Meet the Board

FRHA board members Kendra Siler-Marsiglio (left to right), Sharon Johnston, Michael Ham-Ying, Leah Vail Compton, Joe Peters, and Thomas Leach. Not pictured: Melissa Thibodeau, Lela Shepard, Bob Rihn, Crystal Stickle, and Jim Platt



Leah V Compton, MA, MBA
Community Forensic Liaison, Florida Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office




Joe Peters
Executive Director, Everglades Area Health Education Center


Melissa Thibodau
Executive Director, Heartland Rural Health Network

Past President

Thomas J. Leach, FACHE
CEO of Medical Center Radiology Group in Orlando


Sharon Johnston
Associate Director, Central Florida Area Health Education Center

Robert "Bob" Rihn 

Executive Director, Tri-County Human Services                      

Kendra Siler-Marsiglio, PhD
President, CommunityHealth IT

Crystal Stickle, MS
Florida Hosptial Association

Lela Shepard, MS, PMP, CPM
Director for the Office of Rural Health, Department of Health 

C. James Platt
Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Hosptial

M. Bryant Howren, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Social Medicine, Director, Florida Blue Center for Rural Health Research & Policy, Florida State University College of Medicine
Judy Ortiz, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor & Director Rural Health Research Group
College of Health Professions and Sciences, University of Central Florida


Ex-Officio Contract Managers

Sarah Catalanotto, Laura Hampson & Elizabeth Pate
Suwannee River AHEC & FRHA
Email: [email protected]

FRHA Committees

Communication and Membership Committee
1. Broaden and increase membership. 
2. Contribute to newsletter communications with members.
3. Develop membership 

Conference Committee
1. Hold well organized & well attended annual conference
2. Increase the number of vendors and/or amount of income each year
3. Provide pre-meeting for Rural Health Networks, Rural Hospitals, Rural EMS