Who we are

FRHA board member Rich Rasmussen (left to right), board member David Duke, board member Sharon Schmidt, board member Gail Bellamy, board member Thomas Leach, contract manager Marilyn Mesh, board member Joe Peters, assistant manager Amaris Spina, board member Robert Rihn and board member Kelly Johnson. Not pictured: board members Kerrie Jones Clark, Ann Claussen, Duane Ashe, Sheryl Rehberg, and Kendra Siler-Marsiglio.

Meet the
Board of Directors

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



Michael Ham-Ying, MD
Cheif Clinical Officer, Central Florida Health Care, Inc. 
Email: jham-ying@cfhconline.org


Leah Vail Compton, MA, MBA
Community Forensic Liaison, Florida Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office
Email: leah.vailcompton@myflfamilies.com


Joe Peters
Executive Director, Everglades Area Health Education Center
Email: jpeters@eahec.org


Melissa Thibodau
Executive Director, Heartland Rural Health Network
Email: melissa.thibodeau@hrhn.org

Past President

Thomas J. Leach, FACHE
CEO of Medical Center Radiology Group in Orlando
Email: tjleachsr@gmail.com

FRHA Committees

Government Affairs Committee
1. Develop a legislative agenda and policy positions for the Association.
2.  Annual Survey of membership to determine important issues.
3. Publish results of survey, develop strategy for legislative visits

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 number of vendors and/or amount of income each year
3. Provide pre-meeting for Rural Health Networks, Rural Hospitals, Rural EMS 



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

Ex-Officio Contract Managers

Sarah Catalanotto & Laura Hampson
Suwannee River AHEC & FRHA
Email: sarahc@srahec.org, lhampson@srahec.org