013 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for patient satisfaction in Inpatient Care.  The hospital is also pursuing certification as a CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program site.

Ms. Campos received her BA in Latin American Studies and Economics from the University of New Mexico, and her MBA in Health Care Administration from Regis University in Denver, CO.  She is past Chairman and member of the New Mexico Hospital Association.  She also serves on the NM Trauma System Fund Authority, the NM EMS Region III Board of Directors, and the NM Health Executives Board of Directors.  She is a NM delegate to the American Hospital Association, and is the Chairman of the American College of Health Executives Management Series Editorial Board.  She is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, and member of her church Spanish choir.  She and her husband, have three grown children, and own and operate a family restaurant on Route 66 in Santa Rosa, NM. 


Eugenia (Geni) D. Cowan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
California State University
Sacramento, CA

Eugenia (Geni) Cowan, PhD, is a professor at California State University, Sacramento, in educational leadership and policy. She has worked as a trainer and facilitator for The Center for Human Services at UC Davis Extension since 1996, specializing in issues such as working with Native American clients, HIV/AIDS in the workplace, the Indian Child Welfare Act, alcohol/substance abuse, mental health issues, domestic violence, and dual diagnosis. Dr. Cowan has more than 20 years of experience in community-based social services and organizational leadership and development. She has provided strategic planning and professional development training to the California Tribal TANF Consortium and taught at a tribal college. She has also developed and managed case management programs and trained case managers for several years. Additionally, Dr. Cowan is a senior consultant with Eagle Blue Associates, a consulting organization providing, among other services, expert witness testimony in ICWA cases.


Kathleen Dalton, Ph.D.

Retired, Department of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Dalton’s experience in health care finance spans roles not only as researcher but also as manager, consultant and hospital trustee. Following a 20-year career in health care finance she earned her doctorate in health policy from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. After completing a CMS-funded dissertation on payments to teaching hospitals under the Medicare prospective payment system, she remained at the University for five years as a research faculty member, where she was a frequent investigator with their program on rural health policy and also conducted multiple studies under contract to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. After joining RTI in 2005 she continued to focus on Medicare payment policy and the effects of reimbursement incentives on care delivery.


Kelley Evans

Chief Executive Officer,
Beartooth Billings Clinic,
Red Lodge, Montana

Ms. Evans responsibilities include the overall administrative management and operation of the Beartooth Billings Clinic.. Beartooth Billings Clinic is a private not for profit 501(c) 3 located in Red Lodge, Montana.  Beartooth Billings Clinic is an integrated provider based clinic with a ten bed Critical Access Hospital.  The facility was replaced in 2010, upgrading an original Hill Burton era facility to a state of the art organization.  As with many rural organizations, Beartooth Billings Clinic encompasses the services of Home Health, Hospice, Rehabilitation (OT, ST, PT), Public Health, Endoscopy, Skilled Swing Bed, Same Day Care, Children’s Center, and specialty visiting clinics such as orthopedics, general surgery, cardiology, urology, gastroenterology, and dermatology.


Barbara Fabre

White Earth Child Care Programs
White Earth, Minnesota

Barbara Fabre is an enrolled member of the Ojibwa Nation in Minnesota and has worked for the White Earth Reservation for the past 20 years working in the Education and Human Services Department, working with Youth Services, WIC, Indian Child Welfare, Employment and Training and Child Care Services. Barbara is the director for the White Earth Child Care Programs (CCDF), Co-Chair and co –founder of the Communities Collaborative Conference (Minnesota’s largest annual Brain Development conference); a Public School Board member, sits on the Advisory Committee for the Center of Early Education Department/University of Minnesota, and is co-Chair of the White Earth Reservation Cultural Task Force. The White Earth Child Care Program manages two child care learning centers, a basic sliding fee subsidy program a tribal licensing program and early childhood read mobile/early literacy program and is in the process of initiating an Ojibwa language immersion child care program.


Roland J. Gardner, MS

Chief Executive Officer
Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
Ridgeland, South Carolina

For thirty years, Roland Gardner has served as the very effective Chief Executive Officer of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., which provides health services to more than 19,000 patients in the tri-county area. The excellence of his leadership has been recognized locally and nationally. Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. (BJHCHS) provides health care for three rural counties and contiguous areas under Public Health Service Section 330 funding. These services include: medical, dental, laboratory, radiology, nursing, counseling, home health, nutrition counseling, pharmacy, medical social work, environmental health and transportation.


Michele J. Juffer

Good Samaritan Society
Wagner, SD

Good Samaritan Society Wagner is a nursing home facility, located in Wagner, SD. Nursing home facilities are for elderly people with chronic health conditions or injuries that require long-term care, constant monitoring and 24-hour-a-day availability of doctors, nurses and health care aides. Ms. Juffer focuses on Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society’s mission and hallmark values, providing an environment where individual residents and staff members feel loved, valued and at peace. She ensures leadership team members understand their role and are providing the best possible care for residents and their family members. She strives to be the “Health Care Solution” for individuals in the rural community. The facility is located on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation and focuses on making challenges into opportunities.


Karen Madden, MA

Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health
New York and Division of Health Facilities Planning, Office of Health Systems Management, NYS Department of Health
Troy, New York

Karen Madden directs the need review process of Certificate of Need applications at the Bureau of Health Facility planning with the New York State Department of Health. Ensures that capital reinvestment is completed based on community need and enhances access to services for all community residents. Reviews needs methodology data and provide updates accordingly as well as participate in statewide community health planning efforts. Ms. Madden serves as a staff member to the NYS Public Health and Health Planning Council. Ms. Madden is also the director of the Charles D. Cook Office of

Rural Health for NY and oversees administration of federal and state programs totaling $18 million. She directs statewide rural policy development and implementation and serves as the Executive Staff to the NYS Rural Health Council.


Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., F.A.P.A.

Executive Director
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, The University of Texas
Austin, Texas

Dr. Martinez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., and a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties.  A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Martinez is the fifth executive director and the first Hispanic to lead the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since its creation in 1940. The foundation’s grants and programs support mental health services, research, policy analysis and public education projects in Texas.  As chief executive officer, he oversees the vision, mission, goals, strategic planning and day-to-day operations of the foundation.  The Hogg Foundation is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Martinez holds an appointment of Associate Vice-President within the division.  He is also a clinical professor with an appointment in the university’s School of Social Work; and holds an adjunct professor appointment at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.  His academic interests include minority health, health disparities, and workforce issues.


Carolyn Montoya, Ph.D, CPNP

Associate Professor,
College of Nursing, University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Carolyn Montoya is currently the coordinator of the Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Concentrations at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Ms. Montoya received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Nursing at UNM and her master’s degree in nursing from Yale University. She maintains national certification through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.  As a National Health Service Corp scholar, she completed two years as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Brownsville, Texas before returning to her native New Mexico. In addition to her academic duties, Ms. Montoya has maintained a continuous clinical practice at Pediatric Health Services in Albuquerque. She has been active with the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council for several years, serving two terms as president of the Council. Ms. Montoya was elected as a state affiliate representative for the American College of Nurse Practitioners in the spring of 1997 and was later elected as president for the 2001-2002 year. In 2001, Ms. Montoya was selected as a fellow for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Primary Care Policy Fellowship. She was also president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners for the 2007-2008 year.


Barbara Morrison, MS

Executive Director
Southwest 8 Senior Service
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Barbara became the Executive Director of Southwest 8 Senior Services on July 9, 1991. Southwest 8 Senior Services is the Area Agency on Aging which serves 8 counties in southwest Iowa. Within the Planning and Service Area there is one town which comprises of approximately 55,000 (pop.) (Council Bluffs), but after that, the next largest community is around 7, 300 (pop.) and several at 5,500 (pop.). One county has one large community of only 3,000 (pop.), the rest of the county is under this population amount. The total 60+ age population is just over 38,000 individuals

Prior to this role, she was the Nutrition Director for the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging for six years, the State Nutrition Specialist for Nebraska's Department on Aging for over four years, and an Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University for two years. Barbara received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Food & Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received a Master’s of Science degree in Food Systems Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Barbara has served in many leadership roles including Chair and Treasurer of the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (I4A), Alternate to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Board, Chair of the Gerontological Nutrition Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association, President of the Nebraska, Omaha, and Lincoln Dietetic Associations, and President of the Council Bluffs Rotary Club. Barb enjoys the challenge of working on senior issues and accomplishing results.


Wayne Myers, MD

Retired pediatrician
Waldoboro, Maine

Wayne Myers, MD, is a retired pediatrician. He spent most of his career developing and managing a rural allopathic and osteopathic medical school, allied health and AHEC programs in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Appalachian Kentucky. He directed the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy for two years and was president of the National Rural Health Association in 2003. Dr. Myers is a board of trustees’ member of The Maine Health Access Foundation and the mission is to promote access to quality health care and improve the health of everyone in Maine. As the state's largest health care foundation, the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) supports strategic solutions to Maine's health care needs through grants and other programs, particularly targeting those who are uninsured and medically underserved. Annually MeHAF provides approximately $5 million in grant and program funding in support of activities which support its mission. Since 2002, MEHAF has awarded more than $36 million in grants and program support to 227 organizations across Maine. Mr. Myers currently chairs Maine's Rural Health Working Group, appointed by the Governor's Office of Health Policy, and is involved with national organizations trying to strengthen rural development. He's a trustee of Appalachian Regional Healthcare, a nonprofit organization which operates clinics, home health agencies and nine hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia. He and his wife, JoAnn, operate Beau Chemin Farm, a preservation farm in Waldoboro.


Chester A. Robinson, D.P.A.

Associate Professor
Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi

Chester Robinson is currently a full-time Associate Professor at Jackson State University. He previously taught at Tennessee State University for 5 years and has had fourteen years experience as an adjunct professor at five universities. He has taught courses for graduate and under graduate students in the following subject areas: Public Administration, Public Policy, Program Implementation, Social Science Research Methods, Public Health, and Organizational Behavior.  His prior work experience was as a senior program manager, with fifteen years of experience effectively managing Federal health care and social insurance programs. This career provided him with broad experience in legislative development, policy formulation, program implementation and evaluation techniques.  For four years, he was responsible for the management of the Medicare health care provider education and professional affairs program


John J. Sheehan, CPA, MBA

Retired Partner
Chesterfield, Missouri

John Sheehan joined BKD in 1977 upon graduation from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.  He retired from BKD on June 1, 2012.  BKD is a national CPA and advisory firm with its largest industry concentration in services to health care providers.  The BKD National Health Care Group works with thousands of providers nationwide, including hospitals and health systems, long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, rural health clinics and physician groups and other health care organizations. These providers depend on BKD’s health care professionals for assurance services, tax advice, financial and strategic planning, financing assistance, reimbursement services and compliance assistance.  He was a member of the BKD National Health Care Group and specialized in serving BKD’s hospital clients.  He began his career providing both audit and consulting services, eventually focusing exclusively on consulting services.  His experience, which spans more than 34 years, includes Medicare, Medicaid and operations consulting.  He prepared and reviewed cost reports, Medicare exception requests and appeals, financial feasibility studies and operations studies.  He also provided litigation support and managed many varied financial services for health care industry clients.


Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH

Associate Professor and Director
Master of Public Health Program
North Dakota State University
Fargo, North Dakota

Dr. Donald Warne comes from a long line of traditional Lakota healers. Dr. Warne holds an MD from Stanford University and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. He is also a Diplomate of both the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. Since 1998, Dr. Warne has worked as a family physician in the American Indian community. As a Staff Clinician with the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix from 2000 to 2003, he conducted diabetes research and developed diabetes education and prevention programs for Native American tribes. Dr. Warne is currently the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University, and serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board 


Peggy Broussard Wheeler, M.P.H.

Vice President
Rural Health & Governance, California Hospital Association
Sacramento, California

Ms. Wheeler currently serves as Vice President of the Rural Healthcare Center (RHC) at the California Hospital Association. RHC represents small and rural hospitals and other members of the sponsoring organizations who provide service to rural populations in the State of California. Ms. Wheeler is responsible for developing, and executing public policies, legislation and regulations on behalf of rural hospitals at the state and national levels. Previously Ms. Wheeler served as the Health Policy Analyst for the California Legislative Rural Caucus. In this capacity, she staffed the 45 legislative member Rural Caucus by conducting research and providing analyses of relevant issues that affect individuals, families, and communities in rural California.