Board of Directors

Joyce Grayson, Kansas

President

Joyce Grayson, MBA, has 19 years of experience in both the profit and not-for-profit sector of recruitment. Joyce was hired by Rural Health Education & Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2004 as the statewide Recruitment Coordinator and in February 2009 was promoted to the departmental Director. In this role, Joyce has worked to enhance the provision of health care as well as the quantity of health care professionals in rural and underserved areas of Kansas through a variety of workforce programs and services. Joyce oversees the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center – a centralized statewide recruitment and retention service, Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource – temporary coverage programs for primary care and sub-specialty physicians, the Kansas Bridging Plan – the state loan forgiveness program for primary care physicians, RH Designs – marketing services to assist rural Kansas’ health care employers recruit, and Kansas Career Opportunities – an annual healthcare career fair.

In an effort to strengthen Kansas’ workforce and increase access to health care, Joyce leverages relationships with students, resident physicians, health care providers, employers, and State stakeholders. Joyce is responsible for program development and has been integral in grant research for funding of physician and dental recruitment efforts. Joyce and her team have created a practice scorecard, recruitment checklist, career checklist, and are currently developing a retention toolkit for employers. In addition, Joyce works closely with Kansas’ Primary Care Office and Primary Care Association on a variety of special projects as well as the J1-Visa Waiver Program and the National Health Service Corps.

For nearly ten years, Joyce has proudly represented Kansas in 3RNet. She served on 3RNet’s annual conference committee in 2013 and is currently serving on the marketing committee. Joyce has focused her education on health care administration and utilizes it, and her extensive background, to address the need for health care in rural Kansas. In addition, she shares her knowledge as a consultant to other states who are looking to implement similar workforce programs.


Joni Adamson, Missouri

Treasurer

Joni joined the Missouri Primary Care Association as the Manager of Recruitment and Workforce Development in 2008, after nearly 10 years of service with the Missouri Primary Care Office.   

She partners with an array of local, state, and national organizations, academic institutions, and healthcare professionals to improve access throughout Missouri.  She is regarded by many of her colleagues as a subject matter expert in the areas of healthcare workforce development, trends and analysis, recruitment, and retention. 

She currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Health Service Corps; MO Healthcare Data System Advisory Board, and Program Advisory Committee for Concorde Career College.  Additional professional memberships include: Association of Clinicians of the Underserved; Association of Staff Physician Recruiters and their regional affiliate the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Physician Recruitment and Retention Network; Society for Human Resource Management; and the American Society of Association Executives. 

She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from William Woods University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Administration from Columbia College.  She is also a Fellow of Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR).  She stays active in her community through a variety of local Civic Organizations and treasures any and all things that have to do with her family. 


Olivette Burroughs, Virginia

Olivette Burroughs serves as the Health Workforce Specialist/Program Manager with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Office of Health Equity (OHE).  In this role, she is responsible for the coordination and assessment of the OHE health workforce recruitment/retention initiatives and incentive programs. She addresses challenges and advance goals identified through the strategic planning processes, with a focus on medically underserved areas of Virginia and the assurance of diverse and culturally competent providers.  She also provides technical assistance to communities and practice sites with information regarding best practices and resource development pertaining to recruitment and retention for all incentive programs.

Prior to her VDH assignment, Ms. Burroughs worked at Henrico County’s Capital Region Workforce Partnership G.O.A.L.S Institute as a Regional Coordinator for Employment, providing health care related training, personal effectiveness and other training opportunities to youth. She also provided ongoing quality assurance of participant reports and WIA outcome management.

Ms. Burroughs has worked as the Director of Medication Assistance at Lackey Free Clinic where she supervised and set procedures for all patient eligibility, data management, IT operation and medication functions. She also prepared and submitted quarterly grant reports, ensuring all grant objectives were met. She also served as a preceptor for area Universities and a liaison with local Community Services.

She worked as an Assistant Planner/Research Manager for the Office of Human Affairs providing statistical compilation and analysis, developed new programs and proposal budgets. In addition, she identified and pursued grant funding opportunities and assisted in the development of short- and long-range programmatic planning for health care related programs. 

Ms. Burroughs also currently serves as an Online Adjunct Faculty at Grand Canyon University College of Nursing and Health Care Professions responsible for teaching eight Health Care Management courses within the prescribed curriculum.

Olivette Burroughs earned a Masters in Business administration with a concentration in health care Management (MBA, HCM) and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Ms. Burroughs also holds a Professional Health Care Instructor Certification (PHIC).



Renee Fullerton, Washington

Renee Fullerton is the Workforce Programs Manager for the Washington State Department of Health. She has seven years of experience in the fields of rural/underserved clinician recruitment, retention and workforce incentive programs, such as loan repayment. She is recognized as a statewide expert in the healthcare workforce field. 

In Renee’s day-to-day work she has developed a strong network of contacts with Washington’s Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers. She frequently provides technical assistance to these facilities through her work in the Primary Care Office as the state contact for the National Health Service Corps and manager of the J-1 Visa Waiver Program for international physicians.  Her position sits within the combined SORH/PCO/Flex Program office at the Department. She partners with her colleague, Jawana Cain, to promote Washington’s opportunities on 3RNet to health professions students and medical residents. Renee believes every community in Washington has its strengths and works to help candidates appreciate the quieter virtues of some parts of the state. 

She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Arizona where she worked for the Rural Health Office on a variety of rural topics. Prior to going back to school for her master’s degree Renee worked at several newspapers across the country as an editor and information designer.


Mandi Gingras, New Hampshire/Vermont 

Mandi Gingras is the Recruitment & Retention Coordinator for the New Hampshire / Vermont Recruitment Center. The Recruitment Center has been a service of Bi-State Primary Care Association since 1994, with a focus on primary care, oral health and behavioral health recruitment and access to care.  Mandi has worked with Bi-State since 2007, first as a workforce consultant, where she was involved in developing a dentist pipeline and oral health recruitment program for New Hampshire. 

Her current role includes primary care and oral health recruitment for both New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as providing assistance to facilities in both states around recruitment and retention strategies and best practices.  Mandi is the primary contact for all physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants interested in practicing in New Hampshire or Vermont.  In her role she conducts all recruitment activities including monitoring vacancies and providing technical assistance for sites in both states, developing marketing strategies, as well as sourcing, screening and referring candidates to practices for their hiring consideration. Mandi also serves as a liaison for clinicians and practices that need information about loan repayment programs and the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver process for both states.


Jerry Harrison, New Mexico

Dr. Harrison is Executive Director of New Mexico Health Resources (NMHR), a centralized clearinghouse for recruitment and retention of health professionals.  NMHR is a public-private partnership that brings in over sixty-five health professionals into the state annually, most to rural and underserved areas. 

Dr. Harrison is a past Director and Commissioner on the New Mexico Health Policy Commission which identified health professional workforce and related issues to be the single issue to pursue for the foreseeable future.

Dr. Harrison is a past Chair of the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET), an organization of all fifty states and several U.S. Territories and Tribal organizations.  The 3RNET offers an electronic vehicle for health professionals to seek practice sites in all of those areas, resulting in over 2,000 placements in rural and underserved America annually.

He has directed his career to health care administration, education and training.  He is a graduate of Wayne State University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Tennessee.  He has been an administrator of outpatient and inpatient behavioral health treatment and prevention programs New Mexico and Arizona, has extensive experience with recruitment and retention issues, and has worked with the NHSC as a site administrator, recruiter of Scholars and Loan Re-payers, and is an active NHSC Ambassador.  His work requires that he collaborate closely with State Offices of Rural Health, but most importantly with the New Mexico office that has extensive work with the NHSC.  Because of the large concentration of Native Americans in NM, he has, and is, working closely with the Indian Health Service.

Dr. Harrison also has been a national speaker at various meetings, including the National Rural Health Association annual meetings, National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network functions, Indian Health Service council meetings as well as many local, state, and regional workforce initiatives.  He has performed many research projects for local, state, regional and national projects on health professional workforce issues.

He participated as a writer and speaker for NHSC recruitment trainings in conjunction with the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, as well as co-author of the updated NHSC site visit manual.


Stacy Kusler, North Dakota

Secretary

Stacy Kusler is the Workforce Specialist at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in Grand Forks.

Stacy is responsible for connecting rural healthcare facilities within North Dakota with healthcare professionals seeking employment in a rural setting. She works with health professions graduates across the United States to inform them of career opportunities in rural North Dakota. Through her work, Stacy is addressing the healthcare workforce shortages throughout the state. 



Judd Mellinger-Blouch, Pennsylvania

President-Elect

Judd Mellinger-Blouch is the Director of the Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center, which is part of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers. The Career Center helps community health centers, rural health clinics and other healthcare organizations recruit and retain physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other primary care providers. Judd has been working in healthcare since 1986, predominantly in areas of public relations, marketing, communications, provider relations, and recruitment. Prior to joining the Career Center in March 2014, Judd was Director of Marketing Communications at the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He holds two degrees from Pennsylvania State University: a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism (1982); and a Masters of Public Administration with a healthcare emphasis (1998). Judd lives in Hershey with his wife Ellen, a behavioral health social worker employed by Holy Spirit Hospital. Their children are Jake Blouch, Philadelphia, and Leah Mellinger-Blouch, Hershey. They also have one future daughter-in-law, one grand-dog, and two grand-cats.


Rachel Ruddock, Michigan

Rachel Ruddock is the Recruitment and Retention Services Manager at the Michigan Center for Rural Health. In this role, Rachel provides assistance to healthcare providers, students and rural healthcare facilities with their employment and workforce needs. Rachel provides technical assistance in the areas of state and federal loan repayment programs, health professional shortage areas and J-1 visas and waivers.

Prior to joining MCRH, Rachel was the Risk Communication Analyst for the Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Rachel previously worked as a Constituent Relations Specialist in fund development and as a Patient Resource Coordinator for oncology patients at the American Cancer Society. Rachel also served as an AmeriCorps member at the American Red Cross in the areas of Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces and Refugee Services. She holds a B.A. double major in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Social Relations & Policy from James Madison College at Michigan State University and is currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Management.


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