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.
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.
Allen Hocker, MHA, BSN, CNOR, Vice President Ancillary Services, Avita Health System
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
Laura Akgerman, MA, CRC, OSU Extension, Ohio AgrAbility, and PROSPER
Jaime Parsons, Executive Director of the Viola Startzman Clinic in Wooster, Ohio
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
Program Manager, Ohio Rural Health Association