Member Spotlight

Pat Justis – August 2016

Patricia Justis Director, Washington State Office of Rural Health How did you get to where you are now? I have a Master's in Counseling Psychology and got into healthcare on an inpatient psychiatric unit where I worked for 14 years. The hospital was doing Total...

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Mary Winar – July 2016

Mary Winar Manager of the Connecticut State Office of Rural Health How did you get to where you are now? I'm a nurse and worked in various health care settings, and I was looking for a different employment opportunity. I responded to an ad in the newspaper for a rural...

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Adrienne McFadden- June 2016

Adrienne McFadden, MD, JD Director of the Virginia Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (since January 2014) How did you get to where you are now? I was a clinically practicing emergency physician who had additional skill sets from a legal education, in...

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Brad Gibbens- May 2016

Brad Gibbens Deputy Director, North Dakota Center for Rural Health How did you get to where you are now? I had an attraction to the general idea of rural; it wasn't my academic background. I grew up on a durum wheat farm in rural North Dakota. As a farm boy, rural was...

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Keith Clark- March 2016

Keith Clark Director, Rural Programs Nevada Office of Rural Health Keith recently joined the NOSORH Board as a first-time Workforce Liaison. He is also our "Chief Photographer" for the group photo at the Annual Meeting each year. You can look for him photo shopped...

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Michelle Hoffman- February 2016

Michelle Hoffman Flex and SHIP Program Manager, Wyoming Office of Rural Health How did you get to where you are now? My background is in higher education and I felt like I needed a change. When my youngest child graduated from college, I decided that was the time. I...

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Don Wood- January 2016

Don Wood, Director, Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health What are the most important things you are working on? The most important things we are working on right now are implementing two new state loan repayment programs for providers, demonstrating success in...

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Tammy Norville- December 2015

Tammy Norville, Rural Health Operations Specialist for NCORH What is the most important thing you are working on right now? I am working on becoming a certified professional coder with an instructor certification and then certified compliance professional.  Building...

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Crystal Barter- November 2015

Crystal Barter is the Director of Performance Improvement for the Michigan Center for Rural Health. She came to the Center through an AmeriCorps position a little over 6 years ago. Crystal grew up in the “Asparagus Capitol of the Nation” in Hart, MI on Lake Michigan....

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Melissa VanDyne October 2015

What was the biggest challenge for you when joining the Office of Rural Health? Many of the performance measures were so broad, overarching and big picture that it was a little difficult for me since my career has focused on very quantitative instead of qualitative...

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