Member Spotlight

April 2019

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Trenton Engledow
Texas State Office of Rural Health
Director
NOSORH Member Since 2016

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The people I get to work with every day.

What I’m working on right now: We are currently working on regionalizing our hospitals and restructuring TX SORH to leverage those regions/networks to implement our projects/technical assistance/outreach.

Best advice I ever received: You don’t have to know everything.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be…remodeling/flipping houses.

3 great things about rural health in my state: The people, the places, and the fact we are Texas! Yeehaw!

What I’m currently reading: I was going to read Teryl’s autobiography, but Graham gave me the CliffsNotes.

Last place I traveled to: Costa Rica

Who inspires you? People who are caring and understanding.

What’s your secret talent? According to a quiz I just took online, my secret talent is dancing. “Inaccurate” does not even begin to describe the results of that quiz.

People would be surprised if they knew: According to 23andMe, I have more Neanderthal DNA than 99% of their customers (maybe this won’t be a surprise to some).

March 2019

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Terri Klinefelter
Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Outreach Coordinator
NOSORH Member Since 2003

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: Meeting so many people dedicated to improving the lives of others (especially those in rural communities).

What I’m working on right now: Coordinating PORH’s annual Community and Public Health conference and planning a new conference as part of a new initiative focused on addressing human trafficking.

Best advice I ever received: Change is hard…not changing is harder.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be…lost in the world.

Last place I traveled to: Nags Head, NC

Who inspires you? My husband and my two sons.

What I’m currently reading: “Educated” by Tara Westover

What’s your secret talent? Killings spiders on behalf of my husband.

Favorite quote: “Don’t be afraid to see what you see.” – Ronald Reagan

February 2019

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Holli Childs
Utah Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Senior Research Analyst
NOSORH Member Since 2017

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: I love being able to interact with the people who live in rural communities and increase my understanding of the challenges they face.

Best advice I ever received: From the associate dean at my MPH graduation, “Get your foot in the door.”

If I weren’t doing this, I would be…sledding with my daughter, traveling the world, or reading a cheesy romance novel.

Who inspires you? My mom.

What I’m currently reading: I just finished “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”.

What’s your secret talent? Tap dancing.

Favorite quote: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 2019

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Katie Reuman
Rural Health Specialist
South Dakota Office of Rural Health
NOSORH Member Since 2016

What I’m working on right now: The South Dakota Office of Rural Health is currently working on Auto HPSA Impact Analysis, Flex grant docs, 340B contract amendments, reviewing J-1 applications, and conducting community assessments.

Best advice I ever received: Control the things I could and deal with those I couldn’t.

Last place I traveled to: I traveled to Utah for the Regional SORH Meeting. I extended my stay to hike and explore Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, The Wave, and Grand Staircase-Escalante. In February, my husband and I plan to spend 12 days in New Zealand!

Who inspires you? My mom teaches me many lessons with the way she lives her life. She has shown me what it means to be a strong woman and the importance of setting goals and achieving them.

What I’m currently reading: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Favorite quote: Always make your past self jealous!

September 2018

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Timothy Lopez
Director
New Mexico Office of Rural Health

What I’m currently reading: “Between The World And Me” by T a-Nehisi Coats.

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The amazing colleagues and partners

What I’m working on right now: Working on completing the New Mexico health plan

Best advice I ever received: To live each day to the fullest and to spread joy and happiness.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be… A chef in my own restaurant.

3 great things about rural health in New Mexico: Amazing healthcare providers, dedicated leadership and staff.

Last place I traveled to: Philadelphia

People would be surprised if they knew: I was a roadie for concerts in the 90’s

Who inspires you? My mother

My Top 3 Goals for 2018:
Get a knee replacement
Continue to work in the Office of Rural Health
Increase the number of healthcare providers in rural New Mexico

July 2018

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Alisa Druzba
Director
New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care

What I’m currently reading: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Last place I traveled to: Oregon! I was there from June 24 through July 5, and we did a road trip that showed us many beautiful places in Oregon. And this time I didn’t make my husband take side trips to look at little hospitals and clinics 🙂

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The passion and dedication of our internal partners and our external stakeholders, and the ability of the communities to use their own strengths.

Who inspires you: My national colleagues. I always feel recommitted to the work after seeing them at conferences.

People would be surprised if they knew: I get really nervous before doing a speech.

If I weren’t doing this, I would…Post retirement I want to volunteer at national parks and wander the trails answering questions.

Favorite quote: “It’s a lucky man or woman gets up in the morning, puts both feet on the floor, knows what they’re about to do, and thinks it still matters.” – Joe Biden

June 2018

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Graham Adams
Chief Executive Director
South Carolina Office of Rural Health

What I’m currently reading: The Unauthorized Biography of Teryl Eisinger: A Previously Untold Tell All
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The ability/flexibility to tailor programs to the needs of rural communities. I like being an advocate for the underdog.
What I’m working on right now: Creating a broader vision of rural in South Carolina. Rural advocates have historically stayed pretty much in their own lane (health care, housing, education, etc). Helping people to connect the dots and appreciate the interconnectedness is a challenge, but worth doing.
Best advice I ever received: Hire good people and let them do their work.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be…messing with vintage sports cars and trucks, mostly European but anything unusual.
People would be surprised if they knew: I played drums when I was young.
Who inspires you? Not really “who”, but rather “what”. I think seeing the goodness in people inspires us all to do better.
What’s your secret talent? Awesomeness… and humility.
My Top 3 Goals for 2018: Just do the best you can everyday.

May 2018

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Lara Brooks
Oklahoma Office of Rural Health
Rural Health Analyst
NOSORH Member Since 2015

What I’m working on right now: Community Health Needs Assessments

Last place I traveled to: New Orleans, LA, for the Annual NRHA Conference

Best advice I ever received: “Make yourself a resource to others.”

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: My background is Agricultural Economics,
and I feel that working for the OK SORH allows me to continue in my chosen field and
niche of rural and community development.

3 great things about rural health in my state: The people, the people, the people-
Truly those involved in rural health in Oklahoma are the best people you will ever meet.

If I weren’t doing this, I would…probably be in finance or banking.

Favorite quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

April 2018

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Heather Anderson
Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Division Director of Primary Care & Rural Health
NOSORH Member Since 2015

What I’m working on right now: The Flex funding extension and hiring a Flex coordinator.

My Top 3 Goals for 2018: Survive my son’s wedding, travel somewhere awesome for my 30th wedding anniversary, and keep a cleaner desk at home and work!

Best advice I ever received: Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The people. Everyone is so interesting and committed to making their world a better place.

3 great things about rural health in my state: There are pockets of greatness everywhere. Our CAHs are pretty awesome, we have great providers that work hard to make a difference in their communities, and traveling to meet with everyone takes me to breathtakingly beautiful places!

If I weren’t doing this, I would…probably be running an AHEC Program or promoting my husband’s art work full time.

What I’m currently reading: I wish I were reading something. Instead, I am working on projects for my son’s wedding in August. I’m gathering family recipes for a cookbook and putting together a slide show.

People would be surprised if they knew: I used to sing in a quartet and sang the national anthem at a baseball game on the 4th of July.

March 2018

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Julie Casper
Illinois Center for Rural Health
Director
NOSORH Member Since 1996

What I’m working on right now: Today I am working on a mental health conference that is March 20th, an opioid conference on June 27th, and a new competitive SLRP grant.

Who inspires you? My friends and family, including my NOSORH family.

Favorite quote: “The way you do one thing, is how you do everything.”

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: Every day is different in our SORH. Kind of like a box of candy. I never know what the flavor of the day will be.

3 great things about rural health in my state: The people with whom I work, the communities I am able to serve, and the mission I can promote to increase access in rural.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be… outside as much as possible! Probably walking, gardening and playing with my dogs.

Last place I traveled to: Carefree, Arizona

People would be surprised if they knew: I used to have a Harley and still have my motorcycle license.