Officers of the NAO Board of Directors
effective October 1, 2019:
Terms end 9/30/2020
Gulfcoast North AHEC, Inc.
15901 Argerian Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
Christina Mathis is the Chief Executive Officer at Gulfcoast North AHEC (GNAHEC) in Tampa, Florida. GNAHEC connects students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. We inspire, train, recruit and retain a diverse and broad range of health professionals to practice in communities where the need is greatest. Ms. Mathis has over 20 years experience with GNAHEC and is currently responsible for providing administrative management and leadership for her AHEC Center. Ms. Mathis holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of South Florida and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She resides in Dade City, Florida with her son Karson.
Immediate Past President
Terms end 9/30/2020
Crossroads Utah AHEC
3491 Wights Fort Rd Jhs120
West Jordan, UT 84088
Mindy Bateman has worked with Utah AHEC for 18 years. She started in the Utah AHEC Program Office in 1998 and moved to Crossroads Utah AHEC in 2009 as Center Director. Mindy started her work with the National AHEC Organization working with the CORE committee in 2008 and in 2010 was asked to be Co-Chair. Mindy worked with CORE until May of 2015 when she was nominated and approved to be added as a board member and to accept the NAO Treasurer position.
Term ends 9/30/2020
ACRH-HW- Alaska's AHEC
Uaa, 3211 Providence Drive
Boc 3 Suite 250
Anchorage, AK 99508
Gloria Burnett is the Director of the Alaska Center for Rural Health & Health Workforce, Alaska's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program. Gloria holds a Master of Science in Instruction, Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Instructional Technology Specialist Certification. She has been Director of Alaska's AHEC Program for over 4 years. Prior to her current role, Gloria served as the Founder and Director of the Northwest AHEC in Barrow for 3 years before transitioning to the Dean of Students position, both at Ilisagvik College. She has a keen understanding of healthcare and education in rural Alaska and she places great value on community involvement in programming.
Secretary & CDCG Rep
Terms end 9/30/2022
Po Box 23116
Richmond, VA 23223
Aileen Edwards Harris has over 25 years of experience in the health professions education and health care workforce arena. Aileen served in various capacities in higher and medical education to include: working as a recruiter at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Graduate Studies; serving as the Director of Admissions & Minority Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine. In this capacity, she created the school’s first Minority Affairs Office where she was charged with diversifying the medical school class. Other positions included working as the Assistant Dean in a newly developed Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College; and as the Assistant Director and Pre-Medical Advisor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before currently leading the Capital Area Health Education Center in Richmond, Virginia, Aileen rejoined VCU to work as the Primary Care Strategies Health Workforce Programs Manager in the Office of Health Innovation while also consulting through her own business, AEH Advising Health Professions, LLC. Tremendous skillsets were also developed while serving as the Statewide Rural Health Manager and Statewide Health Workforce Incentives Program Manager at the Virginia Department of Health.
Aileen thoroughly enjoys working with students at all educational levels and assisting in their health professions development. Aileen strongly values long-term relationships and currently works with many medical professionals that she once matriculated into professional schools as students.
Aileen received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Human Services and her master’s degree from Central Michigan University in General Administration. Aileen enjoys community service and sharing her talents. Aileen lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Dr. Kevin Harris and twins, Kenedi and Kelsy.
Treasurer & CDCG Rep
Terms end 9/30/2020
Mid Rio Grande Border AHEC
1505 Calle Del Norte Ste 430
Laredo, TX 78041
Julie Bazan is the Executive Director for the Area Health Education Center of the Mid Rio Grande Border Region (Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Duval, La Salle and Dimmit Counties), an outreach program under the UT Health San Antonio. As the Executive Director, she is responsible for providing leadership, direction and fiscal oversight to the existing programs which serve the Mid Rio Grande Border Region residents; developing new opportunities to support the educational resources for the practicing health care professionals; and implementing programs to encourage students, of all grade levels, to pursue a higher education and possibly a career in health care. She has over 25 years of experience in non-profit administration as well as program development and design to meet the needs of medically underserved communities in the South Texas region. She began her career with AHEC in 1993 and became Executive Director in 2010. She contributes to numerous community-based research projects at the local, state and national level on a variety of health issues impacting residents. She is an active member of the National AHEC Organization (NAO). In April 2018, she was nominated and approved to serve as a NAO board member and Treasurer. She currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Center Directors Constituency Group. Her commitment and passion for improving the lives of others has contributed to numerous successful projects in the region. She is an active member in the community serving on numerous boards and committees. She holds a Graduate Degree in Health Administration and her undergraduate studies are in social sciences. She is a graduate of the TAMIU Nonprofit Leadership Management Certification Program. She is a candidate for a Doctoral of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She is a Licensed Community Health Worker and holds certifications in nonprofit leadership management, CPR, Community Emergency Response and Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Parliamentarian, CDCG Rep
Terms end 9/30/2021
Centennial Area Health Education Center
2105 Clubhouse Dr.
Greeley, CO 80615
Monica holds a terminus Master of Regional and Community Planning (MRCP) and a Master of Science in Housing, Textiles and Design from Kansas State University where her area of expertise focused on rural and community development. In 1995, she was inducted into membership with the American Institute of Certified Planners. She completed in 2006 a Fellowship in Executive Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has actively been engaging in community and rural development for the past three decades. She has led and participated in hundreds of community plans and research projects, and for the past several years turned her attention to healthcare challenges of rural communities. Since 2011, she has been an adjunct faculty at the University of Northern Colorado teaching in the colleges of Business and Nursing. Currently serving as one of six Colorado Area Health Educator Directors she focuses her projects and grantsmanship efforts on the development of healthcare capacity and educational programs to further the health and wellbeing of the rural communities she serves. In 2016, she led the effort to gain acceptance and passage of the 2017 Colorado Rural and Frontier Care Preceptor Tax Credit HB 1142 bill.
Term ends 9/30/2022
University of South Florida AHEC Program
College Of Medicine
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Mdc 13
Tampa, FL 33612-4799
Term ends 9/30/2020
West Virginia AHEC Program
Wvu Health Sciences Center - Charleston
3110 Maccorkle Avenue, Se, Suite B102
Charleston, WV 25304-1210
Sandra Pope is the Director of the West Virginia Area Health Education Centers (WVAHEC) Program at the WV University Health Sciences Center in Charleston. The WV AHEC network consists of five regional AHEC centers that initiate and promote projects and activities designed to improve the health of local communities. The AHECs assist with the development of an interdisciplinary workforce that is prepared to address the health needs of rural and underserved communities. Ms. Pope is a member of the National AHEC Organization's (NAO) Board of Directors and chairs the NAO Program Directors Constituency Group's Leadership Committee. She is also a member of the WVU Health Sciences Technology Academy's (HSTA) Joint Governing Board and the Kanawha Local Governing Board. In addition, she is member of the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Congress, she is a founding member of the WV Rural Health Association and she serves as Treasurer of the Charleston Woman's Improvement League. Ms. Pope received her B.S. in Social Work from WV State University and her MSW from the Ohio State University. She has one daughter, Tiffany; and one grandson, Jared.
Term ends 9/30/2022
Hawaii AHEC Program
651 Ilalo St., MEB224
Honolulu, HI 96813
Terms end 9/30/2021
Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center
316 W 2nd Street Suite 203
Morehead, KY 40351
David A. Gross is administrative director for education and research at St. Claire HealthCare, based in Morehead, Ky. His duties include directing the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center, coordinating graduate medical education programs, and managing sponsored research activities. Gross previously directed research and community engagement efforts for the University of Kentucky’s Center of Excellence in Rural Health (2002-’11), was president of the Kentucky Rural Health Association (2012-’13), and was a member of the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Congress (2016-’18). He is a current member of the National AHEC Organization’s Board of Directors and Center Director Constituency Group Leadership Team. Gross earned a bachelor of arts degree from Morehead State University and a master of public administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
Terms end 9/30/2020
Southeast AZ Area Health Education Ctr.
1171 West Target Range Road
Nogales, AZ 85621
Gail Emrick is the Executive Director of the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), a health workforce development agency serving rural, tribal and border communities and health service agencies in southern Arizona and the U.S. Mexico border region. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty of the University of Arizona, College of Public Health, is a member of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Health Council of Ambos Nogales, is a member of the National AHEC Organization Center Director Constituency Group and serves as a council member for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Equity Council, for Region IV.
Firmly believing that health and community well-being are linked to the larger issues of social and economic well-being, Gail pursued studies which combined social and economic development issues with health. At Columbia University, in the city of New York, she earned her joint Master's Degree in Public Health and International Affairs, with a focus on Latin America's economic and political development.
Ms. Emrick is an International Health and Development Specialist who has dedicated her professional life to promote the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in Central America and the U.S.-Mexico border regions. With twenty five years of experience in program management, Gail has demonstrated her capacity in challenging roles as Executive Director, Principal Investigator, Regional Technical Advisor and senior Program Officer for international and local non-profit organizations including Project Concern International, the United Nations World Food Programme, The U.S. Foreign Service "Strategic Networking Assistance Program" (SNAP) at the US Embassy in San Salvador, as well as US-based academic institutions including the University of Arizona and Georgetown University.
Terms end 9/30/2020
Connecticut AHEC Program
263 Farmington Avenue, Mc 2928
Farmington, CT 06030-2928
Petra Clark-Dufner, MA is the Associate Director of the CT AHEC Program and Director of the Urban Service Track located at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT. She brings more than 30 years' experience in the operation of federal and state funded access and college preparation programs designed to increase underrepresented student matriculation and graduation.
As a former instructor of the UConn School of Medicine's Principals of Clinical Medicine course, Petra now provides technical assistance on IPE to the UConn School of Nursing's Geriatric project, GOT Care!
Term ends 9/30/2020
New Hampshire AHEC Program
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
Williamson Research Translational Building, Level 5
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756
Terms end 9/30/2020
Cordinator, Regional Education
1200 N. Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401-1020
Shawn Houck, RN, MSN, is Coordinator of Regional Education at Greensboro Area Health Education Center (GAHEC), which is part of the NC AHEC system. Her career path focus supports health care continuing education, interprofessional development and workforce development at the regional, state, and national levels. In her AHEC Center, she manages interdisciplinary professional development conferences for a wide variety of leading healthcare topics related to the provider needs in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad and Triangle areas. She currently serves as Chair of the National AHEC Organization’s (NAO) Communications Committee.
Houck has experienced a multi-faceted, healthcare career with experience in education, business and interprofessional clinical practice. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership and Community Health-based Systems from East Carolina University. Her career service has also been with Cone Health, clinically as a registered nurse with the Family Medicine Center ACGME program, and more than a decade in corporate relations with the six-hospital system-wide Marketing and Communications Department. Her marketing project development work received multiple silver and gold awards with the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society for the Marketing Department. She continues to serve as historical liaison for the Cone family and health system’s archives. Houck was awarded the 2018 Triad Nurse of Distinction Award by the North Carolina Nurses Association with the Greensboro News-Record and Winston-Salem Journal.
Houck is a member of the statewide NC AHEC Nurse Council and served as Chair of the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee from 2014-2016. As a Nurse Council member, she has supported the redevelopment and ongoing chair facilitation for leading the Triad Consortium of Clinical Education and Placement (TCCEP) in GAHEC’s service region. The TCCEP is a member of the NC AHEC statewide CCEP Program, which received the 2016 NAO AHEC Center Award for Excellence, for creating a new model to streamline collaborative work of academic and clinical partners to address the clinical capacity and placement process issues for health science students. Houck serves on the regional Advisory Boards for Alamance, Guilford Technical and Randolph Community Colleges’ Schools of Nursing and is an active member of the NC Nurses Association.
Through her focal interests in public and rural health, Houck has become more involved in projects related to refugee health and health literacy initiatives in association with Jeffery Walden, MD, Faculty, Cone Health Family Medicine Center ACGME residency program. Based on a NC AHEC grant project she co-authored with Walden, this initiative has led to the development of a new Guilford County Coalition on Refugee Health and received the 2018 NAO Legacy Award for the Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice.
Houck’s special interests are time with her two daughters and family of friends, traveling, swimming and music. She serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Greensboro Symphony, and the 2017-2018 Eastern Music Festival Gala Advisory Committee. She developed and volunteer manages CaringSound, a pediatric and geriatric music wellness program for hospitalized children and senior memory care facilities in partnership with the Greensboro Symphony and Cone Health. In 2020, she has been awarded the Barbara Cone Award by the Greensboro Symphony Guild in recognition of distinguished service in the advancement of music in the community and in the promotion of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Terms end 9/30/2020
Indiana AHEC Network
Indiana University School of Medicine
1110 W Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Jennifer Taylor, DHEd, MPH is the Executive Director of the Indiana AHEC Network and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine for the Department of Family Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). She holds positions on the IUSM Admissions Committee and Academic Standards Committee. Dr. Taylor holds a Doctorate in Health Education, a Master’s in Public Health, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Recent research by Dr. Taylor includes “Assessing a Rural Academic-Community Partnership Using Ripple Effect Mapping”, “Longitudinal evaluation practices of health workforce development programs: An incremental approach to evaluability assessment”, and “Using area health education centers to promote interest in rural practice.” Her background includes over a decade of experience working on a variety of health-related topics including program evaluation, workplace wellness, interprofessional education, mental health and addiction, and primary prevention. She is a member of the National AHEC Organization's (NAO) Board of Directors, co-chairs the NAO Membership Committee, and previously served as a co-chair of the Committee on Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE).
535 Woods Edge Drive
Somerset, KY 42503
NAO CEO since January of 2019, Dwain Harris began his AHEC career in 2004 when he was hired as center director of the Southern Kentucky AHEC, where he worked closely with his team in all areas of the AHEC mission, including student rotations, preceptor development, health career promotion, pipeline development, continuing education and community health initiatives. He has also served as communications consultant for his host institution, Rockcastle Regional Hospital, since 2006.
He was the director of marketing and communications for a rural healthcare system from 1997 until 2004, and prior to that worked as a community journalist. He has a bachelor’s in print journalism and master’s in health administration from Western Kentucky University. He is a past president of the Kentucky Rural Health Association and past board chair of Rural Transit Enterprises Coordinated.
Always interested in community development and encouraging healthy lifestyles, Harris is an avid runner and tennis enthusiast. He helped build Rockcastle County’s Girls on the Run chapter, served as vice president of the Lake Cumberland Tennis Association and is a member of USTA Kentucky’s junior recreation committee. He also directs the national award-winning Countywide Stride run/walk series, which has introduced recreational running and walking to hundreds of participants.
Harris lives in Somerset, Kentucky, with his wife, Julie, son Matthew, 14, and 8-year-old twins, Piper and John Parker.