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Ohio Rural Health Association

Advocating for Rural Ohio

Ohio Rural Health Association is a growing organization of passionate volunteers and diverse board members from many areas of care, including hospitals and clinics, individual care providers, CEOs and administrators, researchers and teachers, health departments, area social agencies, and legislators. 

With a sole focus on rural health, we are driven by our commitment to passion and excellence, not agendas or special interest groups. Our members represent communities from throughout the state, where issues pertaining to rural health impact our daily lives. 

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ORHA Mission

The mission of the association is to enhance the health and well-being of the state’s rural citizens and communities. Through the combined efforts of individuals, organizations, professionals, and community leaders, the association is a collective voice for rural health issues and a conduit for information and resources.

Board Officers

ORHA President

Allen Hocker, MHA, BSN, CNOR, Vice President Ancillary Services, Avita Health System

ORHA Past President

Sharon Casapulla, EdD, MPH, Director of Education and Research at the Office of Rural and Underserved Programs at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University


ORHA Secretary

Laura Akgerman, MA, CRC, OSU Extension, Ohio AgrAbility, and PROSPER




Board Members

Beth Kluding, MHA, BSN
Chief Nursing Officer, Hocking Valley Community Hospital

Ken Martin, PhD
Professor in the Community Development Unit of the Ohio State University Department of Extension

Allen Hocker, MHA, BSN
Senior Advisor of Operations, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital

Emily Eddy, BC-ADM, BCACP
Ohio Northern University

Kayla Alvis, PhD Student
Ohio State University

Marianella Napolitano, MBA, RN
Regional Director, United Healthcare

Jaime Parsons, MBA
Executive Director of the Viola Startzman Clinic, Wooster, Ohio

Cory E. Cronin, Ph.D., MHSA (SPH)
Ohio University

Rosanna Scott
Program Manager, Ohio Rural Health Association



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